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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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301 Reviews
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Reviews: 301
Hads: 952
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 200
Gots: 222 | FT: 28
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Belgium

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 BeerBaron238
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful ruby red. Pink head that dwindled to an off white ring around the glass quickly. Smell: Intensely acidic with cherry and earthy support. Lacking some of the barnyard characteristics. Taste: High acidity. Cherries linger throughout. Again lacking some of the lambic characteristics I want. Too young, maybe? Mouthfeel: Light body. High tart. No astringency. Overall: A wonderful fruit lambic. So very refreshing. (433 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated June, 2013 into a Petrus flute. Clear, deep red color. Very effervescent. It sports a fluffy pink head that is quickly reduced by the acidity, leaving a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface. I get lots of sour vinegar-like aromas on the nose, but the cherry, which one expects to dominate, is very faint. It's there, but you have to really dig deep to get it. I should like to try this beer when it's young as I'm sure the fruit would be much more pronounced.

The beer has a light body and a very pleasantly sour flavor. The predominant notes on the palate are those of apple cider, champagne, sour cherries, and chardonnay. They all play against each other very nicely, without one dominating and throwing the flavor off-balance. The effervescence really stimulates the palate and intensifies the flavors, but for all its grumpy sourness, this beer is quite easy to drink. All the sourness dries out at the finish in a very appetizing way.

Overall, a very refreshing, pleasant sour beer. I have very little experience with traditional Krieks, so my opinion on this one is probably worth very little right now, but of all the ones I've been fortunate enough to acquire so far, this is clearly the best one. It's not sweetened and it's not unpleasantly sour. I do wish it had more cherry flavor to it, but it's aged so I can't fault it for that. It's pricey, but certainly recommended for any true beer hunter. (1,447 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Small cork and caged bottle from Tipples dated June 6, 2013. Pours an intense deep red color, mostly clear, with a pretty pink bubbly head on top. Huge sour aromas, vinegar, dark tart cherries, dusty dry oak. Flavor is big black cherries, tartness with some light vinegar, dry oaky finish that lingers a bit with the cherry. Big sourness here. Spritzy carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Overall I like this much better than the Intense Red, and just as much or more than Lou Pepe Kriek. Good stuff. (497 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,716 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (dated June 5, 2013) into a tulip.

A-The beer is a slightly murky raspberry color with lots of carbonation visible in the liquid. The head is maybe one finger tall and is pinkish/tannish in color. The carbonation keeps a thick cap on top of the beer for a long time. The glass is almost empty before the head has dissipated.

S-The aroma has that unmistakable Belgian barnyard funk. Its great. There is also some tart lemon (it isn't hugely sour), some white vinegar, sour and sweet cherry. Not as vinous or complex as the best lambics, but nothing to shake a stick at, either.

T-The taste is tart, verging on sour. There is not as much cherry flavor as I would have expected, but enough to know you're drinking a kriek. The body of the beer is musty and funky with white grape and white wine vinegar flavors predominating.

M-The feel is light to medium and highly carbonated. It is almost effervescent on the palate.

O-This is a delicious and true-to-style Belgian beer. It is not as complex or wild (or manufactured tasting) as some, but the relatively subtle flavors work well and do not overwhelm my palate. I could have gone for a little less carbonation and a little more cherry/fruit to make this beer world-class, but I would happily drink more of this if I could find it. (1,307 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep red with a two finger fluffy pink head that faded quickly
S: smells of oakyness, funk, acetic sourness, and cherry
T: Great pucker, sour cherry, some oakyness, funk, a bit more cherry. Swallow is a fantastic sour cherry flavor with a bit more oak and funk.
M: thin with good effervescent carbonation with a slightly drying finish
O: A phenomenal beer with great flavors. Very well crafted and a joy to drink. A bit pricey for a bottle though. (458 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose... OK, I've had a sufficient number of lambics and gueuze not to be surprised by what I smell, but this is really over the top. This beer smells for all the world like someone took a dump in my glass. The barnyard aroma in this beer is about as intense as I can ever recall encountering, and it completely drowns out the cherry aroma in this beer (though it's certainly there). It makes for an incredibly complex aroma profile, as well as an intensely pungent one. Given the nose, I was prepared for the flavor profile, even if I didn't care for it. The sour component completely dominates everything else on the palate, with just a hint of cherry and light lime. Personally, I think sour flavors can add something to a beer, as long as that's not all that I'm getting. In this case, all I got was sour, and even after just one small glass, I could really feel the acid from this beer in the pit of my stomach (talk about instant heartburn). Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a moderately long, dry, sour finish. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this beer.

