Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #6
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4.54 | pDev: 7.93%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 10/24/18
Consumed 4/11/20

The mouthfeel has more carbonation than the appearance would suggest. It could use more bubbles when I look at it, but the mouthfeel is perfect. I recognize it as a 3 Fonteinen instantly when I smell it and taste it. It is pretty tart, but not too much for me. I could just smell this all day long it’s wonderful. Very complex on the pallet. It’s the perfect beer to sip and savor outside on a warm day, or while watching a movie on a Sat night while social distancing from the world. I’m so happy I found this and have another bottle in the cellar. I’m curious if the tartness will tamp down with age or how it will change. One of my favs from Belgium for sure.

Apr 12, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

27 January 2020 - Beer #13

Price: $59.99 on Tavour

Appearance: 5 - a beautiful bright, ruby red with a white head. Gorgeous.

Nose: 5 - intense cherry, less raspberry. Somewhat sour, epically fruity.

Taste: 4 - can't give it the 5. It's excellent but not legendary. Decent amount of fruit, VERY sour. I need just a little more fruit.

Mouth: 5 - tremendous. Extremely effervescent. The sourness and acidity make my mouth water even though it's already wet. Impressive.

Overall: 5 - a masterfully crafted brew. I probably won't pay this again for it, but am I glad I got to try it.


Jan 28, 2020
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solidly intense nose with luscious fruit and an ample amount of acidity. I'm glad it had cherries otherwise it may be too one-dimensional. Mouth feel had great balance and tart fruit.

Jan 18, 2020
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Season 17/18. Bottles 22 Mar 18.

Pours out a beautiful, deep red. Almost like a shining black cherry. Forms sea foam pink bubbles throughout the pour that noisily dissipate as quick as they form. Beautiful clarity.

The nose brings flowery/powdery aspect mixing with fruit. Tart cherries, black cherries, raspberries.

The taste brings in flowers, cherries, raspberries. Once it’s gone, the carbonation leaves you burping up rotten, skunky, funky fruit. Love it.

The mouthfeel has enough carbonation to lead to a burp it seems like after every drink. Mildly tart, greatly balanced.

Overall, it’s a beautiful beer.

Dec 01, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color of tomato juice with no head.
Aroma with predominant notes of beet and raspberries.
Flavor with notes of raspberries, lemon, vinegar, sour cherries and earth. Dry aftertaste with a decent acidity.
Medium body with perfect carbonation.
Tons of berries like fruits balance its decent tart liquid.

Nov 12, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle at share. Clear, light rose colored, small bubbly head. aroma brings the usual funky brett tones, accented with raspberry and cherry. More fruity, jam-like flavors with a gentle tartness and sweetness.

Nov 01, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lived up to my high expectations. A bright pink color in the glass with a modest white head. Aromas and taste lined up with bright raspberry and cherry bathed in complex funk. There was a mineral quality to the beer that complimented the flavors.

Sep 29, 2019
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allenson21 from New York

4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Waited to tick this one for years. Delicious fruit-foward lambic. Not nearly as dry as I was expecting based on other 3f products. Pours a pinkish red with ample, stubborn head for the style. Smells of funk, leading you to expect dryness in taste. Tart but sweet fruit up front. All the berries. Funk to finish but sweetness still prevails. Would gladly drink again; although expected drier.

May 31, 2019
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Falcon91Wolvrn03 from California

3.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look – The cork popped nicely on this. Pours a dirty raspberry color with a nice thick pinkish red head and lots of lacing.

Smell – Sour cherries, raspberries, grassy funk, oak, and a hint of sweetness.

Taste – Sour cherries seem to dominate the taste. I didn’t taste any of the sweetness I detected from the nose. Also a slight hint of vinegar.

Feel – A bit too tart for my liking, with a lingering sour aftertaste. Nicely carbonated.

Overall – I think it is a bit too tart to be super drinkable for my palette.

May 26, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Shared with family.

Pours clear Ruby pink with small head and lots of carbonation. Smell is light, tart, and fruity raspberry-ness.

Taste is super tart. Almost overwhelming at first. Raspberry comes across gradually, increases. Moderate to mild woodiness.

Mouthfeel is light, dry. Overall, quite good.

Apr 21, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of fresh raspberries, small amount of tart cherries keeps the tartness to manageable levels. A classic blend of lambics and fruit from one of the world's most revered brewers. A must-have!

Apr 08, 2019
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours ruby red with a medium pink head that recedes quickly. It has medium carbonation. The beer smells of raspberries, cherries, funk, and cheese. It tastes tart, with raspberries, cherries, cheese, funk, and minerals. Fuller body than most lambic, and on the sweet side. A great fruited Lambic here.

Apr 07, 2019
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BenHoppy from Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An amazingly brewed raspberry red lambic with smells of musty raspberries and cherries and brett. Tastes of raspberry sweetness hit the palate first followed by sour cherries and brett with subtle oakiness. This particular beer was aged Mar. 22 2018 and drinking it exactly 1 year later on Mar. 22 2019. Very very good but not giving a 5 only because I find Cantillon to be slightly better.

Mar 22, 2019
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this blend. The cherry adds just enough tartness to balance out the sweet raspberries.

Almost as enjoyable to look at as it is to drink. Smells of ripe fruit, feels light and clean. Just wonderful.

