Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by DannyS:
4.28/5 rDev 0%
Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle.
A - Dark, cloudy, burgundy red, thin collar of head on the top.
S - Musty, sour, cherry, slightly buttery, like a white wine.
T - Moderately sour with a boatload of fresh cherries. A bit tannic on the dry yet very pleasant finish. The most balanced sour beer I've had yet.
M - High carbonation and light body, a very ethereal mouthfeel.
D - Very drinkable for a lambic. I'd stick to one in a sitting because of the price, but I could easily take a nice long afternoon sipping through a couple bottles of this.
Overall - The best sour lambic I've had so far. It's definitely sour, but it's well balanced and fruity, with just a hint of lambic funk. I still have a soft spot for Lindemans and other sweet lambics, but this is a great treat.
I was dying to try a Drie Fonteinen beer ever since I got into lambics, and having this only made me want more.
03-18-2009 23:52:19 | More by DannyS
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4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
Wedding Gift from Ron at SB. Many thanks. Cellared in my cellar for 13 months but dated 28 November 2006. Wife and I planned on drinking it on the first anniversary but the baby got in the way. Here we are 4 weeks later and we finally get to drink it.
Cork pops without much fanfare. Pours with a very subtle pink head that dissipates rapidly. Very little visible carbonation remains but bubbles are present on the tongue. Strikingly beautiful body. True cherry red, a hair lighter than burgundy. Translucent. Very pretty beer.
Aroma of tart cherries and must. Mellow. Really chillin.
Taste is dominated by real cherry flavor. Less creamy than other offerings from Drei Fontein but that trademark lactic quality is present. Kind of like a lighter, slightly tarter version of New Glarus Belgian Red. In many ways much closer to a Door County cherry wine than a beer.
Mouthfeel is funky but subdued. This is quite mellow by Drei Fontein standards. Acidic. Quite tart but not particularly sour.
Drinkability: Perfect. I could drink quite a lot of this.
09-18-2010 22:50:24 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
The cork unexpectedly flew off once I got the cage untwisted, so watch out for that. Dangerous.
The liquid pours deep cherry color with a purplish-pink head that's short-lived.
There is actually quite a bit of bretty funk in the nose, a bonus for me. I pick up a little cherry, more as it warms up, but mostly band-aid.
A little dark cherry hits mid-palate along with the signature, sour, electric tongue fireworks that this style is known for. It's got some funk and oaky red wine-like taste and tannin. The finish is dry and oaky, also a little bit meaty, sort of like a jerky strip.
It has a creamier, fuller mouthfeel for the style, without being full bodied. Great beer.
04-07-2010 02:17:12 | More by brownbeer
4/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours a pure red with a touch of haze. A little fizzy head on the pour but reduced to only a few bubbles at the edge. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.
Smells like a lambic quite honestly. Has that dry tartness. Not much cherry though, although little hints of wood peak through. A touch of mustiness.
Mmmm...so tart, not as puckering as some others I have had though (I guess that means this is tart, but not necessarily too sour). Fairly solid sour cherry base, a little green apple. This beer is basically what I expect in a Kriek.
Slightly sweet on the tongue, but finishes as dry as can be. Prickly from the carbonation. Flavor lingers for a bit.
This is a solid Kriek, not overloaded with cherries though, but quite tart. Its hard to say a beer this tart is really drinkable, but it is what it is. Its a good dessert sipper.
I'm giving this one all 4s. Its a solid kriek, but the cherries could stand out a bit more in flavor and aroma. The rest of it quite good. I think it is easy to overrate these beers b/c they are so pungent and unique.
02-24-2008 02:33:50 | More by blitz134
3.68/5 rDev -14%
A 12.7oz bottle, bottling date 2/12/05 on the label. Served in a tulip glass, it was a deep red color with a little haze. The head, except for a few bubbles, was nonexistent. It had a cherry aroma with an oaken background. Tart cherry taste. The first few sips were a little too spritzy for me, but then it settled down. Decent beer, but I didn't finish this and think that I wanted another right away.
