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Drie Fonteinen Framboos - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
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92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 527
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 723
Gots: 144 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 03-02-2003

Recent bottling dates:
05/25/1999
05/31/2011
06/18/2014
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Photo of Rastacouere
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the drie fonteinen Framboos/Framboise enjoyed (thanks to JorisPPattyn and MartinT) with MartinT, kimchee, Oakes and Tiggmtl. As Joris points out, this is refermented in bottle. The vintage is 1986 and I swear this bottle is like 1 inch thick. The cork looks completely ravaged like in an horror movie. Apparent soil lie everywhere under the cage which is barely holding in place. There is no label on this bottle, the vintage is written with chalk, simply Despite its age, it opens up with a serious pop. A nice off-white to pink head forms over the top of the reddish, pinkish orange body. Such a head seems like a mirage from the past and scores an easy 5. The aroma is totally unique and exploding of raspberries. They hit the deep end of your nose and penetrate your brain and you know when it happens that the smell will haunt your memories for a while. It feels very dessert-like, wet, creamy. Some sweetness seems to come from the vanilla notes. It’s earthy, leafy with leathery peaks. Very complex lemon and citrus complement the lactic tartness and funky brettanomyces character. In mouth, it’s definitely the most lactic beer i’ve ever had. Extremely dry and fruity, dusty out-of-date yoghourt. Potent lemon juice with the wheaty acidity really coming out. With the slightest effort (and it’s really not that demanding actually), you grasp all the typical barnyardy and horsey characteristics. Aftertaste is long, tart, astringent, salivating, begging for more, but begging to let this moment be enjoyed for a while. Medium bodied, very dry and with medium to high carbonation which seems like a miracle. Once you’ll have tried it you’ll know, but it’s one of those beers that is such a labyrinth of flavors and at the same time keeps such a nice focus that it’s just adorable and deserves to be seeked out and tried to be believed. It's hard to paint in words all the nuances a brewer can attain when exploiting his full brewing art potential.

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Photo of Rutager
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Well, I've been lucky enough to try the last batch of this a couple times thanks to local whaelzbros, both times not the first drink of the evening, but both times it seemed like pretty much the perfect beer ...for me anyways. Jeff hooked me up with this most recent batch and I just can't help myself. Have to try it (relatively) fresh no matter that I can't get enough of the old 3F funk. Into the tumbler with a big "3" on it. Thanks so much, Jeff!!!

Sticking with the original score for the last batch (2011). Following is for the 18/06/2014 bottle reviewed on 08/31/2015:

A 4.25 Pours a rich orangey-red and looked very still initially. After a minute, a thin pinkish head developed, and then another minute later, faded to a thin collar.
S 4.75 The fresh raspberries hit me as I was pouring. There's a nice bit of woody funk, maybe more than I was expecting with a fresher bottle but c'mon, this is 3F. What's with low expectations, bro?? Anyways, there's some nice light notes of bitter raspberry seeds and a touch of sweet light malt.
T 5 Oh man, that is the stuff. Big sour raspberry, and I do mean big. Some very light funky old wood, a bit of those raspberry seeds but not really bitter. Just delicious.
M 3.75 My only real complaint about the beer is the very low carbonation. Probably serves me right for being all anxious, but then again who knows, it may not carb up completely ...maybe it'll get worse and I'll be a genius? Ha, like it ever works that way. Medium-light body, more on the medium side.
O. So delicious, I would drink this all the time if I could but I'll be happy being spoiled with this bottle all to myself. Well, maybe my wife will get a sip ...maybe. Thanks again to the most generous guy around!!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed on 7/28 as a break from the BA DarkLords during the NYC Voltron tasting!!! HUMONGOUS thanks to jim for providing this gem. truly the biggest unexpected surprise of the day! can't believe i got a chance to taste this!!!
2011 vintage

a - gorgeous. pinkish red. think head with spotty lacing. really attractive. just looks like deliciousness.

s - smell is divine. if i could give a score of a 6 for smell on just one beer, this beer would get it. raspberry with the perfect sprinkle of funkiness.

t - WOW!!! great gunk. raspberry...sour cherry...magic in a bottle.

m - funky and just a bit dry. hell of a sour beer.

o - overall, i'm floored. this beer blew me away. lots of these talked about beers fall short but this one really lived up to the chatter about it. AMAZING. funk, magic, berries.

