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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 171
Gots: 150 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website

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 dpnelson1978


4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

375ml bottle into snifter.

$13.99 / ea.

A: Cloudy red-purple body with a small lavender head that leaves moderate lacing and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Sour profile front and center with light cherry notes that compliment perfectly.

T: Again, lactic sour dominates the palate, but does so in the most pleasant fashion. Cherry flavor balances out the profile. Lingering sour aftertaste. Pleasant balanced flavor.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation and a sour tingle on the surface of the tongue that lingers.

D: Solid lambic that would go great with a cheese plate. Goes down smooth, and doesn't overwhelm.

O: Good but not great. My experience with lambic is limited, but this selection is encouraging.

08-02-2010 04:01:46 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of bogus564

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%

12.7 oz poured into a tulip glass.

Color is dark, reminiscent of a black cherry soda, with a small strawberry-colored head that does not last more than thirty seconds.

There is a delightful citrus smell, like one would smell with a champagne. I'm picking up some sour cherry, perhaps some lemon - it's rather nice.

Now for the taste - doesn't disappoint. You expect sour cherry, and that's what you get. I'm also catching that lemony vibe that I smelled. There's more to it, but the description escapes me at the moment.

Mouthfeel is good - finishes dry, and leaves you with that sour taste, but it's not overpowering. Carbonation is just right for this beer.

Drinkability - just one at a time for me. Otherwise, I'd find myself trying to sneak a little sugar into it. This is one nice offering by Drei Fonteinen.

07-30-2010 20:32:45 | More by bogus564
Photo of champ103


4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

This is a 2007 bottle.

A: Pours a very attractive and beautifully bright garnet red color. On first pout it is clear, though after the second, some yeasty particles can be seen suspended. A two finger pink head forms, but recedes in a second. Very little lace.
S: Just great. Funky yeast and horse blanket up front. Oak and light vanilla. Tart and acidic cherries comes on strong toward the end. Really well balanced.
T: This time the tart cherries are up front and center. Real cherries, nothing artificial here. The sourness and acidity builds as the beer warms. Though it never dominates. Funky yeast and horse blanket. Dry oak and vanilla lingers. I can't get enough of this.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly carbonated. Perfectly crisp, dry, and refreshing. A treat to drink. I want to savor every last drop.

This is excellent, and world class. So well balanced between the tart, sour, and acidic cherries and everything else. Everything a fruit Lambic should be. As good as anything that I have had from Cantillon. Something I highly recommend.

07-23-2010 04:06:16 | More by champ103
Photo of Mora2000


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Bottled 3/31/09.

The beer pours a ruby red color with a light pink head. The aroma is strong cherry with some vanilla. I get a little funk, but less than in the Schaerbeekse Kriek. The flavor is vanilla, cherries and some tartness. The beer is very dry and doesn't have much funk to it at all, possibly because it is so newly bottled. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. Probably not quite as good as the Schaerbeekse Kriek, but if you take into account the price difference, I think this one is the better value.

07-20-2010 02:23:57 | More by Mora2000
Photo of waltonc


4.03/5  rDev -5.8%

December 2007 bottling. Not much of a pop as this is uncorked, but it's not for lack of carbonation. Magenta with light pink head. Nose is laced with tart cherries and a musty funk that foreshadows just how tart this is on the palate. Quite fruity flavor with loads of cherries. Dry and tart, but the funk is restrained. Body is on the medium side with plenty of carbonation. Quite refreshing on a 98 degree day.

07-14-2010 01:16:19 | More by waltonc
Photo of callmemickey


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

December 2007 bottle

A: Dark red body. Quite a bit lighter around the edges when held to the light. Thin pinkish head which quickly crashed. Light skim with a tight collar. Only the slightest traces of lacing.

S: Pungent. Nostril clearing tartness. Deep, rich dark cherries. Nice musty oak.

T: Like the nose this is a bright and lively kriek. The cherries are really pronounced. Much more tart than sour. Nice musty oak funkiness. Delicious.

