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3 Fonteinen Braambes

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.2%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: Blend°38, Season 18/19

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) 3 Fonteinen Braambes wordt bekomen door de maceratie van handgeplukte braambessen op jonge traditionele lambik, gedurende minstens vier maanden, in een verhouding van één kilo bramen per liter traditionele lambik. Daarna wordt de fruitlambik geassembleerd met jonge lambik en wordt alles gebotteld, en zet de vergisting zich verder in de fles. Het resultaat is een bijzonder braambessenlambikbier, met een intens bosvruchtenboeket en met evolutie in het glas. Natuurlijk fruit, zonder toevoeging van sappen, siropen, of suikers. Ongefilterd en ongepasteuriseerd.

Deze specifieke Braambes heeft 4,5 maanden gemacereerd op haar fruit. De finale fruitintensiteit bedraagt 426 gram fruit per liter Braambes. De lambikken zijn afkomstig uit vier vaten en van vier brouwsels. 75% 3 Fonteinen en 25% lambik gebrouwen door Brouwerij Lindemans.

(translated to English) 3 Fonteinen Braambes is obtained by maceration of handpicked blackberries on young traditional lambic, for at least four months, at a ratio of one kilo of blackberries per liter of traditional lambic. Then the fruit lambic is assembled with young lambic and everything is bottled, and the fermentation continues in the bottle. The result is a special blackberry lambic beer, with an intense forest fruit bouquet and with evolution in the glass. Natural fruit, without the addition of juices, syrups, or sugars. Unfiltered and unpasteurized.

This particular Braambes has macerated on its fruit for 4.5 months. The final fruit intensity is 426 grams of fruit per liter of Blackberry. The lambics come from four barrels and four brews. 75% 3 Fonteinen and 25% lambic brewed by Lindemans Brewery.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.27
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend°38, season 18/19, bottled on 12th February 2019. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy maroon red copper colour with a one and a half finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Funky, dusty, blackberry, jammy, oak, vanilla, with a touch of lime zest.
Taste: Sour, tart, funky, lime, blackberry, dusty, musty, oak, and gooseberry like notes.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Not my favourite blackberry lambic that I’ve tried, and even among 3F, I preferred Bramenlambik, but this was still nice and enjoyable.

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3 Fonteinen Bramenlambik

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.1%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: Blend°32, Season 19/20

Brewer Description: (from bottle) For this small batch Bramenlambik, we used blackberries from Ferme Framboos, located in beautiful Huldenberg, Flanders. These blackberries, hand-picked in the summer of 2019, macerated for almost four months on a small foeder. We only used lambik (originating from one brew only) from one barrel for the maceration and no lambik was used for blending. The final fruit intensity is still 645 grams of blackberries per litre of Bramenlambik. 100% 3 Fonteinen.

My rating: 4+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.35
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend°32, season 19/20, bottled on 28th January 2020. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy dark reddish colour with a slight purple tint, and a less than one finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Funky, musty, oak, damp wood, blackberry, with notes of lemon zest.
Taste: Sour, tart, blackberry, funky, musty, oak, with light lemon citrus notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: A good balance of funk, fruit and oak make it enjoyable and easy to drink.

3 Fonteinen Aardbei

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.8%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: Blend°97, Season 18/19

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) 3 Fonteinen Aardbei wordt bekomen door de maceratie van handgeplukte aardbeien op jonge traditionele lambik, in een verhouding van één kilo aardbeien per liter traditionele lambik. Daarna wordt de fruitlambik eventueel verder geassembleerd met jonge lambik en wordt alles gebotteld, en zet de vergisting zich verder in de fles. Natuurlijk fruit, zonder toevoeging van sappen, siropen, of suikers. Ongefilterd en ongepasteuriseerd.

Voor deze specifieke Aardbei macereerden we volgens een eindverhouding van 658 gram aardbeien per liter lambik en werd er voor de botteling geen lambik meer aan toegevoegd. De activiteit die nog in de fruitlambik zat, heeft voor een zachte pareling gezorgd. 100% 3 Fonteinen.

(translated to English) 3 Fonteinen Aardbei is obtained by maceration of hand-picked strawberries on young traditional lambic, at a ratio of one kilo of strawberries per liter of traditional lambic. After that, the fruit lambic is further assembled with young lambic and everything is bottled, and the fermentation continues in the bottle. Natural fruit, without the addition of juices, syrups, or sugars. Unfiltered and unpasteurized.