Mar 22, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted from bottle. Pours a nice dark ruby red with faint pink head. Lots of berries on the aroma. Very crushable. Huge raspberries on the flavor. You do get just a hint of sour cherries. Nice light and effervescent on the mouthfeel. Delicious.

Feb 24, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Rich dark red color.
S: Light notes of cherry and strawberry.
T: Strong mix of cherry and raspberries along the way
F: Very fizzy and very sharp.
O: Decent cherry/raspberry mix.

Feb 17, 2019
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pink berry juice pour with quick white cap; no retention or lace; no real clarity, just verging on opaque. Nose is sour berries, funky barnyard straw and wt horse blanket. Sour raspberries, funky hay up front; semi sweet base middle; dry tart finish. Light body with medium light carbonation; puckering with some acidity. Complex mix of fruit notes that blend well with a horsey nose; the fruit is vibrant and the tart raspberries shine.

Jan 02, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright reddish-copper with a thick fuzzy white collar of bubbles.

This is far more sour than the Framboos I had before it, instigating some coughing for a second as it caught me off guard. It's also a bit more complex, but the nearly acetic harshness is a ding against it for me. Oaky tannins and seedy raspberry come with peppery sesame and sweet bing cherry.

The medium body has a crisp fizz and a chewy dry finish.

Dec 09, 2018
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Lambic, one of the best I've ever had. It lives up to the hype.

Look: semi-clear dark red with a pink hue with a thin white head

Aroma: strong fruity and very nice aroma dominated by raspberry and cherry

Flavor: The flavor is tart raspberry and tart cherry and maybe strawberry. It is very fruity, it is tart but not too tart, there's subtle tannins, a little bit sweet then and some woody funk. It is really delicious and fruity.

Feel: light to medium

Nov 26, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beers greatest strength is also its greatest weakness: the bursting ripe fruit. It is great in the smell with a bouquet of raspberry, apple, lime, strawberry and peach. The taste it drive the other flavors of hay, mushroom, soil, and wood, but the weakness come in how it continues to dominate into the aftertaste where it promptly turn to vinegar, which is a shame because 3 fonteinen almost never does this. However, you can taste that this was well crafted with a love of good beer, and it shows everywhere else.

Sep 22, 2018
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color and complexity on the nose are great, however to Rustic and earthy and not enough part lactic acid for me to really enjoy it. Honestly not worth the hype in my opinion

Aug 15, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep, dark red coloration with tiny, fizzy, quickly receding head. Intoxicating aroma dominated by ripe raspberries and sour cherries, with a hint of earthy funk. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by ripe raspberry with a hint of sour cherries and a slight, zesty citrus note in there as well. Some barnyard funk with a certain, earthy, musty, woody quality. Starts out with fruity sweetness that turns quite sour and funky in the aftertaste. With an exceptional balance of fruitiness, sweetness ans sourness, this is proof once again that Drie Fountainen is easily a league above Cantillon.

Feb 18, 2018
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Damian from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 25.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Blend no 10 • season 16|17
Bottling date 12/19/16
Best before 10/26/36
Served in a long stemmed tulip

Review #1425

Gorgeous appearance. The transparent oxblood colored body was topped by an inch-tall, super tight, creamy and frothy, light pink crown that fell to a thick, lasting collar. Drippy streaks of lacing trickled down the glass after each sip.

The nose was really outstanding. Super fruity and bright. Fresh raspberry notes dominated. Perfect mix of sweet and tart. There was a crisp, dry, powdery yeasty quality initially, but this dissolved as the head receded. Some damp hay and woodiness was also noticeable. Subtle tannins. The raspberry became sweeter and more jammy as the beer sat. Some sour cherry was also detectable. Really fantastic. A cherry cough syrup-like quality appeared later in the session.

Raspberry notes also came through big time in the flavor. Really fresh and bright. Slightly tart with just the perfect amount of jammy sweetness to keep the sourness from becoming overwhelming. Wheaty and lemony in the center. Touch of red wine vinegar. Okay barrel notes came through on the back end and in the finish. Hint of earthy bitterness from the aged hops. More lingering tart raspberry and acidity after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was also fantastic. Medium bodied and fluffy on the palate. Super frothy and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence that was almost a touch reminiscent of sparking wine. For the style, the acidity was noticeable yet not as intense as I anticipated.

Imagine the freshest, brightest raspberry aromas and flavors imaginable, combine this with some earthiness and oaky barrel qualities, and you might get a sense of how incredible this beer was. Unlike many fruited lambics, Drie Fonteinen’s Hommage really lets the fruits take center stage. Despite the steep ($46) price tag, this was definitely worth the splurge.

Oct 24, 2017
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Frudel from Canada

4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reddish liquid, white/pink head diminishing to a ring.
Nose is very raspberry forward, jam. Woahhh Amazing! I literally can't stop smelling it.
Like a sweet raspberry dessert, a bit of cherry getting in the way.
Mouthfull of fruity tartness, it is awesome, raspberry a lot!

Oct 11, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From the bottle into correct glassware at 't Brugs Beertje.

Pours a deep red with soft, fine foam.

Smell is massive, with a pillow of raspberries hoding a few cherries on top. Tart and clean.

Taste is even better than the smell. A rich, deep flavor of raspberries is augmented slightly by some cherries and a tiny bit of almond. Very sour, very complex and just amazing!

Mouthfeel is thin and prickly.

Overall, an outstanding fruited sour. Worth every penny!

Sep 17, 2017
Hommage from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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