Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3 Herman Teirlinckplein
Beersel, 1650
Belgium

+32 (0) 23 31 06 52 | map
www.3fonteinen.be

Notes:
Contact information for the brewery and bottle shop:
Hoogstraat 2a
1650 Beersel
Belgium 1650

E-mail: [email protected]
Telefoon: +32 (0)2 306 71 03

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97
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
65
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
6%
 
 
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited on 8-18-08

After a morning spent drinking near the Grote Markt in Brussels, Elaina and I took the trek to Lambik Land. We specifically chose this day because Drei Fontein was open and serving dinner.

After an initial disappointment at finding the castle closed, Elaina and I wandered slowly into Beersel until we came to the inauspicious restaurant and brewery. The atmosphere reminded me of a Wisconsin supper club. Its 50s esthetic was giving way to a small town, almost rustic vibe and despite the casual feel of the place, one felt confident that something gourmet was cooking up in the kitchen.

The staff told us that they weren't actually open yet but allowed us to stay for a drink anyways, probably after taking pity on our soaked and disheveled appearance (it had been pouring rain all day). A kind bar maid was quick to pour us two glass of 1 year lambik from a cask before joining her coworkers at a large table for the staff dinner. Elaina and I sipped our beers gratefully and then took our leave. After a pub crawl of Beersel we returned for dinner.

I ordered a magnificent guinea hen served in a kriek sauce (truly an A+ entre) and Elaina ate a good, although somewhat dry and tough rabbit cooked in oude geuze. I ordered a bottle of 1997 (11 year old) Oude Geuze for 12 Euros. It completely blew my mind. We later finished with glasses of Kriek, also from cask, that resembled pure, tart cherry juice followed by a creamy faro.

All in all a wonderful experience that I certainly hope to repeat. Although the selection was very, very limited I was not let down one bit. I'll take 4 perfect beers over 400 great beers anytime.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Pletser
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.26/5  rDev -27.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2

I'm going to start my review by saying, when I got here I ordered a 3F Kriek on tap from the menu. The beer came and tasted overly sweet and was served in a Boon glass. I asked my server and she explained that they were out of 3F Kriek on tap and replaced it with Boon Kriek. Umm, that's not cool. One is a world class beer, the other is mediocre at best and wasn't what I ordered. I sent it back and found that they didn't have any 3F beers on tap, at the cafe attached to the restaurant. How is that possible? Could order vintage bottles at a pretty high markup IMO which I passed on.

Rest of the play was great, nice vibe friendly staff and fun little town. The bottle shop/store attached also only had 1 of their beers to buy which was their still beer. No thanks.

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Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Jow
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of amano_h
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

If you're like many of the seasoned BAs and already know of 3 Fonteinen's reputation, chances are you already know that they produce some of the greatest beers of the lambic styles available to man. If that is indeed the case, my advice is to look very closely at their opening hours (or days, specifically) and also make sure you get here around noon-ish when the restaurant around the corner is open unless you have a way to keep yourself occupied during the two hour gap between when the Brewery/Brewery shop is open and when the Restaurant-Café opens up. Unless of course, you have ulterior motives and you've come all this way to Belgium just to purchase beers and not trying them.

For those of you not familiar with 3 Fonteinen (other than what I just mentioned above) this is quite possibly one of the few places in Belgium where you'll be able to purchase their beer without a mark-up or getting ripped off. Why should you care, you ask? Chances are during your time in Brussels you may have come across what the locals called "Brussels Champagne" or "the local beer style" and tried that odd, grainy, mouth-puckering, yet refreshing beer called "lambic" or "gueuze." Chances are you really liked it, but wondered "hey can I get more of this, but with a little less sweet and a lot more sour?" because you were holding a bottle which read "Lindemans" or "Mort-Subite" or even "De Troch" in your hands.

