tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
Drie Fonteinen Framboos (1986). Label has worn away completely over the years and cage around the cork is rusted clear through in places and is impacted with soil. We were blessed not only with a fine lambic but also a little piece of Belgium. Year has been marked by hand in white on the side of the bottle. Cage and soil, once removed, reveal a wax plug sealing the top of the cork and apparently still intact. Pulling the cork resulted in a very satisfying pop and a mist of CO2 after all these years. Poured a very strong, pink-tinged head over a murky, red-brown body. Fantastic crisp lambic aroma. Raspberries are still there and strong - captured all those years ago and released at last. Barnyard, horse-blanket, musky sweat, mustard seed and leather all come out as it warms. Assertive sourness marries perfectly with explosion of raspberry flavour in the mouth. Wonderfully tart and noticably funky - a perfect complement to the fruit. Puckers the edges of the tongue very gently despite the strength of the sour, tart acidity. Acidic (lactic and acetic) without any burn. This is a gentle giant. Smooth, fresh palate. Incredible lasting carbonation. Medium body with lively mouthfeel after all these years. Head lasts throughout despite the fact that I lingered over this one. Long dry finish with raspberry that endures for minutes after the sip. Probably the most complex thing I have ever tasted. The only issue I took with this one is that even with the loitering pace, it was gone far too soon. The empty glass continues to provide new wonders in the aroma and the bottle the next day further still. There is truly nothing I can think of that would make this a finer beer. It got better with every sip. My first perfect five. If this one has any peer, I am looking forward to that discovery. Absolutely sensational.
Bottle given by JorisPPattyn to MartinT. Thankyou both for sharing this fantastic lambic (savoured with MartinT, mr_kimchee, Oakes and Rastacouere). JeremyGray (1) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2004 does not count
Unbelievably amazing beer. Without doubt the best lambic/gueuze I have ever tasted. Massive raspberry aroma & flavour; this beer looks superb and tastes superb. If I can have one wish, it is that Armand starts to produce this masterpiece once more, as we can’t keep relying on Joris’s cellar to keep pumping this one out for ever!
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2006
Vintage 1986. Consommé en compagnie de Jocelyn et d’une belle étrangère dans un petit coin de paradis Flamand, le 30 Décembre 2005. Superbe couleur rose scintillant sous une mousse abondante et crémeuse blanche finement teintée de rose. Fruits d’une authenticité invraisemblable, framboise, écorce de citron, vanille (serait peut-être en provenance des sucres non-fermentés), composantes sauvages modérées sous des pointes respectueuses d’acidité citrique et lactique. Le plan de framboises semble y être en entier; la chair, les parfums et l’acidité du fruit, l’aspect de caoutchouc des tiges, la jadis verdure du feuillage. Tartrique, tannique et sèche en finale laissant le fruit s’exprimer longuement dans toute sa splendeur et sa complexité. Toutes les composantes co-habitent dans la plus grande harmonie. Tout simplement exceptionnelle ! Bouteille, Kroegske, Izegem. Merci Dany ! bp (939) - New York, New York, USA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle (1999 Vintage, Bier Circus, Brussels): I thought I was never going to find this lambic while in Belgium until I ate dinner my last night there at Le Bier Circus at their new location (quite nice). The lambic was cloudy orange red with a strong smell of raspberries, sour but sweet - perfect blend, fizzy mouthfeel. The bottom 1/8th of the bottle was extra sour. Of the lambics I have tried this has been the best. Too bad it costs so much (25 Euros/bottle). daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
LCBS 2010. Pours a nice reddish color with a very thin whitish head. Aroma starts with raspberries, leads to vinegar, wood, lactic notes and then finishes with more raspberries. Flavor is an amazing blend of lactic tartness, raspberry sweetness, funk...just a beautiful beer. I detected no oxidation to speak of.
Swans (134) - FRANCE - OCT 13, 2012
Perfect pink horse shit. Maybe the best raspberry lambic i ever tasted. Nothing more to say
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Purple and violet pour. Quickly dissipating pink head. Flavor of tart raspberries and slight cherries. Oak floats through entire brew. So,e rose pedals and funky barnyard. Finishes dry and fruity. Perfect. JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - JUN 18, 2003
I classify this entry here, so as not to complicate matters. However, "Frambozenlambiek" is usually the vatted version on draught, whilst my bottle (called "3 Fonteinen Framboos/Framboise") is the refermented product. It is produced only once every x years, and much sought after, so a lot of beerbars and festivals have it on offer. Slight gushing to enormous orange-pink head. Yet the fruit-acids don't give it a chance. Beer is an inimitable pinkish-amber, even cyclamen colour, just beautiful. Nose is RASPBERRY², backed by whiffs of lactic acid, redcurrant and horseblanket. Tart, dry fruittaste. Raspberries plucked just before real ripeness and packed in old wooden crates, fired with eau-de-vie de framboise. Explosion of natural fruitacids, fruitesters and -aroma's. A harvester-horsefarm at the edge of civilisation. However did they get hold of fresh vanilla-beans? Dry, tanninerich, adstringent mouthfeel. And great. Long fruitish, sour aftertaste - and yet it somehow conveys an impression of fruitsugars... "Nothing compares to you," Sinead O'Connor sang. Wonder how she got hold of 3 Fonteinen framboos???? Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 This is the drie fonteinen Framboos/Framboise enjoyed (thanks to JorisPPattyn and MartinT) with MartinT, kimchee, Oakes and Tiggmtl. As Joris points out, this is refermented in bottle. The vintage is 1986 and I swear this bottle is like 1 inch thick. The cork looks completely ravaged like in an horror movie. Apparent soil lie everywhere under the cage which is barely holding in place. There is no label on this bottle, the vintage is written with chalk, simply Despite its age, it opens up with a serious pop. A nice off-white to pink head forms over the top of the reddish, pinkish orange body. Such a head seems like a mirage from the past and scores an easy 5. The aroma is totally unique and exploding of raspberries. They hit the deep end of your nose and penetrate your brain and you know when it happens that the smell will haunt your memories for a while. It feels very dessert-like, wet, creamy. Some sweetness seems to come from the vanilla notes. It’s earthy, leafy with leathery peaks. Very complex lemon and citrus complement the lactic tartness and funky brettanomyces character. In mouth, it’s definitely the most lactic beer i’ve ever had. Extremely dry and fruity, dusty out-of-date yoghourt. Potent lemon juice with the wheaty acidity really coming out. With the slightest effort (and it’s really not that demanding actually), you grasp all the typical barnyardy and horsey characteristics. Aftertaste is long, tart, astringent, salivating, begging for more, but begging to let this moment be enjoyed for a while. Medium bodied, very dry and with medium to high carbonation which seems like a miracle. Once you’ll have tried it you’ll know, but it’s one of those beers that is such a labyrinth of flavors and at the same time keeps such a nice focus that it’s just adorable and deserves to be seeked out and tried to be believed. It's hard to paint in words all the nuances a brewer can attain when exploiting his full brewing art potential.