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


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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottle from Monkís Cafe... bottled on Feb 1, í05. Appears a hazy, cran-raspberry toned rose with a small white head that fades into a tiny cap. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is funky, with tart apples, raspberries, cherries, horse blanket, earthy, and old perfume. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with aged, tart cherries being the standout of the funky bunch. Mouthfeel is sweet up front, quickly becoming tart, and running along the sides of the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2006
Bottle (375ml). Shared with blankboy, mds and tupalev, blankboyís bottle. Hazy ruby with an average pink-white fluffy head. Funky aroma, burnt rubber, sharp pungent yeast, chour cherry - wonderful. Taste of sour cherry and funky, complex yeast - yum. Sticky, thick body, acidic and lightly alcoholic mouthfeel, solid sour cherry in the finish - nice funky/sweet fruiter, really nice cherry flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2568) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
deep raspberry color whispy pink head. Extremly funky aroma lots of horse blanket some sour cherries. Well carbonated tart palate. Extremly sour cherry flavor very puckering a good amount of leathers. very mellow after the initial sour and quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 12.7 oz bottle, 2005 vintage from Holiday Wine Cellar: Hazy purplish red color with a short lived small pinkish head. Tart berry and red wine vinegar aroma. Flavor starts sour cherry, hints of wood, some acidity with a long dry tart finish. Light bodied and watery with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Feb 2005 vintage, 750mL bottle (also have had the 375mL). Have had it three or so times, most recently being on 8/27/06.
A typical Cantillon/3 Fonteinen lambic, it shows bountiful head, a lightly hazy body and streams of tiny bubbles. Plenty of sediment rests on the bottom of the bottle. A lovely, deep, magenta-tinged black cherry-red is the body, with a mix of pink and white for the head, which, predictably, shows moderate retention (though never falling below partial cover) and plentiful, sticky lacing.
Tart, authentic cherries burst forth in the nose, with plenty of depth, melding seemlessly in to a punctual brett tartness and growing more dry with wheat and light barrel character. Warming produces more challenging lactobacillus notes (yogurt, cheese, strong acid sourness), but the cherries are not easily pushed over and give a playful pseudo-sweetness. Leathery dryness on the end comes with more light brett notes of lime/lemon and a definite complement of juiciness from the cherries. One of the best krieks Iíve come across in that it is difficult to determine the line between the cherry sourness/tartness and the lambic sourness/tartness. It is wedded beautifully. Light, peppery cherry pits further dry the end. Strength of the aroma is high and lasting, with no alcohol noted.
Succulent, both juicy and tart, cherries ripen in the mouth, while a wash of brett flavors brings you back to the lambic. Lacto sourness is unadulterated, but not too aggressive, while faint oak notes blend with the cherry flavors in the background to give an almost wine-like reminiscence. Strong leathery/oily dryness builds up on the palate, but as in the aroma, the cherry acids keep things quite bright and cleanse the palate wonderfully. On the finish, a note that seems distinct to this vintage (beer?), black pepper-like phenols are quite apparent. Perhaps from the cherry pits, perhaps the barrel, but undeniably interesting, giving a robust (though still reserved, relatively speaking) spiciness, almost like a Shiraz or some such similar wine.
The unfiltered texture combined with the artful brewing lends a very substantial, almost cherry puree-like mouthfeel (though not quite as thick and gritty as cherry puree sounds). The tight, engaging carbonation and bright cherry and lambic acids artfully cleanse the palate, however, and the beer finishes supremely quenching and drinkable.

As a sidenote, itís interesting that when the 2005 Schaerbeekse and this first came out, the Schaerbeekse was tremendously more tart/sour and intense overall. After a year, the schaerbeekse already is sagging in not just cherry flavor/tartness, but overall sourness and expressive lambic flavor. Not so with this one, it still seems to be going strong and, perhaps, improving.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
bottle. red color. carpy head. cherry aroma. sour and sweet. woddy. vinegar pallete. very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 20, 2006
This Kriek pours a slightly hazy cheery red color from a 375ml bottle. Small sized pinkish foamy head. Aroma is funky, fruity, tart cherries, leather and must. A medium bodied Kriek/lambic. Funky and tart, fruity and sour, acidic and funky. WOW. Lively carbonation. Bone dry with a good amount of sweetness. How the heck do you do that? Very smooth but with just the right amount of acidy to balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is bone dry and crisp. Aftertaste is tart and sweet. (Bottle date is 15/05/04)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Bottled 05/14/04 This beer pours a cherry plumish red with a medium sized purplish head and some of the most amazing lacing ive ever seen. Aroma is jumping all over the place with funkiness abounding. Cherries mixed with plums and sugar...fucking smells fantastic! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH my gawd is this smooth. Sour and tart with just the right bit of cherries and candy sweetness. Smooth with just the right amount of acidity. Liquid cocaine!!!! Im Rick James bitch! Tart with active carbonation and a hint of grapeyness. The balance and mouth puckering tartness balance are just perfect. Its so damn simple but 3 fonteinen has made a fantastic beer. Dry finish, fluffy and sweet. This is a liquid orgasm!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Hazy deep red with little head. Funky tart cherry pit aroma with notes of ash and earth. Mellow and soft and the palate countering the inevitable sour finish. Easy drinking and well balanced but complex enough to satisfy. Amazing body for such a dry beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2006
[6% bottle, dated 2/1/05] Pours a deep red color, very cloudy. Head is very short-lived, leaving a bubbly ring around the glass. Aroma is so damn funky- fruity sweetness (sour cherries, and a slight bit of apple) at first, then it takes a turn towards musty, oak basement-type smell. Flavors are unlike anything Iíve had to date: sour cherries explode on the palate, trigging an initial pucker-type reaction. Then, the yeast character makes itís presence known, reinforcing the musty, oaky aromas from before. Finally, a bit of sweetness finishes things off, balancing the overall tartness of the brew quite nicely. Carbonation is pretty substantial. This is one seriously complex brew, I havenít had very many authentic lambics, but this one has certainly got me interested in the style.

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