Lambiek (1 Year Old) | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Belgian Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 37
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/19 at LoD.

Still, golden color. Clear. Mineral notes and a somewhat nail polish remover flavor. Funky cheese, oaky. It’s okay, but I have better jonge lambic.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 3F restaurant in Beersel.

20cl 1.80 euros, 33cl 2.40 euros

A: darker, orange than 1997 Oude Gueuze, no head at all
S: mild, subdued, good but not anything unusual
T: wow, there's the sour!, a well-balanced, nicely made lambik, great malt with good sour
M: very nice, malt and sour, good balance
O: good, but flat and somewhat lifeless

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Drie Fonteinen lambic room during last week's Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a Drie Fonteinen stange.

Poured a fairly clear moderate orange color with a few bubbles but nothing much else.

Nose brought forward a good dosing of funk, light cheese, and a bit of citrus. Nice combination at this stage. Everything was beginning to meld. Good funk throughout. Light acidity in the flavor after some funk and must.

Light body with just a touch of carbonation and a light bit of acidity. Very tasty.

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Photo of CRooney5787
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drie Fonteinen Lambik, served by Armand, off his barrel.

This was brewed by Armand, one of his last barrels of lambik he produced in existence. It was an absolute treat to drink this. To date, it's the best lambik i have ever drank. Full of aroma, sourness, and full of flavor. It's extremely layered and complex. I can now understand why a lot of people consider Drie Fonteinen to be amongst the best lambiks in the world.

He also has other lambiks, brewed by Frank Boon, and Girardin to his recipe. They're quite good, but not as stellar as Armand's lambik.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cask glass at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant in Beersel. From notes.

A - Poured slightly hazy with a copper colour and no head or carbonation which is probably correct for the cask serving.

S - Hay, grape skins, mild aroma after those notes but I also got some musty, pissy, and vinegary notes.

T - Aggressively sour. Vinegar was obvious. Ditch? Some sort of fruit was noticable and a lemon candy taste was there. Many layers made this very interesting.

M - Stings the tongue on the front right away. Sour in the back as well. No carbonation and a mild to medium body. Slightly dry finish.

O/D - A good Lambic. The aggressive sourness might be an issue for more than one or two but it was still quite good. Refreshing and tasty on a lovely Summer day in Belgium. Very complex.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled oude lambiek brewed March 28, 2000. Opened early 2011 from Tom Peter's private stash. One of six bottles that Armand bottled just for Tom and Monk's.

A: Hazy light orange body. Completely still, no head, no lacing.

S: Massive earthy/woody aromas dominate. Light sweaty component, some acidic lemon, and a subtle wet hay.

T: Like the nose, a very earthy/woody profile. The 11 years in the bottle has really created a softened, delicate lambic. A real treat to try a straight lambic with this much age.

M: Completely still. Slightly acidic, no real sour puckering. Medium bodied.

O: I have never had a lambic with this much age, and it was nice to explore what time in a bottle does to drie fonteinen lambic!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant in Beersel, deciding to start with the lambic as the base beer and then progress through various end products, gueuze second and kriek third.

The lambic is dark gold and clear with absolutely no carbonation, no bubbles whatsoever. It smelled tart and sour, I hate to say it but almost 1-dimensional. This was the first still lambic I tried, and I might have not known what to expect, possibly bubbles add some complexity as the liquid bounces around your mouth, who knows. Anyway this looked, smelled, and tasted kind of like a cider of some sort. More cidery than vinegary.

The body was like water, literally in this case. It was not something I'll want again but was very nice to gain some appreciation for the progression in making a world class gueuze.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't have asked for a better beer after that long walk in the rain. The Drei Fonteinen's young lambik poured a pretty amber color with a thick and creamy white head. Carbonation was almost non-existent and the beer had a generally flat appearance aside from the froth. Vinous aroma that isn't shy on woodiness. Tart and dry with white wine and lactic notes. Balanced and easy going with a touch of citrus flavor in the finish.

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Photo of texashammer
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on cask at the brewery's restaurant. dark orange in color with a nice, thick head that lasts. smells tart and sweet, complexities showing immediatly. beautiful balance of sweet and dry flavors. finishes with a tartness, and dry enough to make me want more.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Drie Fonteinen Cafe, 2001
This was the second straight Lambic that I had ever had, it was again far mellower than I was expecting. Of course it was 'sans-carbonation' (say it with a Cajun man accent its much more fun that way) and had a quite noticeable acidic aroma. The acidity promised in the nose was surprisingly subdued in the taste. It was much more of a balanced / mellow acidity, which I am surmising, was the result of a bit of age that helps to smooth out Lambics. The beer itself was quite a revelation. There was a fair amount of musty character, and an appetizing hint of mushroom and a bit of character nabbed from a proper strong stinky farmhouse cheese. All in all it was a great aperitif for the impending gastronomic exercise that I was about to have.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Available, and sampled on draft in the Drie Fonteinen Café, Beersel.

The Debelder family have been blending Gueuze at Drie Fonteinen since 1955. They have purchased Lambics from Girardin, Boon and Lindemans, as well as other lambics in the past from producers that have now closed. Perhaps it was only a matter of time, or a natural progression, but it was certainly a welcome addition in 1999 when Drie Fonteinen started to produce their own lambics. To put this massive event into context, they are the first new lambic producer for over 75 years, quite some achievement.

So during a recent visit, it was with great anticipation that I tried the straight lambic that was listed as on sale. Not immediately evident, but the lambic was on sale straight from the Cask via a Jug and was 1 year old as is typical.

Has an amber color that still had some life when it arrived at the Table in a straight sided lambic tumbler. A reasonable sized frothy head composed of large bubbles, soon disappears.

Aromas are not strong, but rather restrained. Slightly acidic with a farmyard aspect, the beer also has a smell of damp wooden casks.

Amber color with a hazy body and an off-white head.

Spritzy and light in the mouth, it effortlessly effervesces on the tongue. A dry introduction, that leads to a musty middle and a slightly acidic finish with oak woody tendons that run through the whole lambic start to finish.

Still finding its way this one, but it is certainly heading in the right direction.

Time will only better this lambic – that’s for sure.

Café Visit: 24th Nov. 2002

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Lambiek (1 Year Old) from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 37 ratings