Zenne Y Frontera
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Zenne Y FronteraZenne Y Frontera
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Style:
Lambic - Traditional
Ranked #1
ABV:
7%
Score:
100
Ranked #22
Avg:
4.74 | pDev: 5.06%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
365
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Notes: 3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera is the latest creation of Armand Debelder, together with sommelier Andy De Brouwer of Les Eleveurs. The lambic was aged in 40-year old casks for 12 months prior to bottling. According to the brewery, this collaboration seeks to bridge the beer and wine worlds and is also aimed at drawing in the culinary sector.
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dboon from Florida

4.48/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Generously shared by Seth. Clear light amber pour with a small white head. Mild funk aromas. Mellow caramel and oak notes give way to mellow horse blanket and barnyard backbeats. Smooth with less prickly champaign like carbonation. Very good mouthfeel and body. Simply outstanding.

Apr 30, 2021
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brokensail from California

4.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle @ La Palma Sour Fest 2015. Hazy orange colored beer with a small white head. Holy smokes is this funky. Tons of musty, damp, earthy basement and mushroom notes. Bright lemon and green grape acidity. Slight apricot sweetness and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Really nice mineral quality to it as well. Pretty citrusy and zesty as well. A winner, as usual.

Feb 05, 2021
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.49/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped and corked Batch 2 SOLERA bottle into 3F stemware. Shared with friends.

Nose is barnyard, hay, cheese, lemon zest, and cobwebs. This is what funk is all about. Super aromatic and crazy funky. Beer opens light funk. I get notes of hay, lemon zest, oak, wet wood, and peat. More hay and cobwebs in the middle. Musty and straw. Lemon and oak at the finish. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly and still lively on the palate and goes down accented and sparkling. Goes down slightly dry with a lingering, filmy aftertaste.

Very, very solid. I'm pretty impressed. Definitely worth having.

Nov 21, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Having this (season 18|19 blend 92) side-by-side with regular Oude Geuze (season 18|19 blend 69), for maximum contrast, Zenne is a much darker amber, with a short khaki head that settles to a thin off-white ring.

The nose is nougat and nutty dusty musty walnut to the nth degree.

Taste exhibits sweet honey and caramel characteristics, and upon intermingling with the sherry barrels, this emulates a caramel apple and even mulled cider, all while maintaining starkly savory notes attributed to the barrel. This puppy is dry af, and also a bit more acidic than OG, yet simultaneously more complex, especially as it warms. Even still, it maintains in the background those classic toasted cracker and grapefruity 3F properties.

As mentioned, the contrast between regular OG and this is astounding. While the Oude Geuze is simply more drinkable, effervescent, and lightly brightly clean, I can see how a brew like this stands out from the crowd and makes a very uniquely intriguing impression. At the same time, I can't imagine solo doming a whole bottle of this, it's just so complex. Sharing is the move here.

Oct 13, 2020
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.67/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Blend #50 purchased from monks cafe on 10/1/2020

L - pours a golden straw with a white head that dissipates completely
S - sherry, oak, barnyard, stone fruit pits/subtle apricot, tea tannins
T - lemon, apple, apricot, minerality, barnyard funk, oak, and excellent sherry notes that lingers on the palate
F - minimal carb, light/medium light mouth feel
I - excellent lambic, the amount of fruit on a non fruited beer is incredible. Gladly drink again and again

Oct 01, 2020
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Decanted orange pour with red, and bottom gold highlights. The collar is softly white in practice, and rounds to ½ an inch before dissipating to a dynamic lace

S: Aroma is encapsulated thru sherry wet cobblestones, dungeon cobwebs, and a musty oak chest. Progression is ongoing amid fruited cherries, cellar peach, apricot kernels, and pear skins with backed wooded tea leaves. The integration is in sync, with balanced acidity on more green skins to an indirect Melon presence on growth

T: Proficient harmonization on palate, where notes are fully characterized with lean minerality. The lemon peel, citrus rind, and apricot crisp continue on the basement webbing alongside a catacomb of grape funk - subtle notes of white peppered pistachio skins, sesame seeds, cored peaches and sharp, cardamom spiced nectarines come out in length

M: Carbonation is soft and sensible to the earthy bright feel in crushed rocks and dry fruit

O: Spirited integration, where barrel is patient and kind to the surroundings: offering development/evolution to a steadfast brew

Sep 29, 2020
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 5. Thanks, Sam.

