3 Fonteinen, Lot

The founding of 3 Fonteinen dates back to 1883 when Jacobus Vanderlinden and his wife Joanna Brillens opened an inn with a beer blending business on the side in the town of Beersel, now Hoogstraat 13, Beersel (currently “De Drie Bronnen”, renamded after Gaston and Raymonde moved out).

The inn and café changed hands several times over the years until finally coming into the possession of Jean-Baptiste Denaeyer Vanderlinden, son of Jacobus, who also became the mayor of the town of Beersel. Vanderlindend was widely considered to be the best lambic blender in town. In 1953, Gaston Debelder, along with his wife Raymonde, purchased the building, and named the business “3 Fonteinen”.

In 1961 the Debelder family buys a property on the Beersel church square. The building was demolished, but the warehouse underneath was preserved. The bottles were being stored underneath the building in the caveaus (hand-dug by Gaston), where bottling operations took place as well. The bar experienced vast popularity in the 60s and 70s. Working with his two sons, Armand and Guido, the inn, café, and lambic blending business continued to be successful, though 3 Fonteinen continued to experience the same ups and downs that every lambic brewery experienced in the last half of the twentieth century.

Gaston eventually handed the business over to his two sons full-time in 1982. Armand became the head blender (and eventually brewer), while his brother Guido managed the café and restaurant. By the 1990s the lack in popularity of lambic had reduced the number of lambic brewers available on the wholesale market to just three: Girardin, Lindemans, and Boon.

Until 1998, 3 Fonteinen was strictly a blendery. In 1998, Armand leased a computerized brewing system and had it installed, becoming the first new lambic brewery in decades, with his first batch brewed on December 16, 1999. In the meantime, Armand would save up for his own installation. Many banks were unwilling to fund Armand’s venture to buy the necessary equipment. To help facilitate the purchase, Armand and his brother split the business, with Guido taking the restaurant café and Armand running the brewery.

As Armand entered his warehouse in Essenbeek on May 16, 2009, he was met with a blast of hot air that signified a massive failure of the climate control mechanism. The “Thermostat Incident,” as it would come to be called, was the result of a faulty thermostat causing the hot air blower to not turn off. As a result, the temperature had risen to as high as 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) essentially cooking over 80,000 bottles of lambic and causing some of them to explode.

This huge financial loss of a year’s worth of product, coupled with the fact that the ten-year brewing equipment lease was about to run out, caused Armand to rethink the future of 3 Fonteinen. The remaining capital invested in his own brewing system had to be divested to meet other financial obligations of the brewery. Armand’s last official brew of the pre-Thermostat Incident era was in March of 2009.

Not all was lost, however; and the remaining bottles of Oude Geuze that had not been damaged beyond repair were distilled into an eau de vie called Armand’Spirit. This, along with the sale of special blends of Armand’s remaining pre-incident lambics, has helped to re-secure 3 Fonteinen’s future.

After Michaël Blancquaert had already joined Armand, Werner Van Obberghen and a silent partner joined in 2015. Shortly afterwards, a new warehouse in Lot was purchased. All activities – barrel space, bottling, sales, tasting room – have been centralised, but brewing still takes place in the centre of Beersel, a stone’s throw from Lot.

On the current site, the plan remains to further expand the barrel space with a logistics hall, a new lambik-O-droom, a brewery building, a large park with Schaerbeekse Kriek and a public hall for events. The surface area will double to 12,000 square meters, with possibilities for even more old lambic, a more diverse acreage of barrels and the maturing of bottles of Gueuze for even longer.

The dream also remains to be able to brew in two places. 3 Fonteinen does this very consciously because by brewing in both Beersel and Lot, a difference can be tasted. There is an average difference of 2 degrees between the two locations during the winter nights.

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    3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze – 37,5 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Doesjel – 75 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand en Gaston – 37,5cl

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    3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek – 37,5 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek – 75 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Cuvée Miel S20/21 nr 64 – 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend – 75 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand en Gaston – 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Dornfelder-Kriek 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Platinum Blend S20/21 nr 42 – 37,5cl

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    3 Fonteinen Platinum Blend S20/21 nr 41 – 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Druif Muscaris 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Tuverbol 37,5cl

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    3 Fonteinen Braambes Oogst 2020 – 75 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend – 37,5 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Golden Doesjel – 37,5 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Hommage – 37,5 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Wijnbergperzik 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Magnum – 150 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Langste Kook 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Oude Kriekenlambik – 75 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Gele Perzik 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Pruim Belle de Louvain 75 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Rode Perzik 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Framboos Oogst 2019 – 37,5 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Intens Rood Vat – 37,5 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Golden Doesjel Magnum – 150 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Druif Dornfelder 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Hommage – 75 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Pruim Mirabelle 75 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Frambozenlambik Oogst 2019 nr 33 – 37,5 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Schaarbeekse Kriek – 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Framboos – 75 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston Magnum – 150 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Frambozenlambik TL Oogst 2021 nr 13 – 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Frambozenlambik GC Oogst 2021 nr 11 – 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Frambozenlambik GA Oogst 2021 nr 12 – 75cl

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    3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek Magnum – 150 cl

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    3 Fonteinen Pruim Conducta 75 cl

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