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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 972
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 199
Gots: 241 | FT: 29
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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 Sammy
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/31/09.

Pours a semi-opaque crimson red with a small light red head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. All lacing drips back down into the beer on the drink down. Smells fantastic with sour cherries, red wine vinegar, and funk/must. A very mouthwatering sour smell. Taste is fantastic with the sour cherry taste up front and a vinegar and funky must flavor taking over on the finish. There is an acidic twang to this beer in the mouth after each sip. There is a medium to high level of carbonation that is very bubbly and prickly in the mouth. Overall, this is a very good sour cherry lambic that is still super tasty more than 2 years after the bottling date.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy and dark red in color. It poured with lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface and has a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are aromas of sour cherries in the nose with some hints of funkiness. The aromas of cherries become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The sourness in the taste is very well balanced with flavors of cherries and oak; there is also some sweetness from the fruit. The cherries stand out more prominently in the taste compared to the smell.
M: It feels light-bodied, crisp and rather tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable for the style because the sourness in the smell and taste don't overpower your senses and doesn't pucker your mouth.

Note: Bottled on March 31, 2009

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

expensive kriek at about 17 bucks for a small bottle, but the name commands the wage, and the quality doesnt disappoint, although i think there are comparable krieks out there for less money. fully pink in color, hazy with just a bit of yeast sediment and a long lasting bone white head frothy like laundry soap overflowing from the cycle. it smells tart as any ive seen, lambic fist and fruit second in the nose, which i just love, but in the flavor its all cherry. cherries have that odd property for me, in beer, of either being incredibly authentic like cherries right from the tree, or of being brutally fake, artificial, syrupy, out of a can, not good. there seems to never be middle ground. its either fresh fruit or candy or medicine. this unfortunately to me seems fake, like canned pie cherries, especially in the finish. tart enough, but there is a ton of sweetness too, and the cherries seem a tad medicinal. i know they arent, but they seem that way. the feel is fuller bodied and the sugar is about 25% too much, while the carbonation is still great and the acidic creeps up in intensity as my glass warms up. i like the beer a lot, but i want to taste a bit more lambic like the nose teases here. for the price im sort of neutral, if it was ten bucks, id be ecstatic, and if it was any more expensive id be pissed off.

edit: bumping up a few marks here, may have had this a bit young before, the beer has changed a lot, more funk, more genuine fruit, and less of the residual weirdness. a true champion among krieks, and upon reading my review from just a few short months ago, i am disappointed i rated it as poorly as i did. i think this is one of the very best examples of the style going. period.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, bright light red color with a slightly-pink head and a bit of lacing. The nose is bright cherries with modest funk and oak. Not too much acidity. The taste is, unfortunately, mostly cherries and not too much of the funk, oak, and acidity I normally really enjoy from Drie Fonteinen. Fairly nice cherry presence and a bit of tartness from them. In the end, this is just too cherry forward without much involved. Will have to get an aged bottle at some point.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cranberry juice color, with a fizzy lavender head that descends to a ringlet and archipelago, while leaving very little lace

Smell: Sweet and tart bing cherry aroma, with a musky, oaky aspect and a clear element of the horseblanket

Taste: Opens with a tart cherry flavor that is complemented by sweet, oaky and barnyard character; after the swallow, the barnyard becomes more intense and dominates the very tart finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Never a beer that I would characterize as highly drinkable, this is nonetheless a very nice middle of the road kriek

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

Insanely good beer! Drie Foneinen has figured this whole Belgian thing out. This Kriek is no different. Holding true to what Krieks are, this beer has a delicate acidity that steers clear from sharpness or astringency. A clean tartness that comes from the cherries are a perfect compliment to the vineous blended lambic base beer. Tartness take the shape of pie cherries, under-rippened berries, crabapples, and malt. That's right, a steady stream of pilsner malts add just enough sweetness, body, and creaminess to buffer the palate from the intensity of the sour beer. A light cork mustiness gives an earthy complextion to the beer from the nose to the finish (despite the synthetic cork). A real surprise is the low-lying carbonation which keeps the acidity from becoming amplified. Still, the beer does not rest heavily on the tongue; rather giving a mellow soothing demeanor to the session. Krieks just don't get better.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a red color beer with a huge pink foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of sour cherries is dominant as well as oak. Taste is sour as hell with very little sweetness and great tartness. Very refreshing on a hot day and appreciate the fact that the acidic level is well balance which is not always the case with those Lambic producers.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 2009 bottling:

375ml purchased at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Opaque and turbid black cherry red topped by a pinkish-purple crown that leaves strands of lacing. The aroma is sweaty, funky, massively fruity. The cherry aroma is fresh and ripe, sweet and sour; it's at the forefront but it doesn't overwhelm the funk. Very sour on the palate, strong lactic acidity met by cherry tartness. It's refreshing, light without being insubstantial. There's noticeable oak beneath the fruit, especially prominent in the moderately tannic finish. This is an exceptionally good batch of the Oude Kriek, the fruit character is vibrant and the sourness and oak are nicely balanced.