An interesting beer I guess, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it, but this is another one of those intensely sour lambics, gueuze and wild ales that I just can't appreciate (or understand how anyone else could appreciate). (1,378 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a lovely small head, nice ringing around the edge. The beer itself is a cranberry red.

The nose is earthy with a hint of minerality, there is just a hint of cherry and funk too.

The taste starts off with a nice cherry flavor, this quickly fades to a fairly sour taste, as the atertaste progresses the acidity increases. As the beer fades I get mostly acidity and some more tart cherry.

This beer is wonderful. It is far more tart than other Drie Fonteinen beers I have had, I would put this one as a 7/10 on my sour scale. The color is just wonderful, definitely a slow sipping beer as the acidity is quite pronounced.

A good buy for $15. (653 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red color with a light pink, 2 inch head. The head disappears quickly. Quite a bit of carbonation raises from the bottom of the glass as well. The aroma consists of sour cherries. Tart cherries, a hint of oak, and a touch of sour grapes greet the taste buds as you sip. Carbonation is strong on the tongue and a perfect amount of tartness leaves the mouth wanting more. It is a light body with full flavor. As this was first brew from Drie Fonteinen, I will definitely seek out more as I really enjoyed this one. (525 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on June 6, 2013.

Pours hazy cranberry red with a thin light pink head that quickly disappears to nothing and leaves no lace.

Smell is of vinegar, tart cherry skin and faint white grape. Solid.

Taste is of tart unripe cherry, sour cranberry and grapes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Bubbly and effervescent.

Fruity, tart and refreshing, this is a delicious cherry lambic that has sparkling wine-like flavors and mouthfeel. (457 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a wine glass. 27 January 2012.

A: Dark black cherry red. *No* head.

S: Funky and off. Barnyard. No sugar.

T: Immensely tasty. This one grows and grows on me. Initially tart, acidic, and lightly fruity, the cherry nature grows as the taste progresses. Fresh, bright cherries. Finish is slightly thick with a Brett character. Horse blanket returns.

M: Tart but refreshing.

O: Great kriek! Recommended. Would have again. (454 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber, translucent, but dark enough in the glass to be mostly opaque with a reddish hue and a thin white circle of tiny bubbles. Looks a bit like red wine.

S: Raspberry, melon, sour cherry, in a faint nose.

T: Raspberry, sour cherry, lemon, red grape.

M: Medium-light bodied and fairly smooth.

O: My personal favorite Kriek, I like it almost as much as their Oude Geuze Golden Blend.

Note: Bottled 27 January 2012, imbibed 21 January 2014. (452 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash Coolship tumbler. 27/01/2012 & 01/2014 printed on the label. Pours a lovely deep cranberry hue with a fluffy pink head that sizzles and pops as it slowly recedes and dissipates into a thin tight band around the shoulders. Copious tiny bubbles are evidenced clinging to the walls of the glass, but no lacing. Nose expresses citric acid, cork and a suggestion of tart fruit. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a definite tart cherry presence. Mouthfeel is light in body with a dull carbonation and a subtle acidity that lightly stimulates the sides of the cheeks - I was hoping for something a little more effervescent, but perhaps it sat on this one a little too long. A very good kriek, but I'm sorry I didn't drink this one fresher. I'll definitely need to track down a fresher bottle in the future. (865 characters)

Photo of Takahiro
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: grape juice color, thin head, not much carbonation
S: musty earth/brett funk, red wine
T: sour cherry, acetic vinegar, tannin/oak, finishing with lingering sourness
M: prickly on tongue, although carbonation is low, dry finish with lingering sourness
O: a solid sour, but one is enough for a cold evening (307 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle set in a traditional lambic basket into a Drie Fonteinen branded logo stemmed crystal glass

