Category Archives: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

3 Fonteinen Hommage

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Batch #3. 30% Pajottenland raspberries and 5% sour cherries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A blend of lambic beers brewed at 3 Fonteinen, with an addition of 30% whole fresh raspberries from the fabled Pajottenland and 5% sour cherries. This unfiltered beer will enjoy a spontaneous refermentation in the bottle. No artificial colors or flavor enhancers are added. Lambic is brewed only from 60% barley malt, 40% unmalted wheat, hops and water.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.62
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 30th June 2015, and best before 30th June 2025. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: A hazy deep ruby red colour with a thin pinkish head that faded fairly quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Strong cherry tartness with jammy fruit sweetness and oak. There are hints of raspberries, lemon zest and light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, raspberry, oak, lemon zest and vinegar with a touch of funkiness.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was just great. Surprisingly the cherry was much more prominent than the raspberries and the funkiness was less than expected but, this was still extremely drinkable, tasty and enjoyable. On my must buy list.

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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)

Brewer Description: (from bottle) (in French) Assemblage de jeunes, mi-vieux et vieux lambic, brassés par 3 Fonteinen. Cent pour cent naturel, authentique, spontané et un peu têtu, mais toujours élégant et plein de caractère. La Pure Passion, comme Armand et Gaston l’ont toujours fait.

(English translation) Blend of young, middle-aged and old lambics, brewed by 3 Fonteinen. One hundred percent natural, authentic, spontaneous and a bit stubborn, but always elegant and full of character. The Pure Passion, as Armand and Gaston have always done.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.67
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle at Himmergiet, bottled on 7th October 2015 and best before 26th October 2035. Poured into a mini wine glass.
Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a one finger off white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: 3F funkiness, sour, tart, barnyard, leather and lemon citrus.
Taste: Sour, tart, apple, farmyard, oak, grape, grapefruit and lemon juice.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: Another amazing gueuze from 3F. Perfect mouthfeel with wonderful matching aromas and taste. Must buy if you can find it!

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3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek van Schaerbeekse Krieken

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: 35% refers to the 210 grams per litre of Schaerbeekse cherries added to the 600 litre barrels. I.e. 35% of the 600 litre barrel was Schaerbeekse cherries NOT 35% of the cherries.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Young lambic with 35% Schaerbeekse cherries added. Unfiltered. Spontaneous refermentation in the bottle. No colours or other additives. Lambic is brewed from 60% malt barley, 40% wheat, hops and water.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.8
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.7

Intro: A 750ml bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. There were two conflicting bottling dates. The original label has a bottled on date of 28th April 2010 whereas Moeder Lambic added a 2015 bottling label. Whatever research I could muster up shows that there does appear to be a 2015 bottling on 30th January 2015 out there (first since 2011). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy dark ruby red colour with a big three finger light pink head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving very sparse lacing.
Aroma: Very nice fruity cherry and strawberry with a hint of vanilla.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry and strawberry with some very light funk.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very nice and refreshing with great aromas. Unfortunately I have not tried the regular Oude Kriek though, so I cannot compare to that yet.

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