Drie Fonteinen Hommage | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Phatz on 10-15-2007

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pDev:
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Reviews by alcstradamus:
Photo of alcstradamus
3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red/brown mix with a few bubbles but no real head.

The aroma is just dirty. Freaking filthy. Like the raspberry farmer picked his fruit the day after fertilizing the soil. A bit of an off-sulfuric note as well.

The flavor is exploding with loads of ultra sour raspberries. Dry and juicy all at the same time. Holy cow, this is a unique flavor profile. And a remarkable one really. Dirty, dusty, fruity, earthy, sour...all the normal adjectives I would use for the style and all of them magnified well beyond what I expected. Some vinegar present as well along with that sulfuric note I spotted in the aroma. Time probably hasn't done this bottle well, and yet I still really loved it. I can't wait to try it fresh when it is released again.

The body on this one is medium and the carbonation is very low but is fine as far as I'm concerned.

Overall this beer is would be world class if not for that one off-flavor. Can't wait to give it another shot.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
5/5  rDev +11.1%

One of the few beers that is actually good enough to trade for after having it.

In my top 3 and I hate everything.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into Oxbow tulip. Newest batch and old batch consumed side by side. New batch bottle dated 6/26/13 (real cork), old batch dated 2/14/07 (synthetic cork).

A- Pours a translucent dark cherry red, slight white head that recedes to a thin layer, not too much carbonation. Awesome color, not too much of a difference between the '07 and '13. (4.5)

S- '13- Cherry syrup, raspberries, fairly musty with a balanced funkiness. Fairly aromatic and super fruity with a slight syrupy aspect and a weird mustiness that I can see why some people would compare to band aids (weird mustiness aspect gets better as it opens up). (3.75)

'07- Very fruity like the '13 except not nearly as much of a syrupy presence and much more of a jaminess. Doesn't have the weird mustiness "band-aide" aspect the '13 did (which I wasn't expecting since I've heard the opposite from most people). Overall aroma wise this beer has held up extremely well for 7 years and is one of the better fruited lambics I've encountered (4.75).

T- '13- Very fruity up front with lots of sweet cherries and raspberries, slight funkiness, fairly minimal tartness, a little bit of an earthy mineral aspect, finishes with a slightly syrupy cherry/raspberry presence and restrained sourness. (4.5)

'07- Similar to the '13 with lots of cherries/raspberries but the fruit presence is less syrupy and more balanced with a very nice jam presence balanced with just the right amount of funk. (5)

M- Medium bodied, minimal acidity, not overly carbed but nice for style, very drinkable. '13 and '07 were very similar with '07 maybe being slightly less acidic. (4.5)

O- After opening up the '13 bottling first I was kind of disappointed in Hommage. It was definitely an enjoyable beer but was a little bit too syrupy and had a little bit of a weird mustiness presence that is reminiscent of what some people might refer to as band-aides. The '07 bottling was completely different though and blew me away. For being over 7 years it held up amazingly well and definitely lived up to the hype.

I've noticed that people have noticed the "band-aide" presence in both the '07 and '13. I believe it might just be a matter of bottle variation with some of them having it and some of them not. I based my scores off the '07 we opened which was far superior to the '13 we had.

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Photo of warnerry
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared with BA woosterbill and friends during lunch at the 3F restaurant. Cheers, Will! Bottled Feb 14 2007

A - Pours a slightly hazy brown/red with minimal head, but a persistent collar.

S - Slight plasticy aroma precedes a a huge raspberry and cherry aroma. Pretty funky with an intense tartness to the aroma. Also a bit of raspberry jam sweetness, but very subtle compared to the tart aromas.

T - Taste starts out with intensely sour raspberries. Pretty significant funk in the middle with a bit of vinegar. No sweetness in the taste whatsoever. Only a very slight plastic taste initially that quickly fades away. Weird and utterly enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a bit acetic, with some earthy dryness.

