Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 922
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 202
Gots: 209 | FT: 25
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Drie Fonteinen stemware glass. Good till Jan 2014, bottled Jan 27 2012.

A slow straight pour brings a light wet sounding body it seems, but a solid deep cherry dark red almost blood purple. It produces a one finger head deep pink reddish in color, which is slightly foamy but disappears quickly, but settles to a real nice whip cream merringue pink and white collar.

Nose is a mild cherry cough drop, without the medicinal factor. Lightly tart with mild hinting acidity. Very clean, with a penny candy like sense.

A good tart acid, with an almost creamy mouthfeel gives the mouth a nice sense of mellow sour cherry. Real good malt depth on this, with just enough density to stay from being too watery and wet. Very moderate carbonation but with a hint of tight fizz, nothing detracts from the palate.

Overall a nice mellow and perhaps not as flavorful hinting kriek compared to what is sensed on the nose, but very subtle and enjoyable.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark, almost blood red, slightly opaque, with a fizzy, crackling head that recedes quickly, and no lacing.

Smells like oak, sour grain, cherries, vinegar, and lactic acid.

This is pretty moderately sour, but manages to keep a delicate balance. There's a very good balance between sour cherry and oak, with sour grainy malt as well, some vinegar, and sour apples.

This has a bubbly, prickly, and fairly highly carbonated mouthfeel, with a lighter body. It's very drinkable- it was insanely easy to put down this 375.

This is probably the best Kriek that I've ever had. So good.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of warnerry
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of badbeer
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Bottled 3/31/09.

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of 01001111
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of glid02
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lanamj
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of weasbri
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 31, 2009. Watch your eyes! Nearly forgot to point away from my face while unscrewing the cage. Glanced off my forehead on the last twist. On to the beer...
Pours a great red color. Hazy looking through, big time. Actually got plenty of head and lacing in my tulip glass. Nice looking beer.
My first whiff while pouring I thought, "Uh oh. Smells like cough drops." Didn't get that after the initial surprise. More of a kind of funky aroma really.
But the taste, wow. Bang! Right on your tongue comes the tartness of those cherries. It's so sour you forget it's beer, and the cherriness has to fight to get through. I found if I held the beer in the middle of my tongue avoiding the sides where the sour taste buds reside helped a lot to get more out of the beer.
It might just be that I'm really into the sours right now, but yeah, I might have to go back and grab some more since I know they are in short supply.

Photo of Sammy
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful cherry milkshake red, lots of lace. Picked up at Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo recently. Creamy mouthfeel, just milkshake, with strawberry, pretty well full mouthfeel. Body is a bit fluffed up. Very tasty. Late aftertaste of barrel lumber. Alcohol in nose detracts from cherry aroma and taste.

Photo of augustgarage
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Bottled on November 28th, 2006.

Falu red and carmine body with good clarity. A choppy pour produced a brief bright pink head that rapidly diminishes to the thinnest collar I've ever seen. Tiny pixels of lacing blemish the clear lacquer-like ribbons of legs when the glass is swirled.

The aroma is transporting - the Brett. notes are akin to a rural farm road after the first rain. Fertile soil, wet hay, goat herds, blooming orchards. Next comes the cherry which is tart, lush, pure, and whole...similar to the finest maraschino liqueur (e.g. Luxardo). This seems to be a good age for drinking this ale, as the barnyard smell is strong but the fruit hasn't relinquished its power yet. I'll definitely revisit this review when I can try a 10 year old vintage.

Very tart yet earthy palate entry, with the real essence of sour cherry, pits and all, at play. Alfalfa, apple flowers, English daisies, loam, and some bacterial acidity play a note as well. Smooth, tart, crisp finish with lingering funk and a faint touch of oak or leather.

Rather flat, so lacking the effervesence I would prefer, but this seems to be an acceptable shortcoming for a traditional lambic, regardless of what the BJCP suggests.

I decided to pair my second glass with some cheese, so I shaved up some Ewephoria (a sheep's milk gouda from Friesland Holland, produced for the U.S. market). The combination was superb, bringing out a little more sweetness in the lambic, and emphasizing the grassy/herb/nut notes of the cheese.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Poured out of a bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottle has a 12/14/2007 bottled on date.

A: Deep red almost like a cranberry apple raspberry juice. Poured vigorously a .5 finger white course head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing.

S: Extremely woody notes and sour cherries. This one smells almost like wine barrels.

T: Very tart opening that lasts all the way through. At the end, there are woody notes and pine lingers through to the aftertaste. Very unique but "classy" taste.

M: Goes down extremely smooth and rather deep bodied for a lambic. Also very dry.

D: Tasty and worth the praise, this is different from other lambics that really concentrate on the sweetness of the brew.

Photo of dirtylou
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle - Delirium Cafe

We had a lot of these. At 13 Euros, seemed like one of the bigger bargains in the book. Add to that the fact they were dishing out 2006 vintages! Things got so great that they were busy enough to not even uncork them anymore, and as a result I have a 2006 vintage of this beer sitting in my closet here in Seattle.

This has aged absolutely fantastic - not as tart as Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek, but better. The finish is so rich and decadently cherry - similar to the finish on the Lou Pepe Kriek, but better even. Layers of tart and sweet cherry, oak, earthy notes. The dark cherry plays so nicely.

Photo of phillybeer7779
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass. Dated 3/31/09

Appearance- Cloudy dark red color with about an inch of pinkish head, lacing continues throughout drinking. Some visible sediment.

Smell- Sour cherries up front with some funk present. Not the most complex smell, but very pleasant.

Taste- Big sour taste up front, then big cherry pie flavor. Very nice!

Mouthfeel- Funk danced across my tongue, nicely complimenting the flavor. Very nicely carbonated as well.

Drinkability- The first few sips were extremely sour, but I adapted to it quickly. This one definately stuck to my tongue after drinking.

Photo of prototypic
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oude Kriek is a very dark cherry color. It’s clouded by a thick haze. Nevertheless, plenty of light cuts through revealing an array of crimson and pink highlights. Love the color. A soft, white head caps it off. The head only rises to about a finger in height. Retention was rather short as it fell back and disappeared quickly. Lacing was extremely light. Excellent color though!

The nose good, but is a little light. Just a little more strength would drive it up a notch. It is a bit earthy and musky up front. There’s a slight funkiness to it, but it’s very subtle. Nice touch. It does feature a really nice cherry scent. I’m not the biggest cherry fan, but it smells nice…and tart! Secondary scents include oak, berries, and Belgian yeast. Alcohol is not a factor at all. It smells really good. If only it were just a little stronger….

The flavor is simply excellent! Wow! Really good stuff. It definitely starts out with a combo of musky, earthy, and funky flavors. It’s a little grainy. The funky flavor is subtle and rather mild. I really like that about it. It’s enough barnyard funkiness to liven up the flavor, but not so much that it dominates the palate. It is tart or sour. The cherry flavor is very vibrant and strong. It’s not quite mouth puckering though. Oak, berries, Belgian yeast, and even a little apple round it out. Very deep and complex. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes tart, fruity, oaky, and dry. Excellent!

Oude Kriek has a light – medium body. Carbonation is very light and restrained. It feels light, but it’s extremely soft and smooth. Goes down far too easily.

Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen makes incredible beer. While Oude Kriek is an excellent example, it’s actually not one of their best. That, in and of itself, is a testament to their skills. Oude Kriek is damn impressive. It’s very refined, complex, and sophisticated. Art in a bottle. Find some.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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