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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
634
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
19.2%
 
 
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758
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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared thanks to kermis. 2014 vintage. Muddy ruby-brown with no head. Notes of raspberries, and lambic funk. Very tart, almost abrasive. Medium body, flat, tart aftertaste.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was extremely excited to try this but didn't live up to the hype for me. It was not bad by any stretch of the imagination but was hoping for me. Seemed a little on the flat side and wasn't getting a ton of fruit. But still a solid beer I'd certainly have again.

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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 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 Fireman_RK
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle
L: Deep shades of currant, garnet, Merlot and jam with an exceedingly thin white head; this was insanely thick and opaque - like a raspberry colored version of tomato juice
S: Requisite raspberries with cherries, earthy tones, mustiness, and a slight funk
T: Tart raspberries, cherries, and cranberries with a hint of jammy sweetness
F: Thick and moderately carbonated despite the relatively minimal head
O: Delicious raspberry jam and bursting with juicy flavors! The funk on this one wasn't overpowering, but delicately balanced and well integrated as most lambics are. Absolutely delicious.

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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 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 KaeF
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Smell of raspberry jam, fruity, tart funk. Taste is fresh, sour, fruit, raspberry all over. Very delicate and balanced beer, way better than the 2014 vintage. Maybe the 2014 needs a little bit more age?

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Photo of -Rick
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage,poured into a tulip wine glass

L: pours a murky maroon red with a nice pink head that stuck around for a bit
S: raspberry, cherry, slight funk, lime, earthy tones. super nose!
T: loaded with fresh raspberries. there is a constant tart flavor from start to finish here.
F: a nice amount of carbonation, this has the feel of a fresh squeezed fruit juice. Alcohol taste is all but non extant.
O: Amazing! a perfect blend of fruit and tart, this is the best framboise i have tasted

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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 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 jlindros
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014, split with rudzud.

No real head, very clear cranberry rosy color.

Nose big tart cherry like funk, big raspberry juicy, tart funk and little acidic, juicy, almost candy raspberry as well.

Taste starts very tart, fair acidity, big sour with bit of funk, into big juicy tart raspberry again, more generic berry in vegetal but some raspberry, little sticky candy raspberry syrup, mild berry seed. Sticky little flemmy finish, more tart raspberry and seed lingering, little acidity.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, tart flemmy acidity, very little carb.

Overall pretty nice, there are better but this is up there, curious how it ages as well.

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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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Photo of dhitchcox
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: pours a fairly cloudy dark red (red-purple). No transparency.
Smell: Sour fruit - in a pleasing way; not old/moldy. Strong raspberry.
Taste: Lots of raspberry and not too funky (obviously lambic though). Fairly sweet.
Feel: For a sour, surprisingly smooth across the tongue. Only a slight dry finish.
Overall: Definitely one of the best raspberry sours out there.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2014. Was able to try this at a very large Lambic share that my beer club posted last night. 22 Lambics in all were consumed and with the exception of some older Cantillon offerings this was definitely in the top five! Would love to try again but so hard to track down

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Photo of PerHops
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage from bottle to tulip

L-
Very thin head with very small infrequent bubbles. More visible carbonation than expected based off reviews and the sound of the cork (lack there of). Murkey dark red color.

S-
Initally very funky but than changes to a strong raspberry aroma

T-
very tart but very fresh raspberry flavor Finish is a touch acetic but great fruit flavor and a little funk, this one is going to evolve nicely.

F-
This is the well documented flaw here but it does have a little bit of carbonation.

O-
This beer would be close to a perfect 5 if the carbonation was higher but that knocks in down a fair amount IMO. I'm hoping my other bottles gain carbonation with time.

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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 Chibeerguy1
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage.

Beautiful ruby red hue with very little carbonation. Funk is absolutely classic drie, with jammy raspberry nose. A bit more acidic than I would normally care for, but the aroma of funk and taste of fresh raspberries balances it nicely. As many people have stated, this beer could use a bit more carbonation to bump up the experience, but i was in no way disappointed with this beer. I cant wait to see what a few years does to a bottle of this.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only knocking points off for appearance and feel as the 2014 bottle we opened was absolutely flat and made the mouthfeel a bit one dimensional. Otherwise, this is a world class lambic and I could just sit and smell the fresh raspberries for days. Taste follows the nose with big time jammy raspberry and a bit of funk.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. One of the first beers I heavily desired. Pours out of the bottle a bright, true pink. It was nearly flat. Almost no head save for an outer ring of individual bubbles. Aroma is of pungent, tart, underripe raspberries. Rustic funk and acidity with a bit of oak. The sip delivers a formidable sourness consisting of puckering, tart raspberries. There is a brief period of sweet jam then it dries back out again and leaves my tongue tasting like raspberry seeds and oak. The concentration and intensity of the raspberry sourness is like none other. One of the more extreme Lambics I have had; perhaps the most. I found it to be less complex as some other Lambics of high notoriety but this one tastes much more potently sour. Light bodied and the acidity and sourness never leaves the lips. I wish it wasn't nearly flat, though. Surely a treat I probably won't come across again.

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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 tylerstravis
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am not particularly a huge fruit guy in general, but holy shitballs this is incredible! I was simply floored by the flavor in this one. I couldn't imagine a better tasting raspberry beer. I wish this was easier to get hands on. Simply wow!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Review 3600.

From 09/19/15 notes. Bought a bottle of this at Zwanze Day at Fool's Gold in NYC. Bottle dated 2014/06/18, poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky dark reddish-pink color with one inch of dark pink head and almost no carbonation evident.
Lots of sour and tart raspberries, fruity malts, oak, funk, spice, vanilla, dark fruits, and tart jam. Medium body and low carbonation, some light acedic notes.

Overall very good; this one is actually worth the hype. I would put it on par with Hommage; both are great funky/sour raspberry beers with that funk you can only get from Belgian beers. Tons of funk and tart raspberries, hoping they continue to make this. Beers like Oude Gueuze Vintage, Hommage, and this really show what DF is capable of and why they are one of the best.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottling. Flat bottle, may have affected the flavor.

L: strawberry ruby with Apricot edges
S: very funky, fresh Raspberries
T: funkiness is off the chain, barnyard and hay dominate, fresh and underripe Raspberries. Sourness throughout the palate.
F: medium light.
O: very good, but too much funk for me. Again, the flatness may be affecting the flavor here.

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Photo of rudzud
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey on 2015 Zwanze split with Andy. 2014 blend.

A - Poured into a tulip a hazy reddish berry hue with no real head. Looks like fresh squeezed raspberries.

S - Aromas of bright berries, sour acidity, light raspberry funk. Faint green fruit and seeds. Really bright.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of almost cheese funk. Nice seedy berry, tart berry juice. Really bright acidity, nice berry sharpness. The acidity is to the point that it makes you need the next sip without being oppressive or enamel scraping.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly acidic with light carbonation. Not flemmy on the finish.

O - Overall this beer was pretty delicious. Great raspberry notes with solid acid notes. Very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

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