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

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RATINGS: 566   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   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;


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Martinus (4350) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 Update: Re-rate @ RBBSG II.
Reddish brown colour, small white head. Aroma of fruit, cherry, raisins and raspberry pips and old framboise. Brilliant sour flavour, champagne, raspberry, raspberry pips, fresh and fruity. Sour and fruity finish.
If anything, it even gained strenght compared to 4 years ago when I last had it. Good beer and aging well.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Courtesy of Travlr. Thank you Gene!)

Old rating:
Unfortunately this marvelous beer has not been brewed for a while, but the brewer told he was thinking of making it again With some friends we shared a bottle at the 3 fonteinen restaurant. It is a shiny deep red brew with a pretty pinkish head. It has a delightful, fresh fruit aroma, with champagne and some honey. The taste is beautiful fruit, nice acidity and tartness, reminding of champagne and red wine.
9-4-9-4-18: 4.4

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottled on Feb 14, 2007 thanks to Yem25. Pours with a lightly pink, creamy head and a very muddy, deep red body with great lacing. Aroma is champagne notes with raspberry, horse hair, vinegar, cherries, pineapple, vanilla, toffee and mustiness. Taste is complex with champagne, raspberries, oats, barnyard, cherries...Complex and clean. Light amount, but tickling bubbles with a dry mouthfeel.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Wow! Bottle shared with bman1113vr. My favorite beer style are lambiks, so this was definitely a treat! Pours with a redish amber hue, with a small white head that is mostly diminishing. I got some citrus, spices, and surprisingly enough some dark fruits in the nose, mainly prunes and dates. Some yeast as well. Flavor has a syrupy beginning - kind of sweet, but very slight, with a sour ending. The beer overall has a bready/yeasty, champagne flavor to it that is complemented nicely with the fruit notes as well. A very complex taste indeed! Medium texture with light carbonation! A great Lambik!!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2009
750ml bottle. Bottled Feb 14 2007. Pours a muddy, bloody pink with a big bubbly rosy head while Iím pouring that has no retention whatsoever. Beautiful color, appearance is completely flat. Aroma shows awesome signs of funk and fruit. Total fruit bomb. Juicy, ripe, intense raspberries. Wow that it is an amazing fruit aroma. There is a slight medicinal quality to this, or it could just be a reminder of other Raspberry wine/mead/beers Iíve had that were bad or medicinal. Vanilla and floral notes are also apparent. Barnyard is pretty subtle, funk is more of a urinal/lemon rind quality. Taste is very fruity, acidic, dry, tart. A long, lemony raspberry finish. This is nice. I donít think itís the best fruit lambic Iíve had (that would be belong to Lou Pepe Kriek) but itís above most of itís class.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 6, 2009
first sampled at rbesg07 grand tasting, then a bottle courtesy of duff, shared with betty. bright pink coloured with an off-pink head which died quickly. aroma of grapefruit rind, swimming pool and jerking off in a cherry orchard, some sherbet and cherry ripe flavours with hints of apple raspberry flavoured cotteeís cordial and masking tape. the sourness is balanced but still vigorous, beautiful stuff

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Solid brew, but I had such high expectations. Pours pink/red with a white head. Aroma of cherries, raspberries, oak, and the usual funk. Sour and tart while still being balanced. Finishes dry and still has the bite. For the cost of the bottle though, I don’t know if I am going to go back.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Candied raspberries swirl with hints of funkiness and spices in the aroma. Medium tart flavor has great fruit with just enough wild elements to really make it an interesting brew. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (10565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2008
Pours candy pink, with pinkish-white cloudy big head. Smells funky, alcohol though low, penetrates the nose. Great mouthfeel, raspberries lambic bullseyes the style. Satisfying aftertaste. Oh so drinkable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2008
750ml bottle. Bright, pink-red colour with a medium white head that vanishes quickly-this looks like desert in a glass. Intense fresh red raspberry aroma with notes of sour cherries, barnyard, and a nice hint of oak. The flavor of this beer is a tour de force of balance and intensity: sweet red raspberries, sour cherries, and barnyard funk. The finish is sour and well controlled, leaving a pleasant sour cherry aftertaste that complements the initial sweetness. I would love to try this again after a couple of years in the cellar. A world class beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3705) - Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2008
750 ml bottle purchased in May at Capones outside of Philly. Pour is mostly clear ruby, red brown with a pinkish white 1 inch head that falls really fast. Aroma of acidic waxiness, barnyardy yeastiness, and some raspberry fruitiness. Taste is tart and sour, very acidic. Calms down after the initial taste, revealing raspberry fruit and some menthol. Palate is medium, though a bit slick - coats the mouth nicely. Drying yeasty finish. Balances out nicely, while still maintaining a sharp sour bite.


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