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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 301
Hads: 952
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 200
Gots: 224 | FT: 28
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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 BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 thick green bottle into 25oz wine glass. Bottling date of 12/14/07.

Opaque purple hue, sort of like a cloudy wine, with a pink one finger head that slowly settles to a thin rim along the glass.

Sharp and sour cherry, very spicy.

More sour cherry, starting out as very sugary and slowly changing to a very acerbic dry flavor.

Super sower, not for beginners. The cherry flavor is very nice. Recommended. (411 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a light cherry frothy head that dissipated very quickly; hazy crimson-raspberry color. Quite a nice color

S - Vinegary; sour cherries; very tart; a bit funky

T - Acidic and sour, but very nice; very sour cherry flavor; touch of vanilla; very very tart finish

M - Thinner; nice lively carbonation, but not too much.

D - Pretty darn good; love the refreshing sour nature, but had enough other layers to keep things interesting.

Overall, damn good brew and I would very much recommend for fans of the style. (527 characters)

Photo of mikecharley
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purplish garnet. Clear-ish is a good way to describe the clarity of this brew. It is a little murky. There is a little pinkish cap on this, which recedes leaving no lacing.

Smell of vinegar, really acidic. Some really old cherries. Oak and funk, but the frontrunner is the sour acidity. Really smells like its gonna be a bruiser. (And it is)

The taste is all acidic, tart, and SOUR. There are some musty cherries too, but mostly the aformentioned descriptors. This is pretty sour in comparison the the other kreiks I've had. There is some barrel and funkiness that comes into play more as this warms up a little. Yum

The drinkability is about avg for a sour. I could probably drink only 1 of these in a sitting.

Overall a great brew, so long as the sour is what you are looking for... (798 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek is a solid, sparkling, red beer with a small, frothy, pink head. It has a musty wooden aroma like cherries and barrels. There are champagne notes in the nose. It has a bubbly light body with a lively finish. It is very sour with no sweetness. It's mostly sour cherry and bret. There's a resiny oak flavor that creeps in and the aftertaste is all sour cherry. This sounds silly, but if you toss a little Disaronno in this, it makes a great cocktail. (474 characters)

Photo of DannyS
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle.

A - Dark, cloudy, burgundy red, thin collar of head on the top.

S - Musty, sour, cherry, slightly buttery, like a white wine.

T - Moderately sour with a boatload of fresh cherries. A bit tannic on the dry yet very pleasant finish. The most balanced sour beer I've had yet.

M - High carbonation and light body, a very ethereal mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable for a lambic. I'd stick to one in a sitting because of the price, but I could easily take a nice long afternoon sipping through a couple bottles of this.

Overall - The best sour lambic I've had so far. It's definitely sour, but it's well balanced and fruity, with just a hint of lambic funk. I still have a soft spot for Lindemans and other sweet lambics, but this is a great treat.

I was dying to try a Drie Fonteinen beer ever since I got into lambics, and having this only made me want more. (913 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a dark, ruby red. Bright pink bubbles and foam. Keeps bubbling! Looks pretty.

Smells ... vinegary, and overwhelmingly of sour cherries. MMmmmm...

Taste is cherry, as expected. Tart, sour cherries. I expected a bit more ... there's some acidic vinegar ... but it's pretty one note. All sourness of cherries, no balancing hints of sweetness.

Great mouthfeel. Not particularly drinkable. (398 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle bottled 12/14/2007, costly at $13. Very nice smell upon opening the bottle, cherry kool-aid and juice mixed. Nice pink color with a head that quickly evanesced. The taste puckers my jaws but doesn't quite leave a sour taste on my tongue. Acidic, not much funk. I really enjoy the 3F gueuze so I'll continue collecting that but for my money I'd rather have an oud beersel kriek as it seems to have more funk to it.

update 06/04/10

12/14/2007 bottle


update 07/16/10

3/31/2009 bottle

very good cherry flavor, not much funk, delicious

update 01/16/12

12/14/2007 bottle

smells exquisite, cinnamon, cherry, vanilla, almost smells like cognac, sort of flat and the mouthfeel is flat, taste is nice cherry but the smell is really the winner for this vintage at this point. I could sniff this all damn day. (829 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated Dec 2007.

