Zenne Y Frontera
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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From:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
 
Belgium
Style:
Lambic
Ranked #1
ABV:
7%
Score:
100
Ranked #11
Avg:
4.71 | pDev: 5.1%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
323
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 27, 2022
Added:
Aug 31, 2015
Wants:
  245
Gots:
  68
SCORE
100
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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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Rated: 4.75 by Skellbop from New York

Nov 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.48 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Nov 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.56 by mltobin from Connecticut

Oct 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by mvansis

Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Sep 06, 2022
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
A: Pours crystal clear, dark golden yellow, almost amber, small fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. 4.25

S: Aroma is tart lactic acidity, a big minerality, some plastic like funk notes, only the faintest barnyard characters. Mild sherry notes give it a subtle fruitiness. A bit of spice on the finish like white pepper. 4.75

T: Taste is immediately wildly complex. There’s a sweetness up front followed by a sour tart punch, then lingering oaky vanilla on the finish that lasts forever. It’s not as aggressively tart as some lambics/gueuzes, likely subdued by the cask asking. Other characters I get are red grapes, tart citrus, moderate spice. Just fantastic, so much going on, and the finish is divine. 5

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation lower than most in the style but insanely drinkable. 4.25

O: A gem of a beer. Well worth the hype. An elite beer. 4.75
Sep 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.85 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by sordyl from Illinois

Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Batch 5, Blend 49, Season 17|18, Bottled 4/11/18

Review 1200!!! For this landmark review, I'm tackling the highest rated Traditional Lambic on BA, which also happens to be the 10th highest rated beer overall on the site. This one has been a huge want for me for quite some time now, so I'm happy I managed to source a bottle. I will drink half of this immediately and decant the other half for about 20 minutes, as suggest by 3F and others who have reviewed to see the difference. I will take the highest of the 2 for the official rating, but I'm sure that will be the decanted version. Let's pop it open

Pours a cloudy deep orange with just a thin ring of bubbles which obviously leaves no lacing. Expected for the style, and I don't think decanting will make a difference in this regard

The first whiff of this tells me that decanting is probably the move, as it feels like it needs to open up a bit first. Pre-decant, I'm picking up on aromas of peat smoke, leather, oxidized sherry, wet hay, and white wine vinegar. Post-decant, I'm picking up on aromas of lemon juice, tart peach, white peppercorn, oxidized sherry, wet hay, wheat cracker, toasted oak, light smoke, and stone

The same applies for taste, this is super funky and almost aggressive pre-decant. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting lemon juice, olorosso sherry, sharp oak, leather, sweet honey and light smoke. The swallow brings notes of peat smoke, wet hay, old leather, vinegar, sharp oak, lemon zest, and apple skin. Post-decant, it really opens up. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting lemon juice, pear skin, oxidized sherry, toasted oak, earthy wheat, wet hay, and a touch of peat smoke. The swallow brings notes of oxidized sherry, peat smoke, wet hay, lemon zest, tart peach, wheat bread, stone, light leather and sharp oak

Much like the appearance, I don't think decanting will have any effect on the mouthfeel. A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a sharp and funky beer. Finishes bone dry with a hefty funk. This is so damn refreshing that I could literally chug it, but obviously I wouldn't do that

Wow, this is truly awesome stuff. I mean, I can't say I'm surprised, I knew what I was getting into, but it was an absolute honor. Paired wonderfully with a smoked bleu cheese and fig pecan crackers. I couldn't think of a better beer for 1200. Cheers BA!
Jul 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by thatoneguymike from Georgia

Jul 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.88 by notchucknorris from California

Jul 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Cradled 750mL bottle served in decanter, sat for ~20 minutes, then served into glass.

Pours a beautiful gold color with a light haziness to the transparency. Head is two fingers of white foam. Aroma is sherry and barrel right off the cusp. Funky stone, lemon, and earthy notes round it out with a light funky nose. Sherry smooths things out, elevating the whole nose from base, while delivering stronger, more potent notes of dried fruit. Flavor profile builds on the nose, hitting sherry and barrel character first. Stone, lemon, tangy green apple, and earthy notes round it out - again. There is a sublime twist of funky tartness that does well to give the whole flavor profile an additional dimension. Mouth feel is medium in thickness. Texture is driven by a consistent, smooth, even texture. Overall, just a splendid beer, in each terms of complexity, quaffability, and thoughtfulness. Lovely.

Blend no 94. Season 18|19. Bottling date of 25/07/19. Served from a 750mL bottle. Decanted. Reviewed from notes. My first pour of a Zenne y Frontera.
May 01, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by Affinity from Missouri

Apr 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.63 by JAWS from New York

Mar 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Mar 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.73 by jhavs from New York

Feb 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by Dadthew from New York

Feb 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.85 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.51 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Dec 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.8 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Dec 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle: Poured a dark golden color lambic with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of funky ester with some barnyard notes and some woody vinous notes. Taste is also a mix of vinous notes with some funky barnyard notes and oak notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Great lambic but was expecting the Pedro Ximinez barrel to be more apparent.
Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Dec 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.92 by Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

Dec 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.77 by timmy2b from New York

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.42 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by Lucoli from New York

Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by Ajlvt from Washington

Sep 05, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by kblomseth from California

Aug 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by wolfpac255 from Illinois

Aug 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by Eziel from Ohio

Aug 03, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Aug 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.54 by Joenap419 from Rhode Island

Aug 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.64 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jul 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 21, 2021
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Reviewed by dboon from Florida

4.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.54 by Jkolls from Ohio

Mar 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.14 by codytwo from Connecticut

Feb 28, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by brokensail from California

4.42/5  rDev -6.2%
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
Zenne Y Frontera from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 390 ratings