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3 Fonteinen Kriekenlambik
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Brewed by 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Served on draught at the 3 Fonteinen café, variable sweetness level.

Note: Brewed with Polish cherries.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Martinus (3052) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2013
Clear red colour, pink head. Aroma of cherries, almond, marsipan, very fruity. Sour flavour, light sweet, lemons, lots of cherry, light raspberry touch. Quite full body, long finish, cherry, marsipan, some sour notes. Kept drinking this. Sheer brilliance. Most lovely beer. Instantly forgot the hangover from the day before.
(Draught @ 3F OBD ’13 / 60th anniversary)

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4297) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2013 draft@WoSF 2011: dark pink with no head, smells of sweet, tart cherries, taste is acidic with lots of cherries, some lemon pulp, cherry pits & slightly watery, light & flat, very nice /// Had several glasses of this @ 3F’s 60th anniversary, looks absolutely radiant, quite a dark colour. Upfront it is pure kriek, some sweetness (it is sweetened but in a good (GOOD!) way) like a good batch of Girardin Kriekenlambik, pure fruit goodness, like a less brutal Intense Red. Finished with a tang of acidity not kriek but lemon acidity, very balanced, incredible stuff, so good. // upped score from 4.2 to 4.9

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
Of all the sweet fruit lambics brewed in belgium, this must be the best. It is a burgandy coloured beer with almost no head or carbonation. The aroma is rich in sweet cherries as is the flavour. In fact, I could only describe this beer as a mouth full of sour cherries but with a very complex gueuze base and enough sweetness to appeal to the bellevue/lindeman drikers. This was the most refreshing beer I had in belgium and if I was to go back, I would consecrate one day to sit on their patio and drink this all fn day. As Joris said, this is nearing perfection, especially in terms of drinkability.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2003
For all clarity, this is the unblended, unsweetened version, also available on draught at the restaurant. Deep-deep burgundy, with bright red "éclat", no head. Nose of cherries, cherries, ch.. and vanilla. Taste like an explosion of freshly pressed fruit(juice). Then some wood, and an estery, alcoholic difference with real fruitjuice. Very woody finish. Tart, like some sour cherries (=krieken), plucked from the tree. Chewy. In the palate there is still some woodiness, but it suddenly disappears. Nearing perfection. One cannot get enough of this. Unlike one's stomach lining...

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (19953) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 This rating is for the "Sweet Kriekenlambic", 6.5%. Sampled from cask at Akkurat, Stockholm.
It’s supposedly made from unblended lambic and schaarbeekse cherries, and is marginally sweetened. Deep clear red. Aroma of ripe cherrues and vinegar. Sweet and woody, full of wonderful balsamic schaarbeekse cherries. Low carbonation, but the mouthfeel is fresh, lively and sparkling. Grape stone finish with a bit too much sweetness. Mindboggingly tasty.
Additional rating for the "Dry Kriekenlambic", 6.5%. Sampled from cask at Akkurat, Stockholm.
The same magnificent cherry aroma as the sweetened version, but this is significantly drier and more acidic. On paper this is something I like, but instead it doesn’t carry the wonderful flavour of the schaarbeekse cherries as well as the sweetened version. The mouthfeel is still as soft and sparkling, and I still regard this version as ultra-superb, just a tad less wonderful than the sweetened one. (10/5/9/5/17)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2006
Draught (ZBF06): Bloody red with a glowing pink head. Almond, cherries and marzipan in the nose. Lovely sweet cherries balanced with tart rotting grapes. Juicy, wonderful stuff that I could drink all day long (though probably get heartburn!).

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2006 Draught@Københavnske Øldage. Wow, Jeppe’s stand at the beerfestival was amazing. This was such a good beer and probably my favurite at the festival. No carbonation. Sour, acidic nose, with some sour cherry, blood orange and acidic tomato, slightly balsamic aswell. Palate was lovely, no carbonation, but with such a juicy acdity which made me want more and more. This was a gem.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2007
On draught at the brewery. Dark ruby red with a great fine-bubbled pink-purple head. Woody lambik shines through the cherry aroma. Wonderful lemony lambik with mellow cherry and almonds flavours. Balanced with quite a dry woody finish. Smooth and medium-bodied. Can a kriekenlambik get better than this?

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2010 Draught @ WSF. Blood red with no head. Faint aroma of cherries and hay, a tad medicinal. Tastes much like biting into a black cherry, strong and slightly bitter. Good but I prefer the Oude Kriek (6,5,8,3,17)
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Fresh from the barrel @ 3 Font, poured by the man himself. Deep red with a thin ring of short lived bubbles clinging to the outside of the glass. Nose was soooo cherry but Armand explained this was made from Polish cherries and if they had been Scharbeekse it would have been 10 times more intense. Flavor was simply cherries in a glass with a little wood and lambic funk. Nothing over the top, neither too acidic nor bland, just clean and refreshing. Heaven in a glass...

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
traPISSED (106) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 1, 2011
Glass at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. This was fantastic!! Bright cloudy ruby colour with a pink 2 finger head that stayed around even though the beer was essentially flat. I must admit that I love the lack of carbonation as it gives this beer a wonderfully smooth creamy texture. There was lots and lots of funk here along with the smokey cherry stones. The flavour was almonds and cherries that were very fresh. Great beer


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