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Drie Fonteinen Hommage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen HommageDrie Fonteinen Hommage

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world-class

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.5%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phatz on 10-15-2007)
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/11/08. Bottle from Spuyten Duyvil. I was super excited to get to try this beer! Pours a dark red/pink with a beautiful light pink head. Aroma of oak, raspberry, and tartness. Flavor of sweet raspberries, tartness, sugar. Initially this was very sweet but got more sour as I drank it. Quite delicious but it doesn't beat Schaerbeekse for me.
8/5/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 15:14:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours candy pink, with pinkish-white cloudy big head. Smells funky, alcohol though low, penetrates the nose. Great mouthfeel,the sourness is there but well delivered without being over the toip (moderated by oak) raspberries lambic bullseyes the style. Satisfying aftertaste. Oh so drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 22:14:06 | More by Sammy
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Bottle labeled BB 14/02/2007. Poured a medium reddish color with an averaged sized pinkish head.

Aromas of funkiness, leather, raspberries, cherries, berries, and woody.

Tastes of cherries, raspberries, woody, and vanilla.

Nice tart finish.

Notes from and tasted on 10/11/2007.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 05:49:05 | More by hopdog
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in the Netherlands. Beer poured a clear, deep red color with a slight pink head into my Cantillon glass. The head receeded quickly. The aroma was strong upon popping the cork, vibrant framboise, a bit funky and tart as well. The raspberry taste was lovely and fresh tasting. What you would expect for a true version of the style. Some oaky notes as well. Overall a well rounded and damn fine beer that I wish I had more often but it is to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 09:00:48 | More by ggaughan
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling pinkish-red appearance, slightly hazed. Not much head. Aroma is tangy with citrus and berry fruit. Intensely funky with an earthy richness. Supremely inviting.

Excellent sour funk in the flavor. It is so pungent I am getting a sulfur/lit match character. I didn't know this was a raspberry beer as I noticed cherry more than anything, although it was mild and separated itself from the other flavors. The mouthfeel is excellent; light, spritzy, crisp and refreshing.

I really loved the funky fruit character of this lambic. It blew away my expectations...

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 03:52:10 | More by bennetj17
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JDV

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by the legendary miketd. Thanks man!!
Pours a dense cranberry color with a very light thin head. Smell is funky, tart, cherries, and oak. Flavor is lightly funky, tart cherries and vinegar with a medium body. I got more cherry than raspberry from it. Pretty good and nicely sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 18:29:44 | More by JDV
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Dubbercody

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The Funk Runs Deep" was the quote put forth to describe this beer.

Nicely tart, but the action really came through on the funky character of this beer. Really nice. Great composition of fruit lustrous aromas and Thanks to DA for dropping some cash and bringing it to share. Defiantly worth sharing at a tasting.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 23:45:25 | More by Dubbercody
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded pink with a pinkish head. Nose is funky. Barnyard-esqe. Flavor has a biting raspberry to it, but still it's smooth. This just typifies what a fruit lambic is. Feel is spot on. Overall this is precisely what I would expect it to be. Amazing stuff and masterfully crafted. I'm not really sure where there could be improvement. Perhaps a bit more framboise complexity? Regardless. Who cares. It's beautiful. Worth the high price.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 03:28:38 | More by RblWthACoz
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Crosling

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep magenta color. Rich fruit flavor, it's nice to taste an authentic raspberry fruit flavor. I havent felt like I've had a good raspberry lambic in awhile, even with rose and oud beersel framboise. I don't love this beer, but it's a nice lambic style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 02:21:10 | More by Crosling
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-pink body with a scant, white head.

Smell: Tart, sour aroma layered with a wonderful raspberry and cherry fruitiness along with notes of a dank, dark cellar inhabited by a leather-clad Mold Monster.

Taste: Fruity from the get-go with flavors of raspberries, sour cherries, and maybe even a few chunks of seedless watermelon all centered around a lactic sourness. A drop of vanilla, a touch of wood. There's never much in the way of sweetness, but you do get a good, hearty dose of barnyard funk. Finishes dry and sour with a lingering fruitiness. Mercifully, it's never overly tart or sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly mellow and easy-going for a lambic. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 23:18:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

July 2007 Bottle Date; Sampled March 2010
Served lightly chilled at 60*F+
A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, faintly pink tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is a deep red hue that shows a stunningly, brilliantly clear, bright red color that has touches of gold to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of raspberry pits as I pour it and a deeper inspecting yields sweet raspberry flesh followed by medicinal phenolics, a touch of plastic notes and just a big Brettanomyces presence. The finish is quite phenolic all in all, but serves as a balancing note to the up front expressive fruit and light lactic tartness.

