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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 166
Gots: 147 | FT: 11
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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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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant, third beer of the meal (started with the lambic, then a 1997 Oude Gueuze Vintage, then this on tap/cask).

The beer was really nice looking, dark ruby red with a thick pink foam, I swear there was still foam in the glass once I'd finished all the liquid, not only lace but actual head over empty glass bottom. Cherry comes through strongly in the aroma, not far from Cantillon Cuvee Moeder which I'd just had the previous day. Very sweet but not soda-pop sweet, just a whole lot of cherries. Really I could drink this often, no matter how girly it looks, it was just so delicious. If I find myself at the brewery again I'll definitely get at least one glass of this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 23:28:18 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled 12.7oz bottle into a snifter. 3/31/09 bottled date.

A - Very hazy, almost cloudy raspberry-reddish color, with a slim finger of light pink head. Very little retention, but plenty of patchy lacing on the glass. More attractive looking than it sounds.

S - Unsurprisingly, cherries dominate. Cherry hard candy out in front, but backed with a surprisingly strong oak element. As it warms the cherry takes over and the oak fades. Very nice.

T - Reminds me a little of sour patch kids. Lots of cherry, plenty of sourness, but the oak is more subdued in the flavor. It works here, though. Very pleasant, probably the best I've had in this category so far.

M - It's maybe a little thin, with very fine carbonation. Light on the tongue.

D - I find it difficult to drink more than one of this type -- 750ml bottles of NG's beers are a struggle for me -- so the 375ml size of this one is just right. But it's not doing anything to make me want another one.

O - I've waited a while to try this, and it wasn't a letdown. Very nice, and makes me want to try more examples of the style for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 09:59:36 | More by djmichaelk
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a beautiful red that is so dark it even looks like a cherry sitting in my glass. Thin wispy pink head that leaves a delicate ring of light foam around the glass and minimal lacing. Immediately, I smell cherries and oak. Funky/earthy brett and wine-like characteristics are dominant in the nose too. Taste is sour cherries, tart and juicy, coupled with slight bitter flavors. Old oak barrels and brett make up the rest of the taste. No flavors really linger, a very clean flavor profile. Light in body with carbonation that is not high but definitely more than moderate, very appropriate and refreshing. Sweet, tart, acidic and puckering but very refreshing and a beer that I could drink any time and be happy about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 23:44:15 | More by kbanks13
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New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12.7 oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter glass. Bottling date of March 31, 2009.

Appearance: Deep scarlett red in color. Fizzy beige head with not much retention. No light penetrates the glass as there is a decent amount of haze.

Aroma: The funk is definitely strong here. Horse blanket and barnyard notes are in full force. Backed by tart cherries, sour lemon, and just a hint of oak.

Taste: This leads off with really big cherry flavor. A nice combination of tart and fresh, ripened cherries. The horse blanket/barnyard comes in more subdued than the aroma. A slight amount of oak in the back as well. A puckering finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and heavily carbonated. Dry, puckering finish.

Drinkability: With this ABV and these clean flavors, I really could see myself sipping on this all night.

Overall, a really exceptional lambic. The flavors are crisp and well blended and the cherries really do stand out. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 01:55:05 | More by Gosox8787
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red/purplish body with pink head that quickly dies and leaves some minor lace and the aroma is simply tart cherries. I pick up a touch of oakiness and some sour, vinous funk but mostly I just get tart cherry. A smooth body with sharp, tart cherry taste for a sour edge and crisp finish. Not overly tart and while it's a light bodied beer w/ not too much in it, it balances well with oak so it doesn't wear on taste buds. A pleasant beer to enjoy w/ or after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 11:15:59 | More by clayrock81
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, bottled 28 nov, 2006

from notes, tasted in june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

BEAUTIFUL, dark, gemstone magenta red, with an almost violet tint. GORGEOUS COLOR. gem clear with a 2cm decant. bright pink, 1-finger head, but soon fades to just wisps and ring, then almost nothing but a thin ring. lacing never sticks. but man, that color! spectacular!

aroma: fruity tart cherries, fruity vinegar, and lots of footy, barn funk. notes of musty hay, wood and hint of leather. fruity sherry and red wine vinegar carry the rich cherry notes to the end.

taste: fruity red wine and sherry vinegars again upfront, quite acidic, but backs of quickly, to allow farmhouse funk, hay, leather and oak to come through. trace bitterness. more fruity vinegar in finish. dry, tart aftertaste, though everything drops off very quickly. could be a tad more robust throughout.

light to medium body, with acidic and astringent textures. mild to moderate carbonation can be very crisp, but that also helps with a lift in flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 08:28:33 | More by tai4ji2x
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a magenta color into my RR Tulip. About a half finger of quickly dissipating ruby head is achieved, that leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Immediate barnyard funk from the brett is present. The smell is dominated by sour cherries, vinegar, lemon zest and green apples, and slight lactic.