04-09-2008 19:07:42 | More by lordofthewiens
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Bottled March 31st 2009; Review #200
Poured into a snifter
A - Pours beautiful deep ruby red with about one finger of pink head. Head fades pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing.
S - Nice big sour cherry up front, with a noticeable funk and a small amount of vinegar. Decent amount of oak coming through as well. Nice balance between the tart and funk.
T - Quite sour, with mostly sour cherry notes and only a bit of acetic acid, leading to a rather fruity, full bodied tartness, if there is such a thing. Mustiness and oak come in midway. The finish is quite dry and leaves notes of funk, oak and more tart cherry lingering on the palate. Very nice.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice dry finish and lingering tart earthiness.
O - Very good Kriek that I really enjoyed and will definitely get again.
09-27-2011 20:29:24 | More by warnerry
3.95/5 rDev -7.7%
December 2005 bottling. Pours a mostly clear ruby body with no head and no lacing. Very still. Aroma of old oak logs, tart cherries, vinegar, and barnyard. Mouthfeel barely has carbonation. Taste is tart and acidic, vinegary. Very funky, with a geuze character. Very oaky and outdoorsy. No sweetness at all. Not like the sweet krieks I'm used to. Very interesting lambic.
05-22-2007 14:34:16 | More by merlin48
3.8/5 rDev -11.2%
Nice ruby red color, but no head at all. The smell is loaded with tart cherries and oak, it is also acidic and the horse blanket is lower than in others, but I prefer it this way. Taste is acidic right off the bat, tart cherries and oak are blended nicely with some horse blanket coming through in the finish. This one had very low carbonation and the mouthfeel was medium bodied, with the finish being somewhat dry. This one was pretty good, and I'd say taste is higher than 4, but I can't give a 4.5. I also can't say I'll be getting this again as it's just not worth the extremely high price I have to pay to get it.
08-27-2007 04:59:56 | More by badbeer
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a ruby red color with a light pink head. The aroma is strong cherry with some vanilla. I get a little funk, but less than in the Schaerbeekse Kriek. The flavor is vanilla, cherries and some tartness. The beer is very dry and doesn't have much funk to it at all, possibly because it is so newly bottled. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. Probably not quite as good as the Schaerbeekse Kriek, but if you take into account the price difference, I think this one is the better value.
07-20-2010 02:23:57 | More by Mora2000
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
375ml corked & caged bottle pouredinto an acbf sampling glass.
This was bottled on 31/03/2009 it was one of the broken thermostat bottle.
Pours red/pink with a small pink white head. Nose is very funky, tart and sweet with hints of cherry.
Taste is phenomenal. One of the best sour beers I've ever had, it's so amazing. Tart and fruity and this batch is way better than normal. If you find it, drink it.
06-26-2010 20:40:10 | More by kingcrowing
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
Best Damn Sour Fest
San Diego, CA
Ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.
A lovely combination consisting of stinging sourness, plump and juicy cherries, and earthy oak. Everything is in balance yet powerful, all at once.
The flavor too is phenomenal. The cherries are vibrant and tart, the sourness is consistent and strong from sip to swallow. This is lip puckering stuff here! Wonderful
Medium bodied with high carbonation.
A delicious kriek and fairly available.
11-12-2011 18:38:52 | More by ehammond1
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
01 April 2011 bottling. 375 ml C&C poured into large 24 oz snifter.
This beer is a very pretty dark garnet red with a vividly pink tinted head. The foam quickly subsides leaving just a feather of bubbles on top. The beer smells soooo funky and acrid. The beer tastes equally funky with a lot of lactic acidity upfront that fades out to the mineral, musty, swampy, almost spoiled flavors. The finish is dry with a salty, tart cherry tang. The MF is very effervescent with abundant carbonation that just sparkles. This is a nice Kriek Lambic, but the overly funky (imo) flavors really mutes the brightness from the fruit. However, the vibrant acidity is nice, although my stomach might hate me in the morning for it.