O - Definitely one of the most interesting beers I've ever had. Nice acidity and fruit presence, though the slight plastic presence is distracting. Still, very enjoyable in small quantities.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty red and light brown pour, pink head, good retention, pretty nice. Very funky, wet leathery, musty cherry aroma. Seemed like it was a bunch of red fruits, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb? The musty, funkiness is the most I've ever encountered, and I liked it, especially considering that I generally don't like a bunch of musty-like qualities in the lambics and wilds I drink, but for whatever reason, this one kind of opened me up to it being a desireable quality for a lambic to possess.

Substantial amount of fruit flavor, sour and tartness immediately noticeable upon the first sip. Really turned off a beer noob at the tasting, so you know it was damn fine.

Very enjoyable, would love to drink it side by side with O'Dell's Friek. They both seem to have raspberry forward thing going, but some other red fruits as well, nice fruit and sour components. The obvious main difference between them being how clean friek is, whereas hommage comes off just grimy and musty, but both beers are great for what they bring to the table.

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this whale to the party.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes. Shared with Paul at Brouwers. Bottle dated February 14th, 2007.

A: Pours a clear, light red color with slight brown coloration to it. Some bubbles formed upon pouring, but are gone quickly, leaving a thin white ring on top.

S: Smells fantastic, tons of vibrant raspberry and strawberry. Didn't want to call it jammy, since most people do, but it really is the best descriptor for the beer. It has a nice sour/tartness as well as a bit of funk and must.

T: Wow, bursting with fruit flavor. The raspberries are really fresh mixed with some sour cherry and a bit of strawberry as well. The fruit is mixed with a nice funk that sort of comes off as light hay/mustiness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fantastic level of tartness.

O: Easily one of the best beers I have had. Was hard not to drink it down too quickly. Didn't expect the fruit to taste as fresh considering it is six years old.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed last weekend at The Trappist for a paltry $46, reviewed from memory, woo. Hazy pinkish-purple color, pours with almost no head, though there's plenty of carbonation for the style. The aroma is largely macerated raspberries, backed by a mild funk and an odd note of tomato juice. The raspberry aroma on this beer is phenomenal, I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass. The taste is similarly exceptional - raspberries are dominant, faintly sweet up front, sour in the finish. Sourness is moderate, while harsh acetic acids are minimal. Light in body, puckering and dry. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. 2013
(A)- Pours a deep ruby red hue with white froth that dissipated quickly
(S)- Big aromas of ripe jammy fruits. It has some funk to it. Alot of oak and funk on the finish
(T)- Lots of ripe jam of red fruits met with a funky Brett-like acidic oak profile.
(M)- A nice carbonation level. The fruit on this is fantastic. Not overly sharply sour but shows alot of nice soft oak characters
(O)- A great fruited lambic. Some time might improve this but the fruit is so vibrant now I had to try it fresh

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Photo of gcamparone
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500th review. 2013 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F crystal tumbler. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a slightly hazy mahogany-cherry body with a big, slightly fizzy, fluffy light pink head that reduces fairly quickly but leaves a quarter inch of retention and very little lacing.

Aromas are out of this world.. berries take the front seat here, big cherry notes punch you in the nose, a medley of raspberries and fermented berries, cranberry, a distinct musty funk, souring yeastyness, and subtle oak in the background.

It has a super tart start on the tongue, followed by a pronounced but not overbearing medley of dry, juicy, berries, cherry and cranberry being predominant but raspberry notes are present (not sure why this is the case, or maybe I'm mistaking the raspberries for other berries. Either way it's delicious). Some medicinal cherry and slight vinegar. On the follow through is musty basement, borderline sour fruit, lactic, oak, finished by a tongue drying tartness that sticks around for a minute or so.

Carbonation is medium and ideal for this style, medium-light body, making it nice and refreshing.

Overall a fantastic beer, well worth the wait and worthy of my 500th review.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The incredible efforts of Armand and his team unleash their plethora of fruit, spice and funk on the senses- this time with the fruit medley of cherry and raspberry for a fruit-centric taste that's so much more than just fruit.

