Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Not Rated.
Brouwerij Drie FonteinenBrouwerij Drie Fonteinen
BEER AVG
4.13/5
Based on:
19 Beers
6,318 Ratings
Place Score: 99
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3 Herman Teirlinckplein
Beersel, 1650
Belgium
phone: +32 (0) 23 31 06 52

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Place added by: TheLongBeachBum

Contact information for the brewery and bottle shop:
Hoogstraat 2a
1650 Beersel
Belgium 1650

E-mail: [email protected]
Telefoon: +32 (0)2 306 71 03
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
to view more.
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 24
Photo of Brabander
3.48/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Not my most favourite place to go to cause sours are not my thing but the 3F beers are good trade stuff.

Photo of GJ40
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I stopped in with some local friends while visiting the area. I'd been wanting to get here for quite some time but its distance from the Brussels city center always prevented that. But I made it and it was fantastic! It's not the brewery pub or tasting room you'd expect from US breweries but they had a great lineup including hand pulled kriek, lambic and faro, vintage brews and a nice listing if food. This place is authentic and inspiring.

Photo of gfg0020
5/5  rDev +9.2%

I've met a lot of friendly people at breweries, but getting to meet Armand and the brewers behind the beers was beyond words. This is a definite must-visit if you're in Brussels.

Photo of DStoked
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Surprisingly few reviews of this place! This is an absolute must-go for any beer lover doing the Belgium pilgrimage. We stopped for lunch, I believe on a Thursday or Friday. Only a few people in there. A quiet little restaurant in a quiet little town. Service was spot on, and the food was the best I had during my week in Belgium. I don't remember exactly what I got, but I think it was some sort of duck or rabbit stew made with gueuze or kriek. Unbelievably delicious! The brewery was quiet that day but the had a little shop where you could buy beers, glasses and other swag. Whatever you do don't miss out on this place.

Photo of SStein
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Ok the family on an outing, and we stopped for lunch. The food was fantastic. The selection of beers was wonderful. I wish I had more people with me so we could split some of the vintage bottles. They had a good selection. The staff was all very friendly and gracious. The beers fantastic. I had an Oude Gueuze and a Faro. I will definitely be returning to drink off the bottle list.

Photo of Pecan
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

My bill was a bit high, but only because we ordered multiple bottles of vintage selections. The entrees were under 20 and were incredible. The beer selection was solid and extremely reasonably priced if sticking to the normal selections. Vintages also available, albeit a bit pricier. The shop was well priced also. The most outstanding part was the service. The staff were happy to make conversation, in English, and made the daytrip outstanding.

Photo of SpruceFish
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

So I dont write reviews very often and as a Peace Corps Volunteer I dont get to drink good beer very often. But currently I am on vacation with my sister and had the pleaser of coming to Brussels and 3 Fonteinen.

I just want to say I have been to many breweries in my lifetime, but I have never been to a place so warm and welcoming. Armand himself gave us the tour and his wife was working in the lambic store. Their passion for what they do is uncanny. I it was really amazing to meet these people. In the store they had all the Armand'4 series available, their special release, intense red (a kriek with a huge amount of cherries added) and plenty of oude geuze, oude kriek, and beersel beer available. The restaurant was also fantastic, I recommend the oysters. Some of the entrées were a bit pricy but for fine dining its what one would expect. They also had bottles of the 1997 oude gueze for 39 euros and Hommage for 43 euros (I think). 1997 Oude Gueze was fantastic.

All and all one of the best beer related experiences of my life. Armand is extremely passionate about what he does and is more then happy to share information about his life's work and brewery.

Note:
Tours are only given on saturday. It is very possible to get to the brewery by bus from Midi Station in Brussels (1 or 2km from the Central Place). The main train line does not run on Sat but busses do run. Bus fare from Brussels to Beesel is only 2 euros. There is no need to take a cab which will coast you 30 euros and up.

Photo of Huhzubendah
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I made it to Belgium, and 3 Fonteinen was right at the top if my list.

The atmosphere in the restaurant is fantastic. Quaint and serene, spacious and inviting. Service with a smile.

I spoke with Armand for a few hours about the brewery, lambic, etc. while enjoying a 1997 Oude Gueze (and a few others as well). The Kriek, lambic, kriekenlambik, faro are all must tries if you are fortunate enough to make it here.

