Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 298
Hads: 935
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 201
Gots: 215 | FT: 25
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Belgium

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 TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red color with pink head. Funk, tartness, and dark fruits, cherry most noticeably on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with lingering cherry notes, dry and tart. (184 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek '14 vintage

Pours a fiery, ruby-red color, with a small, quickly dwindling head.

Offers one of the most perfect aromas I have ever experienced, mainly defined by ripe, slightly earthen cherries. Comes along with a gentle fruit entangled sourness, not too acidic, while exhibiting fermented, ripe fruit the most pleasant way.

Features an incredible soft mouthfeel, bursting with fruit, while providing a refreshing body.

Tastes almost like cherry juice, while being fuller bodied. The tart sourness acts as a peak to the ripe cherry fruits, revealing funky yogurt, a whiff of old, dried lemon peel and incredibly profound cherry stone qualities with marzipan, earth and fruit pulp. Drinks hillariously easy, as the beers sourness is just one tiny part of the overall taste, with a pleasant but naturally fitting fruity sweetness, gently balanced by the leathery tartness. Finishes with even more visible cherry stones and musty malts, wrapped up by cherry pulp, cherry skin and lemon peel, leaving the palate with an enjoyable, gentle sourness.

Easily the most intense appearance of cherry I have ever experienced in a beer. It features cherry from the beginning till the end, while opening with unusually ripe fruits, being able to turn even riper while drinking. Still provides a soft, mineralic mouthfeel, letting the cherries remain enjoyable, while getting joined by crisp lemon, producing a fantastic, irresistable, complex taste. (1,466 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-05-14
375ml served in a little plastic Holiday Inn glass in a Paris hotel. Bottled On date was 22/05/2014.

Pours murky red with a small pink head. Looks pretty carbonated. Smell is mild cherries and tartness.

Taste is quite tart -- with a solid cherry note. Surprising lack of sweetness altogether.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Overall, this is a quite tasty beer. (372 characters)

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of intense raspberry, sweet, raspberry well and once again raspberry, but not rejecting, somewhere in the background feel like
"Attic" - Oude (old) in the name. And what we bring more sips of the drink? Raspberry, mingled sweetness with bitterness
all so incredibly fitting that, are complementary, lemon note, but very delicate and raspberry. Not forgotten
impression. Oude Kriek from 3 Fonteinen as for me a revelation. (431 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from BIAB
Mostly clear ruby color with a decent sized pink tinged head that dissipates quickly. Earthy funky musty cherry juice makes up most of the nose. The flavor is a bit vinous with tart cherries and funkified earth. Moderate carbonation with a medium to light body. Great stuff. (291 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle dated 5/22/14. Drank 5/2/15.

Ruby red pour with white head reducing to fine lacing.

Glorious cherry pie nose. Sweet, sour and jammy. A bit of earth but fairly clean.

The flavor is primarily cherries, oak and a lemony sourness that is slightly acetic. There is some earth but not much funk has developed. There is some astringent oak tannin in the finish along with some mild bitterness.

Creamy, active full carbonation carries the light bodied brew.

This is a very good kriek and a much better showing than the intense red. I wish the flavor was as beautiful as the nose. (590 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: Bottle
Consumed: 4.24.15

A: 4.5 The color of this beer is very pleasant. Pours a deep crimson with a two-inch pink head with good retention.

S: 4.25 Fairly mild compared to other krieks. Hay and funk dominate the nose with mild cherry coming through in the background. Green pepper and lemon come in next with a slight mineral aroma. The cherries smell really wonderful and start to take charge as the beer warms, but they are still mild compared to the funk.

T: 4.5 While the cherries may have been lacking on the nose, they more than make up for it with flavor. So much quality, tart cherry balanced out by mildly sour, earthy funk. The beer starts out a bit sweet with some white pepper, followed by an increasing level of sourness over the course of a few seconds until you get a crisp, dry, lemony finish.

M: 4.75 Great feel, perfect carbonation, and a slightly dry finish make this beer extremely satisfying while still easy-drinking.

O: 4.5 Probably the most balanced kriek I’ve had to date. There’s a lot of great flavors here and the cherry tastes like high quality fruit. There could be a tiny bit more tartness, but other than that this beer is truly excellent. (1,196 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is good but I was expecting a fuller body with stronger sour notes.

