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Drie Fonteinen Framboos - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 484
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 701
Gots: 143 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 03-02-2003

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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 484
Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2014. Was able to try this at a very large Lambic share that my beer club posted last night. 22 Lambics in all were consumed and with the exception of some older Cantillon offerings this was definitely in the top five! Would love to try again but so hard to track down

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Photo of PerHops
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage from bottle to tulip

Very thin head with very small infrequent bubbles. More visible carbonation than expected based off reviews and the sound of the cork (lack there of). Murkey dark red color.

Initally very funky but than changes to a strong raspberry aroma

very tart but very fresh raspberry flavor Finish is a touch acetic but great fruit flavor and a little funk, this one is going to evolve nicely.

This is the well documented flaw here but it does have a little bit of carbonation.

This beer would be close to a perfect 5 if the carbonation was higher but that knocks in down a fair amount IMO. I'm hoping my other bottles gain carbonation with time.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.89/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle. Purchased at Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca, NY.

This one pours a clear, deep almost blood red, with no head, and no lacing. The cork came out with absolutely no pop. I was hoping that an extra year aging in the bottle would carb this up, but it doesn't seem to be the case, unfortunately.

This smells like tart, tart raspberry, just stings the nostrils, with lemon, oak, and a little bit of vinegar.

I can tell that this is not quite what it's supposed to be. It's so flat that I'm not even sure it'll ever carb up to a satisfactory point, though. I wish I had the 2011 vintage. Beyond this issue, there's a great super sour raspberry flavor, almost Warheads level, with some mild, damp basement funk, tart lemon, and some slightly white wine vinegar. It's definitely good, but it could be so much more.

This is light bodied, with no carbonation, and a still, dead, and lifeless mouthfeel. It's really too bad.

I'm disappointed in the amount of money I spent on this versus how much I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage.

Beautiful ruby red hue with very little carbonation. Funk is absolutely classic drie, with jammy raspberry nose. A bit more acidic than I would normally care for, but the aroma of funk and taste of fresh raspberries balances it nicely. As many people have stated, this beer could use a bit more carbonation to bump up the experience, but i was in no way disappointed with this beer. I cant wait to see what a few years does to a bottle of this.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only knocking points off for appearance and feel as the 2014 bottle we opened was absolutely flat and made the mouthfeel a bit one dimensional. Otherwise, this is a world class lambic and I could just sit and smell the fresh raspberries for days. Taste follows the nose with big time jammy raspberry and a bit of funk.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. One of the first beers I heavily desired. Pours out of the bottle a bright, true pink. It was nearly flat. Almost no head save for an outer ring of individual bubbles. Aroma is of pungent, tart, underripe raspberries. Rustic funk and acidity with a bit of oak. The sip delivers a formidable sourness consisting of puckering, tart raspberries. There is a brief period of sweet jam then it dries back out again and leaves my tongue tasting like raspberry seeds and oak. The concentration and intensity of the raspberry sourness is like none other. One of the more extreme Lambics I have had; perhaps the most. I found it to be less complex as some other Lambics of high notoriety but this one tastes much more potently sour. Light bodied and the acidity and sourness never leaves the lips. I wish it wasn't nearly flat, though. Surely a treat I probably won't come across again.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared at a Pittsburgh share. Pours deep red/pink colored with no head. Huge jammy raspberry aroma leads into a big raspberry jam flavor, with the beautiful labmic funk of Drie in the backdrop. There is no carbonation here, and that's it's only flaw, really. Carbonation would have put this one much higher, but tough to ignore it being flat. Everything else here about this beer is nearly perfect and as expected.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am not particularly a huge fruit guy in general, but holy shitballs this is incredible! I was simply floored by the flavor in this one. I couldn't imagine a better tasting raspberry beer. I wish this was easier to get hands on. Simply wow!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Review 3600.

