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


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RATINGS: 873   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2006
lovely rubyish orangyish color with a big "powder pink" colored head. funky and damp woody barnyardy stuff going, but mostly cherries in the nose.. but not in an overpowering way. i guess nothing is really overpowering about this beer at all; everything seems nicely balanced flavorwise as well. some (sour) cherries in there, and damp wood and barnyardy stuff and sour. carbonation was very light which was nice. i can’t really compare to the schaerbeekse oude kriek because it’s not sitting here in front of me, but i think i preferred the schaerbeekse more; although this one is quite enjoyable, based on my notes i feel like it stood out more to me than this one does, at the very least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle. Clear red with big head. Typical 3F-aroma, really funky but with the addition of cherries and solvent. Really dry and sour. Taste is absolutely huge, cherries and pits atop a punchy lambic. Makes me want to fork up the dough for that Schaerbeekse...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (8140) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2014 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 11/13/2006
75 cl bottle from the Cuvée section at Akkurat, Stockholm
Labeled "Schaerbeekse Oude Kriek" and 5.0%, 2004 vintage.
Frothy pink head. Shady cherry red color. Strong sour cherry seed scent, dry woody, almost sticky sour. Some stable horseblanket, still fresh smell. Very spritzy mouthfeel. Sour taste. Makes my water run with saliva like crazy. Pretty much no bitterness.

750 ml bottle on January 8, 2011. BB 10/2013
Thanks to Hjalmar! (non ratebeer).
Cloudy ruby red color, small pink head. Sweet and cherry pip scent. Sweet acidic taste. Slight bit metallic aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Bottle from Systembolaget, had on Feb 26, 2011
Clear dark red color, pink head. Tart, sour, stable scent. Sour, yet sweet, slight metalic and lactic, cherry taste. Moussy mouthfeel, low to very low bitterness.

Bottled comparing 2003 with 2005 with 2009 bottle date at the epic sour beer tasting at _angst_ place, on February 11, 2012
Brought by omhper(2003), Marsiblursi (2005), thanks! and gnoff 2009
Rating for 2003 version only below.
Cloudy copper color, small white head. Acidic, sour taste. Metallic aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, very low bitterness. Nice sour scent.

Bottle thanks to ekstedt! At ekstedt’s x-mas beer tasting, on December 14, 2012.
As a blind tasting.
Reddish brown color, pink head. Acidic, sour, cherry pips, cherries, meaty scent. Sour, cherry, spritzy taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, very low bitterness.

Bottle 37.5 cl on March 14, 2014, from Systembolaget. Bottled 2013, BB 2018.
Clear dark deep ruby red color, pink big head. Cherry pips scent. Cherry, sweet, acidic taste. Acidic aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, very low bitterness.

37.5 cl bottle from Etre Gourmet, sampled on September 23, 2014 in Ludvika.
2014 vintage.
Hazy reddish color, small pink head. Cherry, sweet scent. Acidic to sour, dry taste. Dry, cherry, acidic aftertaste. Medium to light fizzy mouthfeel, no bitterness. Also black currants aftertaste. Cinnamon scent coming through some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2006
From a 750mL Bottle. Deep red pour with a well sustaining pink head for a lambic. Sour cherries are prevelent in the aroma, accompanied by some dry woody oak and a touch of soft vanilla that balances the tart fruits quite nicely. Light, well carbonated, tart mouthfeel. There’s a nice soft balance between the tart fruits and dry oakiness, making this a fairly easy drinking, non-aggressive fruit lambic thats not overly sweet, sour, woody, or fruity - just a nice subtle complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2583) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. Red color with a white head. Dry and cherry flavors with a nice lambic musty aroma. Rating from December 2005 notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4754) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
The taste on this is both sweet and sour, which is a little different. The cherry is there but not overwhelming. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SSSteve (3899) - - OCT 29, 2006
12/2/05. blood red with no head. sour cherry aroma. oak, green olive, plastic, sour cherry flavor. the cherry is not strong enough to get over the strong woody, olive tastes. i hate olives and thats what it tastes like to me. not a fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
A great kriek for sure, the 3 fountains pours out a nice dark red color with a pink head. The aroma is a great blend of sour cherries and wood. This baby has lots of sour cherry flavor, but also has a complexity from the oak flavors. Full moutfheel and easy to drink. Great, great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Bottle from Somerville Super Saver, dated Feb 1, 2005. This one is dry and extremely sour with an almost wounded hint of cherry and oak given the sting the sour quality delivers. Its almost like I’m drinking the cherry pits with a strong touch of oak. The dryness almost seems like a leather cloak enveloping the flavors. I have to say that this is exactly what I want from a sour lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2006
[Bottle from Rob in Hesselager]. A kriek from one of the great lambic brewers. This is really a sour one and at all no sweet sugar one. Great for that. I like it and I’m looking forward for another one.

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