A: A dense foamy pink head fades quickly. Body is a brilliant redish purple; cloudy with black yeasty specs from my inattentive pour. Lacing is good and also light pink. Beautiful in a different way.

S: Sourness and fruit. I cold imagine smelling the fruit itself if it weren't for the funk in the background.

T: Wow, that's sour! Much more sour than the Gueuze. This sourness tastes like it comes form the fruit, or maybe just seems more appropriate in conjunction with the fruit flavor. I don't get a whole lot of funk, just a little at the end which complements things. (I might wish for a little more funk here). Otherwise the flavor is just like the smell: fruity and sour.

M: High carbonation goes well with the style.

D: Pretty drinkable, the sourness gets to me a little, but there not much funk, which probably improves it a bit.

I find this style hard to judge not having much experience with it, but I can't say I wanted to stop drinking the beer... (1,003 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of Cedromar
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottled on November 20th 2006, just under two years old.

A deep red pour that gives way to an earthy sour cherry smell that could drive a man mad. The taste is strong of sour cherries and funk.

A well done lambic, but I'd stick with Cantillon. (251 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Tasted side x side with the Schaerbeekse Kriek.

Poured a dark and cloudy reddish color with a smaller sized reddish/pinkish head. Aromas of cherries, yeast, and raspberries. Tastes of cherries, wood, funky, and raspberries. I preferred the Schaerbeekse.

Notes from and tasted on 12/12/05. (304 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy red fruit color like raspbery with very little suds.
Smell is like the armpit of a high school basketball player. Musky and dank. Cherry and oak.
Taste is cherry skin and sour apple and alum combined with a dark oak finish.
Mouthfeel is bitterness all over the place.
Drinkability is "How much sour stuff can you handle?" (340 characters)

Photo of mbrasi
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL Lot 01 Bottled Feb. 2005. Pours an orange-red with minimal head. Aroma is tart cherries and wood. Flavor is very sour cherries and wood at first. Finishes very dry and tart. Not very complex, you are overwhelmed by sour cherries with woody undertones. A slight sweetness in there towards the finish but not much else. (323 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Body is the color of black cherry skin, with a creamy pink-tan head. Aroma is black cherry yogurt/jam with an acetic sharpness. Flavor is very similar: jammy fruitiness like the chunks of cherry in Yoplait, and an even gueuze sourness for balance. Notes of maple syrup and citric acid. Medium-thin body with medium carbonation. Finish is sour and semi-dry. A nice kriek but probably not worth the $28 price tag. (461 characters)

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

750ml bottle, presented in a wired straw pouring basket at the Poechenellekelder in Brussels.

A huge, upright 180 degree pour from the waiter generated more than half the glass worth of soapy head in the proper Drie Fonteinen flute glass. It was perfect flamingo, pastel pink. The body had a sexy burgundy shine to its deep maroon colour. So sexy, my God!

The smell is simply seductive. Ripe Polish cherries with sweet and distinctive sherry or brandy overtones. It really reminds me of Polish cherry brandy. The smell is sweet and dry, similar to a rose wine - only with funk - and far, far more stimulating.

Drie Fonteinen's Kriek is considerably sour and funky, even by traditional lambic standards. This is a blend of 35% fresh gueze and it shows in the mouthfeel. The acidity keeps in line the sourness, producing a beer that is very drying and only mildly tart. At times it has an almost ash like soot, extinguished by acidity and that sanded-down sourness. Certain sips you might make out the gueze more than you notice the cherries.

The makeup is identical to cranberry juice: on sip you experience an instance of fruitiness that is followed by a harsh dryness. Each sample concludes with lingering, fruity dryness. Adding to the similarity is a body that is considerably flat and only lightly spritzy.

Of the Krieks I've tried, this taste was perhaps the furthest thing from the medicinal, cough-drop cherry flavour found all too often in the more commercial examples. Although the cherry flavour is sweet, the beer itself is by no means. It steered wide clear of sweet and went right down the road marked sour. The cherry at times tasted jam like, at others, brandy like. I think their secret is in the barrels...

