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Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
91
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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 54
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Faro |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Closest to a faro since dark candi sugar was added, though the Lambic portion was untraditional using some amber and Munich malts.

(Beer added by: Pennywise on 09-05-2010)
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Reviews by Douglas88:
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Douglas88

Utah

4.47/5  rDev +8%

Bottle at De Heeren van Liedekerke September 4th 2010. Pours a dark copper hue with a large white head. I know nothing about this beer, I'm surprised it is a Faro. The aroma is huge barrels and a sweet, well it seems like Bourbon and vanilla nose. A sweet flavor; lots of woody earthy flavors, pears and earthy wood, vanilla and something akin to bourbon, tartness fights to get through. Wonderful. A lovely beer that stood out. Edit: it is not listed as a Faro on BA.

11-16-2010 22:19:32 | More by Douglas88
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Glad to try another Faro.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the lemons, apples and caramel malt. There is a good bit of tartness to the aroma and a little bit of funk.

The flavor is similar, but a little bitter in my opinion. I get light to medium farmhouse funk. as well as some sour apples and lemons. There is also a little bit sugar mixed in, but the beer is still a lot more sour than the other Faros that I have tried.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good beer. Drie Fonteinen never disappoints.

02-19-2011 05:40:20 | More by Mora2000
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-03-2013 03:42:26 | More by acurtis
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Thanks to Jeff (ipa247) for this one. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Captain Lawrence snifter. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger powdery white head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy orange-bronze. Lacing is stringy and thick with nice legs but no cling.

S: Nose is unlike anything I've ever smelt before. Brett, caramel, slight tartness, and candied brown sugar. Also a baked yam richness. Funk is noticeably present but covered by an odd deep sweetness.

T: Opens sweet spice. Coriander, clove, and cane sugar. Tartness comes on a bit towards the middle along with cobwebs and Brett. Some peach and brown sugar graininess. End is sweet tea mixed with tartness and caramel. Finish is drying with a spicy aftertaste.

S: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Silky and oily in the mouth with a slight dryness. Goes down with some slightly rough edges and a nice crispness. Finish is dry with a sticky aftertaste.

D: Having a faro for the first time, it's a bit of a combination between the traditional sour lambic style and the Lindeman's fruit beers loaded with sugar. That being said, this is pretty enjoyable. Not overly sweet and with a light tart character. Worth trying if you get the chance.

02-06-2011 21:16:28 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-19-2011 21:06:23 | More by Photekut
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +7%

HUGE thanks to sleepydave !!

vintage 2008

pours a deep ruby and brown. light haze. although the cork blew on this, very little head at all. very light retention.

nice light lemon and sour strawberry. nice light lactic notes. lighter hints of vinegar and cherry. a bit of funk.

lots of cherry up front and through out. light lemon zest sourness with a nice strong oak flavor. lighter hints of apricot and wheat. the sourness to flavor is pretty spot on. everything really balances each other out. tons of complexity.

for an unblended lambic, this has a fairly moderate carbonation. lots of oak gives off a nice dry feeling. lots of lemon zest left behind in the aftertaste.

this may be the best Drie Fonteinen i have had yet, such amazing flavors. i feel quite privileged to be drinking this.

12-24-2010 23:34:07 | More by hooliganlife
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nickd717

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Ah, the elusive Lambic - Unblended tick. You don't get many of those. fagradeer shared this one I think.

Pours a cloudy orangish-amber color with a small off-white head that fades.

Funky aroma, almost fruity and cherryish, with big leather and oak.

Great flavor too. Mild sourness, and rather acetic. Oak, leather, earth, and barnyard funk.

Medium-bodied with low carbonation and average acidity.

Typical quality you expect from 3F, i.e. really good. Different.

10-08-2010 23:53:59 | More by nickd717
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

05-30-2014 18:14:19 | More by GRG1313
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-12-2013 02:26:40 | More by SpdKilz
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Bottle (4 years old): Poured a murky deep amber color faro with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma consists of funky yeast ester and some barnyard notes. Taste is a mix between some candi sugar notes mix in with some funky notes with loads of barnyard and wet leather notes with some tart notes at the end. Body is quite full for style with limited carbonation which again is to be expected. Funkier then expected with less residual sugar then I had anticipated.

04-02-2012 16:47:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-29-2012 03:26:48 | More by hoppymcgee
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Ditmier provided this one at a recent tasting... thanks Eric!! Now we wait. ;-)

Pour hazy orange with a flimsy white head.

Lactic sour and more than enough funk.. but some brown sugar essence really seems to me to be the defining quality.. the sugars pull the yeasty elements out swinging.. musty brett.. and decaying compost combines with too much sweetness... plenty of sugars leftover and even a bit of vanilla.

Caramel or brown sugar sweetness makes me think "Faro", but what do I know? The sugars seem too heavy for the dank hay and moderate funky cheese... there is some sorta spiciness that screams clove, but it easily gets lost in the other flavors.. a bit of acetone and acetic acid prime the EtOH with warmth.. Really interesting and really odd.. seems sweet/funky and obviously alcoholic... but the sweetnes seems to dial in the funk and never lets it escape the way I was hoping it would.

Thanks Eric... wow... odd and complex.... I want a bottle or two to forget about for about 10 years... otherwise, I think this will be a chintzy review.