Pours a murky violet burgundy capped by a light pinkish sea foam-like head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose brings whiffs of oak, cherry, berry-like fruitiness, and a bit of vinegar. Tart cherries and oak greet the tastebuds immediately, hints of mixed berries, hay, and balsamic vinegar join in, finishes with the perfect amount of mouth puckering sour and musty oak and a final burst of sour cherries. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Overall, an truly exceptional brew. (609 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle - Delirium Cafe

We had a lot of these. At 13 Euros, seemed like one of the bigger bargains in the book. Add to that the fact they were dishing out 2006 vintages! Things got so great that they were busy enough to not even uncork them anymore, and as a result I have a 2006 vintage of this beer sitting in my closet here in Seattle.

This has aged absolutely fantastic - not as tart as Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek, but better. The finish is so rich and decadently cherry - similar to the finish on the Lou Pepe Kriek, but better even. Layers of tart and sweet cherry, oak, earthy notes. The dark cherry plays so nicely. (637 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled jan 22 2012 poured into an Allagash coolship tumbler

A- deep dark cherry red sounds effervescent and a quickly disappearing pink head forms

S- tart cherry, not much else

T- Starts with a prickly sweet cherry that quickly changes into tart cherry skin with a dry, hay horse blanket finish, initially seems one dimensional with the cherry but finishes quite complex

M- looked highly carbonated but almost felt sticky in the mouth, carbonation could have been better, but i enjoyed the sticky sour cherry

O- dangerously drinkable, wish every bar was required to have a well done kriek on tap (602 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a deep ruby red pour with a finger of pink head which quickly dissipated. aroma of cherries and wood barrels hits you up front. there's a funky brett/barnyard tone as well.
the flavor is of bretty funkyness, jasmine petals, lots of tart cherry, wood barrels.
the mouthfeel falls a bit flat, i was expecting higher carbonation. this is medium in body, a bit thick for a kriek, and low carbonation.

this is a really tasty example of this style, but i do wish there were higher carbonation. (488 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

37,5 cl bottle into a tulip. april 1st, 2011 bottling date listed at 5% ABV

Pours a dark ruby red/pint grapefruit color with a slight head that dissipates into millions of bubbles quite quickly. Smell is big on tart cherries right out of the bottle. Taste is tart up front and initially, with a great cherry flavor that lingers after you swallow. no alcohol detectable. high carbonation and medium bodied. Good flavor and very easy to drink. disappears too quickly!

overall an excellent beer that id never turn down. (519 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle for €4.90 at the local corner store. And I know corner store owners aren't us, but why are all the damn bottles in the window? 375 ML split with my wife. Bottle dated 10.27.12. And plucked from deep within the pack of bottles where it was most protected from the beer-hating light.

Keine hiss upon release, and the pour is quiet and flat to the point of being wine. Dark, tawny red that would look good as blood in a zombie movie. Nose is cherry, mild vinegar, and enough, oak to dry out my entire nasal cavity. The aroma balance is exquisite.

Drie Fontein Oude Kriek edges a touch to close to wine to get my flywheel spinning full speed. Lovely cherry bite matched with moderate acidity and enouhg oak to deforest a small Central American country. Spit-suckingly dry, dry, dry.

I bet you could slip this to countless wine snobs and get them to believe this was a nice Sonoma red. Good beer; some active carbonation may really have done it a favor. (973 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into HF sherry glass. Bottled 1/27/12.

A- Pours a dark pinkish purple raspberry color with some translucency around the edges. Fairly minimal carbonation but decently consistent. A very thin light off-white pinkish head forms that quickly dissipates to leave a perfectly still thin top.

S- Aromas of cherries, light funk, and a very light presence of plastic, decently aromatic. Nice aromas but smells just a tiny bit off.

T- Lots of sweet lightly tart cherries, mildly acidic, finishes with more cherries. Taste is definitely on the sweet side with nice fruit flavors come out balanced with a subtle tartness that complements the fruitiness of the beer well.

M- Fairly light, very drinkable, refreshing, light carbonation.