Passion, tradition, quality, it's all here. My experience was so amazing here that I returned for another lengthy visit in lieu of visiting some of Belgium's best breweries. That will have to wait for a subsequent visit. Overall, this was simply mind blowing. A bucket list kind of experience for me.

Photo of Thorpe429
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This wa my ultimate beer destination. When I got there, it greatly exceeded my expectations. This review covers only the weekend Lambic Room. (My English translation on the name.)

The atmosphere could not be better. There is a row of picnic tables outside plus a charming little indoor area with small tables. It feels like a small-town mom and pop restaurant. The difference here, of course, is that Armand is sitting at one of the tables and is more than happy to chat about his beer and the brewery, and is quick to offer his feelings on lambic and it's tradition. For me, it could not get any better.

The quality of the beer at Drie Fonteinen is unparalleled. The menu offers a wide assortment of lambics, including several vintages of Oude Geuze and several of the "vintage" selections. The Oude Kriek and young kriekenlambick are both available as well. You can also sample unblended lambic or the faro.

Service is quick and polite, and nearly everyone spoke English quite well. There is nothing like being served gueuze by Aand or his wife. Great presentation an proper glassware.

The prices are fair and cheap, especially for all that you get. The small shop is a must-visit as well.

If you did yourself in Belgium, do yourself a favor and visit this place as often as possible!

Photo of beerpirates
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Easily the best of the lambic spots we visited. Arriving right before the end of the lunch hours (they don’t serve after 2 or 3p), we enjoyed draft lambic, Service is typical European, allowing us to enjoy the patio out back which is unfortunately squared in and thus affords no views of the countryside. The food is stellar (the salmon is a must).

Then we walked over to the tasting room to meet with Armand, soft-spoken and open, sharing stories and hopes for lambic and future brewing. One hour, then two roll by as we open bottles

Then he accompanies us to the shop as we buy lambic, glasses, shirts to go. A fantastic visit, never rushed but perfectly accommodated. I look forward to years of visiting the master.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been here (the brewery, not the restaurant) so often and everytime it is such a great pleasure to talk with armand about life in general and beer. He is such a kind and passionate man who already is worth the visit. In the brewery shop they have depending on the time of the year, most of the regulars, and sometimes of course limited brews like armand’4 and strafe winter. They also sell some nice products that are prepared with kriek or geuze, like cheese and marmalade. Last time they even had chocolate bonbons with armand spirit. Don’t miss this place

Photo of callmemickey
4.58/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Review of the restaurant at Drie Fonteinen:

A simple country bistro with simple but quaint decor. Several visits have had slow, but pleasant service (two lunch time visits took over two hours from start to finish). A nice stock of standard Drie Fonteinen beers (Faro, Lambiek, Kriekenlambiek, Oude Kriek, Oude Gueuze) plus the ultimate value: 15Euro 750ml bottle of 1997 Oude Gueuze. The food here is phenomenal. The carbonade is the most tender and flavorful I’ve ever had and the mussels are fresh and well prepared. Being next to the brewery doesn’t hurt either.

Photo of crosamich
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Had a huge day planned on my recent trip to Belgium ending up at drie Fonteinen - Lambik Droom. The night before led to a late start so we changed it up a bit and started with 3F so as not to miss out. The shop is a small place with 5 tables outside and ~10 inside. Usually some lambic, kriekenlambic, gueze on tap. We arrived just after opening in time to join Armand in the cellar to tap and taste a fresh barrel of lambic. Lydie will bring some Gueze-soaked cheese to go along with your drinks. After making it through a few bottles and stocking up on some take-aways we headed off for the next stop. I had mistakenly thought I could buy Millenium Gueze for take-away. So I promised to be back the next day to try that one. Traffic was awful so we went back to 3F to enjoy the rest of the beautiful day. Watched many locals come and go, swapping out empties for new bottles of Oude Gueze. We made it thru every bottle they had to offer and spent most of the day there (with me asking pesky questions the whole time). Lydie and Armand could not have been better hosts. Can't believe they run this all themselves with some part-time help. Frank Boon and son stopped by and were there nearly as long as we were. This is a must stop for anyone visiting Brussels. Easy to find/get to in our rental. If you plan on taking 3F bottles home with you, go here first and load up as nowhere else comes close.
We also stopped at the restaurant: food was good, service was mediocre, beer selction was OK. They sweeten the kriek here to make it more appealing to the masses. Nice way to end the day but Lambik Droom is the priority if time is short. This place won't blow you away but the hosts and the product speak for themselves.

Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

We drove here from Brussels, a simple and beautiful drive that took about 30 minutes. The town of Beersel is super cute, would be fun to spend some time here. Drie itself has 3 different establishments all within the same block.

- Drie Fonteinen - super nice sit down restaurant with local Belgian cuisine. There was a great menu, at least big, and nice inside. However, everything was in flemish and we could not read one thing on the menu. We asked our server for advice and the guy blew us despite speaking fine English. He offered only 2 suggestions, we got them and they both sucked. As all the other dishes came out they looked awesome, and we were jealous. Not much of a beer menu here at all. Come for food if you have a translator, not a place to drink.

- Lambik Droom - Tasting room owned by Armand's brother. Quaint inside, a place for drinks and a cheese snack. All the Drie regulars than a vintage list. Nice service, when its open a place to go.

- Brouwerji Shop - Here is the brewery shop. They have all the regular beers (oude, kriek, doesjel, oude vintage) and some of the special ones when strafe, zwet, etc. They have 3 types of glassware which is really awesome.

All of them separate they are nothing special. However, going to visit and seeing all 3 and the town, this is a trip that HAS to be made if you are in Brussels and looking for 2-3 hours to kill.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped here on a Sunday, which is a mistake unless you just want food and the standard beer selection. The tasting room seems much better, but closed on Sundays. Also, there are no trains to/from Beersel on Sat/Sun, at least based on my belated investigation. I took a Metro train as far as I could, then got a ride from a nice lady who could only speak French. Somehow I got by with my high school French, we found the place anyways. The ride back required a cab, still not bad at about 24 euros to Brussels Midi.

The food is excellent, decent prices too. The restaurant has the atmosphere of a restaurant, go figure. Wish the tasting room was open.

They were accomodating enough to let me go through the beer storage room to buy some stuff to go, notably 2006 Oude Gueuze Vintage for a friend and Straffe Winter + Horal's Blend for me.

Photo of alfrantzell
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Our visit to the Drie Fonteinen tasting room resulted in us drinking vintage oude geuze and geuze distillate with the brewer himself, Armand Debelder. An instant 5.0.

Full of lambic and spirits, I shambled over to the bottle shop to find they were selling Millennium Geuze. No Hommage though. 4.5.

We concluded our visit with the restaurant, which is run by Armand's brother, Guido. Dinner consisted of rabbit cooked in geuze and a pitcher of cask conditioned kriek. Another 5.0.

Not a bad way to spend an afternoon, evening, and night.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited on 8-18-08

After a morning spent drinking near the Grote Markt in Brussels, Elaina and I took the trek to Lambik Land. We specifically chose this day because Drei Fontein was open and serving dinner.

After an initial disappointment at finding the castle closed, Elaina and I wandered slowly into Beersel until we came to the inauspicious restaurant and brewery. The atmosphere reminded me of a Wisconsin supper club. Its 50s esthetic was giving way to a small town, almost rustic vibe and despite the casual feel of the place, one felt confident that something gourmet was cooking up in the kitchen.

The staff told us that they weren't actually open yet but allowed us to stay for a drink anyways, probably after taking pity on our soaked and disheveled appearance (it had been pouring rain all day). A kind bar maid was quick to pour us two glass of 1 year lambik from a cask before joining her coworkers at a large table for the staff dinner. Elaina and I sipped our beers gratefully and then took our leave. After a pub crawl of Beersel we returned for dinner.

I ordered a magnificent guinea hen served in a kriek sauce (truly an A+ entre) and Elaina ate a good, although somewhat dry and tough rabbit cooked in oude geuze. I ordered a bottle of 1997 (11 year old) Oude Geuze for 12 Euros. It completely blew my mind. We later finished with glasses of Kriek, also from cask, that resembled pure, tart cherry juice followed by a creamy faro.

