Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot VIII.iii: Schaarbeekse (+ Framboos) On a Toast - Blended & Alive

Speling van het Lot VIII.iii: Schaarbeekse (+ Framboos) On a Toast - Blended & Alive


Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen in Lot, Flemish Brabant, Belgium 🇧🇪

Lambic Style - Fruit Regular Out of Production
ABV: 6.3% IBU: - Ticks: 13
Speling van het Lot VIII.iii - Schaarbeekse (+Framboos) On a Toast Blended & Alive is a lambic blended with Schaarbeekse cherries hand-picked by over 50 families around Brussels as well as the same proportion of Ferme Framboos raspberries and macerated for 266 days in a fresh 1,000 liter charred/toasted barrel before being blended with young lambic and bottled in 750ml bottles. Cherries and raspberries were added in a proportion of 1 kilogram cherries per 1 liter of lambic. The final fruit intensity is 278 grams of fruit per liter. All of the Series VIII Speling van het Lot bottles featured lambic with Schaarbeekse cherries macerated in charred/toasted barrels. This particular bottling was limited to 2,431 bottles.

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Still, intense raspberry and cherry jammy notes on the nose, not as much on the palate. Nice bitterness from the tannins and toasted oak barrel, finish is clean and like cranberry juice. In my opinion may benefit from lots of age.

Tried from Bottle on 10 Jul 2020 at 20:34

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 9 | Overall - 9

Pours unclear dark red. No real head. Smell is full, funky, sharp, woody. medium fruityness. Taste is full, intense, red fruits, mostly schaarbeekse. Very acidic back.

Tried on 06 Sep 2019 at 08:43

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Bottle. Raspberry dominating the aroma, cherries prominent in the flavor. Vinous, vanilla, oak. Low on carbon.

Tried from Bottle on 26 Aug 2019 at 08:34

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8.5

Tried on 06 May 2019 at 21:11

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

The formidable toasted-barrel 'Schaarbeekse' cherry lambic in the Spelingen van het Lot series (so VIII.i, see there) blended with raspberry lambic; thanks to Didier Dieu and Ama Deke for sharing. Loose, bubbly, 'dirty' off-pinkish ring of a head, hazy ruby red robe with amberish tinge, a bit less intense red than the cherry-only VIII.ii, as can be expected. Aroma of strong red raspberry juice, raspberry wine, strong sour cherry as well but nowhere overpowering the perhaps more fragile raspberry, dusty old wooden boxes, raspberry vinegar, oloroso sherry, toasted almond, almost very vague vanilla faraway in the background, fried tomato peel, sour yoghurt, touch of chicken broth somewhere but not in an obnoxious way, rather adding to the overall complexity. Same in the mouth: a ton of drying fruit acidity right away, lemony but brimming with bright cherry and raspberry effects, again the raspberry, in an almost sweet tomato-like way, being a bit more prominent than the cherry (strangely); softish carb, smooth wheaty 'soil' drenched to the bone in sour fruitiness, with strong drying tannic effects in the end from wood, fruit skin and fruit seeds, long, a tad dusty and 'hayish' and very, very dry. This is an extremely classy fruit lambic, just like I was expecting, but as SinH4 points out below, strangely with more emphasis on the raspberry than on the cherry in spite of the name, which does it the other way around...

Tried from Can on 06 May 2019 at 19:01

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle. Hazy purple color with white head. Aroma is raspberries, marzipan, cherry skin (but really more raspberries), yoghurt funk. Taste is raspberries, just a touch marzipan, leather, nice tannins in the back. Oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A very, very nice beer, but considering the name, I think there is too much Framboos and too little Schaarbeekse going on here.

Tried from Bottle on 05 May 2019 at 08:30