Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Faro

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Closest to a faro since dark candi sugar was added, though the Lambic portion was untraditional using some amber and Munich malts.

Added by Pennywise on 09-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kappldav123
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm very happy I got some bottles of this beer. Bottle looks great. Small cork that almost flew of the bottle when I tried to remove the wire. Very zippy in the glass, huge head. Dark copper-brownish. Sweet aroma. Starts very strong but not alcoholic, quite spicy with intense earthy-woody notes, hidden caramel, a little bit vanilla. Finish more sour without being to much. The sour notes fit perfect to the eartly spiciness. Very, very drinkable. I love this beer and it will be hard not to open the other bottles I have within the next week...

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle bought at Drie Fonteinen Open Day.
Look: Pours a dark color for a lambic, nicely brown/amber color with good lacing.
Smell:The nose is moderately funky, some sweet candi sugar and caramel, barnyard, bread and wood.
Taste: Wow, what a nice surprise. Not overpoweringly acidic, with a great balanced sweetness. Fruity sugars are present, the alcohol is extremely well hidden and the aftertaste is long and sour again.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: What a nice surprise. A very successful beer experiment. I think this one has great aging potential! Happy to know I still have some for later....

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fewa
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought at Drie Fonteinen Open Day. Pours a nicely brown/amber color with good lacing.The nose is moderately funky, some sweet candi sugar and caramel, barnyard, bread and wood. Taste: what a nice surprise. Not overpoweringly acidic, with a great balanced sweetness. Fruity sugars are present, the alcohol is extremely well hidden and the aftertaste is long and sour again. A very successful beer experiment. I think this one has great aging potential! Happy to know I still have some for later. Great beer!!

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Photo of DCon
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared a e75cl bottle w/ STLwill & GeoffTheAleMan @ Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the corked&caged green bottle w/ 3 STRAFFE in orange writing, a glass filled w/ the beer, & wheat in the background on it into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has Botteldatum 25/01/2008 & Houdbaar tot 01/2012 on the side. Label also says ouvrir prudemment (open carefully)! Thanks for the hint.

Aroma- Has a strong acidic aroma from the start with a ton of fruit behind it! Has the normal horsey/barnyard notes and seems like there is honey in the background.

Appearance- Pours 4 fingers of head that last forever with tons of bubbles. The body is a dark orange color with tons of cloud. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- A surprisingly well-balanced sour ale! Apples, strong malt, and tart flavors start of this brew. Has good barnyard taste and tons of peach/apricot taste as well. Finishes very acidic but not too much for the palate.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Highly Carbonated, High tartness and then has a dry finish. Not sure I caught any attribute in the finish like what was involved in the taste.

Overall Impression- This is my second Faro and my favorite of this style so far! Many things I appreciated in this one was all the fruit that stuck out and the perfect amount of acidity involved. I will be looking to buy this one in stores or if I'm overseas will be stocking up on this! Get your hands on it if you can!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle enjoyed at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst, poured into house tumblers.

A: Cloudy orange body with some sediment; one finger of fine, creamy tan foam. Nice retention and lacing. Pretty good.

S: Heavily lactic, with tons of acidity dominating the aroma. Underneath the lactic acid is some classic earthy funk, with plenty of minerality. Smells like a combination Lambic/American Wild. Great.

T: Very sour, with puckering lactic acidity continuing from front to back, and leaving a tingling vacuum throughout my mouth - my cheeks just keep sucking in. Along with the intense sourness are notes of earthy, hay, must, mushroom, and lemon. Powerful and delicious.

M: Creamy, lively, silky, and ultimately crisp and puckering. Perfect.

O: I didn't know what to expect with this one (besides awesomeness, being from 3 Fonteinen), and I was really blown away. Completely unlike any other Lambic I've ever had, and fascinatingly delicious in its own unique way.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so happy to be able to try this one, i opened it up tonight as i really needed to relax hardcore. served in a snifter.

as it hit the glass i notice a caramel colored light brown liquid falling in. head of white foam formed quickly with lots of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. this was replaced by a thin line of white around the edges of the glass, and a small amount of side glass lace.

aroma is dominated by the funky yeast, ,Nice sour apple and pear aromas start to come through then and are mixing in with a candied apple and sugary smell that as it warms starts to take over the profile a bit, but was still leaving behind the nice funky notes way in the back. Lots of honey infused flavors here now, really sweet. With some residual funky yeast, flavors were there if you really looked for them, but again, buried under caramelized candy like sugar flavors. The feel was light, and a little slick, with surprisingly a lack of carbonation, which I did not think, would be an issue. It was very light and airy though,

overall an acquired styl for sure but vry well done!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is clear gold with a vigorous head. At the end of the bottle the beer gets a little cloudy due to the disturbed sedimentation. The vigorous head dissipates quickly, but leaves lots of lacing on the glass, which is unusual for a lambic.

