Oude Kriek
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #14
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #708
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 7.62%
Reviews:
387
Ratings:
1,357
From:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
  300
SCORE
96
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Notes: 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek 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. The kriek lambic is then blended again with more young lambic to obtain a minimum intensity of 35% fruit, and is bottled immediately afterwards. These bottles are then stored in our cellars for at least five months so that the kriek lambic can develop into a beautiful, traditional, and refined Oude Kriek. With a pleasant tartness and organic notes of almond and cinnamon as it warms in the glass, 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek, will age perfectly but may lose some of the vibrant red colours and forest fruit aromas. This unfiltered and unpasteurised lambic is all-natural with no artificial juices, syrups, or sugars added. Traditional Lambic is living, cultural heritage rooted in the Zenne valley!
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby/mahogany body, medium opacity, forming a list rose head with low retention, fizzing to nothing rapidly.
Subtle fruitiness with lightly earthy must and oak, sour cherry of course, notes of raspberry.
How to describe this, it's a tricky one - long aged sour cherry, to the point of almost completely losing it's fruitiness, along with musty, earthy notes, like a red wine; the tartness has mellowed, nicely balanced, and almost a pithy citrus note to it is in the long finish; medium-light carbonation, fine - it relies on prominent but not bracing acidity to perk up the palate (like aged red wine vinegar); medium body, slightly sticky feel.

This grows on you as it lingers on the palate, organic, earthy, balanced, complex. Absolutely worth a try.

2017 bottling, drinking in 2021.

May 01, 2021
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle from 01/23/2019. Pours hazy red with foamy off-white head and lively carbonation. Nose is of vinegar, what malt and red fruit. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is very sour, wheat malt, funky yeast, cherries and hint of wood. Finish is long and very sour. Nice sour.

Apr 30, 2021
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: 17|18 Vintage

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque dark purplish garnet red in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate ruby red + amber colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense creamy fizzy foamy pale pink head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of tart sour cherries over the top of light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet pale + wheat malts. There are light to moderate aromas of slightly funky earthy horse blanket along with moderate aromas of oak barrels. Hints of red wine vinegar as well.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet pale + wheat malts. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of slightly funky earthy horse blanket along with moderate flavors of oak barrels and a hint of red wine vinegar. Finally there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tart sour cherries which linger through the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp initially with a hint of dryness in the finish. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Drinks pretty easily considering the complexity of flavors and aromas and the alcohol is well hidden. There is not too much acidity or puckering from the sour/tartness in the beer. Very enjoyable flavors and aromas, especially if you enjoy your fruit Lambics on the sour vs. sweet side. Definitely worth grabbing again and again when you come across (luckily it has been showing up in the area a little more often recently.

Apr 12, 2021
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a beautiful ruby red, appears somewhat opaque while it rests in the glass but is clearly translucent when held to light. 1plus fingers width of pink head dissipates at a moderate rate. Aroma is very tart huge sour notes, nice balancing dark fruits which are of course cherry prominent. The cherry spectrum of aromas is pretty impressive including both tart cherry and sweet cherry pie notes. A bit of oak and big burnt plastic like funk round it round. Taste is wonderful. Massive puckering tartness up front, with plastic and subtle barnyard notes in the middle, and a huge lingering oaky vanilla on the finish. Big fruit notes are present, cherry of course, but also other dark fruits including a watermelon character which I don’t think I’ve ever picked up in a beer but that I really like. There are some floral notes as well. Mouthfeel is vibrant, with a big carbonation and drying finish. This is far too drinkable and was gone way too fast. Overall this is really a wonderful beer. Doesn’t quite reach the complexity of Cantillon Kriek but then again that’s one of my favorite beers ever so really hard to top in my book. Great lambic.

Mar 24, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared 750 ml bottle, from Gulating Ølutsalg, Stavanger. This is the 4.5% edition which is allowed sold in Norwegian ordinary stores, while the 5% version is sold only in Vinmonopolet stores. Lovely aroma and flavour of brettanomyces and sour cherries. Notes of cherry kernels. Earlier Rating: 4/16/2015 Total Score: 4.1 375 ml corked & caged green bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5%. Red colour, moderate pink head. Lovely aroma of sour cherries and brettanomyces / farmhouse kitchen. Sour and tart flavour, medium dry, sour cherries galore, also lemony notes.

