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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 186
Gots: 201 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002

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Photo of Sammy
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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