Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek, vintage 2009. This is one of the beers that survived the thermostat incident at the brewery that allowed a storage room to become overheated. Many of the bottles exploded and nearly ended the brewery. This bottle was exposed to higher temperatures than normal during its resting period. The result is a really interesting kriek that seems to have a fuller body and broader fruit profile than other vintages. Smell is slightly tart with a nice dark cherry fruit note. The taste is nowhere near as tart as the usual 3F Kriek, but still lingering with a nice vinegar like acidity. The cherry really dominates with a nice semi-sweetness and an underlying funkiness. As it warms up it becomes slightly more acidic. A really great 'freak kriek' 6.00% ABV
Bottle Date February 2005, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a frothy, pink tinged head that disappears fairly quickly to just a ring of wispy foam. The beer is a lightly hazy, striking red color. An immediate note of acidity hits my nose as I pour this beer, but it is backed by a complex woody, almost tannic note. Hints of urea join some initially phenolic, almost plastic like notes. A soft cherry character is here, reminiscent of cherry skins. Basically the aroma is devoid of any sweetness what so ever.
Ah, an aggressive sourness grips hold of my mouth as soon as I take my first sip. Completely devoid of any sweetness during my initial sips, this beer is quite dry. Again there are some healthy, woody tannic notes reminiscent of barrels. Joined by just a touch of cherry character, the combination of tannins and fruit make me think of cherry stones and puckering cherry skins that have been stripped of any sweetness. This is just an aggressively sour Lambic. It is not nearly as funky as some, in fact the funkiest that it gets is that plastic-like phenolic note that almost seems a bit like lacquer of some sort. The combination of the astringent wood notes and the sour acidity make for one mouth puckering experience, which I just can't get enough of.
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