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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
857
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cherry red / amber-ish with white head which quickly disappears.
Aroma has raspberry, cherry, moderate funk, hay.
Taste is raspberry jam, cherries, funk, hay,

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Photo of danh53
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle. Its hard to find much of anything to say against this beer. Beautiful ruby red color, dark, sweet cherries on the aroma with raspberries, and barnyard notes. The fruit takes center stage here. More cherry than raspberry, but both are prominent. This leans toward the jammy side. Great oak presence on the dry finish. Not much vinegar. Sweet and jammy on the front of the tongue. Funk follows on the back end. Really well done beer. Did not disappoint.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage 750 ml bottle at Himmeriget in Copenhagen. I knew this would be good, but it exceeded my expectations. Had this back-to-back with Cantillon Blabaer and I thought Hommage was better, although it was pretty close. Complex flavor, but so balanced, smooth, and drinkable. Don't pass this up if you find a bottle.

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Photo of kitch
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 30th June 2015, and best before 30th June 2025. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A hazy deep ruby red colour with a thin pinkish head that faded fairly quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Strong cherry tartness with jammy fruit sweetness and oak. There are hints of raspberries, lemon zest and light funk.

Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, raspberry, oak, lemon zest and vinegar with a touch of funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was just great. Surprisingly the cherry was much more prominent than the raspberries and the funkiness was less than expected but, this was still extremely drinkable, tasty and enjoyable. On my must buy list.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage drank on 12/21/2016

Look: medium red/pink with slight haze, and a thin white head

Smell: bright raspberry, earthy/barnyard funk to it, floral, red fruitiness

Taste: follows the nose. Well balanced between the fruit and funk. Light sour on a long finish, with the funk a little more forward

Feel: Medium body with smooth tartness and very drinkable...flavors linger a little but definitely don't overpower the palate

Overall: Superb, well balanced fruited sour. I'm a sucker for raspberry lambic and this does not fall short of expectations. Love this

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Photo of JoeyStats707
2.01/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This is the most disappointing beer I've ever had. It was rancid in smell, pure band aid rot in taste and over all just a complete gross beer that was very sadly poured into the drain.

2013 750ml

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
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 pagriley
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 into snifter

Poured oily and thick like syrup definitely undercarbed
Big fruit - cherry surprisingly bold given it is supposed to be mostly raspberry
Light on funk and sour

Overall solid, but not amazing

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. Tulip glass. Bottle pours at the Sovereign (DC).

A: An attractive medium red with slight haze. A thin ring of off-white head.

S: Bright raspberry, an undertone of earth and barnyard funk (which comes out more with warmth), red cherry, grape candy, jasmine and flowers.

T: Largely follow the nose. Well balanced between the fruit and funk. Light sour on a long finish, with the funk a little more forward.

M: Medium body with medium-high, bright, slightly biting carbonation.

O: Superb, well balanced fruit sour. Great showcase of some interesting fruit (the grape is unusual and reminds of Grape Escape candy). Very drinkable. The sourness and Brett are not to the point of limiting drinkability.

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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Lochnessmonster
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice cherry flavor up front, with a pretty good amount of sediment - I got more raspberry as I sipped on. Another very nice 3F lambic, but I think I enjoyed Framboos more overall.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Chasing this one for a while, finally able to tick!

Appearance - Beautiful reddish pink hue.

Smell - Really nice raspberry and cherry nose.

Taste - The tart and the sweet meld perfectly. Incredible drinkability.

Mouthfeel - Medium to High carb. Very crisp, perfect!

Overall - WOW what a beer! Ecstatic that I was able to land this!!

Grade (A)

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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 Marius
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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 rudzud
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear ruby red hue with with a thin head that fades rather quickly to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of big cherry tartness, the raspberry is rather faint with light funk. The raspberry is really subdued.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with very nice cherry tartness. There is nice raspberry, very good funk as well. Very good musty brett, nice crisp tartness really solid balanced flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp, keeps from being flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was really good. Great cherry and raspberry notes with great funk. Only knock would be the somewhat lacking nose.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 split with rudzud

Pours a nice foamy fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, a nice pinkish large head, clear ruby cranberry color.