For the $15 I paid, there are better, cheaper bottles representative of the style that I can get regularly, so this will be a one time purchase. (224 characters)

Photo of Wanne
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color is like a pastel tint of red, with a head that is pinkish. The head diasappears quickly, with a lot of fizzing. The aroma is sour, but is somewhat softened by the cherries. The taste is also sour. The cherries give it a nice taste, whitout making it a sweet beer. Carbonation is relatively high. Nice beer. (316 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice ruby red color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart cherries, red grapes, lemon, some funk, a light acidity and faint oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some tart cherries, red grapes, a lemon sourness, definite funk, a light acidity and faint woody oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Drie.

Serving type: bottle (615 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a beautiful dark ruby color, almost like blood.

The aroma has tart cherries, slight funk.

The flavor offers tart berry up front, maraschino cherry flavor, with a light funk quality in the back.

Generally notes are cherry flavor with a decent tart quality. The beer lacks carbonation as it pours almost flat. (328 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark red almost purple with ruby highlights. Thin light pink head that recedes quickly. No real lacing. Pretty clear.

Aroma of rich tart cherries. Vanilla, almond, and oak. Very rich and complex. Earthy, mushroomy funk lingers in the background along with lactic acid, but cherries take the forefront. Super jammy and lovely. Even some spices as well.

Tart cherries upfront followed by lactic acid. Rich cherries hit mid palate with oak and earthy brett. Lambic expresses itself more so in the flavor. Mushroom and tea, barnyard. Fruity and juicy.

Medium carbonation with a slick full body (but not thick). Medium tannins and bone dry.

A classic, excellent kriek. Lots of complex rich cherry flavor with a solid lambic underneath. (740 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has an aesthetically pleasing, pinkish-red froth that devolves slowly. Color is bright crimson.

A tart cherry and slightly funky aroma assault precedes some slightly medicinal notes and oak.

The cherry is bold up front of course, but it also has a handful of cotton candy, some shards of oak, a pinch of vanilla and a dash of vinegar to balance.

Dry through and through and almost sprightly.

Has just enough of everything and not too much of anything, and that's how it should be. (495 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up when I was at HF last week. Bottled March, 2014

Gorgeous color, blah blah blah

Smell consists of light funk but is dominated with red-skinned fruit: grapes, raspberry and a shitload of cherries. The cherries and grapes are in the form of tannic skins with just a hint of sweet flesh. Hints of sea salt give it a 'fullness'.

Flavor follows suite. That same saltiness gives it a fuller mouthfeel, making it medium to medium-plus. Prevalent but soft carbonation gently prickles the tastes buds and at the same time scrubs and cleans them. It isn't the most complex beer, but is insanely drinkable and the light tartness keeps my enamel intact and stomach lining ulcer-free.

I wish I had both Cantillon Kriek and Coolship Cerise so I could compare and contrast, but this seems a little softer and thinner than the Cantillon.

Great to try and a wonderful treat to tick off. (891 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml split with the sweetie and reviewed from notes. Thanks sweet thang. Dated 6-6-13.

A - Hazy dark maroon pour. Crater-filled light pink head starts at around 2 fingers and quickly fizzles away to nothingness.

S - Very sour with some trademark earthy 3F funk, kind of a briny saltiness to it. Lemon juice, acidity, cherries are there but on the tamer side for sure.

T - Taste is also very very sour, instantly puckering upon sipping. Funk is even a bit muted by it by still some decent farmy sock going on. Cherries are nice and easily noticeable, but really quite faint. Graininess and perhaps a touch of fruit sweetness in the finish.

M - Carbonation is spritzy but easy-going, feel is light, acidic and intensely dry. Very nice for a lambic and sure to please sourheads.

O - Big bracing sourness, funky acidity, the cherries are just there to accentuate. I personally prefer a bit more of a balance of fruit/sourness, but this is nice - it's definitely a sipper, but a good choice when if you're looking for that intense sour kick. (1,042 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet cherries, has the characteristic Belgian funk, though not as pronounced as other 3F beers I've had. A pleasant oaky dryness. I wonderful standard for the style. (166 characters)

Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +19.6%

I love this beer. I am glad I have another bottle. Great cherry / raspberry notes with everything I love about 3Fonteinen. I wish I could buy this everywhere. (158 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Never got around to reviewing this, so let's do it now.

