3 Fonteinen Hommage

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3F Hommage

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Description

3 Fonteinen Hommage is a lambic blended with 30% Pajottenland raspberries and 5% sour cherries. It is bottled in 750ml bottles and is labeled as 6% ABV.

History / Other Notes

When the founder of 3 Fonteinen Gaston Debelder passed away in 2005, his son and current blender Armand Debelder created Hommage as a commemorative beer to him. The first batch of Hommage was bottled in 2007 and received label approval for distribution in the United States on January 2, 2008.[1] In 2014, a second batch of Hommage was released after having been bottled in June of 2013. Both batches of Hommage saw distribution in Europe and North America. In December 2015, Batch 3 became available at the brewery.

Unsubstantiated Stories

When the 2013 batch was released, 3 Fonteinen reused the previous European label and just stamped it with the new date. However, a new label was created for the US release. What's interesting about this new US label is that it does not say that there are 5% cherries in the new batch. It's not clear if this was an omission from the label or the beer.

Label

Label 3Fonteinen Hommageb2.jpg

Batch 1 and Batch 2 (European) Bottle Text (translated):
3 Fonteinen lambic with 30% raspberries from the Pajottenland and 5% cherries. Spontaneous refermentation in the bottle (unfiltered) with no added color or taste enhancers. Lambic is brewed from 60% malted barley, 40% wheat, hops, and water.

Batch 1 (US) and Batch 2 (US) Bottle Text:
A blend of lambic beers brewed at 3 Fonteinen, with an addition of 30% whole fresh raspberries from the fabled Payottenland. This unfiltered beer will enjoy a spontaneous refermentation in the bottle. No artificial colors or flavor enhancers were added. Lambic is brewed only from 60% barley malt, 40% unmated 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 few very traditional and authentic Geuzes and Lambics being made in Belgium today.

Bottle Log

Bottle Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Bottle Size Label / Notes Image Link
02/14/2007 750ml Batch 1 3F-Hommage-February142007.jpg
06/26/2013 750ml Batch 2 -
06/30/2015 750ml Batch 3 -
12/19/2016 750ml 10th blend of the 2016-2017 season, screen printed bottle -
12/20/2016 750ml 11th blend of the 2016-2017 season, screen printed bottle -

References

  1. TTD Label Approval, 3 Fonteinen Hommage, 2008

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