3 Fonteinen Intens Rood PX

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7.1%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: Blend°79, Season 19/20

Brewer Description: (from bottle) While looking for old sherry barrels, we cannot get lucky all the time. While we will be sourcing barrels directly from bodegas to assure provenance and quality, we had a batch of Pedro Ximenez (PX) barrels that was on the peated side (albeit subdued). As a result, we decided not to use them for Zenne y Frontera, but to blend them with other (fruit) lambikken into geuze and fruit blends.

This is the first of such blends to be released. Sour cherries were macerated partly on young peated lambik and partly on two-year old straight lambik in a stainless steel tank. We blended with young and three-year old (!) lambik. 55% of the blend is old lambik and the final fruit intensity is 567 grams of sour cherries per litre.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.24
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend°79, season 19/20, bottled on 7th October 2020. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: It was a deep dark red colour with a purplish hue, and a very thin pinkish head that dissipated quickly, while leaving only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Lots of cherry, oak, damp wood, red wine, lemon, with notes of almond milk.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, lemon zest, oak, damp wood, light funk, with maybe light sherry notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: I’m not sure if the PX barrel is having much influence on the Intens Rood, as the sherry notes are quite light if any. On top of that, I know it says ‘subdued peat’ in regards to the barrel, but really, I’m not getting any peat in both the aroma or the flavour. Despite this, it’s still enjoyable, with lots of cherry, although perhaps not quite as good as the regular Intens Rood in my opinion.

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