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Drie Fonteinen Hommage | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
790
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
792
Gots:
142
For Trade:
16
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Reviews by fewa:
Photo of fewa
4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle ordered at the Heeren to support their fabulous 4 cheeses lasagna.
Appearance: an amber red color with a light pink head which turns to a nice lacing. Smell: whooaahhh.... This must be the best smelling lambic I ever had. The waitress was not even close to the table and I could already smell it. Raspberry upfront, extremely natural smell. Funk is there nicely blended with some citrus notes. Taste: Lives up to the smell. Raspberries but hardly any (fruit)sugar there. Fine notes of strawberry, brett, citrus and some wooden tones. Mouthfeel: a very refreshing, medium carbonated, medium bodied and crisp drink. Drinkabillity: everything about this beauty is just awesome. Extremely well balanced. Another absolute masterpiece of Armand. Hats off!

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Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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 +8.8%
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 -2.7%
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 +1.1%
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 +8.1%
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 sweemzander
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +5%
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 lupercmda
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +13.1%
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 +4.5%
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 -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lateralundertow
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oddlandf
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of joel66
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -12.7%
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 -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of badbeer
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear ruby red color with a white head that sits atop it. Head falls gracefully until it just sticks around the glass. Aroma is largely of raspberries, but almost like a very light raspberry. I mean that in the sense that it isn't the over the top flavor and slight astringency one would get from actually eating a raspberry, it's more like a raspberry juice was used. There's also some definite cheesy notes in this that I find a bit distracting; various barnyard funk notes are also perceptible, but hidden beneath to me, which is unfortunate. Taste is another story, I actually enjoy it qutie a bit. Same thing again with the raspberry taste, there's no slightly astringent, kick-you-in-the-face raspberry flavor that I love, but it is enjoyable. Lactic tartness is one of the other things that comes right to the forefront, followed by some very pleasing funkiness. If this funkiness and/or the raspberries were a touch stronger, this beer would be much better, especially if some of the cheesy notes were no longer coming through in the nose. About medium carbonation with a decent body on the tongue, followed by a nice dry finish. A good beer that I'd surely have another of, however, price and availability do limit that.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at a tasting. Dark ruby pour with no head. Smells sour, of vinegar, raspberries, cherries and barnyard funk. Tastes like vinegar, cherries, almonds and apple cider. Dry and refreshing.

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Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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