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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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667 Ratings
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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 177
Gots: 154 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of gyllstromk
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep, beet red with a light head and mild carbonation. Aromas of cherry and root beer. Flavors of strawberry and vanilla cherry soda, with a very nice tart finish. Overall the flavor is very dominated by the fruit.

As it warms, we observe tropical, citrus, and floral aromas, with darker fruit flavors arising, as well as a bit of a jolly rancher pop.

A perfect kriek.

gyllstromk, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Lothore
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, cloudy purpleish hue with a very thin, off white head.

S- Funk, lots of cherry, indistinct sweetness

T- A nice sweet cherry core wrapped in a very tart and slightly acidic shell.

M- Medium bodied and effervescent.

D- Extremely drinkable. I wish I would have tried this one sooner but at 11 bucks for a 375ml I cant see myself buying this often.

Lothore, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle split into to tulips.

A: Dark cherry red hue. Who'd a thought? Small pink head fades fast leaving a tiny amount lace.

S: Oh yeah! Full on hot July day arm pit funk. I only get that in the Kriek beers but I enjoy it for some reason. Rich and tart macerated cherries. Plastic pool toys and a hint of vanilla.

T: Very pleasant burst of sour cherry hits me first. Teeth clenching and cheek pinching. That quickly fades into mildly tart cherry juiciness. Not as sour as I had hoped.

M: Medium to light body. Lightly carbonated.

O: Yet another awesome kriek. Nowhere near as sour as I like but full of flavor and insanely drinkable.

beerwolf77, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Sinner stemware. It poured a dark purple color with a bubbly, frothy, pink head to it. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice, fresh, cherry flavor to it. The cherry has some sour notes to it, but also has some sweeter, cherry pie like flavors as well. It has a bit of an underlying, funky, musty quality to it as well. I love the cherries, one of the best real fruit flavors I've encountered.

The taste has a wonderful cherry flavor to it. I get a little more of the sour, tart notes out of them with just a bit of that sweeter, cherry pie filling flavor. It's moderately acidic, with some more of that funky and musty basement like qualities to it. Again I love the cherry flavor it had.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Overall I really loved this beer. Full disclosure though, I absolutely love cherries. The cherry flavor it had was really fantastic in my opinion. It showed off some great tart and sour flavors but still managed to have some fruity, cherry sweetness. Very nice beer overall.

billab914, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date: 3/31/09

A: Deep red pour with a small white head. Not a lot of retention, but a nice amount of lacing.

S: Lots of nice sweet cherries, balanced out by a slight sourness. The oakiness is present as well.

T: It isn't over the top sour, but the cherries are a bit overwhelmed by the funkiness. Acidic at some point. Some oak, and a dry finish.

MF: Carbonation is decent, and the body is light. Very dry throughout. Not a lot of lip puckering, however.

O: It's alright. I sort of like sweeter Krieks more than the really sour ones. I'd still like to try some more though, they seem to be gaining on me.

russwbeck, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz, corked and caged, bottled on 14/12/2007, poured into wine glasses with my wife. Pours a gorgeous dark, clear ruby with thin lacing on the pour with no retention, glints of brilliant ruby in the light. Pops and sparkles on the surface.

Nose is sour cherries, light funk, oak, hint of earth. Hints of chlorine and cat piss funk, oak is dominant as well.

A balanced kriek. The sour cherries blend with the lambic to pucker but only so gently. Oak, moderate horsey funk, loads of cherries, chewy mouthfeel, cookie dough malt, quite a puckering lemon tartness without being over the top acidic, hints of leather. Not over the top or extreme in any sense, just a nice balanced lambic with cherries, well made.

Drinkable for sure, not going to kick your ass - even my wife liked it. Perfect for the occasion, you're not going to regret buying this one.

ritzkiss, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of phillybeer7779
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass. Dated 3/31/09

Appearance- Cloudy dark red color with about an inch of pinkish head, lacing continues throughout drinking. Some visible sediment.

Smell- Sour cherries up front with some funk present. Not the most complex smell, but very pleasant.

Taste- Big sour taste up front, then big cherry pie flavor. Very nice!

Mouthfeel- Funk danced across my tongue, nicely complimenting the flavor. Very nicely carbonated as well.