The aroma is sour, and is very clean and fresh smelling. Apples, lemon, and spice, especially ginger and maybe a trace of cinnamon.

Tastes of both tart and ripe apples with a bit of yeasty funkiness. The malt lies in the background but provides great structure. Layered on that is a lemon juice and lemon rind sourness, balanced by candi sugar. Wintery spices are evident, including some ginger, a trace of cinnamon, and I'd say a hint of clove. Vanilla and oak wood are there as well. All of this goes together so smoothly. There is a slight taste of hops that extends into a long delicious finish.

Body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy--also unusual for a lambic.

This is a great beer, a recipe based on three malts (lager, ambre, and munich), aged hops, and candi sugar, and the beer is aged in oak barrels for 2 years. This lambic is so tasty and so smooth and so nicely spiced. I wish I had more of this, but I am down to 1 bottle which I will treasure for awhile.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of rarbring
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. The beer is clouded dark orange, almost brown. A small off-white head, no lacing, good curtains.

The smell is reminding me of crayfish with dill, some brown sugar, vinegar and yeast.

There is a malty sweetness as of brown hard bread, crayfish shells, some what fruity, ripe apples and dried pears.

Medium high carbonation, micro bubbles, a soft and complex body, a dry finish.

This beer has lots of smell, lots of taste, very interesting and rewarding.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at De Heeren van Liedekerke September 4th 2010. Pours a dark copper hue with a large white head. I know nothing about this beer, I'm surprised it is a Faro. The aroma is huge barrels and a sweet, well it seems like Bourbon and vanilla nose. A sweet flavor; lots of woody earthy flavors, pears and earthy wood, vanilla and something akin to bourbon, tartness fights to get through. Wonderful. A lovely beer that stood out. Edit: it is not listed as a Faro on BA.

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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this awesome extra! 750mL green glass cork and cage (tiny cork came rushing out). Bottled 25/01/2008.

Pours a cloudy true amber with a quick crackle and no lacing. Nose is super funky on first smell. Lemon rind or preserved lemon aromas, some hay, apricot and a marmalade note.

Palate is surprisingly sour. Some carbonation is buried deep in there (well done). Flavors are along the lines of the nose with leather and preserved lemons leading the show. Finish is long and reminds me of a Rhone White (Marsanne/Rousanne-esque). Good minerality here as well. Some honeysuckle on the finish.


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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 25th, 2008. Best before January 2012. Served in a tasting snifter at hoppymeal's place.

A - Pours with a quarter-finger of off white foam that settles to a thin ring and leaves a touch of film on the surface. No lace. The body is a hazed dark orange-brown.

S - Huge cheesy, horsey funk - it's that signature earthy Drie Fonteinen smell. This is fairly oak heavy, which is a surprise, and also has light acetic acid and a hint of the 8% ABV when it warms up. The malt character is also more pronounced than typical lambic.

T - The taste is also more malt-forward than you'd expect, but thankfully the candi sugar element is attenuated and this doesn't come off as high-gravity faro. Plenty of funk present, as well as some lactic sourness instead of the vinous variety.

M - Super dry, with some cottonmouth and tooth-coating residual feel. Lower carbonation, and a decidedly medium body.

D - I had a second pour of this one - it's excellent stuff. There's no alcohol taste either, which is a plus. Definitely going to have to order another bottle of this one.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to sleepydave !!

vintage 2008

pours a deep ruby and brown. light haze. although the cork blew on this, very little head at all. very light retention.

nice light lemon and sour strawberry. nice light lactic notes. lighter hints of vinegar and cherry. a bit of funk.

lots of cherry up front and through out. light lemon zest sourness with a nice strong oak flavor. lighter hints of apricot and wheat. the sourness to flavor is pretty spot on. everything really balances each other out. tons of complexity.

for an unblended lambic, this has a fairly moderate carbonation. lots of oak gives off a nice dry feeling. lots of lemon zest left behind in the aftertaste.

this may be the best Drie Fonteinen i have had yet, such amazing flavors. i feel quite privileged to be drinking this.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

January 2008 Bottling.

