Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Lambic - Fruit
4.37 | pDev: 7.32%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this Lambik was pretty good.

Look: Dark red with a frosty bubbly look, quickly vanishing head

Aroma: cherry, citrus

Taste: The flavor is slightly sweet, more tart, with a distinct cherry flavor.

Feel: light and refreshing.

Sep 15, 2018
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage. Bottle pours at The Sovereign (DC). Delicious raspberry and red cherry aroma and flavor. Brett and sourness are *almost* completely absent, though I get a bit of brett at room temperature. Despite that, this is a really delicious beer with nice red fruit flavor and mild sweetness.

Jul 21, 2016
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mdlb44 from California

4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites of the style. Great fruit character and just the right amount of tart. I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this and was extremely satisfied!

Jul 14, 2016
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szarom1992 from Canada

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14 April 2014 bottling date - 17 June 2016 date of opening

Appearance - very pristine red. 0 carbonation, 0 head, as expected. Looks like pomegranate juice in terms of intensity.
Nose - Before the cork was even off you could smell the cherries coming right out of the bottle. Cherries are dark, sweeter more than sour. The lightest hint of a urinal cake. No vinegar/nail polish or other bad smells present.

Taste - Not surprisingly, the cherry is the major taste, but its not at all abrasive. Very tame. You can taste them, but they aren't so overwhelming that 37.5cl is too much to drink. As others have mentioned, that oak taste is present throughout. Very rounded, you can feel it along the side of your tongue. Adds some dryness and earthiness, but without being too tannin-y. Just very restrained. Some mild acidity present, but if you're expecting sour cherry blaster-sour, thats not what this beer is.

Mouthfeel - A bit dry, little sweetness. Moderately light body.

Overall - 9.4

Jun 17, 2016
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice reddish-ruby color. Not much retention and lacing
Smell - really nice smell of sour cherries and lacto.
Taste- follows the nose. Nice tartness,somewhat dry.
Feel - medium-light with moderate carb.
Overall - nice Kriek. I can see why this beer is so highly rated.

Sep 26, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml C&C bottle, from 27 Jan 2012. Pours a deep ruby/pink body, like a good pinot noir.. Could even be black cherry Comes with a nice yet ephemeral white head, not much lacing to speak of. Looks inviting and full of flavour like wines do. oak tannins, tart cherry, faint hints of dry Bordeaux wine, and a good bit of funk. But mostly sour cherry and oak tannins, plus a good but not overwhelming dose of funky earthiness like a geuze. The palate follows the nose well, lots of sour cherry tartness, some dry flavours, not necessarily sweetness, of that cherry as well. The oak is present throughout, like a delicious wine would. It's full of the cherry plus some earthy funk... Not sweet at all, quite sour. Thin-medium bodied brew with great carbonation, aftertaste is full of cherry fruitiness, mostly sourness that sticks around a good bit. Balanced, a bit dry, not sweet. Very good fruited lambic; would recommend drinking this fresh.

Sep 09, 2015
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this at a recent Wild and Sour beer event called Funk'd. Really enjoyed this and compared to others I had of the style I believe this was my favorite. Great fruity notes and clean cherry finish with no waxy or bandaid finish....great Kriek!!!!

Aug 27, 2015
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macher0 from Kentucky

4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at cellar temp.

Pours dark ruby red with a light red head that quickly retreats to a fine-bubble rim. Spotty laces. The nose is tart, with a punch of sour bacteria and cherries. A noticeable neutral oak tone. The taste follows with a defined oak/cherry balance that accompanies the tartness. Very smooth, light body, and high carb.

This is up there with the Cantillon. Bottom line. It's a damn fine kriek. It may be as hard to find as Cantillon before long so I'm stocking up while I can. Good stuff.

Jan 28, 2015
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle at Akkurat, bottled January 16 2002.

A- Pours a red color with a bit of clearness compared to fresher kriek, produces a tiny head.

S- Surprisingly huge cherry aroma, nice damp, earthy funkiness, citrus and oak.

T- Funkiness is very prominent with great earthy, wet, woody flavors, along with a great cherry flavor and loads of tartness.

M- Nice moderate carbonation, very very sour.

O- Awesome beer, this bottle had a really nice amount of fruit present. Excellent stuff.

Jun 06, 2014
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Bowdoinbeerboy from Maine

4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Shelton Brox. sampler at "The Festival."

This beer is ruby red, it looks like a red-wine. The nose is slightly sour, not at all acidic, but sour, tart. This beer has a lovely balance and you can really taste the cherries coming through, tart, sweet, red, this beer has a LOT going on!

Jun 23, 2013
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jibbyvonjibb from California

4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark lollipop red, slightly hazy,. Aroma is fantastic. Macerated cherries. Woody character. This is authentic Kriek, nothing artificial here. Quite sour, more so than Oud Beersel. Slight tannic bitterness in the finish. Not as dense as Oud Beersel, yet more than Cantillon. Carbonation is fairly low.

