Oude Kriekenlambik
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #42
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4.34 | pDev: 6.22%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, blend n°32, season 16/17, bottled on 24th May 2017, with a best before date of 26th October 2037. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A deep ruby reddish purple colour with a thin pinkish head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Tart, cherry, jammy, vanilla, cherry pie, with hints of marzipan.

Taste: Light sourness, tart, cherry, oak, with a touch of lemon juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Nice and enjoyable cherry notes, especially in the aroma which were dessert like and jammy. I think I’m leaning towards preferring more carbonation though.

Dec 10, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/24/17; drank 7/18/19 @ the Yarchives.

Ruby red appearance.

An even pour yielded a minimal off-white head; decent lace.

Tart cherry & mild honeyed wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart cherry & mild honeyed wheat flavors; a touch too puckering for me, but a flavorful, well-made brew.

Jul 19, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a truly great wonderful Lambik. It may be hyped but I was not disappointed. The flavor is rich and fruity and yet thirst quenching in the heat.

Look: cloudy dark red with a thin quickly disappearing white head

Aroma: nice fruity smell of cherries

Taste: Cherry, lots of tart and sweet cherries and hints of other berries, a little bit of yeast/funk, oak, moderately tart.

Body/Overall: typical Lambik body, rich and fruity but refreshing

Jun 21, 2019
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aleigator from Germany

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowy amber to lilac color with a noisy, bigger head, collapsing to a film of lacing immediately.

So many cherries in this on the nose, unfolding an unforseen fruit intensity, blowing my socks off easily. Don‘t get me wrong, there is still a huge funk characteristic going on, but the fruit manages to thrive complexity from this marvellously well. There is an additional toasty quality in this as well, providing a great depth, as far as the aromas go.

Has a silk mouthfeel with just a faint carbonation spark during its finish, adding a light mineralic impact to the otherwise mellow impression on the tongue.

Tastes of toasty cherry piths from the very beginning with a natural appearing ripeness to them, producing a phenomenal fruit complexity, which lasts and develops till the very end. Has a funky, sour middle part, still managing to pass through as natural, younger cherries. Finishes jammy with a mushroom and blue cheese note to it, emphasizing the fruits in a gorgeous fashion, with just a drop of lime adding to them.

This is great, with an inviting fruit sweetness, hovering atop the beer‘s unique sourness. Its subtle complexity, amped up by a lighter toastiness makes up for a great tasting brew.

Feb 03, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the 14 beers we have had in one session of some bad-ass tasting brew.
This young lambic makes a good place for fruits. Very dry, it's funky but not as funky as their oude kriek.
Low carbonation

Nov 06, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Caution when opening, lots of carbonation, and it shows on the ruby pour with lots of active pink foam. Has upfront sweet and tart cherry, robust oak, and light rose flavors with accents of berries, yeast and candi sugar. Was expecting more funk, but this is lighter and sweeter than most lambics from 3 fonteinen. Refreshing, especially on a hot day.

Sep 29, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cork flew out once I twisted the cork. Gushed. Blend 32 of the 16/17 season. Consumed 6/2018.

Deep cherry color. Murky because of the bottle bomb.

Big cherry and cherry skin flavor. Cherry pie and then a lot of tartness. Pretty easy drinking. A lot of flavor. Nice summer beer. Wish it was flat though.

Jun 24, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/24/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, cranberry, orange, raspberry, plum, green apple, melon, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, wheat, and cracker; with light notes of oaken vanilla, almond, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, cranberry, orange, raspberry, plum, green apple, melon, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, wheat, and cracker; with light notes of oaken vanilla, almond, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and light yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, cranberry, orange, raspberry, plum, green apple, melon, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, wheat, cracker, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/acidic/tangy, and lightly tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited lambic. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing tro drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Not as funky/sour as I expected, but still impressive. Not as huge on the cherries as I was hoping for, but definitely plenty there. Nicely juicy/jammy cherries, Brett/Lacto complexity, oak presence, and balanced pale/wheat malts against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and well made style example as expected.

Jun 23, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. Ruby color with almost no head. Aroma has juicy cherries, fruit preserve juice and cherry pits. Taste is tart, fruity and juicy, well balanced. It's a nice, easy drinking kriek but there is almost no lambic funk.

May 26, 2018
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Assemblage #32. Bottled 24/05/17.

From the bottle:
Oude Kriekenlambik is obtained by macerating hand-picked cherries on young traditional lambic, for at least four months. However, the fermentation in the bottle has not happened. Natural fruit, without the addition of juices, syrups, or sugars. Unfiltered and unpasteurized.

This kriekenlambik has not had less than six months of fruit maceration.

Serving suggestions: in a burgundy wine glass and at cellar temperature. Feel free to roll the glass around to fully release the aromas. Cheers!

I would expect to pour a still, or nearly still, lambik for the style but it had a ton of carbonation that held the entire glass. Not as funky as a traditional oude kriek but nice and tart. Very cherry forward in taste.

Apr 22, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, 5/24/17 bottle date, assemblage No 32, 16/17 season, poured into a 3 Fonteinen white 3 logo wine glass.

The beer pours a deep ruby red color, garnet and blood hues with a foamy pink head, about two fingers tall with good retention and light spots of lace. The aroma is great, tons of cherry, tart and fresh, juicy and ripe, nice pie spice, subtle funk, a bit of citrus and a touch of pie crust. The flavors are great, beautiful cherry, really delicate and fresh, juicy and jammy, nice tartness with some pie spice, light funk, soft oak and pie crust with just a bit of lemon acidity. The mouthfeel is good, coating lighter body, lively texture, smooth with a crisp and tart finish.

