Drie Fonteinen Hommage | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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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Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours a light red color with a pink head and good clarity. The aroma has faint dark cherries, tart wild yeasts and plenty of horse blanket stank. The taste is very tart and fruity, nicely layered and sufficiently dry. Oak tannins round out great notes of cherry and berry. Long standing sour notes. Light bodied crisp and satisfying. This is world class lambic, seldom seen in my area.

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Photo of amano_h
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

75cl bottle into a Drie Fonteinen tulip.

Bursting aroma of a cherry bouquet going on here from the get-go. Fresh strawberry, raspberry, and sour cherry are most dominant on the nose, followed by that tried and true oaky leather, funky barnyard cheese.

Very much of the same is repeated on the palate. A tartfully blended fruit jam concoction held up and balanced by plenty of oak and funky barnyard flavors. Subtle grape-like acetic notes also appear near the end. The overall impression is "funky tartness," but there is inevitably a layer of sweet that undercuts some of the pungency and funk, which I imagine would probably play nice even with most first-time lambic drinkers.

Medium-high body with a mildly-effervescent puckering mouthfeel. Refreshing, fruity, complex; worth every bit of the hype that goes with it.

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Photo of rvdoorn
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe not too many people do realize, but according to Armand himself, this is the famous raspberry lambic with just some krieken added to maintain the red color.
Look: Red-amber color with a nice pinkish head.
Smell: Funky, tart, fresh raspberry.
Taste: flavor is sour, musky, horse blanket, a lot raspberry, but not sweet. Also clear oak in the after taste.
Mouthfeel: High-medium carbonation, as always very well balanced
Overall: One of the best!

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Photo of kscaldef
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.


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 markcp
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous cloudy ruby red in color with lively carbonation. Nose is funky raspberry and taste is the same. Very sour, dry, oaky, with basement funk, but still bursting with raspberry flavor.

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Photo of Jow
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried a lot of fruity beers in my life and a lot of gueuzes but this one is really something different!

It comes on top when you are talking about a fruity, sour and still some freshness. It is sow well balanced that you enjoy every sip. I like a sour beer with a little "special" touch to it and this one really does it. I could recommend it to anyone although the price is relatively high.

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Photo of fewa
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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 cosmicevan
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly for sharing. Enjoyed side-by-side with the newest batch of Framboos.

a - looks like a strawberry smoothie. every glass poured looks like the last pour of the bottle. thick and not really very beery.
s - fresh fruit. raspberries with sour cherries. a bit sharper on the nose, but smells amazing. sour eggs. just like the framboos but add sour cherries.
t - that is nuts. just AMAZING sour medley. the raspberry dances with sour cherries. blows the framboos out of the water.
m - great balance. sour, but tickles my mouth. really enjoyable.
o - overall unreal beer. just phenomenal. one of the highlights of an INSANE day.

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Photo of Johnny_Cardboard
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was skeptic when i first got the bottle, because i wasnt sure how the cherry/raspeberry flavor would work out. would one overpower the other. negative both of them stood out boldly nice oaky flavor to accompany the sweet, also a nice funky element to it. stellar stellar beer from 3F

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Photo of HopHead84
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours maroon with light red traces when held to light. The head is light pink and fizzy, with good retention.

The aroma is fruit forward. It's of ripe raspberries with oak and tannins. The aroma is sweet, with traces of sugar and a low level of mustiness and tartness

The flavor has more tartness than the nose suggested and it's nicely balanced by the fruit sweetness. Though this beer has some time on it, the raspberries are still very apparent and they impart wonderful flavors. Oak is apparent, as well as tannins,a low level of acidity, and a touch of vinegar. The finish is dry and has a nice medium level of tartness and some sugar. The raspberry flavor is pervasive and top notch.

The carbonation is medium-high and lively, which really compliments the fruit. The mouthfeel is dry. Overall, this is the best raspberry lambic I've had to date. It's actually the best rapberry lambic, sour, or wild ale I've ever had. The price is high but it's well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-07-2009 15:53:23

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Photo of nkeckhar
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

was lucky enough to try batch 1. thanks bobby. this was one of the most pleasurable experiences of my beer life. yeasty & tart with some many fruit flavors - cherry & raspberry most prominently for me. i think this beer has held up quite well and look forward to see how the new batch develops. now, i just need a time machine to go back and taste this one fresh.

batch 2 in it's current state is very good, but has a bit of nail polishy scent to it. i think it will develop nicely over time but right now it's more of a 4 on the arbitrary rating system.

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Photo of t8dd
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 Vintage. One of the first beers that I've had that surpassed the hype surrounding it. First pours were clear and dark pink while the sediment clouded up the last couple of pours. Only detraction was the nose which reminded me of cough syrup. This did not carry over into the taste which was an incredible balance of sour and juicy fruit. Immensely drinkable. Refreshing and slightly dry finish. Near perfect.

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Photo of Overlord
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks Hophead84!

Pours a muted pinkish red. Cloudy and hazy. Small, champagne-esque head, though not quite as robust.

Aroma hits you from several feet way. A bit of musty funk, but mostly raspberries. Ah yes, much, much raspberries. Maybe a hint of vinegar in the nose.

