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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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832 Ratings
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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 186
Gots: 200 | FT: 23
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on 01 April 2011 (what a foolish beer!)
Best before 01 April 2021

Appearance: Another beautiful kriek! Moderately opaque, deep pink body with hints of purple, topped by a good sized light pink head. Retention and lacing are quite poor, even by lambic standards.

Smell: My mother actually had a sniff of this before I did and the instant look of utter disgust on her face told me that this was certainly going to be a funk forward kriek. My first sniff confirms my theory - initially the nose is almost entirely made up of deep, complex 3F funk (musty basements, stale urine, old wood, wet hay and some ripe cheese). As the beer warms the cherry notes begin to emerge - tart and sweet cherry juice, tannic skins, woody pits and a distinctly vinous note.

Taste: Mmmmm, I love the mouth puckering tartness of a good kriek! Great combination of cherries and 3F funk. Notes include: Tart cherries, tannic skins, woody notes, musty, earthy, old wood, wet hay and light urine.

Mouthfeel: Just lighter than a medium body with a high level of carbonation. Not the tartest kriek I have had, but still mouth puckering. The finish is lengthy and dry.

Overall: Great authentic, funky kriek! I preferred the Cantillon and Hanssens, but I will still be buying this one again in the future.

Photo of ninner00
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of xrdsci
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared as a sampling of three fruit lambics with friends, purchased from Etre Gourmet.
Bottled in January 2011.
Poured into a US pint glass.

Drie Fonteinen's kriek displays an impressive, sharp tartness that embodies a positive aspect in lambic/gueuze beers. I felt that it was fairly one-dimensional with that tartness, though, lacking the complexity I expect from lambics/gueuzes; I was unable to detect much in the way of cherry additions to the brew, unless the cherries detracted from the traditional flavors I was anticipating. This was an enjoyable beer, but something I don't think I'd need to seek out with intensity.

Pours, into the glass, a light red to pink head of fairly small bubbles, about 2cm tall. Head descends quickly, leaving little lacing and reducing to a ring around the glass. Body is deep red in color, with visibly active carbonation.

The main aroma I detect from this beer is Brettanomyces-produced scents, typically described as "funk." Very little cherry, if any at all, is detectable for me, which is disappointing.

Taste is primarily tart/sour upfront, a bit of fried electrical Brettanomyces character appears midway, also with a very slight nod towards cherries occurring mid-palate. Has solid lambic characteristics plus a slight fruitiness. Pleasantly sharp, tart aftertaste.

Body is fairly light to medium-light with aggressive carbonation, producing a crisp and effervescent mouthfeel, as expected for the style. Finish is dry.

Photo of hurfer
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of lanamj
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a tulip glass. 2009 vintage

A- Opened with a bang, but no gushing. Pored a nice cherry red, as it should have, with a nice pink soapy head. It hold up well with nice retention and strong lacing.

S- Lot of tart funk in the front mixed with sour cherry aroma. Deep inside you begin to pick up sour apple, oak and pear. This is a very good smelling kriek but not a whole lot of complexity. It makes my mouth water!!

T- Nice and tart just how I like em'. Lots of cherry throughout and nice dry oak finished. Very well balanced and smooth. I pick up some berries and also small hints of lemon grass. I really love this beers taste.

M- Easy to drink, perfect, active carbonation that cleanses the palate very effectively. It is a very nice kriek that could be enjoyed over and over again. It has a very woodie finish which reminds me of a strong oaked chardonnay.

O- As always Drie does it well. All the lambics they create are wonderful and this one is no exception. Lots of fruit forward flavor and good oak character. The only reason this is not a five to me is I have had the pleasure of enjoying, including other krieks from Drie, other lambic krieks that I would consider a little better. That being said this a wonderful beer and is well worth the fancy import price tag.

Photo of beermeX2
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mindspin315
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge foamy reddish pink head faded away fast. Deep ruby red body and a bubble ring around the sides of the glass.

Big dose of funkiness comes out right away. Wet hay, minerals, musty, and tart over-ripe sour cherries underneath all the funk.

Sour cherry flavor right out of the gate. Drys out very quick, mineral quality, low-medium amount of carbonation, and finishes a bit syrupy. A touch more carbonation would help to break up the syrupy finish. The cherry flavor turns slightly medicinal in the aftertaste. The dry aspect to the beer is quite nice though and feels good on the palate.

[86/100]

Photo of DaveHack
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours deep red with brown hues, hazy and completely opaque. A finger of light foam develops and recedes very quickly. This is very lightly carbonated.

S: Extremely funky aroma - basement must and wet hay. I get fairly strong sour cherry behind the funk with light lactic acid smell. Very nice.

T: I really like the balance of this beer. It starts out with a strong sour cherry flavor. Behind the cherry, there is a small, but significant amount of vanilla. The lactic acid sour flavor is quite restrained, but still evident for sure. The funk is much more restrained than it is in the aroma, but shows up in the way of basement must and wet hay.

M: The carbonation is quite low, but better than it looks. It's fairly full bodied for the style.

O: This is an ugly beer that is under carbonated. However, the sour cherry flavor is quite nice and is very well integrated with the other flavors. All the flavors are quite balanced and support each other very well.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of megahurts4
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek

Appearance: dark red-purple, medium head, and no lacing.

Smell: funky oude lambic.

Taste: nice lambic qualities, a maltiness, and a faint cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium and tart.

Overall:
This is a nice brew, but the cherry flavor is towards the back end. There is no shortage of lambic flavor.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage poured from 750 into a snifter
This beer pours a lovely ruby color with a decent light light pink head that recedes rather quickly. the smell is wonderful, earthy barnyard funk with a nice tart cherry hint in the finish of the nose., after about 5 years in the bottle the cherries are still present. the flavor is funky, a nice tartness lemony cherry goodness. the mouthfeel is dry well carbed almost puckerinbg but not quite. overall an excellent kriek

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of 01001111
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep rose, somewhat similar to sparkling red grape juice.

S: Dry, tart, acidic with a slight fruit aroma.

T: Sweet, tart, with a mild fruit flavor that increases with consumption. The tartness is sharp and crisp, as is found in a gueuze, as opposed to the thick, sour pucker you might find in an exceptional sour ale, like Supplication.

M: Light, fizzy, and crisp. A touch too thin.

O: Sour ales have stolen my heart and I appreciate a good lambic. This delivers fairly well in both departments but is slightly too thin.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of doughanson78
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: A beautiful dark blood red. Almost a two finger pink head with great retention and ok lacing.

S: Not really sour or tart. It's a nice funky barnyard cherry aroma. Definitely get lots of oak in the nose. Great smelling beer.

T: Wow. Sweetness upfront. Then tartness that transitions nicely to funkiness then finishes sour. None are dominant since the oak comes through solidly and tames them. Cherries are not huge in the flavor. Definitely there but definitely taking a back seat.

M: Light body. High carbonation, very fizzy, but good. Super crisp.

O: Love it. The best Lambic I've had so far. One I could see drinking all the time.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
95 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.