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Photo of kermis
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared at the epic sour sourpuss tasting (thanks to trade with gEUS). Pours a murky red brown with a small pinkish head. Massive raspberries coming straight out in the aroma along with barnyard. I don’t just mean barnyard like a lot of sours have barnyard, I mean absolutely full on, I really am down the farm (with raspberries) barnyard. Manure, hay, jam, earth, horse blanket. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and moderate acidic. Some lemon citrus aspects lingering in the palate in the long dry finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Yes this is excellent. Really good.

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Photo of ChicagoJohn
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage: 2011

Opened my first of six bottles in the middle fo June with close friends in Sweden who went to the S&B festival who were gracious enough to bring their girlfriends along as mules for me. Greatly appreciated gentlemen.

APPEARANCE: White head forms upon pouring and medium carbonation forms, a little bit less than expected but at least I see it.

SMELL: Fresh raspberries with the slightest trace of moldy chese chunk. This will be a fruit bomb, but in a good way.

TASTE: Wonderful. Need I say more.

PALATE: Slightly dry on the mouthfeel with a medium thick body. Feels great but wish there was more carbonation to give it the 'perfect' mouthfeel.

OVERALL: This is perfect that I obtained enough for cellaring as I will be opening up a bottle once every other year with my Swedish or Chicago friends alongside me. There is so much potential as it's a little bit unruly and so much complexity will occur over the years.

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Photo of mikecharley
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of the ever gracious HenrikO. A million thanks for the trade over the past summer.

Shared with family and friends to celebrate my MBA graduation.

When opened, the bottle could be smelled from 3 feet away. Just super fresh and funky raspberries. Pours a mostly clear purple/dark red. Great looking beer. The head is minimal, but there is some carbonation in there.

Smell is the best aroma on Any beer I've ever experienced. Jammy is the right descriptor, with a bit of butteriness that fits just right with the berries. This is seriously like smelling a handful of macerated berries, just glorious. Funk level is very high, with some oakiness and cheese lingering. Acidity is there, but not overbearing. Just wonderful. I wish I could rate this as a 6 in the smell department.

Taste follows the nose, but the cheese and funk is very prominent. The jammy raspberries are akin to eating the freshest and best raspberries you can imagine, only concentrated. The funk level is extreme as it warms, but I like it. Some in the group thought this was a detraction, but I'm not sure I agree.

Mouthfeel is full, with just the right amount of moderate carbonation. Not too prickly, but just enough to keep the liquid dancing on the tongue. Great

Overall, this is probably the best beer I've ever had. Completely lived up to the hype, and then some. Would love to see how it is doing in another 5 years, as I believe it has legs, but I doubt I will ever cross paths with this one again. Seek this out.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'99 vintage. Review #1000. Words cannot express the gratitude due both to the ridiculously generous friend of mine who shared this and to Hopstoopid120 for letting me know that it was about to be opened. Thanks guys.

A: The label is a bit wrinkled but still in great shape, and the cork (which let out a highly satisfying pop upon opening) was remarkably pristine. This bottle has been cellared on its side since being purchased directly from the brewery way back when (for no more than $5!), and the proper care really shows. It pours a beautiful amber-rose colored body topped by a substantial cap of delicately frothy off-white foam that never entirely goes away. The only flaw is the presence of a sizable amount of sediment, but this quickly settles to the bottom of the glass and doesn't bother me too much.

S: Pure fruit lambic nirvana. Juicy raspberry aroma just leaps out of the wine glass, backed up by bracing acidity (mostly lactic, but there's definitely a bit of acetic action going on, which complements the fruit nicely), sour citrus fruitiness, and a terrific background of grassy, earthy funk. It's way cleaner than I expected for a 3F brew, as the earthiness is closer to flint than dirt and there's no real cheesiness to speak of. Instead, this is a positive celebration of well-integrated fruit and acidity. I can't believe how fresh and vibrant it smells, even after a dozen years.

T: It's sharply acidic up front, with mellow raspberry, lemon, and grassiness following close behind. There's a touch of oak on the finish that lends both structure (via some noticeable tannins) and balance (via a lovely hint of vanilla that helps cut the serious sourness). The finish is medium-long, and delicately fruity. Pure deliciousness.

M: Lively, surprisingly effervescent medium body; I definitely didn't expect such an old beer to retain so much zest, and it might even be a bit too frothy. Still wonderful, though.