Its hazy mauve body rests comfortably shielded by a yeasty veil through its center and a delicate and lacy crème that swirls about its surface. Relaxing to a dainty collar around the edge, the beer carries all the hallmarks that are prized in well made sour ale.

Tangy aromatics flood the nose with nostril-piercing acidity. Those tangy fruit aromas sliver through the ale's more rustic cider, vinous and vinegar scents. Cork-like mustiness links up with other pungent notes of cellar wood, sea air and horse hair. Heading into taste... "hey, is that peppercorn and cinnamon?"

And then the brunt of sourness layers on the taste buds with tepid fruit sweetness, undeniably from cherries and raspberries. Yet as the fruit flavor marches onward, its sweetness recedes and paves the way for the tangy, tart, and downright sour flavors of lemons, limes, crab apples and red wine vinegar to penetrate. Trailing spiciness of high pepper and cinnamon resonate with a taste of brine-stewn hay, grape seed and weathered oak dance on the late palate, drying its taste as well as its body.

Though lavishly fruity to start, the beer's calm carbonation lifts and the seepage of acidity acts upon the taste buds and dominating with pang and pepper. Its wine-like finish is lightly astringent as its tannin and pectin give a feathery finish with soft plaster and clay.

Armand has once again knocked it out of the park. The fruit tandem in Hommage gives the beer a bit of a heafty upstart without being malty or sweet. Its the perfect balance and layers of complexity that take sour ale to irresistible levels.

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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4400th review! 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/30/2015. Pours slightly hazy ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. :Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge tart/juicy/jammy raspberry, sour cherry, cranberry, strawberry, lemon peel, hay, straw, pepper, leather, musty funk, oak, light red wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberry/cherries, oak, and light malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tart/juicy/jammy raspberry, sour cherry, cranberry, strawberry, lemon peel, hay, straw, pepper, leather, musty funk, oak, light red wine vinegar, wheat, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, strawberry, lemon peel, hay, straw, pepper, leather, musty funk, oak, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberry/cherries, oak, and light malt flavors; with a great sour/tart/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Good dryness from lactic acidity/tannic spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and lightly grainy/creamy mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an incredible fruit lambic! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberry/cherries, oak, and light malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the high level of acidity. A really amazing offering all around.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried the 2013 and 2015 side by side.
A pink, spritzy pour releases aromas of red berries and perhaps a bit of cherry.
The 2013 smells quite phenolic and plastic-y. Unfortunate. The 2015 has a pleasant fruity and funny aroma.
Taste is raspberry skins and barnyard funky, lactic acid, fairly sour cream th balancing tannin. The 2013 falls short again, with distinct plastic flavors. I
I would not d scribe this as "jammy" or even "intense" in its fruit: it's a pleasant integration of raspberries and lambic but after this being hyped up, I was nonplused. I don't intend to revisit, at least not any time soon.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pinkish red color with small amount of head. Smells of sour raspberries with some of the cherries coming thru on the end. Taste is lightly sour with the tartness being clean and crisp on the finish. I think this is the best fruited lambic I have every had.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to heliosphann for picking this up in Indy before it vanished from North America for good (or at least for a while). This is the Valentine's Day 2007 bottling. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip and shared for Bryna's birthday.

A - Two fingers of off-white and slightly pink foam that settle to a thick ring and some filmy bubbles, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is a semi-transparent orange-brown color that is surprisingly unsuggestive of raspberry.

S - Tons of raspberry here - whole, slightly underripe fruit, seeds and all. There's also some red wine vinegar, and brash funkiness. This is reference quality Framboise.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose, but still quite excellent. Still plenty of fresh raspberry flavor, even at 3.5 years, with a slightly green quality to them. Some mild acetic character, and well-attenuated tartness. The funk is mostly of the leather and wet hay variety and stays in the periphery.

M - Moderate carbonation, light refreshing body, very dry finish with some cottonmouth and pucker. Pretty much what I want from a fruit lambic.