Mar 19, 2021
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rawbraves from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blend 83 season 17/18. Bottled 10/10/18 best b4 10/26/38

I am generally a fan of oude krieks so I was super excited to try this one. I was disappointed and can only assume the blend wasn’t the best. The pour was rather flat and while the sour flavor was there it seemed to be lacking something I’ve experienced in others. Perhaps I’ll try a different blend and vintage again in hopes of getting one worthy of the beer’s rating.

Feb 25, 2021
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Lucular from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017/2018 bottle with a best by date in 2038. 375 ml cork and cage bottle split with my wife, poured into wine glasses. Pours a gorgeous cloudy light red with a medium size head. Aroma and flavor are very sour with a decent amount of cherries but not quite as much as I was hoping for. Some funk, oak, leather, red wine tannins, and a hint of vinegar. Complex and delicious, a great sipper. Overall an outstanding kriek but I wish there had been more cherry. I know these beers can be aged for 20 years but I don't know why you'd do that with a fruited beer like this.

Nov 17, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml - Bottling Date 23 Jan 19, Best Before 26 Oct 39 - Blend no. 32 - season 18/19

Pours a gorgeous cloudy dark red rose color nearing burgundy, with a receding frothy pinkish foam head. Smells like fresh cherries wafting from the glass, and up close the complex funk and spice notes make way, some horsey barnyard funk, toasty hay, clean phenolic leathery clove, slight cinnamon-esque spice, damp musty cellar, straw, almost popcorn, hints of graham cracker, bready wheaty malts, red foresty fruits, a touch of lemon, peppercorn, oak, with mild dusty earthy herbal floral aged hops. Tastes tart and lively with a few more intricacies involved, notably some sour lemon citrus and subtle acetic vinegary notes, and an almost watermelon-like juicy red fruit aspect with the fresh fruity cherries and other complexities involved in this bottling, red foresty fruits, dried flowers, natural wine, tart cider, cinnamon-esque spice, sweet clove, slight leathery phenols, toasty hay, straw, bready wheaty malts, hint of graham cracker, some barnyard farmhouse funk, peppercorns, oak barrel, and mild dusty earthy herbal floral aged hops. Feels a bit juicy, medium bodied, creamy and rounded with smooth moderate carbonation, finishing dry leaving little but cinnamon spice, oak, a kiss of cherry fruit and wheaty malts behind. Overall a really great Oude Kriek lambic ale.

Oct 31, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Blend No.9 season 17/18. Almost 3 yrs old. Best before 2037.
L: similar to cranberry juice but thicker and deeper appearance. Bubbly though head is minimal to none.
S: raspberry/cherry, oak, lambic funk.
T: tart raspberry and sour cherry flavors. Some sweetness.
Dry funky deliciousness. Mouth-coating.
Overall: I don’t drink enough lambic to feel qualified to judge this. It seems really well done though. The sweet and tart are very balanced in the same way Some natural berries tend to be.

Oct 31, 2020
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Foeder82 from Belgium

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a very good Kriek, don't get me wrong. But it's (18/19) too sour even though I really like sour. I like everything else in this beer, but the strong sourness takes away too much for me. Few Kriek lambic's are this sour.

Sep 30, 2020
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two plus fingers worth of audibly fizzy raspberry colored frothy goodness... Modest retention... Loaded with carbonation bubbles that cling to the sides of the glass... The color sits somewhere between black cherry and purple... Nose a vibrant mix of sour elements and rich fruits (raspberries, strawberries, cherries and perhaps even some blueberries)... Rich complex palate... The sour notes lead and the fruit is more subdued than expected... There is also a salty finish... Medium bodied... Saliva inducing... Tons of prickly carbonation... An enjoyable highly complex brew...

Sep 11, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect example of the style. Standard appearance for a lambic-a dark red wine /brownish tints. Smell is funky and fruity. Tart, funky, plenty of cherry flavor. A dry finish with an almost wine like feel to it. Excellent beer.

Aug 16, 2020
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is, no surprise, a cherry red, with a modest white head. The smell is cherries. The taste is cherries. The beer is an intense cherry experience. Yes, it's tart, as it should be, but it's the cherries that jump out at me, not the sourness. It's not intensely sour like some beers, just a little puckery. I don't get as much oak as I might have expected. Overall, a very fine kriek.