M: A little thinner than I'd prefer. Lively carbonation. Lingering tartness. Refreshingly dry.

D: Superb. A really nice kriek. Its a little different than the Schaerbeekse Kriek which is a touch more sour and has more distinct cherry flavors. Should keep aging gracefully.

07-13-2010 04:08:09 | More by callmemickey
Photo of cpetrone84


4.03/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle November 2006

A-pours a clear dark red, ripe strawberry colored beer with thin tan head.

S-good barnyard funk with some sweaty wet blanket, nice cherry aromas behind, notes of wild yeast, brett? a little vinegar to add some acidity.

T-extremely acidic, cherries up front, slightly tart, some tasty musky funk, good wet blanket, definite notes of vinegar, solid acidity and makes it known on the teeth.

M-very light body with low carbonation, grainy feel to it, very dry finish.

D-well done brew, lots of things going on working together well, more sweetness to accompany the extremely dry finish would have helped the overall drinkability, but the funk is quite present and well done as the cherry takes a back seat.

07-06-2010 02:19:22 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a hazy, dark pink-ish color with a light pink head. In the aroma, tart, dark cherries and a hint of oak. In the taste, a dry small oakiness and a big tart cherry. A sour bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a clean, sour cherry aftertaste. Nice sour, yet not too much. Even with the sour cherries, it is almost a palate cleanser.

07-02-2010 15:13:10 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of kingcrowing


4.63/5  rDev +8.2%

375ml corked & caged bottle pouredinto an acbf sampling glass.

This was bottled on 31/03/2009 it was one of the broken thermostat bottle.

Pours red/pink with a small pink white head. Nose is very funky, tart and sweet with hints of cherry.

Taste is phenomenal. One of the best sour beers I've ever had, it's so amazing. Tart and fruity and this batch is way better than normal. If you find it, drink it.

06-26-2010 20:40:10 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottled on date is smudged but it is either 31 March 2008 or 2009.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.
A- Rich, bright red with a fizzy pink head. The head isnt really long lasting but while its there it will leave a little bit of lacing. The beer is fairly clear but its some what dark.

S- Funky and awesome. Horseblanket galore. A little bit of wet dog adds to the funk. Sharp, sour cherries, red wine and oak cut through all the funky wild yeasts.

T- Gladly the funk isnt tamed down in the taste very much either. Lots of crazy, funky barnyard stuff going on. Hay dust, cobwebs etc. The dominate characteristic, however, is an intense sourness. It starts right away with mountains of tart cherries. Cherry skins come through on the finish and gives a nice level of sweetness that backs up the sour lambic base.

M- A little bit fuller bodied than what I was expecting. This is a pretty darn dry beer. The carbonation is a bit lower that I think it should be.

D- Very sour, very funky and loaded with cherries that linger. This is a very good beer but it could become hard to drink. The half sized bottle that I got is just about the right size.

06-12-2010 03:26:33 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of HopHead84


4.45/5  rDev +4%

14/12/2007 bottle date.

Deep purplish pink with a frothy light pink head. Beautiful color.

Cherry flesh and tart skins with moderate tannins and oak in the aroma. The fruit is explosive. I know my opinion is in the minority, but I prefer this to the Schaerbeekse. Less Brett and more fruit. A light and pleasant sweetness is evident in the flavor. Moderately tart and tannic with prominent cherries, cherries, cherries. Strong acetic presence. Vibrant fruit explosiveness.

06-10-2010 01:11:51 | More by HopHead84
Photo of flagmantho


4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle date 31 March 2009.

Appearance: rich red-amber-brown hue with a finger of lightly pink creamy head which leaves some blotchy pink lace. Body is rather dark and a bit hazy. Looks very appetizing.

Smell: aroma is rich, sour and dry. Cherries are very natural, and there's a bit of an unctuousness there. Quite nice indeed.

