3 Fonteinen Hommage
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. 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.
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.
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.
- TTD Label Approval, 3 Fonteinen Hommage, 2008