Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek

This was the last bottle at Half Time and I knew it had to come home with me. I cracked it open last week.


ABV: 5%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “3 Fonteinen was founded in about 1887 as a café and geuzestekerij, a place where geuze is produced by blending old and new lambics, acquired from other breweries. The enterprise was bought by Gaston De Belder in 1953, who expanded it with a restaurant and left it to his sons Armand and Guido in 1982. In 1998, a brewery installation was bought. Apart from using its own lambic, 3 Fonteinen uses lambic made by Boon, Girardin and Lindemans for its geuze. 3 Fonteinen is one of the few remaining geuzestekerijen. The Mijol Club, a literary club, founded by Herman Teirlinck, used to convene in the café. In May 2009, a faulty thermostat caused 3000 bottles to explode. The remaining overheated geuze was made into an eau de vie called ‘Armand’s Spirit’, the sales of which enough allowed the brewery to continue operations. In March 2013, after four years of interruption, Brewery 3 Fonteinen inaugurated its new brewing installation and is brewing its own lambic again. During the four year without its own installation 3 Fonteinen managed to keep its head above water by blending lambic that they bought from nearby lambic breweries like Boon and Girardin.

Random: Cherries are in season now. I should get some from Fresh Direct.

This beer poured with no head on top of a deep red, clear body. There wasn’t any carbonation visible. The nose was huge with sour cherries, oak and vanilla. Brett was present, but not as strong as the other notes. The taste was intense, as the name suggests. There was a lot of tart cherries and oak. Light chocolate was present too. The beer was tart, but not intensely so. The body was medium thick with light carbonation. It had a long, tart finish with cherries. This beer was expensive at $22.29 for the bottle, but definitely worth it for one of the best lambics I’ve ever had. If you see this on the shelf, you need to grab a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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