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

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
3 Fonteinen (Oude) Kriekenlambik is the result of macerating hand-picked whole sour cherries on young lambic for at least four months, in a proportion of one kilogram of fruit per litre of lambic (and possibly blended with some more young lambic). Fruit intensity ranges from minimum 35% to 50%. Aside some selected bars (e.g. 20th Anniversary of Akkurat in Stockholm, Sweden), this sour cherry lambic is available at given times in the lambik-O-droom.

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Martinus (4701) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2013
Clear red colour, pink head. Aroma of cherries, almond, marsipan, very fruity. Sour flavour, light sweet, lemons, lots of cherry, light raspberry touch. Quite full body, long finish, cherry, marsipan, some sour notes. Kept drinking this. Sheer brilliance. Most lovely beer. Instantly forgot the hangover from the day before.
(Draught @ 3F OBD ’13 / 60th anniversary)

4.9
77ships (11026) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2013 [email protected] 2011: dark pink with no head, smells of sweet, tart cherries, taste is acidic with lots of cherries, some lemon pulp, cherry pits & slightly watery, light & flat, very nice /// Had several glasses of this @ 3F’s 60th anniversary, looks absolutely radiant, quite a dark colour. Upfront it is pure kriek, some sweetness (it is sweetened but in a good (GOOD!) way) like a good batch of Girardin Kriekenlambik, pure fruit goodness, like a less brutal Intense Red. Finished with a tang of acidity not kriek but lemon acidity, very balanced, incredible stuff, so good. // upped score from 4.2 to 4.9

4.8
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
Of all the sweet fruit lambics brewed in belgium, this must be the best. It is a burgandy coloured beer with almost no head or carbonation. The aroma is rich in sweet cherries as is the flavour. In fact, I could only describe this beer as a mouth full of sour cherries but with a very complex gueuze base and enough sweetness to appeal to the bellevue/lindeman drikers. This was the most refreshing beer I had in belgium and if I was to go back, I would consecrate one day to sit on their patio and drink this all fn day. As Joris said, this is nearing perfection, especially in terms of drinkability.

4.8
Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Draught at Akkurat’s 20th anniversary party. Pours bright dense red, with thick creamy white head. Burst of authentic cherries, juicy, subdued acidity, more funk and flavor than typical drie fonteinen, perfect. The head is delicious chewy gummy fruit juice, like nothing I have ever experienced in a lambic. This beer is perfect, truly a masterpiece.

4.7
JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - APR 14, 2003
For all clarity, this is the unblended, unsweetened version, also available on draught at the restaurant. Deep-deep burgundy, with bright red "éclat", no head. Nose of cherries, cherries, ch.. and vanilla. Taste like an explosion of freshly pressed fruit(juice). Then some wood, and an estery, alcoholic difference with real fruitjuice. Very woody finish. Tart, like some sour cherries (=krieken), plucked from the tree. Chewy. In the palate there is still some woodiness, but it suddenly disappears. Nearing perfection. One cannot get enough of this. Unlike one's stomach lining...


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