One year old lambic brewed at 3 Fonteinen, with an addition of 30% whole fresh raspberries from the fabled Payottenland. No artificial colors or flavor enhancers added. Lambic is brewed only from 60% barley malt, 40% unmalted wheat, hops, and water.
For decades, Armand Debelder has worked as a Geuze blender – as did his father – mixing young and old lambics from other lambic brewers to create a classic Belgian beer. Recently, Armand has started brewing his own lambic. The 3 Fonteinen beers are among the very few traditional and authentic Geuzes and Lambics being made in Belgium today.
Final Rating: 4.56/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
2014 Vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F “3” script tumbler glass. Acquired in a trade.
Not much of a pop on the uncork – pours a cloudy brownish maroon body with little head that speak of – little carbonation on the appearance. No lacing or retention.
On the nose is sour raspberry candy, lots and lots of raspberries with a definite lactic tartness, a light mustyness and acetic vinegar as well. Raspberries take center stage. Smells extremely inviting.
On the tongue is an initial burst of sour raspberry, followed by a decent oak presence, fruit skins, citrus, light acetic. Drying tartness sticks on the tongue for half a minute. Carbonation is lacking but that doesn’t take much away from this beer. Medium body.
Much more sour than I was expecting (think raspberry warheads), but PACKED with flavor, which I really like.