Rubin77 (2384) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 3, 2017 Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery gift shop: Pleasant, easy-drinking beer. Smooth, creamy and sweet, with hints of milk, sugar and honey. Mildly carbonated. Finish offers aromas of yeast and dough. Mild bitterness. Lingering sweetness.
F: huge, almost white, long lasting.
C: gold, hazy.
A: malty, fruity, yeasty, banana, floral, bit peach, honey.
T: malty, rich mellow fruity, peach, bit banana, yeasty, dusty, smooth mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation, may be too sweet but good balanced and for me enjoyed, 33cl bottle from 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom.
Alengrin (5535) - BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2017
Another one I had years ago but apparently forgot to take notes of - so I purchased a bottle from Dranken De Moor in Haasdonk for mere rating purposes. Common Belgian blonde made for 3 Fonteinen at ’Proef’brouwerij. Thickly ’papery’ lacing, egg-white, regular, thick and frothy, very stable head over a lightly hazy, warm ’old gold’ coloured beer with slightly orange hue, misty and deeper peachy with sediment. Aroma of ripe banana (isoamylacetate - but not so much the bubblegum side of it), pear, sugarloaf, pineapple slices, powder sugar, old ginger powder, fresh camomile flowers, honey, white bread, hints of candied lemon, mandarin, cake, dry earth, sweetclover, apple juice. Crisp, fruity onset, lots of the banana ester, pineapple, pear, red apple, peach, sweet with thin sourish edges, the latter accentuated by lively carbonation, but not overcarbonated for this particular style, which is originally inspired by pale lager and as a consequence always tends to be quite effervescent; supple, bit soapy, smooth mouthfeel. Nice ’white’ bready malt sweet middle with honeyish sugar residue on top, the banana lingering all the way through, something caramelly in the middle as well; finishes drier, with some subtly onsetting, retronasal oxidation (clearly an older bottle) and floral, mildly herbal hoppiness, providing some earthy and very lightly spicy bitterness in the back of the mouth. Your ordinary Belgian blonde, sweet and ridden with banana ester, but ’honest’ and technically well-executed without any flaws. I can imagine beer geeks being disappointed by this after seeing the association with one of the finest lambic producers in the world, but clearly this beer is intended to help fund exactly that, by being accessible to a large audience accustomed to this type of quenching, straightforward, ’easy’ beers and within that context, this is far from the worst. hallinghansen (3351) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2017
Bottle at the lambic cave. Hazy golden body with a medium white head. Yeast, lime, hops, fruit. Perfectly carbonated. Great beer - underrated. MartyW (282) - DENMARK - JUN 11, 2017
330ml bottle at 3 Fonteinen. Cloudy yellow/orange with an off-white head. Aroma of yeast, banana, grass, malt. Flavour the same with added bananabread with yeast. Ferris (16067) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2017
Draft - Light bready notes. Hazy gold with a rich white head. Bready notes, fruity esters and a sweet bready finish.
UXO (1896) - CANADA - MAY 1, 2017
3 Fonteinen Brouwerij Ambachtelijke Geuzestekerij _Beersel Blonde_ Belgian Strong Pale Ale at 7% ABV _(C$6.02 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 330 ml, best before 11-Apr-2018, acquired 1-Apr-2017, reviewed 1-May-2017)_
Appearance: clear pale gold with two fat fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and well-defined lacing. (5/5) Aroma: bready malt, honey, floral, banana, hint of white pepper. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter, light peppery spice. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter and mildly spicy finish. (3/5)
I was really puzzled by the naming of this: 3 Fonteinen calls their BSPA “Beersel” Blonde, when it has no association whatsoever with Oud Beersel? But then, I figured it out: Beersel is the name of the town. The two breweries are literally a fifteen minute walk from each other. Still, gotta say, seems like a little bit of a dick move - if it confused a fairly hardcore beer geek like me, then you gotta think the possibility for consumer confusion is pretty high. Anyway. On to the beer. And, well, hrm. It’s not actually bad, y’know? But when you consider they make one of the best Gueuzes in the world, perhaps it might be better sticking with that? Really. It’s a very, very pretty beer. And that’s pretty much the best I can say about it. Stick to Gueuze and don’t bother contract brewing at the De Proefbrouwerij. (12/20)
6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com llkc (2582) - århus, DENMARK - APR 10, 2017
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Train home. Directement de la bouteille. Sweet malts, grain, sugar, light wort, grassy, light metallic. Moderate sweet and bitter. Medium body, doughy and creamy. Ok, but why? dfearnley (2247) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2017
I wasn’t paying attention when I bought this and I thought it was Oud Beersel, I was disappointed when I popped it in the fridge when the label was not as I expected it. Then I examined it when I popped it out of the fridge and it’s 3 Fonteinen, so I was no longer disappointed. And then I tasted it and I was disappointed again. It’s not bad, but it should be better. A perfect beer to have while I’m cooling down, but it’s so thin that it washes away in a few seconds. A beer that can be overpowered by saliva is pretty damn weak. However, this is 7% and it sure doesn’t taste like it. It does look nice in my little goblet though, so marks for that. SylvainCFC (300) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2017
Robe jaune, dorée opaque. Mousse importante blanche, compacte, stable, crémeuse. Nez très discret, malté, poivré. Bouche maltée et épicée, petite amertume terreuse, petite acidité. Finale terreuse, légèrement mentholée. Texture moyennement épaisse, corpulence moyenne. Bière blonde sèche, épicée, maltée. Petit biais sûret d’une blanche dû au froment (base du lambic).