Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: This fruit lambic is a blend of 85% strawberry lambic and 15% sour cherry lambic. After the maceration, the fruit lambic has been blended with some young lambic and bottled. The total fruit intensity is still 62%, i.e. 620 grams of fruit per liter of bottled fruit lambic. Number of bottles – 457
Brewer Description: (from bottle) Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen “Speling van het Lot” (Twist of Fate) is a series of small batch experimental brews, barrel maturations, fruit macerations and/or blends. This 7th version features a range of fruit macerations on freshly emptied Bordeaux barrels from Château Pabus. These high quality French oak barrels were used for a unique integrated vinification technique, including grape peel maceration in the barrel itself. The name (“Zotte Kadeeën” – “Crazy Kids”) refers to the abundant creativity of our youthful, passionate team, that likes to explore within the traditional lambic boundaries. This fruit lambic is a blend of 85% strawberry lambic and 15% sour cherry lambic. After the maceration, the fruit lambic has been blended with some young lambic and bottled. The total fruit intensity is still 62%, i.e. 620 grams of fruit per liter of bottled fruit lambic.
My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.48
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4
Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°34, season 17/18, bottled on 16th March 2018, with a best before date of 26th October 2038. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: It was a lightly hazy orange red colour with a half finger off white head that had decent retention and left nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, strawberry, jammy, minerals, and some slight leather.
Taste: Sour, tart, light sweetness, strawberry, light minerals and cherry.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: An enjoyable balance of sour and sweet, and also strawberry and cherries. Another success with strawberries in beer. I haven’t been a fan of strawberries in beer, but with 3 Fonteinen putting them into some of the Speling van het Lot lineup, I have found them to have done a very good job.