Belgium > Beersel
Beer Available At 3 Fonteinen Restaurant (arranged by most recent)
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 100, 3 Fonteinen Faro 96, 3 Fonteinen Oude Lambik 98, 3 Fonteinen Kriekenlambik 99, 3 Fonteinen Beersel Blond 64, 3 Fonteinen Hommage 100, 3 Fonteinen Golden Doesjel 99, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 1998 (50th Anniversary) 100, 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek 99, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend 100, 3 Fonteinen J & J Oude Geuze Roze 100, 3 Fonteinen Jonge Lambik 95, 3 Fonteinen J & J Oude Geuze Blauw 100, 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be 95, 3 Fonteinen Doesjel 98, 3 Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek 100, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage (all from 2002-*) 100, 3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Winter 100
MIBRomeo (142) Wisconsin | July 14, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I can’t find my n otes but I have pictures still :). Fun place to see with excellent beer.
lassem (34) Copenhagen, Denmark | June 6, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A must go - if you are in to lambics. Started the visit with a tur to the cellar filled with the golden drops stored in barrels. In the restaurant we had an excellent meal with alot of krieks and guezes in clay-jugs on the table. Remember to buy some of there glasses for next to nothing.
FlacoAlto (17) Tucson, Arizona | May 14, 2008
98 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
When I arrived I was informed that they were not currently serving cooked food, dinner started at 6pm. I decided to grab a snack and a couple beers then head back to the hotel for a quick snooze before grabbing some dinner. The first beer that I wanted was their Gueuze. After I had ordered it the waitress went to the bar and requested a Gueuze. The barkeep then pulled out the traditional bottle of Lambic lying at a 15-degree angle in a wicker basket. The bottle was carefully opened and poured without disturbing the yeast. This was definitely the best Gueuze I had ever had. For my next beer I decided to try the draft Kriek. It was quite good as well. At this point I went back to the hotel for that exciting nap. Had to recoup for the night ya’know.p
I arrived back at Drie Fonteinen around 7pm. The place was a lot more lively than it had been earlier with many a person enjoying the various interpretations of Lambic. The first beer that I decided to try was the Bottled Kriek. It uses the same type of cherries as the draft version (Schaerbeek). The next beer that I tried was the Lambic, it was again far mellower than I was expecting, but was very good.
I started out with a shrimp salad accompanied by a Kriek beer vinaigrette. The salad had some surprisingly tasty sprouts that were small, thin and had a great almost aggressive onion flavor to them.
I decided to go for broke on the next beer that I ordered, so I ordered the vintage 1995 bottling of the Gueuze, which means that the majority of the beer contained therein was at least 8 years old, if not more. The waitress whisked off to the bar (after making sure that I actually wanted a beer that only came in 750 ml bottles) to request the beer from the bartender. The bartender promptly disappeared down into the cellar. He appeared again a few minutes later reverently holding the bottle at the proper angle (again about 15-degrees). The bottle was carefully put in a basket that maintained the angle properly and brought to me. At this point I was getting giddy with excitement, or was that full day of beer consumption. Either way I was anticipating the sampling of this one. As an accompaniment to the meal that I had (a wonderful salmon filet) it was quite nice, with a hint of an alcoholic finish to it that was brought out by the fish.
I ended the night with some chocolate mousse that was a surprisingly good companion to the Gueuze.
downender (293) Bristol, England | May 9, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I visited early on a Thursday evening, but the restaurant rapidly filled up when a coach party arrived. My rabbit in gueuze was excellent as were the drie fonteinen beers. The service was friendly and the surroundings pleasant. Well worth a visit.
jercraigs (259) Toronto, Ontario | March 17, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A nice place, medium upscale it feels fancy but relaxed at lunch time. First think I notice is a light note of wood smoke in the air, presumably from the fireplace. Service is friendly and explains some of the menu selections for me, accommodates my request for a half order of cheese croquettes (i.e. one instead of two). Croquette is lovely, but not as gloriously rich as Spinnekopke or Cambrinus. Flemish stew is quite nice and the stew sauce provides a nice dip for the ubiquitous frites. Worth a detour if you have time and want to check out the town, or the brewery. Very nice experience but not a can’t miss stop for me. My 100th place rating!
shrubber85 (204) Greenville, Indiana | March 1, 2008
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Arrived late afternoon but staff very friendly - we came in with our dog without any issue. Took us a while to translate but finally figured it out. I had the soup du jour - they gave me a huge tureen that filled my bowl 4 times. My wife had a spectacular seafood dish. We were able to sit at our table even through the staff’’s late lunch/early dinner. Had an oude lambic and a faro - this place is a must visit. Nice Belgian food, excellent service, and great beer. DO NOT MISS.
Goldorak (114) Montreal, Quebec | September 24, 2007
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
3F is a very small-town, family style eatery right in the center of the city, right in front of the church with the big clock. Everybody there seemed to know each other. If I were a chef, I’d love to work there, the kitchen has large windows giving plenty of sunlight and a great view of the patio section in the back. Very classic Belgo-Belgian menu, my girlfriend and I went for classics, carbonnade for her, mussles in gueuze for me. Absolutely fabulous meal, especialy with the ’97 oude gueuze available on the menu, not to mention the lambics on cask. They didn’t have any of the new selections on sale at the brewery, like the Hommage or Doesjel, but I was more than happy with what they had. The only real knock I can give is perhaps service-wise, maybe because we spoke French, and relations between francophone Waloons and Flemish are at an all-time low, especially around Brussels. We weren’t disrespected or anything, it just felt a little awkward. But I’d go back in a heartbeat.
KAME (3) California | August 18, 2007
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
I had an absolutely great time here. We enjoyed an awesome traditional Belgian meal accompanied by a ’98 Vintage Geuze. Afterwards, an impromptu brewery tour and trip to the bottle shop really finished off the experience. It was one of the highlights of my trip to Belgium, and definitely worth the effort it took to get out there.
NickVega (29) Eugene, Oregon | August 17, 2007
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
(1997) We stopped in for a few drafts during their "family/crew meal" - the owner rousted us and dragged us around the brewery for an impromptu tour - awesome!
Bought several dusty bottles of Gueze to go. Really nice experience.
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). Didn’t 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 ’cellar door’ is definately worth a visit for pick up Fonteinen and Oud Beersel for a couple of euro (max) per bottle.
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