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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
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world-class

775 Ratings
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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 180
Gots: 174 | FT: 17
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.

A lovely combination consisting of stinging sourness, plump and juicy cherries, and earthy oak. Everything is in balance yet powerful, all at once.

The flavor too is phenomenal. The cherries are vibrant and tart, the sourness is consistent and strong from sip to swallow. This is lip puckering stuff here! Wonderful

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A delicious kriek and fairly available.

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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.
Bottled: 01 Apr 2011

A - Pours a nice bright rose and ruby red hue with a nice pink .25 inch head that is quite active and lively with some nice medium-small sized bubbles.

S - Tons of funk come up front. Strong oak notes. There is some nice lactic acid that gives the beer some nice tartness. There is some slight slaty notes in the nose as well as some mild sour cherry notes on the back end of the aroma.

T & M - Starts off with some strong lactic acidity. It is a very sour beer. Tons of funk present. The sour notes are very intense and lingerie all the way throughout the beer. There is some woody oak notes especially form the middle portion all the way through the finish. The slight cherry notes are present but they merely serve to slightly curtail this lactic beast. It is slight grassy and earthy with the nice wood notes there as well. The mouthfeel is lively, carbonated and crisp.

O - The beer is quite tart and even thought it starts off very acidic it kind of dies down a bit. Good brew.

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4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a matching Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Bottled only 7 months ago puts this at probably the youngest/freshest bottled Drie Fonteinen offering I have had. This brew pours a deep, dark red color that is quite hazed. An initial surge of a finger and a half of pink froth forms across the top and quickly recedes to a thin layering across the top. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface that seemingly gets increasingly agitated as the brew warms up and it slowly starts to bubble more violently until it forms a creamy pink pattern of froth along the edges and maintains a constant thin film of larger bubbles through the middle of the surface.

The smell of this brew is pleasantly funky with the expected drie fonteinen character. There is quite a solid cheesy odor emanating from the glass that is enjoyable. There is a bit of a lactic sourness included which draws up a salivation factor before I have even taken a sip. While the initial whiffs of this brew make me concentrate on the funky and wild aspects of this brew, it warms up and evolves to finally showcase some cherry character. The fruit addition is a little herbal, earthy and pitted.

The taste is acidic but not overly done. There is a minor cheesy quality just like the aroma led on that immediately evolves into a deep, rich tart cherry flavor. The cherry is surprisingly not medicinal at all and carries with it a very rich, natural tartness and lightly herbal to grassy character. An afterthought includes a mild note of tannic barrel character with a mild vanilla spice that mellows the finish a bit and welcomes you to take another sip.

This is a medium bodied brew that initially is quite fizzy and highly carbonated. While enjoying this brew throughout a fairly long duration I was able to swirl some of the carbonation out making for a more rich tasting cherry and smooth feel in the mouth. The smoothness to the finish is quite unique and really melds out that acidic nature of the brew. The alcohol (while listed as 5%) was completely hidden throughout this experience. It doesn't matter to me if fruited Drie Fonteinen offerings are 7 months old or 7 years old, I can't say no and throughly enjoy each experience.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 1, 2011, 375 mL bottle

A - pours a ruby red color with a nice pink head that crackles as it dissipates

S - smells is loaded with funky tones - hazy barnyard, sweet straw, citrus, with a small amount of cherry hiding underneath

T - tart, citric lemons upfront build momentum as it goes down. This is way more sour than I anticipated. A bit of mustiness shrouds the palate with some barnyard funk. Sweet, tart cherry comes in on the finish and elevate the sourness even further. Pretty solid.

M - a little watery with a medium body and leaves a very dry finish

D - I was expecting more cherries out of this but got more sour. Fortunately, the trade off worked well and made this a more interesting beer than anticipated. This is only the second 3F lambic I have tried and really enjoyed it.
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3 year update - the cherries have dropped and the acidity has risen. Advice is to drink this one as close to the bottling date as possible. Don't hold this one up in the cellar, save the regular gueze for that.

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bottled 3/31/09, consumed 11/11/11, 2 1/2 years old. This one wasn't a brightly colored as the fresh one I had last week. Red, but more dull. Nose isn't as intense - more cherry than the 2011 vintage and the sour notes are more subdued; also a bit of funky must. The taste is barely sour at all compared to the fresh one; the cherry flavor is WAY more dominate than the sour flavors...almost cherry pie-esque. For big sour notes and less cherry, get the 2011 vintage; for more kriek flavors, though, seek out the 2009.

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3.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled March 2009

A: Dark ruby red. Zero head.

S: Tart, musty funk.

T: Mild sour, tart cherry skin, some vinegar with a bit of earthy funk.

M: Almost no carbonation. Mild pucker.

O: The lack of head and almost non-existent carbonation seems off. Almost flat...

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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottled on April 1, 2011. Pours a beautiful, sparkling red color with a large, light pink head that goes down slowly. Scent is...wow...extremely funky! Tons of barnyard funk, horse blanket, and just a bit of gym socks. A bit of must too. But amongst all those strange aromas, there lies some inviting cherry and acidic aromas. Taste is AWESOME! Oh so sour! Much more sour than I was expecting. Mouth puckering funky barnyard and sour cherries attack the taste buds instantly. This is very acidic. Musty and quite oaky with some more cherry and sweet fruit. Finishes nice and dry. Mouthfeel is puckering, highly carbonated, and leaves the teeth feeling strange. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this was a VERY enjoyable lambic that I wish I had access to all the time. Absolutely delicious!

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.