3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera Solera

Brewed by Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Unblended
Lot, Beersel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 4.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
With the first version of Zenne y Frontera, 9 Oloroso barrels and 3 PX barrels were filled with young lambic. After one year of oak maturation, the characteristics of the finest sherries and the 40 year old casks integrated with the 3 Fonteinen lambic. Only half of the volume of all casks was blended and bottled and the barrels were filled again with young lambic - our interpretation of the "solera" method. For this second edition, again only half of all barrels was blended and bottled. After another 17 months of bottle maturation, the average age of this naturally refined traditional lambic beer is more than 45 months. This batch is limited to 3,000 bottles.

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kryon (4015) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2018
Pours almost clear golden with low white head. Aromas tart and funky of basement, earth, autumn leaves, oak barrel, sherry cask. Taste has brilliant notes of sherry, oak, honey, autumn leaves, funk, earth.

ansalon (4303) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2018
Pours a light hazy golden with a low white head. Aromas of earthy notes, garden branch, farmhouse, oak, light spirit notes. Taste is lots of farmhouse notes, earthy and oak notes, funk. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and dry yet quite smooth. Stellar.

RasmusOtt (2961) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2018
Bottle @ droom. Pours towards clear amber with a white head. Aroma of refreshing dry funk, lemon, floral notes, vanilla, some sweet barrel notes which reference the olorosso and the px sherry - a Lil more towards the olorosso. Taste of lemon, complex funk profile, sweet barrel notes, grapes, oily white wine, subtle sweet sherry notes and just really well balanced and complex. Nothing sticks out in this - just a pure enjoyment! Once again I am really impressed!

CanIHave4Beers (4273) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2018
So, this is an odd one. This is the newly bottled batch which won't be released for over a year. It was being bottled the day I was at lambik-O-droom, I was told by a kindly member of the staff that it was freshly bottled Zenne y Frontera, but that people go crazy if they put Zenne y Frontera on the glass pour list so they just refer to it as "Old Sherry". Very technically I guess this is not Zenne y Frontera Solera as per the description as it has not been laid down for 17mo in the bottle for aging, but I sort of have my skepticism about if something like this actually merits another entry into the database.

Belgian admins, nuke or move at will.

Pours still & quite hazy, straw colored...

The aroma is deep with lots of wood and funk, lots of oloroso on the nose but some bright pear, plum, & lemony fruit provide some balance.

The flavor is out of this world, dry & softly sour with a mild lemon zest fruit character. Quite a bit of wood character, very tart & the sherries (both are quite detectable) are nicely balanced into the overall flavor of the beer. The dry fruit character of the PX is really what steers this one towards greatness for me, the richness and the fruit is there, but in a beer that is bone dry.., it really plays tricks on you in a delightful way.
I can see how some age would make this even better.

Johnstledger8 (1468) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 27, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2018 Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a fading bubbly off white head. Aroma is of butterscotch, grapes, citrus, funky, orange, caramel. Taste is of butterscotch, caramel, grapes, citrus, tannic, sweet sherry, green apple, lightly acidic. Silky oily mouthfeel, little to no carbonation.

Beerhunter111 (23762) - Beerland, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2018
Sampled from 75cl bottle at 3 Fonteinen. A slightly hazy deep golden beer with a small white head. Aroma of tart grapes, wood, some vanilla. Taste of tart and dry apples, grapes, wood, medium carbonation, nice.

Erzengel (9893) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2018
75cl bottle shared @ 3 Fonteinen. Smooth sourish beginning. Easy to drink, refreshing with a deep fruity sourness. The wood and the sherry is smooth and nice, refreshing and deep. Intense, refreshing and smooth, long smooth funky sour woody sherry aftertaste. Great!

Alengrin (6007) - BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2018 The second batch of this sherry barrel aged lambic by 3F, made according to the solera method as is tradition in sherry. Thanks to Bart Vanpoucke for sharing. Concise and provisional rating from memory as I did not have the opportunity to take notes, but a more detailed rating will follow after I visited the Lambik-o-Droom (the only place where this is available) to sample a full bottle. Lightly hazy orange-hued golden blonde colour, loose bubbly off-white head, unstable. Astonishingly beautiful aroma with lots of nuttiness from the sherry, blending perfectly with the funky and estery properties of the lambic, with moldy old orange, hay, cellary and leathery notes. Starts with a soft tartness, lactic acidity, dry and typically lambic-estery (sour apples, gooseberries) but mellowed and sweetened by the hazelnutty character of the sherry, which is emphatically present; smooth, refinedly carbonated body, lovely rounded bready backbone, dry and very complex finish with woodiness and remaining sherry effects as well as bright lambic funkiness, sour but relatively mildly so. Less sherry in the nose, but more nuttiness and sweetness in the flavour than the first batch (consisting of one single lambic if I am well-informed and being sharper, more sour and more subtle in actual sherry taste), yet every bit as elegant, refined and complex - to say that both Zenne y Frontera editions are world class, is an understatement. We are once again at the top of lambic complexity, beauty and nobility here and therefore at the top of what beer in general is capable of. I cannot wait to go to Lot and have a full bottle of this nectar of the gods.

Desverger (14038) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2018
Bottle [email protected], Copenhagen - orange pour with small white bubbly head. Tart fruity with notes of grape, some light apricot nuances, barnyard, nice sherry soaked wooden notes coming in, soft on the palate, grape skin, horseblanket, light funk, tart fruity close.

Pinball (12642) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2018
bottle at himmeriget. hazy orange small white head. aroma is leather wood sour stuff. flavor is very drinkable sour with lots of leather and funk.salty herbal finish.faint notes of red fruits

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