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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3 Herman Teirlinckplein
phone: +32 (0) 23 31 06 52
Contact information for the brewery and bottle shop:
Telefoon: +32 (0)2 306 71 03
(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited on 8-18-08
After a morning spent drinking near the Grote Markt in Brussels, Elaina and I took the trek to Lambik Land. We specifically chose this day because Drei Fontein was open and serving dinner.
After an initial disappointment at finding the castle closed, Elaina and I wandered slowly into Beersel until we came to the inauspicious restaurant and brewery. The atmosphere reminded me of a Wisconsin supper club. Its 50s esthetic was giving way to a small town, almost rustic vibe and despite the casual feel of the place, one felt confident that something gourmet was cooking up in the kitchen.
The staff told us that they weren't actually open yet but allowed us to stay for a drink anyways, probably after taking pity on our soaked and disheveled appearance (it had been pouring rain all day). A kind bar maid was quick to pour us two glass of 1 year lambik from a cask before joining her coworkers at a large table for the staff dinner. Elaina and I sipped our beers gratefully and then took our leave. After a pub crawl of Beersel we returned for dinner.
I ordered a magnificent guinea hen served in a kriek sauce (truly an A+ entre) and Elaina ate a good, although somewhat dry and tough rabbit cooked in oude geuze. I ordered a bottle of 1997 (11 year old) Oude Geuze for 12 Euros. It completely blew my mind. We later finished with glasses of Kriek, also from cask, that resembled pure, tart cherry juice followed by a creamy faro.
All in all a wonderful experience that I certainly hope to repeat. Although the selection was very, very limited I was not let down one bit. I'll take 4 perfect beers over 400 great beers anytime.
09-11-2009 23:46:45 |
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10-18-2013 04:03:38 |
More by phingdong
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
My bill was a bit high, but only because we ordered multiple bottles of vintage selections. The entrees were under 20 and were incredible. The beer selection was solid and extremely reasonably priced if sticking to the normal selections. Vintages also available, albeit a bit pricier. The shop was well priced also. The most outstanding part was the service. The staff were happy to make conversation, in English, and made the daytrip outstanding.
09-13-2013 14:50:07 |
More by Pecan
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
So I dont write reviews very often and as a Peace Corps Volunteer I dont get to drink good beer very often. But currently I am on vacation with my sister and had the pleaser of coming to Brussels and 3 Fonteinen.
I just want to say I have been to many breweries in my lifetime, but I have never been to a place so warm and welcoming. Armand himself gave us the tour and his wife was working in the lambic store. Their passion for what they do is uncanny. I it was really amazing to meet these people. In the store they had all the Armand'4 series available, their special release, intense red (a kriek with a huge amount of cherries added) and plenty of oude geuze, oude kriek, and beersel beer available. The restaurant was also fantastic, I recommend the oysters. Some of the entrées were a bit pricy but for fine dining its what one would expect. They also had bottles of the 1997 oude gueze for 39 euros and Hommage for 43 euros (I think). 1997 Oude Gueze was fantastic.
All and all one of the best beer related experiences of my life. Armand is extremely passionate about what he does and is more then happy to share information about his life's work and brewery.
Tours are only given on saturday. It is very possible to get to the brewery by bus from Midi Station in Brussels (1 or 2km from the Central Place). The main train line does not run on Sat but busses do run. Bus fare from Brussels to Beesel is only 2 euros. There is no need to take a cab which will coast you 30 euros and up.
07-06-2013 16:54:34 |
More by SpruceFish
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I made it to Belgium, and 3 Fonteinen was right at the top if my list.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is fantastic. Quaint and serene, spacious and inviting. Service with a smile.
I spoke with Armand for a few hours about the brewery, lambic, etc. while enjoying a 1997 Oude Gueze (and a few others as well). The Kriek, lambic, kriekenlambik, faro are all must tries if you are fortunate enough to make it here.
Passion, tradition, quality, it's all here. My experience was so amazing here that I returned for another lengthy visit in lieu of visiting some of Belgium's best breweries. That will have to wait for a subsequent visit. Overall, this was simply mind blowing. A bucket list kind of experience for me.
11-21-2012 05:51:26 |
More by Huhzubendah
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
This wa my ultimate beer destination. When I got there, it greatly exceeded my expectations. This review covers only the weekend Lambic Room. (My English translation on the name.)
The atmosphere could not be better. There is a row of picnic tables outside plus a charming little indoor area with small tables. It feels like a small-town mom and pop restaurant. The difference here, of course, is that Armand is sitting at one of the tables and is more than happy to chat about his beer and the brewery, and is quick to offer his feelings on lambic and it's tradition. For me, it could not get any better.
The quality of the beer at Drie Fonteinen is unparalleled. The menu offers a wide assortment of lambics, including several vintages of Oude Geuze and several of the "vintage" selections. The Oude Kriek and young kriekenlambick are both available as well. You can also sample unblended lambic or the faro.
Service is quick and polite, and nearly everyone spoke English quite well. There is nothing like being served gueuze by Aand or his wife. Great presentation an proper glassware.
The prices are fair and cheap, especially for all that you get. The small shop is a must-visit as well.
If you did yourself in Belgium, do yourself a favor and visit this place as often as possible!
02-27-2012 12:50:20 |
More by Thorpe429
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Easily the best of the lambic spots we visited. Arriving right before the end of the lunch hours (they don’t serve after 2 or 3p), we enjoyed draft lambic, Service is typical European, allowing us to enjoy the patio out back which is unfortunately squared in and thus affords no views of the countryside. The food is stellar (the salmon is a must).
Then we walked over to the tasting room to meet with Armand, soft-spoken and open, sharing stories and hopes for lambic and future brewing. One hour, then two roll by as we open bottles
Then he accompanies us to the shop as we buy lambic, glasses, shirts to go. A fantastic visit, never rushed but perfectly accommodated. I look forward to years of visiting the master.
02-06-2012 17:26:10 |
More by beerpirates
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been here (the brewery, not the restaurant) so often and everytime it is such a great pleasure to talk with armand about life in general and beer. He is such a kind and passionate man who already is worth the visit. In the brewery shop they have depending on the time of the year, most of the regulars, and sometimes of course limited brews like armand’4 and strafe winter. They also sell some nice products that are prepared with kriek or geuze, like cheese and marmalade. Last time they even had chocolate bonbons with armand spirit. Don’t miss this place
06-03-2011 23:08:23 |
More by rvdoorn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Review of the restaurant at Drie Fonteinen:
A simple country bistro with simple but quaint decor. Several visits have had slow, but pleasant service (two lunch time visits took over two hours from start to finish). A nice stock of standard Drie Fonteinen beers (Faro, Lambiek, Kriekenlambiek, Oude Kriek, Oude Gueuze) plus the ultimate value: 15Euro 750ml bottle of 1997 Oude Gueuze. The food here is phenomenal. The carbonade is the most tender and flavorful I’ve ever had and the mussels are fresh and well prepared. Being next to the brewery doesn’t hurt either.
05-11-2011 15:22:26 |
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