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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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313 Reviews
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Reviews: 313
Hads: 1,034
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 205
Gots: 262 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

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 PDXAmbassador
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +9.7%
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 +8.1%
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 +6.9%
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 +17.5%
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 KMachHops
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +1.4%
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.

(A-)

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -12.3%
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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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +6.6%
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 +1.2%
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 +8.1%
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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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4.39/5  rDev +4%
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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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
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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3.84/5  rDev -9%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
94 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.