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Drie Fonteinen Hommage | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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
Batch 3 - 2015

Added by Phatz on 10-15-2007

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 2.

Appearance - Deep red. Pinkish in the light. Nice light pink head. Thin layer of foam on the surface.

Smell - Intense raspberry. Just a little bit of sour cherry aroma. Lightly funky. Some lemony acidity and wheat grain.

Taste - The lambic base is more dominant. Lactic sourness. The raspberry is less jammy and sweet. Wheat graininess. Funky finish with a little bit of yogurt tang lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Moderately sour.

Overall - The fruit is really intense in the nose, but the lambic shines in the taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 6/26/14. Best before 6/2023.

Pours a murky red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dotss of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, funk, cherry, and raspberry aromas. Taste is much the same with super sour cherry, raspberry, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with really nice sour fruit and funk qualities all around.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dusty pinkish red.

S - Raspberries lead, accompanied by mild barnyard funk. Medicinal edge with bitter red grapes.

T - Very much following the nose, with sour cherries to finish. A little berry cough syrup. Moderate tartness leading to slight mouth pucker.

M - Appropriately carbonated, finishing long with a little funk once more.

O - This is definitely good stuff, but I can't see myself trading my cellar to get more of it. Fruitier and less aggressively blue cheese than the fou'foune, mamouche, and golden doesjel which I drank in the same session

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Photo of JulioH
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


This beer has a lot of collectors' appeal and this may cause it to be overrated. I have enjoyed it a few times already, and even though I really like it, the price is just ridiculous. Drie Fonteinen beers are the more expensive beers in existence.

Pours a nice dark red beer. A little foam forms and dissipates quickly. Normal aroma, fruits, lambic, bretts. Taste is very uniform, it is sour, raspberries, and not dry at all. A bit on the syrupy side, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The incredible efforts of Armand and his team unleash their plethora of fruit, spice and funk on the senses- this time with the fruit medley of cherry and raspberry for a fruit-centric taste that's so much more than just fruit.

Its hazy mauve body rests comfortably shielded by a yeasty veil through its center and a delicate and lacy crème that swirls about its surface. Relaxing to a dainty collar around the edge, the beer carries all the hallmarks that are prized in well made sour ale.

Tangy aromatics flood the nose with nostril-piercing acidity. Those tangy fruit aromas sliver through the ale's more rustic cider, vinous and vinegar scents. Cork-like mustiness links up with other pungent notes of cellar wood, sea air and horse hair. Heading into taste... "hey, is that peppercorn and cinnamon?"

And then the brunt of sourness layers on the taste buds with tepid fruit sweetness, undeniably from cherries and raspberries. Yet as the fruit flavor marches onward, its sweetness recedes and paves the way for the tangy, tart, and downright sour flavors of lemons, limes, crab apples and red wine vinegar to penetrate. Trailing spiciness of high pepper and cinnamon resonate with a taste of brine-stewn hay, grape seed and weathered oak dance on the late palate, drying its taste as well as its body.

Though lavishly fruity to start, the beer's calm carbonation lifts and the seepage of acidity acts upon the taste buds and dominating with pang and pepper. Its wine-like finish is lightly astringent as its tannin and pectin give a feathery finish with soft plaster and clay.

Armand has once again knocked it out of the park. The fruit tandem in Hommage gives the beer a bit of a heafty upstart without being malty or sweet. Its the perfect balance and layers of complexity that take sour ale to irresistible levels.

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Photo of Luk13
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 2007 vintage side-by-side with Framboos 2011. Pale red with orange higlights and no head. Looks a little bit like a bad wine. Aroma has some of those rotten raspberries but there is also cherries and barnyard. Flavors are mostly cherries, cherry pie sweetness, old raspeberries and lemon acid. Low carbonation. This one was less bad than Framboos but not very good.

Bottle 2013 vintage drank one year later. Pour a thick burgundy red with very low head. Aroma is fruity and nicely showcases raspberries, blackberries and cherries. Definitly funky, decent horseblanket presence. Menthol notes reminds me of old 3F lambics. Taste is rich raspberries and cherries. Intense sourness, mostly citric, is balanced by fruity sweetness. Full bodied and rather low carbonation which accentuates the richness of this fruit lambic. This is not your everyday fruit lambic, it is however wonderfully complex for a lambic this age. 4.3

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Photo of nkeckhar
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

was lucky enough to try batch 1. thanks bobby. this was one of the most pleasurable experiences of my beer life. yeasty & tart with some many fruit flavors - cherry & raspberry most prominently for me. i think this beer has held up quite well and look forward to see how the new batch develops. now, i just need a time machine to go back and taste this one fresh.

batch 2 in it's current state is very good, but has a bit of nail polishy scent to it. i think it will develop nicely over time but right now it's more of a 4 on the arbitrary rating system.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy red color with pink head. Aroma is really fruity with raspberry, strawberry and sour cherries. Also nice farmhouse funky notes. Taste follows with intense fruits, sour and funky, well balanced and easy to drink. Medium body with high effervescence. Really good one, fruity, funky and tasty.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Birthday lunch with the wife on 8.22.13
Brouwer's Cafe
Seattle, WA
Bottled Feb 2007

A - Pours a murky brown-red with a light tan head that quickly moves to the edges.

S - Funky raspberries, a light tartness, but so much fruit.

T - Raspberry jam in a glass. It is a touch acidic and woody, but the raspberry flavor dominates and without it being overly sweet. The taste lingers pleasantly on the tongue for a long time after the drink.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - What a real treat, why can't every day be like this day. It is amazing how the fruit flavors have lasted so long on this one. So glad to have the chance to have this.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +6.8%
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 -7.5%
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 +8.1%
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 +7.9%
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 +1.6%
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 +0.9%
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 -3.8%
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 -4.1%
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 +11.1%
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 -12.2%
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 -5.2%
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 +3.4%
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 -8.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -2.7%
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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Drie Fonteinen Hommage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.