Taste - Similar to the nose. A more musty barnyard funk is the first flavor I notice which then becomes sour, and mouth puckering from the brett. There is a definite sour cherry flavor mixed in with the lemon zest and green apples. Finishes with a hint of wet hay/leather.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and enjoyable. I will have to send a bottle to my father who loves sour cherries. Reminds me of something I would have in Michigan up near Traverse City. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:49:35 | More by SpdKilz
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice ruby color with a small head that fades quickly. Much brighter color when held up to the light.

S - Sour cherries mixed with pool chlorine. Is it wrong that I like this?

T - Tart, sour cherries but seems to come off well mixed. Tartness is almost puckering.

M - Smooth and thin but just the way it should be.

D - Extremely drinkable and will definitely buy more.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 03:12:15 | More by CMW
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours out a deep, dark, cherry red. It has a minimal head but lots of bubbles constantly rising. The aroma is stereotypical Drie Fonteinen. It has that gnarly, musty brett character on top of the lactic sourness. It really shows how each of these lambic producers really have distinct house flavors (not on purpose). The taste is lactic sour balanced nicely against sweetnest from the cherries. As with all great sours, the drinkability is incredible. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 05:47:23 | More by Douglas14
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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Cork popped itself as soon as I got the cage unscrewed.

One inch pinkish head sits atop a murky dark ruby body. Head dies down to a slim layer of foam that covers the surface of the brew. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells a bit chalky. Some lactic sourness and dark cherries come through, but the chalky/cork like scent is a little too strong.

Taste is tart sour cherries with a strong lactic sour presence. The tartness of the cherries is pretty heavy. Some tannic presence as well. Hints of oak on the back end. A lingering tartness prevails. Luckily the chalk like scent in the nose was much less apparent in the taste.

The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Somewhat puckering tartness with a bit of sweet cherry fruitiness.

The nose definitely detracted from this beer for me. Otherwise it was pretty much spot on.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 04:13:53 | More by billshmeinke
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4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

- 375ml. Bottle, dated 31st. March, 2009.

Amazing appearance to this beer. Deep blood red in color, almost black. Yet when held in the light against a piece of white paper shows gorgeous pink- red hues along the edges of the glass. Very good lacing. The head of foam is tremendous, big and fluffy, like cotton candy rich violet-pink, purple color. I can smell the cherries and sour funk as it sits from across the table without yet putting my nose to the glass.
Ripe cherries, almonds right away in the nose, sour funkiness a little medicinal. Sweettarts, vanilla-oak, cherry cough drops. Dusty barnyard, musty earth, rich red wine fruit.
At first sip this beer has lively, spritzy carbonation on the tongue. Halfway through the glass the carbonation has all but vanished leaving a mellow, creamy, almost flat brew that's delicious. Very ripe fresh cherries upfront in the taste. Sour, sweettarts-funk, almonds, vanilla-oak flavors. Good sweetness from the fruit, not sugary. Musty-barnyard. Tart and dry but balanced with the cherries. Clean cherry pie, bready finish. Tart and refreshing. Sourness isn't too acidic on the stomach like some lambics. Great musty, sour funk mixing with the fruit. Layers of foam all the way to the bottom of the glass. Can't wait to see how this beer drinks with 4 or 5 years bottle age from the celler. Would drink a lot of this, world class brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 02:46:26 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wedding Gift from Ron at SB. Many thanks. Cellared in my cellar for 13 months but dated 28 November 2006. Wife and I planned on drinking it on the first anniversary but the baby got in the way. Here we are 4 weeks later and we finally get to drink it.

Cork pops without much fanfare. Pours with a very subtle pink head that dissipates rapidly. Very little visible carbonation remains but bubbles are present on the tongue. Strikingly beautiful body. True cherry red, a hair lighter than burgundy. Translucent. Very pretty beer.

Aroma of tart cherries and must. Mellow. Really chillin.

Taste is dominated by real cherry flavor. Less creamy than other offerings from Drei Fontein but that trademark lactic quality is present. Kind of like a lighter, slightly tarter version of New Glarus Belgian Red. In many ways much closer to a Door County cherry wine than a beer.

Mouthfeel is funky but subdued. This is quite mellow by Drei Fontein standards. Acidic. Quite tart but not particularly sour.

