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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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689 Ratings
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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 179
Gots: 158 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002)
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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small bottle into a Dogfish snifter. Bottling date is 12/14/07. Wow, so nearly four years of age on this...

A- pours a very dark shade of maroon with a one finger pink head that quickly fades. It's a little dark to be properly attractive, but the slightly lingering head is very nice looking

S- nice aroma of tart cherries. Smells a little vinous too

T- very tart cherries, and it puckers the hell out of my cheeks. The finish is slightly sweet. Great tasting

M- it isn't paper thin like most sours....in fact, it has a pretty solid body, and I'm enjoying it

O- great beer, a classic in the style. Can't go wrong with this.

bigfnjoe, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Andy and poured into a chalice. This one pours a dark red cranberry color with just a little bit of pink foam that dies almost right away.

The aroma is tart with a little bit of sweetness. Real big cherry aroma here with a little bit of vinnegar. Sweet cherries up front with a nice tart cherry finish. A little bit of oak and vanilla in the middle of the pallet.

The body is medium and the carbonation is soft. It finises kind of dry. Overall another hit from Drie Fonteinen. Awesome cherry flavor here.

Bendurgin, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottling date. 750 ml. bottle, corked and caged, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a brilliant ruby color with a pink head that quickly settles to a thin lace on the surface. Carbonation is still very vibrant.

S: This beer shows it's age on the nose. All barnyard and wood on the nose, with some sour cherry and grassy notes.

T: Wow! Tart up front, with hints of cherry and green apple, along with some sweet caramel notes. And then, all of the sudden, it's like a poop factory! (figuratively speaking.) The barnyard character and earthiness really stands out, along with strong woody flavors and some spice. Also, there is a bit of band-aid on the edge. Finish is dry, yet very thirst-quenching.

Notes: A five year-old Lambic that has aged to perfection. This beer is a work of art. It is everything it should be. I'm glad I didn't let it go much longer, because this beer is what I believe to be at its peak. Outstanding stuff, and wish I had more.

WYVYRN527, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of fragilehearted
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, corked & caged. Bottled March 31, 2009, so it's got a little age, but could have gone longer. Poured into a snifter.

A - deep cranberry-colored, hazy. Almost no pink head that settles into a ring of pink bubbles quickly.

S - sour cherries, lots of funk/mustiness. Sweet plums in the background.

T - starts off sour cherry, then funky, then sweet. A little acidic, but not overly. Lots of mustiness. The oak comes through as well. It's sour, but not overwhelmingly so.

M - medium body, carbonation is fine...very dry finish, almost like a red wine.

D/O - pretty dark drinkable. It's sour, but not puckeringly sour. A good beer to give to wine drinkers - the feel on the palate towards the end really reminds me of wine. I'd definitely have another, but I do love this style. Great for a warm summer evening.

fragilehearted, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light pink color highlighted a light amber color. Light haziness and cloudiness surrounded it with a nice one inch head of pink on top.

Solid. Tart cherries are all over the aroma here.rich sour notes are all over this one with great touches o apples and raspberries mixing in and a light touch of wood that seems to come out of nowhere. seriously just wonderfully done i could not get enough. a nice long fade of dry, tart and sour flavors leaves you looking for more right away!

overall this was just what the doctor ordered and really nicely done.

mikesgroove, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Wadsey
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oude Kriek, bottled 2009, March 31st

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours clear deep amber with rose-colored head that recedes quickly but leaves waves of lacing. Some bubbles travel through the beer. 

S: Tart cherries and lactic sourness jump out of glass. 
Next, vanilla, barnyard, and barrel. Not complicated, but exquisite, nonetheless. 

T: Medium lactic acid and some vinegar coat tongue, then juicy tart pie cherries top it off. Both of these taste stronger than I expected. There is some relatively sweet cherry juice, too. Vanilla, brettanomyces, and barrel are quite subtle and show mainly in finish when sourness and cherries subside. Additional tastes appear in tail-end of finish and include musty, manure, cheese rind and copper. 

M: Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Lively mouthfeel. 

O: Oude Kriek is simple but sophisticated. Delicious and drinkable, Wadsey needs more. 

Wadsey, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of beerhan
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottled in September 2006.

Poured into a wine glass, dark red color with a white/pink head. Medium carbonation that fades quickly.

Smells very funky with some cherry but not much. A little lemon shines through but the funk prevails.

Tastes rather tart and slightly acetic with a fruity aftertaste. The cherries kind of faded with age. It really was more like a tart geuze than a kriek at this point.

Very nice carbonation but a little bit too tart at times. I feel that the flavors did not balance well with the tartness.

Overall I would say that this is a splendid beer but the price tag does not really match the quality. I feel that I have had many better kriek beers than this.

beerhan, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle purchased at John’s Grocery in Iowa City, dated 2009.
Pours a deep red color with a small-ish pink head that leaves a pretty pink lace on the glass. The aroma is tons of sour cherries, a bit of dirty laundry, some earthy tones, and some horseblanket. The flavor is very sour with a clean woodiness and loads of sour cherry flavor. The beer is very dry and very tart with a cork-like and earthy character in the finish.

