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Brouwerij Drie 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 billshmeinke
3.6/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Hazy brown/auburn color, not much head, specks of fruit skin.

Fruity, funky, cheesey, some brett. Champaigne and some phenols.

Mellow tartness and acedic character. Raspberry. Fruit character is still fairly present. A touch of phenolics, and tannic fruit skin.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost no carbonation.

Holding up quite well. Phenolics could make this bad, but they are in check enough to let the rest of the beer speak for itself.

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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 popery
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 8/12/11. 750ml. Thanks to beddachedda or westcoastbeerlvr (not quite sure). Second time that I’ve tried it and this glass seemed better, somehow. Pours a cloudy golden pink. Aroma is a big and wonderful sour raspberry flavor - the sour cherries just seem to punch up the berry flavor - with some nice funk, mildly cheesy. Taste has a lot of sourness and is quite dry, at this point. Tons of berries and funk on the palate. Everything comes together well. Pretty good pucker - ~7/10. Otherwise, the mouthfeel is appropriate to the style, not too effervescent but fairly light. Tried at the same time as Malvasia and preferred that one but only by a small margin. Another excellent lambic from 3F.

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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 womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for pulling this one out to share.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed pinkish-red color with a tall off-white head.

S: Intensely funky aroma. Very earthy with a bit of a mineral quality. Strong acidity and a mild vinegar note. Still an amazing amount of raspberry to it. Straw, grass, and lemon zest give it that typical Drie Fonteinen aroma.

T: The mineral note is very prominent here. Lots of raspberries provide a touch of sweetness and a very nice sourness. Acetic notes are in check and a lot of the sourness is more lactic. Straw lemon, wet grass, and a nice earthiness.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Not always a big framboise fan, but this was pretty damn good.

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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 oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice pour from a bottle thanks to matt capone. Your the man dude.

A- small wisp of pinkish white head around the edges. Deep hazy pink purple in color.

S- huge sour tart raspberries and about as funky as they come. Lots of wet rotten oak and some barnyard hits. A touch of an odd briney thing going on.

T- sour under ripe raspberries, with lots of super funky wood and lemon peel. Some red wine vinegar and other light vinous notes. Bracingly sour and tart with a good bit of lemon juice going on. The odd brine thing carries over from the nose and doesn't quite fit but does not detract from the whole.

M- medium in body and still holds a good bit of card in this older bottle. A pucker that you'll remember for years.

O- this is a great beer and has change in some interesting ways according to some. The fruits still give it to ya and the sour funky goodness is kickass.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Matt for throwing this my way in a snifter.

A- Bloody red with some pink splotz intertwined, cant see through this, bt it is the bottom of the bottle, probably could not see through this if it was the 1st pour. Some sparse semi bubbles up top, yeast at the bottom of the glass, no lacing.

S- This smells like it went through some things since it's born on date in the bottle. Great scents of ripe/rotted fruit, cherry, raspeberry, berry and some Dill pickle juice. (thx 4 the tip ogl, I can place it). It smell more funky than fruity at this point.

T- But it's there, that sourness, that rotted fruit vibe, that ughh, FUNK! what is this? It's great, just kinda degraded. I'll admit, I never had this fresh (damn you Sally Mae), but this aged bottle seems to be a bit skewed. The fruit rotted in a way that it shows dirty rotten scoundrels, that is, some vegetative musk under the nice ripe fruit (think Berries) under a blanket of funk. I really cant describe it better than that. You should track down a bottle. If you like dill pickle juice, you will like this, I hate em though. Again thx Andy for the scent.taste reminder.

M- Very tart, very sour and lingering, it sticks around for a few, and some swishing of the mouth some minutes later will bring the same effect. Carbed up with bubbles and a step below medium.

O- Overall, this was a treat, but I would doubt I could get through a whole bottle at this time. This is a different machine than the scharbeekese, which Im not entirely sure is a fair comparison.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle with bottled on date 2/14/07 poured into stemmed glass at Brouwer's on 5/21/11

A: Pours a hazy red with pink hues and a thin whitish head.

