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Drie Fonteinen Hommage - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 712
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 784
Gots: 118 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

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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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2007 into a Crooked Stave snifter. Doing a side-by-side with Framboos.

A- Somewhat translucent framboise. Much thinner than Framboos. The color is lighter and you can almost see a dark object through the glass; where as with Framboos there is no chance of that. A lot of carbonation came out during pour which is fantastic for a 6-year old lambic. Very excited about that.

Here is what I wrote for Framboos: Really dark framboise color. Minimal-medium lacing for this kind of beer. I really thought this beer was going to be thinner, but it is pretty thick.

S- Fresh fresh raspberries burst out of the glass. More raspberry upfront than Framboos, and less 3F funk. Their statement on this beer is being able to preserve fresh raspberry for years in this bottle.

Here is what I wrote for Framboos: Deep rich raspberry, barnyard funk, yeast. Pretty much what you would expect from a 3F beer as far as funk.

T- Fresh fresh raspberries. I did not get too much "jammy"... more just fresh raspberry. More on the sweet end of raspberry, where as Framboos transitioned from sweet to sour raspberry. Hommage tastes more of fresh sweet tart raspberries. Though this beer is 6 years old, it tastes like this was bottled yesterday. Tastes like a fresh raspberry lambic.

Here is what I wrote for Framboos: Dangerously drinkable. There is a minimal milkshake consistency that helps this one down the throat. It first tastes of sugary raspberries that transform into sour raspberries. Very enjoyable and complex in that aspect. I am getting predictable 3F funk toward transition from sweet to tart. This one tastes like a really complex raspberry lambic with tons of funk at the end.

M- This is very thin. I thought that this was going to be the other way around. I thought with all of this "jammy" talk that Hommage was going to be thicker; but not even close. Framboos is way thicker and a little bit milkshake (which I prefer). The mouthfeel is ok on Hommage. It tastes like a thin fruit lambic which we all have had over and over. (sorry if you have not)

Here is what I wrote for Framboos: This is where the beer shines for me. The mouthfeel is a perfect 5. Perfectly carbonated; almost minimal milkshake framboise as previously stated. Glorius.

O- I am very glad that I got to try both Hommage and Framboos at the same time. I totally thought that if you would have switched labels; I would have not been surprised. The fact that Framboos was the thicker milkier, if you will, raspberry lambic compared with Hommage blows me away. Here is the catch. If you like fresh raspberry nose and taste Hommage is your beer. If you like a very complex mouthfeel with more 3F barnyard funk, Framboos is your beer. I swore that I would like Hommage more going into this side-by-side; but I prefer Framboos. Both are exceptional; but as previously stated pick the beer based on your preference with freshness vs. complex mouthfeel and taste.

Now I can fkn relax and drink both bottles. Cheers

EDIT: The last glass of Hommage was the best anything I have ever had. The dreg hits once again.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, bottled on February 14, 2007, poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a nearly-clear, very beautiful reddish/amber color, thin white head, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Truly perfect. Incredibly raspberry flavor, really complex, rich oak and vanilla aroma. There's also some funk, which is earthy and musty. It's a lot less acidic than I was expecting for a 6 year old lambic, I'm barely getting any acidity at all except for a mild lactic/acetic tartness, the sweetness of the raspberries and the oak/vanilla is definitely dominant.

T- Mild, soft acidity, much less than I was anticipating. The sweet, juicy raspberries are up front, and are still surprisingly vibrant and juicy after 6 years. There's also a really great oak and vanilla flavor from the barrel and a very musty, dry funkiness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and somewhat difficult to pin down, somehow it's very dry but also with a considerable fruity juiciness. Really good.

O- This wasn't at all what I was expecting, but the fruit, barrel and funk are all really interesting and different. The aroma alone is pretty incredible. A really wonderful beer.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle poured into a tasting glass

Partly cloudy rustbrown beer, no head.
Aroma: very fruity, raspberries, bit cheesy, little metallic.
MF: soft carbon, medium body.
Taste: fruity start, raspberries, very sour, quite cheesy as well , aftertaste is burning sourness, bit cheesy, little dirty, raspberry jam, bit metallic.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes. Shared with Paul at Brouwers. Bottle dated February 14th, 2007.

A: Pours a clear, light red color with slight brown coloration to it. Some bubbles formed upon pouring, but are gone quickly, leaving a thin white ring on top.

