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

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RATINGS: 437   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;


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Edmoe (239) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours opaque orange-red. Aroma is very tart and sour. Taste is very tart and refreshing with distinct tannins. Finishes clean.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 Sampled again with the montreal crew (late May), and it is stilll getting better. The raspberry is coming out really nice- very jammy, red rasp fruit, cassis, and cherry on the nose. Body is smoothing out a bit, plasticy notes are all but gone. Acidity and extreme tartness need to come in, as well as more funk, but that will take time. I have a feeling this will age really well. Just sampled again with Armand, and it seems that the raw plasticyness that I got about 4 months ago has mellowed nicely- the fruit almost springs out a bit more now, and the raspberries seem more "real" to me. Lots of overall red fruits and even soem strawberry noticed int he aroma and flavor. I have decided to bump it up from 4.2 to a 4.4 now. Cant wait for this to come into the states. Should be real soon now!! 750 ml bottle. thanks to Eric for sharing. Pours a bright pinkish almost purple with red/bloody hints on the edges- good carbonation and a fizzy head which dissipates. Aroma of chlorine, and bromine with some funky off raspberry and cherry pie- pedio character and a dirty burning diesel fuel with ethyl and butyl esters but somehow it is still pleasant. Fruity lacto tartness upfront and more dirty sharp sour and acidic house character that most 3F beers have. More cherry and rasp tart fruit flavors in the middle and end with a bitter stomach acid sourness in the end with some light rubber hints and prickly finish. Crazy funky and off the wall lambic. I forgot how much I liked this until I checked my notes.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (4648) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2007
75 cl bottle, bottled 14/02/2007. Pours deep red with orange notes and has a modest pinkish head. Immediately upon pouring raspberries scents hit the nose, but sour cherries, wood, lemony lambik are more prominent even though raspberries remain. Hint of marcipan. Sour cherry fruit, almonds, moderate woodiness towards the finish, overall nicely balanced. A masterpiece.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
(750ml, Bottled 14/02/07) Pours a cloudy, glowing ruby red body with a spare light pinkish head. Aroma of earthiness, dried tartness of raspberries, cherry, and florals. Lightly acidic flavor of raspberries, florals, and apple with a soft mouthfeel and a dry finish. Not nearly as tart as expected for this young of a lambic from 3 Fonteinen.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Much thanks to egajdzis for sharing the fairly new beauty... BB 14/02/2007. Appears a murky red with a pinkish, white head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of raspberries, tart gooseberries, farmland, dusty barnyard, and light vanilla. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with funky plastic, rubber, grape leaves, bugs(bacteria fermentation), raspberries, and apples. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sour, with phenols of funky plastic, and exotic plants.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
Pure raspberry red coloured and fully veiled. Light and natural white head. Purely extracted raspberry, savvy and full of vitality, yet nervously juicy. Growing cherry presence as it warms. Hard to decipher, the wild yeast brings up a cheesy and bready backing, but the main character might be the huge citrus backings: lemony, grapefruity. Elegant to the max. It unveils itself not as perfumey as the original Framboos at this point, but perhaps as vibrant, not as acidic, but more jammy and in its own way, almost as brilliant. Fleshy palate, pie-like, delicate in its character fullness. Champaigny body. Superb and to me easily one of the best new beers of the year.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2008 Bottle at Delirium Cafe, for a mere 25. Ouch. I was thinking Id be seeing this beer all over the country as it was just released, but after 4 days in Belgium and 4 bottle shops, this is the only time Ive seen it, so Im glad I jumped on it. Very lactic, milky and strong raspberry aroma. A touch of grass, good cherry, but the raspberry is compeltely and utterly dominant, more like one of the sweet ones. No head. Less milk in the palate. Raspberry is still strong, but there is not enough carbonation and the sourness is a bit lacking. Fruit is completely dominant all around but the base lambic is quite disappointing. I think this needs another couple years to sour up and for the raspberry to come into check. Ive got another bottle to bring home, so well see. 7/3/7/4/3.7

update: Ive had this twice since the original rating and it has gotten better and better every time. My last experience with the beer was sublime. Still, more time will make this even better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Thanks to ybg.... for this rarity. Pours a dark red maroonish with little bubbles around the edge acting as a head. Nose is vinous raspberry and cherry quite sour. Flavor is potent sour raspberries. Little chocolate mixes in adding to the flavor. Overall a little bland for what I came to expect.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2007
[Odense-tasting at Scheffel. Bottle from Christian.] A beer of high quality, indeed. Heavy grapenotes in a good mix of krieks and frambozen. Wood, soil, complex, oak, medium sourness, acidity and a great carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2007
Bottled. Pours out in a hazy reddish oale colour with a low pink head. Strong acidic and fruity aroma of cherries, wood, wild raspberries, mild grapefruit, and fay. Dryish, acidic and fruity flavour of blackberries, cherries, wood and bretts. Long acidic and sourish finish of cherries, hay and wood. Damn nice!


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