Zenne Y Frontera | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Belgian Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 269
Photo of UcDru
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.

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Photo of REVZEB
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. 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!

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Photo of kitch
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.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
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!

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Photo of Frudel
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!


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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of rabbott2
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.

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Photo of Marius
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.


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.

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

This is stellar lambic and one of the best new beer releases in recent years. The sherry barrels work magic. There's nothing to knock here save availability.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.66/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at lambic o Droom . Decanted and enjoyed over an hour. Paired with two sherries that were in the barrels it was aged in.

Pours a darker amber slightly hazy body with a sudsy white head that leaves spotty lacing as it reduces slowly.

Aromas are delightful - lots of wood, oak and sherry. The sherry is big and inviting after decanting. This smells like no lambic I've ever smelled.. sharp cheese and sherry oak dominate with the usual 3F tart acidity, citrus, and white wine in the background.

On the tongue it's delicately tart with a lot of sherry shining here, champagne-like acidity, oak, the follow through exhibits more and more sherry - particularly the sweetness of the dark. Finish is dry with lactic and light funk. Body is medium light, easy to drink, with low carb.

A real treat - one of the most unique and delicious lambics i've ever tasted..

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

Pours hazy amber with small white head.
Aroma has so much funk, hay, barnyard, dry cellar, lemon tart.
Taste is lemon tart, hay, grass, not as much funk as the aroma, hops, sherry sweetness, extremely very well balanced. Best lambic I've ever had.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decanted bottle, poured into a taster. Pours a beautiful deep orange with a huge funky aroma. Super complex nutty notes without much carb, although it was not overly missed. Spectacular.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dull, burnished gold with a tight white band around the shoulders. Nose expresses must, a hint of oak and a trace of spirits. Taste consistent with nose. Mouthfeel is light, soft on the palate and almost still with a mild acidity. Overall, quite good; however a little carbonation would bring out the flavors and complexity in my opinion.

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Photo of jampics2
4.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing stuff. Had a couple pours at the Shelton Festival. A deep orange color. The nose is funk and sherry, and the taste is minerals, basement, wine and an uplifting note of fruit. Amazing stuff but some equally great beers that don't involve giving up a kidney.

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

The best gueuze I ever had!! Great taste evolution in this one.

funky notes and great with the sherry hints. When you air this bottle it turns into a real gem.

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

Amazing beer! The nose and taste had an exquisite balance of different cherry flavors. One of if not the best lambic I have ever had. Worth trying!

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.14/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can't help but compare it to Cantillon's Saint Lamvinus. And while I can respect the approach to a beer like this (and St. Lam), I personally don't enjoy wine all that much, which is probably why my rating suffers in comparison to most other's. Still, it's a fine beer/wine hybrid that I could enjoy in moderation.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 Solera, decanted for 30 minutes. Almost clear golden color with a few big bubbles. Aroma has lambic funk, unripe fruits, vinous notes, wood barrel spiciness and dried dates. Taste starts sour, lemony and astringent with some stonefruit pit bitterness. Finish has a light cognac complexity but everything is really well integrated. Medium body with low carbonation but it's not flat by any means. I enjoyed this one more than the first batch.

Batch 1 sample. Hazy dark orange color, white head. Aroma is really elegant with fine cognac, sherry and dried fruits like raisins and figs. Taste starts sour with specific lambic funk, continues with lots of wood and barrel character. Finishes really dry and lingers with a light cognac flavor. Light body with lower carbonation. Really great aroma but the taste could be more complex. 4.5/4.75/4.25/4.5/4.5 - 4.46

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Photo of Artmcd88
4.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

cloudy punish orange with a white head. Aromas of some funk, some rubber, some cherry, vinegar, blood orange. Taste is sour with some minerality to it. The taste was much better than the aroma. Once you get used to the rubber smell, this beer is really great.

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.85/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unquestionably one of the great lambics I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Beautiful rich wooden hue is accompanied by a sweet and deep sherry barrel aroma. Flavor is deep mineral water followed by tobacco, leather, and a lingering finish of orange marmalade. Not too sweet or too dry. Crisp on the tongue but retains the classic 3F carbonation. Lighter than some of the seasons, but heavier than other 3F gueuze offerings. A truly spectacular beer and a pleasure to drink. Not sure when I'll next get a chance to taste one of these.

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

Had last bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontinas Sunday, September 10th, 2016. Poured into a decanter by Clara for 30 minutes before receiving glasses.

Look: Dark Orange with soft carbonation and fluffy head

Smell: Sherry developing into muskiness and smell of an antique store

Taste: You immediately get the traditional 3F lambic taste that is then overtaken by the great notes of sherry from the barrels. you also get lemon and other citrus. A great blend of flavors

Mouthfeel: The crispness of the light carbonation is fantastic followed by a nice body feel that coats the tongue softly

Overall: This is one of the best lambics I've ever had and is better than 50N4E by quite a large margin.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my 2nd favorite 3F beer to date! Only 2nd to Malvasia Rosso.... This was a treat that my buddy Donnie tracked down and I enjoyed my glass thoroughly!!!

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Photo of mythaeus
4.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This is now my favorite lambic. So much 3F lambic funk in your face. For some reason, the taste reminded me of a Mamouche (without the elderflowers). Very delicate. Perfectly aged for a rather recent bottle.

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Photo of aleigator
4.97/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Zenne, B 1, 160710 - decanted

Pours darker than a regular Lambic, possibly resulting from the Sherry barrels, with a a dark orange, almost brown color and a nice, fluffy head.

The aromas are full of toasty cherry pits and dusty, moldy oak with a well nuanced, boozy hint to it, gently balanced by a blend of fruity cherries and crisp lemon peel. Cherries got a profound sugary sweetness coming from the barrel, almost a little spicy at its peak, convincingly toned down by the wooden barrel. Got a yellow grape acidity and ripeness to it, lending an additional layer of matured, fermented fruit sweetness to the nose.

Has a lower carbonation with a velvet, fuller mouthfeel featuring a great interplay of the Cherry barrel and 3F's typical bright funky- and sourness.

Tastes of a mineral, stony beginning, inviting old cherry pits to the palate, which got a toasty, sugar glazed quality to them. A sour undertone takes up on the cherry flavor and adds crisp lemon peel to it, enhancing its appearance without getting exceedingly acidic at any point. The barrel also adds musty, wooden funk with a fermented wine characteristic to the taste, showcasing the bigger body of this. Reveals a sour, fermented Cherry taste with lots of wood and flowery citrus - sour and dry, while staying surprisingly fruity during the finish.

Probably the most complex Lambic I've had so far. Armand did create a blend no one else thought of, and he did it tremendously well. All flavors, led by the prominent Cherry barrel, blend harmoniously together, showcasing an amazing interplay of wood, funk, sweet and sour. Everything you could wish for in a Lambic, you'll find it here.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.64/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried before decanting first. Huge aged Sherry nose, very musty, old books, dust, and hot machine shop oil. Smelled a bit of fruit too -- citrus and honeydew.
Then decanted -- everything more integrated together. Still the musty old books, but more signature 3F yeast character.
Taste was very bright, very different than the aroma. Citrus, bit of blood, pepper & spice. Lemon. Pith. And nuttiness, some walnut skins. Interesting.
Mouthfeel was pleasant - fairly tannic, low carb (due to decanting), drinkable.
Overall it a truly wonderful lambic experience. Bright funky 3F swathed in musty old Sherry aromas. Aftertaste of dark caramel, oxidized Sherry, and oak.

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Zenne Y Frontera from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.74 out of 5 with 269 ratings