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Drie Fonteinen Hommage | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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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

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Avg:
4.42
pDev:
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Photo of rlee1390
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best rapsberry sour out there. Amazing balance, the raspberry flavor is so perfectly dialed it. The other sour flavors are not there was much as the raspberry is front and center but done near perfectly.

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Photo of jbriggs7
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened 2 batch 2 bottles together. Really jammy, however the aftertaste was slightly reminiscent of band-aids. Did not feel this one lived up to the hype.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From 02/28/15 notes. HUGE thanks to the combo of nimbleprop and jslot38 for busting this out at my bachelor party in Charleston...one of my two biggest wants by far. Batch 2.

Pours a deep rugby red/purple color with one finger of fluffy pink head and moderate to high carbonatioin evident. Looks great. Nose is super sour and fruity, lots of cherries and raspberries, dark fruits. Taste has more spice, and more tartness and funk than the nose had, which is very nice and adds some complexity to it. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a world class beer from one of the best sour breweries in the world; I'd put this right up there with their Oude Gueuze Vintages as their best beer (never had Framboos), and one of the best sours I've had in a long time. Loved it.

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Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer up front offers a medium berry flavor, leaning on a jammy quality. Leaning more towards raspberry than cherry.

Then a medium funk and a good tart quality comes up. Oak cleans up the beer. A touch of sesame comes up. Not the most exciting Drie F or fruited lambic, despite the hype.

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Photo of krl2112
3.02/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not sure if we got an infected bottle but we had a large sour tasting last night and this was by far the worst of the bunch. For lack of a better description, it smelled and tasted like band aids. We have 10 people all agree on the assessment and we ended up drain pouring the remaining.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

curious that people freak out for this and happily drop 50 bucks a bottle for it. its good, but its also weird and has some unpleasant features i thought, although it definitely improves a lot as it opens up and warms up over time. the color is murky pink, muted and old looking, still with a nice bit of off white head on top and plenty of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. the nose is amazing, a nice mix of wood and the two fruits, with a slight edge going to the cherry in my opinion. nice funk levels, lots of lacto, dry, enticing, unique. the flavor starts off fine, like any other fruited lambic really, but it goes weird about halfway through. at first i start tasting iodine and band-aids, but it does beyond that to a novocaine almost hospital medicinal plasticy thing that lasts forever on the palate. not sure if this is denaturing fruit or weird bottle conditioning yeasty notes or what, but its intense and its sharp and its not very appealing. this drops out a bit after it warms up and breathes, and i also am getting used to it as i drink this beer, but it never really goes away, and i think its a distraction from the intended flavors of this beer. mouthfeel aside from the numbing aspect is nice, with a dry feel and big boy carbonation. the fruit and funk are great, and acidity is only mid range for the style. i like it more and more as i drink it, but to call this one of the best lambics going is a huge stretch for me. i appreciate it but dont love it at all.

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Photo of kevanb
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 2, poured into a Drie Fonteinen stemmed 3 wine glass. Enjoyed on 12.6.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal. Thanks to Jeff for sharing!

The beer pours a dark ruby color, hues of garnet when hit by the light, hazy and murky with a thick, pinkish head that has great retention but leaves little lace. The aroma is really lovely, tart cherry, jammy raspberry almost a bit of sweeter strawberry, tart, sour, very fresh and juicy with just a bit of acidity and funkiness, well balanced and refreshing. The flavors resonate very well, lots of jammy berries, tart cherry, mild funk, lemon zest, a touch of maltiness comes across, but boy is this fruity and so cleanly expressed. The mouthfeel is nice, lively carbonation that is lightly prickly, zippy but coats very well but feels almost creamy at the finish, super smooth.

Verdict: A delightful lambic with an excellent representation of both cherries and raspberries. Despite being only 5%, the sour cherry really shines through and balances well with the raspberries and the touch of citrus zest really and mild funk emphasizes how delicate of a beer this is.

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Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -9.5%

2013/Batch 2

Brief notes from a bottle tasting: dense fruit, raspberry forward. Jammy, syrupy and slightly medicinal. Some band-aid phenols. The funk is there in full force but takes a back seat to the fruit. I think it might benefit from some age. Overall a very nice lambic but not a favorite.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%

Side by Side with Framboos vs. Batch 2 Hommage

A - Dark cherry red appearance with a white head that dissipates back into the glass

S - Smell is of raspberries, cherries and tart acidic funk.