Verdict: An excellent fruited lambic from Drie Fonteinen, lots of cherry that is nice and jammy with a great tartness while still bring bright and delicate. Really wonderful beer.

Apr 16, 2018
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork and caged bottle, dated 5/24/2017. Served in a Drie Fonteinen stemmed glass. Pours a dark red body, slightly purpleish hue, one finger frithy white head, fair retention, a bit of lacing. Surprised that this bad boy poured with any sort of carbonation, but this is way more than I ever expected. Smell is funky wet oak with an impressive amount of cherry flesh and tart cherry skin, leather, a bit of lemon zest to round it out, moderate acetic acidity. A bit of hay as well. Flavour follows, rich and bright cherry tartness, a bit of cherry flesh sweetness, leather, funk, wet oak. Delicious! Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, slight dryness and moderate acetic cherry skin on the finish. It's a beautiful thing when something wakes up in the bottle and this is no exception.

Apr 04, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Bottled in 2017. Pours a beautiful deep purple with plenty of gorgeous head. Aroma is deep cherries, some funk, and some citrus peel. Man, this is amazing. The cherries clearly dominate. Taste is incredible. Nice sour cherries - a bit mouth puckering. Lovely. A nice sour/bitter aftertaste lingers for a while. Nice and tart, but the sweetness is also there. Really tasty. Mouthfeel is dry, with amazing aftertaste.

Mar 20, 2018
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a tulip appears deep cherry red to mahogany with a pink stained cap a finger tall.

The aroma is kinda off-putting at first coming off like wet leather, then wet dog and vinegar with heavy brett mustiness and funky blue cheese before cherry skins/pits emerge.

The taste is tart like sour cherries with depth of cherry flavor tasting a bit like almonds, vanilla and cherry pits/skin and flesh but with zero residual sweetness and a touch of herbal bitterness.

This is medium in body with low carbonation. I truly feel the lack of carbonation gives this an easier overall drinkability and slightly tempered acidity that is otherwise much more sharp in 3f kriek. Id buy more of this in a heartbeat

Mar 16, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Lambik-O-droom. I believe Armand told me this was young lambic with macerated cherries from a steel tank. I know I remember him saying something about a steel tank. Beautiful pink color in the new 3F wine glass. Super cherry aroma. Flavor was delicious cherries, lambic, almost no sourness. One of the best lambics I tasted in Belgium and the best I had at 3F that day.

Jun 11, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

Jan 18, 2013
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spdyfire83 from Ireland

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

258th Review
On draft - served in a small 3F glass

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

A: Deep burgundy. 1.5 (off-pink) fingernail head.

S: Smells of tart cherry, funk, and mild sweetness.

T: Dark cherry juice with light hint of sweetness and oak. Lively tartness and uber refreshing. Acidity and must/funk is well balanced.

M: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and quite fun to try (straight from the source)!

Jul 30, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 33cl bottle at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant 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.

Sep 15, 2011
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled July 2010 at 3F Lambikodroom
I talked to Armand about the Lambic that he uses to make Kriek and he said that you want to use young Lambic from the same brew season so that you get a vigorous fermentation after adding the cherries.

This is very dark, with a concentrated cherry color, it is quite clear and typically flat; the color is just so dark, again I find it quite surprising how dark these fresh Krieks are. This smells a bit medicinal and of plastic, but it really smells mostly of cherries that reminds me of black cherries (as opposed to the typical sour type of cherry). Hmm, this isn't really plastic, but instead reminds me of roses; huge, expressive, floral rose aromatics just seem to expansively emanate from my glass. Sort of potpourri like, sort of a touch like a floral soap, or perhaps even carnations might be another descriptor for the nose on this beer.

The beer is still lightly sweet tasting and it finishes with a big rose-like flavor as well as a deep berry character that seems quite vinous actually. This is very different than the Cantillon Kriekenlambik (the Cuvee Moeder version) that I had recently or even than the Schaarbeekse Kriek versions that I have had. The rose flavors move to notes of potpourri, berry like flavors and even the berry jam like character one finds in a red wine. This is not as tart tasting as the Lambic I just had, but there is lots of tannic character here that seems to remind me of cherry skins that stick to the teeth.

Apparently this Kriekenlambik was from the bottom of the vat, after bottling, and it is darker and more concentrated because of it; this is part of the source of the floral character and darker color that is a typical of a Kriek. There are also some Schaarbeekse cherries in this batch. This is just a very nice beer, I really like how unique the cherry character is in it floral quality.

Oct 15, 2010
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callmemickey from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Drie Fonteinen after finishing the most delicious Beef Carbonnade ever.

A: Deep bloody red body. Large fizzy pinkish head. The most beautiful crash ever as the head collapsed in a wonderful crescendo. Only the faintest lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Waves of tart cherries. Lactic notes as well as some leather and oak. Hints at the sourness to come.

T: Delicious tart dark cherries. Lactic acid and musty oak. Lightly vinous. Potent sourness. Not much in the way of sweet cherries here.

M: Smooth, light carbonation. Refreshing dry finish. A nice tart palate cleansing drink that was a perfect complement to the delicious meal.

D: A very nice kriek. I prefer krieks to have a little more sweetness than this did, but I certainly would never turn this one down.

Sep 19, 2010
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Travlr from District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a gorgeous royal red with a few specks, huge pink bubbly head.
Smell was cherries and bread dough.
Taste was wonderfully sour, lots of fruit, some citrus, no sweetness, just a bit of must. Dry finish.
Mouth sensation was amazing, very easy drinking, especially with a pot of mussels. Definitely to be sought out.

Nov 17, 2009
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