Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 55
Gots: 22 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 25th, 2008. Best before January 2012. Served in a tasting snifter at hoppymeal's place.

A - Pours with a quarter-finger of off white foam that settles to a thin ring and leaves a touch of film on the surface. No lace. The body is a hazed dark orange-brown.

S - Huge cheesy, horsey funk - it's that signature earthy Drie Fonteinen smell. This is fairly oak heavy, which is a surprise, and also has light acetic acid and a hint of the 8% ABV when it warms up. The malt character is also more pronounced than typical lambic.

T - The taste is also more malt-forward than you'd expect, but thankfully the candi sugar element is attenuated and this doesn't come off as high-gravity faro. Plenty of funk present, as well as some lactic sourness instead of the vinous variety.

M - Super dry, with some cottonmouth and tooth-coating residual feel. Lower carbonation, and a decidedly medium body.

D - I had a second pour of this one - it's excellent stuff. There's no alcohol taste either, which is a plus. Definitely going to have to order another bottle of this one.

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3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The #1 Faro shared by me at a recent tasting. I love Drie Fonteinen a lot. This beer...not my favorite from them.

Beer is amber and mostly clear with a lazy head, moderate to low carbonation and no lacing.

The aroma is mildly acetic but sweet with malt at the same time.

It is sour but not overly so, kind of sugary sweet / malty at the same time. A bigger body than expected, a decent beer but not my favorite. I'd have it again but I doubt I'd buy it again.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/27/11 notes. Thanks to tarheels86 (RB) for opening this one up; always excited to try a new Drie Fonteinen beer! 2008 vintage

a - Pours a murky amber color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells sugar, apples, some definite brett, and some dark fruits, raisins and figs. Definitely a bit sweet, but enjoyable.

t - Tastes of apples, brett, oak, sweet fruit, orange, sugar, and dark fruits. Again sweet, but not too much.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - An enjoyable beer from Drie Fonteinen, though not my favorite. It's a bit sweet from the sugar added to it, but nice if you split a bottle with a few people. Something I would be itnerested in having again for sure.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

January 25th, 2008 Bottling Date, Best by January 2012; Sampled October 2010
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, lightly amber-tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a hazed (despite sitting in the fridge for a month or two), plum, light amber with gold highlighted hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart and fruity up front and really reminds me of plums with a caramelized apple backdrop to it. There is a certain mustiness to it as well as some damp, barnyard aged, musky cloth blanket notes, perhaps a touch of phenolics / acetone and a certain spiciness that I can't quite tell if it comes from acetic acid or not. I poured some for my wife in a 25cl tulip glass and a note of overly-ripe cheese and perhaps a touch of rotting fruit aromatics even, or is that a rotting vegetable like note (baby puke even :-).

Dry tasting up front, but quite carbonated, though it doesn't get very fizzy as the body of this brew is quite thick (at least if you were expecting something Lambic like in texture). Woody oak notes and a touch of spiciness show the barrel influence. This is actually quite dry; there is not much of any residual sugar as all the Candi-sugar has been fermented out completely. The darker malts used (the label mentions Munich malt and amber malt) add some nice malt character to the finish; it is subtle underneath the more dominant Lambic-like character, but provides finishing touches of biscuit-like malt, a touch of toasty whole grain character as well as a chewy brown bread crumb (crumb being the part of the bread inside the crust and not crumbled dried bread) notes. Nicely tart tasting, but it is not nearly as bracingly tart as one would expect from a regular strength Lambic (extra alcohol does tend to inhibit lactic acid production) and the acidity couples with some phenolic notes to produce some light spiciness in the finish that intermingles with the spicy oak notes. A touch of vanillin character is contributed by the oak aging and maybe even a hint of coconut. I do like the texture of this beer, the ample, but not over-whelming carbonation mixes quite well with the medium texture that has a certain creaminess to it. Perhaps a hint of sweetness comes through as this warms up, but really it comes through as a boost to the fruitiness rather than as an actual sweetness; notes of plum, fragrant apples (like Macintosh) and perhaps a hint of caramelized melon are just barely noticeable.

This is not over-carbonated yet, and I don't really see this being a future problem for this beer; there is very little residual sugar left here and I would guess that this will age gracefully well past the January 2012 best by date. This is a nice alternative to a lighter Lambic / Gueuze, definitely a bit more appropriate for the winter time, though this is certainly not heavy, but I am not sure that I would ever choose this over a more traditional Lambic. Worthwhile as an experiment, but I can't see myself stocking up on this particular batch; with the variation between batches and given this is a first time thing, if future batches took a different turn than this has it might be worth picking up those; I wouldn't mind if there was more lactic acidity and perhaps even more character from the darker malt or even the candi-sugar.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Photo of mothman
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into LA Stemware

Pours a very thin layer of off-white head. Color is a slightly hazed ruby hued peach.

Aroma: Classic 3 Fountains sour and funk flavors up front. Oak, sour and tart cherries. It has some vinegar notes with a light layer of nail polish remover, but in a good way. Has a musky basement smell mixed with sour grapes. Pretty solid.

Taste: Fairly tart and pretty sour. My mouth is puckering already. This one again has the signature 3 Fountains sourness. Vinegar and light nail polish remover. Tart cherries and sour grapes. Some oak and a bit of spice. Pretty similar to the taste but a bit more tart. A very nice sour even though I have no idea of the classification.

Mouthfeel: Tart, sour, mouth-puckering. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, this was a great beer from 3F. It had a good amount of sour and tartness yet still drank really easy. I was surprised with how sour this one was. Pretty drinkable. I am a fan.

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Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
91 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.