O: Needless to say I never though I'd get a chance to try this beer, and I certainly didn't think it could live up to the hype. It did. It easily surpassed 05 St. Lamvinus as my favorite fruit lambic of all time, and absolutely put Dirty Horse to shame (how can I not compare these two uber-whales, both of which I absolutely lucked into trying within the last few months?). The raspberry has really stuck around admirably, and the overall balance, integration, and complexity of this beer is unreal. It's terrifyingly close to perfection, which only makes its scarcity all the more saddening. Armand is brewing again, though...

Cheers!

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%

Side by Side with Hommage b2

A - Dark muddled red brown. Thick and dark fruit colored with a small foam reddish tint head the recedes back into the glass

S - Jammy butteriness that fits just right with the berries. Funky tart fruits

T - Taste is amazing here definitely one of the highlights of the night, funky cheesy fresh raspberries and with the perfect balance between fruit and acidity

M - Spot on here. Medium bodied thick creamy juicy tart everything you could want

O - This was wayyyyyyy better than the Hommage we popped to do a side by side. Tough to land but at a large share like this, definitely worth it

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle, 2011 vintage. Thank you, Steve.

Deep pink with a white head that recedes to a ring, leaving no lace. Nice clarity. The nose is beautiful with a big, deep raspberry aroma. Seedy, fruity, mildly leathery and jammy, this is excellent. The base lambic is moderately lemony, and complements the fruit very well.

The palate is an excellent blend of lemony sourness, bright and vibrant raspberries and mildly salty/briny lambic. Seedy tannins are present, but to a lesser degree than, say, a Lou Pepe Framboise. Super bright fruit, not very tannic, the base lambic does complement the fruit with its blend of lemony and mildly musty notes. Medium-light in body and with a creamy, moderate level of carbonation, this feels excellent on the palate. Highly recommended.
4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5

**Edit 27 July 2012**
Trey shared a bottle of the 1999 vintage last night. Thank you, man!

Mostly clear, this is a pretty red with no head or lacing. The nose is excellent. Raspberry aromas, fresh, vibrant, berries, no tannins, mild strawberry/tomato paste sweet-tartness. Funky, and deeply musty, the nose is deep and complex. With a little floral aroma with no mushroom/earthy aromas, this smells amazing.

The palate opens with a moderate sourness, fruity, ripe and clean with lemon and lactic sourness. Salty and briny, a flavor combination I haven't encountered in a while. Minimal seed tannins, none of the solventy character that a lot of aged framboises have, this is quite fruity without being particularly jammy. The lemon notes brighten up the palate. Drying, lemon rind finish with moderate funk. Despite its age, the carbonation is quite high, and the flavors on the finish are excellent. Mildly tannic with minimal oak, this beer is phenomenal.

3.5/5/5/4.5/5

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

500th review! Hooray! 750 ml bottle, bottled on 2011/05/31. Steve (slander) was very, very generous to split this with me at Tørst. Served in a wine glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy pinkish raspberry color, produces a thin bubbly white head that lingers around the edge of the glass.

S- The aroma is really amazing, as soon as the bottle opened you could smell it from several feet away. The raspberry notes are great, very juicy and fresh but also with some dryer raspberry skin. The fruit is very prominent but beneath it is a nice oak and sweet vanilla character, as well as lactic acidity and a nice damp, earthy funk.

T- Very tart with a nice lactic acidity and mild hints of acetic. The raspberry flavor is huge and has a nice mix of skin and juicy flesh. Beneath this there's a nice earthy funkiness and oak and vanilla flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to low carbonation, which works very well actually, the feel is bone dry with a nice tannic feel.

O- This is a really wonderful beer, the flavors are delicious and very complex, it's just damn impressive. Easily amongst the best fruit lambics I've tasted. Now if only I had a few cases of this...

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer for the first time at the SB event and for the second time last Sunday during a nice BBQ in the sun.