S: Lots of funk, fruity raspberries, and earthy yeast. Really tart smelling with some citrus notes as well.

T: Like the smell, this is very tart and funky. Lots and lots of raspberries and earthy notes. Nice and sour.

M: Very tart and refreshing, good carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Amazing sour, really delicious and drinkable. Great fruit presence is balanced really well by all the funk and tartness. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of sarro
2.93/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by fellow lambic enthusiast Weisguy for our small sour tasting. 750ml Valentine’s Day 2007 bottling ♥ Hommage pours medium amber red and not too dark to see through. The smell is crazy! I get very rotten, sweet fruit--especially raspberry--along with funky puke, poop, rhubarb & cheese. The taste definitely connects to the smell, but is much less offensive to me with tons of funky raspberry & hearty fruit. Mouthfeel is light-medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is not very dry, but a bit sweet. Not very close to what I was expecting and in a negative way because it was hard to get passed the smell. I think this may have been an off bottle or improperly stored. Will re-review if I get to try it again.

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Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh course ygtbsm94 has this in his cellar and of course he is willing to share it at a small tasting at his home. Thanks Brad!

Poured into my Russian River "tion" glass and this beer appears quite oily with a rather vibrant reddish brown appearance capped with just a slight bit of off-white head. Leaves some lace and looks very oily in the glass. I heard and read the descriptor "band-aid" used to when characterizing various funky beers, but up until this one I had never actually experienced in first hand. Smells exactly like a band-aid and this is quite musty and funky on the nose. Some aspects are appealing while other are a little off-putting. Getting some fruit in the form of raspberries that were perhaps sitting in someone basement wrapped in a ace bandage for a decade or two. The smell is unique enough and enticing enough to warrant a higher score than I might usually give for a bouquet as foul as this. Taste is certainly an improve as the band-aid has taken a backseat and the fruit, funk, tart, and sour qualities make a push to the forefront. Earthy raspberries are the focus and dare I say that the smell and the taste are worlds apart with the taste being highly superior. Very nice mouthfeel with spot-on carbonation. A nice lambic, but not necessarily earth-shattering in anyway.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for opening this bottle last weekend. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour yields a bright red body with a thin white head that nearly immediately fades to a thin collar around the edges. The nose brings forward some slight earth along with quite a bit of musty raspberry. In the background, there's a bit of light oak. Overall, the nose is kind of like a damp vineyard. There's a bit of bandaid lingering in the background of the nose, though this disappears in the flavor. Taste has a good amount of raspberry and damp earth. Light wood and a moderate amount of acidity. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a sour, dry finish. Not too much funk anywhere, more toward a light earthiness. Overall, a very nice beer with the mouthfeel as the highlight.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is ruby hued with an oily, thin head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very musty, funky, and fruity. Dank basement comes to mind. The flavor is quite tart, with plenty of raspberries and a hint of cherries. Also a bit of oddness and bandaids, though these characteristics don't completely overrun the beer. The finish brings a puckering sensation in the cheeks (the ones on your face). A quality lambic. Recommended.

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

A: Dark crimson fruity red with an off white pin head of foam

S: Tart red berries, brett, lactic sourness, horse blanket and more

T: Funk sour tart cherry/red berry, oak, and diluted spring hop

M: Spritzy, tart, and refreshing

O: A masterful stroke of the brewing arts. One of the best fruit lambics ever made

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a transparent bright reddish amber color with a creamy off white head.

S-this has some light earthy funk notes to it, hints of leathery brett, bright ripe raspberries that are dried out but fresh, reasonably sour and light acidity in the nose.

T-the funk is again earthy but very light, the brett is more pronounced and assertive adding leather in with the tart green raspberry, there seems to be some juicy cherry as the raspberries are dry and sweet with a hint of tartness and light acidity in the finish.

M-lighter body, very juicy creamy feel to it with a moderate carbonation and hint of driness.

D-this has a nice little balance to it. not the funk I would have expected from a drie fonteinen beer but the fruit flavor is very pronounced. actually more acidic than I thought it would be but not burning. the body is so juicy and creamy on the palate it is very inviting. the flavors are subtle and well integrated.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared my bottle with some other Ba's at a tasting...
Served in my Captain Lawrence tulip.