Flavor adds a strong, oak-y/wood-sy backing to unripe, tart, bracingly raw raspberries (even after all these years). A bit of a vinous, vinegar flavor to it. Spectacular with bursting berries, just delicious. Well carbonated, which really enhances a beer this strongly flavored.

Perhaps my favorite of this brewery's offerings.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks a ton for sharing Jeff! Bottled 2/14/2007.

A: Pours a woody, dark, cranberry-brown red with a light pink head.
S: Big notes of raspberries, musty oak, and lightly funky. The woody attic/basement notes are substantial.
T: Follows the nose with a blast of raspberries, well integrated funk, and musty wood. Flavors are not too tart but rather just tart enough. No acidity, no sourness.
M: Smooth as they come for this style. No acetone, no sourness, just soft integrated tartness over a smooth body.
O: Amazing complex raspberry flavor that is just awesome. Very well put together. Definitely one of the greats.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Feb 14, 2007

A - Deep red with pink hues and a fluffy off white, pink head the disappears immediately.

S - Heavy dose of sweet and tart raspberries, oak, hay, earthy and funky, wet leather and lemon sourness.

T - Complex sourness mixed with sweet and tart raspberries. Nice acidic punch with hay, leather and lemon sourness. Somewhat of a clean sourness if that makes sense.

M - Spritzy carbonation with slightly biting sourness and a lingering dry finish.

D - I was a little hesitant to spend this much on a beer but it is worth every penny. Extremely smooth sourness with a boatload of raspberry goodness.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, purchased at Kulminator and lugged across the ocean for home consumption. Shared with the Thorpes on a Sunday afternoon.

This poured intially clear and pink, later pours turning darker and redder. The aroma is flat out good, way more funk than fruit, everything I'd hoped. Tart and acetic, excellent lambic notes of leather and barnyard, sour raspberries.

Extremely tasty, very tart on the first taste but maybe a little sweeter at the end of the bottle. I think it actually tasted better once the darker sediment was in the glass, deep fruity sweetness balanced very well by the acetic bite. I could drink a lot more of this, so good.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in the Netherlands. Beer poured a clear, deep red color with a slight pink head into my Cantillon glass. The head receeded quickly. The aroma was strong upon popping the cork, vibrant framboise, a bit funky and tart as well. The raspberry taste was lovely and fresh tasting. What you would expect for a true version of the style. Some oaky notes as well. Overall a well rounded and damn fine beer that I wish I had more often but it is to be savored.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another gem pulled up and out of the cellar. I had been waiting to crack this one for quite some time and rightfully so, with a pricetag and availabilty like this, you take your time. Served at cellar temp and poured into my darkness snifter, this one was consumed on 09/07/2009.

The pour was just what I would expect. Ruby red in color with a light pink head on top. Lightly clouded but with a really nice tone to the color I have to say. Aroma of tart raspberries and hints of horse funk dance through it. Letting it warm brings out a touch of sweeter notes with an even hint of wood peaking b as well. But once you take that first sip there is no going back. Sometimes I think about what I want something to taste like at the moment in time, most times this doesnt happen the way I want, but today, today is different. Today I get what I want. Rich notes of raspberries and tart funk dance along the palate. Puckering the lips and leaving me yearning for another sip. Delicate carbonation lightly pricks the tongue as notes of sour fruit seep their way in. There is no turning back now. Light notes of woody, vinous at times with grapes and touches of sour really clogging up the finish. Minutes after the last taste that sweet, yet tart and spicy not of raspberry still is detected on the tongue.

Overall blown away here. I have alot of sours to go through in the coming week and this was the start of it. I have to say, I am simply thrilled. The price of this one makes it a bit difficult to follow through on but I have to say it will be oh soo worth it in the end.

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Photo of grub
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Maltzilla contributed this one. thanks diego!

750ml corked and caged bottle.

pours deep red, almost brown, with a small off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is awesome. lemon. date and raisin. cherry. leather and horse blanket. malt and cider vinegars. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. hints of chocolate.

taste is excellent. lemon. date and raisin. cherry. leather. horse blanket. malt vinegar. cider vinegar. sour cherry. bit of dark fruit. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. nice restrained sourness. great depth. low bitterness level.

moutfeel is great. just under medium body with a dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great depth and balance. good sourness. a kick-ass sour!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has been a long time coming. I remember passing on bottles of this several times, only to have to trade for it. Thanks to boatshoes, I have this bottle, but thanks to a trade mishap, this is the priciest beer I've had.

A: Clear deep raspberry red, almost pink, with a large off-white head that recedes rather quickly to a ring. Plenty of carbonation is visible, and it really is a gorgeous beer

S: The nose is just a riot of raspberries. Macerated fruit to a rather insane level, the expression of the base fruit is absurd, combining both sweetness, tartness and fruity aromas by the bushels. The underlying lambic character adds another dimension, with a combination of mildly lemony sourness, an earthy funk with a little hay and wet leather. The leather and fruit really play off each other really well. Mild tannins are present in the back. Awesome stuff.

