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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Recent bottling dates:
05/25/1999
05/31/2011
06/18/2014

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 03-02-2003

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103
Ratings:
606
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
18.97%
 
 
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Photo of Luk13
2.66/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 2011 version. Side-by-side with 2007 Hommage. Dark murky red, almost purple highlights and no head. Not necessarily inviting. Aroma is rotten raspberry, some rubber, very earthy. Taste is better with tart raspberry. The acidity is still quite tamed which makes it drinkable. Light and flat palate. I prefered Hommage as their was less of rotten raspberry and cherries added a nice twist. I really had a hard time drinking my pour, maybe it was a bad bottle but my tasting friends liked their glass so old raspberries might no be my style.

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Photo of Brabander
3.07/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I a not a lover of these style to begin with. I just wanted to try this one cause a lot of people are going nuts about this beer.

Yesterday we had the Zeebra extreme beerfestival in Holland where this was on of the beers on the list. I was in Kopenhagen when they were released but did not buy them cause this is not my style.

Poured in a Zeebra tatsting glass the beer looks ok. Smell is ok i guess for a beer like this but i was not very impressed by it.

The taste was extreme on the raspberry, too much for me. I let the beer go to my other tasting companion who loved this beer very much.

I am not born to like this beer, not any other sour or fruit beers...

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Photo of aleigator
3.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Framboos '14

Pours a rubin red, satured color, with no head to speak of - apparantly this flat as an island.

Explosive nose of an intriguing interplay between crisp strawberries and funky glue, together with blue cheese. Has an astringent vinegar acetic quality to it, which lends a fermented ripeness to the berries. Has a wet leaves characteristic to it, with moldy, funky wood bark and strawberry bush.

Drinks fairly flat, with just the tiniest amount of carbonation, which leads to an uncompromising, tongue sticking acetic tartness, without 3 Fonteinens typical stony mineral effervescence. The crispness of the fruits make up for it though by providing a nice raspberry richness.

Tastes of cucumber water, turnip cabbage, vinegar and very unripe raspberries. The berries then produce a stone pit accompanied, earthen sweetness, while the beers profound tartness becomes even more prominent. Has an aqueous softness in the finish, while its strawberry richness is almost gone, putting the flavor focus entirely on the teeth numbing, long lastic sourness.

Drinks more than an AWA than a fruit Lambic to me - incredibly sour, vinous, with not much else being able to cut though. The beer produces a powerful acetic sourness which is able to overcome the raspberry presence in this. Compared to Cantillons Rose, this is inferior in each and every way, less pronounced fruit characteristics and quite unbalanced.

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Photo of tendermorsel
3.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a friend/mainiac for letting me pour a bottle of this.

New batch.

I was really looking forward to this as the 1999 was/is a monster whale I have always wanted to try. Kinda disappointed with this one.

Great red color. Very spritzy with minimal head.

Not particularly well balanced. Very acidic. It kinda burned the back of my throat a bit. Some rasberry flavors but not a ton. Minimal funk almost all sour. So sour that it was kinda tough to drink a lot. Maybe this needs to develop in the bottle a bit?

This was good but far from great. I would take an LP Framb or a Rose d G over this one dispite the rarity. Glad I got to try this but not one I would trade my cellar for.

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Photo of DrunkAl
3.69/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle. Huge thanks to Gator for opening this amazing bottle. Very jammy, lots of sugary raspberry, slight sour. Medium to low carbonation touch of funk. Bit underwhelmed by this, although it is fresh and could probably use a bit of time to sour up a bit.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Chris!

Pours a cloudy reddish color with a light pink head. Smells of raspberry, leather, red wine vinegar, and oak. A touch salty too, which is a bit strange. Lemon and straw, a touch of earthy funk. The flavor is quite sour, though it leans toward the acetic side. Still, some nice lactic notes and lemon zest. Raspberry is there, as is a bit of oak, leather, and must. Not anywhere near as funky as most 3 Fonteinen beers. Enjoyable, but not amazing.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle. Purchased at Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca, NY.

This one pours a clear, deep almost blood red, with no head, and no lacing. The cork came out with absolutely no pop. I was hoping that an extra year aging in the bottle would carb this up, but it doesn't seem to be the case, unfortunately.

This smells like tart, tart raspberry, just stings the nostrils, with lemon, oak, and a little bit of vinegar.

I can tell that this is not quite what it's supposed to be. It's so flat that I'm not even sure it'll ever carb up to a satisfactory point, though. I wish I had the 2011 vintage. Beyond this issue, there's a great super sour raspberry flavor, almost Warheads level, with some mild, damp basement funk, tart lemon, and some slightly white wine vinegar. It's definitely good, but it could be so much more.

