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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed and reviewed in the "1001."
Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" (and other books to come.)

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Purchased at Plan B Rotterdam. Red hood-and-silver-wire cap over a branded cork. Green glass. 37.5cl format. Red and white label. Bottled 28/01/2015. Best before: 28/01/2020.

5.00% ABV. Kriek.

Expectations are sky high; I adored the golden blend (consumed just prior to this) and I love kriek beers. Served at cellar temperature into a pilsner glass.

HEAD: Thin. Pink-beige colour. Somewhat weak. ~.25cm wide. Recedes to floating bubbles atop the body within seconds, and recedes fully within 1 minute, so retention is poor (especially for the style, though the ABV is above average). Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass.

BODY: Murky deep red. Translucent; nontransparent. No yeast is visible floating within.

Appears perfectly carbonated. The red is obviously right for a kriek, but I've seen far more vibrant krieks. Certainly appealing, but there's room for improvement.

AROMA: The vividness of the cherry is remarkable - tart cherries leap out of the glass. Powdered sugar covered cherries come to mind. Lambicus yeast is in play, leaning more to the sour side than the funky side. Sourness is merely moderate, though; it's maybe a 5/10 in terms of intensity. The tartness is of more interest. Malt profile is neutral, letting the fruit take centre stage. Supple cherry skin. Mild acidity. Backgrounded oak wood subtly ties it all together, suggesting a unity of flavour.

Aromatic intensity is average for a kriek. To style, there are no (overt) hop notes. I find no off-notes; notably, it's in no way medicinal - which is always a risk in cherry beers, especially for North American drinkers given the ubiquity of artificial cherry-flavoured medicinal syrups therein.

TASTE: Hm. Honestly, I hoped for better. The tart cherry is there, but the tartness lacks intensity. The sourness is there, but it's merely a 4/10 in terms of intensity. The bacterial intangibles appear - lactic acid and whatnot, but this isn't an incredible kriek. I crave more tartness, more sourness, more fruit, and more of a puckering vibe. It's good, but it's a bit shallow for a true kriek/lambic. Lambicus yeast is far better showcased in Drie Fonteinen's own golden blend. Maybe this is just too young? Maybe cherries were chosen that aren't as naturally tart or sour as those used by the likes of Cantillon and Hanssens?

The oak is reticent, but does help give the beer cohesion. It's not imbalanced, just a bit lacking in terms of depth of flavour and intricacy, not to mention general sourness.

The fruit (cherry) skin is nice, injecting a pleasant supple flavour and feel.

TEXTURE: Near perfectly carbonated, though a biteen highly so. Acidic, but not as much as I hoped for. Not puckering, really. Smooth. It's somewhere between wet and dry, but never quite strikes the right balance, leaning (like the Golden Blend) on the more dry side, to its detriment. Light-bodied.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Overall presence on the palate is nice, but there isn't a true harmony of texture and flavour here. More acidity would help accentuate the cherry and lactic character, and might help elevate the beer.

OVERALL: Honestly, it's a bit underwhelming for a kriek. Drinkers familiar with the best kriek style beers from Cantillon and Hanssens will find this wanting, and I'm inclined to blame the cherry varietal used - if only because having just had the Golden Blend, I'm certain Drie Fonteinen knows how to utilize lambicus yeast for the perfect level of sourness. Yes, it's highly drinkable, and I'm glad I got to try it. But I did hope for far better, especially given the price point. Wouldn't make my shortlist of paragons of the kriek style, but it's a solid Drie Fonteinen beer in spite of its flaws, and, critically, it never ventures into medicinal territory.

Low B (3.52) / GOOD

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Photo of byronic
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2011

Just a little pop from the cork revealed a lighter red than expected pour with minimal lacing. It appears that only minimal carbonation was left after nearly five years of aging. Hardly any scent. Very tart and bitter, very acidic overall not that pleasant.

Having this fairly fresh or within a couple of years is a nice experience, having it aged does not seem worthwhile. There are definitely better choices out there.

