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

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RATINGS: 850   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from Utobeer. Am more drunk than originally thought - attempted to pour this into two Belle Vue flutes and knocked one straight off the table. Shattered. Oops. Must indeed be quite drunk as I’m not too bothered at the moment! Far too distracted by this incredible beer. Good thing I didn’t spill any. Opaque deep strawberry in colour; no head. Originally suggested that it smelled of baked beans and rotting fruit, but I reckon it was just a bit of mustiness from the bottle. Nose of sour cherries and apples with a blackberry undertone. Sour top layer, but very rich underneath. Taste is suprisingly different. The cherry is still present but is tart through and through. Dark berries add a bit of value to the long, uber-tart finish. Spritely texture - is active in the mouth. It steps heavily on the front of the tongue and leaps lightly off the back. Reminiscent of the late Nuits Blanche. One of my favourite beers to date and definitely the best kriek I’ve had. Sure to become a regular on my rota.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
Robe rouge foncée claire surmontée d’une mousse rose timide. Arômes acides de liège et de jus de citron. Saveurs acides de jus de citron, de poussière et de liège.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle. 2005 vintage. Raspberry color with a pinkish head. Dusty aroma with sweet fruit. Flavor is a nice balance between sweet, tart, and dustiness. Cherry some through, but isn’t dominant. Good dusty earthiness. Very refreshing and clensing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
750 ml bottle. Poured a medium-to-dark raspberry/garnet with a little more than a dusting of pink headage. The nose was of sour cherry skins, dusty horseblanket, and oaky highlights. Flavor had bunches of sour cherries, oak, moderate sweetness, and light funkage... not bad, but nothing groundbreaking. Sour and tart on the palate with a dry, dusty, oaky finish. Another winner!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2006
Even a vigorous pour yields only the flimsiest of bubbly whorls, but the remarkably vibrant garnet hue needs no adornment to proclaim its majesty. The initial aromatic impression is filled with vile unmentionables—so much so that I re-cork the bottle after my first pour to keep that glorious funk intact for the next pour. My, how the beasties and bacteria have had their way with this one! Horseblanket and barnyard esters abound alongside ripe chunks of Roquefort and Limburger. A gentle touch of sourdough glides underneath an incredibly sharp and tart cherry aroma. Dad, damp leaves seem to have been composting in oaken vats. Sniff quickly, though! The good stuff soon evaporates it seems! (Interestingly, I pick up lemon and shortbread cookies after the aroma lags off a little bit.) At the front of the tongue, the cherry taste is so vivid that the beer seems overwhelmingly sweet for the first second or two. Quickly, a juicy sourness and puckering tartness explode across the mouth. Rich, complex funk and drying tannins hit with force at mid-palate. The finish is semi-dry and leaves with notes of honey, cherries and herbs. Sort of like a herbal-cherry cough drop, actually. I’m assuming what with the lack of carbonation (completely still, really) and the (only) semi-dry finish that this is still a work in progress. A few more years may yet bring a devastatingly dry brew with champagne like carbonation. On one hand I’m a bit disheartened that this beer has such a long journey ahead of it, but on the other I’m quite glad to have tried it this early in the evolution. Still, the slick and acidic texture makes it a pleasure to drink even now. 12.7 oz bottle, 02/12/2005 bottling date (that’s the second of December, folks), Burgundy glass, originally rated on 10/8/2006 (August!). Oh, and you bastards that don’t mention the bottling date or carbonation levels? I seriously want to break you.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
It was a common summer evening. A cool breeze whispered from the forest alleviating the afternoon heat as the cork sealing my single bottle of Drie Fontein Oude Kriek gently slid out with a thwop. Poured, the liquid radiated of a beautiful scarlet hue, effervescing to a rosy foam before it reduced to a lasting creamy pink layer. A very natural cherry aroma emerges immediately; juicy, luscious fruit dominates the nose while the classic lambic base provides ample complexity in the form of rustic scents. Champagne mingles with wet straw, soap, grass, Emmental, oak and moss while mild raspberry yoghurt and almondy tones appear on the sweet side. The flavor, in all respects, is much softer than Cantillon’s counterpart. The sourness is lessened, and the cherries subdued, but Drie Fonteinen’s character is nonetheless distinct. Subtle apple and cherries contribute the light fruity notes, while a dusty wood tone adds to the terroir character. On the palate this lambic seems surprisingly smooth though it is not without a slight puckering touch. Delicate carbonation matches the mellifluous attitude of this kriek, imparting a very refreshing, rather mild and thoroughly enjoyable quality to this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle (dated 12/23/03), Oud Arsenaal, Antwerpen. Served too cold, but what the hey. Smells of over-ripe cherry with some ginger. Glowing transluscent orange in the glass with a fully diminishing pink head (surprising; was this not kept well?) Sour up front is great, really hits you under the sides of the tongue; right after the swallow, the cherry and grapefruit taste defining the middle drops out, but reemerges about 3 seconds into the finish. Finish is dryish and spicy (brett definitely, but also paprika, and a saltiness on the sides of the tongue). 15 seconds into it, the brett takes over and completely dries it out; those aged hops add a denatured bitterness. Finish is shorter than the gueuze, much shorter than the J&J. For some reason, every other sip seems really good, but the ones inbetween fail to impress.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a hazy reddish pink with a small white/pink head. Aroma of sour cherry, barnyard and musty. Flavor was very tart and sour cherry, with some sweetness. I have a hard time in general describing these brews, yet I really enjoy them.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2006
Very dark red with a pink head. Aroma of sour cherries and dark, cobwebby barns. Sharp, sour taste blending a hint of fruit, wood, leather and a most agreeable bitterness. Utterly refreshing.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2006
the aroma all krieks should have! Bleeding bandaids in color and in nose, cobwebs and cherry pie, solvent, and farmhouse air and wet leather...quite bretty in the nose actually..brilliant red color leaking into the frothy head turning it pink. The flavor is completely stripped of all sweetness, leaving the dry solventy cherry taste which turns medicinally magnificent. Its that solventy cherriness that gets me..gotta love it like a mo fo.


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