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Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 53
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website

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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Photo of Jeffo


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeroen's place graced us with plenty of enjoyable 3F sours. Thanks agian guys!

From a 75cl bottle into a mini-flute.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small white head that vanishes almost immediately. Looks still pretty quickly. Hazy burnt orange with medium levels of carbonation evident. No wisp or ring remain and no lacing. Looks pretty flat by the end, which is disappointing.

SMELL: Hay and some funky notes in there, with green apples and other green fruits. A nice toffee hint comes though as well, which adds a very nice touch. Nice nose.

TASTE: Sour green apples and lemon notes up front, with some nice candy sugar and toffee sweetness coming through after the swallow, offering some very nice balance to the taste profile. Hints of oak come through as well, along with touches of floral bitterness after the swallow. Bold aftertaste of sour apples, sweet sugary toffee and a touch of bitterness lingering nicely on the palate. Very flavorful and balanced for sure.

PALATE: Light on the palate and medium-high levels of carbonation. Creamy and vibrant on the palate, goes down fine and finishes quite dry.

OVERALL: Next to Hommage, this was probably the beer I enjoyed the most. The sweet tones from the sugar accompanied the sourness extremely well, and I really appreciated the light bitterness at the finish. This is one I’d gladly stock up on for future consumption. Really enjoyed this, and found it extremely approachable for a sour rookie. Good choice on this one guys. Thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 20:58:49 | More by Jeffo
Photo of woosterbill


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle enjoyed at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst, poured into house tumblers.

A: Cloudy orange body with some sediment; one finger of fine, creamy tan foam. Nice retention and lacing. Pretty good.

S: Heavily lactic, with tons of acidity dominating the aroma. Underneath the lactic acid is some classic earthy funk, with plenty of minerality. Smells like a combination Lambic/American Wild. Great.

T: Very sour, with puckering lactic acidity continuing from front to back, and leaving a tingling vacuum throughout my mouth - my cheeks just keep sucking in. Along with the intense sourness are notes of earthy, hay, must, mushroom, and lemon. Powerful and delicious.

M: Creamy, lively, silky, and ultimately crisp and puckering. Perfect.

O: I didn't know what to expect with this one (besides awesomeness, being from 3 Fonteinen), and I was really blown away. Completely unlike any other Lambic I've ever had, and fascinatingly delicious in its own unique way.


Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 15:18:46 | More by woosterbill
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Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 16:47:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 00:58:35 | More by brystmar
Photo of hoppymcgee


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-29-2012 03:26:48 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz


4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-21-2012 16:50:25 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
Photo of cpetrone84


3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 16:18:09 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of imperialking


4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-10-2012 05:33:19 | More by imperialking
Photo of beerpirates


4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 19:44:43 | More by beerpirates
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-26-2011 03:41:10 | More by lpayette
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New York

3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-18-2011 17:11:44 | More by WeisGuy
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-24-2011 19:45:35 | More by Exiled
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-19-2011 21:06:23 | More by Photekut
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-16-2011 06:34:06 | More by jerz
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-15-2011 22:00:06 | More by nmann08
Photo of ygtbsm94


3/5  rDev -27.5%

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

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-14-2011 18:46:13 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-14-2011 18:15:56 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-14-2011 17:01:48 | More by writerLJBerg
Photo of DCon


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 07:38:41 | More by DCon
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bluebetty (?)

Colour was caramel with not a lot of head.

As well as funk in the nose there was a nice caramelised milky smell.

This one does have sugar in the taste but it's also _really_ sour and funky so it ends up really well balanced. The interplay between sweet and sour was described as "twangy".

This one really impressed me. The sugar additions actually totally work in this case.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 23:35:57 | More by danieelol
Photo of billab914


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured dark orange in color with a thin white head clinging to the edge of the glass.

The aroma has a mix of funky,sour notes and sweeter, sugary flavors. More tart and funky but with a little acidicness. Pretty good balance between sour and sweet.

The taste shows more of the tart, funky and sour characteristics up front. The sweeter, candi sugar, malt flavors come out more in the finish. I get some musty, basement like qualities to it in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavier then I expected but medium bodied overall with carbonation being high. Overall it had some good sour and sweet characteristics to it and was a pretty tasty beer overall. I don't think I'd choose this one over any other Drie Fonteinen's Lambics or Gueuzes though.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 17:33:14 | More by billab914
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this awesome extra! 750mL green glass cork and cage (tiny cork came rushing out). Bottled 25/01/2008.

Pours a cloudy true amber with a quick crackle and no lacing. Nose is super funky on first smell. Lemon rind or preserved lemon aromas, some hay, apricot and a marmalade note.

Palate is surprisingly sour. Some carbonation is buried deep in there (well done). Flavors are along the lines of the nose with leather and preserved lemons leading the show. Finish is long and reminds me of a Rhone White (Marsanne/Rousanne-esque). Good minerality here as well. Some honeysuckle on the finish.


Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 04:00:02 | More by SFLpunk
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is dark yellow and slightly hazy, with a small head that leaves virtually no lacing behind. The aroma brings sugar, with a mild funk. Personally, I would never choose a faro over a gueuze, as I much prefer sour to sweet when it comes to beer. That being said, this is the best faro I have yet had, though my experience in this genre is quite limited. The beer is lightly sweet, and still brings a helping of funk, albeit muted by the sugary presence. A decent beer and a fun experience, I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 23:36:01 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 21:18:08 | More by drabmuh
Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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