O- This was a great kriek that stands up with some of the best belgian fruited beers. The smell seemed just a tiny bit off with a very subtle plastic presence but the rest of the beer was fantastic. I'd love to get another bottle of this and try aging it a bit as I think the sweetness of the fruit could be a little bit more subtle with letting a tiny bit more funkiness come out. (1,132 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle with cork and cage, from 27 Jan 2012, best by Jan 2014, poured into a Cantillon snifter and consumed with my fiancée in our hotel room in Brussels today, 5 July 2013.

Aroma: oak tannins, tart cherry, faint hints of dry Bordeaux wine, and a good bit of funk. But mostly sour cherry and oak tannins, plus a good but not overwhelming dose of funky earthiness like a geuze.

Colour: pours a deep ruby/pink body, like a good pinot noir.. Could even be black cherry Comes with a nice yet ephemeral white head, not much lacing to speak of. Looks inviting and full of flavour like wines do.

Flavour: follows the nose well, lots of sour cherry tartness, some dry flavours, not necessarily sweetness, of that cherry as well. The oak is present throughout, like a delicious wine would. It's full of the cherry plus some earthy funk... Not sweet at all, quite sour.

Mouthfeel: thin-medium bodied brew with great carbonation, aftertaste is full of cherry fruitiness, mostly sourness that sticks around a good bit. Balanced, a bit dry, not sweet.

Overall: I would say I enjoyed Cantillon's Kriek better, and definitely their Lou Pepe Kriek blows these other two regular offerings away. I'm glad to have tried this excellent Kriek, and would recommend to anyone looking to get their sour fix!

Re-review: Opened up a 2014 vintage 37,5cl bottle, dated 4/14/2014, best by 4/14/2019. Poured into a 3F stemmed glass 8/30/2014.

A- Dark purple-pink body. Beautiful. Comes with a one finger pink head with fair retention time. No lacing. [4.25]

S- Sour cherry puree, musty funk, oak, leather, cherry skins. Smells great, good complexity and the right amount of acidity for a fruit lambic that is so young. [4.25]

F- Outstanding mix of cherry puree, oak, leather, musty hay. Finish is cherry skins. As above, the expected amount of acidity for a 4 month old fruit lambic- which is to say, very tart but not as much acidity as older lambic would attain with some age. There is a large amount of cherries in this beer that is quite hard to miss. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, a bit lower carbonated than expected compared to the normal 3F geuzes but for this style, just about what I would want. Slightly prickly, but smooth and very drinkable. Acidity and tartness are just right, balanced nicely with the cherry fruit sweetness. You can tell this is what Armand was looking for. Excellent. [4.5]

O- Fresh is probably better in my opinion, but I definitely love this with 1-2 years on it. Honestly, you can't go wrong opening bottles of this, no matter what the age is. [4.5]

Final score: 4.3875 (2,589 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark, ruby red, like wild cherries; no head at all

Aroma: Sour cherries and old wood

Taste: Tart, sour cherries; very dry throughout with oak barrel notes; very flat overall; not horrible, but not that great, either

Remarks: Bottled in 2006; bought in Strasbourg in 2011, so the sample may have been bad. I didn't like enough to look for another bottle.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (434 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Drie Fonteinen stemware glass. Good till Jan 2014, bottled Jan 27 2012.

A slow straight pour brings a light wet sounding body it seems, but a solid deep cherry dark red almost blood purple. It produces a one finger head deep pink reddish in color, which is slightly foamy but disappears quickly, but settles to a real nice whip cream merringue pink and white collar.

Nose is a mild cherry cough drop, without the medicinal factor. Lightly tart with mild hinting acidity. Very clean, with a penny candy like sense.

A good tart acid, with an almost creamy mouthfeel gives the mouth a nice sense of mellow sour cherry. Real good malt depth on this, with just enough density to stay from being too watery and wet. Very moderate carbonation but with a hint of tight fizz, nothing detracts from the palate.

Overall a nice mellow and perhaps not as flavorful hinting kriek compared to what is sensed on the nose, but very subtle and enjoyable. (970 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (410 characters)

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
93 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.