All in all a wonderful experience that I certainly hope to repeat. Although the selection was very, very limited I was not let down one bit. I'll take 4 perfect beers over 400 great beers anytime.

Photo of jfunkk79
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited in March '08 on a trip to Belgium with a group of beer nerds.

We toured the brewery which was just a very small building on the other side of the cafe. It was pretty amazing. Proprietor and brewmaster Armand Debelder gave the tour and talked a lot about what it takes to make a good Geuze. Specifically the art of blending. Very interesting. Definitely one of the most passionate brewers I've ever met.

The restaurant itself was a very cozy place. The food was incredible. I recommend the stew made with their own Geuze. Delicious. Pair that with a glass of Kriek, incredible.

This was one of my favorite stops on the trip not just because everything tasted delicious, but because everything happened in this very small space. The beer is blended, stored, cooked with, and served all in one spot.

Highly recommended to anyone visiting Belgium for beer related activities or otherwise.

Photo of Goldorak
3.95/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

After a stroll down the hill to visit Beersel Castle, which was deserted, in ruins, with no guide or tour pamphlet. You just walked around at your own risk. 5 Euros I would have invested elsewhere, but my girlfriend wanted to see a castle, so if that's the price I had to pay for a lambic-fueled evening, so be it. Anyway, on the way back up I stopped to say hi to Mr.Debelder at the brewery and make our reservation for dinner at the restaurant.

3F is a very small-town, family style eatery right in the center of the city, right in front of the church with the big clock. Everybody there seemed to know each other. If I were a chef, I'd love to work there, the kitchen has large windows giving plenty of sunlight and a great view of the patio section in the back.

Very classic Belgo-Belgian menu, my girlfriend and I went for classics, carbonnade for her, mussles in gueuze for me. Absolutely fabulous meal, especialy with the '97 oude gueuze available on the menu, not to mention the lambics on cask. They didn't have any of the new selections on sale at the brewery, like the Hommage or Doesjel, but I was more than happy with what they had.

The only real knock I can give is perhaps service-wise, maybe because we spoke French, and relations between francophone Waloons and Flemish are at an all-time low, especially around Brussels. We weren't disrespected or anything, it just felt a little awkward. But I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Photo of drewbage
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Visited in March 2006 on a whirlwind tour of Belgium. Thanks to the Bum for the steerage to this place.

Landed on my whim flight and after a brief stop in the Brussels airport for a beer and a ride into town to find a hotel room. Without sleep, I jumped on a train and made my way to the suburbs and Drie Fonteinen.

Let me tell you, as a first meal for a country you can do so much worse than eating here. Wow. Sat down at a nice cozy table by the fire and sampled the local products and the daily special. Food was damn amazing.

The beer? Well, you should know I'm a sucker for a good gueze or kriek and suck me in they did.

Really, this place is amazing. It defies what your expectations are and makes that walk up and down the hill for the train well worth it.

Do not miss if you get a chance.

Photo of texashammer
3.95/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

oh my. this was very special.

my father and I ate at the restaurant, stayed a while, and then wanted to wander next door to the shop where they sell their bottled beer, before returning to drink some more. our waitress waved off the offer to leave a credit card and just let us go, with a pretty big tab; I thought that was cool to begin with.

the restaurant was fancier than expected -- nice table settings, cloth napkins, and all, but the locals poured in at dinner time. big open space with lots of windows. friendly, helpful server laughed with us and guided us through the parts we weren't clear on. (she also corrected my pronunciation.) beer was served with obvious love and care and respect. please see my beer reviews for more, but I was very, very impressed with the beer. beautiful logo glassware and china, and ceramic pitchers with logo that were apparently handmade. food was not particularly to my taste but never mind. we stayed 5 hours in this nice environment.

now for the beer shop experience. when we made it next door, I didn't realize immediatly that we were talking to Armand, the brewer. but, he was not busy and about to close, and ended up taking us outside to his brewery, which is only a large closet. he spoke at length about his brewing, the traditions, the struggles faced by lambic brewers in this modern world (especially the very small ones like him). he was passionate and near tears talking about what is obviously a love for him. I was touched. this was a rare and very wonderful audience with a man I really respect. I hope you can make it, and will be as lucky as I have been, to get a chance to converse with him.

