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


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RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
40% cherries, 100% natural.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours to a deep red body with a deep pink head. The aroma is sour cherry and musky tobacco. The flavor is sour cherry and tart malt. Tart and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6909) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2014
From the bottle. Cherry red in color and taste. Slight barnyard aroma and taste. Followed by some cherry syrup. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours a deep dark ruby red color, clear, with pink head. Big funky, barnyard aroma with berry and cherries. Tart, funky, horse blanket, cherry flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Clownoisseur (428) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours pitch red with fine carbonation, quickly vanishing head, minimal lacing...if a fine ring around the glass. Aroma is tart, musty cherries. Taste is more tart cherry, some vinous notes, vinegar and funk. Very nice and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (5628) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
375 ml bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a deep red with a pinkish head of foam. Aroma is all ripe, sour cherries. Reminds me a lot of cherry pie filling. Sour and dry and fruity. Cherries in this are very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arve_Christian (4884) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2014
On bottle from Beerplanet. Be. Dark red almost purple color, some foam. Immediate and intense cherries. Medium/ full body & medium complexity . Good sourness & some bitterness- wonderful balance. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6066) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2016 375mL bottled 11/13/2012, drunk on 1/21/14.
Deep neon-garnet tinted cote du rhone-colored body is topped by a cranberry flecked, cream-white head. Slow to recede. High clarity, very light on bubbles. Lees en bouteille.
Lightly tart black cherry notes are meaty, fresh and as authentic as can be. Just a brush of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, as cherries run deep but lead to a clear horsecrap note (sulphur, very light) that is tremendously endearing. "Ahhhh, this one was going splendidly until I got to the notes of horse poop...then it really got good!" How I ever came to enjoy smelling farm animal poop in my beer, Ill never know. Anywyas, this stuff is fantastic, if a bit reserved. The cherries are done magnificantly, but I could see getting a little crazier, bacteria-wise. That being said, young krieks are very cherry-dominated and you cant ask for a wealth of funk this early. Id be surprised if this one dosent develop plenty of character over the next few+ years.
Acetone and lactic acid are bright and eye-opening on first sip. The hard sourness, outdoing even the fresh malic acids from the cherries, is a bit shocking from 3F. That being said, I dont know why Im shocked, I havent had a 3F lambic in a long, long time (6 years...). Unfortunately, the body immediately gives way to a watery texture and bit of thinness. The palate adjusts quickly to the sourness, which seems to evaporate as the beer breathes and warms. Tart, tooth-cleaning acids and plentiful unripe lime flavor are robed in tart cherry and finish with a malic/acetic "sweetness" (relative to the sourness the yeast imparts). Stunning flavor, cant find much fault with that. The body, however, you can. I certainly dont mind that the body is thin and watery, as it just makes it more sessionable. Unfortunately, I didnt win the lottery, so I cant drink this as a session beer. So yes, would prefer a good deal more carbonation up front and barring that, just a more supple body to really carry the flavor. Great though and gave me goosebumps (seriously) from this being my first 3F in 6 or 7 years. 9/4/8/3/16
2014 bottle, drunk 9/9/16.
Without going too in depth here, suffice to say that this one had the same lovely cherry pit/cherry meat flavor as the prior bottle but seemed even more thin. Almost more akin to a cherry berliner weisse or random American wild ale with cherries. Just doesnt have the malt/wheat backbone, nor any depth whatsoever. As well, the lambic is a little bit sparse, being comprised mostly of tart brett acids adding lime and guava. Some black pepper and more cherry pit are enjoyable, on the finish, but its very lacking overall. Score is for this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle. Deep ruby red pour, pink head. Decent retention/no lace. Aroma of cherry, funk, dust, barrel. Taste is lightly tart, cherry, medicinal, vinous, light mineral, light funk. Palate is soft, coating, sweet/tart cherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5678) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2014
375 ml. bottle. Pours a nice dark red with a decent pinkish head. Wild aroma of tart cherries. Taste is tart cherries, funk, and citrus. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6841) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Bottled Nov 2012. Pours clear red to form a dark red beer with a hint of a pink head. Smell - very slight cherry. More leaves - spinach, spearmint. Red wine and cider. Body is medium and carbonation is fairly high. Taste - rounded, almost meaty up front. Sour, tart and tooth-coatingly sweet (but not nearly as sweet as most beers in the style), sherbet. Again, just a bit of cherry coming through with some caramelly malts. Finishes crisp, dry and tannic like wine. I like it - its interesting - but not worth the cash in my opinion. My girlfriend says it tastes like cider thats gone off.

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