Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
From: Etre Gourmet, Belgium
Date: Bottled in 2008
Drie Fonteinen's Winter Straffe is an excellent, interesting, perhaps experimental use of atypical malts (for a lambic mash) and Belgian candi sugar to produce a not-quite-gueuze, lambic, or faro. Stylistically, it's closest to faro, with the added sweetness that the malt and candi sugar add to the beer. This is one I'd be happy to try again, but its rarity and the 25euro price tag it tends to presently command make this unlikely to happen. Maybe Armand and Michael will brew it again once the new brewing operation is in full swing. Until then, I have fond memories.
Pours a 1cm tall head of beige or off-white colored foam, composed of small and medium-sized bubbles, a bit frothy looking, but with below average retention, lasting under a minute as it fades to virtually nothing, with minimal lacing (though this fairly typical of many lambic-inspired beers). Body is a dark copper brown color, with light bringing out burnt orange tones. Suspended sediment creates a hazy appearance, about 40-60% opacity. Carbonation is visible from the bottom of the glass, appearing fairly vigorous.
Aromas of tart, unripe, green apples with modest dry straw, basement must, and amber-colored Belgian candi sugar. The sweetness is well-blended into the tart and "wild" aspects of this beer for a unique and enjoyable collection of scents.
Front of palate picks up modest malt sweetness with added amber Belgian candi sugar, but this is quickly broken down by strong, tart lemon and sour apple. The lactic and acetic acid continue through the mid-palate, generating pleasant tartness as though from unripe or tart fruits. Back of the palate picks up continued tartness and sourness, but with mild must and straw flavors, amber Belgian candi sugar, and noticeable oak character. Closes with a flash of tartness, leading to a lingering aftertaste of amber Belgian candi sugar sweetness, a hint of toasted or caramelized malts, and waning tartness.
The beer has a medium weight to it, with carbonation of medium intensity, creating a gently carbonated, never quite fizzy, mouthfeel that smoothly crosses the palate with a slight foaming effect. This is enhanced by the tartness, which causes a mild, pleasant puckering effect. Closes crisp and dry, as could be expected, with a touch of stickiness remaining across the palate.
01-08-2013 21:00:36 | More by falloutsnow
4.43/5 rDev +7%
75cl poured into a Loon glass
Shared with kscaldef while he was in Dublin.
A: Murky, deep tan. Barely a quarter (off-white) head on medium pour.
S: Smells of sweet candy, funk, soft apple, dark fruit, touch of leather, and cherry. Enjoyable to sniff!
T: Taste is a balance of sweet caramel, dark fruit, and apple. Touch of oak and cherry mid-to-back while the funk of the lambic is subtle, but very enjoyable. Finishes with a smooth, soft tannin/leather feel as well as caramelized brown sugar. ABV is hidden and this beer is thoroughly enjoyable and very easy to drink!
M: Medium body with prickly carbonation.
O: This beer was enjoyed shortly after tasting the De Cam Oude Faro, so that was the benchmark and I think the Straffe Winter stands well above the De Cam. More depth, complexity, and character. I think this beer does a great job capturing the style of the faro while not being too overwhelmingly sweet. I look forward to aging it a bit more and seeing how it stands the test of time. Solid brew!
09-24-2012 06:22:30 | More by spdyfire83
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Thanks to MaxxDaddy on RB for bringing this bottle to Campground Brewdown. Yet another Drie Fonteinen off the list.
A - Pours murky brown with a small one finger tall off-white head leaving very small trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of very light funk, dark candied sugar, dark fruits, oak, caramel and a light mineral quality. This one isn't as funky as I was expecting.
T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malt and plenty of dark candied sugar that never really go away. Hints of dark fruits, oak, light musty funk and some minerals help to break up the sweetness. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the palate long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Kinda sweet with some lingering dryness.
O - I enjoyed this one for what it is. It definitely sports some interesting flavors but it really isn't my style. Fun to try but I wouldn't actively seek it out.
08-23-2012 04:29:34 | More by orangesol
Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
91 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.