Drie Fonteinen Framboos - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 367
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 657
Gots: 125 | FT: 19
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 Luk13
2.66/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 2011 version. Side-by-side with 2007 Hommage. Dark murky red, almost purple highlights and no head. Not necessarily inviting. Aroma is rotten raspberry, some rubber, very earthy. Taste is better with tart raspberry. The acidity is still quite tamed which makes it drinkable. Light and flat palate. I prefered Hommage as their was less of rotten raspberry and cherries added a nice twist. I really had a hard time drinking my pour, maybe it was a bad bottle but my tasting friends liked their glass so old raspberries might no be my style. (545 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.07/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I a not a lover of these style to begin with. I just wanted to try this one cause a lot of people are going nuts about this beer.

Yesterday we had the Zeebra extreme beerfestival in Holland where this was on of the beers on the list. I was in Kopenhagen when they were released but did not buy them cause this is not my style.

Poured in a Zeebra tatsting glass the beer looks ok. Smell is ok i guess for a beer like this but i was not very impressed by it.

The taste was extreme on the raspberry, too much for me. I let the beer go to my other tasting companion who loved this beer very much.

I am not born to like this beer, not any other sour or fruit beers... (667 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
3.53/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a friend/mainiac for letting me pour a bottle of this.

New batch.

I was really looking forward to this as the 1999 was/is a monster whale I have always wanted to try. Kinda disappointed with this one.

Great red color. Very spritzy with minimal head.

Not particularly well balanced. Very acidic. It kinda burned the back of my throat a bit. Some rasberry flavors but not a ton. Minimal funk almost all sour. So sour that it was kinda tough to drink a lot. Maybe this needs to develop in the bottle a bit?

This was good but far from great. I would take an LP Framb or a Rose d G over this one dispite the rarity. Glad I got to try this but not one I would trade my cellar for. (691 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.76/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Chris!

Pours a cloudy reddish color with a light pink head. Smells of raspberry, leather, red wine vinegar, and oak. A touch salty too, which is a bit strange. Lemon and straw, a touch of earthy funk. The flavor is quite sour, though it leans toward the acetic side. Still, some nice lactic notes and lemon zest. Raspberry is there, as is a bit of oak, leather, and must. Not anywhere near as funky as most 3 Fonteinen beers. Enjoyable, but not amazing. (462 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

first, HUGE thanks to Blake for busting this out.

pour was a light red, hit of pink. little head.

very raspberry forward on the nose, sour, lemon rind and oak. not overly complex by any means but it is what it is.

raspberry forward flavor, not much jam as others have mentioned. more of a rubber and or plastic blend. oak was very faint, too faint. with fonteinen, i usually expect a nice oak presence and it was missing. nice sourness, light acidic character.

light, mild to moderate carbonation. not overly puckering.

for the cost, value, etc... i found this lacking. hoping time takes this to another level like the '99. good but not really worth the whale hunt. (673 characters)

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. (295 characters)

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.
3.5/4.5/3.75/4/3.75
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. (380 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 1999 - the last true Drie Fonteinen Framboos. Sampled at a private party at GABF.

Poured an nice cloudy pink with a light pink head.

The aroma was of full brettanomyces barnyard funk, lactic acid, and reasonably bright strawberries.

The flavor was moderately tart for a DF beer. The strawberry flavor was reasonably pronounced. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice). As amazing and rare as this beer was, I must admit that I felt it was past its prime. It did taste slightly stale. I can only imagine how wonderful it was 5 years ago.

The carbonation was medium and the mouthfeel was light. I suspect the age had something to do with the carbonation being a little low for a lambic. (735 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped this little surprise at a recent tasting. 2011 vintage. From notes. Into a Cantillon tulip.

Bright red beer with a light pink head with no retention. Spotty lace with little cling. Solid but not special.

Nose is unbelievable. Incredibly aromatic. Crushed raspberry, light cheesiness, hay, cobweb funk. Very pure. Representative of the nose of almost all Drie Fonteinen fruit lambic.

Sweet raspberry with a mild tartness. Great balance. Cheesiness in the back. More berries towards the middle. Aftertaste of hay, oak, yeast, and cobwebs. Very good.

Light to medium bodied. Low carbonation, yeasty in the mouth, mellow going down. Slightly lingering aftertaste. A perfect complement for the taste.

Given the hype surrounding this beer, I'm a little disappointed. Very good but this isn't as impressive as Hommage was and its close to on par with the Scharbeekse kriek in my opinion. A great offering from a great brewery but its not worth the trouble in this case. (976 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try the new version at Sour and Bitter. Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red with an amber hue. There is hardly any head to speak of.

Smell: This beer smells absolutely wonderful. Like fresh berry jam. I'm getting the raspberries, but also some strawberry notes. A nice sweetness compliments the berries.