Whereas a lot of lambic and gueuze producers are now bankrolled by big name corporations or even banks, few breweries are still to this day managed by the families that originally created them, and handed them down through the generations, and 3 Fonteinen is one of them. I won't bore you with the story of how the Debelder family and 3 Fonteinen got settled down at Beersel (that's what wikipedia is for) but there aren't very many on God's green earth that can parallel the love for the lambic style and want to keep it in its pure and unadulterated form as much as the Debelders. If you don't believe me look up Armand Debelder and HORALs, and you can get a glimpse of how much the family has done for the preservation of the style.

I can go on day after day about 3 Fonteinen's prowess but it wouldn't do anyone any good so I'll just get back to the important details. As aforementioned the brewery shop is only open two days a week, and chances are you will see M. Armand Debelder himself manning the post at the brewery shop ready to tackle any questions you may have about his beer, the company, and etc. Armand is very approachable and he isn't joking when he says he is happy to answer any questions; in fact he gave me a short 7-minute lecture on the proper storage of lambic beers and how temperature and storage conditions in the past have affected the way his beers are drunk, which was unexpected but pleasant to say the least.

Like most other breweries in Belgium, the brewery tour at 3 Fonteinen is by appointment only; on any regular opening day your access is limited to the brewery shop where you can buy his year-round beers (Oude Gueze, Oude Kriek, Beersel Lager, Beersel Blond) plus whatever seasonal/special that may be available at the time. The brewery shop also sells the gueze pâté, gueze cheese, and also some brewery stemmed glassware as well as the tumbler; I've seen Armand pour a cup of coffee for a delivery guy that entered around the same time I arrived, but otherwise there doesn't seem to be any consumption allowed while on premises.

My recommendation is to make the trek to Beersel on a Saturday when this location, the Restaurant, and the Oud Beersel Brewery are all open for visits. If after visiting those three places you still haven't gotten your fill of lambic beers, you can always drive a little South East to De Lambiek and visit the lambic museum, or further down south to Lembeek to visit the Boon Brewery.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of aRedLetterLife
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of KaeF
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A small, but very nice place to visit. The people there are very kind and take a lot of time to tell you all about their brews and wqay of life. I felt really welcome and had a very nice time there.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of halo3one
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NJB145
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of JonathanC
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.96/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Very cool to finally visit 3 Fonteinen. The restaurant rests in a small square adjacent to a neat church building (there's also the Beersel Castle not too far away). We visited for lunch on a Friday. Despite their website stating that they open at 9am, they actually open at noon. Ok then. The restaurant appears pretty standard, clean, friendly, and there is a nice outdoor seating area, which is what we opted for on this particularly nice day.

The beer selection was good, with several vintages of their lambics to choose from, including more fresh options. The menu was more extensive than many places I visited in Belgium, and the food was very good. Child-friendly options as well.

The service was so-so. Everyone was friendly, but the pace of the service was so laid-back to the point of being annoying. You can sit there twiddling your thumbs with an empty glass, and no one will give you a second glance unless you send out an SOS.

Taking a stroll around the corner, you'll find the shop, where there are lots of bottles for takeout, and some merch as well. This was a good place to kill a little time while waiting for the restaurant to open. From what I saw, the take-home bottles were mostly if not all the latest/freshest batch, so don't go expecting all kinds of crazy vintages. I caught a glimpse of Armand here, but he was busy with a private tour.

It's a no-brainer that you should visit 3F while in Belgium.

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Photo of Brabander
3.48/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Not my most favourite place to go to cause sours are not my thing but the 3F beers are good trade stuff.

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Photo of GJ40
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I stopped in with some local friends while visiting the area. I'd been wanting to get here for quite some time but its distance from the Brussels city center always prevented that. But I made it and it was fantastic! It's not the brewery pub or tasting room you'd expect from US breweries but they had a great lineup including hand pulled kriek, lambic and faro, vintage brews and a nice listing if food. This place is authentic and inspiring.

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Photo of Drift
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodzm14
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of simoen
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen in Beersel, Belgium
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