Sherry, almond skin, mildly oxidized honey, funk, lemon peel, a light sharpness, grapefruit zest. Light mushroom. The palate opens with a great blend of lemon peel and sherry, grapefruit juice and honey. The sherry adds an aged note that complements the lemon and grapefruit juice. Mild almond skin, light vanilla, soft lemon oil and grapefruit feel. Drying, sherry finish. Mild brine. Astounding.

Aug 30, 2020
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2
A complex and unusual lambic, very unique character from the sherry barrel-aging.
Bright golden orange, thin layer of foam and spotty lacing.
Aroma is intense, woody oak, light acidic citrus, and complex caramelized sugars.

Tart and supple, lemony grapefruit lambic notes, and nutty dried fruit sherry notes meld in perfect harmony. So smooth and flavorful, it makes you slow down and enjoy every sip. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall this is really exceptional, and a masterful concept of Armand Debelder. Wishing him well in retirement. Thanks to Adam for sharing this one!

Lambic - Traditional #53

Jul 08, 2020
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JMFP from Delaware

4.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a landmark beer indeed. Big aged funk on the nose, yet so delicate on the palate. Slightly tannic, and a bit sherry-like (in a good way). One of the most balanced lambics I've ever had!

Feb 14, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes- August 2016

Pours almost clear golden color with a lively white head that reduces to leave just a ring. Smells of cheese funk, orange, overripe stone fruits, cracked pepper, dried hay, dried dark fruits. Tastes of barnyard funk with fruity notes of lemon peel and orange, the sherry barrel is noticed mid-palate, adding dried dark fruits, even a hint of a nutty element. Oak, grass, cinnamon, dried hay, cheesy funk on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Outstanding and unique

Jan 05, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.82/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this two days ago on Thanksgiving. The review is from notes. It was aged in 40 year old sherry barrels giving it some sherry flavor. I found it to have a Geuze like tart flavor, maybe too tart for some. However, I thought it was truly delicious and very refreshing as well as complex. If you like Lambics (and Geuze) I think you will agree.

Look: hazy golden with a thin white head

Aroma: lemon, apple, apricot/peach, sherry

Taste: I taste lemon, apple, tart apricot/peach, sherry, and a dry oak finish. Very nice dry tart aftertaste.

Body/Overall: light to medium body.

Dec 01, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

3.38/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at share from Todd. Orange/pinkish pour, flat. Fruity, sweet aroma, hints of brandy. Taste brings tartness, notes of grapes, hint of tomato. Earthy.

Nov 29, 2019
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sbrock22 from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank season 17/18 blend no. 49. This is by far one of the best lambics on the market. Well balanced, flavorful beer. Our bottle had some carbonation and and great complexity.

Oct 21, 2019
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TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decanted at 3F. Perhaps the perfect all-around lambic drinking experience. Visually stunning- amazing bouquet. Taste was incredibly well balanced. Blends 3, 5 and 6 were all great, but 3 was my favorite.

Oct 02, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 so this was the solera. Little bit darker orange, great head. Great aroma of lambic and bright citrus along with some barrel. I could not pick out the sherry but could tell this was a different type of barrel then your standard lambic foeder/barrel that just has wood character. To be honest it really reminded me of Boon Vat 109 which is a great compliment to both beers. This was great, thankful to have a set of the new releases.

Sep 22, 2019
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a clear orange with no head. It smells and tastes of tart lemon, rustic funk, Sherry, and light cheese. Funky, but well put together and very easy drinking.

Sep 15, 2019
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GRG1313 from California

4.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've tasted several thousand different beers over the years. 10,000 plus check ins and at least that amount of different beers on a couple of other "check in" sites. Bottom Line: This is my favorite beer.....ever, to date. I can't say it's the best made or even the best beer I've had - it's simply my favorite. Amazing flavors, mouthfeel and finish. It has it all with great complexities and yet goes down easy and you want more. Good by itself or amazing with just about any food profile.

Jul 28, 2019
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UcDru from Ohio

4.81/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose of this showcases the sherry aged gueuze and the familiar drie funk. On the palate more of the same that funky cheesey gueuze goodness, grassy notes and tons of dark fruit and residual sugar from the sherry to finsh.

