The cherry lambic by 3 Fonteinen containing the legendary 'Schaarbeekse griottes', an old variety of sour cherries traditionally used in cherry lambic but having become rare in modern times. Hand-pumped draught sample at Lambik-O-Droom. Bright pink head with pale lilac tinge, mousy and thick and quite obviously 'forced' by the hand pump system as this is unblended and would not normally produce such a head; deep, hazy fuchsia-tinged ruby red colour, a beautiful glow to behold. Aroma is even more beautiful: tons and tons of cherries, cherry jam and cherry wine, almond, biscuit, vanilla, raspberry coulis, lemon juice, vague soapy touch (the wheat, I guess). Extreme amounts of deep, fleshy, juicy Schaarbeekse cherries in the mouth, concentrated cherry wine almost, sour but the acidity is absorbed by the sheer fleshiness of the fruit to a high degree; soft carb (if any - but none expected here, of course), full, creamy and even somewhat vinous body, buried under a ton of ripe, rich 'cherriness' from beginning to end. Some almondy and cherry stone tannins add a layer of complexity in the finish. Schaarbeekse cherry lambics are always something of a special treat but I have rarely encountered one this rich and fleshy - this is downright fantastic, up there in the highest ranks of fruit lambics. What a treat.
Draught @ [ ACBF 2011 ]. [ As 3 Fonteinen Kriekenlambik Schaerbeekse Version ].Dark deep red colour with a small small, open and fizzy, fully diminishing head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy cherry, berry, wood, fruity, light to moderate sour berries - cherry. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate acidic with a long duration, sour cherries, fruity - berry. IMO. very well balance and very nice. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat to soft. Just one word LOVELY :D