Oude Kriekenlambik
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Lambic - Fruit
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4.34 | pDev: 5.99%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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Stevedore from Oregon

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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Eziel from Ohio

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

Apr 13, 2020
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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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ygtbsm94 from Utah

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Jan 15, 2012
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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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mltobin from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 07, 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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cp45 from New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nov 06, 2019
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BeerAndBourbon from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Oct 28, 2013
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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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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 01, 2018
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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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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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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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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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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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Rifugium from North Dakota

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

Mar 17, 2018
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 27, 2015
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oline73 from Maryland

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

Apr 23, 2018
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petermethot from New Jersey

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

Oct 12, 2017
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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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steverx8 from England

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 28, 2019
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chickenm from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 08, 2015
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taospowder from New Mexico

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

Apr 06, 2018
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aasher from Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 21, 2018
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