Look: the beer pours a dark red color with a small head that disappears fast.
Smell: wow, just after opening the bottle, the raspberry smell is all over the place. This indeed is a true raspberry explosion. The nose is nicely sour and funk, full of raspberries, but also other red fruits like cherries are present.
Taste: Funk raspberry juice. Absolutely stunning. Never had so much fruit is a lambic as in this one. The fruit in the beer is perfectly balanced with the sourness of the lambic, and a hint of cherry bitterness. The lambic is still quite young though. Dry but very smooth in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Both bottles had different levels of carbonation; Medium and Medium low.
Overal: A perfectly balanced beer. I noticed some differences in the level of carbonation between the two bottles. But besides that, this beer is stunning. Again, if you want a more complex taste, take a geuze or let the Framboos age for several years, because the lambic is still a bit too young. But.... if you want to experience the best fresh fruit lambic ever made, drink it now!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Available, and sampled from the Bottle in the Drie Fonteinen Café, Beersel.

Traditional Raspberry lambic is very rare, sure we’ve all heard of Framboos, but this is the real stuff. Originally, the whole purpose of producing fruit lambics was to utilize & not to waste excess from a years fruit crops. Obviously the whole fruit was added. Of course these days – syrups, flavorings & all sorts of things are added. Drie Fonteinen make no such short cuts, they add whole Raspberries from Ternat which are some of the very best available, and it shows.

Drie Fonteinen offers this style in two formats;
Draft in the Café at 5.0% ABV, and Bottled at 6.0% ABV.
The two have some differences.

From the Bottle. A 750ml green glass bottle has a simple looking cream colored label that has Framboos & other information written in dark green lettering. Quite a basic presentation, but this is traditional after all, & it would be beneath Drie Fonteinen to have a gimmicky label – anyways, it does not need one.

Once the cage & cork are removed this beer positively oozes a steamy looking white gunsmoke. There is a lot of energy trapped in this beer.

The head is massive as the Framboos is poured into glass, & even a restrained pour does nothing to stop the frothy monster racing up the glass sides. It takes a while to slowly settles, the head activity is huge & the bubbles burst with a random effervescent pattern. Looks very appetizing. The head is slightly darker than the draft version, a deeper pink.

A turbid salmon-pink colored beer that has much higher inherent carbonation than the draft version & positively dances in the mouth, huge mouthfeel & massive similarities to drinking champagne.

Aromas are intensely fruity & not surprisingly of Raspberries. Quite something, really fruity with some sweetness, but the acidity is much higher than the draft version.

Tastes are quite simply mind-blowing. The quintessential traditional raspberry fruit lambic & the epoch of Framboos. Extremely drinkable beer, I note that the bottled version has a higher strength than the draft version, due mainly to refermentation in the bottle. Acidic, smooth, sharp, some sweetness in the middle, but the astringent cheek pulling puckering finish is to die for.

The King of Framboos – probably the Best traditional Framboos in the World.

Café Visit: 24th Nov. 2002

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: pours a fairly cloudy dark red (red-purple). No transparency.
Smell: Sour fruit - in a pleasing way; not old/moldy. Strong raspberry.
Taste: Lots of raspberry and not too funky (obviously lambic though). Fairly sweet.
Feel: For a sour, surprisingly smooth across the tongue. Only a slight dry finish.
Overall: Definitely one of the best raspberry sours out there.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 framboos

A: Pours a murky muddy brown with slight reddish hues. Small head that recedes to a thin film encircled by larger bubbles that cling to the rim for the duration.

S: Straight raspberry jam, plums, currants, overripe banana, fresh flowers, grass, and funk.

T: Raspberry sweetness up front, quickly turns tart tangerine and grapefruit, dry, long Pinot noir-esque finish

F: Fairly low carb, becomes almost carbless as it warms. Lingers around the cheeks.

O: Really delightful.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

225th Review
75cl bottle enjoyed at the Sour & Bitter dinner in Copenhagen (the "Main Event" as it were...Millennium and Malvasia Rosso were just warm-up beers)
Poured in a wine tumbler
Enjoyed on 10 May 2012

Bottled: 31 May 2011
Best before: 31 May 2021

A: Dark ruby red - looks like raspberry purée. Small white head disappears almost immediately.

S: Smells like a fresh bucket of raspberries. Heavenly! Slight hint of oak, funk, and more raspberry. Touch of acidity as well, but again mostly just fresh raspberry.

T: Follows smell with initial burst of raspberry explosion up-front. Lambic sourness balances this beer wonderfully and the overall execution is superb!

M: Medium/full body with almost flat carbonation.

O: Smooth, easy to drink, and just really enjoyable! The balance is just perfect. I was stoked to have had the opportunity to drink this beer at S&B while also purchasing a couple bottles for takeaway. I'm excited to see how this one ages as it is still quite young, but all in all a very enjoyable beer!

