Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #7
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4.55 | pDev: 7.25%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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Sigmund from Norway

3.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared 750 ml corked & caged bottle at local tasting. Red colour, very little carbonation, no head. Intense aroma of ripe and over-ripe raspberries. Sour and intense flavour, ripe and over-ripe raspberries again, some tart and lemony notes too.

Mar 18, 2021
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benzalman from California

4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had the 14 (no carb) but still a wonderful beer to try. Still very delicate and fruity even if the stillness of the beer can be a bit distracting if you're looking for something more effervescent.

Jan 04, 2021
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Season 18/19. Blend no. 29. Poured at 54 degrees. Deep gold with excellent clarity; thick, rocky white bubbles; initially poor cap retention, but as the bottle warmed, much better retention and moderately heavy lacing. Earthy raspberry aroma, with light barnyard funk; some aged cheese; fresh baled hay. Taste is raspberry, sour fruit, tart green apples and some funky hay. Light carbonation; light body, but not watery; dry, light acidic feel; minor pucker. Overall very pleasant to drink but no “wow” factors; fairly mild sour raspberry nose/taste; funk factor is low; minor ding to aroma score for cheesy notes; very good, but expensive...I’d drink again if at a lower price point.

Dec 31, 2020
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blend no. 74 season 18/19 poured on dec 19, 2020 from cellar temp.

Pours a pale ruby red with orange tint
Nose is jammy raspberry, mild funk and barnyard, oak. Minimal lemon round out

Taste follows with a nice raspberry flavor, finishing with a nice funk and barnyard, green apple, lemon, and oak

Light on the pallet initially but lingers. good carb

Overall, great raspberry lambic that checks all the boxes without being too acidic

Dec 19, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


Bottle to wine glass. Share with DC.

Muted red orange color, clear, small white head, fades quickly soda-like to lacing. Reforms easily, but is still miniscule.

Aroma: raspberry, funky yeast and grains, very smooth mix.

Taste: tart raspberry. Lemon, sour patch kids. Tasty, but can only take so much of it at one time.

Feel: excellent carbonation, light body. A touch sticky.



Dec 09, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (bottled 12Sep2019 - #109, 18/19) into an apple wine glass

L: pours a light and clear ruby orange with a moderate very slightly pink-tinted white head that fades after a minute or two. Very minimal visible carbonation,

S: great raspberry-forward nose, on a slightly funky and tart lambic foundation. Raspberry flavor is fairly sweet, makes me think of raspberry sorbet. Lambic funk has a bit of that barnyard/cheese thing going on, second fiddle to the raspberry (as is the tart aroma for that matter). Cheese funk and acidity ramp up now that it’s hit room temperature, raspberry still there but secondary

T: flips here a bit, would say I get that lambic funk first followed quickly by the raspberry - or at least they’re neck and neck. More tart to open with a bit of cheesy funk at first, followed closely by that sweeter raspberry character from the nose. Medium finish that ends nicely tart and acidic, moderately drying. Once it’s hit room temperature the base beer shines through much more, leaving a yeasty note in the finish I wasn’t getting before. Great balanced oak character

F: medium carbonation, medium- body, medium+ acidity a bit elevated as it hits room temp

O: a delicious fruited lambic, captures the fruit well while staying true to the funky/wild parts of the brew. A pinch on the sweet side at first, as it warms up that mellows with the base lambic shining through more. Overall great, as I expected a delicious Belgian beer

Oct 07, 2020
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It’s exactly what I want my fruited lambic to taste like. Rich flavors that don’t overwhelm the base beer or hide the natural funkiness. Drinks clean and easy, not overly tart.

Sep 12, 2020
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a weird orange/pink/gold with medium carbonation. Vintage is 2018, picked up from the lambic-o-droom in late 2019 and smuggled back to the USA. Aroma is tart fruit. Taste is much the same with a nice acidity. Fantastic balance between fruit, acidity, complex sour beer. Just a fantastic beer to sip through. Complex and refreshing at the same time with fruit hanging out but not taking center stage.

