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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 03-02-2003

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Photo of stakem
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ive had this in my fridge since a short time after the sour and bitter fest where it was acquired and sent to me by a very generous trader. Poured from a 750ml into a matching 3F stemmed glass. The brew appears a murky deep ruby to purple color with a lighter hint of orange around the edges. A white cap sits atop that is lightly stained pink and rapidly fizzels away to a fine film of a few bubbles that remain atop from rising bubbles of carbonation. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The smell of this brew is more fruity and raspberry filled than I ever could have imagined. It reminds me of raspberry jam, very thick and juicy with an exceptional bright and natural scent. It sits in the nose and just makes me salivate. There are underlying notes of earth and a seedy quality you would expect from the raspberry pits. The funk of the base brew is evident with a minir contrasting note of something along the lines of plastic.

The taste of this brew is pretty harsh and I mean that in a good way. Its a real mind bender when you smell how fresh and juicy this is, you almost expext it to taste sticky and sweet like jam but instead its very sour. Sour from the natural tartness of the raspberry coupled with a bacterial sourness that has some earthen elements. More sips reveal a bit of citrus charcter along with the previously described notes of plastic that were noticed in the aroma. Mid palate a bit of yogurt tartness and mild lemony lacto tang are evident. The aftertaste of this brew is earthen with a natural seedy quality from the raspberry.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderate to effervescent level of carbonation. It is super drinkable with zero alcohol impact. A super solid jam-like fresh raspberry inclusion jumps out and is very enjoyable mixed with afterthoughts of funk and earth. This brew flirts with perfection as it captures everything I look for in a fruited lambic. My only gripe being the plastic that emerged from this didnt blend into the entire experience quite like I wish it would have. Regardless this was a wonderful treat and something id love to have again. It hurts knowing how rare this bugger is.

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

A huge thank you cpferris. Bottled 5/31/11. Snifter, reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a murky deep rusty red with no head and no lace. Awesome color though.
S: Pure raspberry puree nose with a slight bit of funk. Extremely strong and fruit forward. Hints of barnyard.
T: Raspberry puree again, super fresh and fruity, surprisingly good tartness, no sour, with a good dose of funk. The raspberries are extremely fresh. Tastes like I’m eating whole berries off a dirty barnyard floor.
M: Tart and super dry, medium body, slick and low carbonation.
O: The best in its class for a raspberry fruit beer. A great lambic too, but not the best, or my favorite. That’s not to say this isn’t an awesome awesome beer. I would drink this everyday. Thanks for the treat Chad.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from old notes from earlier this summer. 2010 bottling open by Jason at Epic Tres, thanks Jason! Poured into my Jackie O’s snifter.

A-Framboos pours almost a fluorescent red in color and transparent in clarity. Not much head on the pour, but this might be a result of the glassware I selected.

S-Nose is packed full of jammy raspberry goodness. It dominates the beer, it’s fantastic. There isn’t really any 3F funk, but it’ll come in time.

T-Taste is dominated by raspberry as well, but there is a little more underlying funk present here.

M-The mouthfeel is light, albeit almost a little oily? Light acidity, gentle carbonation, and has a nice, long finish.

O-Incredible fruit lambic that will age gracefully for many years. Is there anything Armand can’t do?

Note: A couple months after this review, I tried Framboos side by side with Hommage and was surprised how tart the raspberries were in Framboos. I didnt notice it as much when I had it on it's own, but they were puckeringly tart when I tried it again. I can't wait to see how it balances out with the funkiness in a couple years.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2011 ed thanks to Travlr and The Kernel crew at Sour&Bitter. A full haze deep pink to purple with low bubbles and very little fizz or head. Nose is very similar to young 3F Hommage: big phenols, plastic, instense Sharbeekse kriek cherry pit and dark cherry phenols. Taste is lactic, some mallic/tartartic sweet tart zippiness, long citric acid finish. Big sour warhead taste. Aggressive. Drying finish. Lacks a lot of the 3F complexities like grapefruit and leather. Not really seedy raspberry forward like LP Framboise. More citric and phenol bomb at this point. Definitely needs age like the Hommage. 5/14/2012 7/4/8/4/15=3.8