T - Taste follows the nose except for the lingering sensation of lidocaine or something mouth numbing that is very off-putting. Not sure if it's bottle variation but this was like what you get at the dentist to numb the mouth

M - Medium bodied, not quite as acidic as I thought it was going to be.

O - Not sure if this bottle was off, but the numbing taste and sensation was really off-putting, I will have to re-review this one the next time I have it

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Photo of halo3one
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2007 > 2013... for now.

2007 B1
A - murky red, minimal head
S - so much fruit, really juicy
T - wow, juice, raspberry and cherry, tangy
M - good, mild carb
O - great beer, ISO more. If you have 2013, let it sit for awhile. Hopefully it ages similarly.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- a deep blood red with a light pink head. The head isn't as thick as i expected but still about half inch. The head dissipates into a outside lace.

S- sweet raspberry followed by a musky funk. Lots of wood, like oak and a subtle cherry scent.

T- lots of sweet raspberries followed by a deep sourness that sits in your cheeks. Wet wood seeps in behind the raspberries and finishes with a sweet fruit flavor of cherries and raspberries.

M- super super sour. Highly acidic and it takes the enamel off your teeth and makes you sweat.

O- probably the best beer i have had from 3f. Its sourness is matched perfectly by its sweet finish. Definitely worth the hype.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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 Tele
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours very clear, redish-pink with a small, white head.

Smells of funk, raspberry, cherry, oak, and lemon. The oak also brings along white wine aromas.

Intensely sour. Funk up first, but lots of fruit comes in to balance it out. It’s very impressive how well balanced the cherries and raspberries are; both are very much present without dominating. Lemon, oak, and pepper flavors also add some interesting characteristics.

The beer has a nice mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish. The carbonation is very nice and overall each sip leaves you wanting more.

This is definitely a top notch beer. The balance of the fruit and sour flavors is very impressive, but other than that, not too much beyond what you’d expect.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark raspberry red, with a fizzy head that billows and dissipates quickly. The head appears as a very smooth carbonation in a light ring around the edges of the glass.

The aroma begins with a very medicinal cherry/raspberry, blended with a lot of earthy/mineral notes, and a strong amount of oak. Funk is present throughout, though seems to play a little bit more in the background due to the strength of the other aromas.

Taste begins funky, and sour, as it moves toward tart and sweet with a big burst of juicy cherries and raspberries. Backed by earthy mineral flavours, the finish is balanced by very well-blended oak and funk.

Great feel. Not too light or heavy, with a very smooth carb.

Overall a great lambic, apart from the slight medicinal notes in the fruit (although this comes out more in the aroma than the taste).

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Photo of KYGunner
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a gorgeous raspberry red color enters the glass with an effervescent head of red tinted foam.

The nose is rather earthy, minerally and gravel like. I smell raspberry fruit roll ups and a malty underpinning.

The flavor is strongly tart, sour and a bit waxy. Sugary raspberry flavor mixed with sour cherry this has an earthy mineral flavor.

The feel is sprite, light, bubbly and carbonated but not too sharp.

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Photo of troygreer
2.22/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A friend bought a bottle (Batch 2) for us to split because of all the great things that we had read about it. Wow was i disappointed with this beer from start to finish.

The color was a nice hued red which invites a test fully expecting the raspberries and cherries. I struggled to find any raspberry in the flavor instead i was overwhelmed with a very artificial tasting cherry which left a bad aftertaste. It was syrup taste instead of a fresh bitter cherry flavor and i expected more of a natural flavor, especially for the price point.

I am a fan of Lambic's but nothing about this beer worked for me.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2013 bottle poured at the Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Pours a dark reddish amber color with a creamy white rim of head on top. Aroma is very funky barnyard, hay, dry dusty oak, and bandaids. Uh oh. Flavor follows with big time bandaid flavors--just like my first bad Fantome--some dry oakiness, and a bit of sour cherries in there. No evidence of raspberries whatsoever, unfortunately. Very dry body, medium plus carbonation, and light plus mouthfeel.

Well, this was awfully disappointing. I assume this was a bad bottle. They had 4 of them there, but I only got a pour from one. No way this is what this beer is supposed to taste like. I'll have to revisit this one again if I can ever find it.

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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 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 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 KevSal
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
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 cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to my buddy Big Mdawg for sharing this bottle. Insane Memorial Day weekend but this one was consumed with a very fresh mindset.

