Drie Fonteinen Framboos | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 03-02-2003

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Photo of HopHead84
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks to rich for opening this long desired rarity. 2011 bottle date.

A: Very dark in color, a deep nebulous burgundy with a fast fading white head.

S: Fruit explosion, an amazing raspberry pie aroma with notes of seed and flesh and pie crust. Pleasant blend of vanilla and oak. Sweet and juicy fruit with leather, musty barnyard, and a touch of mushroom. Exceptional.

T: Moderately tart with big lactic notes. Nice acetic presence with monstrous raspberry character. Authentic flesh and seed notes. Leathery and earthy with light tannic notes and restrained barnyard character.

M: Medium body with upper low to lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and lightly tannic.

Overall: A very good Framboise with an exceptional aroma. I would have liked more carbonation but the low level of it was not detrimental.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The highly anticipated Framboos. We shared a few of these at the Sour & Bitter festival in Copenhagen last weekend. This was the main event, and it was nice to be able to have several glasses throught the evening.

From a 75cl bottle into a tumbler.
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, off-white head that quickly recedes to a swirling wisp and bubbly ring. Cloudy, hazy, carmine or dark red with no visible carbonation. Very opaque. A light wisp and ring remain until the end and leave some falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Very fresh still. Very fruity, with piles of fresh raspberries all over the place. A light touch of funky notes and some hints of cherries pull through, but this is all about the fresh red fruit. Semlls wonderful.

TASTE: A light touch of funk up front, but the avalance of fresh raspberries soon steals the show. Very fruity and bold with lots of tart red fruit and a touch of cherry through the middle, into a lightly sour-bitter finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste with lots of tart raspberries, some light funky notes and a tick of floral bitterness. The fruit flavor on this is decadent.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Surprisingly full and heavy on the palate, which I appreciate, goes down very smooth and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: This was the star of the show tonight and it certainly put on a stunning performance. With awesome raspberry flavor all over the room, a light tartness and a touch of bitterness as balance, this beer was a real decadent treat. It is still very fresh at this point, so the nose and taste are almost completely dominated by the fruit. Given some time, however, it will mellow out a bit and allow the lambic to mature and play a larger roll. As a comparison, Hommage, which is also a raspberry lambic and has been maturing since 2007, is mellower and somewhat more complex now that the fruit has faded and the lambic has developed. Regardless, the increadibly bold flavors that Framboos brings to the table right now are a real treat, and I'm very glad my mate twisted my rubber arm and convinced me to attend the festival. It will be fun to see this beer develop over time as well. Thanks for bringing this one back from the grave Armand. This was phenomenal.

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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 woosterbill
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'99 vintage. Review #1000. Words cannot express the gratitude due both to the ridiculously generous friend of mine who shared this and to Hopstoopid120 for letting me know that it was about to be opened. Thanks guys.

A: The label is a bit wrinkled but still in great shape, and the cork (which let out a highly satisfying pop upon opening) was remarkably pristine. This bottle has been cellared on its side since being purchased directly from the brewery way back when (for no more than $5!), and the proper care really shows. It pours a beautiful amber-rose colored body topped by a substantial cap of delicately frothy off-white foam that never entirely goes away. The only flaw is the presence of a sizable amount of sediment, but this quickly settles to the bottom of the glass and doesn't bother me too much.

S: Pure fruit lambic nirvana. Juicy raspberry aroma just leaps out of the wine glass, backed up by bracing acidity (mostly lactic, but there's definitely a bit of acetic action going on, which complements the fruit nicely), sour citrus fruitiness, and a terrific background of grassy, earthy funk. It's way cleaner than I expected for a 3F brew, as the earthiness is closer to flint than dirt and there's no real cheesiness to speak of. Instead, this is a positive celebration of well-integrated fruit and acidity. I can't believe how fresh and vibrant it smells, even after a dozen years.

T: It's sharply acidic up front, with mellow raspberry, lemon, and grassiness following close behind. There's a touch of oak on the finish that lends both structure (via some noticeable tannins) and balance (via a lovely hint of vanilla that helps cut the serious sourness). The finish is medium-long, and delicately fruity. Pure deliciousness.

M: Lively, surprisingly effervescent medium body; I definitely didn't expect such an old beer to retain so much zest, and it might even be a bit too frothy. Still wonderful, though.