Drinkability- The first few sips were extremely sour, but I adapted to it quickly. This one definately stuck to my tongue after drinking.

phillybeer7779, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of grub
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this one in a recent trade with freud. thanks fred!

375ml corked and caged bottle. bottled 14/12/2007. sampled feb 27/2011.

pours deep dark red, almost burgundy, with nice ruby highlights around the edges. the thin cap of pale pink head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. lots of regular and sour cherry. earthy and woody. lemon. strong malt and cider vinegar. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. horse blanket and leather.

taste is good. regular and sour cherry. lemon. malt and cider vinegar. woody and earthy. horse blanket and leather. tobacco. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. touch of caramel. low bitterness level. medium acidity. medium-high sourness. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body with a dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. pretty good cherry character. nice depth. a bit sour, but good.

grub, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml corked and caged bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a dark pinkish red, pretty dark for a kriek, medium sized off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring pretty quickly, some lace spots stick all over the glass, really nice colour.

Smell is very acidic, lemons, charred wood, a little on the rough side, just a touch of cherry, lots of oak, a lot of woody funk and barnyard, some straw, a bit of burning in the nostrils, solid kriek.

Taste is real nice, lots of fruit character, sweet and tart cherries, a bit of raspberry, very acidic through the middle, lots of lemon, oak, funky wood, a bit of barnyard and straw, lightly earthy, sour in the finish with a bit of astringency, real neat.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. A real solid kriek, hits all the right spots. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a 375 ml corked bottle that I bought in Paris. Lot 31/03/2009.

Appearance: Clear dark red with a very short lived, pink tinged head. The head fades to absolutely nothing in about 3 minutes.

Smell: My mouth started watering the second the cork popped and I got a big whiff of oak and funk. Tart cherry and huge amounts of oaky tannins make the beer smell very vinous. Musty funk is there, but takes a backseat to the barrel derived smells.

Taste: Tart cherry and lots of oak. Very sour and dry. Almost no sweetness. Very tannic, like a cab sav. Again musty, but real barnyardy.

Mouthfeel: This beer is undercarbed. The least carbonated kriek I've had. It is saved somewhat by being so dry, tannic, and acidic, keeping it from getting sticky or slick feeling.

Drinkability: I like it, but its too oaky, not too funky, and not carbonated enough.

rapidsequence, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of rarbring
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010. A slightly hazy ruby red brew, a small pink head, no lacing but some curtains.

Smelling of stable, then some caramel and almond, fruits, cherry and raspberry candy.

The taste has a very light fruity sweetness, ripe red fruits and almonds and cherry seeds.

Medium high carbonation, a good body with a fresh feeling, a dry finish.

This was, IMHO; a very nice kriek, not the sweet soda like stuff you often get.

rarbring, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of gwguest
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 375ml corked and caged bottle dated march 2009 into a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip.

Pours a seductive deep red-violet with a light purple/pink foam. Foam is thin and short lived leaving behind a murky ruby red body. Very different from what most people would expect to see from a beer.

Aroma immediately jumps up of tart cherries with hints of raspberry. It's a fruit and funk show, with no hop or malt aroma to mention.

Taste is expectedly tart with a bit more sourness than presented in the aroma. Strong sour cherry flavors, and again, no hops or malt presence. Oak tannins seem to provide a bit of bitterness, while flavors of grape, wine and raspberry mix in with the dark cherry.

Mouthfeel is light and dry with a slighty puckering finish.

Drinkability is low for me. I'm new to sour beers, so I can't really see myself wanting more after nursing this bottle. However, with the right dessert, I'm sure that this goes down easier.

As an apart if or dessert beer, this one could really shine. An excellently crafted beer.

gwguest, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

239th review on BA
bottle to flute
375 ML C/C Bottle Date: 3/31/09

App- A ruby red pour with only a ring of soft bubbles. Suprisingly there is actually some nice lacing in this glass.

Smell- A lot of sweet/tart cherry. A slight vinegar note with no real oak to the nose.

Taste- Tastes like a cherry BBQ in my mouth. Has a sour/tart flavor with the smokey oak mixed in. It shouldn't work but it does.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a good level of carb to it. Not too dry either.

Drink- These weird Belgian beers are starting to grow on me. This was pretty damn good.

FosterJM, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of OSUBeerStudent
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle. Pours a deep plum/maroon with very slight head of tiny bubbles. As I drink the head hangs around, surprisingly so.

