3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot I.iii: Nocturne In’t Putteke Van De Nacht | The Darkest Hour

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7.6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: A spontaneously fermented and barrel matured beer following the lambik process, but with stronger dark malts only. Number of bottles – 1338

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen “Speling van het Lot” (Twist of Fate) is a series of small batch experimental brews, barrel maturations, fruit macerations and/or blends. Somewhere in March 2015, Armand and Michaël brewed a beer according to the lambic process, but with a total absence of wheat and with a wide variety of malts instead of pale malts only. This beer was then aged on wooden barrels for more than 30 months. Surprisingly, the colour of the resulting spontaneously fermented beers was not the same! While all beers are bottled straight from the barrels, we therefore made 3 different versions: the lightest in colour: Nightfall (I.i), the darkest in colour: The Darkest Hour (I.iii) and the blend of both: The Hour of the Wolf (I.ii). Give this beer the time to open up and to let it evolve in the glass. Taste, savour and experience with the best of friends, old and new.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°48, season 16/17, bottled on 20th September 2017, with a best before date of 26th October 2037. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: A clear dark brown colour with a thin beige head that had big bubbles, but left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, dark fruit, plum, prunes, raisin and a tinge of honey, syrup, toffee.
Taste: Sour, tart, funk, plum and cherry. Almost Oud Bruin like.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Interesting and quite different. Although the lambik process was used, the use of dark malts definitely created something nice and unique. A good experiment.

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