T: Everything I love about fruit lambics is present in this beer. Unreal levels of fruit character, with the only sweetness being fruity? Check. Sourness that doesn't rape your palate? Check. Exceptional stuff. Opening with a two-pronged attack, with raspberry eau de vie carried on a gentle wave of complex sourness, with lemony sourness, mild acetic character, and an underlying funk that's rather clean, with a blend of wet hay and leather. Finishes dry and sour, with the raspberry character coating the palate. The focus isn't sourness, it's primarily raspberries and what funk and sourness can do to them. The tannins I thought I could smell don't really appear, or at least, they can't cut through the fruit character very much.

M: Truly exceptional. While sour and mildly acetic, it never gets tiring, and I really am looking forward to finishing the entire bottle. A touch heavier than light, with a high level of carbonation. Phenomenal finish

D: Incredible. I let this warm up for about 45 minutes before I got to drinking it, and this truly is one of the more sublime beers I've had. Nonpareil for a raspberry lambic, I'd put it on the same level of beauty as Fou'Foune and Blabaer.

Notes: I almost wonder what an Hommage truffle would taste like. It would be reckless and irresponsible to the extreme, and would be a fitting addition to next years Sean Paxton dinner at Ebenezers. Awesome stuff

**Edit 27 July 2012**

I had this two nights back, when it tasted *just* a little too intense on the solventy/raspberry character. This bottle, OTOH, was in perfect condition. Shared with the guys a little after the 1999 Framboos.

Big, fruity, jammy aromas, mildly seedy raspberries with a touch of leather. A little lemon and just a hair of solvent are present. Excellent.

The palate is quite sour, lemony and lactic with mildly jammy raspberries without much sweetness. A very mild solvent character is present, without much raspberry seed. Fruity sourness with a big raspberry character on the finish, this is excellent. I imagine this is what the 1999 Framboos tasted like at a comparable age.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks Todd for sending me this beer. One of the bigger surprises of our sour graduation tasting. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into four tulip glasses.

A- Pours a murky, ruby red color. Produced a fingers width of white head. Reduced to a thin ring throughout consumption.

S- Imagine walking into a cellar where someone is boiling thousands of raspberries in giant cast iron pots. This is the aroma I get when I stick my nose in the glass. Absolute bliss.

T- Oh man, perfect marriage between raspberry fruit and sourness. Starts off a little on the sweet side with the raspberries, but then progressively balances out and offers a good amount of acidity in the finish. No medicinal flavors going on here with the raspberries, unlike other raspberry sours. Mixed in is a musty, yeast flavor that adds just the right amount of funk.

M- Clean and light bodied. Just the right amount of carbonation. Can't ask for much more.

D- The balance here is extraordinary. Made this that much more drinkable.

Overall, one of my favorite beers of the tasting, right alongside Deviation and Blauw. Can't wait to give this beer another try.

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Photo of KevSal
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 750 split with the wife the night of our wedding

A- murky dark red, exactly what I was expecting. Likes a bit pond waterish

S- fruit right up front with some tart in the back end. Full fruit aroma, very well intergrated with the base beer

T- wow this one knocks it out! Probably one of he best sours I've had. Perfect amount of fruit sweetness with the right amount of funky and sour. Fantastic how well the fruit flavor comes thru in this beer

M- thicker bodied than your normal sour, good carbonation

O- what a fantastic beer, perfect to split with the wife. Went down much to quickly and easily, would love if this was an annual release. Biggest detracter is the price point, if u can bite that bullet your in for a real treat!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Phatz
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge huge thanks to egajdzis for sharing this beer at a tasting at my place. This was one of three surprisingly terrific beers of the evening. I real highlight!

Appearance: Pours a read color with pink edges and a fizzy off white head. Leaves nice lacing on the walls of my snifter glass.

Smell: Tart raspberry and cherry flavors with a lactic acidity containing all the glories of Lambic funk. Almost perfumey in nature. Wood and leather almost lean into horse blanket but the sour fruit covers over that attribute.

Taste: It is a complex plethora of sour flavors singing all over the charts. Very sharp acidity and sour overripe red fruits followed by a dash of spices and a long lingering acidic pucker.

Mouthfeel: Aggressive. Perfect. It is sour. It is acidic. It is cherry. It is no holds barred and yet feels spot on through through the palate and never goes overboard. this is shear excellence.

I am humble to have sat at a single table with this beer Drie Fonteinen Hommage, and Cable Car. Hommage is a Lambic that epitomizes the variety with in the style. A true treat. Thanks you Eric!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of brdc
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks splitgrin for this brew, kept in my cellar for nearly 18 months, against my best judgement.

Cracked open, poured into a tulip. Light pink head crowning this wonderful deep red beer. Clear, shining, beautiful.
Strong aroma, raspberries and a lot of funk. Tart and acidic notes.
Medium bodied, very refreshing, exceptionally easy to drink.
The usual, tart and acidic funk expected for all great Drie Fonteinen beers, complimented by a touch of tart and acidic raspberries. Not fruit juice, just a complimentary hint of ripe raspberries.
A sweet note is felt here and there, but it is overall dry and tart.
This is quite close to perfect, perhaps the best "fruit" beer I ever had.

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