2007 bottling:

A: Clear cherry red, a small pink head rises and just as quickly disappears.

S: Funky cherries, like someone put a handful of tart macerated cherries in a sweaty gym sock. Beneath that I get a bit of barrel, leather, soil, lactic sourness and a hint of vanilla.

T/M: Sharp sourness up front, woody tannins and a big sweet-sour cherry flavor. Leathery and earthy mid-palate, with a sour, dry and lightly tannic finish. Medium-low carbonation. Not as complex or intense as the Schaerbeekse Kriek, but still a great beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: Feb 01 2005

Pours a crystal clear vermillion into a Drie Fonteinen glass. Two fingers of pink foam result. Becomes increasingly darker as the last dregs are carefully poured (excluding the sediment).

Very traditional, cherry inflected Lambic. Flinty aroma, mineral, fresh rain, and a serious funky, fruity funkaliciousness. Pretty much unsurpassed in the funk category.

Sour cherry, puckering mouthfeel. Salivary glands work overtime. Some vague sterile gauze, but tempered by the pure sourness. Spritzy and light in the mouth. Fairly dry, but the initial juicyness counteracts it.

I'm intrigued, and will have to try the Schaerbeekse Kriek for comparison.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark red color with almost no head. The bubbles that were present were white. No lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled of black cherry. Sour with a hint of maltiness.

T - Great sour black cherry flavor with some notes of oak and sweet malt.

M - High on the pucker-factor with a dry, clean finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is a great tasting cherry lambic, especially if you like them sour and not so sweet.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light pink color highlighted a light amber color. Light haziness and cloudiness surrounded it with a nice one inch head of pink on top.

Solid. Tart cherries are all over the aroma here.rich sour notes are all over this one with great touches o apples and raspberries mixing in and a light touch of wood that seems to come out of nowhere. seriously just wonderfully done i could not get enough. a nice long fade of dry, tart and sour flavors leaves you looking for more right away!

overall this was just what the doctor ordered and really nicely done.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, dated 1/27/2012, shared by Andrewk. Thanks.

A: Pours a hazy cranberry hue with a trace pinkish head which fades quickly to the rim leaving no lace.

N: Juicy cherry with pits and funk, wet wood and that lovely musty, earthy, barnyard presence.

T: Tart cherries, oaky and funk just washes over.

M: Semi-moderate body and light carbonation. Dry and tart finish.

O: So very good. Must have more.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The cork comes out without a pop, yet the pour displays some signs of carbonation as a reddish head forms and dissipates quickly. The beer itself is opaque and dark, blood red in color.

S: The nose offers up some mild tartness along with a nice tannic note of cherry skin and oak. The Brett is leathery and dry, offering a touch of earthy funk.

T: The cherries are a bit muted in terms of fruit flavor, but the skins are alive and well providing both flavor and tannins, as well as some acidity. The oak and Bretty provide additional dryness along with a bit of barnyard and must. The finish provides some extra tartness that was not present in the rest of the sip.

M: The beer is mildly carbonated and works very nicely with the beer itself. It is not slick on the tongue like many lambics are.

D: Not overly tart or acidic, but definitely enough. I really found this to be close in quality to the Schaerbeekse version, with that one having just a slight edge.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling Date: 02 December 2005

Appearance: Pours a purple-red body with a thinnish, bubbly, pinkish head.

Smell: A musty, funk-scented blend of cherry and strawberry preserves that's plenty moldy and plenty acidic with a note of cheese that is well past its prime.

Taste: Tart, sweetish cherries with a spoonful of strawberry jelly are greeted by a pinch of salt and a jolt of acidity. Punchy sourness. Hints of soggy leather and topsoil alongside some tough phenolics. Finishes rather dry with a hint of decaying wood.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. An initial flourish of carbonation, then it mellow out into a moderate carbonation level.

Drinkability: A fine fruit lambic, but, in all honesty, it makes me more than wistful for another dose of that Hommage.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours a deep red color with a few inches of pinkish head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries and other dark fruits, tart, sour citrus, and a hint of funk.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, especially cherries, and sour citrus fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice lambic with some sour and tarty fruit to it. Would try again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

brouwerij 3 fonteine, oud kriek
blended lambic, brewed with sour cherries, aged in oak

Clouded, rosy , near purple look, no head at all.

Sour cherry nose, very mellow, refined, and restrained. Plump and pungent.

Sour, funkiness grips the palate, coats the mouth and slide down the throat.
smooth and fruity, tart and tasty.

