Drie Fonteinen Framboos | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of c-rum
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Open 2 bottles 2014 vintage at a bottle share.

A - Not a sound when uncorked. Pours deep murky maroon with some quickly fading bubbles.

S - Intense raspberry sourness.

T - Sourness is massive with tons of raspberries, some oak and funk.

M - A bit thin with little to no carbonation, sour, puckering and dry.

O - Excellent raspberry flavor makes up for low carbonation.

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

Pours a deep dark reddish brown color. Minimal head on this beer. Smells of sour raspberries. Sour tastes up front and finishes with a really dry sour raspberry finish. A wonderful sour lambic. World class beer.

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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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