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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
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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 willjschmidt
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Cantillon glass, bottling date 14/12/2007.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with no head at all.

S: Sour cherries and funky yeast.

T: Sour and tart cherries dominate this one. The sour taste is pleasing, not overly sour. Lots of acidity and a hint of leather as well.

M: Medium bodies, very little carbonation.

D: A very good kriek. Quite tasty and very drinkable.

willjschmidt, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to freud for this one!!! 375mL green glass cork and caged. Bottled 14/12/2007.

Appearance: Pours a hazy purple/reddish color. Someone referred to it as fruit punch color and that's not far from the truth. Almost like plum. Very little bubbles.

Nose: Leather is first to come to mind. Dark cherry skins, plums, and tropical fruit.

Palate: Bright and juicy! Tropical fruit juice for adults! Star fruit, cherries, plum, passion fruit, pineapple, the whole crew. Acidity is perfectly balanced and leaves on a tart note.

Notes: All about fruit here, even being in the bottle for 3 years. I was expecting some nuttiness or oxidation, but it's bright and lively. Love it. Beats the pants off of most other Kriek's I've had. Really looking forward to the Schaerbeekse I have in waiting.

SFLpunk, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of infi
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, bottled on 2009, March 31.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Amazingly vibrant maroon color with tons of carbonation. Best part of the lambic's appearance is when it's held towards the light.. translucent fruit punch color. One of the darkest-looking lambics too. Thin, white cap on top with loose bubbles and some nice globs of lacing! Smell is full of cherry tartness, a touch of oaked earth and some medicinal and herbal characteristics as well. Little to no funkiness is to be noted too.

Taste is fantastically good. Particularly impressive. Especially considering that Armand is known for his blending, and not so much his brewing. Thoroughly organic and naturally flavorful. Tons of sour and ripened cherries- the balance is perfect. Begins with a short sour sting, but follows through with tons of an organic sweetness then goes into a brief tartness at the end. Being just shy of a year old, the lambic carries a good amount nice earthy tones from the oak. Just like the aroma, there's a small amount of a medicinal flavor, but not offensive. Beautifully crafted overall.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, with very little carbonation. The lingering tartness leaves a fine dryness on the palate. Very vinous in character. I should have opened this during Thanksgiving and shared it with my fellow wine lovers in the family. Definitely drinkable. If not for the steep price, I'd have bottles of this year round. Now I'm really itching to have the Schaerbeekse Kriek.

This lambic is up there with the Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait, in my opinion. But this one might be my current favorite now. Amazing job, Mr. Debelder.

infi, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served into a 3 tulip at the Lambik Droom in Beersel...Pours a dark blood red, darkest lambic I've seen, reminds you of a red wine...The aroma is nice, not overly aggressive, a perfect combo of sweet fruits and tartness...The taste is equally balanced as it gives both a fruit beer lover and lambic lover what they want. Its only light sweet, but sweet enough for those looking for that, than tart, but not so tart you can't drink a ton of it...The feel is vinous, dry, and full... I crushed a full glass in about ten minutes.

If you want a kriek that is not overly fruity this is the lambic for you, very good. An excellent transition for wine drinkers or those wanting to live lambics.

jrallen34, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of bound4er
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 31, 2009.

A. Dark red appearance. Fast breaking off white to light pink head. Minimal lacing.

S. Belgian funky yeast, cherry, sour lemon and graphite. Pretty intriguing aroma.

T. Prickly, fizzy carbonation upon entry. Sort of tastes like a dry wine made with sour cherries. Nicely done.

M. Light to medium bodied. Silky smooth. Really feels good on the palate.

D. Highly drinkable for a "fruit beer". Never turns sweet or cloying. I would like to try this with about 4 to 5 years of age on it.

bound4er, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce corked and caged bottle, bottled on 12/14/2007. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark red/purple color with a very small pink head that went away quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is funk, cherries and oak. The first sip was really funky and musty, but after that the funk settled down some and the sour/tart cherry flavor became more noticable. The finish is nice and tart. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit slick and has low carbonation. Drinkability is good, the low carbonaton helps make this brew go down pretty easy. I think this is a good overall brew, it's a fine example of a fruit lambic. I'd definitely buy this again.

bluejacket74, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy and dark red in color. It poured with lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface and has a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are aromas of sour cherries in the nose with some hints of funkiness. The aromas of cherries become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The sourness in the taste is very well balanced with flavors of cherries and oak; there is also some sweetness from the fruit. The cherries stand out more prominently in the taste compared to the smell.
M: It feels light-bodied, crisp and rather tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable for the style because the sourness in the smell and taste don't overpower your senses and doesn't pucker your mouth.

Note: Bottled on March 31, 2009

metter98, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

JustinA1 purchased this at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Thanks for sharing with me roomie.

Bottle dated March 31, 2009. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Murky, floatie-loaded, dark fuchsia-colored body with a tight, lavender crown. Head retains as a halo for the entire session, and drags impressive web-like lacing.

Smell: Sour cherries, funk, and pool chemicals (chlorine and/or bromine). Sweet, sour, funky, and interesting; though I'm having trouble getting past that pool chemical smell.

Taste: Cherry through and through. This is absolutely lovely. Cherries and cream upfront, followed tartness and a touch of chalky SweetTarts, then sweet and mellow cherry in the finish and aftertaste. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft, yet relatively high, carbonation. Mildly tart and a touch oily, but remarkably smooth. Aftertaste is very mellow and enjoyable; not harsh in the least.

Drinkability: Beautifully complex and balanced. Quite possibly the smoothest wild ale I've ever encountered. Highly recommended!

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sumner for sharing this tasty beer.

Vintage March 31, 2009

This lambic appears a purple hue with a light pink colored head that leaves good lacing. The aroma if fabulous. It's hard for me to remain unbiased, I must admit, as I get very excited about authentic Belgian fruit lambics. This beer tastes great and is a wonder example of the style. Highly recommended.

Huhzubendah, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, bright light red color with a slightly-pink head and a bit of lacing. The nose is bright cherries with modest funk and oak. Not too much acidity. The taste is, unfortunately, mostly cherries and not too much of the funk, oak, and acidity I normally really enjoy from Drie Fonteinen. Fairly nice cherry presence and a bit of tartness from them. In the end, this is just too cherry forward without much involved. Will have to get an aged bottle at some point.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL poured into a Cantillon taster glass. Nice dark ruby red color with a pink lacing around the side of the glass.

Great smell here. I get a lot of musty sweet cherry aroma. Not much tartness in the smell.

The taste starts out with a hint of tartness and finishes with slight sweet cherry flavor. Not bad. I would prefer it a little drier though.

Nice carbonation makes for a champagnesque experience. Definitely a highlight.

Not as drinkable as others. But I will revisit this again for sure.

andrewinski1, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

TurdFurgison, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

djmichaelk, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of kbanks13
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

kbanks13, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Gosox8787, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

clayrock81, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

tai4ji2x, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

SpdKilz, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of CMW
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

CMW, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Douglas14
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Douglas14, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

billshmeinke, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

CashMoneyVagrant, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

srandycarter, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

drabmuh, Sep 14, 2010
Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
95 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.