From 09/19/15 notes. Bought a bottle of this at Zwanze Day at Fool's Gold in NYC. Bottle dated 2014/06/18, poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky dark reddish-pink color with one inch of dark pink head and almost no carbonation evident.
Lots of sour and tart raspberries, fruity malts, oak, funk, spice, vanilla, dark fruits, and tart jam. Medium body and low carbonation, some light acedic notes.

Overall very good; this one is actually worth the hype. I would put it on par with Hommage; both are great funky/sour raspberry beers with that funk you can only get from Belgian beers. Tons of funk and tart raspberries, hoping they continue to make this. Beers like Oude Gueuze Vintage, Hommage, and this really show what DF is capable of and why they are one of the best.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottling. Flat bottle, may have affected the flavor.

L: strawberry ruby with Apricot edges
S: very funky, fresh Raspberries
T: funkiness is off the chain, barnyard and hay dominate, fresh and underripe Raspberries. Sourness throughout the palate.
F: medium light.
O: very good, but too much funk for me. Again, the flatness may be affecting the flavor here.

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Photo of rudzud
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey on 2015 Zwanze split with Andy. 2014 blend.

A - Poured into a tulip a hazy reddish berry hue with no real head. Looks like fresh squeezed raspberries.

S - Aromas of bright berries, sour acidity, light raspberry funk. Faint green fruit and seeds. Really bright.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of almost cheese funk. Nice seedy berry, tart berry juice. Really bright acidity, nice berry sharpness. The acidity is to the point that it makes you need the next sip without being oppressive or enamel scraping.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly acidic with light carbonation. Not flemmy on the finish.

O - Overall this beer was pretty delicious. Great raspberry notes with solid acid notes. Very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of c-rum
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Open 2 bottles 2014 vintage at a bottle share.

A - Not a sound when uncorked. Pours deep murky maroon with some quickly fading bubbles.

S - Intense raspberry sourness.

T - Sourness is massive with tons of raspberries, some oak and funk.

M - A bit thin with little to no carbonation, sour, puckering and dry.

O - Excellent raspberry flavor makes up for low carbonation.

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

Pours a deep dark reddish brown color. Minimal head on this beer. Smells of sour raspberries. Sour tastes up front and finishes with a really dry sour raspberry finish. A wonderful sour lambic. World class beer.

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Photo of DrunkAl
3.69/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle. Huge thanks to Gator for opening this amazing bottle. Very jammy, lots of sugary raspberry, slight sour. Medium to low carbonation touch of funk. Bit underwhelmed by this, although it is fresh and could probably use a bit of time to sour up a bit.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ratings above are for the far superior 2011 vintage. Had beautiful funk, light fruit, just lovely.

The 2014 on the other hand wasn't nearly as good. 3.6-3.75 at best for me. Approaching flat, it had a strong vinegar character that drew unflattering comparisons to upland. 2011 is the way to go.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2014. Pour is lightly hazed dark ruby red with no head. Nose is light mineral, bright fleshy raspberry, very jammy, and moderate acidity. Flavor is super strong raspberry, very fleshy and ripe, not as much acidity, light mineral, hint of bitterness, a touch of sourness, full bodied, no carb.

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Photo of popery
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014. The beer is red with a little bit of maroon in it. Off white head. The aroma is full of raspberry flavor. Little bit of vanilla. Just tons of jammy raspberries. Medium sour, at least compared to the LP Framboise that we tried never to it. Big jammy flavor. So much wonderful fruit. Deep funk. Very complex. Super tasty. Medium light feel.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark red, a few small bubbles here and there, but no real signs of carb. Strong gueuze-y raspberry funky nose. Tastes a mix of raspberry juice and gueuze, LOADED with raspberries and puckering sour. Very little carbonation, rather still, juicy feel. An overall refreshing and enjoyable, but not memorable.

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Photo of mothman
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color is a jammy murky purple.

Tons of sour and acidity. Mouth puckering sourness. Very tart. Lots of raspberries. Jammy.Tannins and horse blanket. Little bit of funk.

Light bodied. Huge sour/tartness.