Smell is of lots of sweet/sour cherry, pomegranate, brown sugar, funk, and something I can't quite put my finger on. Really nice.

Taste is similar to nose. Sweet cherry throughout with more brown sugar and other fruity notes. It's quite sour, not bracingly so. The front is heavier on the fruit and sweet/sour, the funk runs up at the end to make sure its presence is felt. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is maybe a little high but not bad at all. The sourness is making my mouth water for this beer (appropriate).

Drinkability is surprising. It's not sour enough to turn me off and the cherry flavors mesh with the lambic funk/sour incredibly well. Could drink this like water if it was available from a tap. Very good kriek.

OSUBeerStudent, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 vintage Poured into a Rodenbach glass, deep purple red and clear. Not much head sits atop this beer, but what is there is white and produces the faintest lacing. Smells like sour cherry, brown sugar, acetic acid, and light funky barnyard brett. Taste is big sour cherry pie, pie crust, and graham cracker. Nicely dry, with just a hint of brown sugar sweetness. For a sour they just don't come more drinkable.

pmlondrigan, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 vintage poured into New Glarus flute.

A- Pours a deep ruby red that is completely transparent. Almost no head to speak of. No lacing of course.

S- A little funkiness, some tart cherries and some oak. I was expecting a little more going on with this one.

T- This is where the let down begins. I think this one has not aged well. There is a little bit of funk, some book dust and attic cobwebs, thanks Alcstradmus for adding those to my vernacular. A little cherry but more on the dried side than fresh tart. Seems as it might be oxidized.

M- Seems quite flat to me. I think some cherry juice has more carbonation than this. Lighter bodied but not dry on the finish like I was hoping.

D- I am glad I shared this but wish I hadn't plunked down as much cash as I did for this one. The result may differ for you but I won't be revisiting this one.

Wisconsinality, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Bubba83
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled 12/14/2007 - 12.7oz - Poured at 50 degrees into a tulip.

The body is a lot darker than I expected. It's a dark plum color, but when held to the light you can see some gorgeous shades of violet. The minimal amount of head is light pink in color, and composed of almost entirely tiny bubbles. Surprisingly good retention for such a minimal amount of overall head, minimal lacing tries to cling to the glass, but quickly wavers.

A really nice nose, smells a lot like the Schaerbeekse version. Big cherry, plum, and pomegranate character accentuated by funk, trace alcohol and slight burnt rubber.

Tastes great. Grape juice, pomegranate, plum, and tart dark cherries. It's quite sour to boot, mouth-puckeringly so. My palate has started to adjust to the sourness as the session has continued. Some funky character rounds things out nicely.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium consistency, not much carbonation, but has just enough to get it going. Very dry.

Overall this is a fantastic kriek. I would recommend this kriek to anyone trying to get a good feel for the style. Drinks very well, it's easy going and flavorful. Drie Fonteinen continues to amaze me.

Bubba83, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours an amazing purple red colour with a thick pink head. Great head retention for a sour with a nice fluffy ring left around the beer.

Rich and thick cherry aroma with a moderate funk in the background. The key here is balance with notes of lemon, stone fruit, spice, geranium, sage and almond.

Balanced between fruit and tartness with just a hint of real sourness. I get a nice cherry flavour backed up by other fruit and a touch of herbal character. Well balanced and simply delicious.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A really good kriek with plenty of balance and fruit character. This is an example of where you don't need Cantillon style tartness to make a kriek work but it can be done with a bit of finesse. I'm looking forward to searching for some more Drie Fonteinen on my next trip to the US.

dgilks, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of TriGuy20
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330ml bottle into tulip style wine glass.

A: Dark crimson red with beautiful cherry tinged white head with a lace that clings nicely to the glass.

S: Tart Cherry/ Cinnamon/ Oak-wood notes/ Slight barnyard notes with corky accent/ Cherry cola/ Sherry/ Saddle/ Violet

T: The cherry comes out tart at first on the initial attack and then transforms into a sweet cherry on the mid palate that turns into cinnamon toast. On the finish this beer displays a nice funky tart cherry flavor.

MF: Great mouth feel that fills the palate with flavor and ends with hints of creaminess. The finish on the beer is quite good.

D: This beer is very drinkable! Your mouth waters for more with each sip. The sourness of this beer is in perfect balance.

