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

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RATINGS: 823   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2887) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Poured a garnet red color with a very small head after a fairly vigorous pour. The lacing was almost nil. The aroma was funky with tart citrus aspects. The flavor was underwhelming. Rather tart and sour, but somewhat weak in strength and character (not complex, sour cherries, apples, and barnyard / horse blankets... the cherries were much underplayed in this "kriek"). The mouthfeel was also somewhat thin and weak / watery. For the price, this was a big disappointment. For the style, decent, but not the best.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
Brownish red colour with small head. Sour cherry and musty yeast aroma. Some typical barn. Moderately sour with tart cherry, musty, earthy flavour. A dry and sour kriek with minimal sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
26/02/05 750 ml bottle corked and caged. Very bright cherry red colour topped by a thick pink head fast fading to leave an effervescent red liquid. Beautiful beer. Funky, horseblankety aroma, over a soft cherry aroma. Light citrus and some vanilla. Light spice and a hint of almond. Flavour is musty with some light lactic sourness in back. Very soft palate. Soft vanilla/tapioca flavours, citrus and a lingering cherry fruitiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2364) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottled Feb 1, 2005. Poured into the Stone Impy Stout snifter. This had a rich reddish cherry body with a small head. Some lacing on the glass. With the blue gargoyle from Stone it looked really attractive. Lotsa barnyard action in the aroma with some sweet cherries, some tartness and some other fruits. I couldn’t stop smelling the glass. A tart flavor with a slight cherry sweetness in the end, this was really enjoyable. I wish I got the bigger bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (1950) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle..040305 Dark red colour, with a thin whote foam.Aroma: Lots of citrus, and sweet maltyness.. Dry fruitiness and citric in the end. Nice long finish. Full body.. A complex Kriek.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Magenta/burgundy pour, with small pink head. The aroma is oaky cherry, with some funky assy malts. The taste is very tart, with a lot of cherries, coupled with some earthy taint and cobwebby cabernet. I liked this one a tad more than the FFF oude gueuze.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4847) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottled. Rich, deep bright red, paper-thin layer of pink head, but not for long. Light Cherry nose with sweetness, sourness and some tart. Sublte strange note, too, might be this "leather" that’s been mentioned below. First sip was mouth-turning, highly acidic, metallic, vinegary, and quite enthusiastically sour. Cherry seems to be one of the lesser flavors. Not sweet at all. Very dry. This isn’t the type of heavy sourness that makes me want to drink all night (like, say, a Gose) - it’s not very cheerful. Still, interesting, which is reason enough.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Hazy reddish color. Very small & bubbly head. Aroma is of sour cherries, vinegar and maybe something citrusy. Very tart & sour flavor. Good presence of cherries, but very dry finish. Nice, but not blown away.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2006
750ml bottle shared by argo0: Pours to a brilliant pink-garnet body, with very tiny champagne-like bubbles rising to meet the large rose, frothy & creamy white head that sticks nicely. The aroma is very dry cherries, tart barnyard, bitter earth, and hints of sweet cherry syrup. Taste is tart without being very acidic (think Cantillon’s initial shock), earthy cherries, bitter unripened cherry, crabapple, with some mild wheat, light sweet malts hidden in the background, a light touch of acidic vinegar towards the middle, and bits of aged wood barrel, red zinger tea, and unripened kiwi. Finishes with some mild wood and fresh cherry flavors. The mouthfeel and palate are just about perfect here: medium bodied, feeling crisp and gentle, while being medium-lively carbonated, but the carbonation here is the excellent fully bottle conditioned (Methode Champagnoise) to produce very fine, feathery bubbles.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2006
(750ml bottle, bottled Feb. 26, 2005) Pink and creamy medium pink head atop a lightly garnet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, sour, some funk, wood, light vinegar. Taste is medium sweet, sour/tart cherry, some vinegar. Light-medium body with nice crispness, some acidity, faint syrup -- still, somehow seems a bit thin. Very nice beer, but this is not going to make you forget about the finest Drie Fonteinen has to offer.


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