3/4/4/4/4

01-09-2011 10:09:39 | More by JohnGalt1
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

so happy to be able to try this one, i opened it up tonight as i really needed to relax hardcore. served in a snifter.

as it hit the glass i notice a caramel colored light brown liquid falling in. head of white foam formed quickly with lots of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. this was replaced by a thin line of white around the edges of the glass, and a small amount of side glass lace.

aroma is dominated by the funky yeast, ,Nice sour apple and pear aromas start to come through then and are mixing in with a candied apple and sugary smell that as it warms starts to take over the profile a bit, but was still leaving behind the nice funky notes way in the back. Lots of honey infused flavors here now, really sweet. With some residual funky yeast, flavors were there if you really looked for them, but again, buried under caramelized candy like sugar flavors. The feel was light, and a little slick, with surprisingly a lack of carbonation, which I did not think, would be an issue. It was very light and airy though,

overall an acquired styl for sure but vry well done!

05-25-2011 02:02:02 | More by mikesgroove
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Mike

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-15-2013 00:20:48 | More by Mike
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

750ml corked and caged bottle, Jan 2008 bottling.

Copper colored, hazy at first and then muddy toward the end of the bottle. It's very well carbonated, though only a small head forms.

The nose is fruity, funky, mildly sweet. The combination of musty oak and caramel is unusual. Dark berry tartness and balsamic vinegar comes through strongly as it warms.

Very different from the aroma, it's quite sour and dry on the tongue. Though there's a solid malt backbone, it doesn't lend any sweetness. Fruity, tannic and vinous with more acetic acid than I would expect from a 3 Fonteinen beer, it reminds me a lot of the first bottled batch of Consecration. Sourness is moderate, and the finish is quite dry. An interesting experimental beer, it seems to be more of an American sour than a strong lambic.

10-11-2010 18:36:21 | More by largadeer
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WeisGuy

New York

3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-18-2011 17:11:44 | More by WeisGuy
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

This is not a Faro. Belgian candy sugar was added to the beer before fermentation.

Turbid amber hue, khaki head.

Earthy Brett, caramelized malt sugar, acidity and a vibrant green/crab apple aroma.

Tastes very similar to sour crab apples. Some malty sweetness and tea. A little heavier than your normal lambic, probably due to the different malted barleys that were used. It makes me think these could be bottle bombs in a few years if there is a good amount of residual sugar left for the wild yeast to eat up.

02-19-2011 00:28:28 | More by BearsOnAcid
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.1/5  rDev -1%

75cl Bottle poured into my cantillon tulip glass

A: . Pours a murky, deep orange (bordering on brown) body with a small white head. Nice.

S : Aroma is subtle and complex: candy sugar, brett notes, barnyard funk, dried fruits, almonds and some nutty, woody notes.

T : Taste is matching: smooth brett tones, sweet malts, candy sugar, hay, yellow apples , wood and baker’s yeast.

O : The added candy sugar makes this a sort of crossbreed between a Belgian ale and a classic lambic. Which I do like. A really, really nice brew and a truly original lambic.

01-29-2012 19:44:43 | More by beerpirates
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digita7693

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-19-2014 22:19:17 | More by digita7693
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-18-2012 19:42:16 | More by ucsbmullet
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rarbring

Sweden

4.47/5  rDev +8%

2008 Vintage. The beer is clouded dark orange, almost brown. A small off-white head, no lacing, good curtains.

The smell is reminding me of crayfish with dill, some brown sugar, vinegar and yeast.

There is a malty sweetness as of brown hard bread, crayfish shells, some what fruity, ripe apples and dried pears.

Medium high carbonation, micro bubbles, a soft and complex body, a dry finish.

This beer has lots of smell, lots of taste, very interesting and rewarding.

02-19-2011 17:47:21 | More by rarbring
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -27.5%

11-15-2011 01:39:38 | More by ygtbsm94
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Thanks to GT for opening this.

Pours a moderate golden-yellow color with a good white head and some mild lacing as it goes down. The nose contains a good amount of breadiness as well as some yeast and spice. Light sugary character along with a moderate amount of Brett funk. Its profile is pretty similar to 3F Oude Gueuze, but a bit subdued. Flavor is nice with a bit of apple and barnyard funk. There's is a touch more sweetness than a normal wild, though it's really more noticeable in the mouthfeel, where a mild sugary sweetness coats my palate. Good carbonation. Overall, quite a solid effort and something I thoroughly enjoyed.

03-30-2011 23:51:29 | More by Thorpe429
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one. It sounds interesting if nothing else.

A: The pour is quite dark, an amber sort of color with a fair amount of brown notes. The head is rather large and off-white in color.

S: The nose is only mildly funky, for a Drie Fonteinen beer, anyway. A very slight hint of their usual sweaty sock aroma along with some grass and earth. Quite a bit of sweet candi sugar like aroma, which I was not expecting at all. And there are lots of fruit notes to this beer as well.

T: A fairly aggressive grassy quality comes through on the palate, as well as some straw. The tartness is there, but only a slight lactic/lemon character to the beer overall. Again, the fruity sweetness shows itself, but it provides a very interesting contrast.

M: The body is medium, perhaps what you might expect for a "lambic". The carbonation is soft, but present enough.

D: If nothing else, an interesting experiment in fermentation. I would be interested to see how this beer develops over time.

10-28-2010 04:46:52 | More by womencantsail
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-15-2011 22:00:06 | More by nmann08
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Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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