This is light bodied, with no carbonation, and a still, dead, and lifeless mouthfeel. It's really too bad.

I'm disappointed in the amount of money I spent on this versus how much I enjoyed it.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

first, HUGE thanks to Blake for busting this out.

pour was a light red, hit of pink. little head.

very raspberry forward on the nose, sour, lemon rind and oak. not overly complex by any means but it is what it is.

raspberry forward flavor, not much jam as others have mentioned. more of a rubber and or plastic blend. oak was very faint, too faint. with fonteinen, i usually expect a nice oak presence and it was missing. nice sourness, light acidic character.

light, mild to moderate carbonation. not overly puckering.

for the cost, value, etc... i found this lacking. hoping time takes this to another level like the '99. good but not really worth the whale hunt.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2014. Pour is lightly hazed dark ruby red with no head. Nose is light mineral, bright fleshy raspberry, very jammy, and moderate acidity. Flavor is super strong raspberry, very fleshy and ripe, not as much acidity, light mineral, hint of bitterness, a touch of sourness, full bodied, no carb.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tasting glass at Ale Arsenal. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2015.
3.5/4.5/3.75/4/3.75
Murky, peachy, red-brown.
Funky acetic nose. Deeper notes of bright berry fruit.
This is good, but...The funky vinegar is kind of overwhelming, and, at times, kind of gross.
Tart and puckery.
In the end, this is a pretty guezy-gueze enhanced by raspberries.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 1999 - the last true Drie Fonteinen Framboos. Sampled at a private party at GABF.

Poured an nice cloudy pink with a light pink head.

The aroma was of full brettanomyces barnyard funk, lactic acid, and reasonably bright strawberries.

The flavor was moderately tart for a DF beer. The strawberry flavor was reasonably pronounced. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice). As amazing and rare as this beer was, I must admit that I felt it was past its prime. It did taste slightly stale. I can only imagine how wonderful it was 5 years ago.

The carbonation was medium and the mouthfeel was light. I suspect the age had something to do with the carbonation being a little low for a lambic.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this one. 6/18/2014 vintage. Pours a garnet hue with a slight haze to the clarity. Head quickly disperses into a tight band around the edges. Nose is acetic and expresses a trace of solvent, tart raspberries and jam. Taste expresses tart raspberries and a light briney quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a virtually still carbonation and an acetic astringency. Overall, a very good fruited sour but not as mind-blowing as I anticipated. I don't see this beer improving much with age.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped this little surprise at a recent tasting. 2011 vintage. From notes. Into a Cantillon tulip.

Bright red beer with a light pink head with no retention. Spotty lace with little cling. Solid but not special.

Nose is unbelievable. Incredibly aromatic. Crushed raspberry, light cheesiness, hay, cobweb funk. Very pure. Representative of the nose of almost all Drie Fonteinen fruit lambic.

Sweet raspberry with a mild tartness. Great balance. Cheesiness in the back. More berries towards the middle. Aftertaste of hay, oak, yeast, and cobwebs. Very good.

Light to medium bodied. Low carbonation, yeasty in the mouth, mellow going down. Slightly lingering aftertaste. A perfect complement for the taste.

Given the hype surrounding this beer, I'm a little disappointed. Very good but this isn't as impressive as Hommage was and its close to on par with the Scharbeekse kriek in my opinion. A great offering from a great brewery but its not worth the trouble in this case.

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Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for sharing Aaron!
Dark crimson, light haze. Decanted from a pitcher.
Minimal lace and foam in the glass, some bubbles in the pitcher.

Raspberry aroma, seedy wild ones. Fruit forward.
Tart and tannic, puckering and bone dry in the finish. Plentiful raspberry, minimal wood or funk. Low carbonation, very juicy. Overall very delicious and full of raspberry juice. Very nice, though at the premium price it's a one and done.

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Photo of oline73
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try the new version at Sour and Bitter. Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red with an amber hue. There is hardly any head to speak of.

Smell: This beer smells absolutely wonderful. Like fresh berry jam. I'm getting the raspberries, but also some strawberry notes. A nice sweetness compliments the berries.

Taste: Not as sweet as the smell. Mildly tart raspberries with some strawberry like notes as well. There isn't a whole lot of sourness in this beer, yet. There is some tart fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer, but I think it will get even better with age. It smells absolutely wonderful.