A: Orangish-red bpdy. Very thin off-white head. A nice thin skim remains on top as soapy lacing is left behind.

S: Alternating blasts of oak and tart berry-like aromas. Some lactic funk and lemon runs underneath. Some nice sweaty aromas as well.

T: Similar to the nose as a nice blend of wood, funk, sourness, tartness, sweat, and some berry. A bit unusual, but quite nice.

M: Silky smooth body. I think more carbonation would have been a nice addition. The sourness/tartness is a bit timid, but is still quite noticeable.

D: A very nice, refreshing lambic. Interesting and unique. Will have to track down more bottles soon.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

A - Pours a hazy orange/copper, no head, very thin ring around the glass with no lacing or retention.

S - Funky, very cheesy, some tart/sour, oak barrel, very in-your-face. The funk and cheese notes just stick out right away. Some lactic acidic notes round this one out.

T - Lip-puckering sour notes right from the start. The cheesy notes aren't quite as pronounced as compared to the nose but seems to follow up later on the finish. A nice oak barrel note in there too which seems to smooth this one out on the end.

M - Light, very little carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - I'm a fan of this one. I love the funk and oak notes and how well they work together with each other. I'm def on the lookout to try this one again.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

275th Review
75cl poured into a Loon glass
Vintage: 2008

Shared with kscaldef while he was in Dublin.

A: Murky, deep tan. Barely a quarter (off-white) head on medium pour.

S: Smells of sweet candy, funk, soft apple, dark fruit, touch of leather, and cherry. Enjoyable to sniff!

T: Taste is a balance of sweet caramel, dark fruit, and apple. Touch of oak and cherry mid-to-back while the funk of the lambic is subtle, but very enjoyable. Finishes with a smooth, soft tannin/leather feel as well as caramelized brown sugar. ABV is hidden and this beer is thoroughly enjoyable and very easy to drink!

M: Medium body with prickly carbonation.

O: This beer was enjoyed shortly after tasting the De Cam Oude Faro, so that was the benchmark and I think the Straffe Winter stands well above the De Cam. More depth, complexity, and character. I think this beer does a great job capturing the style of the faro while not being too overwhelmingly sweet. I look forward to aging it a bit more and seeing how it stands the test of time. Solid brew!

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Photo of danieelol
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bluebetty (?)

Colour was caramel with not a lot of head.

As well as funk in the nose there was a nice caramelised milky smell.

This one does have sugar in the taste but it's also _really_ sour and funky so it ends up really well balanced. The interplay between sweet and sour was described as "twangy".

This one really impressed me. The sugar additions actually totally work in this case.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml that I got at Drie in Beersel, poured into my 3 tulip...A dark orange cloudy beer, very unusual for a lambic. Light tope head, good retention with a thick but small cap and great thick lacing...The aroma is really nice and balanced, lots of oak with medium horse blanket, not as strong as expected...At first the taste is malty and bread, but then comes a huge burst of sour horse blanket. Horse blanket settles down as your drink, medium strength lends to drinkability. Additional notes of oak and candied sugar. I really like it...The feel is ok, not the typical pucker, attack of the senses.

Overall, a really good lambic, probably the best unblended I've had. Really malty which is a nice twist, worth getting for sure.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle split at Pikulintu in Helsinki. Bottled Jan 25, 2008 and Best Before Jan 2012. From notes.

A - Dark copper colour with a one finger eggshell head. Ring of bubbles is all that's left after a minute. Muddy.

S - Sweet smell is nice. Candi sugar obvious with a labicy sorta compliment. Sour cherry, sourness, funky characteristics. Cool.

T - Same as aroma with sweetness, candi sugar, sour cherry and other sour elements and a funk note. Very lovely actually. Alot more sour than the aroma which was really good but balanced by the sweetness wonderfully. Great.

M - Tingly carbonation and a medium body. Dry finish.

O/D - I would love to have a few more bottles of this any day. A great, tasty beer. Not too sweet like a few Faros I've had but really good and a higher alcohol to give it a bit more depth. Nice, nice, nice beer. On a warm day this would be super.

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