BieresDesMoines, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a dark-red color with a nice pinkish head
Smell: Fresh sour cherries, typical 3 fonteinen funk, earth, oak and a bit musty.
Taste: Sour cherries, some lemon, earth, dust, vinegar, oak. Dry finish. This beer is much more sour in the taste than in the smell.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation
Overall: Another near perfect beer from Armand!

rvdoorn, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of davey101
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottling date of December 14, 2007. Foil wrapped corked and caged bottle poured into a palm tulip at fridge temperature, allowed to warm up for a half hour.

A - The pour produced a frothy light pink head (much like the background color on the label) and a deep violet body. The head settled quickly to just some pink froth around the edges. Little to no carbonation.

S - Funk. I honestly don't smell cherries. Its just this very strong barnyard musk and a certain rubber like quality. Very potent and not exactly "pleasant".

T - Tart and sour. Strong cherry presence, some faint lemon rind and some oak notes. The finish is musky. The lack of carbonation shows, but the tartness and mouth puckering makes up for this.

O - A very nice kriek. The smell was a bit off putting, but the taste was pretty pleasant. Not overtly sour, but it is a very funky beer. The brett is strong with this one! I found an early 2005 vintage today so I can't wait to see what an extra 2.5 years does for it.

davey101, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of drtth
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This beer was bottled 31 Mar., 2009 and so has about 27 mos. of bottle age on it.

Appearance: As the beer pours out (using a reasonably vigorous pour) it is a slightly hazy dark cherry red with an almost ½” pinkish head that has a lot of different size bubbles. The head leaves sheets and patches and speckles of lacing but the head soon recedes to a small ring with a thin covering of part of the liquid. Sipping leaves a reasonable pattern of lacing.

Smell: The aroma while not strong, is reasonably complex in that it contains some tart dark cherry with a touch of horse blanket (or perhaps oak) in the background.

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the tart, yet faintly sweet dark cherry and traces of the oak in which the beer was aged. How can a beer be this dry with ABV this low and still leave the impression of sweet tartness?

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth and light to medium bodied with a gentle back ground carbonation that gives a light prickling sensation. The finish is quite long and sour but very well balanced so that nothing dominates except the tartness. By the end of the beer the carbonation has thinned enough to be leaving just the faintest hint of a prickling sensation on the tongue.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this one surprisingly drinkable in that I kept taking one sip after another while trying to figure out what I was tasting. If I had another bottle it would go in the fridge right now in hopes that I could have a second one this evening. I’ll be putting this one on my shopping list. My overall impression is that this an outstanding beer that is well worth seeking out. I now understand the reasons why the brewer/blender is so highly regarded by so many.

drtth, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek

Appearance: Corked and caged, opens with a small pop of carbonation. A cloudy pinkish red beer, a little murky. Small white head forms and sticks to the edges.

Smell: Sour, musty, acidic, some tart cherry.

Taste: Quite sour upfront, puckeringly so. Sour cherry, biting acidity. Very faint oak presence. Alittle lemony flavor as well. Tastes a bit like an unripe cherry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonation is low but has a small fizziness in the finish.

Overall: A tasty, remarkably sour lambic. Small cherry presence. The flavors mesh well together. Could age for quite some time.

Stinkypuss, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a snifter
Bottle Date: March 31, 2009

A- Very low carbonation, some big white bubbles around the glass, no apparent head. Dark red brown color, orange hues.
S- Very nice aroma, wild yeast, cherries up front, slight funkiness, oaky, sweet.
T- Cherries upfront, much more sour than the smell, nice funkiness, slightly puckering, oaky/woody flavors, vinegar.
M- Medium mouthfeel, very low carbonation, a little dry on the finish.
O- Quality brew, easy drinkability, low carbonation though, not sure if that’s what the beer is supposed to be like, but I was expecting something a little more carbonated. Overall very enjoyable.

Chriscrundwell12, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of muttyd
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, deep ruby with a massive fluffy pink head. Aroma is filled with tons of sour cherries, barnyard funk, and vanilla. Some slight vinegar characters in the nose, but not overwhelming or offputting. The flavor hits you with a huge sour/sweet cherry, oak, and earthy funk. Very sour beer, but not overly acidic. Finishes dry and musty. Effervescent and prickly on the tongue. Absolutely love this beer, every vintage I have tried has been phenomenal.

muttyd, May 21, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Moeder Lambic. From notes.

A - Poured a dark red wine sorta colour. Really nice light pink 3 finger head. A slight amount of visible carbonation. Great fluffy retention with one full finger the whole way.

S - Quite a sour nose. Lemons with sour cherry and funk comprise the aroma.

T - Much nicer, more sweet than the aroma. More sour in the finish with cherry sourness coming out with funk.

M - Light body with very light carbonation. Sour finish with lingering dryness.

O/D - Very nice little Kriek. Tasty and complex. Not an everyday beer for me but it was nice to try.

tbeckett, May 20, 2011
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small corked and caged bottle. Bottled 05/14/2004.

