Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Lambic - Faro
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4 | pDev: 10.25%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft served from handpump at Lambik-O-Droom during the Twisting the Fate II event.

Dark amber orange, sharp clarity, thin layer of foam, specks of residual lacing.
Aroma is fruity and citric, grapefruit and lemon. Not especially sweet.
Taste is tart with a light sweetness that quickly fades, segueing nicely into funky wet oak and lemon pith.
Medium bodied with lower carb, it has a pleasant spritzy feel like lemon tea.
This was extremely appealing in that it was simple and refreshing, and retained some distinctive 3F house lambic character at the same time. A conservative use of candi sugar works wonders for Faro... Lindemans, Boon, etc. should take note.

May 03, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was on handpump at the lambik-o-droom. Someone suggested I get the traditional as opposed to the classic so that is what this was. Dark and cloudy orange, tawny. Aroma and flavor were oddly malty, reminded me of the grains to chew on at Moeder Lambic. Different but not as enjoyable as a geuze or fruit lambic.

Jan 26, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had many Faros, but again this is a mead like sweet beer with a belgian wheat bite at the end. Brown sugar to the face, peach, golden raisin, orange zest and graham cracker all detected. Has slightly grainy texture. Has sour, sweet and bitter notes, but sweet is by far the strongest.

Sep 12, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 200ml pour as Faro Classic, into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass from the hand pump at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom.

Appearance: A cloudy dark orange colour with a one finger white head that had great retention that just stuck around forever and some nice lacing.

Aroma: Amazing aroma, candy sugar, apricot, touch of orange, musty wood, light caramelised apple and caramel.

Taste: Sweet, but not overly so like other faros I’ve tried. Hay, apricot, brown sugar, woody oak and tea.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: An amazing faro. The only one I haven’t found to be overly sweet so far, maybe because of the combination with some good flavours.

Jun 07, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a small bubbly head.

Smell is utmost funky, with a lot of blue cheese and dried mushrooms. Some lemon prevails, adding a pleasant crispness to the otherwise surprisingly musty and heavy nose.

Has a medium, soft carbonation, with a pleasant twist between sugars and the tartness, resulting in a well balanced, refreshing beer.

Sugars enhance the lemony sourness of the beer, at the same time they prevent a lot of the more subtle layers of flavor to unfold, which are muted due to the more prominent sugar. The carbonation keeps everything in great balance, adding a light mineralic quality to the taste. Finishes more sour than it began, with lots of ripe lemons lingering on the palate.

Definitely prefer the unsweetened version over this one, since it is synergizing on a whole different level, allowing a more intriguing depth to unfold.

May 07, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at 3 Fonteinen during my visit to Belgium last month.

The beer is copper to amber in color and mildly hazy with virtually no head. The aroma is sweet and sugary, with some malt, yeast, and lambic scents lingering in the background. Smells true to style. Sugary and sweet, I couldn't see having more than one in a session. Light and refreshing, with some fruity malt character. hints of tartness and yeast. It's true, I am not a huge fan of the style (I much prefer traditional lambic), but this is well done for what it is. Certainly worth a try if you have the opportunity.

Nov 19, 2012
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spdyfire83 from Ireland

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

254th Review
On draft - served in a small 3F glass

Enjoyed at the Drie Fonteinen Restaurant in Beersel (early June 2012).

A: Light golden hay. Half (white) fingernail head.

S: Smells of sweet candied brown sugar, orange/lemon zest, and must.

T: A fair amount of apple and citrus fruit with touch of funk. Candied brown sugar and caramel. Decent, but a bit too sweet for me.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: A decent beer (and fun to try), but again a bit too sweet for my liking.

Jul 28, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Drie Fonteinen Lambic Room during last week's Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a small Drie Fonteinen stange glass.

Poured a slightly-hazed medium orange color with a bit of a rust-colored tint. No head or lacing.

The smell was pretty funky with quite a bit of must. Some citrus there as well. Certainly seemed like a Drie Fonteinen product from the start with some nice must and earth to go along with a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium with just a hint of carbonation. Light bit of funk and faint acidity.

Very enjoyable. I liked this one quite a bit more than the Cantillon Faro we had later on, though of course each one varied from batch to batch throughout the trip.

Sep 15, 2011
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 3F in Beersel. What a treat.
A: incredible head, rocky, dense, cloudy rosey color
S: sweet, effervescent, but not too sweet, earthy
T: great tart-sweet lambic but nice balance of sourness
M: very good beer, great taste
O: very, very good beer

Aug 05, 2011
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callmemickey from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

March 2011, on cask at Drie Fonteinen

A: Moderate whiskey brown body with a burnt sugar colored small fizzy head that dissipated within a minute of the pour.

S: Burnt sugar, caramel, citrus, funk, and must. Quite nice, but a bit muted.

T: All of the notes from the nose, plus more. Burnt sugar and caramel up front. Grapefruit and lemon cut through in the middle. Nice earthy funk and tartness.

M: Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Slightly tart finish.

O: Probably the best faro out there.