Apr 10, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Drie Fonteinen during last week’s Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes. Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Pours a very bright red with a two-finger, long-lasting pink head and some night lacing as it finally dies down. The nose was full of powerful cherries. Very tart with a bit of sweetness. The cherry character in this was quite amazing. Super fresh with a nice bit of acidity in the end. Slightly puckering throughout. The freshness of this one was unmatched and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit more than the regular Oude Kriek.

Mar 06, 2013
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at 3 Fonteinen. I enjoyed one of these while chatting away with Armand on a rainy day. Anyhow, the beer is ruby red with a thick purplish, pink head. The aroma is cherry juice and hints of yeast. Much sweeter than a standard 3 Fonteinen kriek. Sugary sweet cherries, cherry pie, pie crust with hints of tartness in the finish. Lingering fruity sugars. A tasty beer for sure, but I much prefer the regular, more tart, krieks from this awesome brewery. Absolutely worth a try if you are fortunate enough to make the pilgrimage here.

Nov 25, 2012
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Fux from France

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Drie Fonteinen Restaurant, paired with a Dame Blanche!
A: Dark purple in color, darker than the oude kriek, head is pink foamy and huge with quite a good retention.
S: Smell is fruity and mild tart with lots of red fruits, dark fruits and above all cherries.
T: Taste is even more fruity with lots of cherries, dark cherries, oak and also some chocolate. Very sweet, decadent, full and rich.
M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Very drinkable, so juicy.
O: I felt ashamed while drinking this, this is a kriek with sugar added, all what I should hate, but this was actually one of the best kriek I've ever tried. It reminded me a lot of Rodenbach Alexander as a fat still juicy dessert bier. I will have it again for sure!

Oct 16, 2012
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spdyfire83 from Ireland

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

262nd Review
On draft - served in a small 3F glass

Enjoyed at the Drie Fonteinen Restaurant in Beersel (early June 2012).

A: Deep purplish red. Single (off-pink) fingernail head.

S: Smells of tart cherry, funk, oak, and soft sweetness.

T: Mostly cherry here with mild sweetness and oak. Lively tartness offset perfectly by lambic sourness. So refreshing and tasty! Honestly, I haven't enjoyed a better Kriek than this.

M: Light bodied with soft carbonation. Perfect!

O: Very drinkable and just an awesome experience enjoying this beer straight from the source!

Aug 03, 2012
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to ffej of july this year. A 375ml from 2003. Served alongside a recent vintage Schaerbeekse Kriek. Same bottle as in the picture.

A - Pours slightly murky ruby red with a small half finger tall white head leaving very little lace on the glass. Based on the pop upon opening the bottle I figured it would have more carbonation.

S - Smells of dense, wet funk and tart sour cherries. The funk is moderate initially only growing as it sits in the glass. Cherries are there throughout but the funk threatens to overrun them toward the end. Oak and some apple vinegar round things out.

T - Starts off with an intense sour cherry flavor that never fades very far from the forefront. The musty funk isn't as strong as in the nose would lead you to believe. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Slick body with a ton of pucker and moderately low carbonation. It packs just enough cherry flavor to help break up the intense sourness.

O - This one has really aged nicely. Compared to the much fresher Schaerbeekse Kriek, the cherries have definitely left the party but there is still plenty to let you know what you are drinking.

Jul 31, 2012
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 14 March 1999

Pours a deep rosey red color with a faint pint head. In the aroma, Tart cherries all day. In the taste, tart, small cherry presence, and not medicinal at all. A small tart bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small sour cherry in the aftertaste. Light cherry flavor, but a nice sour, and it aged very well.

Jan 14, 2012
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Travlr from District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the source.
A: Deep ruby red, slightly cloudy, with a frothy pink head that settles quickly and leaves very slight lacing.
S: Wonderful fruit aroma with grapefruit and lemon. Not much funkiness.
T: Sour start to finish with obvious fruit, slight balancing sweetness that isn't present in the bottled version.
M: Light body.
D: Delicious, attractive, unforgettable.

Jan 08, 2010
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from cask at Drei Fonteinen into a tumbler as all lambic seems to be served in Payotenland. Perfect match for a Guinea Hen cooked in this same beer.

Appearance: hazy, almost murky purple-red body with a surprisingly thick frothy pink head that slowly dissipates to bubbly lace.

Aroma: Huge cherry aroma, ample wood, touches of lactic acid, hints of plastic tarp.

Taste: This is the real deal! A pefect blend of tart fresh cherries, lambic sourness, lactic acidity that adds a wonderful creaminess, and tannic qualities that add depth and character. Currants and to a much lesser degree plums and strawberries are also found. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, moderately sour but quite tart, bubbly, surprisingly dry.

