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

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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14   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;


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2008
2/14/207 Bottle shared by Matt. No head and very little carbonation. Funky raspberries and sharp acetic acid in the nose. Light acidic barn / raspberry flavor. Sour but there wasnít a good complexity to the beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6319) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle (Feb 07 bottling). Head is initially small, fizzy, pink, fully diminishing. Body is hazy medium reddish-purple, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of raspberry and cherry, light notes of band-aid, sour apple, and wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation. I rarely say this, but thatís because I rarely believe itís true: this will probably benefit greatly from another couple of years in the bottle. Although the aroma is very enticing and vibrant, itís pretty fruit-forward right now, as with young wine (and priced like the latter as well, at least in the States...$35 a bottle here in Colorado). I would also ideally want a smidge less sweetness and a smidge more tartness. These are nits...itís great stuff as-is to be sure. And given a few years for the fruits to fade a bit and some aged characters to take their place, I have little doubt that it will gain more depth and breadth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
25 oz bottle, via papsoe I think. Pours a ruddy red body with a minimal head that vanished quickly. Nice funky nose with lots of cherry skins and pits, and ripe raspberries. Light brett, and lots of funky musty cellar notes. Lots of fresh ripe raspberry and cellar funkiness with zero residual sugars. Tart, but not overpoweringly sour, I think that there is some room for development in that area. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a nice lingering tart finish. Overall, quite good, I look forward to the chance to sit down with a whole bottle of this and really get to know it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 750ml bottle thanks to my man Dough77..... oured a pomegranate raspberry red with a thin and quickly disappearing off-white head. not sure why i gave it a 3 but thatís what my notes say..... aroma of light cheese accented by red fruit. an abundance of raspberried filled the air.... a sharp, crisp raspberry/cherry flavors run wild and intermingled well with the funky cheesiness that provided that nice quality that i like in a lambic.....i hope to try this again one of these days.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Deep magenta color. Rich fruit flavor, itís nice to taste an authentic raspberry fruit flavor. I havent felt like Iíve had a good raspberry lambic in awhile, even with rose and oud beersel framboise. I donít love this beer, but itís a nice lambic style.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (529) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2009 Bottle pops open with a bang. Pours murky red/copper, when held to the light reveals itself an absolute blood red, hazy, fizzy, nice small lacing. Big sour nose with earth, must, grass, raspberries, pomegranites, cherries, lemons. Flavor is an impressive montage, first of a noble geuze, hay, lemons, grass, soil, giving rise to elegant assortments of fresh raspberries, sour cherries, pomegranite, and lemon rind. Acidity is pretty high, sometimes too much so. Otherwise, a really impressive framboise, soft, fruity, and complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad_indian. Pours deep hazy red with a huge pink head. Aroma of raspberries, yeast, hay, vinegar, and tart. The flavor is definitely tart, raspberry, wood, hay, funky yeast, with a bitter tingle on your tongue for a finish. Good body. Damn good lambic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2426) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle gift from Stegosaurus. Ok, I canít stand lambics I donít want to harshly judge it but itís not for me. Murky red pink pour with an overly sweet/ vinegar aroma. Extremely sour to taste. I did not enjoy this that much but I will not trash it just because I do not like the style. RE-RATE Ok the more I drank the bottle and my palate got used to it the more I liked it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8016) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2008
Pours hazy deep magenta (not ruby) with pink head. Nose is nice; freshly picked raspberries, oaky woody notes, funky yeasty notes, and some root cellary hints. Tastes tart, but well balanced, and not a mouth puckering tartness. The tartness here seems to go with the raspberries, making it much more tolerable and less harsh than some lambics Iíve had. The raspberries taste natural (as they should), and this one is very good from start to finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2008
Bottle shared by sliffy. Deep ruby pour with a white film. Aroma of funk, wood, sour vinous fruits, and barnyard. Flavors were sour/tart berries, oak, pale malt, and funk. Light body, sour/tart/woody with a woody/sour finish. Nice stuff!


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