Bottle, assemblage no 98, seizoen 18/19, bottledate 30/07/19. Color: Very nice clear orangish red, fast disappearring head. Aroma: Tart strawberry and cherry, funky. Taste: Over moderate tart, fruity notes of alternating strawberries and cherries, somewhat more strawberry. Subtle funk notes, oak wood. Moderate sweet, very light bitterness. Fruit and tartness are both quite smooth. Nice complexity and balance. Nice and refreshing.
One of several 3 Fonteinen lambics that have 'risen' above the vast Twists of Fate pool of experiments, released a couple of months ago and based on several Twists that combined (organic) strawberries with sour cherries - consecutively in this case, that is to say, the lambic was first macerated with strawberries to create a strawberry lambic, and only then was this strawberry lambic macerated with cherries, so as to obtain a layered, 'double' fruit effect. Bottle from Dranken De Moor, shared at Leopold's garden tasting. Medium thick, opening, mousy, off-pinkish white head, dissolving into eventually nothing; misty amberish-tinged deep vermillion red robe, turning a bit 'dirty' and clouded with sediment. Aroma initially strongly dominated by fresh sweet and ripe summer strawberries, mingled with impressions of cherry skins and cherry pits (more than actual cherry flesh, it seems), damp earth, wet oak wood, farmland, almond, freshly cut garden weeds, sour yoghurt, lemon juice, raspberry vinegar, vague lychee wine note somewhere. More fleshy cherry effect than expected in the onset, rounded as promised, juicy and tart with a lemony acidic edge and an unripe nectarine-like astringency, softly carbonated; bready core, buried under a ton of sour cherry flavours, with tannic effect from the skins and pits - turning a tad earthy in the end, steeped in strong lactic acidity. But then this bright, sweet, summery, juicy, jam-like strawberry aroma returns in full force, playing with hints of vanilla-ish oak wood, Bretty sweatiness and bready yeastiness, while down below, the combination of tannins and acidity makes for a bone dry ending. A bit more 'earthy' than expected perhaps, compared with the - relevant - Twists of Fate, but the strawberry aroma is really alluring and in all, this is a very rich, deep, complex 3 Fonteinen fruit lambic once again.