Zenne Y Frontera
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Zenne Y FronteraZenne Y Frontera
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Style:
Belgian Lambic
Ranked #1
ABV:
7%
Score:
100
Ranked #20
Avg:
4.76 | pDev: 5.04%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
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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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Photo of JMFP
4.65/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.38/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of sbrock22
5/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of TrilliumFan
5/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.5/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.99/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.93/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of UcDru
4.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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, 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!

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Photo of kitch
4.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +3.6%
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 -0.8%
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!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jjdc
4.93/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -2.1%
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%
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 +3.8%
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 -13.2%
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 -0.4%
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%
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%
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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