It is a red, shiny and clear (no sediment poured), with a frothy, minimal and rapidly disappearing pinkish head.
Aroma is more delicate than expected, but good; a suggestion of acidity, wood notes, plastic and cherry. Funkiness is also delicate.
Refreshing, this is quite sour and acidic, although certainly not puckering. Light on the palate.
Good, but not remarkable - perhaps aged too long?

brdc, May 20, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml of the 06 vintage into a La Chouffe tulip. Big thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this at the Batch 3 Rosso release.

A: Cloudy blood-red body with no discernible head. Great color, though - it looks intense.

S: Hugely sour, funky, and awesome. Cherry, vanilla, lemon, barnyard, earth, citrus tartness, along with more general sour awesomeness.

T: Sour, sour, sour. Cherry, funk, and lemon sourness. Great blend of tart and funk. Super clean finish; puckering but not quite tongue-destroying, just how I like 'em.

M: Soft medium body, low carbonation.

O: Great beer. I think this might have actually been my first time trying a 3F lambic, and it definitely did not disappoint. The cherries certainly came through more clearly than in Cantillon 100% Kriek, and the sourness (while certainly intense) wasn't nearly on that earth-shattering level. If this one had been a bit more carbonated it would have scored higher still, as it was a genuinely delicious beverage. I can't wait to try more funky stuff from this awesome brewer/blender.

Cheers!

Update: BA chrispoint was kind enough to share a bottle of the 07 vintage of this beer, and it could hardly have been more different from the 06 reviewed above. From notes: The cork comes out without a pop, and the beer is essentially still, pouring a flat, hazy maroon body. Understated, juicy cherries and clean sourness on the nose. Fairly sweet, slightly tannic, cherry-laden flavors. Tasty, but definitely a step down compared to the brighter 06. A bit of life does show up with tongue action, but more carbonation would have really helped the juicy cherries to pop. 2.5/4.0/4.0/3.5/4.0

woosterbill, May 19, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2009

Poured into a Goose Island tulip. A thin white head quickly fades to a thin collar. Beautiful dark cherry red. Almost no lacing.

Earthy cherry with light sourness fills the aroma. Cherry candy and sweet malts.

Sweet cherry acidity with some nice bread/malt notes on the tongue. Light earthy mustiness with a touch of vanilla and oak.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth with medium to low acidity throughout. Low carbonation. Sweet cherry. Malty.

Overall, this is a solid kriek from one of the best lambic breweries in the world. A great beer if you've got a sweet tooth and love cherry. Quality all the way through. A great example of the style.

sisuspeed, May 17, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle dated 3/31/2009 poured into a snifter
The corked popped off, by itself, the second I finish untwisting the cage

A- A nice dark red with a small pink head that disappears very quickly

S- Sweet cherry pie with some hints of funk, slightly sour

T- Much more sour than the smell, but not overpowering. Sour cherries upfront, hint of funk, sweet cherry finish.

M- Light body, solid carbonation, smooth, crisp.

O- A solid kriek that is easy to drink. This is a little sweeter than I would like, but it is not too sweet. I am not sure if I would by this again due to the price tag.

larryi86, May 10, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/31/09.

Pours a semi-opaque crimson red with a small light red head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. All lacing drips back down into the beer on the drink down. Smells fantastic with sour cherries, red wine vinegar, and funk/must. A very mouthwatering sour smell. Taste is fantastic with the sour cherry taste up front and a vinegar and funky must flavor taking over on the finish. There is an acidic twang to this beer in the mouth after each sip. There is a medium to high level of carbonation that is very bubbly and prickly in the mouth. Overall, this is a very good sour cherry lambic that is still super tasty more than 2 years after the bottling date.

UCLABrewN84, May 04, 2011
Photo of SirSketch
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep murky red color, pink highlights and virtually no head.

S - Delicate, sweet and sour aroma, with a bold cherry character. Other fruity aromas emerge, such as plum and some banana. Very noticeable musty Brett smell completes the package. Simply an amazing aroma on this beer!

T - Begins intensely sour, but mellows to coat the tongue with a heavy sweetness and the cherry flavor lingers. A little floral, as well as some woody, sawdust flavor. Great overall taste, though could be a bit drier.

M - Thick textured beer, but the carbonation lightens it up a bit.

O - Absolutely delicious and worth the buy. I've had few krieks better than this one.

SirSketch, May 03, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle split in a Bruery tulip.
6% ABV, 14/12/2007, "Good for at least ten years after bottling date."

Ugh. I can't even get away with having Beerwolf OVER for beer without thanking him. Cheers to the sour tick, Todd!

A - Dark blood red in color with a faint haze, it's topped by a slightly pink head with low retention and no lace.

S - Funkier than all get-out, there's a sweaty armpit nose with a strange combination of new shoe and new plastic-resin action figure smell. Tart notes of cherry skin and tannins.

T - Tart cherry skin with lactic acid and wild yeast funkiness. Not much else going on in the flavor though. Not very complex.

M - Medium-light bodied and carbonated at a lower level, this sour finish with complimenting dryness is very nice. Not sugary at all.

O - Not bad, but definitely a little underwhelming, this Kriek has little complexity found in others of the same style.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of gyllstromk
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 +2.1%
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 +0.2%
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
Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
95 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.