Belgium > Beersel
Travlr (1686) Washington, Washington DC | July 31, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Always full of locals and those passing through, itís worth coming here just for the food. Of course, the fact that they have world class beer to accompany your meal doesnít hurt either. Kriekenlambik and lambik served the traditional way, in pitchers, and Armandís full range of geuze, including a few very old and dusty bottles. A pilgrimage site, which of course must include a stop at the tasting room.
t0rin0 (1456) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 8, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited in October 2012.
I was very excited to come to see where the best gueuze in the world is made. Actually we didnít really get to see the brewery, but rather we just went into the gift shop and then over to the restaurant to try some beer. The restaurant wasnít serving food at the time since it was between lunch and dinner. They do serve beer during those times however. Apparently if you ask they have older bottles of the oude gueuze available to drink there as well as things like Hommage. We didnít do any of that. Instead we tried the lambic and what ever vintage of gueuze they had. I have to say, while itís great getting the amazing beer at the source, Iím not sure Iíd rank this place so highly. The town is nice and parking is easy, and itís close to Beersel, but I canít see myself spending a lot of time at this restaurant. Iíd be more likely to raid the gift shop.
3fourths (1370) Boulder, Colorado | June 21, 2006| Updated March 31, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Ate lunch at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant, which is located across the street from the church in Beersel. Luckily I didnít have to take the train and do the hill when I arrived, but I actually did end up going down the hill and then back up because of some wrong rail information. Regardless, the town of Beersel is a fun place, and this restaurant was indeed a great place to visit. They had some nice vintages of the 3F Oude Geuze and others, and had the kriekenlambic and faro on draught. Had a pork stew with pommes frittes for lunch, which was excellent. Required if youíre in the area.
brokensail (933) Orange County, California | March 30, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Quaint restaurant/location in the city of Beersel. Itís up a bit of a hill, which wasnít too much fun in the rain, but it was worth it. Of course bottles of gueuze available to drink as well as some rarer treats like the faro, oude lambik, and kriekenlambik. Didnít eat, but the menu looked great. Some vintage and special bottles available, too. Service was typically Belgian (read: slow), but a pleasant experience otherwise.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | November 8, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
This legendary lambic producer is located right in the middle of Beersel, perhaps the best base to explore Payottenland. They make some of the greatest lambics in the world, but they also have a mighty fine restaurant, looking like nothing from outside and having a slightly upscale feel taxed by the burden of the years inside. First surprise, itís a very large restaurant, probably seating more than 200 with the terrace. Combining this with the ageing interior did not make for the most pleasant atmosphere sincerely. The service is very efficient and quick though. All the waiters seemed to speak Flemish of course, but also English and French. The food was delicious, we of course had to try the Flemish stew ŗ la gueuze, a superb rendition. I had a great payottenland salmon myself and it was marvellously cooked. This place is also your best bet for constant supply of draught Drie Fonteinen Lambik and Faro, not necessarily as exciting as their gueuzes, but excellent examples. A few older vintages can be tasted with your meal, while the breweryís store is right across the corner, featuring the Armand 4 series at 24 euros a bottle. Not every lambic producer has a cafť or restaurant, so take advantage of the ones that do, especially that their opening hours are convenient and that theyíre so close to Brussels and fine lambicland cafťs.
KyotoLefty (500) Kyoto, Japan | September 9, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
We stopped for lunch during the brewery celebration. Food was good, but it isnít cheap. Not much was available on tap--they even wouldnít serve me the faro, until I found out that they only had a little which they needed for the kitchen. Then they gave me some to try. I hear they have a great vintage list with fair prices, but we didnít see it. Note: seems they close from 15:00 until dinner. Not sure if it is every day, but they did when we went.
jrallen34 (450) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 19/20
We drove here from Brussels, a simple and beautiful drive that took about 30 minutes. The town of Beersel is super cute, would be fun to spend some time here. Drie itself has 3 different establishments all within the same block.
- Drie Fonteinen - super nice sit down restaurant with local Belgian cuisine. There was a great menu, at least big, and nice inside. However, everything was in flemish and we could not read one thing on the menu. We asked our server for advice and the guy blew us despite speaking fine English. He offered only 2 suggestions, we got them and they both sucked. As all the other dishes came out they looked awesome, and we were jealous. Not much of a beer menu here at all. Come for food if you have a translator, not a place to drink.
- Lambik Droom - Tasting room owned by Armandís brother. Quaint inside, a place for drinks and a cheese snack. All the Drie regulars than a vintage list. Nice service, when its open a place to go.
- Brouwerji Shop - Here is the brewery shop. They have all the regular beers (oude, kriek, doesjel, oude vintage) and some of the special ones when strafe, zwet, etc. They have 3 types of glassware which is really awesome.
All of them separate they are nothing special. However, going to visit and seeing all 3 and the town, this is a trip that HAS to be made if you are in Brussels and looking for 2-3 hours to kill.
Scopey (446) Croydon, England | October 14, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
A visit to the 3 Fonteinen restaurant is an essential visit for lambic lovers. Now that Armandís tasting room is closed next to the shops, this is the place to come for draft 3 Fonteinen in Beersel. The place itself is a large traditional restaurant mostly full of the over-60s crowd. I was glad to have had the oude lambic and faro, but was fairly underwhelmed by the rest of the selection which consisted of <10 bottles. Yes there is some old stuff and hommage, but not even the full standard range. Food was traditional and flavoursome and service attentive. I am glad I visited, but am unlikely to return anytime soon, other than to visit the 3 Fonteinen shop down the street.
Brugmansia (431) Jylland, Denmark | April 12, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Visited a couple of times in the past. Very quiet, cosy place. Easy to find, and parking close by if you are by car. They have several of their beers on tap, as well as bootle beers. You can either sit inside, or you can enjoy the good weather in the beergarden outside. Very friendly staff, and they serve great food that goes well with the beers. Great place to visit, go there if you are in the area. Check out their openings hours before you plan to go there...
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | April 17, 2007| Updated February 2, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
A few things have changed since I first visited 3F in 2006. This one-place entry in ratebeer used to be for the bottle shop and the restaurant. Starting late 2009 there is now three separate places at the 3 Fonteinen location.
- Bottle Shop + Brewery: Cavernous bottle shop with the brewery in the back where you can buy beer usually directly from Armand. If Armand is not too busy and he realizes youíre a beer lover he will give you the tour in the back. Thatís what he did with me. We drank lambic from the barrels together. I also bought a few Millenium Gueuze from him in spring 2010 but donít count on any still available by now.
- Restaurant: A restaurant where you can eat quality local food. The restaurant has a true mom-and-pop restaurant feeling. And of course 3 Fonteinen lambik on tap and in bottles.
- Pub: The Lambik O Droom (thatís what it is really called) opened late 2009. It is a nice little countryside pub right next to the bottle shop. It is mostly a week-end thing but while he runs the bottle shop Armand will let you in and serve you some tap lambic (Faro, and lambics). A very friendly place.
Conclusion: Each place is worth the trip by itself. They all have different opening hours and you visit each for a different reasons. We should really think about creating three separate entries for these.
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