Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen Aardbei



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

Lambic Style - Fruit Regular
ABV: 5.7% IBU: - Ticks: 4
EN 3 Fonteinen Aardbei is obtained by the maceration of hand-picked strawberries on young traditional lambik. Natural fruit, without the addition of juices, syrups, or sugars. Unfiltered and unpasteurized.

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Appearance - 9 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 7.5

One of the more recent new fruit lambics by 3 Fonteinen to date, and like the others, rooted in the meanwhile very extensive pool of Twist of Fate ‘experiments’. This rating concerns the final, definitive version, sold simply as ‘Aardbei’. Off-white, loudly crackling and fizzing, moussy head, open and dissolving to eventually almost nothing; misty cognac-hued deep reddish amber, turning more brownish and murky in the end. Aroma of very strong and very real ripe strawberry, also strawberry vinegar, yoghurt, sour grapes, damp hay, ripe nectarine (probably just the strawberries again), wet oak wood, old books, persimmon, moist paprika powder, barnyard and farmland notes in the background. Crisp, acidic onset, sharp lemony sourness mitigated by the sheer juiciness and fructose sweetness of the strawberries; very lively, almost champagne-like effervescence, breaking through the fruitiness, which also reminds of nectarine, sour apple and unripe plum, though obviously the strawberry remains absolutely dominant. Bready malt core, dried by fruit and lactic sourness and eventually also by strawberry seed and woody tannins, with some damp hay-like ‘Brettiness’ coming in – but the retronasal part remains filled with fragrant ripe and sweet, almost perfumey strawberry, a powerful aroma present till the last drop. A comparison with the one classic in the field of strawberry lambics, Hanssens’ Oudbeitje, is almost inevitable – and indeed there is a strong similarity between both, though this 3 F interpretation of the same concept seems more assertive, more tart and more sparkling from what I remember of Oudbeitje. Strawberries provide lots of aroma and flavour but little colour in comparison with the more traditional sour cherries and this one confirms that idea; in that sense, this rendition fits expectations completely.

Tried on 24 Jan 2022 at 13:15

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

Pours dark, unclear amber to almost brown. Intense strawberry scent. Very jammy, intense, lambic and funk are fairly hidden. Taste is full, tart, dry, intense strawberry. Not nearly as jammy as the scent makes you expect. Dry, sharp body. Lovely !

Tried on 14 Sep 2021 at 09:52

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

Oogst 2020 bottle at ODB. Pours a cloudy orange with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is strawberry seed, funk, oak, floral, wheat. Slick body, funky, tart strawberry, barnyard, nice finish, enjoyed this.

Tried from Bottle on 04 Sep 2021 at 13:01


Wild fermented Hi-C again but with more of a tart and carbonation bite. More funk and tannins on the nose than before.

Tried from Bottle at Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen & lambik-O-droom on 03 Sep 2021 at 13:25