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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: 818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7731) - 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 (4742) - 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" thatís 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 isnít the type of heavy sourness that makes me want to drink all night (like, say, a Gose) - itís 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 Cantillonís 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 (11349) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 20, 2006
Thx. to Tim. Brillian ruby, thin pinkish head. Nose is cherries, earthy spiciness (or cough syrup) Flavor is nothing like the nose - acidic, well but not overly fruity. Oak more than fruit. Rather fresh lemon & raspberry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2006
Aroma is tart cherries and chinese stir fry vegetableish. Pinkish red with a pinky think-pink head. Sour cherry fore and little else save a pervsive vegetal flavor. It isnít even all that sour and it has a thin palate. Not nearly as fine as the oude gueze. A dissapointment.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
adrian910ss (2327) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
12.7 oz bottle dated 2/01/05. pours a dark ruby red color with a thin pinkish head. Aroma is of sour cherries,sour red wine and a hint of lemon. Taste is too sour and bitter for my taste buds. Flavor is more like a red wine than beer. Not a big fan of these sour lambics. Couldnt finish the bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
Bottle marked "14/4/2005". Clear red body w/ ample carbonation creating a thin white head. Ginger, cherry, horse sweat, grapefruit rind tartness in the aroma - standard stuff a kriek. Lots of cherry flesh and toasty wheat malt in the base. Extra-tart lemon lactic an dpie cherry bombards the palate. Finishes with some leather and pine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5097) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 Thanks for sharinga bottle, hey_kevin. The body was dark red with a very light pink head. The aroma had some light barnyard and cherries with hay, leather and lemons. The taste was lemons and leather with a salty finish. There was some light cherry with a dry finish. A subtle and enjoyable lambic.


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