A clear pink. Hints of dark red, but very very transparent and translucent. Very small white head. Minimum hretentiin and virtually no lacing-- but thus to be expected from a fruited sour aged a few years.

Smells sweet and tart. Raspberries... Slight funk trying to poke through... The taste follows suit. Surprisingly sweet, but not cloying... The taste of raspberries is sweet and tart with a decent (but well-balanced) sourness.

The body is thin, but respectable. It holds more carbonation than it looks. It feels good in all aspects.

Very drinkable. Tasty and smooth with a nice solid bite of sour tartness. Not exactly everything I was hoping for, but quite good nonetheless.

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Photo of muttyd
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Reviewed from notes*

Shared a bottle with some BAs last night.

Pinkish-ruby pour with a thin head that fades into a thin ring. Big, in-your-face aroma: Raspberries, plastic/bandaid funk, vinegar, and vinous. Flavor follows the nose with a big tart raspberry juiciness and leathery/earthy funk. Very sour beer. Bubbly on the tongue with a dry, funky finish. The funk was almost off-putting at first, but I found myself being unable to put this one down.

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Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at our random randomness tasting. Thanks Chris.

A- Poured a slightly hazy ruby red with a small white head that faded into some nice spotty lacing.

S- Plastic bandaid is the first thing that pops out alongside clean hospital and raspberry seeds and fresh puree raspberry. Some slight redwine and vinegar. Thinking the synthetic cork had some effect on the plastic smell.

T- Taste followed the smell with lots of raspberry and seeds. Sour red wine and vinegar. This thing was puckering sour and thankfully the band aid plastic funkiness in the smell was not as apparent in the taste and did add an enjoyable amount of slight funk.

M- nicely carbonated and medium body. Very nice

D- Although this was very good I dont know I could finish a bottle myself, but I would certainly try.

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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 WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, bottled February 2007. Thanks to pittsburghkid for the hookup.

Pours a deep rust color with a very light haze and thin white head. Head retention is light around the edges. Super funky with lots of red wine vinegar on the nose. Quite sharp and acetic with big tart raspberry aromas coming through as it warms. Taste is dominated by tart and lightly sweet fresh raspberries and huge funky notes. Lighter oak and vanilla sweetness on the finish mixed in with raspberry and funk. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a lightly sweet and tart finish. Drinkability isn't extremely high on this one, but it's very complex and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Random Monday night, Masterski and nerd came by to say hey so I figured this would be a good time to open this bottle. Poured into various tulips.

A - Pours dark ruby red (this was the last of the bottle), off-white head, some spotty lacing along the side of the glass, and a medium ring around the glass and some bubbles here and there on top of the glass with some whisps.

S - Sour cherries, oak, funk. Just wonderful to sniff over and over. Not overly complex but it gets straight to the point of awesomeness. The funk, oak, and cherries are wonderful.

T - Raspberries, cherries, oak, funk, sour/tart notes. A little bit of each of these characteristics meld together to create one helluva blend. I get a lot of sour cherries, raspberries, and oak.

M - Light, crisp, fizzy carbonation, dry finish.

D - Welp, color me impressed. This went beyond my expectations and is right up there with any other lambic I've had in the past. Yet another winner from 3F. Awesome.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ditmier broke out this gem at a tasting a while back.... thanks a ton Eric... One of my long time wants!!

Pours sorta a lite brown with deep red highlites.. thin white cap show hints of pink.

Nose is immensely rich mash-up of raspberry jam and dank funk.... sour and very fruity... but pretty lactic.. wow.

Flavor is more funky and lemony than the nose... sweaty wool socks and tart lemon lactic notes combine with a lesser but still very pronounced berry essence.. musty... damp cellar.. dusty.. still the fruit and lemony punch is just wonderful... finishes long fruity and dry.

Very cool ... I would love this available without trading .. I could crack one of these anytime regardless the season. Thanks Eric.


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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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