Quite dry tasting, which is quite different than young bottles, with a solid lactic tartness, a woody raspberry pit note, sour raspberry flesh and a medicinal / phenolic finish that doesn't come on quite as strong as it did in the nose. The body is quite creamy; perhaps even a touch slick, with a fullness that plays quite well with the other senses. This still has quite a chewy raspberry flavor to it, but now that it has dried out it is much more woody, more tannic seeming and has that green, almost vegetal quality that all dry, heavily fruited raspberry beers always get. I should mention that there is still some sweetness to this beer, it is well on its way towards drying out, but this will dry out even further over the coming years.

I will say that this still has quite a few years of life yet. It will also likely get better than it currently is; it should dry out a bit more, with much of the phenolics being changed and softened with time and perhaps other funky notes coming to the fore. This is still quite good, but I think I liked this better when it was fresh. There isn't enough developed funk and complexity in this right now to offset the loss of the fresh raspberry component that this had when young; I still have high hopes for this improving quite a bit over the next couple years though. So, in the end this is a bit simplistic to be a world class Lambic (at least this particular snapshot), though visually and texturally this is currently just about perfect.

Previous Review:
February 2007 Bottle Date, Sampled January 2008
4.1
3.5/4.5/4/4.5/4.5

Edited for length.

Not as intensely fruity as I was perhaps expecting, and it is on the soft side for a traditional Lambic (even for a 3 Fonteinen one). A bit harder, with a more pronounced fruit character would make this just about perfect. It seems to be missing that jam-like (sans sweetness of course) fruit intensity that I was expecting, though I like that this is quite dry and quaffable. Still this is a very good beer, though I have a feeling this won't age nearly as well as the Framboos has / did.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 00:07:23 | More by Gueuzedude
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to egajdzis for sharing the fairly new beauty...
BB 14/02/2007.

Appears a murky red with a pinkish, white head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of raspberries, tart gooseberries, farmland, dusty barnyard, and light vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with funky plastic, rubber, grape leaves, bugs(bacteria fermentation), raspberries, and apples.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sour, with phenols of funky plastic, and exotic plants.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 18:30:18 | More by weeare138
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this rare treat at Phatz' sour beer tasting • February 2007 Bottling

Appearance: This beer poured a hazy, ruby red and brown color with a rapid white head. Small traces of lace remain.

Smell: Distinct aromas of barnyard and souring raspberries. Lambic funkiness is also pronounced and very complex.

Taste: Acidity and sourness permeate the mouth with raspberries. The feel is super dry and champagne-like. I would liken this beer to a kir royal, with a lot more complexity.

Mouthfeel: I love the dryness of this lambic. It is all things sour, funky, sugary and puckering. The initial fizziness and lingering carbonation are pleasant and give the beer a nice liveliness.

Drinkability: The sourness is pretty intense, but I could get through a bottle by myself to savor the beer. Worth seeking out, but it isn't available in the states yet.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 12:02:04 | More by Risser09
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge huge thanks to egajdzis for sharing this beer at a tasting at my place. This was one of three surprisingly terrific beers of the evening. I real highlight!

Appearance: Pours a read color with pink edges and a fizzy off white head. Leaves nice lacing on the walls of my snifter glass.

Smell: Tart raspberry and cherry flavors with a lactic acidity containing all the glories of Lambic funk. Almost perfumey in nature. Wood and leather almost lean into horse blanket but the sour fruit covers over that attribute.

Taste: It is a complex plethora of sour flavors singing all over the charts. Very sharp acidity and sour overripe red fruits followed by a dash of spices and a long lingering acidic pucker.

Mouthfeel: Aggressive. Perfect. It is sour. It is acidic. It is cherry. It is no holds barred and yet feels spot on through through the palate and never goes overboard. this is shear excellence.

I am humble to have sat at a single table with this beer Drie Fonteinen Hommage, and Cable Car. Hommage is a Lambic that epitomizes the variety with in the style. A true treat. Thanks you Eric!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 04:55:46 | More by Phatz
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