Jul 28, 2020
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From cask at 3Fonteinen 2-10-2013

APP - Velvety and pink, looks like a cake

AROMA -light fresh fruit skin, smells like strawberry mousse, dark woody notes, faintly leathery

FLAVOR - spicy, horsey, big dark cherry, lush fruit character

MF - searing acidity dries finish, lightly tannic, both balanced by extremely creamy cask presentation

OVERALL - best glass of Kriek I've ever had

Jul 26, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Blend #83 - season 17/18. Surprisingly never have had this before. Big cork pop. Pours a really deep, thick red. Looks syrupy almost. Lots of bloody red bubbles that explode to nothing. Aroma boasts a sharp acidity and sourness. Heavy mustiness. Underneath the vibrant, coercive sour nose, I get an earthiness and a definite fruit sweetness. Almost like a maraschino cherry. Flavor is again, very sharp. Astringent. It definitely lacks the nuance of some of the best lambics I have had. Sharp for sharp's sake. Then comes a wave of viscous cherry flavor. Syrupy. The flavors sorta clash, which is unexpected. Feel is thick, syrupy. Disappointing. Pretty surprised at how little I enjoyed this.

Jun 06, 2020
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tried without carbonation in 3F's lambik-o-droom and in a bottle taken home. Pours a clear ruby red. Aroma is a hint of funk with some sweet cherries. Taste is much the same with some good acidity. Very refreshing after some yardwork, and overall I can't find much of a flaw, just a great beer.

May 03, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Something special for my birthday

Caged and corked bottle poured into a birthday gift pint glass

Fluffy pink foam cloud quickly recedes to a ring over a ruby red liquid

Aroma is tart cherries, sourness, yeast

Taste is tart cherries

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry

Good beer

Apr 14, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a vibrant pink color that slowly becomes a hazy purple as sediment is added. Topped with a creamy pink head. Good retention, but not lacing.

Smells intensely of sour cherries, barnyard funk, hay, oak, and red wine vinegar.

The taste opens up with jammy sweet cherry, which quickly transitions into intensely sour cherry--cherry skin and pits, acidic cherry vinegar, red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar, and barnyard funk, hay, tart green apple skin, and then lesser notes of white oak barrel, vanilla, and lemon zest. Moderately funk with a lingering intense sourness, and oak tannins.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, slightly slick and oily from the fruit juice.

A damn great fruit lambic. Delicious.

Jan 06, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle - poured into a Czech champagne flute - slightly chilled.

Cork releases with a loud, percussive POP, flying across the room, but no gushing occurred. The lambic poursa deep blood red - slightly translucent, with a two fingers of fizzy pale pink head that violently recedes in a matter of seconds, leaving a surface that boils and dances with endless streams of lively effervescence. A razor-thin rose coloured collar surrounds the elixir.

Nose: Absolutely stunning aroma that bears remarkable depth and nuance. Cherries are first and foremost, lending both sweet and tart characteristics, but beneath that is just endless aroma. Notes of iodine, fresh sterile gauze, tire rubber, black peppercorn, wet granite, asphalt, tons of French white oak, leather, dusty attic, parchment, horseblanket, barnyard, wild cider, peat, clay, dry red wine, buttery white wine, and some aromas that just can't be described. So complex and unique.

Palate: The ale greets the palate with a dry acidity. It's certainly tart, but I wouldn't call it terribly sour. It doesn't force any pucker or facial tightness. The essence of fermented cherries hits first, followed by an absolutely stunning minerality, almost like sucking on an uncoated vitamin C or magnesium tablet. The iodine note translates to the palate, but the gauze and menthol antiseptic do not. There's a prominent lemon juice aspect as well as a terrific presence of oak, wet hay, farmhouse dustiness, and petrichor. In the very front, there's a unique earthy element. It isn't stinky or dank, but rather kind of floral. It disappears early, giving way to the aforementioned notes, but then makes a slight return near the finish. Just before the finish, the minerality peaks, before starting to subside. At this point, we are in the finish. The oak transforms from oaky and woody, to soft and buttery. There's a tannic twinge that brings forth the slightest bit of bitterness. The tannic nature is a cross between that of wood, and that of cherry skins and pits. The finish comes to a close, and it's a little surprising how clean it is. The acidity disappears entirely, and you're left with a lingering bouquet of essence. Malted barley, brettanomyces, white oak, and the faintest hint of sour cherries. It all just slowly fades away, clea n and bone dry.