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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 MasterSki
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by hoppymeal - Derek, you never cease to amaze me with your abilities to dig up such amazing brews. Served in a Michigan Brewer's Guild tulip glass. The mythical 1999 vintage.

A - Pours with a half-finger of quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thick collar, but leaves behind no lace. Hazed orange-brown body with a hint of ruby to it. There's significantly more sediment than the 3F Hommage we had shortly afterward. Still, the carbonation seems to have held up quite well, even after 12 years in the bottle.

S - The first thing that I noticed is that there is still insane amounts of raspberry goodness - somehow the fruit has persisted, even as it has vanished from numerous younger fruit lambics. The raspberry is of the slightly over-ripe variety, and mingles with red wine vinegar and acetobacter, light signature Drie Fonteinen funk, and hints of oak and vanilla. As it warms there is a faint malted grain backdrop and perhaps *gasp* an oxidized note, so I wouldn't really recommend cellaring this much longer. Still - rumors of its decline have been greatly exaggerated.

T - The taste is actually superior, with significantly more sourness, acetobacter, and light lactic acid in the finish. No noticeable oxidation, and significant pucker from the tart, rich and, slightly funky raspberry flavors. Just superb stuff in any case.

M - Extremely dry, with a tannic finish. It literally rips the moisture from your mouth. Medium bodied, with medium-low carbonation. Tooth-coating residual sugars. My stomach started churning almost immediately from the acidity. Could use more bubbles, but for a 12-year old beer it's doing pretty good.

D - I initially wrote that this wasn't significantly better than Hommage - then I tried Hommage and realized I was totally wrong. It's perhaps too sour to drink in mass quantities, and the the rarity and price tag make it unlikely I'd ever be able to have more than 2oz. Still, it's clearly a superior lambic that has held up quite impressively, even after 12 years. As much as I nursed my glass, it emptied depressingly quickly.

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Photo of Samichlaus82
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage. Pours a cloudy red with a very minimal head that collars around the glass rim. Raspberry nose to be expected but the raspberry is a little more muted than I anticipated. Some wood notes as well and funk. Tart and sweet raspberry, caramel, with a nice building level of sourness. Very nice. Medium mouthfeel. A little under carbed and I think more carbonation would benefit this beer. Overall, very good. 3F please make more.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The highly anticipated Framboos. We shared a few of these at the Sour & Bitter festival in Copenhagen last weekend. This was the main event, and it was nice to be able to have several glasses throught the evening.

From a 75cl bottle into a tumbler.
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, off-white head that quickly recedes to a swirling wisp and bubbly ring. Cloudy, hazy, carmine or dark red with no visible carbonation. Very opaque. A light wisp and ring remain until the end and leave some falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Very fresh still. Very fruity, with piles of fresh raspberries all over the place. A light touch of funky notes and some hints of cherries pull through, but this is all about the fresh red fruit. Semlls wonderful.

TASTE: A light touch of funk up front, but the avalance of fresh raspberries soon steals the show. Very fruity and bold with lots of tart red fruit and a touch of cherry through the middle, into a lightly sour-bitter finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste with lots of tart raspberries, some light funky notes and a tick of floral bitterness. The fruit flavor on this is decadent.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Surprisingly full and heavy on the palate, which I appreciate, goes down very smooth and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: This was the star of the show tonight and it certainly put on a stunning performance. With awesome raspberry flavor all over the room, a light tartness and a touch of bitterness as balance, this beer was a real decadent treat. It is still very fresh at this point, so the nose and taste are almost completely dominated by the fruit. Given some time, however, it will mellow out a bit and allow the lambic to mature and play a larger roll. As a comparison, Hommage, which is also a raspberry lambic and has been maturing since 2007, is mellower and somewhat more complex now that the fruit has faded and the lambic has developed. Regardless, the increadibly bold flavors that Framboos brings to the table right now are a real treat, and I'm very glad my mate twisted my rubber arm and convinced me to attend the festival. It will be fun to see this beer develop over time as well. Thanks for bringing this one back from the grave Armand. This was phenomenal.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mega Tasting III, 1999 vintage, 750ml bottle. Words cannot express the huge awesomeness that this day has brought. Derek, you are the f'n man. Poured into RBSG 2010 tulip.

A - Pours a muddled brownish color, white head, no lacing, and some spotty whisps on top here and there.