S: Smells fantastic, tons of vibrant raspberry and strawberry. Didn't want to call it jammy, since most people do, but it really is the best descriptor for the beer. It has a nice sour/tartness as well as a bit of funk and must.

T: Wow, bursting with fruit flavor. The raspberries are really fresh mixed with some sour cherry and a bit of strawberry as well. The fruit is mixed with a nice funk that sort of comes off as light hay/mustiness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fantastic level of tartness.

O: Easily one of the best beers I have had. Was hard not to drink it down too quickly. Didn't expect the fruit to taste as fresh considering it is six years old.

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Photo of infi
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 14/02/2007.

Dark, maroon pour with brownish tones. Subtle, white bubbling atop with idle carbonation in the body. Smells similar to Framboos '11– jammy raspberry, gentle tartness, stale attic air, stagnant dust, with some sweetness and funk. But more potent and whole due to the age and cellaring. The nose is incredible and just worth the attention.

Flavors begin with raspberry tartness and traditional lambic funk, then transition into a period of sugary sweetness and woody oak. Finishes off with lingering tartness on the tip of the tongue. Like the smell, much more rounder than Framboos '11. Definitely more distinct and much more preferable. Such a delicious beer– DAMN.

Was very fortunate to procure this bottle, and slay my #1, personal "white whale".

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Photo of joel66
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared amongst BA's for one of the most ridiculous "lunch's" at the Torst opening!

Poured side by side by side with 2012 Blabaer and 2005 Fou foun.

Bottle poured a deep cherry red. Nose was straight up raspberry jam. A delicate balance between cheese funk, sweetness from the raspberry and tartness. By far the most complex out of the three bottles we had. Although well balanced flavors, all of the flavors were explosive.

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Photo of Rutager
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle shared with my lovely wife at Brouwer's Cafe.

Appearance. Pours a light red with a little maroon and barely a skim of white head.

Smell. Very funky with a ton of wood, sour pie cherries and just a little hint of raspberries.

Taste. Tart, sour cherry, nice strong funk with a little cheese, lots of wood and leather in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Light body, fairly low amount of fine and lively carbonation.

Overall. A fantastic lambic that has probably lost a lot of it's fruit flavour going by the ingredients. Worth the $70? No, but what beer is. A fun experience for sure.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Tasted side by side with 2011 Framboos

Hommage pours a hazy crimson color with just a tiny wisp of an off white head.

The raspberries are definitely noticeable in the nose, although the cherries are surprisingly prominent. A strong tart aroma has a strong acetic vinegar component to it. The acidity in the aroma seems to mostly overwhelm any funky wild elements that might be there.

Cherry is actually the stronger flavor coming through with my first sip. Tart cherries, overripe cherry skin, sour raspberry, red grapes, oak, and balsamic vinegar all come together nicely. The flavor has a gentle sweetness up front and then strikes a nice balance between fruity tartness and acetic vinegar. There is a slightly off-putting plasticy note that comes through at the beginning of the sip, but other than that this is very enjoyable.

It has a nice, smooth, medium body for a lambic that is peppered with vinegar acidity. The carbonation is on the lighter side of medium, and there is a slightly oaky and tannic finish.

This is clearly a well-crafted lambic. I thought that raspberries would be the dominant fruit, but I was not disappointed that the cherries came through so strongly. The plastic flavor in the flavor was enough for me to knock down the flavor and overall score, but everything else was solid.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle generously shared by cpferris. Big thanks to Chad. Pours a reddish amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of cherry, some raspberry, a light medicinal note, and funky oak. The initial taste is sweet with some cherry and raspberry. There is also lots of funky oak and a light medicinal note. The finish is tart and funky. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite Tasty.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly for sharing. Enjoyed side-by-side with the newest batch of Framboos.

a - looks like a strawberry smoothie. every glass poured looks like the last pour of the bottle. thick and not really very beery.
s - fresh fruit. raspberries with sour cherries. a bit sharper on the nose, but smells amazing. sour eggs. just like the framboos but add sour cherries.
t - that is nuts. just AMAZING sour medley. the raspberry dances with sour cherries. blows the framboos out of the water.
m - great balance. sour, but tickles my mouth. really enjoyable.
o - overall unreal beer. just phenomenal. one of the highlights of an INSANE day.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Brandon for sharing this 2007 bottle...

