3 Fonteinen – Oude Kriek Intens Rood (375ml)
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen is one of the last traditional lambic breweries and geuze blenders in Belgium. Rooted in the village of Beersel in the Zenne Valley between Brussels and the Pajottenland, 3 Fonteinen has a firm belief of what lambic tradition looks like. That is why they steadfastly continue to create the finest authentic lambic beers – 100% spontaneous from brew to bottle – continuing with the same strict process and craftsmanship used by Gaston and Armand Debelder. Family-owned with a team of 15 enthusiasts, they still brew in the village center of Beersel while giving our barrels and bottles of geuze and fruit lambic time to develop in a special warm room in Lot, a few kilometers away from the brewery.
Oude Kriek Intense Rood sees roughly 30% more fruit per litre than the typical Oude Kriek. Expect very concentrated levels of cherry flavour, almond, marzipan, and floral notes that blend harmoniously with Brettanomyces derived funk notes. This beer is 11/10 on fruit intensity, while maintaining a high degree of balance, precision, and depth. It’s like being in the cockpit of a fighter jet!
It will develop gracefully in the cellar for years to come.
Lambics are the beers of this region in Belgium, and are among the world’s rarest: they are beers fermented with wild, airborne yeast – no yeast is added by the brewers. Lambics come only from the Senne River valley, near Brussels – a region about 15 by 75 miles in size. The unusual, demanding, and unique flavors that come from multiple yeast strains are unmatched in the world of beer.
The 77th blend of the 2019-2020 season. This specific Oude Kriek Intense Red has macerated for almost 10 months on five different lambics from two barrels. Another four different lambics from another two barrels were used in the blending process. The final fruit intensity was about 442 grams of sour cherries per litre of Intense Red. (that’s a lot)