D - I've had this a number of times, and it never fails to disappoint. It's worth every penny, even with the exorbitant price tag. Extremely well-balanced and integrated flavor profile, with loads of fresh raspberry - what's not to love?

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Photo of Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle dated 6/26/2013. Poured into a Cantillon balloon glass

Appearance: Pours a ligher shade of ruby red with about a finger of an off white head that dissipates to a thin coating that does stick around. Body is lightly hazy with good visible carbonation.

Smell: Raspberries, heavy barnyard funk, with some earth, hay and hint of oak. There is a slight, noticeable band aid quality, but not as strong as others have described it.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Raspberries, lots of funk, hay, lemon, lacto, with cherry and some mild vanilla coming through in the finish. Any band aid notes that there were in the aroma don't carry over into the taste.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium, gentle carbonation. Dry, sour finish.

Overall: Really good beer and I'm glad I got to try it. However while it is an excellent fruit lambic, I can't say it's worth the extra required effort it takes to obtain over say, a Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. Try it if you get the opportunity, but don't go crazy seeking it out.

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Photo of kscaldef
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While I was not overly impressed with the old bottle of the original bottling I had previously (review below), the new bottling is amazing! The best fruited lambic I've had. Sorry, didn't think to take notes.

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previous review of 2007 bottling from DHL on 6/7/2012
4.0, 4.0, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5

The glasses arrive poured, filling the table with an intense raspberry aroma. The liquid is red with orange starting to appear around the edges. Sniffing from the glass, I pick up leather, barnyard, and light cheese. The beer is much fuller bodied than most gueuze or fruit lambic. The flavor is moderately-strong raspberry, not nearly as intense as the aroma, and quite cheesy. Carbonation is fairly low.

Honestly, this bottle was something of a disappointment. I've heard many people say this is as good or better than Framboos, which I've not had the opportunity to try, but I have to think that either that's not true, or Framboos is significantly overrated. At any rate, I certainly wouldn't go after this particular beer again.

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Photo of ricke
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

A: Reddish pink color with a sparkling pink head that settles quickly.

S: A great smell, clean and well defined. Great aromas of tart raspberries and cherries. The fruitiness is very pleasant, acidic, genuine and pulpy. Some gentle funky notes. Grass, earth and yeast - the usual lambic suspects are present but subdued due to the fresh fruitiness.

T: The taste follows suit with a beautiful fruit character of semi-sweet and tart raspberries and cherries. Pleasant acidic character all the way. The fruits are just unbelievably well defined and rich. Notes of grass, dusty cellar, earth and just a hint of funky wet hay. Fruit pits, some barrel notes. The finish is very dry and rather sparkling with a nice sourness and lingering fruit aromas. A very gentle, well balanced and pleasant taste.

M: Medium body, gentle yet active carbonation.

D: This is a fantastic beer. Great, razor sharp fruit profile and clean flavors. Good balance between the fruits and the rustic lambic flavors. Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lateralundertow
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oddlandf
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of joel66
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared amongst BA's for one of the most ridiculous "lunch's" at the Torst opening!

Poured side by side by side with 2012 Blabaer and 2005 Fou foun.

Bottle poured a deep cherry red. Nose was straight up raspberry jam. A delicate balance between cheese funk, sweetness from the raspberry and tartness. By far the most complex out of the three bottles we had. Although well balanced flavors, all of the flavors were explosive.

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Photo of mverity
3.86/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, reddish purple like the color of cherries. An inch of pink infused cream colored head that holds pretty well. Head remains at the surface and a thick collar. Fair legs, and poor lacing. Aroma is a ton of cherry and an odd funk. Smells almost like cherry cough medicine. Taste is lightly tart, rich raspberry more than cherry flavor, and an oakiness. Medium body and high carbonation, with a fruit-like stickiness to the mouthfeel. Great beer, but the slight cough syrup-like quality is off putting in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Dbrulet
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev 0%

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