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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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 WTKeene
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ratings above are for the far superior 2011 vintage. Had beautiful funk, light fruit, just lovely.

The 2014 on the other hand wasn't nearly as good. 3.6-3.75 at best for me. Approaching flat, it had a strong vinegar character that drew unflattering comparisons to upland. 2011 is the way to go.

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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 popery
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014. The beer is red with a little bit of maroon in it. Off white head. The aroma is full of raspberry flavor. Little bit of vanilla. Just tons of jammy raspberries. Medium sour, at least compared to the LP Framboise that we tried never to it. Big jammy flavor. So much wonderful fruit. Deep funk. Very complex. Super tasty. Medium light feel.

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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 mothman
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color is a jammy murky purple.

Tons of sour and acidity. Mouth puckering sourness. Very tart. Lots of raspberries. Jammy.Tannins and horse blanket. Little bit of funk.

Light bodied. Huge sour/tartness.

Very good sour. Not as easy drinking as some of the others, but more flavorful.

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Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is where I wish BA had vintages.

2011 is a perfect beer. Raspberry jam with so much perfect complexity between the fruit and funk. So very dry, effervescent and creamy. It's the second best sour beer I've had, right behind VSB. The rating here reflects that.

2014 is a bit less so, at least right now. Incredibly jammy, but it lacks the complexity of the '11. It also lacks the carbonation. I've had it twice now and the second bottle actually did have the slightest bit of carb, but it needs what the '11 had. Overall I'd give '14 somewhere between a 4.5 and 4.75 depending on the bottle.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bit strong on the nose, but the flavor is incredible. Easily one of the best lambics I have ever had. Was fortunate enough to attend a bottle share, and this was one of the top 3 of the night. Would love to try again, but given what the guy who brought it had to go through, that's not so likely.

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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.
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 Chico1985
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on these notes for over a week now, silly review-submission-procrastination. Shared with cbutova, the 2014 vintage.

A - Barely a sound when uncorked. Pours to two 3F glasses deep maroon with some quickly fading bubbles for a head. Looks like flat murky juice. Very nice color though.

S - Very intense and dense raspberry sourness. Raspberries get absurdly deep with warmth with being thrust into raspberry bushes coming to mind, while still remaining bracingly sour.

T - Lots of acidic sour, basement funk, potent raspberry, lemon. Sourness is massive but raspberries still manage to pull through very well. Some oak and tannins.

M - A bit thin with low carbonation and a bit of a spritzy feel. Very sour, puckering and dry. Pretty enamel-ripping.

O - Ridiculously sour but quite drinkable, pretty amazing raspberry flavor pretty much makes the low-carb a non-issue, good creepy dusty cobweb funk as well. My favorite 3F so far, a good step above Hommage which is saying alot. Will be great to see how this ages.

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Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to the BrownDawg. 2014 bottling.

A- Opens up with a uninspiring cork removal, no pop. Beautiful pink and red body. Pours like wine or juice with a basal amount of foam but no head. No ring and no lace.

S- Cheeks hurt already before taking a sip. Insane amounts of aroma hinting towards very sour territory. The raspberries are the true focal point, absurd fresh berry aroma. Besides that are tones of lemon, lactic acid, musty funk, oak, cheese and slight vinegar.

T- For me gains some more complexities and some semblance of balance but it sure is a sour monster, sore cheeks 3oz in. Foreground of fresh raspberry seeds and all, lactic acid and white vinous grape with a backing of wet oak, acetic acid, Brett sour cherry, musty wine and moderate funk.

MF- Dry and light end body with a sour slickness. Basically flat as it gets but somehow it doesn't bother me much at all here. Finish without taste buds left.

This has been up there on my list of beers to try and it did not disappoint. The borderline flatness was not ideal but honestly the insane amount of raspberry and sourness carry the experience along just fine.

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

2014 bottle.

Appearance: Bright red with no head

Smell: Raspberries, funk, grass

Taste: Sharp and aggressive use of fruit similar to their kriek but without any medicinal undertones, raspberries are bright but not too dominant as you still get the barnyard funk, little to no lingering tastes

Mouthfeel: Pretty much no carb, which I had absolutely no issue with. Felt great. Very tart.

