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3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot VI.i: Witte Perzik Raw & Uncut

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Peach lambik with 4.5 months of maceration in a wooden barrel. The white peaches originate from Ludo Rosseels, the last grower of native peaches in Belgium

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. Witte Perzik (Raw & Uncut) is the result of a barrel maceration of de-stoned white peaches on young lambic for about 4.5 months. In July 2017 we met with the last grower of native peaches in Belgium. Since the seventies, the number of stone fruit growers in the region of Hageland (in between the city of Leuven and the province of Limburg) plummeted due to the cheaper transport from the south of Europe. With a few hectares of fields left, Ludo Rosseels specialises in white and yellow peach varieties, apricots, prunes and vineyard peaches. Give this peach lambic 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: 4.47
My ratebeer.com rating:

Intro: A 750ml bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°1, season 17/18, bottled on 27th November 2017 with a best before date of 26th October 2037. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Peach, peach skin, light leather and light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, fresh peaches, peach skin, light mineral and funk.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Wonderful peach aromas and flavours. I can just keep on drinking this.

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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Honing

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: Unknown (7%?)
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: 2015 vintage

Brewer Description: (from lambic.info) 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Honing is a geuze infused with honey (local organic honey).

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.67
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 750ml bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, 2015 vintage, bottled on 12th January 2015. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear dark orange, copper colour with a three finger off white head that had great retention and thick stick lacing.
Aroma: Funk, grass, hay, lightly sweet honey, light herbs and lemon peel.
Taste: Sour, funk, lightly sweet, grass, hay, lemon peel, sherry vinegar and light berries.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Another amazing lambic by 3 Fonteinen. Just so enjoyable and relaxing to drink.

3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot II.ii: Robijn Blended & Alive

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Oude Kriek with 7 months of maceration in a new toasted barrel, backblended with young lambik and with a fruit intensity of 35%

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. 1st of December 2016, about 480 kilos of sour cherries were put with 500 liter one-year 3 Fonteinen lambic on a new toasted/charred 1000-litre barrel. After seven months of maceration, about 680 liter of kriek lambic came off the barrel. This means a fruit intensity of a staggering 710 grams of fruit per liter of fruit lambic! Given the intensity of the aromas and flavours, and the colour, we decided to call it “Robijn” (Ruby). We poured 80 liter during the Toer De Geuze 2017. The remaining 600 liter was split in half: 300 liter was bottled as such (II.i Raw & Uncut), another 300 liter was blended with a tender young 3 Fonteinen lambic, down to the usual 350 grams of sour cherries per liter (II.ii Blended & Alive). Give this sour cherry lambic 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: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.92
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.8

Intro: A 750ml bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°39, season 16/17, bottled on 30th June 2017 with a best before date of 26th October 2037. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: A ruby red colour with a two finger creamy pink head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin layer, while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Candied cherry, almonds, marzipan and oak.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, tart, sour, candied cherry, almond, marzipan and oak.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Just amazing cherry juice and almonds.

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: 2010 vintage

Brewer Description: (from lambic.info) Oude Geuze Vintage is 3 Fonteinen’s reserve series geuze.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.65
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged but unlabelled bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom. Bottled on 8th March 2010. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a just under two finger puffy white head that had good retention and left some nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Funk, barnyard, hay, earthy, citrusy lemon, oak with hints of herbal and green apple.
Taste: Tart, funky, hay, lemon, grapefruit rind, wet oak and hints of green apple.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Just wonderful, with great aromas and taste continuing after 8 years in the bottle.

Bokkereyder Zomersaison

Brewery: Bokkereyder
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: 2017 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Fantôme saison w/ 1 & 2 yr old lambic aged on freshly emptied fruit lambic barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.02
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle at Koelschip, bottled in December 2017. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.
Appearance: A light pinkish red colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Fantôme, funk, tart, oak with light strawberry and raspberry.
Taste: Barnyard, Fantôme, light funk, light tartness with very light fruit and mixed berries.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Quite nice with the Fantôme base having a strong showing, while there is only light fruitiness.