Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
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4.55 | pDev: 7.25%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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Photo of Vidblain
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.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Feb 24, 2020
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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.


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Oct 08, 2019
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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

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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...

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jun 24, 2019
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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.

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snaotheus from Washington, May 29, 2019
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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.

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jeonseh from Indiana, May 21, 2019
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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.

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larryi86 from Delaware, Mar 10, 2019
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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.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Dec 09, 2018
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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.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Dec 07, 2018
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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...

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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.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Oct 09, 2018
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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.

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yasky from Ontario (Canada), Jul 11, 2018
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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.

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jvillefan from New York, Mar 30, 2018
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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.

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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts, Jan 27, 2018
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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

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M-Fox24 from New Jersey, Sep 27, 2017
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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.

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Aug 29, 2017
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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.

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Beersnake1 from California, Aug 26, 2017
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4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to james for bringing this to March Madness. Twas the first and only time I've ever had it. I always dig the appearance on beers with so much fruit that they turn this mixture of purple, pink and red. Sweet. Head can't be retained so don't try to explain it. Aroma of sourness and what is that, raspberry & strawberry?

Taste, ok definitely raspberry. Typical 3F sourness on this one, it is big time, slight rubberiness to it. Carbonation was just fine I thought. Its a good beer. Is it worth tracking down and paying out the nose for? Prolly not, especially with the Cuvee Rene series all over the place for the most part. If you're strictly going after raspberry, I would stick with FFAC, Cantillon de Gambrinus, Friek etc. . . more bang for your buck.

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4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 belgian bottle drank out of my SP stem on 7/27/17

L-no carbonation hardly at all, pretty dense and syrupy which is shocking, ruby red
S/T - funky and acidic, berry strong but somewhat subtle too. Not overpowering and probably a little less than i would have liked.
F-kind of heavy and a little acidic
Overall - I hate saying that I think this beer is overrated because it was really great. I was super hyped for it after being blown away by hommage, so it was sort of a let down. Maybe I need to chase 2011. Still a great lambic

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rabbott2 from Illinois, Jul 28, 2017
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4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage, poured into a taster. Tons of raspberries, some oak, a nice bit of funk. Jammy mouthfeel that sets it apart from other raspberry lambics.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, crimson pour. Wonderful fruit nose. Very tart and vinegary on the palate with a fantastic fruit presence. Lightly carbonated and dry on the finish.

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rodmanfor3 from Vermont, Mar 26, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Its well known that this vintage is practically flat and that was a problem for me. This is still an excellent beer. It has a dry raspberry flavor, mostly skin and seed, red wine, hay, bandaid, lemon, funk, and vinegar with a light mouth feel and dry finish. The aroma and flavors are strong and well balanced, but this leans toward the dry, musty, complex flavors rather than blasting you with raspberries. That's a good thing by the way. The raspberries don't get lost at all. Glad I was able to try this, but for the price I don't see myself reaching for this again.

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danh53 from Florida, Feb 04, 2017
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4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had the 2014 Framboos the other night. Poured with light carbonation. Nice red color, the smell is fantastic, straight raspberry coming through on the nose. Very nice taste and smooth. Top pour was super bright red, bottom pour was more hazy. Great beer, nice to finally try it. Probably the best raspberry sour I've ever had.

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fireazzi from Massachusetts, Dec 31, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy red color Lambic with a medium foamy head with light retention and lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with some tart raspberry notes. Taste is a mix of funky barnyard notes with some tart raspberry notes, light vinegary notes are also perceptible with some acidity. Body si full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Really enjoyable but maybe not as much balance as I was expecting from this brewery.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Dec 31, 2016
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4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F "3" script tumbler glass. Acquired in a trade.

Not much of a pop on the uncork - pours a cloudy brownish maroon body with little head that speak of - little carbonation on the appearance. No lacing or retention.

On the nose is sour raspberry candy, lots and lots of raspberries with a definite lactic tartness, a light mustyness and acetic vinegar as well. Raspberries take center stage. Smells extremely inviting.

On the tongue is an initial burst of sour raspberry, followed by a decent oak presence, fruit skins, citrus, light acetic. Drying tartness sticks on the tongue for half a minute. Carbonation is lacking but that doesn't take much away from this beer. Medium body.

Much more sour than I was expecting (think raspberry warheads), but PACKED with flavor, which I really like.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Dec 27, 2016
Framboos from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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