I found Drie Fonteinen's Kriek to be unique amongst its fruit-infused lambic brethren. Although I suppose all real Kriek are different from one another as each traditional maker (or in this case 'blender') has their own distinctive style. Mr.Debelder: I like your sense of fashion! (2,017 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

December 05 bottle poured into a flute style glass produced a tiny reddish head that faded quickly to a few bubbles .deep burgundy red body is truly a wonderful thing to behold

Aromas of funk, sour cherries and oak fill your nose

Your taste buds are overwhelmed with the sour cherries and some green apple this is very much a sipper .If you are into sours you will love this one a little spritzy at first but give it a minute it chills out settling down to a fine Kriek

Like has been said before drinkable is not a word that I would associate with a sour. This brew is a fine sipper and great on a warm summer day .this brew is a tad expensive so I won't be drinking many of them But I would drink it again (711 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

feb 05 bottling

A - sprite and cherry syrup or a solid red with a quick whisp of reddish head which fades to a sparkly surface.

S - Sourness, tart cherries and a little funky undernote on this one.

T - nice lightly tart with a sour cherry note, mild acidid note.

M - medium, nicely carbonated, crisp and refreshing with a light tart aftertaste.

D - probably would've been better in hotter weather. As is it was a perfect lunch session brew to jazz up an otherwise regular lunch. (483 characters)

Photo of AylwinForbes
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This kind of beer puts the lie to the kinds of sweeping statement Dulcie is occasionally prone to: "I don't like Belgians!" There are such varied styles and this one is way out there. Nice cranberry color and interesting complex, slightly yeasty and currant aroma. On the palate, the sourness is other-worldly. It is reminiscent almost of a very dry Riesling, quite a lot going on in the glass. I can't give it a high drinkability score since one can only sip it, which is just as well at the price. (499 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12.7oz bottle, bottling date 2/12/05 on the label. Served in a tulip glass, it was a deep red color with a little haze. The head, except for a few bubbles, was nonexistent. It had a cherry aroma with an oaken background. Tart cherry taste. The first few sips were a little too spritzy for me, but then it settled down. Decent beer, but I didn't finish this and think that I wanted another right away. (402 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (636 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure red with a touch of haze. A little fizzy head on the pour but reduced to only a few bubbles at the edge. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

Smells like a lambic quite honestly. Has that dry tartness. Not much cherry though, although little hints of wood peak through. A touch of mustiness.

Mmmm...so tart, not as puckering as some others I have had though (I guess that means this is tart, but not necessarily too sour). Fairly solid sour cherry base, a little green apple. This beer is basically what I expect in a Kriek.

Slightly sweet on the tongue, but finishes as dry as can be. Prickly from the carbonation. Flavor lingers for a bit.

This is a solid Kriek, not overloaded with cherries though, but quite tart. Its hard to say a beer this tart is really drinkable, but it is what it is. Its a good dessert sipper.

I'm giving this one all 4s. Its a solid kriek, but the cherries could stand out a bit more in flavor and aroma. The rest of it quite good. I think it is easy to overrate these beers b/c they are so pungent and unique. (1,068 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled in feb 05.

yup, looks like a kriek, cranberry juice-esque with just about no head.
the aroma is pretty unique... you might find sweet plastic smells, mild underarm, medcinal cherry, hay, mustiness, and cranberry. the cheap plastic aroma is a little too strong for my taste, but it's nothing to get too worked up about.
the taste is very tart of loaded with medicinal cherry, cranberry, and maybe bitter crab apple. it tastes slightly spiced, but i can't give anything specific. the funkier flavors take to the background with just a little mustiness and hay in the flavor.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with very delicate carbonation.
good drinkability. refreshing and clean. good kriek. (698 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ejoyed at The Bear in Brugge. I think this had a bit of age to it, but was still delicious.

Deep and dark black cherry color. Lack of head is my only quarrel with this fine brew.

Very tart nose with some musky earthy tones. Sweet malts and sour cherries.

Possibly the most unique beer I have ever tried. An amazing Kriek with an extremely complex flavor profile. Very dry with tart cherries and earthy herbs and spices. Sweet malts and fruits are well hidden.

Little carbonation I think do to the age. As a result this felt a little watery in the finish.

Delicous, so dry and acidic yet very drinkable. Expensive in the US, but worth the money. (651 characters)

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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