Mar 19, 2011
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the crock, July 2010 at In´t Spinnekopke
This pours from the crock with a dark, caramel color and is topped by a frothy, browned head. The addition of sugar brings out a rich fruitiness that reminds me of sour fruit varieties; aromas of caramelized kiwis and even a suggestion of strawberries are to be found in the nose. The aroma is just so complex and appetizing.

The sugar is really well done in the flavor too; it is just so well balanced with the Lambic character. The caramel mixes quite well with the lactic tartness; this has a big tart / sweet balance to it, both notes are quite big, but they balance so well. A sharpness is in this beer; a bit of a bite to the finish, is it acetic acid, or perhaps an oak astringency, or maybe it is some phenolics are the interplay between each of them, I am not quite sure, but there is certainly something sharp here that works quite well. This is exceedingly quaffable; it has texture to it (as the sugar boosts the body a bit), but it is so nicely drinkable on this warm Brussels evening.

This is really the best example of a Faro that I have ever had. This is a perfect pre and during dinner drink, and I am incredibly impressed with how appetizing and very good this beer ended up being.

Oct 07, 2010
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Travlr from District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored with no head, just an occasional bubble and no lacing.
S: Good barnyard with some mustiness and grapefruit.
T: Dray and flavorful, yeast and dust. Nicely complex for a lambik.
M: Very light bodied, even for a lambik, it's a bit on the watery side.
D: Nice one. could have better body.

Dec 23, 2009
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from cask at Drei Fonteinen into a tumbler as all lambic seems to be served in Payotenland. Perfect end to a wonderful meal and session at Drei Fonteinen.

Appearance: Dark Amber, almost brown with a thick white head and good lacing.

Aroma: No funk. Generic fruitiness. Caramel.

Taste: Mild fruit flavors - strawberry and pear perhaps but rather nondescript kind of like a candy that is simply red, not cherry, not strawberry, just red. Hints of brown sugar, touches of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. Mild sweetness. Sadly, no sourness.

Drinkability: Great. This is just a nice, mild, and easily sessionable beer. There isn't much to this beer but I enjoyed it and would drink it again in large quantities.

Nov 18, 2009
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nickd717 from California

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, can't believe only 4 reviews of this, and I get to be 5th. Had this at In 't Spinnekopke in Brussels, on tap by the pitcher. I regret that I was already pretty drunk when I ordered this. It's notoriously difficult to get a beer list here. I got their house blond that they recommended and it was mediocre, so I figured I had to do something because I didn't come to Belgium to drink. So I stood up and got everyone's attention, and in my best Samuel L. Jackson impression, yelled, "Enough is enough! I have HAD IT with these motherf***ing beers in this motherf***ing restaurant!" A beer list was procured and I figured it was time to try my first beer in this style.

A - Very attractive cloudy dark brown color with a substantial foamy off-white head and good lacing. Really made me want to drink it.

S - Basically like a sweetened lambic or gueuze. Caramel malt, wild lemony funk, light fruits, and table sugar.

T - Once again, a lot like a good sweetened gueuze, except a little more on the caramel side. Caramel, sour apples, sour grapes, lemon, honey, and sugar.

M - Medium-bodied, lively, sharp, biting, and crisp. Fairly acidic.

D - Well I don't usually find styles similar to this one too drinkable, but with how good this was, I found myself wanting more. Great beer overall.

Sep 04, 2009
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant with lunch. What a wonderful find as the style is hard to find and on tap ever more so. Beer was served with a copper color and just the slightest amount of bubbles on the edge of the glass but there was no carbonation at all on this one which is due to the fact of how it is served. The aroma was sweet with some slight acidic notes as well. Taste was sweet but not overpowering. Refreshing and just a hint of tart but sweet was the overall tone of this beer and made for a great lunch beer.

Sep 20, 2008
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Available, and sampled, on draft in the Drie Fonteinen Café, Beersel.

A rare beer style that has strange characteristics for a lambic beer, even more so from a traditional producer like Drie Fonteinen.

The Faro is an amber-copper looking beer that arrives at the table completely flat and devoid of all life. It has no head whatsoever, bar one or two large bubbles that have yet to burst and that are left over from the pour from the Jug.

Aromas are sweet with some lactic hints and a burnt sugar smell.

This is a draft lambic beer, but it is the bad boy of the lambic family and it never behaves like it should. For there is no sourness here, just a sweet flat sugary offering that has a light lambic lactic finish. The Faro is made by blending draft lambic with brown sugar. The sugar can sometimes restart fermentation in the lambic, but I don’t think this happens in the case of Drie Fontenien. Interesting and hard to compare, unless you do so against other traditional Faros which due to their lack of availability is quite easy. Not as good as the offerings from Cantillon or Boon, but slightly better than the one from Lindemans.

I like to try a Faro, once in a while, and as I was in the Drie Fonteinen Café recently, I made an effort to try it. Not my cup of tea really, but nevertheless, not a bad example of the style. I noted that it was drunk mainly by older women when I was in the Café, I would say that this beer appeals to the palates rather well from this sector of Belgium society, if that does sound like a rash generalization.

Unless you are a real fan, or a Woman Pensioner, I feel that you may struggle to drink more than one of these.

Café Visit: 24th Nov. 2002

Mar 02, 2003
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