For this particular Aardbei we macerated according to a final ratio of 658 grams of strawberries per liter of lambic and no more lambic was added before bottling. The activity that was still in the fruit lambik has ensured a soft sparkle. 100% 3 Fonteinen.

My rating: 4+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.35
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend°97, season 18/19, bottled on 30th July 2019. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy pinkish orange colour with a two finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin cap, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Lightly sweet and tangy, strawberry jam, strawberry seed, yoghurt, hay, straw, lemon zest, with a touch of funk.
Taste: Sweet and sour, funky, strawberry, oak, lightly leafy and herbal, with notes of lemon zest.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Very nice and enjoyable. The strawberries come through extremely nicely in the aroma, and while the taste wasn’t as strawberry forward, it was still noticeable and well balanced with the other flavours.

3 Fonteinen Robijn

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.4%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: Blend°104, Season 18/19

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) 3 Fonteinen Robijn wordt bekomen door het macereren – op een getoast eikenhouten vat – van handgeplukte volle krieken op jonge traditionele lambik gedurende minstens vier maanden, in een verhouding van één kilo per liter. Daarna wordt de kriekenlambik geassembleerd met jonge lambik en wordt alles gebotteld, en zet de vergisting zich verder op fles. Hierdoor ontstaat een complexere Oude Kriek, geraffineerd, en met evolutie in glas en fles. Natuurlijk fruit, zonder toevoeging van sappen, siropen, of suikers. Ongefilterd en ongepasteuriseerd.

Deze specifieke (Oude Kriek) Robijn heeft meer dan 10 maanden gemacereerd. De finale fruitintensiteit bedraagt 695 gram krieken per liter Robijn. 100% 3 Fonteinen afkomstig van drie tonnen en zes brouwsels. 70% van deze assemblage is twee jaar oude lambik.

(translated to English) 3 Fonteinen Robijn is obtained by macerating – in a toasted oak barrel – hand-picked full cherries on young traditional lambic for at least four months, at a ratio of one kilo per litre. Then the cherry lambic is assembled with young lambic and everything is bottled, and the fermentation continues in the bottle. This creates a more complex Oude Kriek, refined, and with evolution in glass and bottle. Natural fruit, without the addition of juices, syrups, or sugars. Unfiltered and unpasteurized.

This particular (Oude Kriek) Robijn has macerated for over 10 months. The final fruit intensity is 695 grams of cherries per liter of Robijn. 100% 3 Fonteinen from three barrels and six brews. 70% of this assembly is two year old lambic.

My rating: 4+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.48
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend°104, season 18/19, bottled on 28th August 2019. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A nice ruby red colour with a one finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Cherry pie, cherry, almond, marzipan, blood orange, leather, with notes of strawberry juice.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, cherry, nectarine, cherry skin, oak, with light almond and lemon zesty notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Great aroma and flavours make this very enjoyable and easy to drink with so much cherry.

3 Fonteinen Druif/Kriek Dornfelder

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 8.3%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: Blend°26, Season 20/21

Brewer Description: (from bottle) For this Druif/Kriek, we blended a Belgian dornfelder druivenlambik and a kriekenlambik in a 50/50 proportion. We used both young and two-year old lambikken, originating from nine different barrels and nine different brews. The combined maceration took eight months and the final fruit intensity is 510 grams per litre of sour cherries and freshly pressed, skin-macerated grape juice.

3 Fonteinen Druif/Kriek is obtained by the successive maceration of grapes and cherries on lambik. Natural fruit, without the addition of syrups, or sugars. Unfiltered and unpasteurized.

My rating: 4+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.48
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend°26, season 20/21, bottled on 10th February 2021. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A dark maroon purple colour with a nice one finger pinkish head that had decent retention and eventually settled to a thin but frothy cap, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, cherry, blackberry, marzipan, with light citrus zesty notes.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, blackberry, grape skin, vinous, oak, with a touch of funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: This Druif/Kriek blend worked really well and was super enjoyable. Despite the 50/50 blend, I got all cherry and no grape in the aroma, but the grape and vinous character did come out nicely in the flavour, and matched well with the cherries.