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Photo of Prospero
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright red color and nice sour balance with the sweet raspberry but lack of carbonation absolutely kills the feel of the beer and acidity takes over. I was hoping with more time and stored on it's side it would carb up over time, doesn't seem to be the case. 2014 vintage.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 750ml bottle into a few glasses. MASSIVE thanks go to Stakem for sharing this with us. It’s definitely one of those beers that I never thought I’d get to try. Deep ruby with a thin head of light pink foam. Robust and soapy look that stays very strong. Smells of straight up strawberry jam or some other juicy berry flavors. Some shaper acidity and funky notes burn the edges of the nose a bit. Jam and funk, what a combo. Taste has like a tart rhubard thing going on with some backing sugars. Funky sourness on the edges with a dry oaky finish. Medium bodied with some initial sharpness and a softer bubbly feel that fills out the rest. Not hugely complex but balanced, crisp and very drinkable. Thanks again Adam!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared at a Pittsburgh share. Pours deep red/pink colored with no head. Huge jammy raspberry aroma leads into a big raspberry jam flavor, with the beautiful labmic funk of Drie in the backdrop. There is no carbonation here, and that's it's only flaw, really. Carbonation would have put this one much higher, but tough to ignore it being flat. Everything else here about this beer is nearly perfect and as expected.

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Photo of brystmar
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jim surprised us with this at our BADL tasting, thanks! 2011 bottling.

Dark red, nearly purple body with bubbly white head. Minimal beads cling to the sides of my glass.

Aroma is....wow! Very intense, super concentrated raspberry and funk. Seriously, this is incredible. Arguably the best aroma on any sour I've ever had.

Taste is a different story. Fresh raspberries blend with yeasty funk, finishing slightly bitter. Did I mention it's funky? More complex than LP Framboise, though I actually prefer the taste of that Cantillon right now as the raspberries are more forward in that flavor profile. Framboos also lacks the acidity I love about LP Framboise, but that should change over time. This bottle has serious cellaring potential; would love to check in on its progress in about 18 months.

A great sour nonetheless; very glad I got to tick this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky red with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some pretty complex raspberry and woody aromas. Taste is much the same but not as sour as I was expecting based on the aromas. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great aromas and flavors and a definite treat to be able to sample.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Sc0pey for going out of his way to share this with me, albeit in a non-traditional way. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep magenta to almost blood red. Hazy with some bubbles of carbonation.

S: Funky, raspberries, fruity tartness and lactic sour.

T: Follows the nose – quite tart and funky, juicy raspberries, some barnyard and a touch of woody dryness. Lactic sourness puckers the mouth. An impression of sour cherries in the hang, and is quite dry.

M: Medium to light body, decent carbonation sensation, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

O: Very very good, even with only a small sampling. I don't know whether I'll ever have an opportunity to try this another time - but I'll be very excited if I do.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage, bottle consumed Feb 2016 (so, with about 1.5 years on it). Tulip glass.

A: Pours garnet with a half finger of off white, somewhat average head with largish bubbles. Pretty good retention and no lacing. Its surface becomes completely still within a short while.

S: Raspberries and bright red cherry up front, which are beautifully integrated and balanced with the musty horse blanket and earthiness of the brett. Hint of oak and vanilla add some complexity.

T: Juicy, mouthful-of raspberry turns to a hit of acid and undertone of earthy brett and pepper. Moderate, leaning towards moderate-high sourness which accentuates the fruit. Medium length finish which leaves the impression of some residual sugar, or maybe ust fruitiness.

M: Medium body and carbonation, slightly prickly. No alcohol.

O: A really well balanced and enjoyable raspberry lambic. Surprised how much fruit comes through on a bottle of this age. Not quite god tier among sours, but still worth the effort of finding, and on par with something like LP Framboise.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark red, a few small bubbles here and there, but no real signs of carb. Strong gueuze-y raspberry funky nose. Tastes a mix of raspberry juice and gueuze, LOADED with raspberries and puckering sour. Very little carbonation, rather still, juicy feel. An overall refreshing and enjoyable, but not memorable.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014. Deep red bodied beer with small head that dwindles to nothing. Smells of jammy raspberry skins and seeds. Just a fruit bomb in the nose, this is very pleasant. Nice mild sourness that is a 3.5 out of 10 on the sour level. Tastes like massive raspberries both skin, flesh, and seeds. Almost moderate level of dusty and musty funk. This is very tasty raspberry sour! Medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Light dryness that lightens out the body. The carbonation is fine this is not as flat as everyone complains that is a flaw to this vintage. It could use a little bit more bubbles, but Framboos does not suffer from the lack of high effervescence.

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Photo of peensteen
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage, shared by MasterSki
Pours a nice deep ruby red colour, absolutely no head or lace. Smell is loaded with raspberry, barnyard and acidic notes, juicy and tart berries are front and centre here. Taste starts off with juicy raspberry before tart puckering fruit roll in, mix of lemon juice and raspberry, funky and oaky long dry fruity finish. Nearly no carbonation, medium body. Exceptional, a very expressive fruited lambic.

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