The beer pours a rusty brown with no head. The nose is a ripe, almost rotten, tomato that's very potent and possesses almost no sour. No additional fruit comes through. The taste changes to a beefy sour, but seems more like drinking a V8 with some gueuze mixed in. It almost tastes like rasberry, but not quite. The aftertaste is a slightly vegetal/fruity with an interesting bitterness that lingers. It's very drinkable regardless and presents an unlikely mix of both vegetable and fruit. Worth trying again, but I wouldn't hold onto this beer any longer...

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Photo of Tnudish
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this to our mini Sunday whale tasting. Sampled side by side with the newest vintage of Framboos.

A-Pours a murky purple, brownish red with little head formation on the pours. It’s rather "dirty" looking in comparison to Framboos.

S-Nose is surprisingly full of raspberry still, some very light vinegar, and slightly phenolic.

T-Raspberries are prominent in the flavor as well, with a little bit of plastic peaking through as well. There is less funk than usual 3F of this vintage, but I am actually ok with it considering how much fruit is still showing.

M-Moderate mouthfeel, heavy acidity, light carbonation, and a long finish.

O-I think a lot of the slack this beer gets is unwarranted. It holds up very well to Framboos and despite having some plastic character to it, it doesn’t detract much from the beer. It’s an incredibly good lambic and one I look forward to having again.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

251st Review
75cl bottle poured in a 3F stemmed lambic glass
Vintage: 14/02/2007

Enjoyed on two separate occasions while visiting Belgium in early June 2012. This review is a combination of my notes from enjoying this at DHvL (thanks to kscaldef for sharing this and leaving me the bottle finish alone!) and the Drie Fonteinen Restaurant in Beersel.

A: Dull ruby red. Single (off-white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Raspberries and loads of them! Hint of sweetness and funk, but mostly raspberry here. Sooo very inviting!

T: The taste is a bit softer (i.e. less intense) than the nose, but a nice balance of tart and sweetness here. Loads of crisp raspberry, funk, and sharp acidity. Very rounded and easy to drink!

M: Medium bodied with somewhat soft carbonation.

O: A delicious beer for sure! Not quite as good as Framboos, but this is very nice, smooth, and refreshing - very easy to drink.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to get the chance to try this with my wife at de heren van liedekerke. Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a reddish cloudy amber with a half finger of off white head and good retention.

Smell: Fruity and creamy. I'm getting raspberries and strawberries. I could smell the berries before I even got close to the glass. Doesn't smell very tart.

Taste: Like the smell, the flavor is creamy and full of berries. I am only getting the raspberry here, not the strawberry note like in the nose. There is a tartness that works quite well with the fruit. The taste isn't weak, but it is very mellow. The finish is tart and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good fruit lambic. It might have been a bit better a year or two ago, but still very nice. I probably won't have it again, but not because I wouldn't be willing.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML poured into a Cantillon Shaker glass
Thanks to Bluebetty for providing this rarity

A-- Poured a dark amber cherry color. Just a decent collar on the glass. Head?? Slowly went away and left the ring.

S-- Raspberries, cherries and funk. Big nose but not totally in your face and hits you over the head.

T-- Sour raspberries, slight sour cherry, vinegar and no hints of sweetness. Sour pucker but with some earthiness to offset this.

M-- Light and dry. Big pucker finish but not as crazy as would have thought. Really enjoyable I thought.

O-- Sick ass beer. Was fun to savor one of the highlights of the night was to have this.

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Photo of warnerry
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared with BA woosterbill and friends during lunch at the 3F restaurant. Cheers, Will! Bottled Feb 14 2007

A - Pours a slightly hazy brown/red with minimal head, but a persistent collar.

S - Slight plasticy aroma precedes a a huge raspberry and cherry aroma. Pretty funky with an intense tartness to the aroma. Also a bit of raspberry jam sweetness, but very subtle compared to the tart aromas.

T - Taste starts out with intensely sour raspberries. Pretty significant funk in the middle with a bit of vinegar. No sweetness in the taste whatsoever. Only a very slight plastic taste initially that quickly fades away. Weird and utterly enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a bit acetic, with some earthy dryness.

O - Definitely one of the most interesting beers I've ever had. Nice acidity and fruit presence, though the slight plastic presence is distracting. Still, very enjoyable in small quantities.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ron and Jeroen opened this as part of our sour education a few weeks back. A huge cheers for testing this rarity out on us. I know how much you guys love this beer.

