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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 822   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Oude Kriek 3 Fonteinen is produced by ripening of cherries (both the flesh and the seeds) in young Lambic. This process takes between 6 to 8 months. After bottling the beer matures for at least 4 months in a warm room where the spontaneous fermentation in the bottle is done.
The head of Oude Kriek is very sensitive to the concentration of the cherry seeds containing oil and may differ from one year to the other.
On old Cherry 3 Fonteinen, no flavorings, sweeteners, or dyes added which makes this beer very natural and is especially thirst quenching.

Note: Recent labels may show the beer to contain 35% of Schaerbeekse Krieken.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beechner224 (649) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer. Again, in the same night. Pours a dark red, no head. Aroma is tart, cherry, sour. Bottle from 2009. Taste is not that sour, almost watery. It’s more of cherry juice than sour lambic beer. Really surprising.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (697) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 27, 2014
375 ml bottle dated June 11th, 2013. Aroma dominated by lots of juicy cherry character with a hint of sweetness. Medium acidity with a light barnyard character and hints of herbal, earthy notes. Pours a slightly murky, dull red with ruby and light brown hues and a big pink head that quickly disappears. No lacing and faint legs. Flavor is fairly juicy with quite a bit of bright cherry notes, but is fairly dry with only a hint of sweetness. Medium acidity, mostly lactic with a hint of citrus. Light oak notes and tannins. Light barnyard notes and herbal character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a really nice, juicy kriek with a lot of cherry notes. I think I like them with a bit more age though as its adds some nice funkiness and and acidic complexity.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MADpalace (201) - Budel, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2014
Very nice dark ruby red color! Smells like acid with flavour of pure fruit with no added sugar. Already find this famous sour "3 fonteinen" lambik from its smell. If you thing the "3 fonteinen" Geuze has a too sour taste then this one is even worse. I like the initial taste of real cherries, not the chemical ones. But I really hate the after-taste of medicin. Not even talking about the really sour apple you have to go through.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gendv138 (1190) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2014
12.7 ounce bottle (2013, June 6th. 6% ABV) poured into a Flying Dog goblet. Pours dark ruby red with close to two fingers of light pink head. No lacing. Lots of carbonation flowing up the glass. Aromas of oak, vinegar, dark fruit including cherries, some funky notes. Tasting notes of big tart fruit, cherries, fruit jam, acidic notes, light oak. Medium body with a pretty dry finish. Medium-high carbonation, semi-juicy mouthfeel. One of the best cherry lambics I’ve had so far!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dfroms (231) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 21, 2014
2006 vintage shared with Zach at the Grote Dorst in Eizeringen. Garnet-hued with a small pink head. Aroma is bright sour pie cherry, lemon, apricot, peach. Taste is cherries and young red wine, bright lemons, long finish. Barely oxidized. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2122) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2014
Clear cherry red with reddish (small) foam head/ring. Aroma is sour cherry, taste is sour sherry, but not too sour - still refreshing and drinkable. (Antwerpen 201404)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gaultier (286) - SWEDEN - APR 15, 2014
@Nedre Mölla 14/4-14. Flaska från Systembolaget. Arom: Syrlig, körsbär, funky. Smak: Syrlig, körsbär, fruktig. Torr överlag.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1289) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy red with a small frothy pink head. Aroma is tart cherries, hay, barnyard,Taste is tart cherries and light sweet red fruits. Acidic and refreshing dry finish with a light sweetness. Light body fizzy carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MJGG (950) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
Bouteilles de 375 ml. Arômes très invitants de cerises. On dirait presque des cerises noires plutôt que des griottes. Belle présence de levures sauvages également. Robe rouge foncée et plutôt limpide, effervescence active et mousse se dissipant rapidement. En bouche, les fruits sont très bien exprimés, avec des notes presque sucrées. Belle présence rustique de levures sauvages (vieille cave, fromage). Finale sèche et relativement peu acide pour le style. Un très beau lambic aux fruits, très facile à boire.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cwaustin (2) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 10, 2014 does not count
Aroma: Intensely acidic with cherry and earthy support. Lacking some of the barnyard characteristics. Appearance: Beautiful ruby red. Pink head that dwindled to an off white ring around the glass quickly. Taste: High acidity. Cherries linger throughout. Again lacking some of the lambic characteristics I want. Too young, maybe? Palate: Light body. High tart. No astringency. Overall: A wonderful fruit lambic. So very refreshing.


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