Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Active Beers: 21
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
4.47/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited on 8-18-08
After a morning spent drinking near the Grote Markt in Brussels, Elaina and I took the trek to Lambik Land. We specifically chose this day because Drei Fontein was open and serving dinner.
After an initial disappointment at finding the castle closed, Elaina and I wandered slowly into Beersel until we came to the inauspicious restaurant and brewery. The atmosphere reminded me of a Wisconsin supper club. Its 50s esthetic was giving way to a small town, almost rustic vibe and despite the casual feel of the place, one felt confident that something gourmet was cooking up in the kitchen.
The staff told us that they weren't actually open yet but allowed us to stay for a drink anyways, probably after taking pity on our soaked and disheveled appearance (it had been pouring rain all day). A kind bar maid was quick to pour us two glass of 1 year lambik from a cask before joining her coworkers at a large table for the staff dinner. Elaina and I sipped our beers gratefully and then took our leave. After a pub crawl of Beersel we returned for dinner.
I ordered a magnificent guinea hen served in a kriek sauce (truly an A+ entre) and Elaina ate a good, although somewhat dry and tough rabbit cooked in oude geuze. I ordered a bottle of 1997 (11 year old) Oude Geuze for 12 Euros. It completely blew my mind. We later finished with glasses of Kriek, also from cask, that resembled pure, tart cherry juice followed by a creamy faro.
All in all a wonderful experience that I certainly hope to repeat. Although the selection was very, very limited I was not let down one bit. I'll take 4 perfect beers over 400 great beers anytime.
09-11-2009 23:46:45 | More by DaPeculierDane
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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
4.6/5 rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Ok the family on an outing, and we stopped for lunch. The food was fantastic. The selection of beers was wonderful. I wish I had more people with me so we could split some of the vintage bottles. They had a good selection. The staff was all very friendly and gracious. The beers fantastic. I had an Oude Gueuze and a Faro. I will definitely be returning to drink off the bottle list.
01-05-2014 11:49:34 | More by SStein
4.89/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
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
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.
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
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen in Beersel, Belgium
99 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.