Taste: lambic tartness hits you right away, followed by some subtle but nice malt flavors. The cherry flavor is unctuous but not overbearing; the fruit tastes fresh and natural and quite dry. The overall effect is rather sophisticated and quite delightful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little but of a syrupy consistency and a nice creaminess; though this is cut a bit by the acidic astringency.

Drinkability: tartness builds on the palate which reduces scope for this to be consumed in a session; then again, I can't really imagine consuming any kriek in a session. I love krieks, but there is plenty of pleasure in having just one bottle at a time.

05-31-2010 14:29:03 | More by flagmantho
Photo of sweemzander


3.63/5  rDev -15.2%

750mL corked&caged bottle poured into a flute. Bottled Feb. 07, 2007.

(A)- Pours a thick blood red opaque color. No head formation. Looks almost flat.

(S)- A big sour, almost vinegar kick up front with a funk hay & barnyard earthiness with just a twist of tart cherries.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell, only with a much more pronounced funkiness. Much less sour than anticipated, but is still potent.

(M)- A very subdued carbonation level which was different than anticipated; it certainly could explain the toned down sourness. This is actually almost flat. Has a hay-like dryness in the background. Gets thin in the middle, but then the cherry comes through.

(D)- A different beer for the style than I am used to. I dont know if this is meant to have such a low carbonation level, but it does. Has much more funk to it than normal, but by no means is it a complaint; just different. A big sipper than took me a good hour or three to finish this guy.

05-23-2010 13:46:44 | More by sweemzander
Photo of glid02


4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a few white bubbles on top. The head dissipates quickly into a very thing ring around the glass leaving no lacing.

Smells phenomenal. Funk and very tart cherries. It's not what the aromas are but how intense they are and how well they play off of each other.

Tastes good but not as intense as it smells. Highly tart cherry flavors kick things off and intensify through to the middle of the sip. Right then some funk - wet hay and leather - come in to temper the tartness and carry through to a crisp and still strongly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is not very good. The carbonation is almost non-existent and so it's a bit too slick.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass with no problems despite the carbonation issue and could still have another.

Overall this is a great-smelling beer although the flavor doesn't quite deliver. Still, a nice beer and I'd have to imagine it would be much better with any semblance of carbonation.

05-20-2010 21:08:46 | More by glid02
Photo of drpimento


3.33/5  rDev -22.2%

Wow. Simply put SOUR cherry beer. And very red; red in the head like the dick on a dog. Poured with a deep pink small to medium sized head that mostly subsided and a wee bit a lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy burnt red. Aroma is sour cherry yeast musty. Flavor is like aroma. The tartness totally dominates all of the other flavors. Which are cherries malt yeastoids. Good body and excellent carbonation. *burp* Finish is like flavor. Can't think, off hand, when I'd be in the mood for another of these, despite my score.

05-19-2010 00:09:35 | More by drpimento
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.93/5  rDev +15.2%

Consumed on a car ride (not driving) in a paper cup.

A - Red with a pink head, semi-persistent foam. Quintessential Kriek Lambic.

S - Great tart cherry; pungent. Also a slight woody and pickle-olive aroma.

T - Same as the nose, but more intensely cherry, and the most sublimely perfect balance, and basically perfectly tuned-up.

M - Very nice carbonation; not too big and not too little.

D - This is one of the greatest pleasure to drink. I could drink this by the firkin.

05-17-2010 23:00:45 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of hansgruber


4.03/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured into a Hopleaf tulip. Bottled in March 2009, drank on 4.20.10

A- beautiful pink one-finger head atop a deep red body. Nice lacing as well. Really a great looking beer.

N- Cherries, funk, and brett. Nothing too complex but still good.

T- Cherries are there at first with a hit of sour. The sour component is not mouth-puckering at all. Mild acidity.
Very pleasant and nice tasting beer.

M&D- Low carbonation overall in the mouthfeel. Good drinkability it went down easily and nicely.