Jul 19, 2020
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Season 17|18 Blend No. 16 - drank on February 17th, 2020. Not quite the fruit-forward framboise that I'd expected, Framboos has quite a lot more oak and sourness than the tart berry that I'm accustomed to. The nose is wonderful, and the barrel plays well with the tartness. Beautiful pour, though not quite so dark as the krieks and framboises I'm more experienced with. Quite good.

Feb 24, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Priciest beer I've bought to date -- ~$50 in Belgium. Sat on this for about a year awaiting the right occasion, and my friend's bachelor party seemed like a great time to bring it out. Simply put, this is a wonderful lambic that is overflowing with raspberry character. The clean funky-tartness of the base lambic complements the intense raspberry nicely and the drinkability is top-notch, as per usual with 3 Fonteinen. Reminded me a lot of Allagash's Coolship Red, which is a more reasonably priced and (relatively) easily available alternative.


Oct 08, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I drank 3 Fonteinen Framboos a raspberry Lambic imported from Belgium, ABV 5.30%, in my backyard. It was truly delicious as well as thirst quenching (hot here), and my wife and my daughter who tasted it as well agrees with me. Lambic connoisseurs will love it and so will everyone else. This might be the best Lambic I've ever had.

Look: red and pink murky with an 2-3 inch thick light pink head

Aroma: tart raspberry

Taste: The taste is raspberry, sweet and tart raspberry, maybe some lemon, but it is not too tart, just perfectly right, and a tad of yeast and oak and grass just to make it perfect. It leaves a long lasting flavor of tart raspberry which is very delightful.

Body/Overall: Medium silky body

Jun 24, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage; drank 6/22/19 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Very raspberry forward, especially in the nose but also on the tongue; honeyed wheat & a pleasant tartness as well. I prefer just the straight up geueze, but as far as fruited varieties go, this is way up there. Hopefully I'll get to try another someday...

Jun 24, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On the train from Bruges to Brussels. 750 poured in a 3 Fonteinen glass. Bottled 17/01/18.

Pours amber, big head. Smell is raspberry and tart.

Taste is raspberry, tart, maybe lemon.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light. Overall, very tasty.

May 29, 2019
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jeonseh from Indiana

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light pink (think the color of a rose wine) with a light pink head. The smell is tart raspberries with a slight barnyard funk. Overall, the nose matches the taste as this is sharp and tart with a slight amount of raspberry sweetness to balance it all out. Additionally, there is a slight barnyard funk that you'd expect in a lambic. The mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. Overall, a great example of the style.

May 21, 2019
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huge thank to BeerThursdays for this
750 ml bottle, dated 6/18/2014, poured into a flute

A- A murky/hazy burnt red with a very small pink head.

S- Wow, you can smell the raspberries the second the cork is pulled, sour raspberries, some sweet raspberries, mild funk and oak. Smells like a wonderful pie made with great fresh raspberries.

T- Sour, lemons, tart raspberries, very mild raspberry sweetness, some funk and oak.

M- Smooth, dry, medium body.

O- Still has a lot of great tart raspberry flavor even after 4.5 years. Truly a treat that I’m very happy that I got to try.

Mar 10, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Foggy burnt red with a soft burnt white collar.

Smell is a perfectly excellent expression of seedy raspberry with hints of sticky sweetness and light funkiness.

Taste is a little funkier with a lightly sharp raspberry sourness accented by hints of Sweet Tarts and Spree. It's a bit less impressive on the palate than I expected, with a crisp froth and a paper dry finish.

Dec 09, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy reddish, rust color with a bit of pinkish foam. Aroma has fresh raspberry with pits, raspberry preserve juice and some lambic funk. Taste is sour, dry, fruity, astringent with berry pit bitterness on the finish. Medium minus body with medium carbonation. Really fruit forward, tart, easy drinking.