Taste: Not as sweet as the smell. Mildly tart raspberries with some strawberry like notes as well. There isn't a whole lot of sourness in this beer, yet. There is some tart fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer, but I think it will get even better with age. It smells absolutely wonderful. (740 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 750ml bottle into a few glasses. MASSIVE thanks go to Stakem for sharing this with us. It’s definitely one of those beers that I never thought I’d get to try. Deep ruby with a thin head of light pink foam. Robust and soapy look that stays very strong. Smells of straight up strawberry jam or some other juicy berry flavors. Some shaper acidity and funky notes burn the edges of the nose a bit. Jam and funk, what a combo. Taste has like a tart rhubard thing going on with some backing sugars. Funky sourness on the edges with a dry oaky finish. Medium bodied with some initial sharpness and a softer bubbly feel that fills out the rest. Not hugely complex but balanced, crisp and very drinkable. Thanks again Adam! (723 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jim surprised us with this at our BADL tasting, thanks! 2011 bottling.

Dark red, nearly purple body with bubbly white head. Minimal beads cling to the sides of my glass.

Aroma is....wow! Very intense, super concentrated raspberry and funk. Seriously, this is incredible. Arguably the best aroma on any sour I've ever had.

Taste is a different story. Fresh raspberries blend with yeasty funk, finishing slightly bitter. Did I mention it's funky? More complex than LP Framboise, though I actually prefer the taste of that Cantillon right now as the raspberries are more forward in that flavor profile. Framboos also lacks the acidity I love about LP Framboise, but that should change over time. This bottle has serious cellaring potential; would love to check in on its progress in about 18 months.

A great sour nonetheless; very glad I got to tick this. (856 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky red with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some pretty complex raspberry and woody aromas. Taste is much the same but not as sour as I was expecting based on the aromas. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great aromas and flavors and a definite treat to be able to sample. (591 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Sc0pey for going out of his way to share this with me, albeit in a non-traditional way. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep magenta to almost blood red. Hazy with some bubbles of carbonation.

S: Funky, raspberries, fruity tartness and lactic sour.

T: Follows the nose – quite tart and funky, juicy raspberries, some barnyard and a touch of woody dryness. Lactic sourness puckers the mouth. An impression of sour cherries in the hang, and is quite dry.

M: Medium to light body, decent carbonation sensation, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

O: Very very good, even with only a small sampling. I don't know whether I'll ever have an opportunity to try this another time - but I'll be very excited if I do. (724 characters)

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. (310 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall bottle brought back across the pond courtesy of Jeffo - cheers man! Enjoyed at a tasting, alongside two other raspberry lambics for comparison.

Poured into a snifter. Soft cherry in colour, quite hazy, and with a thin head that recedes into a fine ring. Nice looking brew - colour looks genuine.

Great nose on this, with the tart raspberries stealing the show all the way. A bit of funk and musk kicking around in there as well, but really this is all raspberry and I thank them for it.

Great tart lambic, with a good balance between tart raspberry and traditional sour notes, funk, musk and citrus. This brew sits at about my upper threshold of sourness (at least for now; I'm certainly improving in this regard), so this would have to be a brew that I would share with friends when the mood hits me just right. Fortunately, this was one of those times, and so the balance of this brew really did it for me. Carbonation is firm, but not overpowering. Lingering astringent finish.

Were it not for its rareness I would certainly keep one kicking around the cellar as an exemplar fo the style. Great brew. (1,115 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2011 release, poured into a Drie Fonteinen Fountain Tasting glass. Many thanks to Jeff for opening this, big time personal whale! Opened and enjoyed on 6.7.14, reviewed from my tasting journal.

The pours a super dark, raspberry color, not quite red, not quite purple, hazy, cloudy, opaque, any of those words will adequately describe it. A minimal pink head appears that fizzles out quickly, no lace or any real head retention available. Huge aroma of raspberry jam, fruity funk, lemon zest and some pie crust malt. It's very raspberry forward, simple yet delicate. The flavors are right in line, delicious raspberry jam flavor, funkiness, lemon acidity is there with just a touch of malt. It's not quite as bright as the nose, a bit more earthy, the terroir is showcased well, nice jammy flavors and the funkiness is just right, not overpowering, but helps to express the fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is nice, very lively carbonation that doesn't prickle at all, it coats the mouth and tongue well and the texture feels juicy and jammy with a very soft, creamy finish.

Verdict: A delicious framboise from Drie Fonteinen, one I wish they would make more often. It's not as delicate and bright as the Lou Pepe Framboise for me, but still a wonderful showing of raspberries with nice layers of funk and acidity that don't overpower the beer or let it get too sweet. (1,380 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a wine stem. Enjoyed 12/7/2013.