Very good sour. Not as easy drinking as some of the others, but more flavorful.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bit strong on the nose, but the flavor is incredible. Easily one of the best lambics I have ever had. Was fortunate enough to attend a bottle share, and this was one of the top 3 of the night. Would love to try again, but given what the guy who brought it had to go through, that's not so likely.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tasting glass at Ale Arsenal. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2015.
Murky, peachy, red-brown.
Funky acetic nose. Deeper notes of bright berry fruit.
This is good, but...The funky vinegar is kind of overwhelming, and, at times, kind of gross.
Tart and puckery.
In the end, this is a pretty guezy-gueze enhanced by raspberries.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on these notes for over a week now, silly review-submission-procrastination. Shared with cbutova, the 2014 vintage.

A - Barely a sound when uncorked. Pours to two 3F glasses deep maroon with some quickly fading bubbles for a head. Looks like flat murky juice. Very nice color though.

S - Very intense and dense raspberry sourness. Raspberries get absurdly deep with warmth with being thrust into raspberry bushes coming to mind, while still remaining bracingly sour.

T - Lots of acidic sour, basement funk, potent raspberry, lemon. Sourness is massive but raspberries still manage to pull through very well. Some oak and tannins.

M - A bit thin with low carbonation and a bit of a spritzy feel. Very sour, puckering and dry. Pretty enamel-ripping.

O - Ridiculously sour but quite drinkable, pretty amazing raspberry flavor pretty much makes the low-carb a non-issue, good creepy dusty cobweb funk as well. My favorite 3F so far, a good step above Hommage which is saying alot. Will be great to see how this ages.

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Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to the BrownDawg. 2014 bottling.

A- Opens up with a uninspiring cork removal, no pop. Beautiful pink and red body. Pours like wine or juice with a basal amount of foam but no head. No ring and no lace.

S- Cheeks hurt already before taking a sip. Insane amounts of aroma hinting towards very sour territory. The raspberries are the true focal point, absurd fresh berry aroma. Besides that are tones of lemon, lactic acid, musty funk, oak, cheese and slight vinegar.

T- For me gains some more complexities and some semblance of balance but it sure is a sour monster, sore cheeks 3oz in. Foreground of fresh raspberry seeds and all, lactic acid and white vinous grape with a backing of wet oak, acetic acid, Brett sour cherry, musty wine and moderate funk.

MF- Dry and light end body with a sour slickness. Basically flat as it gets but somehow it doesn't bother me much at all here. Finish without taste buds left.

This has been up there on my list of beers to try and it did not disappoint. The borderline flatness was not ideal but honestly the insane amount of raspberry and sourness carry the experience along just fine.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle.

Appearance: Bright red with no head

Smell: Raspberries, funk, grass

Taste: Sharp and aggressive use of fruit similar to their kriek but without any medicinal undertones, raspberries are bright but not too dominant as you still get the barnyard funk, little to no lingering tastes

Mouthfeel: Pretty much no carb, which I had absolutely no issue with. Felt great. Very tart.

Overall: Phenomenal framboise. The end of the bottle was particularly delicious. Not as much fruit but SO much funk. Definitely the highlight. Feel like this beer is just going to get better and better with age.

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Photo of macher0
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at the Holy Grale in Louisville, Kentucky.

A: Poured a murky dark ruby with purplish hues in the middle. Very little to no head with very little to no effervescence.

S: Tart off the bat. Strong raspberries notes. A nice blend of tart berry notes in the middle: straw, black, and more rasp. Moderate oak barrel and sour bugs and yeast.

T: The taste really follows the nose nicely with very similar notes. This is a very tart ale. Fairly straightforward, nice oak followed by delicious raspberry. Not at all sweet.

M: Fairly thin, low carb, light body. Not syrupy.

O: Very very good. I must compare it to Lou Pepe Frambios and it is neck and neck, but I may give the win to Lou. I will admit this was very expensive and I split it with a fellow BAer to negate the financial hardship. Was it worth the price tag, no. Was it a chance to try a rare sour, yes. Would I do it again, probably.

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Drie Fonteinen Framboos from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.