S - Raspberry puree sweetness, nice funk, lactic acidic notes, some oak. The raspberry is so pronounced it's unlike anything I've ever had. Not overly sour, just right, and very tart. The cheesey funk is there, but it doesn't overpower or overtake the raspberry at all.

T - Wow. Funky raspberry bomb! Nice sour/tart notes, moreso then the nose, which is excellent. Vinegar, acidic wine notes, and oak in there as well. The finish is funky with a tart bite on the end that leaves your lips puckered. Just amazing how the raspberry is still there after 12 years.

M - Light, very soft carbonation, dry finish.

D - Simply impressive. The raspberry is all over this one, which truthfully, I wasn't expecting after all these years. Destroys all other sour raspberry beers with ease and just excellent. Will I ever have it again? Probably not...how sad.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottles of 1999 (thanks forgetfu for arranging) and 2012 (thanks craytonic for sharing) release side by side.

Appearance
99: Pale, cloudy muddy reddish brown. 4.5
12: Brighter, cloudy ruby with a slight ring of pink bubbles. 5

Aroma
99: Oaky and raspberry fruit and seed, light acidity. 5
12: More of a jam, vanilla like nose, slightly seedy and juicy raspberry fruit. 4.5

Taste
99: Acidic and crisp, sour and tart raspberry fruit, light lemon and oak. 4.5
12: Sweeter and fruitier, less acidity and oak. Fresh raspberries dominate. Not as complex or interesting as the old batch, but promising. 4

Mouthfeel
99/12: Full body, soft carbonation, puckering finish. 4

Overall
Win and score goes to 99 (5) versus 12 (4).

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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 Greenplastic615
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011 vintage) split four ways, poured into a stem wine glass. Review probably biased positive, given that my thought while having this was 'holy s#!% I'm actually drinking Framboos'.

A - Deep, deep red with a minimal head that quickly settled.

S - Whoa. Raspberries for days. This is maybe the best smelling lambic I've ever had the pleasure of having. Behind the huge raspberry nose, there's some serious tartness and funk. I didn't even have to hold the glass up to my nose to smell this; the aroma just pops and you can get the smell from a foot or two away. Really awesome.

T - Tart raspberries, moderate to light funk, then some more tart raspberry before finishing with some lactic acidity and sour bite. I expected a degree of sweetness in the taste and I really didn't find it. All the sugar must've gotten eaten up by the bugs and converted into dry, tannic, fruity sourness. Yummy.

M - Moderate carbonation with a super dry finish. I really like super-dry sours, and this definitely was one.

O - Very, very good, and definitely lived up to the hype, but not so vastly better than a similarly aged Cantillon LP Framboise that it's worth giving up the farm for. I'm quite happy I was able to try this, but it's not something I'll be seeking out a repeat bottle of, given the cost of acquisition.

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4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 batch

Wow this is a huge huge want. When I originally got into beer batch 1 was the biggest whale out there. Batch 2 came out and it gave me some hope. Finally a new batch that made it to the US.

Poured into 2 tulips, and split with my wife on our anniversary. We had hommage on our wedding night and both beers are extremely similar, infact I would put that guy a squeak ahead of this one.

Huge fruit in the nose, fantastic mix of sweet and sour and it looks amazing in the glass. Mouthfeel is spot on, overall this is a stellar beer. Again my only dong is the price point. Aside from that, highly recommended!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1999 vintage. Served in a Drie Fonteinen wine glass.

Pour is much darker when compared with the 2011. Slightly-murky copper-red with a short head. Nose is musty raspberry and earth. Light-moderate acidity. So smooth and earthy. Really fantastic.

Previous 2011 vintage notes:

2011 vintage courtesy of GT2. Pours a moderately-cloudy light brown color with a pretty hefty pinkish-red hue. Short, tight head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving behind a thin collar. The nose has semi-ripe raspberries with mild acidity. Underneath that is a nice bit of earth and a touch of basement character. Lightly funky, though not nearly to the level of 3F geuze. Flavor has a light acidity carrying the raspberries past some underlying earth and a faint touch of bread. Body is medium with average carbonation and a dry, lightly-acidic finish. I prefer this to Gambrinus, but I’d still take a straight 3F Oude Geuze if given the choice between the two.

Scores for 2011: 4 / 4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4.5

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Drie Fonteinen Framboos from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.