Drie Fonteinen Hommage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 650
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 747
Gots: 106 | FT: 12
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phatz on 10-15-2007

A blend of lambic beers brewed at 3 Fonteinen, with an addition of 30% whole fresh raspberries from the fabled Payottenland and 5% sour cherries. This unfiltered beer will enjoy a spontaneous refermentation in the bottle. No artificial colors or flavor enhancers are added. Lambic is brewed only from 60% barley malt, 40% unmalted wheat, hops and water.

In commemoration of the late Gaston Debelder, founder of the 3 Fonteinen blendings

Batch 1 - 2007
Batch 2 - 2013
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Reviews: 148 | Hads: 650
Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared with the wife on August 14 2010 at Kulminator in Antwerpen.

A: A lighter shade of cherry red best describes the fairly transparent body. Moderate sized pinkish head didn't stick around long and only left behind the faintest traces of lacing on the glass.

S: Mmm. A bright tart raspberry aroma finds its way to the nose immediately upon the beer's arrival at our table. A little sweet with just a hint of cherry notes. Good oak presence but not a whole lot of musty funk, however.

T: Gentle raspberry sweetness and tartness from start to finish. Oak and funk take a bit of a back seat to the fruityness. A little shiraz like fruity pepper.

M: Smooth with a moderate effervescence. Despite the sweetness of the raspberries up front, Hommage finishes nice and dry. Solid, but not mind melting tartness.

D: Quite a treat. Looking forward to Hommage's return in the near future. (894 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks for sharing this one Greg! From notes, the epic tasting. Very pumped that there is more of this in barrels.

Pours a slightly murky, some sediment, ruby red grapefruit color, with some orangey hues. Small heads fades to a ring with some abstract lace.

To quote the host of the tasting: "It's like a wheel of cheese just queefed some raspberry into my beer". Well put. It is quite cheesy, sweaty funkiness with great raspberries character that is just potent enough to play off the funk and acidity.

In the taste, excellent as well. Great helping of funk, especially in the finish. Good acidity with biting berry flavor, sharp and dominant, sourish milk, gym sock type funk in the finish. Excellent carbonation and mouthfeel.

Really liked this one, I must track down some bottles for the cellar! Trade me some! (828 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this Brad. Comes in a big green champagne bottle and a cork. Served in a snifter.

Beer is reddish and my pour near the top is mostly clear with a few floaters. Minimal head of white medium bubbles, other pours got some head though. Carbonation is moderate and the lacing is low. Looks good.

Aroma is musky and quite acetic. There is some nice lactic acid notes in there as well.

Beer is thin and strongly acetic. Finishes dry ultimately with this odd bitterness in there. Very drinkable although I imagine the high sourness would eventually get to me. Mouthfeel is good. (593 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppymcgee (Greg) for sharing this one. Opened at a tasting 5/29/10. 4oz. pour from a 750ml corked and caged wine bottle into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1/2 finger fine white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a stunning semi-clear red. Lacing is spotty with no cling.

S: Sweet and tart raspberries. Oaky and funky undertones. Like a "wheel of cheese queefed some framboise into my beer". Sweat and alcohol in the back. Mmmm... delicious.

T: Fruit sweetness upfront with a reverse tartness: starts off soft but builds and gets more and more sour as it sits in the mouth. Pronounced raspberries are able to separate themselves from the tartness though. Spicy in the back with a messy, red fruit finish that ends abruptly. Aftertaste is pleasantly clean.

M: Medium bodied, great carbonation, and very lively in the mouth. Dry at the finish but with a clean aftertaste.

D: What separates Belgian lambics from their American counterparts is the immense amount of complexity that separates itself from the funk, wood, and earth that are present as a result of the bacteria. This is a prime example. An amazing beer that really shows off European fruit lambic handywork. Outstanding. Definitely give this a try if its ever available. (1,266 characters)

Photo of boothbeer
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Graduation Sour Tasting. Split 4 ways.

A: Dark red with lighter a lighter shade of red around the edges. Medium-thick, white, large bubbled head.

S: Lots of raspberry in the nose. I pick up some cherry as well.

T: Its raspberry flavor, but very rich and sweet. Sort of like carmelized cherries/ Lots of sourness and funk. Great flavor. Really surprised me with how great this beer was.