750mL 1993 ed thanks to forgetfu. Pours a hazy orange amber with small pink foam that subsides. Much less vibrant in color compared to the 2011 batch. Nose instead of seedy raspberry is more jammy raspberry with cherry/rhubarb pie, vanilla, rich dessert profile. Taste is bracingly citric sour with mega lime juice acid. Finishes bone dry. Soft carbonation. Very juicy with a long, leathery palate. No acetic acid. Not really even lactic/yogurty. Just very bright and and fresh. Unbelievable that this is from 1993. Very drinkable. Demands to be drunk in large gulps. Unfortunately, each gulp will cost you $100 so better take out a second mortgage. Very delicious. One of my favorite beer experiences ever. 6/9/2012 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

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Photo of jethrodium
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle shared by cpferris. 2011 version. Big thanks to Chad. Pours a dark reddish amber with a small white head that settles pretty quickly and leaves close to no lacing on the glass. The aroma is tons of raspberry. It's bursting with fruit. There is also a bit of funk and a mushroom note as well as a faint, slightly unpleasant medicinal note, and some strawberry jam. The taste is tart and dry. Lots of raspberry, just like the nose. There is also a light funky earthiness, a bit of strawberry jam, and a little cherry. The finish is dry and tart with a bit of funk and lots of lingering raspberry. Medium body. Low-medium carbonation. This is great right now. I'll be curious to see how it ages if I get the opportunity to try it again.

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Photo of illidurit
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Blue Palms during RBSG 2012. Thanks to Dak for letting me have a sip off his glass after I got snubbed on a pour of my own (not cool enough I guess). Pours a hazy deep berry purple color. Striking fresh raspberry aroma, lactic yogurty, lemon, currant. Vibrant raspberry flavor, as potent as any raspberry beer I’ve had, while maintaining a great balance between lactic and acetic sourness, also melding the fruity sweetness with the firm sourness brilliantly. A lovely beer.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall bottle brought back across the pond courtesy of Jeffo - cheers man! Enjoyed at a tasting, alongside two other raspberry lambics for comparison.

Poured into a snifter. Soft cherry in colour, quite hazy, and with a thin head that recedes into a fine ring. Nice looking brew - colour looks genuine.

Great nose on this, with the tart raspberries stealing the show all the way. A bit of funk and musk kicking around in there as well, but really this is all raspberry and I thank them for it.

Great tart lambic, with a good balance between tart raspberry and traditional sour notes, funk, musk and citrus. This brew sits at about my upper threshold of sourness (at least for now; I'm certainly improving in this regard), so this would have to be a brew that I would share with friends when the mood hits me just right. Fortunately, this was one of those times, and so the balance of this brew really did it for me. Carbonation is firm, but not overpowering. Lingering astringent finish.

Were it not for its rareness I would certainly keep one kicking around the cellar as an exemplar fo the style. Great brew.

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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 cosmicevan
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed on 7/28 as a break from the BA DarkLords during the NYC Voltron tasting!!! HUMONGOUS thanks to jim for providing this gem. truly the biggest unexpected surprise of the day! can't believe i got a chance to taste this!!!
2011 vintage

a - gorgeous. pinkish red. think head with spotty lacing. really attractive. just looks like deliciousness.

s - smell is divine. if i could give a score of a 6 for smell on just one beer, this beer would get it. raspberry with the perfect sprinkle of funkiness.

t - WOW!!! great gunk. raspberry...sour cherry...magic in a bottle.

m - funky and just a bit dry. hell of a sour beer.

o - overall, i'm floored. this beer blew me away. lots of these talked about beers fall short but this one really lived up to the chatter about it. AMAZING. funk, magic, berries.

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Photo of victory4me
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1999 vintage shared by treyrab. I am eternally grateful!

I was promised a big rare surprise at this tasting hosted by nittanybeerfan. Trey took this out and said, "ever have this?" I said, "HOLY SHIT!" and spent the next several minutes scraping my jaw off the floor.

Pours very carbonated, surprisingly so for a 13 year old bottle. Ruddy, hazy, cloudy orange-ish red. Huge aroma of horseblanket, dank basement, sweat, and musky fruit rush toward me. Complete overpowering of my olfactory senses, I feel these aromas in my ears.

