Oude Kriek 3 Fonteinen is produced by ripening of cherries (both the flesh and the seeds) in young Lambic. This process takes between 6 to 8 months. After bottling the beer matures for at least 4 months in a warm room where the spontaneous fermentation in the bottle is done. The head of Oude Kriek is very sensitive to the concentration of the cherry seeds containing oil and may differ from one year to the other.
3 Fonteinen is a lambic brewery and blendery located in Beersel, and Lot Belgium. Though he is no longer actively brewing, 3 Fonteinen is currently headed by Armand Debelder, after he took over the brewing and blending operations of the business from his father Gaston. There is also a cafe attached to the original brewery in Beersel, which is overseen by Armand’s brother, Guido. In addition to lambics, 3 Fonteinen also produces several other non-lambic beers including a blonde, lager, and porter.
DID YOU KNOW?
In Dutch, the name 3 Fonteinen means three fountains and originally referred to the hand pumps that were used to serve the three types of beer at the inn: lambic, faro and kriek.