Drinkability: Perfect. I could drink quite a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 22:50:24 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cork came out with a whimper. Hope it is not flat. Murky cooked cherry color, pinkish off white small head leaves very fast. Quite a bit of sticky lace, though.

S - Tart bitter and cooked cherries. Not much else but it is nice.

T - The best part. Tart cherries dominate followed by slick cooked cherry pie filling.

M - A bit on the tart side of balance, as expected. Enough carb, good coat.

D - Very tasty and low enough ABV. Just don't think I would care to do more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 04:56:41 | More by srandycarter
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THIS MOTHER FUCKER TRIED TO BREAK MY WRIST. Damn cork popped out and bent my already broken wrist in a stupid way. DAMN YOU FONTEINEN. I'll have my wife open the rest of my beers.

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is pink / red with a thin pin head that leaves some lacing, big time carbonation.

Aroma is sour, acetic and mild lactic with some sweet cherries, what's the vintage of this beer?

Very cherry, super tart, face hurting sour. Lip puckering. Very sour, hits in the back of mouth. The cherry flavors are very very nice in this one. Its well balanced with the acetic sour, I really love this beer. Better than the other Fonteinen Kriek lambic in my opinion. I'm going to get some more of this and age them.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 03:20:51 | More by drabmuh
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

37,5 cL bottle dated 31 March 2009, the batch from the "thermostat incident". This beer will push the cork out when you open it slightly chilled.

The pour created a small pink head. Dark red in color. Smell has sharp sweet cherries. Buttery vanilla oak, leather, little bit of band aid and clean acidity. Taste has a rich fruit flavor and cherry pit. Brett adds a dry, leathery bitterness on the finish. Moderately sour with lactic acidity that wipes fairly clean after swallowing. Brett lingers on the back of the tongue. The cherry can almost taste syrupy for a second but is balanced out in the dry finish.

The higher carbonation in this batch tickles the tongue and pronounces the brett a little more. Its fun and interesting to try in this state.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:05:30 | More by BearsOnAcid
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an almost blood red with a small pink head. Very pretty beer which will undoubtedly fool the women.

Smells of tart, cherries and oakiness.

Yummy! The perfect amount of sour pang from the cherries and that oaky dryness from the barrels balance well to make this really top notch. It has that lemon lime sour effect which is awesome. As I get down to the bottom of the glass I am shocked by the amount of sediment!

Nicely carbonated yet controlled.

6%? You must be joking. Dangerously drinkable; not too sweet, not too sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 03:39:10 | More by ptykozoon
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouired a cranberry juice red with a half finger of head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was very nice consisting of cherries, oaky barrel barnyard funk, cork, acidic lemons, some brett, and slight vanilla notes in the back ground. You can definitely tell it's gonna have a sour bite. Upfront on the palate the sour cherries do run the show but seem more natural tasting then juice like cherries but has barrel oak funk, citric lemon, slight vinegar, and brett accents. The brew was medium body with good tingly carbonation which had a sweet, sour, and slight dry finish. It drank really good and has to be one of the best krieks I've had in a long time. I honestly like how big the sour punch was and wasnt overly acidic; very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 04:52:54 | More by Gobzilla
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4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled: Mar 31 2009

12.7oz bottle courtesy of Tim van Dragt

Poured into my Russian River tulip

Appearance: What every kriek should look like. Gorgeously rich red color--like cranberry juice but a little more rust-ey. Head dissipates rapidly but leaves a smattering of bubblegum-pink foam around the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Sour cherries (obviously), smells strongly of old leather, wet wood, and faintly of dark chocolate. Brettanomyces rears it's head in the form of a horsey, earthy minerality. Such a struggle to figure this one out without being inclined to take a sip.

Taste: So dynamic! Opens with sweet/tart cherries and vanilla. The acidity is extremely well balanced with the natural sweetness of the cherries. Finishes with some cherry juice pit, as well as some pretty unique flavors that I want to attribute to the Brett (horse and barnyard meet cat urine?). As it opens up a little bit I'm getting more of a cherry soda thing along with some tannin/astringency (almost like I'm knawing on the stems/pits).

Mouthfeel: Full in body, moderate (albeit very fine) carbonation.

Drinkability: So much. (So subjective: see below)

Overall: It's labor day and one of the hottest days we've experience in SF in some time. For me--now--this kriek really hits the spot. Big on flavor, but the acid keeps it feeling light making it seem all the more drinkable in this climate.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 01:40:53 | More by apowar
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle, bottled 3/31/09, so almost a year and a half old,

A: Pours an opaque unfiltered magenta with a moderate light pink head, some nice lace, pretty colour.

