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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: 902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2007
tart cherry and sour barnyard on the nose of this cherry soda red pour. Minimal white head. Very smooth sour taste with subtle cherry in the tail.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2007
(03/2007. Draft at 3F resto in Beersel). Wow. Aromas of cherries and summertime. A deep ruby with no head to speak of. Only slightly spritzy, nearly flat with a flavor that transports one to the top of the tree where that one slightly underripe and sour cherry blends with the deep, red flavors warmed by countless hours in the sun. A relatively soft palate that is, well near perfect for what this is supposed to be. Someone told me they "missed" this batch ... too many cherries ... I refuse to believe it ... this was a beer that takes you somewhere (from a cold, dark, rainy evening to the top of the cherry tree in summer as a kid with the whole world spread out in front of you). Cheers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bright red/pink pour, fully diminishing fizzy pink/beige head. Aroma is sour cherry, oak, barnyard funk, dusty earthiness, peppered with lightly toasty malts. Flavor is more of the same, citric centered throughout, uncompromising in its sour attributes and funky layers. Palate is ever so slightly oversweetened, mouthfeel is medium and syrupy, stinging with intense sour notes. A sharp acidity encompasses all these flavors and leaves a dry finish, prolonged by sweet and tart cherry residues. This is an excellent traditional kriek that would benefit from a thicker mouthfeel and more subtle complexities. Otherwise it’s very good, a beer to quiet the naysayers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - FEB 18, 2007
(sampled at the Düsseldorf RB gathering) Hazy, red coloured with a short pink frothy layer. Light sweet and tart fruity aroma of cherries and bitter almonds. Moderately sour flavour, light bodied with a smooth and pleasant carbonation. Sour-fruity lambic-character, dry and tart, slightly astringent finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle. 12/02/2005. Deep red color with a brite pink head. Tart cherry aroma with a note of cobwebs. Tart cherry flavor with a slight bar-b-que note. Nice dry finish. A very clean and nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle: Reddish purple with a small pink head. Aroma tart cherries. Flavor, very acidic, sour cherries, very little carbonation. Some funk to it. Good but the sourness was just a bit too sharp for me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
05 vintage bottle. Dark translucent red color with a small light red head. Sharp phenol with a fruity, almondy tartness and turning hay in the aroma. Cherry skin and cherry stone flavors float atop a deeper citric acid component. Barnyard flavors, horsey and wet hay manifest greater in the finish, with a lasting astringent tart cherry flavor. Mouthfeel is a medium light, rather dry.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14705) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2007
Bottle. Medium pink head with medium duration. Color is ruby red. Aroma is powerful with lots of cherry. Taste is acidic and sour with some cherry.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Poursa very lovely bright cherry red color with a thin pink head, which makes it look very inviting to drink. very sour in the smell. Get light fruits in there as well. Very acidic, but not overwhelming. The fruits balance it out well, so the sourness doesnt overpower you. Extremely well done lambic.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle, 375 ml. Red colour with a small pink head. Charming harsh sour aroma with elements of grape fruits and sour berries. Balanced acidic flavour, with berries in the finish. Best lambic I’ve had.


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