3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot VIII.ii: Schaarbeekse on a Toast (Medium) – Blended & Alive

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: This Schaarbeekse On A Toast has macerated for 265 days (over 8.5 months) on a fresh 1,000 liter medium toasted French oak barrel, in a proportion of 1 kilo of Schaarbeekse cherries per liter of lambic. After the maceration, the fruit lambic was blended with young lambic for a continued fermentation in the bottle. The total fruit intensity is 39.70%, i.e. 397 grams of fruit per liter of bottled Schaarbeekse Kriek. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic. Number of bottles – 1279

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 8th version features the maceration of Schaarbeekse cherries on charred/toasted barrels. The noblest of sour cherries have been sourced in the gardens of and hand-picked by more than 50 families around Brussels. This Schaarbeekse On A Toast has macerated for 265 days (over 8.5 months) on a fresh 1,000 liter medium toasted French oak barrel, in a proportion of 1 kilo of Schaarbeekse cherries per liter of lambic. After the maceration, the fruit lambic was blended with young lambic for a continued fermentation in the bottle. The total fruit intensity is 39.70%, i.e. 397 grams of fruit per liter of bottled Schaarbeekse Kriek. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.36
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°47, season 17/18, bottled on 4th April 2018, with a best before date of 26th October 2038. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: A clear ruby red colour with a one finger pink head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, cherry, oak and light vanilla.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, oak, light funk, vanilla and almond, maybe even hints of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Very nice aroma with balanced flavours.

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

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.9%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: This fruit lambic is a blend of 85% blueberry lambic and 15% Hommage lambic (75% raspberries and 25% sour cherries). After the maceration, the fruit lambic has been blended with some young lambic and bottled. The total fruit intensity is still 50%, i.e. 500 grams of fruit per liter of bottled fruit lambic. Number of bottles – 616

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% blueberry lambic and 15% Hommage lambic (75% raspberries and 25% sour cherries). After the maceration, the fruit lambic has been blended with some young lambic and bottled. The total fruit intensity is still 50%, i.e. 500 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°31, season 17/18, bottled on 15th March 2018, with a best before date of 26th October 2038. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy purple red colour with a one finger pinkish head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Light tartness, blueberry, raspberry and a splash of vanilla.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, blueberry, blueberry skin, with hints of cherry and oak.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Great blueberry aromas and flavours with appropriate sourness.

3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot VII.xii: Zotte Kadeeën: Zoete kers – (not so) Raw & Uncut

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 8.1%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: This sweet cherry lambic is the result of a maceration of black cherries for 6 months and was bottled straight away. The final fruit intensity is at 645 grams of sweet black cherries per liter of bottled fruit lambic. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic. Number of bottles – 430

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 sweet cherry lambic is the result of a maceration of black cherries for 6 months and was bottled straight away. The final fruit intensity is at 645 grams of sweet black cherries per liter of bottled fruit lambic. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.78
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.7

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°88, season 17/18, bottled on 19th October 2018, with a best before date of 26th October 2038. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear dark ruby purple red colour with a one finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sweet, black cherry and light oak.
Taste: Sweet and sour, black cherry, dark grape, oak and hints of blackcurrant.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Excellent flavours. I’m loving these sweet black cherries. This was one of my favourites over the 3 days spent at lambik-O-droom, and on the last day, we even went for a second bottle.

3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot VII.i: Zotte Kadeeën: Braam + Hommage – Raw & Uncut

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: This fruit lambic is a blend of 90% blackberry lambic and 10% Hommage lambic (75% raspberries and 25% sour cherries). After the maceration, the fruit lambic has been bottled immediately, without blending it with young lambic. The total fruit intensity is 65%, i.e. 650 grams of fruit per liter of bottled fruit lambic. Number of bottles – 588

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 90% blackberry lambic and 10% Hommage lambic (75% raspberries and 25% sour cherries). After the maceration, the fruit lambic has been bottled immediately, without blending it with young lambic. The total fruit intensity is 65%, i.e. 650 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°30, 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 clear ruby purple red colour with a thin pinkish head and nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, blackberry, black currant and jammy.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, black currant, blackberry, oak, hints of almond and maybe vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice wonderful fruitiness with great aroma and flavours.

3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot IX.iii: Aardbeiiteraties: Bio Aardbei + Kriek op hout – Raw & Uncut

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.9%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: For this fruit lambic we macerated strawberries (30%) and cherries (70%) separately on two different oak barrels for a couple of few weeks. The fruit lambics were then blended and put on a 400 liter oak barrel for another 6 months of ageing and bottled afterwards. The fruit intensity is 500 grams of fruit per liter of bottled Bio Aardbei + Kriek. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic. Number of bottles – 582

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 9th version features a range of strawberry maceration iterations aiming at balancing the intense fruitiness of strawberries with the subtleties of traditional lambic while minimising the unpleasant phenolic characteristics of the small pits. For this fruit lambic we macerated strawberries (30%) and cherries (70%) separately on two different oak barrels for a couple of few weeks. The fruit lambics were then blended and put on a 400 liter oak barrel for another 6 months of ageing and bottled afterwards. The fruit intensity is 500 grams of fruit per liter of bottled Bio Aardbei + Kriek. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°86, 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 pinkish red orange colour with a thin off white head that had spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, strawberry, raspberry, cherry and slightly jammy.
Taste: Sour, tart, strawberry, cherry and raspberry. A little sharp, but not overly so.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Looks and smells great. Taste was perhaps a little sharp, but overall still very enjoyable.

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