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99
world-class

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.14%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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:
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

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DStoked

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

04-01-2014 16:04:22 | More by DStoked
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SStein

Belgium

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.

01-05-2014 11:49:34 | More by SStein
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Pecan

California

4.89/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

09-13-2013 14:50:07 | More by Pecan
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SpruceFish

Burkina Faso

4.76/5  rDev +3%
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.

07-06-2013 16:54:34 | More by SpruceFish
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

11-21-2012 05:51:26 | More by Huhzubendah
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Thorpe429

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

02-27-2012 12:50:20 | More by Thorpe429
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

02-06-2012 17:26:10 | More by beerpirates
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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

06-03-2011 23:08:23 | More by rvdoorn
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

05-11-2011 15:22:26 | More by callmemickey
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crosamich

Florida

4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

04-27-2011 13:21:55 | More by crosamich
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen in Beersel, Belgium
99 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.