From a 75cl bottle into a mini flute
Bottled on 14 February 2007

APPEARANCE: Pours a small white head with that fades relatively quickly to a ring only. Hazy raspberry red in color with very low levels of carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Very pretty, natural looking color here. Beautiful to look at, though the head could be a little more persistent.

SMELL: Bold nose with some lovely red fruits. Raspberries obviously, which are just beautiful, and some light cherry notes as well. A touch of funk is there as well, but this is more about the red fruit bouquet on the nose. A little one dimensional, but very enticing.

TASTE: This is truly delicious. Raspberries with light funky notes and a light sourness up front. Touches of cherries in there as well, and some bitterness shows up after the swallow as balance. A medium and lingering aftertaste is full of beautiful raspberry and cherry fruits and a mild sourness as a backbone. Tastes very natural and well balanced.

PALATE: Light on the palate and medium-high levels of carbonation. Creamy and vibrant on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Works wonderfully for the beer and really showcases the flavors.

OVERALL: Completely not wasted on me. This was the only sour I gladly went back for a second pour on. I will admit that I didn’t expect this to be that good. However, the fruit flavors were delicious and decadent, and the sourness played unbelievably well with the fruit component. Perhaps a little one dimensional if I’m honest with myself, but that one dimension is definitely other-worldly. Look forward to the day I get to drink this one again. Thanks again for sharing Ron and Jeroen. This was a game changer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, bottled on Valentine's Day of 2007, shared with friends (including BA warnerry - cheers!) and poured into a 3F wine-style glass. Paired with konijn met geuze in the 3F restaurant. What an experience!

A: Hazy but bright red-brown body under a thin but steady white head that recedes into a ring and leaves spotty lace. Nice.

S: In a word, insanity: nose-hair-curling acidity, raspberries, cherry-skin, and something so intense I can only describe it as pure Lambic heat. It's like funk has been apotheosized.

T: Sour raspberries up front, cherries and lemon sourness in the middle, a hint of plastic towards the end, and a puckering, acetic, raspberry-seed finish. So sour, so strange, so good.

M: Tinglingly sour, lightly carbonated medium body. Crazy.

O: What can I say about this beer? It was right up there with Flaming Fury for being the most sour beverage I've ever had, but along with the ridiculous acidity came both complexity and deliciousness that could hardly be believed. If it weren't for the lone off note of plastic, this would be dangerously close to a perfect fruit Lambic. When Armand and raspberries get together...


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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty red and light brown pour, pink head, good retention, pretty nice. Very funky, wet leathery, musty cherry aroma. Seemed like it was a bunch of red fruits, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb? The musty, funkiness is the most I've ever encountered, and I liked it, especially considering that I generally don't like a bunch of musty-like qualities in the lambics and wilds I drink, but for whatever reason, this one kind of opened me up to it being a desireable quality for a lambic to possess.

Substantial amount of fruit flavor, sour and tartness immediately noticeable upon the first sip. Really turned off a beer noob at the tasting, so you know it was damn fine.

Very enjoyable, would love to drink it side by side with O'Dell's Friek. They both seem to have raspberry forward thing going, but some other red fruits as well, nice fruit and sour components. The obvious main difference between them being how clean friek is, whereas hommage comes off just grimy and musty, but both beers are great for what they bring to the table.

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this whale to the party.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright reddish crimson body with a thin white cap

S: The nose brings forward some Earthiness, puree raspberry and mustiness with some old spent wood

T: Light funk, fresh and puree raspberries, woody and dirt with a hint of wood

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium with a sour, dry finish.

O: Very good

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Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to our recent gueuze tasting. Been wanting to try this one for awhile now, glad I could share it with you all. 2007 bottle.

A - Pours murky pinkish red with a small half finger tall fizzy white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smell is all over the place. Hints of tart raspberries initially quickly changing with what I can only imagine sulfuric acid to smell like, ok maybe just some strong vinegar. It then changes again to dank basement funk and some medicinal band-aid. I can only imagine how this smelled fresh.

T - Starts off with a mix of tart raspberries and lactic sourness slowly giving way to a strong mineral flavor. Hints of vinous fruit skins, wet hay, dulled citric fruit and wet oak make up the rest of this one. Finish is very dry, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart, dry feel with quite a bit of pucker, lingering for some time after consumption.

