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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 956   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (12181) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 5, 2007
Bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Lambic days 2007) Rich deep pink/red, slightly cloudy. Slightly sour aroma, slightly winey and cherry too - finally! Taste quite different - strong sharp bitter - very oude and woody sour. Hints of fruit too - very pleasant.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5410) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Thanks to Guerde for sharing. A nice, dark red color to this beer. Very little sediment that I can see. The aroma is quite nice, some barnyard and horseblanket, yeast, and unmistakable cherry with an overall aroma that promises a sour treat. Not as sour as I expected however. The Scharbekse is much more sour than this, while this beer has a great balance of lambic but also fruit, yeast, and sugar, but it tastes like real incidental sweetness rather than added sugar. Quite nice.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Mild pop to the "newcork". Bottled 2 December, 2005. Still pour of old dark grape juice. Sourness is still here with a old berry tartness in the aroma. There seem to be some hints of ammonia, horse blankets and old wood as well. A light tingle in the feel, that reminds me of Loerik. Dark tart cherries dominate the flavors with a acidic edge that works itself in mid sip. Dry finish and a somewhat simple tart raspberry flavor works its way in as well. Lightly tart, somewhat acidic, lacks much in feel. Decent, but things do not get pulled together.Either this needs 5+ more years or it is already past its prime.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1268) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 [Bottle, thanks Guerde] Pours pinkish-red with a pink head. Aroma is of musty hay and sour with a little bit of cherry. Taste is similar with more pronounced cherry. Long lingering aftertaste of leather. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2691) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Not as complex as I’d hoped- a huge sour cherry, almost even raspberryish, aroma. Slight musky funk in the background. Flavor sweet and sour, with, again, lots of sour cherries, a typical lambic sourness, but not a very hard acidity. Mild grassy, musky, hayloft funk. Drying towards the finish. Big deep purple color with purple-pink fizzy head.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/22/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta

clear blood red, short lived frothy pink head, tart aroma with light oak, lip puckering strong sour cherry flavor obscures the touch of oak in the background, just not enough going on
-------- /> Date: 04/02/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting by the pool

the oak is coming through stronger on the aroma, the sourness creates such a drying effect, better but still not as great as it should be

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Cloudy, dark ruby red body that borders on violet. The head is a foamy, light pink blanket that settles to a small rim after about a minute. There is some visible sediment at the bottom of the glass. Sudsy lace tries its best to cling to the glass, but its a futile effort as gravity quickly imposes its will. The aroma shows strong, sour dark cherries, with a funky, dusty, barnyard-like yeast profile. There’s also a bit of port on the nose. The flavor is very sour, with cherries again dominating. The port adds just a little sweetness, which is welcomed. There is a slight acidic cherry finish in the top-rear of the mouth that lasts for a few seconds. The finish then transitions to a clean, bone dry void. Very interesting brew. Not my favorite style, but incredibly well crafted and something I can really appreciate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Nice dark rose color with nearly nonexistent pure white head. Aromas of white wine vinegar, sour cherries, and the barnyard notes expected in a lambic. The beer itself is quite smooth and pleasant on the palate, with flavors of sour cherries and an almost lemon/citrus sour bite. I found this beer improved as it approached room temperature, releasing more cherry flavor and a subtle sweetness. A solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Nice representative of the style. Tart cherries with the funk you’d expect. Mine was a bit low on carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Bottled December 2005. I’m a bit confused with this one. This bottle had heavy carbonation and a very strong brett aroma. The cherries were more hidden then I would have expected. Two non beer drinkers with me agreed they thought it smelled of a freshly cleaned Porta-John (not necessary a bad thing). I could certainly see what they meant. Funky and acidic, vinegar nose. I saw someone else on here had the same batch from Dec 05 and rated poorly. I had it years ago and enjoyed it much more. I look forward to trying it again.


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