Category Archives: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)

Brewer Description: (from bottle) (in French) 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek est le résultat de la macération de griottes cueillis à la main dans du lambic traditionnel, pendant au moins quatre mois et avec fermentation en bouteille. Du fruit naturel, sans jus, sirops ou sucres ajoutés. Non-filtré et non-pasteurisé.

(translated to English) 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek is the result of maceration of hand-picked sour cherries in traditional lambic for at least four months and with fermentation in the bottle. Natural fruit, without juice, syrups or added sugars. Unfiltered and unpasteurized.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.36
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: 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.

3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot VII.iv: Zotte Kadeeën: Bosbes + Framboos – Blended & Alive

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.3%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: This fruit lambic is a blend of 10% blueberry lambic and 90% raspberry lambic. After the maceration, the fruit lambic has been blended with some young lambic and bottled. The total fruit intensity is still 63%, i.e. 630 grams of fruit per liter of bottled fruit lambic. Number of bottles – 665

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 10% blueberry lambic and 90% raspberry lambic. After the maceration, the fruit lambic has been blended with some young lambic and bottled. The total fruit intensity is still 63%, i.e. 630 grams of fruit per liter of bottled fruit lambic.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.61
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°33, season 17/18, bottled on 15th March 2018, with a best before date of 26th October 2038. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear orange red colour with a half finger white, maybe slightly pinkish head, that had decent retention, while leaving some nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, light sweetness, raspberry, jammy and blueberry skin.
Taste: Sour, tart, raspberry, light jammyness, maybe jello, blueberry and blueberry skin on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Excellent taste and especially the aroma with a good balance of sour, tart and mixed berry jello jammyness.

3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot VII.xi: Zotte Kadeeën: Cassis – Blended & Alive

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: This cassis lambic is the result of a maceration of blackcurrants for 5.5 months. It was then blended with young lambic and a final fruit intensity of 268 grams of blackcurrants per liter of bottled cassis lambic was obtained. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic. Number of bottles – 1000

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 cassis lambic is the result of a maceration of blackcurrants for 5.5 months. It was then blended with young lambic and a final fruit intensity of 268 grams of blackcurrants per liter of bottled cassis lambic was obtained. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.29
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°87, season 17/18, bottled on 18th October 2018, with a best before date of 26th October 2038. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy ruby red colour with a one finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Blackcurrant, Ribena, light tartness and a touch of red grapes.
Taste: Sour, tart, blackcurrant, Ribena, red grapes, oak and light funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Really nice enjoyable blackcurrant aromas with good balanced sour and tart flavours.

3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot VII.v: Zotte Kadeeën: Aardbei + Kriek – Blended & Alive

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.7%
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.

3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot VII.vi: Zotte Kadeeën: Trosbes + Kriek – Blended & Alive

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.3%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: This fruit lambic is a blend of 75% redcurrant lambic and 25% 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 – 779

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 75% redcurrant lambic and 25% 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: 4.14
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°35, 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: A lightly hazy ruby red colour with a half finger pinkish head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Red currant, cherry and light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, red currant, cherry, light herbs and minerality, and a touch of oak. A little vinous wine like on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Usually red currant is not my favourite, but this was well executed and the cherry cuts through nicely.