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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriekenlambik | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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4.18/5
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19 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by illidurit on 05-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,005
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
19
pDev:
6.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArrogantB
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of halo3one
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Deltoro
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of callmemickey
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Dirty25
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of spdyfire83
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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)!

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Photo of Travlr
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriekenlambik from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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