Overall: Phenomenal framboise. The end of the bottle was particularly delicious. Not as much fruit but SO much funk. Definitely the highlight. Feel like this beer is just going to get better and better with age.

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Photo of macher0
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at the Holy Grale in Louisville, Kentucky.

A: Poured a murky dark ruby with purplish hues in the middle. Very little to no head with very little to no effervescence.

S: Tart off the bat. Strong raspberries notes. A nice blend of tart berry notes in the middle: straw, black, and more rasp. Moderate oak barrel and sour bugs and yeast.

T: The taste really follows the nose nicely with very similar notes. This is a very tart ale. Fairly straightforward, nice oak followed by delicious raspberry. Not at all sweet.

M: Fairly thin, low carb, light body. Not syrupy.

O: Very very good. I must compare it to Lou Pepe Frambios and it is neck and neck, but I may give the win to Lou. I will admit this was very expensive and I split it with a fellow BAer to negate the financial hardship. Was it worth the price tag, no. Was it a chance to try a rare sour, yes. Would I do it again, probably.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The epitome of maturity, class and elegance is all sewn up in this intensely sour ale that's in full celebration of the raspberry fruit. But we've come to expect nothing less from the Drie Fonteinen brewery.

Deep and ominously of mauve and rose, the densely laced austere seems cram-packed with fruit. with its delicate swirl of foam collapsing into the ale, its acidity arises to captivate the nose with intense raspberry puree and the mustiness of well-aged burgundy wine, oak, tangy acidity and the tightly woven aromas of earth and must.

As its pungent perfume of saddle leather and horse hair escape, the light malty syrups of raspberry give the beer a slightly fuller body than most sour ale. However, the middle palate turns decidedly sour with hints of balsamic, tart cider, lemon, crabapple and sour berries. A moderate briny balance accompanies a tannin-rich taste of weathered oak and peppercorn with nuances of vanilla and almond.

The beer's bright and sour finish is fully decorated with the tart berries, but have a mild candied finish with an afterglow of sea air and sandalwood. Medium-light for sour ale, the beer still closes with a quick, refreshing and palate cleansing final impression.

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Photo of KevSal
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 batch

Wow this is a huge huge want. When I originally got into beer batch 1 was the biggest whale out there. Batch 2 came out and it gave me some hope. Finally a new batch that made it to the US.

Poured into 2 tulips, and split with my wife on our anniversary. We had hommage on our wedding night and both beers are extremely similar, infact I would put that guy a squeak ahead of this one.

Huge fruit in the nose, fantastic mix of sweet and sour and it looks amazing in the glass. Mouthfeel is spot on, overall this is a stellar beer. Again my only ding is the price point. Aside from that, highly recommended!

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Photo of Tbub18
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at OMH event...
Gorgeous looking beer--nice deep pink/purple
Really nice smell, light funk and berries
Very tart, not as much fruit as expected for a fresh bottle
Absolutely no carb
A really nice beer, but not worth the whale status IMHO. Would have liked more fruit to come through and even just a tiny bit of carb

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Photo of Stevedore
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage. Served at DLD15. Served in a snifter.

Darker pink-hued, mostly reddish body, thin pink head that drops quickly; no lacing. Smells full of tart raspberries, a fair bit of must and oak, leathery funk that I would expect from Drie Fonteinen beers, but the raspberry jam quotient is in overdrive. Flavourwise, this is a nice blend of tart raspberry jam and funk, lemon citrus, wheat base that informs the usual traditional lambic; moderately sour, not incredibly mouthpuckering but I can see this becoming more sour with time. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice shake-like consistency, jammy. Sufficiently carbonated, though certainly not optimal. Hell of a framboise with a strong raspberry jam quotient; it's nice that they've chosen to release a new batch of this beer.

