3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2012 re-rate, 28-April-2010 bottle: strong pedio nose with touches of bile, muted cherries and medium-low oak. strong acid and strong minerals, muted tart mashed cherry pulp with an equally-strong mineral / gravel / chalk finish. immensely dry. good but not great.
750ml bottle, vintage unknown
Consumed at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation, Opstal, May 2006
Very cloudy dark red and purple hue, with a light pink and purple head. Sweaty nose, perfumy and sweaty (like BO), with a strange raw grain and spoiled cherry aroma. First taste is raw, then a bit sour and caustic, but it mellows quickly into a more creamy, pasty perfumed cream, rose and cherry flavor. Finishes better than it begins.
Resampled twice in 2007 from 750ml bottles. Much more what I was expected, much more rich fruit and cherries, lightly sweet, but still a little weird. Better this time, though.
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice beautiful burgundy reddish color with a very thin pink head that yielded pretty good lacing. The aroma was citrusy-tart with the barnyard aromas in there. The flavor was tart, lots of funky lambic flavors going on. Only in the after after taste did I find the cherries, as they were very subtle, not overdone. Not much sweet about this beer and the cherries were underplayed, imo.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to JohnC for sharing this bottle. Cherries solidly on the aroma, tart with a slight caramel oakyness on the finish. Very good beer.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to JohnC for sharing this bottle. Very pretty, seductive red appearance, aroma is tart, as is the beer, with cherry and hints of oak. Liked this one very much.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours rose red, and the aroma is a beautiful tart cherry aroma. The finish is amazingly dry. This beer is best served near room temp
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought this bottle up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.
750ml 2005 bottling.
Pours with a brilliant ruby body and a tall finely laced rose colored head. The aroma is absolutely divine! GOD… I think I have just died because my soul is fluttering! This is bliss on earth… as far as beer goes! A bold sourdough malty like undertone… a tannic, very mildly lactic finish. It is cherries and oak, and vanilla, and fresh yogurt, melded with a musty cask and old damp farmhouse cellar. Wet grains, a fresh bundle of wheat wrapped burlap, horse blanket, worn leather all seem to be blended with the most marvelous sweet & sour cherries you have ever tasted! The beer dances in my mouth like a silk drape hung beside a breezy open window… A most Marvelous liquid luxury!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottling. Delightful color throughout the pour. The clear pour is nicely soft, sour but also a tiny bit mineral/stone and a touch sweet. The yeast pour brings a still heft to the body. Incredible cheesiness in the aroma. Absolutely delicious, but not my fave kriek ever, and loses unfortunately due to the really high price.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle purchase at the Hop Devil Grill. Bright red beer topped by a beautiful pink head. Aroma shows lots of tart acidity, both sweet and sour cherry notes. A bit of light lactic and acetic flavour, with the latter being extremely subtle but strengthening as the temperature comes up. Leathery and dry in flavour. Flavour starts to become more intensely and notably fruity as the temperature comes up as well. Lingering tartness and restrained funkiness.
hopscotch (10613) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 Bottle... DLD ’06... This beer rocks!... Murky, red ale with a small, fizzy, pink head. The aroma and flavor are funky, sour and fruity with notes of sharp cheddar and lemon. Light to medium-bodied and astringent with soft carbonation. Finishes tart and dry. I’m a sucker for all things fruity and sour. World class brew!
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75 cl bottle. Mix of orange and deep red colour with a fine, pink head. Potent aroma of cherries and lemon and some wood. Flavours starts with cherries as you might expect,and then develops lemony and vanilla notes before an almondy, dry finish. Complex, yet soft kriek that meets the world-class standard you expect from 3 Fonteinen.