451. Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek

451. Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek

I purchased this tonight at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I chilled it to around 45ยบ F and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses. According to the label this was bottled on 26 February 2005.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brouwerij Fonteinen
Alcohol: 6.00%
Serving: Bottle, 750 mL
Style: Fruit Lambic, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.5): Pours a deeply hazy burgundy with a fizzy, light-pink, half-inch head that fades to a persistent ring and patchy layer.

Smell (4.0): Sweet cherries, acidic tartness and a nice musty, barnyard funkiness that emerges upon swirling.

Taste (4.0): Sweet and lightly tart cherries upfront that's maintained through to the finish where it's met by a moderate acidic tartness in the finish along with an earthy flavor. Certainly not the strongest in terms of flavors, but it's nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light-bodied, light but prickly carbonation, with a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability (4.5): Well-balanced between sweet fruitiness and a tart earthy lambic character.

Overall (4.15): A nice fruit lambic, not the most sour or funky, but it has enough of those elements to balance the fruit nicely.

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