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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 990   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2008
23,12 - 2003 Bottle 37,5 cl. A deep red/ hazy brown with a mild nose with hits of cherrys and vinegar. It appeares to has been a bit oxidized - what a shame. Still you sense notes of sour fruits. It has a butterish feeling to a noncomplex body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2008
0.375 l bottle. Ruby red color with virtually no head. Thick, juicy cherry and black currant aroma. Juicy cherryish and somewhat sour flavor. There are some notes of acetic acid and wild yeast but to my taste the traditional lambic elements area too much covered by thick juicy cherry flavor.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Bottle, split with after4ever. Pours ruby brown with a thin ring of foam. Seriously funky nose. The cherries have an up-hill battle against it, and they’re not quite up to the task. Light body and carbonation. Huge vinegar and lemon sourness in the taste that pummels the cherries into submission. I think I would have been happier if the cherries won the battle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2008
2006 bottle: Aroma was full of sour cherries with musty funky aromas as well. Beer poured dark almost black cherry red with a pink head. Flavor was rich and reminiscent of cherry pie. Flavor was a little lemony, musty, with plenty of acidity to showcase the depth of the cherries. Mouth feel is light and naturally carbonated, somewhat like a proper bitter. Complex and brilliant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2008
750 ml caged and corked. Filled 26 February 2005. Pours bright, slightly cloudy dark ruby/violet with a thin pinkish-white head leaving zero lacing. Loads of funk on the nose with just a tiny, tiny hint of tart cherry. Flavor was only mildly sour. Tart and musty barnyard notes and a touch of cherry and wood tannin. Some granite minerality. Excellent carbonation with a nice, tart, funky finish,

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (7490) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2008
375, corked and baled (plastic cork). Pours a murky deep red, almost black. No head, no lace. Gargantuan gobsmacking sour tart vinegar bombshell of a nose. Light, almost watery body with fairly low carb. Puckery tart sour minerally vinegar mid-palate. Not super drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Poured from a 12.7oz caged and corked bottle (bottled on February 1, 2005) and served in a tumbler. This beer poured a slightly hazed cranberry red with a thin layer of pink, fizzy bubbles that quickly faded away. No lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of sweet cherry notes, earthy yeast, and some brett. The flavor consisted of lightly tart and sweet cherries, oak, and sourdough bread. The mouthfeel was light-bodied with minimal carbonation. A good blend of sweet and sour notes, but I would have enjoyed a bit more sourness. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Pours dark ruby red with a very thin white fizz on top. Strong yeast aroma and sweet cherries. Tart, sour, not overly sweet, cherry flavor is in very nice proportion to the yeastiness. I like em sour so this my cup-o-tea. Only fault is every fourth sip or so there’s a weird formaldehyde like aftertaste. Really great drinkability, not sticky or syrupy and the carbonation is fizzy but not annoying. I had a pretty good bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2008
bottle....disclaimer: i’m gonna def have to rerate this since this one poured without any carbonation at all. is that the way it’s supposed to be?....suspicious bottle that felt dead even as the cork was removed. poured a dark currant red with no head to be found.....a sharp acidic and sour cherry aroma followed.....sour tart cherry flavors with no carbonation. body somewhat thin. tasted like unsweetened tart cherry juice.....i’m hoping that this was an off-bottle but i’m not exactly sure as a rater below (FastEddie had a similar experience).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle, Kulminator. Slightly cloudy reddy orange, thin off-white pink head. Nose is sharp and cherry, tingly, every so slightly plasticy. Mouth is tart, cherry, slightly metallic, full, slightly sweet at the end and ever so slightly watery. Lovely.


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