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3 FONTEINEN
Senne Valley, Belgium

 

About 3 Fonteinen

Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen is a producer of traditional lambic beers, unique to the Belgium Senne Valley region. They started at the end of the 19th century as a lambic blender (i.e. buying freshly brewed lambic wort from other brewers and blending these) and became a lambic brewery in 1998, when interest was at a low. Once a group of approx. 300 blenderies and breweries combined, there are nowadays only a dozen producers left, of which 3 Fonteinen can be considered one of the most stubborn and traditional one’s, if not the most. Besides a brewery, 3 Fonteinen is still the only lambic producer that is also a blender; They still buy wort from other lambic brewers Boon, Lindemans, De Troch e.a. They are Humble but proud to say that they are rated amongst the top-10 best breweries in the world, according to the Untappd databases. 

 *See here leaflet with their detailed history*

 

About the beer style

 

Producing traditional lambic takes time and patience; it takes several years before market and sell a bottle. It s like our wines! Unique are the grains (40% wheat, 60% barley) and hop, the long boiling time (4-5 hours) and the open and spontaneous fermentation. Airborne wild yeasts inoculate the freshly brewed wort overnight in an open container, a coolship. No yeasts or anything else is added and the beer is not filtered nor pasteurized. It can only be brewed during the cold nights (October – May) as they would otherwise infect the beer. In the morning the beer is being put into barrels, where it stays for at least a year up to 4 years for refermentation. Afterwards different lambics are being blended pure or with fruit. After bottling, the beers stays another 6 months in a warm room for refermentation in the bottle. On average 3 Fonteinen beers have an age of 2,5 years before it is being released. It is a 100% natural and spontaneous process with a minimum of human interference.

This makes that every beer and blend is unique as so many factors determine the taste, aroma, ABV-level,… they thus cannot make a standard lambic beer that is always the same. And they do not seek that neither. As it is a natural product with active yeasts and residual sugars you can easily store away for decades and you will see that the beer ages gracefully and with a continuous development of all these factors. A bottle of lambic beers needs to be dealt with with care.  

 

About 3 fonteinen beers

In general 3 Fonteinen have two main types of beers: geuzes and fruit lambic. A geuze is blend of typically lambics of 1 -, 2 - 3 and 4 year old lambic. This does not mean we just blend three barrels (one of each age), but who do the blending part select 5 to 10 barrels which can have had 5 to 12 brews in them. The complicated art of blending makes that they cannot make a standard beer and that every batch and even bottle is unique.

To make a fruit lambic they macerate fruit on young lambic in either a stainless steel blending tank or a wooden barrel. At 3 Fonteinen the fruit maceration ratio is very high, 50% whole handpicked fruit and 50% lambic. They do a long maceration time (5 to 6 months). This makes that out fruit lambics are very intense. 

  

Oude Geuze 2020
3 Fonteinen
Senne Valley, Belgium
White
17,00
Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston 2020
3 Fonteinen
Senne Valley, Belgium
White
23,00
Oude Geuze Platinum Blend 2020
3 Fonteinen
Senne Valley, Belgium
White
20,00
Tuverbol 2020
3 Fonteinen
Senne Valley, Belgium
White
12,00
Cuvée Miel 2020
3 Fonteinen
Senne Valley, Belgium
White
28,00
Kriekenlambik 2020
3 Fonteinen
Senne Valley, Belgium
Red
21,00
Hommage Oogst 2019
3 Fonteinen
Senne Valley, Belgium
Red
19,00
Beersel Blonde
3 Fonteinen
Senne Valley, Belgium
White
3,50
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