Overall:
Wow this is a great beer! Everything is in perfect harmony. A real pleasure to drink.

TriGuy20, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of jamie2dope
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually I opt for Cantillon when in front of a bunch of good Lambic beer, but tonight 3F seemed the better choice. It is difficult to beat the color on fruited Lambics like this. No heading comes up, but the color is a pinkish red, with some hazy hues as well. The cherries in the nose come off sweet yet sour at the same time. Earthy notes can also be detected, with just a tiny hint of funk. The cherry flavor here is sweet at the beginning, and more sour towards the end. It never becomes too sour, but instead remains moderately tart. What I love is that you can really taste the pits of all those cherries, which add a tremendous amount of complexity. Mouthfeel is medium, with very little carbonation, just a small hint. Drinkability is lovely, not too sour and not too sweet. As expected, this is some seriously delicious beer here from 3F. One to sip and savor on special occasions.

jamie2dope, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of nniicckkww
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet style glass. Deep garnet color with pinkish frothy head that quickly dissipated but left a slight lacing on the glace. Aroma of tart cherries with slight vinegar undertones and musty, funky barnyard.

Lively carbonation. Fruity taste upfront with cherry tartness that layers into an earthy mustiness through the finish. Light to medium body. This beer is delicious. Finishes with slight saltiness that lingers. Very complex. There is so much going on with this one.

I only rate the drinkability at 4.0 because it was $12.99 and because it is so complex. I was extremely satisfied with just one. An amazing beer made in the traditional style without sugar added. My wife loved it also!!!

nniicckkww, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of biga7346
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007

Beer poured a flat, ruby red to burnt crimson and takes on a more rusty maroon as it warms. No lacing or head whatsoever.

Big aromas of leather, moss, barnyard to hay with the slightest backdrop of tart raspberries, cherries and tropical fruit. A very complex layering of aromas.

The texture is where this beer really hit a homerun with a firm, well attenuated, velvety mouthfeel that swirled easily across the palate. I got more tartness, lemon curd, fresh raspberry and cherry, red wine spritziness and then the slightest touch of phenol to mediciny in the finish.

What a wonderful lambic, good year. This is something I would very much enjoy with fresh fruit maybe even chocalate.

biga7346, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a number of these in the back of a cooler at my local beer store. Brewed on 12/5/05, so this is about 5 years old. Poured into a flute.

A - Pours a deep ruby red with a thin white ring and tons of lively carbonation.
S - Sour cherries and red wine vinegar dominate, with a vinous, "oaky" quality.
T - Very sour and funky, the cherry has faded a bit but is still recognizable in the taste. Again, very woody, almost like cherry pits. Intensely sour, almost one-dimensional.
M - Thin syrupy body with very sharp carbonation. Dry and astringent, really puckers the mouth.
D - I really like this, but it's so sour it's hard to finish by yourself.

jsanford, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of sugit
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1st bottle popped for NYE

A: Dark crimson red color (almost like cranberry juice) with a nice two-finger pinkish head. I was hoping it would last longer since it was so awesome to look at...unfortunately it didn't have much staying power. Decent lacing left behind. Very little carbonation. 4.5

S: Wonderful tart cherries. Good amount of funk as well.

T: Again tart cherries, but with a good amount of sweetness I wasn't expecting. Sourness hits toward the end. A little bit of plum as well. Sourness doesn't mouth puker. Nice balance of sweet, sour, tart and acid.

M: Low carbonation which was a bit of a bummer. Med bodied, but goes down very smooth.

D: Very easy to drink due to it not being too sour.

sugit, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of wedgie9
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 375mL bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors, bottled on 14 December, 2007. Pours a cloudy light red that reminds me of some of the darker Cabernet Sauvignon Roses that I have tried. The head starts off large and pink, and slowly recedes to light lace around the edges of the glass. Nose is super sour, acidic, and funky with some barnyard, and the ever-present underlying sweet aroma of Kirsch. This beer is undoubtedly dry starting off with stinging acid and vinegar funk, then moving onto the sour cherry flavor and finishing with a combination of the above with the funky addition of a slight burnt rubber flavor. There is a hint of vanilla oak in the middle as well. The body is light with sparkling acidity and a long, funky, and sour cherry finish. The acidity lingers for quite a long time, causing my mouth to continue watering.

wedgie9, Dec 31, 2010
Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
95 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.