M: Light body with lots of tingly carbonation

D: Very nice beer. Super easy to drink. (478 characters)

Photo of wedgie9
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle at Lush CBC event courtesy of Dr. Bill. Pours red-orange with a thin pink head. The nose is of Kirsch cherries, sour apple and raspberry, and vinegar. The flavor is a drying sour with cherry, raspberry, and bitter blood orange. There is also a bit of a sweet grenadine on the mid-palate. The carbonation is very much alive with a medium, almost tannic body. The finish is very long with cherry flavor. This is an amazing beer that I feel lucky to have tasted. Thank you Dr. Bill! (498 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks Todd for sending me this beer. One of the bigger surprises of our sour graduation tasting. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into four tulip glasses.

A- Pours a murky, ruby red color. Produced a fingers width of white head. Reduced to a thin ring throughout consumption.

S- Imagine walking into a cellar where someone is boiling thousands of raspberries in giant cast iron pots. This is the aroma I get when I stick my nose in the glass. Absolute bliss.

T- Oh man, perfect marriage between raspberry fruit and sourness. Starts off a little on the sweet side with the raspberries, but then progressively balances out and offers a good amount of acidity in the finish. No medicinal flavors going on here with the raspberries, unlike other raspberry sours. Mixed in is a musty, yeast flavor that adds just the right amount of funk.

M- Clean and light bodied. Just the right amount of carbonation. Can't ask for much more.

D- The balance here is extraordinary. Made this that much more drinkable.

Overall, one of my favorite beers of the tasting, right alongside Deviation and Blauw. Can't wait to give this beer another try. (1,130 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I splurged on a bottle at Max's 72 Hours of Belgium festival this weekend. Split with frederickTbunky.

A: The lambic looks like many other raspberry or cherry lambics, a sickly reddish purple color that you can't help but feel bad for. To boot, the pour barely conjures up any head.

S: I really liked the nose. When fresh out of the cooler, there was little to be found; as it warmed, though, that changed. Raspberry leaps out with a vengeance, sweet and lightly sour. Oak is strong as well, added depth to the berries. The citric sour aspects are not overwhelming.

T: The lambic starts off with a bit of a medicinal taste (hey, it could be the sanitizer used to clean the glasses though) before jumping into high gear. The raspberries are very sweet, driving a significant portion of the flavor. They are coupled with a good bit of lactose, quickly turning the sweet presence dry. The ale is, despite the small head, well carbonated. That allows for a prickly taste that brings out the citric funkiness of the lambic. The sourness never fully transitions in the excessive barnyard flavors. Worth every penny.

M: Raspberry stands out, but the whole package is good. Oak, sourness, prickly bubbles, sweet fruit and intense dryness all have their moments in the spotlight.

D: Weighing in at 6% or so, this is a sessionable dream. I'm glad I splurged, the lambic did not disappoint. (1,384 characters)

Photo of tpd975
2.96/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pinkish red hue with an average sized pinkish white head that quickly disappears.

S: Lots of raspberry, strawberry, wild mild funky notes as well, and a weird sort of rubber smell.

T: There is some raspberry and loads of acid, but there is something wrong with this beer. The taste of burnt rubber dominates. I think something has gone wrong here. ISO another bottle to rerate.

M: Medium in body, a long rubber like after taste.

D: Nope, I really hope this one is infected. (488 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Feb 14, 2007

A - Deep red with pink hues and a fluffy off white, pink head the disappears immediately.

S - Heavy dose of sweet and tart raspberries, oak, hay, earthy and funky, wet leather and lemon sourness.

T - Complex sourness mixed with sweet and tart raspberries. Nice acidic punch with hay, leather and lemon sourness. Somewhat of a clean sourness if that makes sense.

M - Spritzy carbonation with slightly biting sourness and a lingering dry finish.

D - I was a little hesitant to spend this much on a beer but it is worth every penny. Extremely smooth sourness with a boatload of raspberry goodness. (620 characters)

Photo of radshoesbro
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ohhhh myyy goddd!!!! This is unbelievably good! Pours a delicious looking cloudy red with big head that instantly recedes to form a ring at the top. No lace, as to be expected. Smells like the Clone of Dr. Funkenstein! Musty wood, sweet raspberry, wet earth, and a touch of broccoli (???). Tastes of raspberry and wood with slight chocolate notes. It's sour sweet and tart all at the same time! There's little to no astringency, but a zing that you could associate with raspberry soda. Very balanced, the taste of the raspberry isn't masked by the sourness at all. What's wonderful about this is the fact that the fruit really shines here and the sour is almost secondary. This is the best lambic I think I've ever had! (719 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the first sampling of this at Novare during their Christmas weekend.

Pours a rather pinkish-red color, good fizzy head, not much lacing, the color really catches me off guard but gives me an idea of what's to come.

The smell has a nice sour funk coming from it with hints of fruitiness, raspberries and cherries and funk oh my!

