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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 186
Gots: 203 | FT: 23
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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 Rutager
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 01 APR. 2011
Served in a gueuze tumbler with the big "3" etching. I love this glass.

Appearance. Pours a nice deep magenta with a little haze and half a finger of pink head.

Smell. Sour cherries, old dank wood and a little cheezy funk. I must admit, after the 3F gueuze I had this week, I expected more.

Taste. Nice sour cherries, a little old wood and leather, and some dry musty funk.

Mouthfeel. Below medium bodied with fairly strong, fine carbonation. Very suitable for the style.

Overall. A very nice Kriek indeed, but as I mentioned, not quite on par with the gueuze I had earlier in the week. Meybe I'm just spoiled these days...

Photo of Ryan011235
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 9/7/12

Bottling date: 01 Apr. 2011

The beer pours the color of a plum wine; once in the glass it has a deep ruby appearance with crimson highlights. Very clear. Lots of fizzy, audibly crackling foam is light pink in color; though it rises to two fingers, it doesn't last long. Swirling maintains some collar foam. Absolutely no lace.

Cherries occupy an unsurprising portion of the nose; their smell is simultaneously tart and sugary. Wild yeast funk is pretty strong as well; it's reminiscent of gym clothes that have been worn many times over - stale, ripened sweat. It has something of a salty scent, too, though it comes and goes. Similarly, musty, damp oak notes move in and out of the picture.

Hmm. The taste is a bit more evolved than the aroma, but don't get me wrong - this is a tart, punchy, puckering critter. Moderate amounts of sour cherries are blended with swampy oak and barnyard funk. Deeper down and largely obscured by the tartness are faint notes of grain. Mostly, though it's wild yeast funk and cherry sourness. As the beer warms, it has a dry, wooly finish.

While the flavor isn't particularly sweet, there is a sugary presence that informs the feel. Very high, scathing carbonation is the leading physical attribute and makes the feel come across as edgy and on the thin side. However, after sipping on this for a good spell the carbonation is diminished considerably, revealing a moderate body that harkens back to the aforementioned sugary presence. Dank, cotton-coating finish.

Oude Kriek is an adventure through and through, and it's one I recommend having.

Photo of M27
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jethrodium
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Pours a clear reddish pink with a small pink head that settles to a ring and leaves some very light lacing on the glass. The aroma has lots of tart cherry, a light musty funk, a bit of lemon, raspberry, and some grape. The taste has a bit of initial sweetness with tart cherries. Then there is some lemon, lactic acit, raspberry, and some musty funk. The finish has a lingering cherry flavor and a bit of funk with some astringency. A bit sweeter than I would like. Medium body. Low carbonation.

Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of muskabeatz, thanks Evan!

2009 vintage, European release. This beer pours a light bodied, deep cherry red in color with a nice slightly pink lacing. The nose is smooth and tart. There is nice acidity and plenty of sour cherry. The flavors are as well rounded as you can find from a Kriek. It is very smooth and offers a nice amount of both sour and fresh cherry. It drinks very smoothly and the yeast isn't overbearing at all. This is a Kriek fans Kriek. I wish this was easy to find in 750mls. I like it a lot more than Schaersbeeks. This is a must try. This bottle was the best Kriek I've had yet.

Photo of HardyGeneraL
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of cfrances33
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

April 2011 bottle (375ml) served at Monk's Cafe in Philly on 8/3/12. Poured into a 3F gueuze glass,

Pour: Clear deep ruby with no head to speak of.

Smell: Loads of tart cherries and a complementary barnyard funk. Really bursts out of the glass. Little bit of woodiness.

Taste: More tart cherries, that also boast a substantial amount of sweetness. A pleasant barnyard funk accompanies after the sweetness subsides.

Mouthfeel: Super refreshing and not overly sour. Tart cherries definitely coat the palate.

Overall: A really fantastic lambic, and I would love to see what more again would do to this beer's flavor profile.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/27/12 Bottling date

A: Pours an almost cabernet-like color. No real head to speak of.

S: A rich blend of sour cherry and a lot of oak. Some raspberry jam notes emerge as the beer warms. Definitely has a bit of a vinous characteristic to it.

T: Tons of sour cherries throughout with a slight lactic tartness. A touch of unripe raspberry with a rich jammy finish. A touch of lemon and tannins on the finish.

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4-1-11. 375 ml into a New Belgium tulip.

A- Poured a magnificent red to ruby hue. Big, frothy pink head that retained well, but only laced a little. Still, brilliant.

S- All big sour cherry notes. Not a lot of complexity here. Tart and strong, big sour cherries. Slight lactic sour notes peak in and out.

T- Pretty much like the scent. Huge tart cherry presence off the bat. Lactic and acidic sour notes are present. Fairly sour, but only as much as the cherries permit. Cherries permit sweetness to be present too.

M- Very carbonated, but decently heavy on the palate. Wouldn't want to tackle a whole 750 ml by myself, but the palate can tolerate a fair amount of this one.

Overall, a very good intro to authentic Belgian sours/lambics. Interested to get into the geuzes.

Photo of Mavajo
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with almost no head -- it fizzed up on the pour but faded instantly. I pick up predominantly horseblanket from the aroma. The cherries are there too, but I'm not sure I'd pick them up without the power of suggestion. It's mostly just the horseblanket. Taste is mouth-puckeringly sour and tart -- wonderful. Cherry is much more prominent on the palate. Mouthfeel is fairly full for a sour, with mild yet tingly carbonation and a bit of a gritty coating on your teeth.

Excellent lambic, and brutally sour. The gritty sensation in the mouthfeel and somewhat muted aroma (other than the horseblanket) are my only real knocks.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Lowen
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Sour and cherries aromas. Pours bright red, some hazy, with little pinkish head, vanishing, and almost no lacing. Light body and high carbonation. Taste is cherries, very sour but quite balaced, not too agressive flavours (bearing in mind this is a real sour beer style, of course). Aftertaste is long, dry and some sweet. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Julien
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How can you not like the pink and purple colors with the fluffy head on this? Maybe if you're insecure as a man, but I think it looks beautiful. Damn good aroma, a nicer priced alternative to the schaerbeekse version, still delivers plenty of stacked cherry tartness.

Taste, ample sour and cherries, a thick mouthfeel, this one does not skimp on the fruit and whatnot, you get a coating of it, all for the better too. I'm thinking the brighter variety colorwise of cherries here. So much cherry that the wood barrel is just an afterthought in terms of taste perception.

This beer makes me ache for the few weeks it was available on the shelves of the chain stores in Reno. Pricey, yes, but a worthwhile treat that hopefully, fate permitting, I can continue to keep a few just hanging out around the house, waiting for that right moment to drink up.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
95 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.