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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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773 Ratings
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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 180
Gots: 174 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002)
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4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Marlboro Wine & Spirits. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a clear super dark ruby hue. Much like a red wine. There was hardly a pop to the bottle, and when it was poured there was a one finger pink head that faded almost immediately to leave a super thin halo.

S - Nice Drie Fonteinen funk going on here with lighter cherry notes. Solid oak barrel notes as well and a faint flash of vinegar.

T - Mmmm...thats more like it. Very tart and sour cherries immediately assault the pallet. Past the sour is a wonderful lingering sweet cherry and oak/vanilla barrel note. Finishes almost perfumey and sour. Nice flemmy after effect as well.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with not much carbonation at all.

O - Overall a delicious beer, but thats about it. Damn tasty though and worth the money really.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage shared generously by Dan, thanks a lot!

Pours a dark pink-purple color and bruises the palate as well! Aroma is dominated by fruit, or rather jam. Extremely sour but with tons of cherry flavor... I don't think cherry flavor fades with time. The lambic in notable only in funky undertones. Very dry and extremely lactic, this beer is great for sharing.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (dated 1/27/2012) into Ommegang wine flute

A: Dark ruby red in color burgandany like a heavy red wine. There are plenty of bubbles but not head what so ever and it is basically opaque unless you hold it to a light where it becomes cloudy.

S: Its definitely got a stinky funky smell to it and I can also smell the oak from the barrels. There is some hints of dark fruit that is not necessarily distinctively cherry, but close. Not too powerful of a smell but diverse for sure

T: it has a very powerful tart souring flavor upfront that will definitely pucker your lips for me this is enjoyable but for some it may be overpowering. After the initial sour punch there is a nice realistically sweet cherry juice flavor that lasts to make a cheesy metaphor its like a firework it starts off with a bang but fizzles out quickly leaving you wanting more.

M: It is nice and light bubbly similar to champaign but it goes down very easily. It is thin oily sweet and juicy not really a bad thing to say though not mind blowing or really great.

O: I really liked this kreik I am once again impressed by 3 font's brewing. It has a really great sour flavor while maintaining balance. It isn't the greatest beer ever, but i really like it and as far as kriek goes it is one of the best I've had.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 27 2012 bottling. First time

A - A nice deep red body with a lively pink head. Haven't seen many beers like this, and it's really attractive.

S - A very prominent cherry note with complements of funk, tartness, wood, and a bit of acetone.

T - Insatiably dry, woody, tart. The cherry and acetone blend together fairly well and mutually reduce each other. It seems the cherry contributes more to color and nose than taste. Still a very nice thing here.

M - Thin and light, heavily drying

O - nice beer, would age and drink again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottled on Jan 27th 2012

Appearance: Dark red with hints of purple. No head or lacing. Looks fairly tepid. It actually looks like a glass of slightly hazy cranberry juice.

Smell: Sour cherry, musty basement, a little bit of barnyard funk, oak, acidic.

Taste: Sour pie cherries, oak, vinegar, funk. Medium sourness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Light, somewhat watery, with very very little carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good kriek lambic, but could done with a bit more carbonation. I was a little disappointed with this one. There are lots of better, easier to find options out there.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally scored a bottle of one of these locally without having to pay a lot. Poured out of a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Label states it was bottled on 27/JAN/2012, and that it is "good for at least 10 years after bottling date."

Opens up with barely a pop, yet pours a deliriously beautiful cascade of ruby-reddish tinged liquid, complete with lots of bubbles at the initial pour. Not much of a head going on here, and, indeed, the bubbles eventually completely vanish. There is a significantly champagne-like texture to this, and it retains a syrupy and viscous look whenever moved around in the glass. A little bit of cloudiness prevails when some of the dregs are poured in, which gives it less of a jewel-like appearance, yet overall it is a beautiful, classic take on the traditional oude kriek style. Honestly, I haven't seen one this pretty since Cantillon's kriek.

The aroma is surprisingly less tarty than I initially expected. While there is an initial, half soured, half candied warmth of cherries on the nose, it quickly vanishes and is replaced by notes of lemon rind, woodiness, grassy texture, and, of course, an enormous funky backbone of wild yeasty characteristics. In a way, the aroma highly resembles a variant on pinot noir grapes, except with far more sour phenols than acidic ones. It's all very pleasant, but definitely not as explosive as I was expecting.

The flavor definitely proves to be more leaning towards the tart aspects inclusive to this style, featuring soured cherry and raspberry flavors, complete with woody notes infused with wild yeast. The fruitiness is very juicy, and the yeast creates an enormous bouquet that permeates the mouth and nostrils, and leaves a tingling sensation upon the palate. There's a little bit of a surprisingly jammy aftertaste after the initial funk and candied sourness settles down, but it is subtle enough to make this extremely easy to consume. The finish lasts for a while, and yet, just like other beers of this variety, makes you long for more to cancel out the finishing acidity with initial sweetness in a long, drinking cycle.

Far more subtle than other Lambics I've had in this style, but nevertheless retains complexity and solid flavor throughout. I do think that in the future I will try to hunt down a 750ml bottle and cellar it for a few years so that the funk starts to shine through over time. This beer is definitely a good way to introduce people to traditional Belgian sours and not make them run away screaming. Quite a masterfully crafted kriek overall.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 773 ratings.