We were deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Armand De Belder over the weekend. Arguably the world’s most talented blender of traditional lambic, Armand embodied Drie Fonteinen in the wake of his father Gaston’s own departure to the Elysian fields. Armand was a giant in the lambic world and a link to the past – he will be sorely missed. A tribute to father and son blenders, each a master of their art. Drie Fonteinen began as a stekerij, or blendery – the “three fountains” taken as its namesake were the classic draft-options at such establishments of Geuze, Kriek and Faro. While taste and preference has waned for the lattermost, oak-aged lambic both unfruited and conditioned on cherries remain touchstones. After many years of purchasing other producers’ raw lambic and blending it themselves, the De Belder family began brewing their own – a notoriously difficult type of beer to make. Whereas their flagship Oude Geuze continues to incorporate lambic fermented elsewhere, Cuvée Armand & Gaston is a blend of one-, two- and three-year lambic created entirely at Drie Fonteinen. Op uw Gezondheid / À votre santé!