The taste is a kick in the mouth and was the highlight of the night, the sour just grabs hold of my tongue, yanks it around, slaps it a bit and just when I can't handle it, balances things out with some fruity sweet tartness, the carbonation is assertive but not overwhelming and is perfect for the style, this beer seriously dances on the tongue and I wish I got more to try from it.

Pretty much the main beer I went to Novare to try and it didn't disappoint at all. (803 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Toronado 22nd Anniversary, damn expensive but worth it. bring also shared a bottle at a recent tasting - thanks, Barry!

Pours a cloudy reddish-amber color with a one-finger white head and good lacing.

Tart raspberry aroma with mild sweetness and some funk. A little woodiness in there too.

Flavor really incredible and long-lasting, tart yet slightly sweet raspberry and cherry, maybe some other berries, and wood.

Palate awesomely dry and sharp. Really stays with you. An awesome fruit lambic overall, one of the best I've tried yet. (555 characters)

Photo of Travlr
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 14/02/2007, bought at the brewery store in July 2008, consumed on 21/11/2009.

Appearance is bright purple, starts clear and progresses to cloudy/chunky due to my poor pouring skills. Soda-pop head that starts vigorously but disappears in seconds to leave no bubbles or lacing.

Smell changes every nanosecond. Vinegar, sour cherries, horse, raspberries, dust, and about a million other things - all at the same time.

Taste was amazing. Defies words. Sweet and sour all at once. Evident fruit. Must, dust and mold, and sweaty animals. Vinegar, the high end balsamic type from Modena.

Mouthfeel is orgasmic.

Drinkability is top of the line, not just for lambics, but for all beer. Nothing short of miraculous. (724 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for busting this one out!

A-Dark and deep hazy russet copper with a thin, bright white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Wow...ground cornmeal, garbage disposal, raspberries, diaper pail, cherry, oak, gym locker, magic marker, fresh cut wood...geesh! Every sniff is a new aroma! Very earthy then musty, then fruity, then woody, WTF! The warmer it gets the more fruity it becomes.

T-Sour raspberry/cherry and oak initially with a boatload of musty and earthy aromas coming through at odd placed times. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the flavours you encounter! So complex that I honestly cannot type a proper description!

M-Medium-light bodied with sharp carbonation yet a smooth syrupy feel at the same time. Very astringent, dry finish. This beer is such a chameleon!

D-Without question one of the most odd, interesting, sour, dry, astringent and complex brews I have ever had. It is such an amazing train wreck of flavours you are urged to come back time after time for another sip. I doubt I could ever drink this with regularity---I value my taste buds!---but to sit and enjoy a bottle with friends, absolutely! (1,170 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark ruby red color with dark mahogany edges and a slightly pinkish one finger fizzy head that quickly fades into a lasting ring and some visible carbonation bubbles.

Barnyard funk aroma that is very earthy with some ashy oaky wood. The raspberries have faded a bit by this point and there is a somewhat scorched earth, moldy musty character. The fruit is there although it seems concentrated and I could swear that I could even smell the seeds.

Extremely tart, sour and funky. Very puckering and lip smacking while only mildly acidic. Lots of sweet dry raspberry buried beneath the barnyard lactic funkiness. As in the aroma, the raspberries have faded but they are still evident. This beer is intensely sour but is somewhat balanced by the sweetness of the berries. There is also some earthy oak and vanilla notes and a very sour puckering dry acidity with some more acidity coming through. The burnt ashy wood character from the aroma comes through a bit.

I can't believe how sour this beer has become with the aging. I wish I could have tried this fresh to see how prominent the berries were. Either way this beer is very complex with lots of delicious flavors bouncing off of one another. I picked something else up with each sip. I'm not the biggest fan of raspberry beers or raspberries for that matter but this beer was very impressive. All sour heads should seek this one out. (1,403 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into goblet on 10/2/09. Thanks to FooFaa for bringing this to the SourFest.

A - Poured a cloudy, deep and murky rose-colored body with a thin eggshell head that reduced to a patchy veil and spotty lace.

S - Whoa! This is funkier than Flea's gym sock! Smells like if you perspired raspberry and cherry after working out at the gym all day. Extremely earthy and musty one minute, then woody the next. There's also a hint of Windex in there. Pungent and complex. Three more words come to mind: Sweaty. Tires. Berries.

T - Sour and oaky initial flavor with band-aid, sweat, musty and earthy tones all mingling together in beautiful disarray. Sour grapes soon weigh in. This beer is ridiculous. One sip is tame, while the next is just a palate-wrecking assault of sour pucker... tongue-numbing... burky burrr! Intense and insane!