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Photo of Myotus
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eziel for this bottle!
Poured gently at 46°F from a 12.7oz bottle (bottled on 18Jan16) into a snifter. Consumed on 21Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of pink foam that shrivels into a white line within 45 seconds. Red in color with a high amount of cloudiness.Rising bubbles are small in size and large in quantity. Lacing is moderate in quantity and thin with a few spotted areas of thickness.
SMELL: Strong aromas of hay, sour green apple, and earthy yeast are backed by mild oak aromas and subtle grass and sweet and sour cherry aromas.
TASTE: Strong flavors of hay, sour green apple, and tobacco (those weren't in the aromas) first set foot onto the palate and are trailed by mild oak and earthy yeast. Mild cherry flavors next make thier appearance onto the palate. Unlike in the smell, they are more sweet than they are sour. Subtle grass flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for earthy yeast and oak, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and extremely carbonatedd. This goes down horribly rough and stings the tongue beforehand. Finishes with a strong dryness. Tartness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: I'm not much a cherry fan, but this was spectacular. The cherries played the background while all the funky yeast flavors took the spotlight. This was a year old, so perhaps some of the cherry flavors had faded. Whatever the case is, I'll take another aged bottle of this!

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Photo of Tommo
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/2015, drank 3/2016. Pours dark ruby red with a decent amount of head. Smells of jam, taste follows similarly. Decent geuzey touch with alot of jammy fruit nessgoing on. Not tart. Its nice, but not outstanding, especially for the price

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Photo of parkeak0
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa -- bottled nearly two years ago and still an awesome expression of fruit. Pours almost totally flat, appears a murky medium-red color -- gamay-like with a bit more pink around the edges. Amazingly complex nose, huge cherry fruit, some barnyard/hay notes. Not Cantillon-level sour, but tart. Acid is super well integrated. Funk present but not enormous. Again, impressive how well fruit has held up over time.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid amalgamation of pink and purple coming together here, replete with soft pink head in the 1/2" range. Aroma dropped cherry all over this, tart and sourness included. 7 on the 1-10 scale.

Taste thick wheat base, thick cherry, average sweetness, not super bitter, dark or dry, these are like the juicy ones. Barrel notes very subdued.

I wish I bought more of these when they were available.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

June 2014 bottling enjoyed from 375ml bottle, January 2016
Beautiful deep red color - darker than I expected.
Aroma was sweet fruity cherry-ness, but not exploding with cherry smells. Maybe 1.5 years faded it a bit. Hindered by that strange phenolic styrofoam aroma so many Krieks exhibit (probably is to-style, but I dislike it). Very little funk.
Taste was lovely - far more tannic (pleasingly so) than expected, fruity and cherry skin more than flesh. Wife said one of her favorite beers ever.
Drink ability was high - I wished it had been a 750. Still, I thought the complexity and funk were lacking, it could've been more tart for my tastes, and the explosive fruit of Cantillon's iteration wasn't there. But that's nitpicking. A very pleasant drinking experience, and I'd buy again (and probably age for more than 1.5 years next time).

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Photo of svenness
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2015 January 18

L: Clear ruby red, highly carbonated, thin pink head, very attractive
S/T: Cherry funk, earthy, hay; lactic tartness, oak, cherries really came out as it warmed.
F: Very dry, light-bodied, moderate carbonation prickle, tart dry finish
O: Mouthwatering and delicious, loads of cherry and lambic notes.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful tart cherry smell to the nose with a nice funk to it. I won't call it horse blanket because quite frankly I've never smelt one. Taste followed with cherry tartness, a hint of sweet and a funk undertone. Color was a beautiful red with nice carbonation. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with just a bit of purple in it. A bit hazy. Head is 2 fingers and pinkish in color. Dissipates semi-quick. Minimal lacing left behind.

Aroma is tart cherry. Citrus notes as well. Horse blanket funk. Vinegar at the end. Cherry really dominates. Really stellar.

Tart cherry on the tongue, going to sour. Hints of sweetness though. Medicinal funk, some horse blanket. Lemon and tart gooseberry. Vanilla at the back end.

Moderate mouth feel with a tart acidity. Medium+ carbonation. Mildly mouth puckering. Cherry flavor lingers a long time.