Jan 07, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sorry Contillon and Bokkenrijder, this is the best lambic I have had! Worth the hunt, worth the money, worth every single minute you give it. Wow! It is almost hard to put into words how much is going on, yet so much on a delicate scale. Plenty of sweeter red wine elements, grapes, sherry booze, lemon, plus other fruits like orange, peach and pear. Then there is the hay, earthy, and beet sugar base that crops up in fun and balanced sips. Plenty of funk, barrel elements and oak to boot. Little bit of everything, amazing!

Sep 12, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml bottle, batch 2, bottled on 26th March 2016 and a best before date of 26th October 2026. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen funnel and decanter, decanted for 60 to 90 minutes and poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne glass.

Appearance: A mostly clear golden orange colour with a minimal white head and sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Earthy funk, barnyard, hay, oak, nutty, sherry, peach and lemon.

Taste: Complex flavours. Funky, earthy, barnyard, sour, lemon, grape, apricot, sherry and oak with a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Wow, such complexity and goodness from a beer. Amazing and well balanced. Now I really want to try this side by side with the sherries and even batch 1, if at all possible.

Jul 13, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Zenne batch 2 poured into a Torst glass. Golden orange in color. Not much of a head. Aromas of oak and sherry release from the glass. Picking a little citrus as well. Upon first sip, I’m speechless. So complex yet perfectly balanced. Oak, sherry and subtle nuances of funk and citrus. This is so easy to drink. Perfectly carbed and each sip is a treat. This is the best lambic I’ve ever tasted hands down. Amazing brew!

May 21, 2018
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.72/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 - Solera
Poured with a Cantillon basket

One hard to describe beer but how interesting to finally try it, I'll do my best.

Slightly veiled, orange, small ring around the glass.

Nose of funk, must, sherry, slightly fruity, hints of outdated hops.

Taste: Complexity over the top, funk, fruity, I feel like my review isn't quite accurate, so hard to tell what this lambic is offering. I've never tasted something like this before!

Wow!

Apr 16, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1. 2015 vintage; drank 11/18/17 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance.

Minimal white head; minimal lace.

Burnt wheat & mild peach notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Peach jam & mild smoke flavors; a faintly tart finish. Refreshing & easy to enjoy.

Dec 10, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

batch 1, bottled 1/3/2014, decanted and served in a white wine glass

Look - decanted was a ruby red, white head and once poured into a glass it lightened up to a pink grapefruit color, slight white head that disappeared quickly, nice lacing for a 7% lambic

Smell - barnyard hay, sherry, and heavy oak and can smell the acid. Some complexity to it and a little fruity, but overall fairly mild nose

Taste - earthy, some citrus, light grapefruit, and some notes of apricot and white peach....jammy, but not quite in a way a fruited sour is jammy, but the way these flavors molded together with the mouthfeel, it just kind of seemed a little like liquid peach jam.

Feel - extremely drinkable and refreshing. Very mild tartness. An obviously delicate lambic as it goes does.

Overall - A+ experience to be able to have this bottle, decant it, and share it with some great people. A lambic I likely will not get to enjoy again, but this was an amazing, complex, flavorful lambic that one of the best of the evening.

Nov 20, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

4.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 vintage, poured into a decanter, at the Lambik-o-droom.

Semi-hazy amber pour with a thin, velvety off-white head.

Easily identifiable 3 Fonteinen lambic funk, green apples, mineral notes, light fruit oxidation, a bit of grapefruit, sherry (or I should say Oloroso), very light caramel, oak, light vanilla. Very interesting to have side-by-side with Oloroso and PX. Compared to batch 2 - Solera, this one is drier, much more funk-forward and a bit more oaky, as well. Very similar to the Armand & Gaston.

Absolutely delicious, I think I prefer this just a bit more to the second batch, though it migh just be because of its age.

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Batch 2 - Solera

Sampled at BXL Beer Fest and again at 3 Fonteinen Open Brewery Days.

Semi-hazy orange pour straight from the bottle, and clear orange at the brewery, from the decanter. A thin white head.

Notes of cognac, honey, lambic funk, grapes, white wine, whiskey, oak, light vanilla. Really complex lambic and sherry aroma, and close to perfect dusty, musty 3F funk. I feel like I need to drink a whole bottle by myself before I understand this beer. Smooth texture, medium carbonation, bitter-sweet and light sour finish.

Sep 04, 2017
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 365 ratings