Category Archives: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)

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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3 Fonteinen Jonge Lambik

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)

Brewer Description: From the cask and aged (12 months, I believe).

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.06
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 200ml pour by hand pump from the cask into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Lightly sweet, fruity, almost stone fruit like.
Taste: Sour, light funk and light fruit flavours, lemon, apple.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: Not what I expected but it’s one of the better Jonge Lambik’s that I’ve tried.

Cantillon Iris

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: Fresh hops, no wheat

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The Iris beer, a spontaneous fermentation beer made with pure malt, is really unique. It matures for two years in oak-wood casks and undergoes a natural second fermentation in the bottle afterwards. The fresh hops gives the beer a bitter flavour. This characteristic, combined with the absence of wheat, constitute the main difference between the Iris and the other Cantillon beers, that are made with Lambic. Keep and serve at a temperature of 12°-15°. To be drunk preferably within the 10 years after the bottling date.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.24
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, bottled on 9th January 2018. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a one and a half finger off white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer, while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, funky barnyard, oak, apricot, grapefruit, citrus zest and rind.
Taste: Sour, lightly bitter, a hint of sweetness, funk, oak, apricot, peach, grapefruit zest, lemon and leather with a hint of floral and herbal.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: Very enjoyable and great to drink. Even better when aged properly for a few years.

Mikkeller Jonge Spontanale 4 month

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.2%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Lambic aged 4 months.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.35
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 21st June 2022. Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy dark golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Funk, oak, green apple, pear and a touch of lemon.
Taste: Sour, green apple, pear, funk, musk, oak and grass.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: This was interesting, but perhaps still a bit young and underdeveloped.

3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera Solera

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: Lambic blend aged on Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez sherry casks

Brewer Description: (from bottle) With the first version of Zenne y Frontera, 9 Oloroso barrels and 3 PX barrels were filled with young lambic. After one year of oak maturation, the characteristics of the finest of sherries and the 40 year old casks integrated with the 3 Fonteinen lambic. Only half of the volume of all casks was blended and bottled and the barrels were filled again with young lambic – our interpretation of the “solera” method. For this second edition, again only half of all barrels was blended and bottled. After another 17 months of bottle maturation, the average age of this naturally refined traditional lambic beer is more than 45 months. This batch is limited to 3000 bottles.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.8
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 750ml bottle, batch 2, bottled on 26th March 2016 and a best before date of 26th October 2026. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen funnel and decanter, decanted for 60 to 90 minutes and poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear golden orange colour with a minimal white head and sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Earthy funk, barnyard, hay, oak, nutty, sherry, peach and lemon.
Taste: Complex flavours. Funky, earthy, barnyard, sour, lemon, grape, apricot, sherry and oak with a hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Wow, such complexity and goodness from a beer. Amazing and well balanced. Now I really want to try this side by side with the sherries and even batch 1, if at all possible.