Mouthfeel/Body: This ale is light-bodied by nature, but I think the cherries are trying to push this into more medium territory. However, there's just practically no residual sugars, which helps keep this crisp. It really is a very drinkable ale, however, this is one to really sit down with and sip. Effervescence is completely champagne-like in texture and size, however, despite the force that the corked took off with, this is not the ultra-fizzy ale you might expect, and like many bottle-conditioned offerings, the effervescence fades quickly, which I simply see as a natural progression of the ale's character.

Overall: This is a classy, retrained, elegant little lambic, and I am very glad to have gotten one for myself. I can't wait to try the cuvée gueuze and see how much more,complexity there is to be found without the cherry aspect. If you're comfortable with sours and are looking to take the next step. Then this is a perfect place to start withour getting overwhelmed. There's just enough funk and unusual notes to get an idea what it's all about, but it's restrained and delicate enough to be approachable. Definitely one to pull the trigger on. Great stuff.

Dec 28, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, blend n°31, season 16/17, bottled on 20th April 2017, with a best before date of 26th October 2037. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A clear ruby red colour with a one finger white, but maybe slightly pinkish head that had decent retention and left only sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Lightly tart, cherry, oak, slight jammyness, and maybe a touch of vanilla, almond and citrus.

Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, oak with a splash of citrus/vinegar acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice Kriek Lambic, especially the aroma which just draws me in.

Dec 07, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with small white head nice little bubbles.
Smell is funk with a touch of cherry.
Flavor becomes a little more cherry but yet the tart and the funk are still there.
Tart finish isn’t too aggressive.
Very delicious!!

Dec 02, 2019
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eric5bellies from Australia

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a deep Red colour with a Pink head that retains and laces
S - Plenty of funk wood and cherries
T - Real nice woody palate with the cherries and (dare I say it) horse blanket on the end
M - Light to medium body with full carbonation
O - Superb example of the style with perhaps only The Lou Pepe Kriek being superior

Nov 30, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep red color, apparently clear at the edges. Decent and fizzy head production, fading to a completely still, flat top, with occasional bubbles perturbing the edge of the glass.

Sharp aroma, initially mostly tannins and vinegar, but quickly adding a musty, earthy, and natural tart cherry tone. The musty hay-like tones of 3F funk so present in their Gueze is not overly strong here, with more of an emphasis on sharp tart and sour notes. Unlike cheaper or more rushed Kriek attempts, this has a deep and welcoming nose, lacking any syrupy sweetness or the over-the-top punch from intentionally added souring bacteria (a la kettle sours). This beer speaks to two words: natural, and patience.

Similar presentation on the palate, with more earthy, musty funk than the nose. Organic cherry tones up front, from skins to pits. Very light vinegary kiss on the back third. More cherry notes on the back half as the beer warms. Overall cherry flavor is wonderfully natural but simultaneously muted, making this a wonderful expression of a Gueze-style Lambic that happens to be aged on cherries ... as opposed to a cherry syrup-infused Lambic with over-driven sweetness.

The combination of lively sting and puckering sourness makes this a difficult beer to savor for long in the mouth; tannin-like sourness lingers on the gums. Grows more palatable as it warms - or perhaps as one gets more accustomed to the sourness.

Oct 20, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/10/18; drank 10/10/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque blood red appearance.

A slow pour yielded a small dark pink head; almost no lace.

Dark cherry, oak & faint cane sugar notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Strongly tart dark cherry & oak flavors; this was flavorful, but a bit punishing to my tender, underdeveloped palate.

Maybe a few more decades ARE necessary?

Oct 11, 2019
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The crisp tartness of this beer is perfect. I realize how many bad krieks I've had now that I've tasted a true Beligian kriek. There's so much complexity here with the perfect balance. I've had too many that are straight up cherries and too sweet. I just wish this wasn't so expensive and could be found more easily. Don't ever pass this up.

Sep 24, 2019
Oude Kriek from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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