11-22-2011 06:01:49 | More by Soonami
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
How can you not like the pink and purple colors with the fluffy head on this? Maybe if you're insecure as a man, but I think it looks beautiful. Damn good aroma, a nicer priced alternative to the schaerbeekse version, still delivers plenty of stacked cherry tartness.
Taste, ample sour and cherries, a thick mouthfeel, this one does not skimp on the fruit and whatnot, you get a coating of it, all for the better too. I'm thinking the brighter variety colorwise of cherries here. So much cherry that the wood barrel is just an afterthought in terms of taste perception.
This beer makes me ache for the few weeks it was available on the shelves of the chain stores in Reno. Pricey, yes, but a worthwhile treat that hopefully, fate permitting, I can continue to keep a few just hanging out around the house, waiting for that right moment to drink up.
05-08-2012 03:47:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5 rDev -16.4%
A: A deep rose, somewhat similar to sparkling red grape juice.
S: Dry, tart, acidic with a slight fruit aroma.
T: Sweet, tart, with a mild fruit flavor that increases with consumption. The tartness is sharp and crisp, as is found in a gueuze, as opposed to the thick, sour pucker you might find in an exceptional sour ale, like Supplication.
M: Light, fizzy, and crisp. A touch too thin.
O: Sour ales have stolen my heart and I appreciate a good lambic. This delivers fairly well in both departments but is slightly too thin.
12-28-2011 01:33:05 | More by 01001111
4.08/5 rDev -4.7%
Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.
Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a few white bubbles on top. The head dissipates quickly into a very thing ring around the glass leaving no lacing.
Smells phenomenal. Funk and very tart cherries. It's not what the aromas are but how intense they are and how well they play off of each other.
Tastes good but not as intense as it smells. Highly tart cherry flavors kick things off and intensify through to the middle of the sip. Right then some funk - wet hay and leather - come in to temper the tartness and carry through to a crisp and still strongly tart ending.
Mouthfeel is not very good. The carbonation is almost non-existent and so it's a bit too slick.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass with no problems despite the carbonation issue and could still have another.
Overall this is a great-smelling beer although the flavor doesn't quite deliver. Still, a nice beer and I'd have to imagine it would be much better with any semblance of carbonation.
05-20-2010 21:08:46 | More by glid02
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -18.2%
This was really strange for me, had a real stinky, dirty diaper nose, with a suggetsion of sour cherry. I foiund this to be a bit cloying and syrrupy even. strange taste that was a bit off-putting, very earthy and even a bit detergenty for some reason, i loved their gueuze, but couldn't really get into this one, still interesting, and on the whole pretty good, i will surely sample another day though.
09-27-2002 18:17:20 | More by rastaman
4.45/5 rDev +4%
33cl bottle poured into a tulip glass. 2009 vintage
A- Opened with a bang, but no gushing. Pored a nice cherry red, as it should have, with a nice pink soapy head. It hold up well with nice retention and strong lacing.
S- Lot of tart funk in the front mixed with sour cherry aroma. Deep inside you begin to pick up sour apple, oak and pear. This is a very good smelling kriek but not a whole lot of complexity. It makes my mouth water!!
T- Nice and tart just how I like em'. Lots of cherry throughout and nice dry oak finished. Very well balanced and smooth. I pick up some berries and also small hints of lemon grass. I really love this beers taste.
M- Easy to drink, perfect, active carbonation that cleanses the palate very effectively. It is a very nice kriek that could be enjoyed over and over again. It has a very woodie finish which reminds me of a strong oaked chardonnay.
O- As always Drie does it well. All the lambics they create are wonderful and this one is no exception. Lots of fruit forward flavor and good oak character. The only reason this is not a five to me is I have had the pleasure of enjoying, including other krieks from Drie, other lambic krieks that I would consider a little better. That being said this a wonderful beer and is well worth the fancy import price tag.
01-22-2012 08:26:31 | More by lanamj
Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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