A really excellent beer which is a perfect example of the style. Cherry for days. Good tartness without going too far.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.96/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Another world class offering form this great brewery. three 2oz pours few hours apart. Nice thick cloudy red color with pink head that is fast fading. the smell is just right Cherries dominate. The taste is very complex with the dominate cherry tartness perfectly presented. The sour cherries taste so real and raw. By far the best Cherry Lambic i have ever tried, World class. 4.90

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Photo of bennyman12
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had for a second time tonight and revising my rating down. Love how much cherry is here, but it's too murky and not tart enough for my palate now that I've enjoyed more sours. I think cantillon kriek is better by far.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Fizzy once poured and pink head disappears within a minute. Color is deep red.
Smell: Funk and some cherries.
Taste: Like a tart wine. I'm not getting much of the cherries.
Feel: A lot of carbonation. Finishes quite dry.
Overall: Likely not my style of wild beers. Wished it taste as good as it smells.

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Photo of Sintech
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!!!

.375ml Bottle.

First time enjoying a 3F offering. Dark red in color. Nose is funky cherries. Taste is sweet and tart and follows the nose. High attenuation. Very nice beer.


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Photo of AMCimpi
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a Voodoo teku. A: a deep red with a lot of pink head that seems to be hanging around for a while. S: some funk, cherries, a touch of oak. T: a funky, juicy sour cherry. Light sour and a nice oaky dryness. M: light, and a bit dry like wine. O: just a solid brew. 3F does great things...this is no exception

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Photo of ajm5108
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There is definitely cherries on the aroma with a little bit of yeast funkiness, but my pour was also an off-putting wet cardboard / foot odor smell as well. Flavor rebounded, though it is about what you'd expect from the style. That isnt a criticism, though. It has some tart cherry upfront & you definitely get a slightly vinegary yeast kick as well, with the dry bush fruit & medium malt. A little chalky on the mouthfeel from the yeast presence. Overall a good, solid lambic but not a standardbearer and, man, I kinda can't get over how bad the aroma was.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red, almost purple body with a foamy, bubbly pink head. Aroma is all tart cherries, with some hints of funky oak. Flavor is the same, sour cherries up front with red grapes and lots of funky earthy oak towards the finish. The feel is a tingling tartness, with a lingering finish. Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. A really nice cherry beer, well done.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark red with nice carbonation and small pink head. Tons of carbonation and super tart with just a tiny little subtle touch of sweetness on the finish from the cherries.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark magenta with a head that fizzes out but the carb keeps bubbling up and swirling as it sits. Looks great. Smell isn't powerful but mostly cherry skin. Not much of the cinnamon that often accompanies cherry but it's there in the background. I almost smell a sweet tomato scent. Flavor is much the same with a tiny bit of soft funk. Crisp feel.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep ruby red; head is smallish and pink and disappears quickly. Nose is full and funky, nice fruit coming through as well. I quite like how both the cherry and funk come through without one covering up or overwhelming the other. Flavor profile is medium sour, which allows a little more cherry to come through. Soft, fruity...just a slight residual sweetness helps round it out.
I can't imagine what else you would want from a kriek. I'll give the edge on nose to Cantillon, but I like the flavor on this a bit more. Excellent.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

I'd read somewhere that it's as important to listen to a beer as to observe it's appearance and that really applies to this beer. The fizzy, champagne-like sound this beer makes with the pour is like music. Even long after the fizzy, raspberry red-tinged pale white head recedes, I can still hear a slight snap, crackle and pop--- and I can see it too, as the carbonation is just relentless. Burgundy is the best description for the body's color, or perhaps plum skin, something on the darker end of the cherry spectrum and certainly resembling wine. 4.5

Cherry pulp and skin aroma have always been present in the great krieks I've had and smelling it here is not only seductive and alluring, but also suggests to me I'm in for a treat. Besides the dominant and exceptional cherry characteristics, a moderate yeast funk catches my attention. 4.5

Super tart, underripe cherry smacks me in the taste buds. Tart lemony-ness (my made up word) gives way to a light oak-like character and dry red wine feel and flavor. Warmth develops the beer too, as a sweeter vanilla flavor emerges. Occasionally a full bouquet of lily-like floral flavors sticks to my tongue and lingers long after the sip. 4.25

Tart as hell when not full-blown, lip-puckering sour, but there's enough body and vinous qualities, especially dryness and oak-y tannins, to keep it drinkable and refreshing. 4.5

This is a great beer, not much else I can add.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this as part of a tasting called Funk'd at my local craft beer bar. Really enjoyed it! In fact the finish on this one compares to other beers such as Hommage was surprising! Much cleaner and fruitier finish! Would love to get again!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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