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Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 54
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Faro |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Pennywise on 09-05-2010

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.
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by Douglas88:
Photo of Douglas88
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy orange. No head.

Smell - Kinda funky. Orange. Dry grass. A little lemony acidity.

Taste - Much more sour than I thought. Lemon. A bit of vinegar. Woody. Some deep brown sugar. A bit of oxidation.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I thought this would be terrible, but it's pretty good. Very sour.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerpirates
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rarbring
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of DCon
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared a e75cl bottle w/ STLwill & GeoffTheAleMan @ Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the corked&caged green bottle w/ 3 STRAFFE in orange writing, a glass filled w/ the beer, & wheat in the background on it into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has Botteldatum 25/01/2008 & Houdbaar tot 01/2012 on the side. Label also says ouvrir prudemment (open carefully)! Thanks for the hint.

Aroma- Has a strong acidic aroma from the start with a ton of fruit behind it! Has the normal horsey/barnyard notes and seems like there is honey in the background.

Appearance- Pours 4 fingers of head that last forever with tons of bubbles. The body is a dark orange color with tons of cloud. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- A surprisingly well-balanced sour ale! Apples, strong malt, and tart flavors start of this brew. Has good barnyard taste and tons of peach/apricot taste as well. Finishes very acidic but not too much for the palate.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Highly Carbonated, High tartness and then has a dry finish. Not sure I caught any attribute in the finish like what was involved in the taste.

Overall Impression- This is my second Faro and my favorite of this style so far! Many things I appreciated in this one was all the fruit that stuck out and the perfect amount of acidity involved. I will be looking to buy this one in stores or if I'm overseas will be stocking up on this! Get your hands on it if you can!

Photo of brystmar
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage with a "drink by" date of Jan 2012. My first Faro!

Really nice looking sour: copper body, plenty of white head, strong lace. Oaky barrel character in the nose compliments the funk and sourness well. Taste has plenty of oakyness too, plus mild sugary sweetness, a good amount of tartness, lots of malt, and tons of complexity.

Wasn't sure what to expect from this one, and I really liked it. Reminds me of Rosso, but much better. Would love to try it fresh!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sigh. I guess I'm not going to Jackie O's after all. Bottled 25th Jan 2008, consumed 02 Dec 2010.

A clear copper with a dense, off-white head that recedes to a thin disk, leaving some lace. Plenty of carbonation is visible. The nose is completely unconventional, especially for Drie Fonteinen. Tart, vinegar is present, along with some moderate fruitiness, bringing to mind strawberries and black cherries. Vanilla is present, along with quite a bit of oak. Mildly cidery and grassy, there isn't much funk. In some ways, this is a cross between Rodenbach and Le Terroir (minus the dry hops).

The palate opens with quite a bright acetic character, tart, juicy and refreshing. Again, I get some fruity, berry character, and there's a very prominent tannin character, especially on the finish which lends a moderate bitterness. That wet wood character is signature Drie Fonteinen, but the acetic character isn't. A touch of sweetness is present as well. The lack of funk is rather disappointing, but approached as a Americanized-Flanders Red, this is a lot better. Drying on the finish with some alcohol, the sweetness is noticeable as well. Carbonation is soft and supple, this feels spectacular on the palate. I really like this, but I was hoping for more. Unlike your typical gueuze, the acidity does hamper drinkability just a hair. Complexity is high, but ultimately, this could be better.

**Edit: An hour later, once my nose has gotten a chance to get used to the moderate acetic character, I do get a lot more funk. To my palate, the delicacy of a cheesy funk is easily overcome from the brightness that acetic acid brings. Adding the yeast does increase the funkiness of this brew

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is clear gold with a vigorous head. At the end of the bottle the beer gets a little cloudy due to the disturbed sedimentation. The vigorous head dissipates quickly, but leaves lots of lacing on the glass, which is unusual for a lambic.

The aroma is sour, and is very clean and fresh smelling. Apples, lemon, and spice, especially ginger and maybe a trace of cinnamon.

Tastes of both tart and ripe apples with a bit of yeasty funkiness. The malt lies in the background but provides great structure. Layered on that is a lemon juice and lemon rind sourness, balanced by candi sugar. Wintery spices are evident, including some ginger, a trace of cinnamon, and I'd say a hint of clove. Vanilla and oak wood are there as well. All of this goes together so smoothly. There is a slight taste of hops that extends into a long delicious finish.

Body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy--also unusual for a lambic.

This is a great beer, a recipe based on three malts (lager, ambre, and munich), aged hops, and candi sugar, and the beer is aged in oak barrels for 2 years. This lambic is so tasty and so smooth and so nicely spiced. I wish I had more of this, but I am down to 1 bottle which I will treasure for awhile.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/26/10

Thanks to largadeer for sharing. Deep golden with a frothy white head. Aroma is musty, with notes of dark fruit, oak, candied sweetness, and mushroom. The nose displays moderate acetic notes and caramel. The flavor has a moderate candied sweetness accompanying traditional wild notes like earthiness, mustiness, and some wet leather. Citrus is evident, and there are lesser notes of dark fruits and a light acetic character. Lightly tart and moderately sour with oak and tannins in the finish. An interesting and enjoyable beer.

Photo of muttyd
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with some BAs at Ebenezer's.

Orange/amber body with a thick white foamy head. Big funky, sweaty, acidic, somewhat spicy aroma. Very sour beer. Lemon zest, sweet (almost cherry?) malty backbone, barnyard funk, leather, and oaky flavor. Very low carbonation as expected for the style. Another excellent beer from 3F.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a darker copper toned amber with a tight creamy off white head. The nose has a very webby funk to it with a yeasty spice presence up front. Tons of candied sugars dominate the bulk of the nose with some faint sour cherries in back with a touch of booze. The taste is very sweet, dusty up front but light, overly sweet candied sugar and caramel. faintly sour cherries in the back. lighter creamy body with a grentler carbonation and bit juicy with a faint driness.

Photo of kappldav123
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm very happy I got some bottles of this beer. Bottle looks great. Small cork that almost flew of the bottle when I tried to remove the wire. Very zippy in the glass, huge head. Dark copper-brownish. Sweet aroma. Starts very strong but not alcoholic, quite spicy with intense earthy-woody notes, hidden caramel, a little bit vanilla. Finish more sour without being to much. The sour notes fit perfect to the eartly spiciness. Very, very drinkable. I love this beer and it will be hard not to open the other bottles I have within the next week...

Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

January 2008 Bottling.

A: Orangish-red bpdy. Very thin off-white head. A nice thin skim remains on top as soapy lacing is left behind.

S: Alternating blasts of oak and tart berry-like aromas. Some lactic funk and lemon runs underneath. Some nice sweaty aromas as well.

T: Similar to the nose as a nice blend of wood, funk, sourness, tartness, sweat, and some berry. A bit unusual, but quite nice.

M: Silky smooth body. I think more carbonation would have been a nice addition. The sourness/tartness is a bit timid, but is still quite noticeable.

D: A very nice, refreshing lambic. Interesting and unique. Will have to track down more bottles soon.

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Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
91 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.