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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
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).

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
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 +6.9%
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 +13.3%
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 +6.7%
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 -3.6%
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 +1.9%
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 -12.8%
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 -2.4%
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 +3.1%
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 -40.6%
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 -1.7%
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%
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 -0.2%
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%
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 +1.7%
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 -1.9%
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 -11.9%
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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