Dec 07, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

different label than the one pictured here, the double label, looks nice, lighter pink than expected and lighter in color than hommage, 2018 vintage. short head, nice clarity, and a ton of fruit in the nose. i think the cherry in the hommage adds more than it immediately gets credit for, as this seems in some ways one dimensional, not a critique necessarily, as its really pure and ripe and beautiful raspberry, but there is less complexity there. the fermentation profile is awesome, a little younger lambic base, but its perfect with the fruit, its cool to still be able to taste and appreciate the grain in this, lots of oak, rose wine and flowers, lemons and minerals, i think it tastes slightly less dramatic than it smells. a little sulfur and then the fruit, red wine, and lots of oak, mature but cleaner than some of their others i have had, maybe because its so new, but its tidy and fast to finish, even with all the raspberries. their base lambic always stands out to me as one of the best, and the fruit really works well here. id like to try this a little more bottle aged, but i sure did enjoy this one. nice with chocolate and cakey dessert...

Oct 19, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2017/18 bottle.

Pours a deep, lush red with very little foam.

Smell is robustly tart with big washings of ripe raspberries, blackberries and some lemon.

Taste. Well, the taste is just wow. This hits the tongue with a brash and potent sourness and acidity, really opening the nostrils and gets the salivating going. You can really feel the acidity in the jaw and your tastebuds just beg for an encore. Sip number two presents the FRAMBOOS with a huge pop of raspberries and blackberries. Hints of vinegar, but stays just on the right side of the line. By now, I'm practically drooling and having to restrain myself from just chugging the remainder of this 45 dollar bottle. Every sip just opens up the complexity and notes of funk, hay, lemon and grass come through, but the stars of the show are the raspberries. Juicy and summery and just the right ripeness. This is a stunning, stunning beer.

Mouthfeel is thin and sparkly, almost champagney.

Overall, this is the best raspberry beer I've ever had, even surpassing Rose de Gambrinus, which ranks in my all time top five. This is as good as sours get.

Oct 09, 2018
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle, pours near still, no head, some tiny bubbling. Aroma is raspberry, funk. Taste:. Heavy on the raspberry, funky, lactic sourness, yogurt. Lighter body, faintest hint of carbonation. And I still loved it.

Jul 11, 2018
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jvillefan from New York

4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from 3 Fonteinen tasting room. Amazing amazing beer. Mild sweetness from the raspberries with and intense acidic quality to the beer. The barnyard wet leather comes through at the end. Well worth seeking out.

Mar 30, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a bulb. Beautiful color...deep ruby red. Smells of funky raspberry jam. Taste isn’t as expected as I was expecting more fruit. There’s fruit there just not as jammy as I had hoped. Still outstanding though. Feel is nice. What you’d expect for this style. Overall, excellent beer. So happy I got to try. Thanks Ray for sharing.

Jan 27, 2018
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour’s a merlot, ruby rose color with some transparency. The head is minimal with absent retention, and lacing

S: Raspberry jolly rancher with sour patch kid elements: An abundance of raspberries with some cherries and assorted berries popping out. Juicy, sugary sweetness with subtle acidity/funk

T: Bright, crisp, rich berries and fruit with lactic funk, and a tad bit musty. Notes touch upon citrus, lemon, a little bit of vinegar, some vinous like components, and an oaky inclusion

M: Medium to light body with scarce carbonation. Soft yet fairly flat with a morsel of dryness that’s integrated and balanced adeptly

O: Nice take on a fruited Lambic, that doesn’t come across as one-dimensional. A fragrant and aromatic nose with palatable complexities

Sep 27, 2017
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle dated 06/2014. This wasn't totally flat, there was a tiny bot of fizz. Dark pink color. Aroma was great, lots of raspberry and lambic. The flavor was alright, it was slightly sour, raspberries but honestly I was expecting to be blown away and I wasn't. This was a good framboise but I preferred Hommage.

Aug 29, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at pretty close to fridge temp. Look is ruby red with slight transparency. Nose is deep and complex. Raspberries, sweet candy. Taste is WOW. So fruit forward. Almost like straight squeezed juice. No alcohol presence. Dry and sticky, with tart raspberries. Good level of sourness. Overall, this was amazing.

Aug 26, 2017
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