O - This beer really did live up to its reputation, changing nearly every time I took a sip. The pucker is strong but it is still manageable. I hope they do make this again, I would love to try it fresh.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to xpimptastikx for bringing this beer to our impromptu/epic tasting last night. 750ml corked & caged bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip.

Hommage pours with a rosy, violet-amber hue studded with a fine yeasty haze. A pink, Valentine's day head retains surprisingly well. Gorgeous beer! Sadly, the aroma has not held up to age as well as the appearance. Big phenolic notes greet the nose alongside a leathery, cheesy, funky armpit presence. Cooked asparagus and green olives were suggested, and I agree. However, sniff past the pickled funkiness and there are some nice acetic berry tones lurking beneath.

All is forgiven upon the first sip. This Lambic is heavenly in flavor, with a super tart lactic punch to the sides of the tongue offset by a decadent, funky raspberry jam note in the middle. Mouthfeel is dry, tart, and refreshing with a perfect carbonation level. Overall, an amazing beer; I am grateful that I got the opportunity to try Hommage. It's a shame the nose hadn't held up, but the deliciousness more than makes up for that fact. Thanks again Michael!

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4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened up with the St Valentine's Cuvee Geuze since they were both about to turn 5.

A - Pours like carbonated cranberry juice as an inch of light pink head arises. A thin sheet stays around for awhile and leaves light lacing on the glass.

S - This is the wild card for this beer. First I got a very light raspberry jam followed by band aids, which seemed to have layers of musty cheese and pickled eggs. Someone else said green olives. There are raspberries, but they sit under some heavy funk layers.

T - Bright fresh raspberries still, raspberry jam, slightly acetic, but still a heavy dose of wet hay and cheese. Light vegital aftertaste. A better balance here than the nose, and my favorite fruit lambic from 3F.

M - light creamy carbonation with a nice oaky tannic finish, it leaves you lingering for more.

O - My favorite 3F fruit lambic to date. The nose was not as good as it could have been, but age might have something to do with that. Saying that, the 2007 Vintage we opened was not nearly as funky in the nose as the Hommage. I wish I was sitting on 3+ like some people, but a alas this was my only bottle.

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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Orangesol for sharing this. 2007 vintage poured into a taster. The brew appears a hazed ruby color with patchy lacing sticking to the glass. A swirl releases a thin film of bubbles across the top with some spots of lace clinging to the glass. Despite the brew having a reddish look about it, the edges appear more of an orange when held to the light.

The smell of this brew is all over the place with every whiff. First notes of diaper and plastic breath off the brew before turning more fruity as earthy. There is a deep goodness about this brew smelling like over-ripe to rotten raspberry mixed with vinegar and plastic. The raspberry quality has a very pitted aspect about it. As it warms up, it gets a little medicinal with hints of cooked cabbage. That might sound disgusting but it's actually quite pleasant.

The taste is tart with both a bacterial aspect as well as a natural tartness of raspberry. The fruit again carries with it an earthy appeal that seems pitted and natural. As the brew warms up, some notes of plastic intertwine along with oak, herbs, grass and cheese. The aftertaste has a minor hint of veggie quality and a bit of medicinal aspect.

This is a tart brew that is very funky. It is medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. A very solid salivation factor follows each sip of this brew and there is seemingly no alcohol inclusion. It was nice to finally get a chance to try this brew and for that I say thank you Nate. With talks of this being released again, I look forward to seeing the difference with a more fresh bottle. Regardless, this one is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am appreciative to orangesol for sharing this 750 ML bottle, 2007 vintage at foofaa's gueuze tasting, enjoyed chilled in a cervoise.

The color is ruby with mild haze and has thin white ring of head which leaves spots of lace. the smell has a a strong funky/fruity fragrance which comes of as lightly sulfuric and has a vinous quality with slight dark berry sweet odor. The feel is very tart with funky and biscuit toastiness and moderately high carbonation giving the impression of levity. The pucker factor is ther with subtle tannin in the astringent finish.

The flavor is super tart which is great right off -so juicy sour and has a dank fruity earthy taste with subtle raspberry tartness. The mild cherry-skin taste with slight earthy element and floral flavor is very vibrant and complex with fruit and sour notes working together.

Overall this is an incredible sour beer, plenty of fruit with the sour flavor pushing the envelope yet still so drinkable you want to go back again and again. The fruit flavors are great with subtle oakiness, a really top notch example.

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Drie Fonteinen Hommage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.