Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Lambic - Fruit
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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Sigmund from Norway

3.33/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, RBESG 2007 in Glasgow, Grand Tasting. Red colour, hazy. Strong aroma of ripe raspberries and farmhouse. Very sour flavour (vinegar), distinct notes of raspberries.

Mar 22, 2021
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:. Pours a slightly cloudy ruby red with a medium fizzy white head that dissipates rather quickly and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Fresh toasted bread, tart cherry and tart raspberry, a note of funky brett and a touch of vanilla, very little sweetness, more tart than sour.

T:. Tart raspberry, followed by a strong tart cherry, notes of toasted bread and a touch of brett funk. Overly really like the cherry and raspberry character of this beer. Very little sweetness.

F:. Prickly carbonation, and medium body.

O:. I really enjoy the raspberry and cherry of this beer.

Feb 28, 2021
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2018 Vintage
Consumed Christmas Eve 2020
375mL bottle

Pours a nice ruby red color, translucent with a small white tan head is fizzy and dissipates quickly. Aroma is huge sourness, tart lactic acidity, with a prominent minerality and plastic like funk notes. Tons of fruit notes as well with huge raspberry, nearly as big cherry, and even some strawberry notes (although I know there’s no strawberries in it). Just an absolutely wonderful aroma. Taste is just an insanely huge puckering sourness. This is easily amongst the most sour beers I’ve ever had and I love that. Fruit notes balance wonderfully with both sour and sweet and raspberry and cherry. Some clean mineral drying characters, moderate oakiness, essentially no pungeant funk notes but rather all sour/tart characters; which again I love. Carbonation is actually quite low, I think it’s fair to say undercarbed, although the puckering tartness and drying finish make that low carbonation affect the product less than it otherwise would. Drinkability is excellent and I wish I had more of this. Overall just a wonderful beer.


Feb 08, 2021
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Kahzaar from Sweden

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

L: Hazy red coloured with a two finger white, soon gone head.
S: Burst of raspberries, some funk.
T: Sweet raspberries, touch of sour cherries. Dry.
F: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.
O: World class fruited lambic.

Jan 17, 2021
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Blend 40 Season 17/18. Bottled on March 22, 2018.

Look: The beer pours pinkish / light red from the bottle. In the glass it’s translucent cranberry juice / raspberry tea color. An ever so slight haze to it. Lots of carbonation. Light pink head disappears with no lacing.

Smell: The fruit is sweet, tart and acidic. Sweet and sugary cherries and raspberries and tart, fresh berries. Then the funk. Plastic-y and band aid notes are most prominent. There’s a faint barnyard manure note. Some bitter and herbal earthiness. The fruit and funk come together as a little cinnamon spice. Really nice nose. Complex.

Taste: Tart, acidic and dry. Sometimes the fruit jam sweetness comes through on these beers, but not here. The acidity is manageable and pleasant. Barely hits the jowels and never really goes full lemon juice / vinegar like some sour beers do. There’s a very slight bitterness but sour and faint sweetness are the main flavors here. What I’ll call a musty note that pops fresh and seems to subside as the beer warms. I find it difficult to exactly describe this flavor in lambic. It leans toward the plastic-y note mentioned earlier, but it doesn’t quite go that far. It’s more musty and earthy. I wish I could find a single word to describe the flavor, but I can’t really find anything yet.

Feel: Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Very dry.

Overall: An enjoyable lambic that showcases the fruit while offering a medium level of funk. A solid A, 4 out of 5 in my book

Nov 01, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unknown vintage; drank 10/16/20 @ Charlotte's.

This was fruity but not too sweet; tart, but not punishing. A great fruit lambic from my favorite Belgian brewery. Can't wait to have another!

Oct 18, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An interesting color suggesting a blend of cranberry juice and strawberry purée; lively carbonation yet very little in the way of lasting head. Lovely aroma filled with cherry sweetness and a touch of tartness with a smidgen of brett. A strong burst of cherry and raspberry flavor right off; an amazing blend of tartness and sweetness perfectly balanced; an incredible sweet and sour taste. Heavy body yet airy; tart and acidic balanced with cherry sweetness.

If you want something different, this is a beer to try! It is very much a fruit-forward lambic, highlighting sour cherries but also using raspberries (per the bottle label). The blending of this beer is truly artful, the result being a stupendous and lovely beer.

Bottling date: 13/09/18, ABV 5.6%

Jul 12, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

3.37/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De32gp. Sin espuma. En copa Teku. Jugando a The Last of Us. La acidez de las frambuesas sorprendentemente queda algo suavizada con el toque agrio de las lambic, resultando en una birra que no me ha resultado tan difícil de beber como otras ácidas de frambuesas

Jun 28, 2020
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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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