O: Needless to say I never though I'd get a chance to try this beer, and I certainly didn't think it could live up to the hype. It did. It easily surpassed 05 St. Lamvinus as my favorite fruit lambic of all time, and absolutely put Dirty Horse to shame (how can I not compare these two uber-whales, both of which I absolutely lucked into trying within the last few months?). The raspberry has really stuck around admirably, and the overall balance, integration, and complexity of this beer is unreal. It's terrifyingly close to perfection, which only makes its scarcity all the more saddening. Armand is brewing again, though...


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Photo of MasterSki
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by hoppymeal - Derek, you never cease to amaze me with your abilities to dig up such amazing brews. Served in a Michigan Brewer's Guild tulip glass. The mythical 1999 vintage.

A - Pours with a half-finger of quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thick collar, but leaves behind no lace. Hazed orange-brown body with a hint of ruby to it. There's significantly more sediment than the 3F Hommage we had shortly afterward. Still, the carbonation seems to have held up quite well, even after 12 years in the bottle.

S - The first thing that I noticed is that there is still insane amounts of raspberry goodness - somehow the fruit has persisted, even as it has vanished from numerous younger fruit lambics. The raspberry is of the slightly over-ripe variety, and mingles with red wine vinegar and acetobacter, light signature Drie Fonteinen funk, and hints of oak and vanilla. As it warms there is a faint malted grain backdrop and perhaps *gasp* an oxidized note, so I wouldn't really recommend cellaring this much longer. Still - rumors of its decline have been greatly exaggerated.

T - The taste is actually superior, with significantly more sourness, acetobacter, and light lactic acid in the finish. No noticeable oxidation, and significant pucker from the tart, rich and, slightly funky raspberry flavors. Just superb stuff in any case.

M - Extremely dry, with a tannic finish. It literally rips the moisture from your mouth. Medium bodied, with medium-low carbonation. Tooth-coating residual sugars. My stomach started churning almost immediately from the acidity. Could use more bubbles, but for a 12-year old beer it's doing pretty good.

D - I initially wrote that this wasn't significantly better than Hommage - then I tried Hommage and realized I was totally wrong. It's perhaps too sour to drink in mass quantities, and the the rarity and price tag make it unlikely I'd ever be able to have more than 2oz. Still, it's clearly a superior lambic that has held up quite impressively, even after 12 years. As much as I nursed my glass, it emptied depressingly quickly.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mega Tasting III, 1999 vintage, 750ml bottle. Words cannot express the huge awesomeness that this day has brought. Derek, you are the f'n man. Poured into RBSG 2010 tulip.

A - Pours a muddled brownish color, white head, no lacing, and some spotty whisps on top here and there.

S - Raspberry puree sweetness, nice funk, lactic acidic notes, some oak. The raspberry is so pronounced it's unlike anything I've ever had. Not overly sour, just right, and very tart. The cheesey funk is there, but it doesn't overpower or overtake the raspberry at all.

T - Wow. Funky raspberry bomb! Nice sour/tart notes, moreso then the nose, which is excellent. Vinegar, acidic wine notes, and oak in there as well. The finish is funky with a tart bite on the end that leaves your lips puckered. Just amazing how the raspberry is still there after 12 years.

M - Light, very soft carbonation, dry finish.

D - Simply impressive. The raspberry is all over this one, which truthfully, I wasn't expecting after all these years. Destroys all other sour raspberry beers with ease and just excellent. Will I ever have it again? Probably not...how sad.

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Photo of grub
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010.

750ml corked and caged bottle.

pours slightly hazy red-brown, growing more hazy toward the end of the bottle. a thin ring of fine off-white bubbles forms, dropping slowly and leaving a few spots of lace.

aroma is awesome. tart raspberry. bit of spice. horse blanket funk. light leather. caramel and toffee. bit of lemon and malt vinegar, but the fruit is the star of this show. bit of other dark fruit - sour cherry, date, and fig. the berry comes out even more as it warms, showing even more depth. earthy. hint of raw oak. white bread and cracker.

taste is great. much like the aroma, but more acidity comes through. the depth isn't quite as full as in the aroma, but it's still pretty great. great berry character that gets even better as it warms.

mouthfeel is excellent. just under medium body with a nice dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. restrained but prominent sourness and acidity. great berry character. wow, this is one damn good beer! if only there were an endless supply available...

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Photo of tpd975
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed at LCBS 2010 with great ratebeerians and members of BA

Big thanks to henrik for letting me have the pleasure of prying this from his hands.

