Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #7
Ranked #189
4.5 | pDev: 8%
Mar 31, 2023
Oct 15, 2007
Notes: A blend of lambic beers brewed at 3 Fonteinen, with an addition of 30% whole fresh raspberries from the fabled Payottenland and 5% sour cherries. This unfiltered beer will enjoy a spontaneous refermentation in the bottle. No artificial colors or flavor enhancers are added. Lambic is brewed only from 60% barley malt, 40% unmalted wheat, hops and water.

In commemoration of the late Gaston Debelder, founder of the 3 Fonteinen blendings

Batch 1 - 2007
Batch 2 - 2013
Batch 3 - 2015
Batch 4 - 2016 (ABV 4.5%)
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Rated: 4 by cryptichead from Illinois

Mar 31, 2023
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle share at Temperance street with a bottle that wasn’t poured by myself
Pours a rose reddish body
Aroma is full Turkish Delight
Flavour is dry dry dryness
Mar 24, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Feb 18, 2023
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Rated by Zaximus from Colorado

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Blend 75. Season 17/18. Tart, moderately acidic. Big raspberry flavor on top of that classic lambic funk. Delicious.
Feb 05, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by wshinevar from Massachusetts

Dec 31, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by gelasin from California

Dec 04, 2022
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

3.7/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours purple/blood red color. A small pink/white head forms initially. Though that recedes quickly with little lace. That color is really stunning though.
S: Aromatic and tart berries and cherries up front and center. With an unmistakable earthy funk. There is a bit of oak and vanilla here as well. A really pungent and sharp aroma that I enjoy.
T: Oh boy, that sweet tart berry/cherry mix is there. Which becomes super acidic and sour. That funk, light oak and vanilla is there as well. Which tries to help balance. Though that acidic sourness becomes a little to much and makes this unbalanced for me.
M/O: A medium body that has a nice crisp bite. Really well carbonated. Definitely some sweetness as would be expected, but finishes with a dry bite as well. Pretty classic for the style, but still its slow going. That acidity takes over to much.

I love 3 Fonteinen, and this is a good example of the style for sure. Though it is unbalanced for me. There are other Fruit Lambic's that I prefer over this, but still you have to acknowledge that this is exactly what they wanted to make, and I do enjoy it. Just not love it as much as others in the style, or even others from this same brewery. I would recommend this, if you enjoy intense flavors, especially sour acidic cherries.
Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by PprBurke from Virginia

Nov 25, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by Gooseman80 from Illinois

Nov 24, 2022
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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Blend no 71, season 18/19. Perfect just perfect!
Nov 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by akk14 from Illinois

Oct 29, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by cd34 from Illinois

Oct 08, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by TylerJ from Iowa

Oct 03, 2022
Rated: 4.52 by AD17 from New Jersey

Oct 02, 2022
Rated: 4.71 by Eman17 from Illinois

Sep 12, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Aug 13, 2022
Rated: 4.72 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Aug 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a pulpy red hue - kinda a dull garnet type of color. This is honestly one of the uglier lambics that I have cast my eyes on. Aroma is quite fantastic, a combination of raspberry jam with the slight mustiness of a kriek. It's got jammy raspberry with some overt tartness. There's also an underpinning of chamomile. They say don't meet your heroes and often times with beer, it feels like you are set up for disappointment when you have a highly sought after and/or highly regarded beer. This is a true icon of the lambic game and rightfully so.
Jul 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Juggerr from New York

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by IanX from New York

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jul 05, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by MJSFS from Florida

Jun 17, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by Affinity from Missouri

Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by Cubatobaco from Virginia

Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Felt an appropriate day to open this, given the news of Armand's recent passing. Ruby red in the glass with a small fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are balanced between raspberry and cherry pie filling, with a nice lemony acidity from the base lambic. Flavors are tart, a bit less fruity than expected, with more of a raspberry character. Overall I like it, although not quite as much as Framboos

Mar 18, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by folkstar from Rhode Island

Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by bret27 from California

Mar 07, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by akopczyk from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 10, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Two year old bottle.

Beautiful strawberry color in the glass, completely transparent if decanted - darker and murkier with the yeast, however, nearly completely opaque. I prefer my yeast be included in my Belgians (for health, of course), but I'm not holding that against the appearance score. Pale pink fizzy head, brief lived, leaving the body completely still.

Extraordinary nose: tart and fruity, but equally funky, earthy, and sharp. Earthy, dirty, mushroom-like funk; raspberry and cherry; oak and must; a great example of the oft-mocked "horse blanket."

The palate has less earthy funk, but it's still there, especially on the back half. Up front, it's a blend of the sharp tartness of the berries and a light white wine vinegar-like sourness. Cherry skins and raspberry on the back third and finish.

Strongly sour, more in line with many American takes on sours and wild ales than most Belgian Lambics, owing at least in part to the sharpness of the berries. Mouth puckering; lingering sourness about the gums. Swishing, swirling, and chewing is almost dangerous. There's no vinegar burn, however.

This is world class, but if more of the funkiness translated to the palate and cut through the sourness, it would be among the best beers I've ever had. As it is, it's easily one of the best fruited Lambics in the world, different in character from Cantillon, but just as good. Perhaps the funk becomes more pronounced with age.
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
375 ml. bottle.
Bottling date 07/01/2020. (July 1st)
6.3% abv.
Best before 10/26/2040.

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch light pink head over a hazy cherry red body with no lacing as the head disappears in seconds.

Wonderful nose of cherry and raspberry with slight funk.

Taste mirrors nose with the funk a bit more prevalent.
Very tart in the best way at the finish.

Good feel after the initial appearance.

Overall, a delicious lambic!
Seek this one out!!
Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 4.2 by DaveCash from New York

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by kodt from Illinois

Nov 15, 2021
Rated: 4.67 by santig0nzalez from Paraguay

Nov 02, 2021
Hommage from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 1169 ratings