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

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RATINGS: 861   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.


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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (617) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2015
37,5 cl. Pours a deep ruby red with a small pink head. Aroma has almondy, dry oak and vanilla, very unripe cherries, leather, tart vinegar and vinous oaky sour fruityness. Taste is very cirussy and vinegar tart up front, but gets more deep and cherry-fruity with hints of winegum. Ends of with dry, oaky bitter notes. Some vanilla as well. Sparkling, crisp body with a medium high carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2742) - BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2015
Classic ’oude kriek’, 2011 vintage for this rating. Loose, champagne-like structured, fiercely crackling, pinkish head dissolving in seconds; colour deep purplish red, clear at first, with low fizz. The aroma is subtle and complex, with hints of, obviously, fresh sour cherries and cherry stones, red wine vinegar, wet hay, very old dry sherry, cava, redcurrant, sour yoghurt, apple peel. In adding more from the bottle, the tart lambic complexity comes more to the foreground. Extremely refreshing and ’cleansing’ in the mouth, vivid sparkling but in a refined, champenoise way, enthusiastically displaying a ton of sour cherries with a restrained, fully natural sweetishness paired with pointy and subtle, lemony acidity drying the mouth; funky, tart lambic complexity follows, wheaty, sherryish, with a more ’downtuned’ lactic acidity (sour cream); the finish is long and bone dry due to the different acids playing with each other, supported by clear woody tannins. Pure lambic and pure fruit, what more can you want on a day when the first, timid signs of spring seem to appear on the horizon... An evergreen, very refreshing, not too sharp and with more emphasis on the fruits than on the lambic funkiness, though it is obviously there, with a perfect balance between young lambic acidity and old lambic nobility. Always a delight.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ventanas83 (20) - - FEB 17, 2015
Cherries and Brett in nose. Nice taste balance if oak blue cheese and bing cherries. Tart cherry skin mouthfeel. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
llkc (537) - århus, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2015
duft frugt røde bær yougurt. kirsebær smag: solbær kirsebær. funk yougurt. lidt tør i eftersmagen

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2763) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle. Purple with pink head. Aroma of funky earthy lambic yeast, cherry. Taste of cherry, lambic funk, earth. Soft level of sourness. Decent

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beleggor (118) - Wrocław, POLAND - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle 375ml. Deep cherry-red color with small pink head. Aroma is great, sour cherry notes, funky notes, red wine notes - it’s beautiful! In taste it’s very juicy, and with great sourness comes sweetness as well. This beer is well ballanced and aftertaste is very refreshing and quite long. Amazing one!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gad905 (197) - 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 (1348) - 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 (1528) - 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 (325) - 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.


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