Bottle vintage: June, 2013. Consumed July, 2014.

Deep cherry-red color, topped with a huge fluff of fizzy pink head out of the bottle, which soon settled to a half-finger of delicate foam, and further to a wispy layer, leaving strands of lace on the glass. Effervescent. Lots of funk and oak in the aroma, big lacto notes, herbal and leafy, very little cherry detectable until the beer warms a little, but I prefer having this one nice and chilled. Nice acidic twinge right up front on the palate, lemony lacto, natural-tasting sour cherry, freshly chopped oak, notes of dried leaves and grass, with a decisive yeasty funk, horseblanket, and a tiny fruity sweetness peeking through every once in a while. Complex and tasty. Medium body, puckering mouthfeel, high initial carb dies down to a more moderate level fairly quickly, making for an overall tasty and enjoyable kriek. Exemplary. (944 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark pink color with a frothy white head and little leading

S-cherry, hint of lemon, funky, little vinegar

T-sour grapes, funk, cherry, little vinegar, slightly vinous, sour dry finish

F-light to medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp and dry

O-nice Kriek with very authentic cherry flavor and nice tart funky backbone (333 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375 ml into a tulip glass.

A- a very deep red with very little lace that dissipates extremely quick.

S- lots of tart cherries with some peach hints. You can pucker your cheeks just based on the smell alone. But in a good way.

T- follows the nose almost exactly. Lots of cherries and and tart fruits. Peaches and apricots come through as well.

M- foamy and silky. Makes your cheeks pucker.

O- very delicious overall. This is a new style for me and if this is representative of the style i can definitely see myself getting into these. (553 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Lots of dregs. Very pink/red brew. Cloudy. Thin. No lacing.

Tons of cherry. Beady and farmy fresh. Horsey.

Much different then expected. Dry, earthy, crisp, super dark cherry. Funky and horsey. Lots more Brett then I imagined. Tart, farm filled, cherry. Flavors are much better than aroma. Heavenly carbonation and earthy dryness. Sweetness is relaxed, yet tightly held. Not overly tart.

A very "wound-up" brew. Not overly flamboyant, or self-sufficient. Lots of action in this brew. Kinda forgettable, but it's still good, just not OMG amazing. (550 characters)

Photo of BeerBaron238
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful ruby red. Pink head that dwindled to an off white ring around the glass quickly. Smell: Intensely acidic with cherry and earthy support. Lacking some of the barnyard characteristics. Taste: High acidity. Cherries linger throughout. Again lacking some of the lambic characteristics I want. Too young, maybe? Mouthfeel: Light body. High tart. No astringency. Overall: A wonderful fruit lambic. So very refreshing. (433 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated June, 2013 into a Petrus flute. Clear, deep red color. Very effervescent. It sports a fluffy pink head that is quickly reduced by the acidity, leaving a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface. I get lots of sour vinegar-like aromas on the nose, but the cherry, which one expects to dominate, is very faint. It's there, but you have to really dig deep to get it. I should like to try this beer when it's young as I'm sure the fruit would be much more pronounced.

The beer has a light body and a very pleasantly sour flavor. The predominant notes on the palate are those of apple cider, champagne, sour cherries, and chardonnay. They all play against each other very nicely, without one dominating and throwing the flavor off-balance. The effervescence really stimulates the palate and intensifies the flavors, but for all its grumpy sourness, this beer is quite easy to drink. All the sourness dries out at the finish in a very appetizing way.

Overall, a very refreshing, pleasant sour beer. I have very little experience with traditional Krieks, so my opinion on this one is probably worth very little right now, but of all the ones I've been fortunate enough to acquire so far, this is clearly the best one. It's not sweetened and it's not unpleasantly sour. I do wish it had more cherry flavor to it, but it's aged so I can't fault it for that. It's pricey, but certainly recommended for any true beer hunter. (1,447 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Small cork and caged bottle from Tipples dated June 6, 2013. Pours an intense deep red color, mostly clear, with a pretty pink bubbly head on top. Huge sour aromas, vinegar, dark tart cherries, dusty dry oak. Flavor is big black cherries, tartness with some light vinegar, dry oaky finish that lingers a bit with the cherry. Big sourness here. Spritzy carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Overall I like this much better than the Intense Red, and just as much or more than Lou Pepe Kriek. Good stuff. (497 characters)

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