S: Noticable Brett/horse blanket notes immediately on opening. Once in the glass, the smell is predominately lightly sour cherries, there is some sugar in there, little bit of a cherry pie thing.

T: Delicious fresh cherry taste immediately hits the palate, much fruitier initially than Cantillon, but this is nowhere near Lindemans or Boon for that matter. The cherry flavour is natural, juicy and very pleasing. Nice mix of sweet and sour with some decadent sweet cherry flavour coming in the very end. Moderate acidity, not super funky on the taste, the Brett really stays in the background so the cherry flavour dominates, with how good it is, I'm fine with that.

M: The acidity here is on the light medium side, very approachable even for a novice. Overall a medium-bodied brew, nice fruity aftertaste.

D: This is not the ultra dry complex super Kriek that Cantillon was, but it's still a damn good beer. It's in that Hanssens realm, while still being very traditional, the true fruit flavour shines through. Very tasty, a worth a pick up to try, but I don't know if I'll ever buy it again as it is freakishly expensive, I can buy a 750 of Hanssens for the same price.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 03:48:06 | More by Halcyondays
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy deep ruby with a purple hue, capped by one finger of frothy, light pink head. The head settles down to about a half finger and holds there, leaving moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Sour cherries up front with some light sweetness, with the sourness having a lactic quality. Lemon zest and green apples, followed by moderate horseblanket and musty funk. Light oak and vanilla in the background.

T: Light musty funk up front that quickly moves into sour cherries with a slight bit of sweetness, some lactic qualities with lemon zest and green apples, oak and vanilla. Horseblanket comes back in for the finish.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

D: One of the most drinkable sours I've had, sourness is well-controlled and taste is well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:04:18 | More by Xul
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a wine glass.

The pour is a beautiful, deep, slightly murky red with a small but persistent pink cap of bubbles varying in size. Nice looking beer.

I like this aroma, but it doesn't blow me away. Sweet and sour cherries, Maraschino for sure. A slight bretty quality on the back end.

Cherries upon layers of cherries. Pretty one dimensional, but I like the dimension. Surprisingly not all that sour - I seem to remember this being more so. This is a balanced beer between sweet and tart. Cherry candy.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Extremely dry on the finish, nice.

Drinkability is quite high. This bottle isn't lasting too long. The dryness of the beer contributes towards easy consumption.

A very nice beer. I like other lambics better (i.e., Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek), but this is good. I think that it would be better if it was more sour and had a bit more complexity in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 00:11:37 | More by davod23
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle , 37.50 cl poured into my cantillon glass

A : Pours a cloudy cranberry juice color, with a fizzy reddisch head , leaving very little lace

S: Sweet and tart bing cherry aroma, with a musky, oaky aspect and a clear element of the horseblanket

T: Opens with a tart cherry flavor that is complemented by sweet, oaky and barnyard character; after the first sip, the barnyard becomes more intense and dominates the very tart finish

M: Medium body with good carbonation

Drinkability: highly drinkable ,

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 11:17:37 | More by beerpirates
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 31, 2009. Watch your eyes! Nearly forgot to point away from my face while unscrewing the cage. Glanced off my forehead on the last twist. On to the beer...
Pours a great red color. Hazy looking through, big time. Actually got plenty of head and lacing in my tulip glass. Nice looking beer.
My first whiff while pouring I thought, "Uh oh. Smells like cough drops." Didn't get that after the initial surprise. More of a kind of funky aroma really.
But the taste, wow. Bang! Right on your tongue comes the tartness of those cherries. It's so sour you forget it's beer, and the cherriness has to fight to get through. I found if I held the beer in the middle of my tongue avoiding the sides where the sour taste buds reside helped a lot to get more out of the beer.
It might just be that I'm really into the sours right now, but yeah, I might have to go back and grab some more since I know they are in short supply.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 01:36:36 | More by weasbri
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color red blood quite similar to the young red wine. The nose evokes course cherries, in a rather sour, but also the cork and wood. As the body of the beer, it offers hints acids where the tannins show a very nice way and spread in the palace. In the mouth, the taste of cherries is far from being intrusive, it is suggested in much the acidity of the drink and the bitterness of its nuclei. Somewhat soft, it gets dressed in mouth what it loses acidity. Final dry and astringent.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 19:48:38 | More by ThaCreep
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours a deep red color with a few inches of pinkish head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries and other dark fruits, tart, sour citrus, and a hint of funk.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, especially cherries, and sour citrus fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice lambic with some sour and tarty fruit to it. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 02:07:24 | More by mdfb79
Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
95 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.