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

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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Made with 30% raspberries from the Payottenland, and 5% sour cherries. In commemoration of the late Gaston Debelder, founder of the 3 Fonteinen blendings;


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sic1314 (2560) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2014
Poured cherry reddish brown with a disappearing frothy pink head. Aroma of sour sweet cherries. Medium body, flavour of vinegary cherry with a hint of raspberry and soft malt. Dry, dour lingering finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
Tonight just seemed like the right time to open up the last bottle of the 2007 vintage...before I was tempted with some of the crazy trade offers. Slightly mahogany dark grapefruit with a off white head with a rose shading. Smells a bit musty, earthy raspberries, cherry, carbonation, some blanket, light acidity, oak, funk; every time you take a sniff there seems to a different combination of funk and fruit. Although the raspberries have faded they are still present and I like that the sweetness has given way to more funk and sourness (but no enamel peeling acidity). Moderate+ carbonation, dry, funky body, somewhat fruity ending but more dry oak and funk. Good lord this is delicious - so happy to be drinking it but so sad its my last bottle. O well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (4277) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
(Bottle, 0.75 l - bottled 14/0202007, at Pikkulintu, 20140111) The beer poured ruby red and clear. Its head was small and almost white. Aroma had raspberries, cherries, sourness and cherry stones. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were raspberries, sourness, tartness, cherries, cinnamon and low bitterness. Aftertaste had raspberries, tartness and sourness. A very nice blend of raspberries and cherries in lambic

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2142) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of kermis. 2013 batch. Pours an unclear, pinkish beer with a thin, light pink head on top. Aroma of raspberries, guided by massive funk notes, Bretty touches, oak and other red fruityness. Awesome, strong aroma, reaches you while the glass is still on the table. Flavor is sour, tart raspberries, big red fruits and even a sweet, oaky touch in the finish. Quite a juicy mouthfeel, light carbo. Very nice fruit lambic!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmgreenuk (3565) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Kermis. Poured a hazy reddish amber with a broken off white head. The aroma is yeast acid citrus red berry fruit. The flavour is light acidic sour leading to an acid weak vinegar yeast palate. Light bodied with a soft carbonation and long soft light sour finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1550) - AUSTRIA - JAN 5, 2014
Big thanks to Kermis. Deep ruby with a pink fizzy, somewhat lasting lacy, head. Smells sweet and sour raspberries with a hint of the cherry sweetness with a bit of vinegar. Medium frothy oily body. Tastes of sweet berry with a hint of sourness in the background and finishes dry slightly sour. Lingering sweetness. Can’t tell there is alcohol here.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JefVerstraete (933) - BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2014
2nd batch. Dark red colour, some white foam, disappears quickly. Medium carbonation. Very complex aroma of framboos and sour cherry. Some sweetness with a complex sour and dry aftertaste. Some notes of almonds. Very good beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sean9689 (270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2014
750ml bottle, 1st batch. Original review 11-09-2010.

Pours dark ruby red (this was the last of the bottle), off-white head, some spotty lacing along the side of the glass, and a medium ring around the glass and some bubbles here and there on top of the glass with some wisps. Nose is sour cherries, oak, funk. Just wonderful to sniff over and over. Not overly complex but it gets straight to the point of awesomeness. The funk, oak, and cherries are wonderful. Flavor is raspberries, cherries, oak, funk, sour/tart notes. A little bit of each of these characteristics meld together to create one helluva blend. I get a lot of sour cherries, raspberries, and oak. Light body, crisp, fizzy carbonation, dry finish.

Welp, color me impressed. This went beyond my expectations and is right up there with any other lambic I’ve had in the past. Yet another winner from 3F. Awesome.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1112) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Batch #2, bottled 6/26/2013. Deep, intense red hue yields fizzy pink-white bubbles that fade quickly.

Dark, freshly crushed raspberry aroma atop the distinct smell of a 3F fruited lambic. Distinctive; unique. Is it wrong to label this their "house yeast strain"?

Raspberries are fresh and, again, dark. Musty, cheesy, and an effervescent feel without actually being over-carbed. Feels almost gritty in the mouth. A totally different approach compared to the Cantillon raspberry lambics.

Mild pucker at the end. Not particularly sour, just damn complex and tasty. Fruit will fade, but this should age like a champ otherwise. Need to get my hands on some b1.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zer0 (1125) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2013
Super fresh bottle shared at wedding party. Pours cloudy pink/purple with a fast dissipating white head. Aroma is red red fruits, raspberries, funk, manure, barnyard, cherries and vinegar. Beautiful fruity flavour. Light sour, light sweet. Perfect balance. Long fruity tart dry finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Amazing beer. Incredibly balanced. Armand really knows his lambics!


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