M - Dry and acitic, and certainly overpoweringly astringent, Hommage is medium bodied with a syrupy texture and bristly carbonation, resulting in a sharp bite on the tongue.

D - Hommage is undoubtedly one of the most sour, oaky, astringent and complex brews I've ever come across. This beer will melt the tastebuds right off your tongue. This is a chameleon of a beer, to say the absolute least.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"Dill pickle... sorry. A bucket of pickles." (1,317 characters)

Photo of Habanero58
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, a 750ml bottle of Drie Fonteinen Hommage, an expensive treat from my girlfriend for my birthday in the Delirium Bar in Brussels!
Came with a plastic cork and cage, and enjoyed the whole bottle to myself, as my girlfriend does not like "sour"

The first thing I noticed was the lack of any discernible head. It wasn't a totally flat pour, so much as a half flat pour.
The taste was the typical cherry sour of a kriek but I did not find anything that really set this particular bottle apart as anything that special.
EDIT:(Hommage has both raspberries AND cherries in the mix, but the cherries dominated for me)

Not as remarkable as their Schaerbeekse Kriek or Kriek de Ranke, and, as fruit lambics go, far short of Cantillon's St.Lamvinus and a zillion light years behind the 750ml bottle of Cantillon Blabaer I enjoyed earlier in the year so maybe I had my birthday treat early?

I drank the entire 750ml OK but, unlike the Blabaer, there were no tears when the bottle was empty, and I quickly moved on. I'm wondering whether a different bottle of Hommage may have given a different story? As somebody else said, pretty good, but something missing?? Will have to try another one :o) (1,187 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has been a long time coming. I remember passing on bottles of this several times, only to have to trade for it. Thanks to boatshoes, I have this bottle, but thanks to a trade mishap, this is the priciest beer I've had.

A: Clear deep raspberry red, almost pink, with a large off-white head that recedes rather quickly to a ring. Plenty of carbonation is visible, and it really is a gorgeous beer

S: The nose is just a riot of raspberries. Macerated fruit to a rather insane level, the expression of the base fruit is absurd, combining both sweetness, tartness and fruity aromas by the bushels. The underlying lambic character adds another dimension, with a combination of mildly lemony sourness, an earthy funk with a little hay and wet leather. The leather and fruit really play off each other really well. Mild tannins are present in the back. Awesome stuff.

T: Everything I love about fruit lambics is present in this beer. Unreal levels of fruit character, with the only sweetness being fruity? Check. Sourness that doesn't rape your palate? Check. Exceptional stuff. Opening with a two-pronged attack, with raspberry eau de vie carried on a gentle wave of complex sourness, with lemony sourness, mild acetic character, and an underlying funk that's rather clean, with a blend of wet hay and leather. Finishes dry and sour, with the raspberry character coating the palate. The focus isn't sourness, it's primarily raspberries and what funk and sourness can do to them. The tannins I thought I could smell don't really appear, or at least, they can't cut through the fruit character very much.

M: Truly exceptional. While sour and mildly acetic, it never gets tiring, and I really am looking forward to finishing the entire bottle. A touch heavier than light, with a high level of carbonation. Phenomenal finish

D: Incredible. I let this warm up for about 45 minutes before I got to drinking it, and this truly is one of the more sublime beers I've had. Nonpareil for a raspberry lambic, I'd put it on the same level of beauty as Fou'Foune and Blabaer.

Notes: I almost wonder what an Hommage truffle would taste like. It would be reckless and irresponsible to the extreme, and would be a fitting addition to next years Sean Paxton dinner at Ebenezers. Awesome stuff

**Edit 27 July 2012**

I had this two nights back, when it tasted *just* a little too intense on the solventy/raspberry character. This bottle, OTOH, was in perfect condition. Shared with the guys a little after the 1999 Framboos.

Big, fruity, jammy aromas, mildly seedy raspberries with a touch of leather. A little lemon and just a hair of solvent are present. Excellent.

The palate is quite sour, lemony and lactic with mildly jammy raspberries without much sweetness. A very mild solvent character is present, without much raspberry seed. Fruity sourness with a big raspberry character on the finish, this is excellent. I imagine this is what the 1999 Framboos tasted like at a comparable age.
4.5/4.5/4.5 (2,991 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased and consumed at Monks Cafe in Philly this past weekend with beerloco, mrs. beerloco, deliriumfest, ms. deliriumfest, and dbhog!

Appearance: raspberry colored body with minimal pinkish white crown that shows little retention or lace.

Smell: loads of raspberries, some nice funky notes, and a wonderfully tart acidity. really impressive nose.