Re-review: 2011 vintage, stored on its side for several years, served out of a lambic cradle into 3F stemmed glassware on 6/17/2016. Pours a dark, slightly murky, reddish body, one finger white head with plenty of effervescence, good retention, not so much lacing. Smells of rich raspberries; authentic and jammy, a bit of leather and funk, moderate acetic acidity. No other framboise I've had even comes close to matching the jamminess of the raspberries here, perhaps other than SP Framboise du Fermier, I suppose. Flavour brings more acetic acidity, leather, a bit more lemon, a massive amount of raspberries, but the lambic base shines more here. It's quite impressive how well this comes together. Moderate funk, a bit of sweet yet dry grain. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, almost creamy like a milkshake. Massive raspberry and acetic vinegar on the finish. This beer is not subtle by any means, and it's beautiful. Overall, this 2011 vintage makes you realize how far off the 2014 vintage is from what made this one great. I would highly recommend going for the 2011 vintage; it may be a bit more costly in terms of what you have to give up for it, but it's well worth it.

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Photo of Fux
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review is from presumably the 1990 vintage (it came unlabeled) shared two sides on a sunny Friday of April 2015. 750ml
A: Dark orange pour with an impressive foamy white head. Nothing in the look let guess what this beer is. The color from the raspberries has completely fallen off and the massive velvety head would suggest something extremely fresh.
S: No doubt possible from the nose, there are raspberries inside! The smell is so strong, of fresh, sweet raspberries. There is some tartness in the aroma also but hidden behind tons of pure raspberry. Very impressive for a 25 years old lambic!
T: The taste is also focused on raspberries, but with a strong sourness also, mainly acidic acid, but still very enjoyable. Some mustiness, some wood, and a strong raspberry finish. The aftertaste is long, I had it the whole day in the mouth. Really enjoyable if you love sourness.
M: Sharp on the palate but the carbonation is awesome. The sourness may refrain from drinking it bottoms up but it is actually easily drinkable.
O: A really nice experience. This beer felt like traveling backwards in time. For sure it really add to the tasting experience but this was overall a very good beer. It is very different from the batch from 2011 I have had the occasion to try several times before (and which is more focused on raspberry jam or raspberry purée, but also pretty straightforward on the fruit).

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 framboos

A: Pours a murky muddy brown with slight reddish hues. Small head that recedes to a thin film encircled by larger bubbles that cling to the rim for the duration.

S: Straight raspberry jam, plums, currants, overripe banana, fresh flowers, grass, and funk.

T: Raspberry sweetness up front, quickly turns tart tangerine and grapefruit, dry, long Pinot noir-esque finish

F: Fairly low carb, becomes almost carbless as it warms. Lingers around the cheeks.

O: Really delightful.

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Photo of ADTaber
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating #1500, the elusive Framboos, Vintage 2011, poured into a 3F wine glass, reviewed from tasting notes

A: pours a deep red with orange at the edges with a fleeting whitish head that has poor retention and leaves only a trace of lacing 4.25/5

S: huge sweet rasberry jam dominates the nose, there's also some lemon zest and a hint of stale grain 4.75/5

T: leads off with tart rasberry, not near as sweet or jammy as in the nose, that transitions into tart, acidic lemon that tiptoes on the line of overpowering without crossing it, a hint of grain, tartness lingers, almost puckering 4.25/5

M: medium body, good level of carbonation, very dry finish 4.5/5

O: The nose and taste were almost polar opposites, but this beer managed to provide everything I enjoy in a fruit lambic, really wish Armand would bring this one back 4.5/5

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%

Side by Side with Hommage b2

A - Dark muddled red brown. Thick and dark fruit colored with a small foam reddish tint head the recedes back into the glass

S - Jammy butteriness that fits just right with the berries. Funky tart fruits

T - Taste is amazing here definitely one of the highlights of the night, funky cheesy fresh raspberries and with the perfect balance between fruit and acidity

M - Spot on here. Medium bodied thick creamy juicy tart everything you could want

O - This was wayyyyyyy better than the Hommage we popped to do a side by side. Tough to land but at a large share like this, definitely worth it

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Photo of Rutager
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Well, I've been lucky enough to try the last batch of this a couple times thanks to local whaelzbros, both times not the first drink of the evening, but both times it seemed like pretty much the perfect beer ...for me anyways. Jeff hooked me up with this most recent batch and I just can't help myself. Have to try it (relatively) fresh no matter that I can't get enough of the old 3F funk. Into the tumbler with a big "3" on it. Thanks so much, Jeff!!!