Raspberries are still present within the flavor in ways that I wouldn't expect for a beer of this age. Extremely acetic in the back of the throat, the raspberries quickly fade into an overpowering sourness which is rather enjoyable. One of us mentioned a tomato-like acidity. At the same time it is clean and lactic. Undeniably complex with its depth of flavors. As it warms a whole new flavor profile emerges: Briny, salty and earthy.

Mouthfeel changes throughout the experience and is outstanding throughout. From prickly sour carbonation to an acedic burn, then a salty still feel as it warms.

Tremendous on every level and worthy of it's accolades. I am still amazed that I had the opportunity to try this beer and cannot thank Trey and Dan enough.

Beer on a whole new level of world class.

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

Bottle shared at woodshop by a very generous soul

Look: Pours a dark pink kinda ruby red color with a 1/4 inch white bubbly head and ok retention

Smell: The nose is pretty fruity with copious amounts of sour raspberries. There is a slight funkiness behind the raspberries and some oak but the nose is pretty much just a raspberry lovers dream

Taste: Again the beer is just very fruit forward with lots and lots of raspberries again there is some lip pucker tartness and a touch of funkiness

Mouthfeel: Light crisp and refreshing. It tickles the palate a little bit and goes down leaving the mouth just slightly dry

Overall: I am not usually a fan of fruity beers even some of the best ones in the world. But this beer is a fruit lovers wet dream. So good so much fresh raspberry flavor. Glad I got the chance to try this

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Photo of starrdogg
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Steve for cracking this open at the start of the Lost Abbey tasting. 2011 Vintage.

Pours a deep pinkish-red with a moderate white head. Smells primarily of raspberries in a fantastic way with some oak and funk hanging out there as well. The raspberries really carry the flavor, but there's a nice tart and funky lambic sourness that complements it. It's only moderately sour though, not puckeringly so, and the flavors come together really nicely. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this was really quite an excellent beer, one of the better fruit lambics I've had. It was especially impressive for me as raspberry beers tend to disappoint me, but this one really came through.

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Photo of ChicagoJohn
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage: 2011

Opened my first of six bottles in the middle fo June with close friends in Sweden who went to the S&B festival who were gracious enough to bring their girlfriends along as mules for me. Greatly appreciated gentlemen.

APPEARANCE: White head forms upon pouring and medium carbonation forms, a little bit less than expected but at least I see it.

SMELL: Fresh raspberries with the slightest trace of moldy chese chunk. This will be a fruit bomb, but in a good way.

TASTE: Wonderful. Need I say more.

PALATE: Slightly dry on the mouthfeel with a medium thick body. Feels great but wish there was more carbonation to give it the 'perfect' mouthfeel.

OVERALL: This is perfect that I obtained enough for cellaring as I will be opening up a bottle once every other year with my Swedish or Chicago friends alongside me. There is so much potential as it's a little bit unruly and so much complexity will occur over the years.

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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 DefenCorps
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle, 2011 vintage. Thank you, Steve.

Deep pink with a white head that recedes to a ring, leaving no lace. Nice clarity. The nose is beautiful with a big, deep raspberry aroma. Seedy, fruity, mildly leathery and jammy, this is excellent. The base lambic is moderately lemony, and complements the fruit very well.

The palate is an excellent blend of lemony sourness, bright and vibrant raspberries and mildly salty/briny lambic. Seedy tannins are present, but to a lesser degree than, say, a Lou Pepe Framboise. Super bright fruit, not very tannic, the base lambic does complement the fruit with its blend of lemony and mildly musty notes. Medium-light in body and with a creamy, moderate level of carbonation, this feels excellent on the palate. Highly recommended.
4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5

**Edit 27 July 2012**
Trey shared a bottle of the 1999 vintage last night. Thank you, man!

Mostly clear, this is a pretty red with no head or lacing. The nose is excellent. Raspberry aromas, fresh, vibrant, berries, no tannins, mild strawberry/tomato paste sweet-tartness. Funky, and deeply musty, the nose is deep and complex. With a little floral aroma with no mushroom/earthy aromas, this smells amazing.

