Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
02-13-2006 22:13:00 | More by Sammy
4.75/5 rDev +11%
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.
05-04-2011 03:59:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
11-10-2010 01:17:38 | More by Thorpe429
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
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
11-27-2010 12:04:12 | More by metter98
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
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
03-30-2008 03:06:33 | More by brentk56
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
08-06-2011 01:09:31 | More by mikesgroove
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
06-15-2009 16:05:51 | More by BEERchitect
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-27-2005 14:26:39 | More by Phyl21ca
4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
03-01-2010 08:04:27 | More by womencantsail
3.68/5 rDev -14%
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.
11-24-2008 03:30:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
08-26-2007 05:18:53 | More by emerge077
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-19-2012 21:47:42 | More by zeff80
Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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