Drie Fonteinen Hommage 2013

A- 750ml poured to a few glasses thanks to BigM, mine in a wine glass. A massive, creamy head forms with very fine bubbles. Somehow this five finger head falls almost immediately to nothing but a tiny ring. Takes on a wine appearance and no lace.

S- Funky Brett dominates the aroma for me with horsey, barnyard, cherry pie, some band aid and fruit aromas. Raspberry and cherry fruit also come on strong with authentic, fresh fruit feel. Lactic acid, lemon, vinous grapes and oak.

T- Fruit and sourness kind of takes over here but the Brett and funk, which is still very powerful. Nectar of raspberry and cherry combine with the lactic tartness to almost come off like cranberry, just a bit. Horsey, band-aid, barnyard medicinal funk bomb. Slight acetic vinegar feel atop tannic oak barrel.

MF- Light end, crisp body that is pretty much dried out besides some residual fruit sugars. Carbonation at a high level to accentuate the sours and fruit flavors. Finishes fairly sour with funk all over the palate.

Tons of funk and tons of fruit. Sourness builds with each sip and reaches a nice Drie level with that authentic Lambic presence.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle, shared with good people on a good weekend.

Appearance - Dark red and murky. A big pink head fizzes to a very thin ring out of nowhere and stays that way.

Smell - Sour and juicy fruits up the yingyang. Cherries, raspberries, lemon, wet hay, oak, some good funk presence here.

Taste - Bring on the funk! Lots of musty cellar floor haypile funk mingle greatly with cherries and raspberries. Lactic sourness and light oak. Sourness is well-contained overall, nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Overall fine, but I think a bit more carbonation would give this some more oomph. Pretty easy-going for a lambic without sacrificing flavor.

Overall - Really good. Quality fresh+sour fruit and funk flavors, very very drinkable.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed out of a green 750 mL bottle with a cork & cage topper and a bottling date marked on the back label of Jun 26th, 2013. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Gentle pour so as not to disturb the sediment and yeast likely coating the bottom of the bottle still yields a fluffy pink head with ample pocking and foamy mountains and valleys. Beneath the foam lies a beautiful lava red body that is just slightly hazy, with ruby-like shading giving it a jewel-like effect. The head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving just sparse, spotty lacing.

Smell - There is a fantastically pungent oaky, wood characteristic emanating from this beer. I don't think I've ever smelled a woody smell that was quite so intoxicating and wonderful. Alongside the oak tannins are the acidic fruity notes of ripe raspberries and sour cherries punctuating the amazing barrel characteristics. There's an underlying tartness that I expect to blow me away when I take my first drink.

Taste - As expected, there is mouth-puckering sourness and acidity that rides on on the bed of the raspberries and cherries along with a nicely contrasting vinous quality from the barrels. Oak tannins and musty funk are present as well with the fruity sweet and sour characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a high level of mouth puckering and an arid dry finish that leaves your tastebuds longing for another sip.

Overall, this is quite possibly the second best fruit lambic I've ever enjoyed, behind only Cantillon's Fou' Foune. They are hard to compare to one another due to the different fruits utilized, but this one is outstanding, with aggressive notes of oak and funk alongside a fantastically ripe raspberry element. It's too bad this bottle costs so much and is only produced ever several years, because it is truly amazing.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1795th review on BA
Bottle to 3F stem glass
750 ml c/c

Thank you Jazz. I owe you!

App- I wish this was a color of a crayola crayon. It's a wonderful blend of reds, purples and pink. When you stare at the glass it creates a wonderful uprising of bubbles. The head starts at 2 fingers and dissipates at an alarming rate. No cling, no lace, just carbonation. You know what! I don't care.

Smell- So I will admit, I get so much on this one. It's a bigger amount of raspberries. However, I am sitting here saying this is a small amount of medicinal baby lotion with lavender and bubblegum. Okay, it's weird but it's sweet, and fruity and sweet and I love it. I can smell for days.

Taste- On the first sip, it's a different beer from most framboise or krieks I have had. The taste doesn't really follow the nose. A big amount of raspberries. A small of amount of cherry. I like the small amount of vinegar with a bit of oak behind it. A good bubbly flavor with a small amount of medicinal and bubblegum. Smaller flavor than the nose.

Mouth- A very nice medium body bordering on a thin body with a thin carbonation. Very prickly with a good amount of raspberries and cherry. Nice layering of the fruits and a small vinegar flavor.

Drink- Its very good. I like it. I'll just call it Wælsbro and say I spent too much for this, but tickers gonna tick. Cheers!

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Drie Fonteinen Hommage from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.
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