A: Pours a nice reddish pink with a thin white head. Lite on the retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Subtle yet wonderful aromas. Tart berry and oak. Hints of vinegar as well.

T: Tart raspberry and hints of mulberry. Mild oak with a nice lactic quality. Sour without being too much, a mild vinegar note. No oxidation at all.

M: Nice and crisp, perfect carbonation, with a nice tartness from the middle through the finish.

Those who say this one is past its prime are wrong.

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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 Rastacouere
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the drie fonteinen Framboos/Framboise enjoyed (thanks to JorisPPattyn and MartinT) with MartinT, kimchee, Oakes and Tiggmtl. As Joris points out, this is refermented in bottle. The vintage is 1986 and I swear this bottle is like 1 inch thick. The cork looks completely ravaged like in an horror movie. Apparent soil lie everywhere under the cage which is barely holding in place. There is no label on this bottle, the vintage is written with chalk, simply Despite its age, it opens up with a serious pop. A nice off-white to pink head forms over the top of the reddish, pinkish orange body. Such a head seems like a mirage from the past and scores an easy 5. The aroma is totally unique and exploding of raspberries. They hit the deep end of your nose and penetrate your brain and you know when it happens that the smell will haunt your memories for a while. It feels very dessert-like, wet, creamy. Some sweetness seems to come from the vanilla notes. It’s earthy, leafy with leathery peaks. Very complex lemon and citrus complement the lactic tartness and funky brettanomyces character. In mouth, it’s definitely the most lactic beer i’ve ever had. Extremely dry and fruity, dusty out-of-date yoghourt. Potent lemon juice with the wheaty acidity really coming out. With the slightest effort (and it’s really not that demanding actually), you grasp all the typical barnyardy and horsey characteristics. Aftertaste is long, tart, astringent, salivating, begging for more, but begging to let this moment be enjoyed for a while. Medium bodied, very dry and with medium to high carbonation which seems like a miracle. Once you’ll have tried it you’ll know, but it’s one of those beers that is such a labyrinth of flavors and at the same time keeps such a nice focus that it’s just adorable and deserves to be seeked out and tried to be believed. It's hard to paint in words all the nuances a brewer can attain when exploiting his full brewing art potential.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Available, and sampled from the Bottle in the Drie Fonteinen Café, Beersel.

Traditional Raspberry lambic is very rare, sure we’ve all heard of Framboos, but this is the real stuff. Originally, the whole purpose of producing fruit lambics was to utilize & not to waste excess from a years fruit crops. Obviously the whole fruit was added. Of course these days – syrups, flavorings & all sorts of things are added. Drie Fonteinen make no such short cuts, they add whole Raspberries from Ternat which are some of the very best available, and it shows.

Drie Fonteinen offers this style in two formats;
Draft in the Café at 5.0% ABV, and Bottled at 6.0% ABV.
The two have some differences.

From the Bottle. A 750ml green glass bottle has a simple looking cream colored label that has Framboos & other information written in dark green lettering. Quite a basic presentation, but this is traditional after all, & it would be beneath Drie Fonteinen to have a gimmicky label – anyways, it does not need one.

Once the cage & cork are removed this beer positively oozes a steamy looking white gunsmoke. There is a lot of energy trapped in this beer.

The head is massive as the Framboos is poured into glass, & even a restrained pour does nothing to stop the frothy monster racing up the glass sides. It takes a while to slowly settles, the head activity is huge & the bubbles burst with a random effervescent pattern. Looks very appetizing. The head is slightly darker than the draft version, a deeper pink.

A turbid salmon-pink colored beer that has much higher inherent carbonation than the draft version & positively dances in the mouth, huge mouthfeel & massive similarities to drinking champagne.

Aromas are intensely fruity & not surprisingly of Raspberries. Quite something, really fruity with some sweetness, but the acidity is much higher than the draft version.

Tastes are quite simply mind-blowing. The quintessential traditional raspberry fruit lambic & the epoch of Framboos. Extremely drinkable beer, I note that the bottled version has a higher strength than the draft version, due mainly to refermentation in the bottle. Acidic, smooth, sharp, some sweetness in the middle, but the astringent cheek pulling puckering finish is to die for.

The King of Framboos – probably the Best traditional Framboos in the World.

Café Visit: 24th Nov. 2002

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