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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 313
Hads: 1,033
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 206
Gots: 262 | FT: 32
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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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 Takahiro
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
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

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.77/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2.5/5  rDev -40.8%
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

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of Jonada
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of magictacosinus
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 01 APR 2011

Head sizzled off immediately leaving a hazy deep dark red body. Looks like cranberry juice.

Aromas of acidic cherry, cranberry, and band aid.

Tastes of cherry, more fruit(cranberry), more band aid, and hay funk. There is a slight sweetness in there.

Very tart. Feel it in the jaw.No head but it does have carbonation. Medium bodied. Bone dry.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle picked up locally split with JxExM and his lady.

bottled 1/27/2012

a - brew poured a stunning red with minimal to no visible carbonation...there was some soft spotty bubbly lacing, but not much to speak of.

s - smellos of sour cherries with some cheesiness and oak.

t - nice complex sourness, but definitely young. leads with the sour cherry gets a bit cheesy and then finishes with some good vanilla oakiness.

m - not puckeringly sour, fairly balanced with a hint of eggy cheesiness (but it is fairly young).

o - overall, was extremely impressed with this beer and will be seeking out some more of this.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 12.25.12
Dated 27/01/2012

A - Pours a clear deep pink-red with a very small, large bubbled, light pink head with good retention.

S - Tart cherry, grapes, and some red wine. Nice.

T - Dark grapes, tart with a sour pucker, some subtle wheat and hops in the middle.

D - Low carbonation with a light body.

O - Tart a light, crisp fruit with a sour finish.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek. Bottled 12/14/2007.

Very hazy magenta color. Translucent, but held up to light, offers a nice glow. Had to agitate to get some sudsiness to form. Carnation pink foam never really covered the surface, but is left as a thick choppy ring of huge bubbles.

Somewhat muted aroma. Oak and sour cherries. Some straw-like bretty character, but it's pretty subdued. Very light note of currant and raspberry.

Nice and funky with notes of damp basement and acetic acid sourness. Fruit notes have tart cherry, raspberry, and almost blueberry. Vinous notes are very pleasing and not overshadowing what tastes like the remains of a sturdy malt base. Quite complex and delicious.

Right about medium in the body, but the carbonation is light. Probably was lost in the aging process. Still feels soft after the tartness. The finish cleans up very nicely.

Tasted along with '10 Cantillon Kriek, '07 Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait, and '10 Drie Fonteinen Schaarbeekse Kriek. Ranked 2nd to Cantillon.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice extra from evilc in a recent trade! Thanks chris!

bottle date of 01/27/12.

small pop when pulling out the cork.

poured into duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: deep red bodied beer with a thin cap composed mostly of medium and large sized bubbles that form a white head with a pink tint. Drops to a thin white ring.

Smell: Tart cherries, vinegar, oak, and a touch of dusty / musty / sweaty funk! I can just smell the tartness of this beer!

Taste: a touch of tart cherries and some berries right away. Its got just a touch of sweetness almost like jam. The funk level is pretty big in this beer. Its really oaky, tannic, and a touch vinegary as well. Not as tart as the nose leads on. Its fairly balanced Kriek, but its still more of a funky sour.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. The carbonation is soft and delicate. I think its at a good carbonation level. Finishes a little on the dry side.

Overall: Really nice kriek. Not my favorite, but its very enjoyable. I normally do not gravitate towards the super funky sours, but this beer had just the right amount of funk without crossing the line by being an overly funky beer.

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Photo of prototypic
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oude Kriek is a very dark cherry color. It’s clouded by a thick haze. Nevertheless, plenty of light cuts through revealing an array of crimson and pink highlights. Love the color. A soft, white head caps it off. The head only rises to about a finger in height. Retention was rather short as it fell back and disappeared quickly. Lacing was extremely light. Excellent color though!

The nose good, but is a little light. Just a little more strength would drive it up a notch. It is a bit earthy and musky up front. There’s a slight funkiness to it, but it’s very subtle. Nice touch. It does feature a really nice cherry scent. I’m not the biggest cherry fan, but it smells nice…and tart! Secondary scents include oak, berries, and Belgian yeast. Alcohol is not a factor at all. It smells really good. If only it were just a little stronger….

The flavor is simply excellent! Wow! Really good stuff. It definitely starts out with a combo of musky, earthy, and funky flavors. It’s a little grainy. The funky flavor is subtle and rather mild. I really like that about it. It’s enough barnyard funkiness to liven up the flavor, but not so much that it dominates the palate. It is tart or sour. The cherry flavor is very vibrant and strong. It’s not quite mouth puckering though. Oak, berries, Belgian yeast, and even a little apple round it out. Very deep and complex. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes tart, fruity, oaky, and dry. Excellent!

Oude Kriek has a light – medium body. Carbonation is very light and restrained. It feels light, but it’s extremely soft and smooth. Goes down far too easily.

Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen makes incredible beer. While Oude Kriek is an excellent example, it’s actually not one of their best. That, in and of itself, is a testament to their skills. Oude Kriek is damn impressive. It’s very refined, complex, and sophisticated. Art in a bottle. Find some.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a flute glass.

2006 corked bottle.

A: Pours a dark rose to purple color. Cloudy. Minimum carbonation (I guess that's due to the bottle age). Forms a very small bubbled white head with minimal retention and no lacings left

S: Fruity and woody. Cherry juice. A little bit sour. Lambic yeasts

T: The best part. Just perfect. A Slightly sweet fruity upfront, followed by a tart cherry pie taste. Oak and malt. In overall a dry but veeeery smooth taste. Not aggressively tart as a Cantillon, for example, giving a quite winy sensation in the mouth.

M: Light but slightly smooth body. Very low carbonation. Malty and tart aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. I would like to taste a "younger" one (this is a 6 years old bottle) to compare. Absolutely great beer. No more comments...

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
94 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.