Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera (Season 17|18) Blend No. 50

Zenne y Frontera (Season 17|18) Blend No. 50


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

Lambic Style Regular
ABV: 6.9% IBU: - Ticks: 20
Batch 6. Beginning of 2017, we acquired a second set of 21 Oloroso and 7 PX barrels and aged young lambic on them for another year. We lost 4 barrels along the way and we blended 12 barrels for this blend and 12 barrels for batch 5 (blend 49). Average age of over 2,5 years upon release, no backblending. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic.

3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera is een unieke creatie van Armand Debelder en maître-sommelier Andy De Brouwer. Dit natuurlijke millésime bier is een assemblage van jonge traditionele lambikken die verder gerust hebben op veertig jaar oude authentieke Oloroso en Pedro Ximénez sherryvaten. Zenne y Frontera is de perfecte symbiose van enkele koppige karakters, vele wilde ideeën, immens fijne aroma’s en twee mooie streken.

3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera is a unique creation of Armand Debelder and maître-sommelier Andy De Brouwer. This natural millésime beer is a blend of young traditional lambics that have aged on forty-year old authentic Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. Zenne y Frontera is the perfect symbiosis of a few stubborn characters, a lot of wild ideas, a vast palette of aromas and two beautiful regions

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Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 8

0,75l from bottle at home shard by me. yellow lightly hazy color, only tiny small head. smells funk, citric, horse radish, wood, not much sherry. nice smell. full body, light carbonation. tastes citric, grassy, horse radish, some wod, some funk, some blue cheese. finishes dry and light to medium sour with notes of funk, horse radish and some wood. nice one, good geuze, sherry not very noticeable, good stuff but expected more. lots of other better geuze out there. 7, 4, 7, 3, 16

Tried from Bottle on 11 Oct 2020 at 19:04

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7.5 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 8.5

75cl bottle @ Tilquin admin gathering, merci Pierre. Vertical with Blend # 20, 21, 49 & 50.
Dorée sur un léger voile, col blanc léger.
Arôme et semble être le meilleur batch testé ce soir, retrouve un excellent bouquet de Sherry avec un petit côté caramélisé qui penche presque sur des effluves oxydées. Pointes de lambic et boisé percent en retrait.
Palais est citrique voire acidulé, lambic sur une sécheresse de fin de bouche marquée. Le Sherry est bien là et semble bien balancé apportant un caractère Sherry caramélisé-noix.
Au final, 4 versions, toutes ayant un caractère particulier qui justifie des entrées différentes - en conclusion, ma préférence va à cette version mais continue de pencher sur le tout premier batch de Zenne.

Tried from Bottle on 21 Mar 2020 at 16:20

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 10 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 8.5

Bottled at Pressklubben, Stockholm. Hazy golden, no head - just a touch darker than Batch 5. Intense barnyard aroma, some oak. Acetic with medium body and well rounded mouthfeel, low carbonation. Oaky port meets citrus, citric acid and barnyard. Complex and intense. World class deluxe!

Tried from Bottle on 16 Jan 2020 at 19:54

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

Tried on 16 Jan 2020 at 16:12


Bit sourer than the batch 2 I once had... But still exceptional good!

Tried from Bottle at Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen & lambik-O-droom on 23 Nov 2019 at 12:20

Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 9.5

Botella @3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, Beersel. 16/11/2019 Color amarillo pequeña corona de espuma blanca, aromas acidos, madera, notas ligeras especiadas, funky, sabor madera ligero, acidez buena, cerveza espectacular, The best!?

Tried on 16 Nov 2019 at 11:51

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

The sixth and - for the time being - last Zenne y Frontera version, released simultaneously with batches 3, 4, and 5. Contrary to batches 3 and 4 but like batch 5, this one is not made following the solera method and indeed this batch 6 sits very close to batch 5, more so than 3 and 4 are to each other. Irregularly edged, eggshell-white, uneven- and rather large-bubbled head, opening in the middle; hazy apricot blonde robe with warm peachy hue, looking about the same as batch 5. Aroma of old and dried out lemon peel, bitter grapefruit peel even, old wood, peach kernels, damp hay, crabapples, grass silage, damp earth, bread crumbs, linseed, gooseberries, pronounced minerals, old dried apricots, sherry vinegar and a vague sulfuric touch like in batch 5, even a bit more explicitly so. Crisp, estery onset, grape skin and unripe plum wryness with lovely bright lemony and sour apple-ish sourness, drying and sharp; dry bread-crusty backbone, medium carbonated but with very notable mineral flavours on the sides, gets completely dried by this sourness, with a dry citrus peel-like effect in the end, as some bitter effects come into the picture. Drying woody tannins add further complexity and astringency, while dry cider-, lemon peel- and sharp yoghurt-like effects fill up the gaps; the nutty sherry flavour I was expecting, however, remains all but absent here, much like in batch 5. In all, this batch 6 is - as said - very similar to batch 5, in being more estery, more supple, more acidic and less dry and noble than batches 3 and 4; this sixth one adds lovely, distinct minerally aspects to the range, but like batch 5, I think needs more time to come to full fruition. It surely must have the potential to gain a lot of depth and complexity in the coming years when stored properly, but there is no denying that compared to the first two batches of Zenne - lambics that have become all but historical by now - this batch, like the three other new ones, exhibits less actual sherry flavour than expected. I am still wondering whether this is a negative thing or not, since all these four lambic blends are fantastic works of art (and I did not expect anything less from this producer either, of course), but they do lack the almost magical feeling, the 'wow' factor if you will, of the first two, in my opinion.

Tried on 05 Nov 2019 at 20:04


A bit less barrel than batch 6, again, with more green apple lambic. Still plenty of sherry. 4.4

Tried from Bottle on 07 Sep 2019 at 13:39