finally, we bought beer and logo glassware for a song.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.93/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

first, do not take the other reviewer's claim of 'steep walk from the station' lightly. this is a seriously draining trek, sweat-producing even in the chilliest of temperatures. although if you find yourself walking up such a hill, be confident that you are headed the right way.

the atmosphere here is somewhat cozy although it seems to be a hotspot for geriatrics, half local and half tourist. very bright inside and somewhat cramped. the bathroom is located through a backyard maze leading to another building, up a flight of stairs and around a corner.

the food was awesome though, and not too expensive. the mussels in gueuze were almost as good as the drink itself. the kriek is the real winner here, and don't bother with the small size (it's offered in small, medium, and large). repeat drinks are difficult as this place seems understaffed. have a few, take the long run downhill and dont forget to check out the kasteel before you hop back on the train.

and don't bother with the oud beersel cafe, it's closed down.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

"When I arrived I was informed that they were not currently serving cooked food, dinner started at 6pm. I decided to grab a snack and a couple beers then head back to the hotel for a quick snooze before grabbing some dinner. The first beer that I wanted was their Gueuze. After I had ordered it the waitress went to the bar and requested a Gueuze. The barkeep then pulled out the traditional bottle of Lambic lying at a 15-degree angle in a wicker basket. The bottle was carefully opened and poured without disturbing the yeast. This was definitely the best Gueuze I had ever had. For my next beer I decided to try the draft Kriek. It was quite good as well. At this point I went back to the hotel for that exciting nap. Had to recoup for the night ya'know.

I arrived back at Drie Fonteinen around 7pm. The place was a lot more lively than it had been earlier with many a person enjoying the various interpretations of Lambic. The first beer that I decided to try was the Bottled Kriek. It uses the same type of cherries as the draft version (Schaerbeek). The next beer that I tried was the Lambic, it was again far mellower than I was expecting, but was very good.

I started out with a shrimp salad accompanied by a Kriek beer vinaigrette. The salad had some surprisingly tasty sprouts that were small, thin and had a great almost aggressive onion flavor to them.

I decided to go for broke on the next beer that I ordered, so I ordered the 1995 bottling of the Gueuze, which means that the majority of the beer
contained therein was at least 8 years old, if not more. The waitress whisked off to the bar (after making sure that I actually wanted a beer that only came in 750 ml bottles) to request the beer from the bar tender. The bar tender promptly disappeared down into the cellar. He appeared again a few minutes later reverently holding the bottle at the proper angle (again about 15-degrees). The bottle was carefully put in a basket that maintained the angle properly and brought to me. At this point I was getting giddy with excitement, or was that full day of beer consumption. Either way I was anticipating the sampling of this one. As an accompaniment to the meal that I had (a wonderful salmon filet) it was quite nice, with a hint of an alcoholic finish to it that was brought out by the fish.

I ended the night with some chocolate mousse that was a surprisingly good companion to the Gueuze."

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The 3 Fountains is a legend. You would not know this as you walk up the steep hill from the Train Station and see the frontage in the main square. Known throughout Belgium for 2 things; Lambic Beer and Food. A quality place, that when I first visited in 1994, was really better known locally for it's food, than its beer. They have been blending gueuze here since 1955, mainly for the locals. This has changed now that Armand Debelder, a vociferous traditionalist, has started making his own lambics. The restaurant serves a wide range of high quality meals (be prepared to wait when busy), incl. many cooked in the 3 Fonteinen beers. There are many rooms that comprise the restaurant, and the capacity appears to increase every time I visit with more extensions. 250+ now. The beer list is very small in comparison to other bars, but I give it 4.5 because what they do serve is excellent, and hey you are in Lambic-Land after all. The UK style blue & white handpumps often serve 1-year old Lambic, the pre-sweetened Kriek (beware), and the Faro. Personally I would recommend the bottled Gueuze, Kriek (unsweetened) and the Framboise. The Sugar Cubes & St/St plungers on the Tables are not for the Tea & Coffee - they are for the beer!. So if you are not used to traditional Lambics, strap yourself in for the ride of your life. 3 Fonteinen beers are all 5-stars, very traditional, uncompromisingly sharp, dry & sour. Just as they should be. Spend the weekend in Beersel and drown in Lambics.

to view more.
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen in Beersel, Belgium
99 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.