The palate opens with a moderate sourness, fruity, ripe and clean with lemon and lactic sourness. Salty and briny, a flavor combination I haven't encountered in a while. Minimal seed tannins, none of the solventy character that a lot of aged framboises have, this is quite fruity without being particularly jammy. The lemon notes brighten up the palate. Drying, lemon rind finish with moderate funk. Despite its age, the carbonation is quite high, and the flavors on the finish are excellent. Mildly tannic with minimal oak, this beer is phenomenal.

3.5/5/5/4.5/5

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

225th Review
75cl bottle enjoyed at the Sour & Bitter dinner in Copenhagen (the "Main Event" as it were...Millennium and Malvasia Rosso were just warm-up beers)
Poured in a wine tumbler
Enjoyed on 10 May 2012

Bottled: 31 May 2011
Best before: 31 May 2021

A: Dark ruby red - looks like raspberry purée. Small white head disappears almost immediately.

S: Smells like a fresh bucket of raspberries. Heavenly! Slight hint of oak, funk, and more raspberry. Touch of acidity as well, but again mostly just fresh raspberry.

T: Follows smell with initial burst of raspberry explosion up-front. Lambic sourness balances this beer wonderfully and the overall execution is superb!

M: Medium/full body with almost flat carbonation.

O: Smooth, easy to drink, and just really enjoyable! The balance is just perfect. I was stoked to have had the opportunity to drink this beer at S&B while also purchasing a couple bottles for takeaway. I'm excited to see how this one ages as it is still quite young, but all in all a very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of craytonic
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The whitest of whales. 1999 and 2011 side by side in appropriate 3F tumbler. Review is to the 2011, although I found the 1999 preferable. Differences noted

Appearance: Hazy, murky pour, the 1999 is noticeably thicker and darker. Both have a small white head and decent carbonation.

Smell: Both are incredibly fruity, although, and oddly, the 1999 smelled fresher to me than the 2011. Perfect balance of oak, funk and fruit in each, although the 2011 is a bit too much like jam. Both have a nice citrus element that somehow emphasizes the raspberries, of which there are plenty.

Taste: Both are delicious, with the 1999 being superior. It seemed to me that the 1999 might have spent more time in contact with the raspberries, hence its darker color and intensity, but that is just a prediction. Both have a nice dose of sour, funk, earth and oak.

Overall: both are good, debatable if they are worth the effort to acquire but that is a different story. We opened a rose de gambrinus next to these two bottles, it couldn't even look on them. I found the 1999 slightly better and it would be a 4.75 overall.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is #7 on the "Top Beers - Lambic - Fruit" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in two gueuze tumblers. 1999 and the 2011 version served side by side, I win beer.

1999: Brownish and hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles, low retnetion, no lacing.
2011: Pinking and hazy with a bright white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, heavy carbonatoin.

1999: Oaky and funky in the nose, almost no fruit present in the aroma. Very 3F aroma though, no oxidation. Very aggressive and strong, lactic, mild succinic and acetic acidic, citric too.
2011: Very fruit forward, strong raspberries, still citric and funky, with oak and the others, the tartness is lower and the fruit is much much higher.

1999: The fruit is still in the body, a thin beer very tart with a nice finish and funk, strong 3F character but the overall beer is subdued.
2011: Very fruit forward, strong on the palate and stingy with the tartness and oak funk. A very nice beer, not as funky as the 99 but very much more fruity.

It is hard for me to pick a winner but I guess I liked the newer one better. I think what makes the beer different from any other 3F sour is the fruit which was way way more forward in in the newer one. It would probably be better with a year or two on it but after more than a decade the 1999 is probably over the hill a little.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1999 and 2012 vintages served side by side.

The 1999 vintage is hazy / murky and appears a darker shade of red, with some brown tones. The 2012 version is a beautiful, radiant ruby hue with a half inch of lilac head.

The aromas of the two beers are quite different. While both offer prominent raspberries, the older vintage is funkier, with basement and oak tones. The newer batch is fruity and fresh, with a light sweetness from the fruit.

The flavor of the '99 vintage is smooth, silky, funky. Lingering notes of oak. Slightly musty. A superb brew. The 2012 is a simpler fruit lambic, with raspberries shining through nicely atop classic Drie Fonteinen scents and flavors.