Sticking with the original score for the last batch (2011). Following is for the 18/06/2014 bottle reviewed on 08/31/2015:

A 4.25 Pours a rich orangey-red and looked very still initially. After a minute, a thin pinkish head developed, and then another minute later, faded to a thin collar.
S 4.75 The fresh raspberries hit me as I was pouring. There's a nice bit of woody funk, maybe more than I was expecting with a fresher bottle but c'mon, this is 3F. What's with low expectations, bro?? Anyways, there's some nice light notes of bitter raspberry seeds and a touch of sweet light malt.
T 5 Oh man, that is the stuff. Big sour raspberry, and I do mean big. Some very light funky old wood, a bit of those raspberry seeds but not really bitter. Just delicious.
M 3.75 My only real complaint about the beer is the very low carbonation. Probably serves me right for being all anxious, but then again who knows, it may not carb up completely ...maybe it'll get worse and I'll be a genius? Ha, like it ever works that way. Medium-light body, more on the medium side.
O. So delicious, I would drink this all the time if I could but I'll be happy being spoiled with this bottle all to myself. Well, maybe my wife will get a sip ...maybe. Thanks again to the most generous guy around!!

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Photo of kevanb
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2011 release, poured into a Drie Fonteinen Fountain Tasting glass. Many thanks to Jeff for opening this, big time personal whale! Opened and enjoyed on 6.7.14, reviewed from my tasting journal.

The pours a super dark, raspberry color, not quite red, not quite purple, hazy, cloudy, opaque, any of those words will adequately describe it. A minimal pink head appears that fizzles out quickly, no lace or any real head retention available. Huge aroma of raspberry jam, fruity funk, lemon zest and some pie crust malt. It's very raspberry forward, simple yet delicate. The flavors are right in line, delicious raspberry jam flavor, funkiness, lemon acidity is there with just a touch of malt. It's not quite as bright as the nose, a bit more earthy, the terroir is showcased well, nice jammy flavors and the funkiness is just right, not overpowering, but helps to express the fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is nice, very lively carbonation that doesn't prickle at all, it coats the mouth and tongue well and the texture feels juicy and jammy with a very soft, creamy finish.

Verdict: A delicious framboise from Drie Fonteinen, one I wish they would make more often. It's not as delicate and bright as the Lou Pepe Framboise for me, but still a wonderful showing of raspberries with nice layers of funk and acidity that don't overpower the beer or let it get too sweet.

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Photo of jegross2
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Framboos from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen out of Belgium.

Score: 95

Bottled 05/31/11. Served in a snifter. Review is a hybrid of tasting notes from bottles sampled on 04/25/14 and 04/26/14.

Appearance: Pours a murky, brownish red color with a yellowish halo outline and nice fade. Poor lacing and retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Big notes of tart raspberry, followed by light notes of vinegar and bright lemon zest. One of the bottles has a little cheesy funk to the nose, while the other was much cleaner. The nose on this was pretty awesome, albeit simplistic. 4.75/5

Taste: Tart, jammy raspberries and a touch of vinegar. Mineral water and light must. One of the bottles finished with a cheesy funk, while other finished with raspberry candy. The raspberry candy bottle was incredible, while the other had a layering funkiness that turned me off. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Super, super dry, with a nice tart bite and good carbonation. Medium bodied. 4.5/5

Overall: The bottle sampled the night before Dark Lord Day was pretty subpar and unpleasantly funky in a cheesy/lacto way, while the bottle sampled at Dark Lord Day delightfully bright and tart raspberry jam candy in a glass. Given this beer's reputation, I am inclined to chalk the first bottle up to bottle variation/storage issues. However, the possible bottle inconsistency should be a yellow flag for those seeking out whales to tick.

Cost: $40 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Hazy, kinda dull red. White head. A little leggy.

Smell - Funky. Strong raspberry, but it doesn't smell jammy or sweet like Hommage. Low acidity.

Taste - And here it is legitimately jammy. Still not a sweet raspberry. Lemony sourness, more than the nose implies. Funk lingers in the back end. Tart raspberry also lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Significantly more sour than Hommage. Totally different representation og raspberries.

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Drie Fonteinen Framboos from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
4.48 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
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