Long, sour finish, but never too anything. Quite mellow. I'm getting the oak, now, too. Very nice. Yum.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THIS MOTHER FUCKER TRIED TO BREAK MY WRIST. Damn cork popped out and bent my already broken wrist in a stupid way. DAMN YOU FONTEINEN. I'll have my wife open the rest of my beers.

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is pink / red with a thin pin head that leaves some lacing, big time carbonation.

Aroma is sour, acetic and mild lactic with some sweet cherries, what's the vintage of this beer?

Very cherry, super tart, face hurting sour. Lip puckering. Very sour, hits in the back of mouth. The cherry flavors are very very nice in this one. Its well balanced with the acetic sour, I really love this beer. Better than the other Fonteinen Kriek lambic in my opinion. I'm going to get some more of this and age them.

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Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer twice, but the aging on this beer really makes a difference which is why I am entering a new review.

Bottled Nov 28, 2006

Poured into Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours no head at all. A few bubbles but that is it. Color is a dark cloudy wine colored red. Big dark ruby color. The color is very appealing.

Sour cherries, oak, vinegar, horse blanket, and barn yard funk. Has a medicine flavored flavor as well. Not to sour, but sour. I really am enjoying this.

Taste: Wow, this is mouth puckering sour. It is in your face sour. It has a deep level of cherries up front but still has that medicine flavor that I smelled. Some oak and barn yard funk, but the sourness really takes this beer over. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Sour, dry, and tart. This is making my mouth pucker hard core. Very solid. It ends with that medicine flavor again, but very clean.

Overall, a very solid Kriek. It is good, but I like Cantillon better. The medicine flavor keeps coming back and it is really bothering me. I dig it. Very expensive, but solid.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a matching Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Bottled only 7 months ago puts this at probably the youngest/freshest bottled Drie Fonteinen offering I have had. This brew pours a deep, dark red color that is quite hazed. An initial surge of a finger and a half of pink froth forms across the top and quickly recedes to a thin layering across the top. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface that seemingly gets increasingly agitated as the brew warms up and it slowly starts to bubble more violently until it forms a creamy pink pattern of froth along the edges and maintains a constant thin film of larger bubbles through the middle of the surface.

The smell of this brew is pleasantly funky with the expected drie fonteinen character. There is quite a solid cheesy odor emanating from the glass that is enjoyable. There is a bit of a lactic sourness included which draws up a salivation factor before I have even taken a sip. While the initial whiffs of this brew make me concentrate on the funky and wild aspects of this brew, it warms up and evolves to finally showcase some cherry character. The fruit addition is a little herbal, earthy and pitted.

The taste is acidic but not overly done. There is a minor cheesy quality just like the aroma led on that immediately evolves into a deep, rich tart cherry flavor. The cherry is surprisingly not medicinal at all and carries with it a very rich, natural tartness and lightly herbal to grassy character. An afterthought includes a mild note of tannic barrel character with a mild vanilla spice that mellows the finish a bit and welcomes you to take another sip.

This is a medium bodied brew that initially is quite fizzy and highly carbonated. While enjoying this brew throughout a fairly long duration I was able to swirl some of the carbonation out making for a more rich tasting cherry and smooth feel in the mouth. The smoothness to the finish is quite unique and really melds out that acidic nature of the brew. The alcohol (while listed as 5%) was completely hidden throughout this experience. It doesn't matter to me if fruited Drie Fonteinen offerings are 7 months old or 7 years old, I can't say no and throughly enjoy each experience.

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

The beer pours a beautiful red color with a thin pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an intensely sour, lambic scent with loads of cherries. This is so sour that it makes my nose burn. The taste is damn good as well. It has an intensely sour flavor that goes down easy with some mild cherry notes. The sourness is out of control. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a powerfully enjoyable beer. It has excellent fruit character with one hell of a sour punch.

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

Thanks to Sumner for sharing this tasty beer.

Vintage March 31, 2009

This lambic appears a purple hue with a light pink colored head that leaves good lacing. The aroma if fabulous. It's hard for me to remain unbiased, I must admit, as I get very excited about authentic Belgian fruit lambics. This beer tastes great and is a wonder example of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Sinner stemware. It poured a dark purple color with a bubbly, frothy, pink head to it. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice, fresh, cherry flavor to it. The cherry has some sour notes to it, but also has some sweeter, cherry pie like flavors as well. It has a bit of an underlying, funky, musty quality to it as well. I love the cherries, one of the best real fruit flavors I've encountered.

The taste has a wonderful cherry flavor to it. I get a little more of the sour, tart notes out of them with just a bit of that sweeter, cherry pie filling flavor. It's moderately acidic, with some more of that funky and musty basement like qualities to it. Again I love the cherry flavor it had.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Overall I really loved this beer. Full disclosure though, I absolutely love cherries. The cherry flavor it had was really fantastic in my opinion. It showed off some great tart and sour flavors but still managed to have some fruity, cherry sweetness. Very nice beer overall.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
93 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.