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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 855   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


traPISSED's rating

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
traPISSED (106) - São Paulo, - OCT 25, 2011
75cl bottle at home, 1996 vintage. This bottle was corked, capped and very dusty. The cork was very long...so long that I lost the end of it into the beer. The pour produced a crystal clear bright ruby beer with still a huge amount of colour remaining (almost as much as a new bottle). The smell was fantastic! No oxidisation at all and I mean none!! It smelled of cinnemon, nutmeg, clove and cherry. Almost like a christmas spiced beer. Everyone that tried it said that they had never experienced a Kriek with such a christmas flavour. As we went down the bottle the sourness was more pronounced and the pours where becoming very murky. There was a huge amount of sediment in this bottle. This may well be the most gracefully aged beer Ive ever had. Everyone agreed that it could easily last another 10 years.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gad905 (183) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle from Beer Planet, Brussels. Pours clear deep ruby, pink-tinged head puffs up then dies quickly. Nose of cherry, juicy berry, cheesy acidity, brett funk, some vinous red wine-esque notes. Tastes a tiny bit sweet and then medium-full sour, dry tannic cherry, sharp berry, funk, oak, cheese. Medium light body, oily texture, slightly fizzy sharp carbonation, long dry sour juicy finish. Very good!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1308) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2015
375mL corked bottled from Beer Cartel. Bottled 22/5/2015 Amazing looking beer - deep murky scarlet body with a creamy half-inch of pink head persisting. Funky aroma, a lot going on; ripe cherry, sour cherry/Kirsch, oak, red wine vinegar, barnyard, hard cheese, earthy phenolic spice (Brett?) undertones. Lean body, moderate acidity with good length, a touch of tannin with reasonably high carbonation. Bit tighter on the body, not giving away quite as much as the aroma; vinous red cherry, subtle barnyard & funky cheese, touch of toasy oak & citrus rind, with some acetic acid in the works. Reasonably long finish, acidity refreshes, providing good balance. Solid amount of fruit & funk in this one to make it rather tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1503) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark, cherry color with a nice, reddish head. Sour, cherry type aroma with a malty kick. Sour cherry taste with a dry finish. Very warm beer. Really good balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
g_georgiou (322) - CYPRUS - JAN 10, 2015
Clear red body with a medium pink head. Aroma is cherry, and a bit sour fruit. Taste is medium sweet, quite bitter. Dry finish. Quite nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thomashall (179) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2015
375ml bottle caged and corked. Pours dark ruby red with pink head. Strong sour cherry flavor as expected. Tastes same with some good funk. Awesome kriek!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (458) - - DEC 25, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alusmamuts (549) - LATVIA - DEC 18, 2014
Red with small pink head. Nice cherry aroma. Sour cherry taste rich of nuances and some spiceness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontape (389) - Valley Village, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
2014 bottle, pretty young but I sometimes lack some self-control in matters of sour beer. Pours a deep purple with delicate pink foam. Beautiful. Swirl it up a bit for a gorgeous display of deep red to pink tones. Lovely mineral and funk on the nose, cherry and wood as well. Taste is balanced with considerable funk, moderate tartness, sour cherry. Elegant and classic. Looking forward to cracking a more aged one some day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (5237) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle - Tart, vinous and sweet cherry. Deep red and cloudy with a thin head. Cherries dominate and are sweet with a touch of tartness. Light acidity and more sweetness,

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NBird (424) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2014
2014 Looks..a vibrant cherry red, thin line of dissipating head on pour. Smells.. Cherrys, wood, old, musty.. Tastes..the tart and fruity cherry just influences the balance over quality lambic sourness, finishes some wood dryness.. What else could you possibly want from a cherry kriek?!


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