Brewed by Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Beersel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Lambic blended with raspberries from the Pajottenland. Bottled, 750ml.



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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, - JAN 6, 2006
Vintage 1986. Consommé en compagnie de Jocelyn et d’une belle étrangère dans un petit coin de paradis Flamand, le 30 Décembre 2005. Superbe couleur rose scintillant sous une mousse abondante et crémeuse blanche finement teintée de rose. Fruits d’une authenticité invraisemblable, framboise, écorce de citron, vanille (serait peut-être en provenance des sucres non-fermentés), composantes sauvages modérées sous des pointes respectueuses d’acidité citrique et lactique. Le plan de framboises semble y être en entier; la chair, les parfums et l’acidité du fruit, l’aspect de caoutchouc des tiges, la jadis verdure du feuillage. Tartrique, tannique et sèche en finale laissant le fruit s’exprimer longuement dans toute sa splendeur et sa complexité. Toutes les composantes co-habitent dans la plus grande harmonie. Tout simplement exceptionnelle ! Bouteille, Kroegske, Izegem. Merci Dany !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Malin_aiisa (350) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2015
bottle at sbwf 2015. So Good! vinegar and berry aroma Soure taste. make you smile Fizzy and nice My best at sbwf!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (4456) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2015
Sample at SBWF 2015. Tart and fruity smell with raspberries. Similar taste. Nice and smooth. It was an open bottle with almost no carbonation but still great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Simonsen (900) - NORWAY - OCT 3, 2015
Flaske 2014 årgang. Rød uklar farge. Nesten uten skum og kullsyre. Smaker sitrus og BRINGEBÆR med stor B . Meget god. Mye bringebærsmak

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (1492) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2015
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshare +1. ’11 vintage. Dirty reddish pour with a frothy head. Nose is jammy, raspberry, cranberries and some tannins. Taste is super jammy raspberries, leather, tannins, oak and some funkiness. Pretty good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (2430) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2015
2014 bottle shared by Charule. Pours a pretty still slightly cloudy purplish red. Aromas of raspberry jam, slight musty basement, barnyardy funk. Very complex aroma. Taste is more sour than I expected. Would make a nice raspberry vinaigrette. Acidity makes the beer feel a tad thicker than it would normally, especially since it lacks carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pyrmir (4393) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2015
Sample from 750 ml bottle at SBWF15. Hazy pink color with pinkish head. Aroma is tart, sour, wild bretty notes, raspberry. Complex and deep smell. Taste is sour, sharp, lactic, raspberries, wood, some astringent notes and wild bretty notes. Complex and very pleasant

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (1740) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle from trade. Thanks! Poured slightly cloudy red orange with no head, bubbles on side of glass. Aroma juicy crushed raspberries with tart funk. Min carb med bod. Taste a little more tart then expected plenty of berries backend with that classic basement and spiders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2015
2014 bottle, shared with Dogfish120love at Zwanze Day 9/19/15, Lord Hobo.
Seems like almost a good deal for $85 at a bar....yikes. But I’m more than happy to pay that at least once to try probably my favorite fruit lambic producer in the world.
The damned bartender poured the thing for us and just basically pointed the bottle downwards getting lots of sediment stir-up. As soon as he picked it up, I almost and should have just said, I’ll pour it myself, thanks. But I always feel awkward/assholeish/incredibly beer geeky when doing that. That being said, I can’t stand when the bartenders/servers pour the bottle for you at a beer bar. Almost all places don’t, but of course Lord Hobo had to this instance....sigh. Anyhow, resulting pours show a clear glass and a hazy glass (the very first pour being unaffected). Thankfully, trying both the unsedimented and sedimented showed very little difference (probably just raspberry sediment and little/no yeast, as there was no dirtiness/metal/blandness that I would normally associate with heavily yeast sedimented beers). Head was small and pink and immediately fizzled away to a cover of light bubbles. The liquid itself a deep auburn with magenta and violet hues, as well.
Juicy, wonderfully fruity nose shows the characterful brett brightness I associate with 3F, as well. It’s a great mix of lambic and fruit character and pretty well-homogenized at only a year of age. No flaw whatsoever, no alcohol and no tannin or oak to get in the way of the beer/fruit character (not that I’d expect that from 3F). Really nice, sniffable, balanced nose.
The flavors abound with raspberry, deep and juicy with plentiful acidity that crescendos to the finish with a very acidic, palate-cleansing, tooth-cleaning end. Very soft texture with low but more than ample carbonation. No, it’s not flat, no the carbonation is not problematic, no Armand did not release this prematurely for some compromising commercial gain. As usual, people not understanding/appreciating lambics with little basis in reality and they immediately scream "MY BEER’S FLAT". No, it’s not, you’re a moron. Go try some other lambics instead of just the few rare whales you’ve had in your beer bro campaign ;)
Overall, just true, clean authentic lambic funk mixed with plentiful raspberry acids and juiciness. Most of the real lambic producers get very high ratings, almost universally, for their beers. Some point at this and call it bias. But I don’t think so. Rather, these beers and others like them are just on a whole different level. It’s not that they have some magical flavor to them that you taste and immediately crap your pants because of. What they do is present a well-homogenized flavor with an artful balance of various acids, generally very low in acetic, with little/no oakiness nor any astringent tannin. There are rarely, if ever off-flavors/flaws and they are amazingly quite delicious both young and aged. Not to mention I’ve never had an under or overattenuated 3F or Cantillon.
Most other sour beers fail at one or more of these categories and only the really, truly special ones nail them all, like a true lambic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (852) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2015
2011 thanks to Phredrik! Big want. Pours reddish/brown with a medium pinkish head. Aroma is out of this world-jammy, tart raspberries, vinegar, funky stable notes, oaky notes. Taste is once again jammy, funky, tannic, stable, oaky, vinegary and has a lot of tart raspberry pits to back up the sweetness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdtm82 (1313) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2015
2014. Drunk at Julio’s liquor store tasting (MA) with Morse. Loads of raspberries Some good acid and funk. Felt it needed another six months or so. Aroma was stunning. Pure raspberry juice. Such a shame this is so special and hard-to-get as it really is an outstanding lambic. I love raspberries, one of my favourite fruits. If you could bottle the aroma for perfume it would be awesome.

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