Nose a distinct sour cherry, little raspberry syrup in the background but mostly sour cherry, tart funk and sour acidity, little candy cherry syrup.

Taste brings more funk this time, tart funk with actual Brett or bacteria funk, barnyard funk, with big acidity and flemmy funk. Mild raspberry seed in the background but again more sour cherry, not a ton of either, little cherry cough syrup, raspberry juice, more tannic seed. Finish little bready, more raspberry seed, tart cherry juice, acidity and little flemmy lingering.

Mouth is med bod, fair acidity sour funk, little flemmy, nice fizzy carb.

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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 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 lupercmda
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
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 rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of those weird mixtures of color, a little pink, brown (hey, my fave combo ;)) gives a dirty pink head that was impressive in its ability for retention. Cool aroma, 3F funk, leather, strawberry, raspberry and cherry. This was hella basement dankness and musty edge. Like 100% humidity kind of funk with fruit.

Immense sour going on, good amount of tart bright red fruits. A good amount of wheat grittitness in the mouhtfeel.

This was the 2007 version.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a murky reddish color male with large foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of funky barnyard notes, cherry, oak and tart notes is pretty singular and awesome. Taste is dominated by cherry, tart notes, oak, plenty of funky barnyard notes with some light vinous/vinegar notes. Body is pretty full with OK carbonation. Enjoyable beer but also quite unique in its level of complexity.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.9/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

I couldn't get through the band-aids (nose & aftertaste). Looks phenomenal and I was super-hyped to try it, but sadly it was a letdown. I'm hoping to get another bottle at some point - it had to be bad luck (or I caught the little microbes at the wrong time).

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Photo of aleigator
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hommage '15 vintage

Pours a vibrant pink, crimson red color, with a small, fizzy white head, leaving back a bubbly lacing at the edge of the glass.

The fruits are quite apparent on the nose, surprisingly even more defined by cherry than raspberry, while both create a great blend among a funky tartness. A certain ripeness from the fruits introduces a moldy, leathery earth component, complimenting the stone qualities of the fruits, up to a jammy, sweet peak. Apart from this, the fruits create a fresh, almost unripe impression, highlighting the prickly raspberry stone pits among wet hay and crisp lemon peel.

Has a lively, yet soft carbonation to it, resulting in a refreshing but smooth mouthfeel, with a mineral quality during the beers finish, complimenting its tartness perfectly.

Tastes of lemon peel, dusty, old malts together with wet hay, creating the foundation of this beer. Raspberry and cherry settle among this immediately, adding a rich fruitiness during the mid palate, perfectly blending into the beers lemon tartness during the finish. This lends a noteable sweetness to the otherwise pleasantly tart beer, sticking to its lambic roots, while adding an awesome complexity.

Its fruitiness is certainly a pleasant addition, while complimenting to the pungent tartness during the beers typical, teeth drying finish. A soothing stony mineral quality tames the prominent lemon in this, while highlighting a short, sweet peak from the fruits, adding pleasantly to the body of the beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Dave last night, thanks man.

This one pours a thick looking dark red, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells really strongly of cherries, surprisingly more so than the raspberries. The acidity stings the nostrils, it smells really, really sour. There's some light funk on the aroma, too.

This is definitely one of the more sour lambics I've had, about a 8.5/10 for me. The sour cherry is dominant, with the raspberry behind, and a lemony puckering tartness being a big part of it too. There's some oak, and a little bit of bright funk. The tartness really lingers for a while with this one.

This is medium bodied, with a puckering mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Pretty delicious, but I think surprisingly enough, I like the regular 3F Oude Kriek better than this one.

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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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