Drinkability: A plus.

Nov 18, 2009
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mrkrispy from California

4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My very generous friend Paul busted out an old bottle for us to try. Bottle date 18 Jan 2003.

Pours a hazy crimson, slightly brown.

Killer aroma of cherry and strawberries, twinge of vinegar.

Beer has a moderate body, mildly carbed. Lots of fruit... cherries, strawberry!, quite complex. Not appreciably sweet. Mildly acidic. Quite tart, but not overwhelming.

A fantastic beer, very complex. The fruit notes lasted all these years compared to domestic sours. This lambic is quite drinkable, so good. Too good, I want more!

Sep 14, 2009
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MasterSki from Canada

4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to bosse - bottled December 23rd, 2003. Served in an over-sized Duvel tulip. A decent pop when the cork was pulled.

A - The bottle says it's a mix of young lambic and cherries so I wasn't expected much in the way of carbonation. I got a dime of white foam that fizzled away pretty quickly and left a ring of foam at the edges of the glass. Murky orange-red color with a lot of bubbles at the bottom of the glass. I suspect it would have looked a little better in a flute glass.

S - Damn - the smell is explosively funky and tart, with tons of sour cherry. There's lots of horse blanket, apple cider vinegar, and mustiness - there's been negligible drop off compared to the Gueuze I just had in Brugge. There's some nice woody notes and fruity sweetness in there as well that balances things out. For a beer to smell this good after 5 1/2 years is incredible.

T - The taste is a little less explosive than the smell, although it's still excellent. Sour cherry, touch of graham cracker sweetness, some funk, tart and acidic, not sure what else you'd want from a kriek. The aftertaste has some great lingering tart notes.

M - Slight carbonation tingle, lighter body, super dry finish. I could have used a little more carbonation zing, but otherwise it was pretty nice. Nothing exceptional, but not bad either.

D - I'm kind of sad this was a 375ml instead of a 750ml. Super drinkable, without a palate-destroying aftertaste. Nothing to keep me from pounding this one other than extreme rarity.

Jul 20, 2009
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onecrazybreeze from Colorado

4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque red, almost burgundy. Smells sour, with sweet notes and mostly cherries. Head is thin, dark pink and sort of lasting with nice fast lacing. Taste is sour up front, almost so much it causes a pucker of the lips, finishes slightly sweet, mostly sour and tart with definite cherry notes throughout. Altogether one of the best krieks I've ever had. Definitely not an everyday beer, but a serious treat when you can get it.

Mar 07, 2009
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Date February 2005, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a frothy, pink tinged head that disappears fairly quickly to just a ring of wispy foam. The beer is a lightly hazy, striking red color. An immediate note of acidity hits my nose as I pour this beer, but it is backed by a complex woody, almost tannic note. Hints of urea join some initially phenolic, almost plastic like notes. A soft cherry character is here, reminiscent of cherry skins. Basically the aroma is devoid of any sweetness what so ever.

Ah, an aggressive sourness grips hold of my mouth as soon as I take my first sip. Completely devoid of any sweetness during my initial sips, this beer is quite dry. Again there are some healthy, woody tannic notes reminiscent of barrels. Joined by just a touch of cherry character, the combination of tannins and fruit make me think of cherry stones and puckering cherry skins that have been stripped of any sweetness. This is just an aggressively sour Lambic. It is not nearly as funky as some, in fact the funkiest that it gets is that plastic-like phenolic note that almost seems a bit like lacquer of some sort. The combination of the astringent wood notes and the sour acidity make for one mouth puckering experience, which I just can't get enough of.

Oct 16, 2008
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paterlodie from Belgium

4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Botledate 19-1-2002 so being in there for almost 3 years this one should be ready to drink. 3 fonteinen is one of the best examples for a geuze/kriek to me. This one again is! Head is not overwelming, but hardly see mighty heads on sour beer. Very nice rubin red colour and this being completly clear make it a great presentation. The smell is most a combination of cherries and dominating oak, further sour but creamy. Taste is that of sour cherries followed by a lot of (smoked?) oak. Woww this is good. Aftertaste starts sour again but ends what it started with in the nose oak and cherry. Can just say: Go for it!

Jan 07, 2005
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marburg from Michigan

4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From BeerMaina in Brussels... A blood red color and a blood orange hue around the edges of the glass where the light slips through more easily. Practically no head. Strong cherry nose -- leftovers from cherry consumption, notably the stems and pits; truly bile-like in its pungent, ascerbic aroma; and almost dusty like sniffing around through a pile of shredded cardboard. Make no mistake about it, though -- tartness dominates the aroma and the taste. I mean, wow...just such a potent, flavorful beer. Acidic marathon, except unlike a marathon, this is fun. Flavors of sour cherries and unripe, tart plum. Pure sourness with a hint of pure fruit. Absolutely superb.

Sep 08, 2004
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