Taste: an overload of sour raspberries, acidic lemon notes, an impressive amount of tart dryness, and just enough funk. WORLD CLASS!

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and the slightest amount of chewiness imaginable!

Drinkability: I would score it higher but the amount of tartness, dryness, and acidity holds it back. (676 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a really nice bright pink color with a tenacious head that was only slightly less colorful. The smell was delicious raspberries with a hint of lambic. The flavor was really outstanding like eating raspberry jam with huge chunks of raspberries. The fruit component was fantastic. i didn't detect much funkiness and it was only slightly tart but overall I was very impressed. This is probably the best fruit lambic I have had if not a close second to Cantillon Fou Foune. Amazing beer. (492 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle with foil, cage, and faux-cork presentation. Bottled 2/14/2007.

Pours a dark and cloudy deep red. Rose colored head is huge then settles down quickly with a loud fizzing hiss, leaving a ring of foam along glass rim.

The nose on this is enormous, loaded with raspberries, dry sourness, and a twist of acetic oaked funkhouse. Really highlights the fruit and maintains a balanced lambic background.

Tastes of tart raspberries that pack a highly acidic sour punch. Lemon juice, lightly musky funk. Throat scorchingly dry finish with a hint of garlic (yes, I just wrote that). Lots of fruit, lots of sour, and very dry. Very nice beer, though I'm not necessarily convinced it is superior to the Oude Kriek. Medium body and a wonderfully sprtizy carbonation keeps it light and makes the tartness manageable.

Good stuff, probably the most sour of the 3F beers I have had. Difficult to come by, and personally I would buy a couple bottles of the Oude Kriek to drink instead of going out of my way to find another bottle of this. Delicious though. Cheers! (1,064 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another gem pulled up and out of the cellar. I had been waiting to crack this one for quite some time and rightfully so, with a pricetag and availabilty like this, you take your time. Served at cellar temp and poured into my darkness snifter, this one was consumed on 09/07/2009.

The pour was just what I would expect. Ruby red in color with a light pink head on top. Lightly clouded but with a really nice tone to the color I have to say. Aroma of tart raspberries and hints of horse funk dance through it. Letting it warm brings out a touch of sweeter notes with an even hint of wood peaking b as well. But once you take that first sip there is no going back. Sometimes I think about what I want something to taste like at the moment in time, most times this doesnt happen the way I want, but today, today is different. Today I get what I want. Rich notes of raspberries and tart funk dance along the palate. Puckering the lips and leaving me yearning for another sip. Delicate carbonation lightly pricks the tongue as notes of sour fruit seep their way in. There is no turning back now. Light notes of woody, vinous at times with grapes and touches of sour really clogging up the finish. Minutes after the last taste that sweet, yet tart and spicy not of raspberry still is detected on the tongue.

Overall blown away here. I have alot of sours to go through in the coming week and this was the start of it. I have to say, I am simply thrilled. The price of this one makes it a bit difficult to follow through on but I have to say it will be oh soo worth it in the end. (1,573 characters)

Photo of badbeer
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear ruby red color with a white head that sits atop it. Head falls gracefully until it just sticks around the glass. Aroma is largely of raspberries, but almost like a very light raspberry. I mean that in the sense that it isn't the over the top flavor and slight astringency one would get from actually eating a raspberry, it's more like a raspberry juice was used. There's also some definite cheesy notes in this that I find a bit distracting; various barnyard funk notes are also perceptible, but hidden beneath to me, which is unfortunate. Taste is another story, I actually enjoy it qutie a bit. Same thing again with the raspberry taste, there's no slightly astringent, kick-you-in-the-face raspberry flavor that I love, but it is enjoyable. Lactic tartness is one of the other things that comes right to the forefront, followed by some very pleasing funkiness. If this funkiness and/or the raspberries were a touch stronger, this beer would be much better, especially if some of the cheesy notes were no longer coming through in the nose. About medium carbonation with a decent body on the tongue, followed by a nice dry finish. A good beer that I'd surely have another of, however, price and availability do limit that. (1,239 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sickly pink-ish head. Pour is a nice ruby-cranberry, beautiful with a backlight.

Smell: Cherries and raspberries, but not raspberry overload. The raspberries are more subdued, like a late-season fruit.

Taste: Raspberries, cherries, and a bit of must/funk. Once again, the raspberries were not nearly as strong as I expected. Also not a lot of sweetness, for which I am thankful.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice medium-full mouthfeel, a bit dry

Drinkability: Would prefer to share this one.

*NB - the raspberries are much more subdued in this one than I expected, would not age it further. (608 characters)

Drie Fonteinen Hommage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.