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

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RATINGS: 832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1869) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2006
From the bottle.

Pours a deep cloudy garnet with little by way of head. The nose is amazing -- cherry and tons of oak, the sweaty flank of a horse in the dusty outback, leather, and a very prominant, almost eye-watering lambic outhouse aroma.

The lambic nature is prominant in the flavor as well, which nonetheless remains well-balanced with a very dry cherry woodiness that interpenetrates the funky lambic sourness. There is a slightly unpleasant metallic bitterness on the long end of the finish, but this is not a major liability. The carbonation is very restained, leading to a subdued mouthfeel.

This is not an easy lambic, but it’s a very good one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4652) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
Looks like cranberry juice. Quick dissipating head. Warm sour scent with strong oaken cherry backbone. Cherry flavour is not as strong as expected. More salty, cherry vinegar in the finish. Lasting presence. Cuts the summer afternoon like a knife. Sourness does sink in between the teeth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle. Clear red in colour with a small whitish head. Nice bitterness and dryness. Cherries and slightly moldy and earthy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13548) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2006
Bottled - at Ølbaren. Light clear blood red. White head. Cherry - Sour - Cherry - Sour - Cherry - Sour - Cherry - Sour - Cherry - Sour, rotten-earthy. Nice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5635) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2006
[Bottled] Hazy, ruby red. Short and redish head. Cherries and bitter almond in abundance in both aroma and flavour. Pretty thick and oily palate. Not extremely sour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Bottle: Deep burgundy, blood red hues, moderate fizzy pink head, dies down quickly, sparce lacing.   Oaken nose, seems very dry and tart, sour cherries a la cherry pits.   Punching sourness aligns with the beginning of this one, but it smooths out nicely revealing a bowl of premature cherries.   Oak accompanies the dryness.   Seems somewhat vinous as well.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Very clean, up in your face tartness, but backs quickly so as not to leave your mouth completely puckered.   Good stuff!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1379) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2006
A funky red wine aroma. Sourness plus fruitiness. burgundy color with some purple. Uncarbonated. really sour like a lambic but the balance of cherries totally pulls it back from vomit like flavor of Bam Biere.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Bottle. Dark cranberry color with almost no head. Aroma is sour and super musty - funky smelling (kind of like wet socks). Super sour flavor dominated by sour cherry. Too thin and sour for my liking, but it has its merits. Almost no carbonation. I’d have to have it a couple more times before I could fully appreciate it I’m sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2006
What a beautiful color. Dark Pink/light red with just a bit of light pink champagne like bubbles.Nose is for sure a musty sour cherry. Mna,I never liked this style before but whence you get a taste.... The sour cherry and earthy flavor is awesome.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2898) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Poured a garnet red color with a very small head after a fairly vigorous pour. The lacing was almost nil. The aroma was funky with tart citrus aspects. The flavor was underwhelming. Rather tart and sour, but somewhat weak in strength and character (not complex, sour cherries, apples, and barnyard / horse blankets... the cherries were much underplayed in this "kriek"). The mouthfeel was also somewhat thin and weak / watery. For the price, this was a big disappointment. For the style, decent, but not the best.


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