The '99 is quite a bit more tart than the fresh batch. The 2012 is fruity, lightly sweet, with a gentle acetic finish, whereas the older Framboos has more tartness and kick in the finish.

Overall, both vintages were delightful. What a treat. I'm so grateful for the experience.

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

750 mL bottles of 1999 (thanks forgetfu for arranging) and 2012 (thanks craytonic for sharing) release side by side.

Appearance
99: Pale, cloudy muddy reddish brown. 4.5
12: Brighter, cloudy ruby with a slight ring of pink bubbles. 5

Aroma
99: Oaky and raspberry fruit and seed, light acidity. 5
12: More of a jam, vanilla like nose, slightly seedy and juicy raspberry fruit. 4.5

Taste
99: Acidic and crisp, sour and tart raspberry fruit, light lemon and oak. 4.5
12: Sweeter and fruitier, less acidity and oak. Fresh raspberries dominate. Not as complex or interesting as the old batch, but promising. 4

Mouthfeel
99/12: Full body, soft carbonation, puckering finish. 4

Overall
Win and score goes to 99 (5) versus 12 (4).

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1999 vintage. Served in a Drie Fonteinen wine glass.

Pour is much darker when compared with the 2011. Slightly-murky copper-red with a short head. Nose is musty raspberry and earth. Light-moderate acidity. So smooth and earthy. Really fantastic.

Previous 2011 vintage notes:

2011 vintage courtesy of GT2. Pours a moderately-cloudy light brown color with a pretty hefty pinkish-red hue. Short, tight head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving behind a thin collar. The nose has semi-ripe raspberries with mild acidity. Underneath that is a nice bit of earth and a touch of basement character. Lightly funky, though not nearly to the level of 3F geuze. Flavor has a light acidity carrying the raspberries past some underlying earth and a faint touch of bread. Body is medium with average carbonation and a dry, lightly-acidic finish. I prefer this to Gambrinus, but I’d still take a straight 3F Oude Geuze if given the choice between the two.

Scores for 2011: 4 / 4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4.5

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 1999- Drank this bottle side by side with the 2011 vintage; May 2012
Pours a hazy pink/red color with a ring of white lace on top. Smell is fantastic raspberry vinegrette aroma that leaps instantly from the glass, along with a great woody seed character and a touch of acetone-like sharpness. Palate brought about an assertive acidity, but mellowed just enough to allow a much of the flavors to present themselves; very funky, a little acidic, & jammy. Mouthfeel was light with carbo being medium finishing dry. Overall leaves the mouth puckering with tart/sour goodness and wanting more.

Vintage 2011 - Pours a murky red/burgundy with a little lace that fades quickly. Nose is similar to the Hommage with phenols, plastic, some funk, and mild woody notes; nothing over the top though. Flavor of raspberry, lemon, earthy and floral notes, funk, and oak. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a tart, dry mouthfeel. Overall next to the vintage 1999; it's a step down! Hopefully with some age this will improve like the older Framboos vintages.

2011 Scores: 4.25/ 3.75 / 3.75 / 4 / 4

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer for the first time at the SB event and for the second time last Sunday during a nice BBQ in the sun.

Look: the beer pours a dark red color with a small head that disappears fast.
Smell: wow, just after opening the bottle, the raspberry smell is all over the place. This indeed is a true raspberry explosion. The nose is nicely sour and funk, full of raspberries, but also other red fruits like cherries are present.
Taste: Funk raspberry juice. Absolutely stunning. Never had so much fruit is a lambic as in this one. The fruit in the beer is perfectly balanced with the sourness of the lambic, and a hint of cherry bitterness. The lambic is still quite young though. Dry but very smooth in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Both bottles had different levels of carbonation; Medium and Medium low.
Overal: A perfectly balanced beer. I noticed some differences in the level of carbonation between the two bottles. But besides that, this beer is stunning. Again, if you want a more complex taste, take a geuze or let the Framboos age for several years, because the lambic is still a bit too young. But.... if you want to experience the best fresh fruit lambic ever made, drink it now!

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Drie Fonteinen Framboos from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.48 out of 5 based on 664 ratings.
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