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Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
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84 Ratings
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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:
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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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Awesome.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
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 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 tbeckett
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle split at Pikulintu in Helsinki. Bottled Jan 25, 2008 and Best Before Jan 2012. From notes.

A - Dark copper colour with a one finger eggshell head. Ring of bubbles is all that's left after a minute. Muddy.

S - Sweet smell is nice. Candi sugar obvious with a labicy sorta compliment. Sour cherry, sourness, funky characteristics. Cool.

T - Same as aroma with sweetness, candi sugar, sour cherry and other sour elements and a funk note. Very lovely actually. Alot more sour than the aroma which was really good but balanced by the sweetness wonderfully. Great.

M - Tingly carbonation and a medium body. Dry finish.

O/D - I would love to have a few more bottles of this any day. A great, tasty beer. Not too sweet like a few Faros I've had but really good and a higher alcohol to give it a bit more depth. Nice, nice, nice beer. On a warm day this would be super.

Photo of fewa
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought at Drie Fonteinen Open Day. Pours a nicely brown/amber color with good lacing.The nose is moderately funky, some sweet candi sugar and caramel, barnyard, bread and wood. Taste: what a nice surprise. Not overpoweringly acidic, with a great balanced sweetness. Fruity sugars are present, the alcohol is extremely well hidden and the aftertaste is long and sour again. A very successful beer experiment. I think this one has great aging potential! Happy to know I still have some for later. Great beer!!

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 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.

Photo of rarbring
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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 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 BearsOnAcid
3.93/5  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 SpeedwayJim
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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 Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 craytonic
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice off-white head, pour is a dark brown-mahogany-amber that grows increasingly cloudy as I descend through the bottle.

Smell: Plum, dates, caramelized apples and other fruits with a light sourness and enjoyable barnyard / horse blanket mustiness. A bit of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar as well.

Taste: Plums, dates, apples, figs with some nice horse blanket barnyard mustiness with a hint of oak. Not that sour or tart. Extra points for being an unblended lambic; reminds me a bit of consecration.

Mouthfeel: Dry, perhaps a bit over-aggressive carbonation that sticks around

Drinkability: Lower sourness makes this one perhaps not one of my favorites, but it disappears very quickly because of it. Was best when it hit room temperature.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  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 callmemickey
4.43/5  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.

Photo of Verecund
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened on 12.31.2010 to usher in 2011. Opens with a pop.

Brick red with a barely off-white, pinkish head. One and a half finger head.

Lots of vinegar and funk in the nose, but there's a light malty sweetness as well. I pick up on underripe strawberries, lemons, vanilla, and lots of soft oak character. Taste is an interesting interplay between sweet, sour, and musty funk. The berry notes are reminiscent of dried lingonberries which combines with the wet woodiness and [a good amount of] cheese rind; finishes tannic, but with notes of sweet honey from the addition of sugar. Surprisingly malty and sweet, with notes of vanilla.

Lightly funky, lightly tart, with a nice sourness. A great beer.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.43/5  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 jrallen34
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml that I got at Drie in Beersel, poured into my 3 tulip...A dark orange cloudy beer, very unusual for a lambic. Light tope head, good retention with a thick but small cap and great thick lacing...The aroma is really nice and balanced, lots of oak with medium horse blanket, not as strong as expected...At first the taste is malty and bread, but then comes a huge burst of sour horse blanket. Horse blanket settles down as your drink, medium strength lends to drinkability. Additional notes of oak and candied sugar. I really like it...The feel is ok, not the typical pucker, attack of the senses.

Overall, a really good lambic, probably the best unblended I've had. Really malty which is a nice twist, worth getting for sure.

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 kbutler1
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mothman. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed orange amber color with pretty much zero head, almost looks like a heavy herbed tea. The aroma is sour and tart, cherry and fruit with some earthy funky notes as well. The taste has notes of fruit, grape, some barnyard, and light toasted malt. The tartness is fairly strong upfront with a nice semi malty background. Lots of lemon zest as well. Light mouthfeel with very little carbonation.

Photo of Douglas88
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle bought at Drie Fonteinen Open Day.
Look: Pours a dark color for a lambic, nicely brown/amber color with good lacing.
Smell:The nose is moderately funky, some sweet candi sugar and caramel, barnyard, bread and wood.
Taste: Wow, what a nice surprise. Not overpoweringly acidic, with a great balanced sweetness. Fruity sugars are present, the alcohol is extremely well hidden and the aftertaste is long and sour again.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: What a nice surprise. A very successful beer experiment. I think this one has great aging potential! Happy to know I still have some for later....

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