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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;


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ej (759) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
Darkened orange. Aroma of over-ripe berries, hints of paintthinner, barnyard/dried hay and some woody notes. Taste is acidic, cellary, loads of berries and fruityness and bone-dry.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Red no head...or very little...yes to style. Huge aroma of cherrie and raspberries, added funk and barnyard made this an aromatic dream. Flavor matches aroma so well balanced with tart fruit and barnyard funk A++++

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2007
I’m afraid my English vocabulary is to limited to describe such a superb beer. Hell, even my Flemish is to limited I’m afraid. Purple head quickly disappearing after pouring the bear. Good carbonation. Self-evident fruity aroma’s dominated by the cherries but after some time I also recognise the raspberries. Cherry is dominantly present at the start, but when the cherry’s faint away, the raspberries pop up. I don’t think you can get closer to perfection for this style of beer. My first 20/20. Only a slightly longer lasting head might have resulted in a completely perfect score.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Many thanks to hellomynameis for this great treat. Massive sour barnyard funk with excellent lactic character. Faint cherry and raspberry flavor. Wow. Lactic flavor with some funk. Amazing beer. Reminds me of a wisconsin spring. Ok, end wine pretense. My second tasting of this was better than I remembered it. Bottled at Falling Rock. The as tart and refreshing as I remember, but the cherry really smoothed out the finish.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Travlr (12906) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle dated 14/02/2007, bought at the brewery store in July 2008, consumed on 21/11/2009. Appearance is bright purple, starts clear and progresses to cloudy/chunky due to my poor pouring skills. Soda-pop head that starts vigorously but disappears in seconds to leave no bubbles or lacing. Smell changes every nanosecond. Vinegar, sour cherries, horse, raspberries, dust, and about a million other things - all at the same time. Taste was amazing. Defies words. Sweet and sour all at once. Evident fruit. Must, dust and mold, and sweaty animals. Vinegar, the high end balsamic type from Modena. Mouthfeel is orgasmic. Drinkability is top of the line, not just for lambics, but for all beer. Nothing short of miraculous.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - MAR 15, 2010
pours blood red with no head. aroma bursts with tart cherries, raspberries, earthy, vinegar. drinks with tons of juicy tart cherries with pit and sweet raspberries. tartness peeks through the whole drink with just enough pucker to make you want more and more. finishes sweet with tons of fruits and berries coating the palate. just amazing.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
There is a lot of barnyard and funk in this aroma with some sour cherry notes and a bit of raspberry sweetness. It is nicely carbonated with some soft fizz on the tongue. Lots of raspberry up front with a bunch of lactic sourness with tart cherries finishing it out. Really nice overall with some very interesting flavours.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Like a sweet Rapsberry Jam. For a Lambic, not much tartness or funk at all, which is nice for a cjange. Damn good beer, but a bit pricey for sure.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Hedonically nearly perfect. The aroma is perfectly balanced between real fresh fruit, and framboise. By this I mean the raspberry is so real it transcends the lambicness at times, then just melds with it. A stony, pitty aroma presence, minerally at times, runs around in waves. The color is incredibly gorgeous, with the hints of tan increasing thoughts of leather in the horse barn. Flavors are somewhat acetic, somewhat lactic, sweet and sour and leathery. Incredible back of the throat sourness. Palate lets down just the tiniest bit; first brawny and slippery and thick, then with the feeling of a slight watery hole. A truly great beer. Thanks John.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Martinus (2996) - 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


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