Pour is a deep magenta with a wispy pink head, which recedes to a rim. Some effervescence. Smell is bright, juicy raspberries, cobwebs and funky blue cheese. Quite jammy. Huge raspberry profile carries over to the taste, with an additional increase in the level of cheesy funk. Quite sour. A bit of lactic creaminess, and a touch of oak on the finish. Very drinkable, despite being more sour than I expected. A top notch lambic for sure, but I think some additional time will do this well. (542 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle shared by cpferris. 2011 version. Big thanks to Chad. Pours a dark reddish amber with a small white head that settles pretty quickly and leaves close to no lacing on the glass. The aroma is tons of raspberry. It's bursting with fruit. There is also a bit of funk and a mushroom note as well as a faint, slightly unpleasant medicinal note, and some strawberry jam. The taste is tart and dry. Lots of raspberry, just like the nose. There is also a light funky earthiness, a bit of strawberry jam, and a little cherry. The finish is dry and tart with a bit of funk and lots of lingering raspberry. Medium body. Low-medium carbonation. This is great right now. I'll be curious to see how it ages if I get the opportunity to try it again. (747 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Steve for cracking this open at the start of the Lost Abbey tasting. 2011 Vintage.

Pours a deep pinkish-red with a moderate white head. Smells primarily of raspberries in a fantastic way with some oak and funk hanging out there as well. The raspberries really carry the flavor, but there's a nice tart and funky lambic sourness that complements it. It's only moderately sour though, not puckeringly so, and the flavors come together really nicely. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this was really quite an excellent beer, one of the better fruit lambics I've had. It was especially impressive for me as raspberry beers tend to disappoint me, but this one really came through. (718 characters)

Photo of ADTaber
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating #1500, the elusive Framboos, Vintage 2011, poured into a 3F wine glass, reviewed from tasting notes

A: pours a deep red with orange at the edges with a fleeting whitish head that has poor retention and leaves only a trace of lacing 4.25/5

S: huge sweet rasberry jam dominates the nose, there's also some lemon zest and a hint of stale grain 4.75/5

T: leads off with tart rasberry, not near as sweet or jammy as in the nose, that transitions into tart, acidic lemon that tiptoes on the line of overpowering without crossing it, a hint of grain, tartness lingers, almost puckering 4.25/5

M: medium body, good level of carbonation, very dry finish 4.5/5

O: The nose and taste were almost polar opposites, but this beer managed to provide everything I enjoy in a fruit lambic, really wish Armand would bring this one back 4.5/5 (836 characters)

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 1999- Drank this bottle side by side with the 2011 vintage; May 2012
Pours a hazy pink/red color with a ring of white lace on top. Smell is fantastic raspberry vinegrette aroma that leaps instantly from the glass, along with a great woody seed character and a touch of acetone-like sharpness. Palate brought about an assertive acidity, but mellowed just enough to allow a much of the flavors to present themselves; very funky, a little acidic, & jammy. Mouthfeel was light with carbo being medium finishing dry. Overall leaves the mouth puckering with tart/sour goodness and wanting more.

Vintage 2011 - Pours a murky red/burgundy with a little lace that fades quickly. Nose is similar to the Hommage with phenols, plastic, some funk, and mild woody notes; nothing over the top though. Flavor of raspberry, lemon, earthy and floral notes, funk, and oak. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a tart, dry mouthfeel. Overall next to the vintage 1999; it's a step down! Hopefully with some age this will improve like the older Framboos vintages.

2011 Scores: 4.25/ 3.75 / 3.75 / 4 / 4 (1,100 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

5/26/2012

Thanks to rich for opening this long desired rarity. 2011 bottle date.

A: Very dark in color, a deep nebulous burgundy with a fast fading white head.

S: Fruit explosion, an amazing raspberry pie aroma with notes of seed and flesh and pie crust. Pleasant blend of vanilla and oak. Sweet and juicy fruit with leather, musty barnyard, and a touch of mushroom. Exceptional.

T: Moderately tart with big lactic notes. Nice acetic presence with monstrous raspberry character. Authentic flesh and seed notes. Leathery and earthy with light tannic notes and restrained barnyard character.

M: Medium body with upper low to lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and lightly tannic.

Overall: A very good Framboise with an exceptional aroma. I would have liked more carbonation but the low level of it was not detrimental. (843 characters)

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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Hazy, kinda dull red. White head. A little leggy.

Smell - Funky. Strong raspberry, but it doesn't smell jammy or sweet like Hommage. Low acidity.

Taste - And here it is legitimately jammy. Still not a sweet raspberry. Lemony sourness, more than the nose implies. Funk lingers in the back end. Tart raspberry also lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Significantly more sour than Hommage. Totally different representation og raspberries. (534 characters)

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

Bottle shared at woodshop by a very generous soul

Look: Pours a dark pink kinda ruby red color with a 1/4 inch white bubbly head and ok retention

Smell: The nose is pretty fruity with copious amounts of sour raspberries. There is a slight funkiness behind the raspberries and some oak but the nose is pretty much just a raspberry lovers dream

Taste: Again the beer is just very fruit forward with lots and lots of raspberries again there is some lip pucker tartness and a touch of funkiness

Mouthfeel: Light crisp and refreshing. It tickles the palate a little bit and goes down leaving the mouth just slightly dry

Overall: I am not usually a fan of fruity beers even some of the best ones in the world. But this beer is a fruit lovers wet dream. So good so much fresh raspberry flavor. Glad I got the chance to try this (825 characters)

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