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Beer Available At 3 Fonteinen Restaurant (arranged by most recent)
3 Fonteinen Hommage 100, 3 Fonteinen Oude Lambik 98, 3 Fonteinen Faro 97, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 100, 3 Fonteinen J & J Oude Geuze Blauw 100, 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be 95, 3 Fonteinen Doesjel 98, 3 Fonteinen Jonge Lambik 95, 3 Fonteinen Kriekenlambik 99, 3 Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek 100, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage (all from 2002-*) 100, 3 Fonteinen Armandí4 Oude Geuze Winter 100, 3 Fonteinen Armandí4 Oude Geuze Herfst 100, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend 100, 3 Fonteinen Armandí4 Oude Geuze Zomer 100, 3 Fonteinen Armandí4 Oude Geuze Lente 100, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze (Armand & Tommy) 100, 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek 99, 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek 100, 3 Fonteinen Beersel Blond 65
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Stew41 (128) Woodend, Australia | April 21, 2007
52 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Well worth a slightly complicated train ride and walk from Brussels (say 45 minute trip time). Didnít eat at the restaurant as it outside of meal times but gave the impression it was set-up for big Sunday roast luches for pensioners. 3 lambics on tap although not that impressive. They cellar slection stuff was however - we had a 1997 vintage gueve for maybe 8 euro. The ícellar doorí is definately worth a visit for pick up Fonteinen and Oud Beersel for a couple of euro (max) per bottle.
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.
JoeinEscazķ (275) San Jose, Costa Rica | March 19, 2007| Updated May 14, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Updating this (5/8/07) now that Iíve been back for lunch (and not just drinks), which was simply amazing. The roasted guinea fowl cooked in kriek was the perfect match for the kriekenlambic on tap. Ten-year-old gueuze was available in 75cL, and it was as nice as youíd expect. Looking forward to my next meal down there.
voota (91) Melbourne, Australia | January 9, 2007
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Came to this place on a Sunday, so the bottleshop was closed, had a couple of beers on tap then the barman took me through the brewery to the shop without any fuss... which I thought was amazing service, he was also happy to talk about the place. The beers in the shop were so cheap... did not eat but will next time for sure after looking at the menu. Also worth noting that the place was packed on a Sunday, so you might want to book for weekends.
MrRomero (111) Nolanville, | September 5, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
My wife and I stopped here on our recent trip to Brussels. We didnít eat anything but the food smelled great. We had several drinks; Oude Kriek, Faro, Lambic, Beersel Blond, and Bio. I had asked to purchase some beer knowing the gift shop was closed. Next thing I know, Armand shows up at my table. He opened the brewery/shop and gave us a quick tour. For him to take the time out of his busy day to do this for us amazed both me and my wife. I picked up some Geuze, Schaersbeekse Kriek, Oud Beersel Kriek, and some Beersel beers. Next time we will eat. Highly recommended.
kepano (24) Los Angeles, California | August 14, 2006| Updated August 26, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
I stopped in the shop first where I was greeted by a rather irritable Armand Debelder with whom myself and DerDoppelbock spoke for nearly an hour. He ranted with mordant humor about his situation as a traditional lambic blender, his opposition to sweetened beer, and the costs of this operation; but what I perhaps had misinterpreted as caustic approach to the circumstances became clearly a matter of passion. Armand is indeed a passionate man and it was a pleasure to meet him before continuing to the restaurant where I (perhaps ironically) enjoyed his delectable faro and salivated at my neighborsí delicious looking dishes (budget speaking). These neighbors were unsurprisingly beer lovers too, but among them was Diabel from RateBeer who had driven his troupe from Cantillon - where we were headed next. Worth a stop if only for the prices, which can hardly be beat. Schaerbeekse Kriek was my purchase but they also carry the basic offerings as well as the Drie Fonteinen Beersel series brewed at De Proef.
3fourths (1200) Boulder, New Zealand | 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.
jbrus (153) Delft, Netherlands | May 31, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Very nice place. Great for lunch, sitting in the sun in the courtyard. Friendly stuff that gave as free samples when they found out we were conaisseurs. Had porcchops in geuze and loved it. During a unscheduled free tour Savad and I were given some tasting samples of their unblended lambic and a 9 year old geuze. The last one was close to heaven!
Ungstrup (346) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | May 27, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A real traditional Belgian place, that a beerlover has to venture to. Woodpaneled walls, stone floor, and somewhat used interior, but it gives me a good feeling of the traditionalizm. The service was very friendly, and when I asked for a beer they didnít readily have, Armand Delbelder fetched it somewhere else. Draft Lambic, Faro, and Kriek, and bottled of vintage Guezes. The food my collegues and I had was excellent. Only drawback is if You have to get back to the center of Brussels by cab - no cabs are available in Beersel at night, we had to call two different companies and wait for almost one hour - this has nothing to do with the place, but where it is situated, and the way of the Brussel cab drivers.
mds (100) Toronto, Ontario | May 17, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
More of an institution than a quaint cafe, I found. I sat out on the patio with the blazing sun and some draught lambik, then the faro, then the draught kriek. All top notch and cheap! They also had a selection of their bottles including some vintage gueuze and such. Quite busy with general folk and some were having lambic and (most) others wine. The food menu is great with lots of local specialties - I had the rabbit in gueuze which came to me in a large portion and was reasonably priced...it was also VERY GOOD.
Easy to get to from Brussels by taking the train to Halle and then to Beersel...after that itís just a matter of conquering the 200m 10% grade with cars whizzing past you.
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