05-14-2010 03:32:21 | More by hansgruber
Photo of Jayli


4.28/5  rDev 0%

Poured from my 12.7 oz bottle in to my Portsmouth Brewing tulip. Bottle dated March 31, 2009.

A: This beer pours a nice hazy ruby/light plum color with a one finger of sudsy light ruby colored head. Head recedes immediately leaving no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is definitely of sour cherries, some oaked notes, and a hint of funk.

T: Taste starts with a sour cherry tartness that quickly disappears, a spicing comes in that I swear is reminiscent of cinnamon that holds through most of the beer. Some apple flavoring mingled with a bit of citrus hop bite come through. Finish then brings back a mean oaked cherry flavoring that finishes this beer very nicely.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, crisp body with a nice dry finish.

D: This is a great beer - wonderful flavoring, nice tartness that doesn't make you quite pucker, nice little kick to it. I only wish that I had picked up another bottle.

05-13-2010 01:00:00 | More by Jayli
Photo of hawks10


4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

375ml bottle poured into my Brooklyn tulip...Bottled March 31st, 2009...

Pours a nice dark ruby red with two fingers of delicate soft pink head...a little bit of lacing...

Smells of tart cherries up front but there is a definite barnyard funk with this one, maybe one of the more prevalent funk aromas of any beer I have had...oaky, woody and musty, leathery and earthy...somewhat sour, but not overwhelmingly so...

Definite tart cherries, sour Hi-C...oaky and dry, sour but very approachable, even for a sour novice. Somewhat funky, although not as strong as the nose would lead you to believe. Almost tastes like a more sour New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red...pretty nice...

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Very dry and slightly astringent, crisp and refreshing, could easily be chugged!

Pretty good beer, nothing that really sets it apart or would make me seek it out specifically in the future. This bottle was 1 year old, would like to try one after 3-4 years and see what is going on...

05-05-2010 03:47:47 | More by hawks10
Photo of cbutova


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

A- Pours out dark red with a small fizzy, pink head that actually retains a tiny bit. Leaves a fine cloud and ring on the beer. No lacing really but I have yet to see a lambic with one.

S- Not as strong as I expected but good. Sour cherries up front are nice, oak comes in well, some classic funky notes from yeast, a good balance with decent strength.

T- Awesome balance of classic Kriek flavors. Ripe sour cherries up front. A very dry beer, hate sweets in lambics. Oak and viney wine notes come into play nicely. The yeast notes and funk are present in the balance. Some bitterness is nice as well. I get some acetic notes but they don't overcome the other great flavors.

MF - Light body with fizzy carbonation. Some warmth (6% ABV!, awesome). A coat of cherry oak stays on the palate. It is actually a bit creamy too.

DB - Price is nuts ($12/12.7 oz) but it is a great tasting, spontaneously fermented beer! Love the balance of the classic Kriek flavors.

04-28-2010 23:10:15 | More by cbutova
Photo of scootny

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

This is an exceptional brew. Bottled 12/16/06. Not much to look at. A touch of a head and faint traces of carbonation with a lovely purplish hue. No real carbonation to speak of. Smell is much better. A dry sourness and multifaceted complexity. subdued cherries. Peppery grapish fruitiness. A vinous backbone. Burgundy and bread. Oak.. Taste is superb. Much like the nose but the cherries step up a bit and add to the sophistication of the flavor. If this doesn't pucker your mouth nothing will. There is a light vanilla and oaken woodiness that adds to the finish which is super tart and dry. Vinous and clean. Feel is light enough but with a lighter heaviness that betrays. Just the beer for tonight. Easy drinking and classy. The sourness lends itself to meals and a measured approach.

04-19-2010 02:53:48 | More by scootny
Photo of Tilley4


3.48/5  rDev -18.7%

I've been sitting on this one for a bit and decided to crack it tonight.

Poured into a Duvel tulip... Bottled November of 2006 so it should be nice and funky and sour...

Pours a deep reddish burgundy with absolutely no carbonation whatsoever.. Very red wine like in the glass...

Very sour wine like aromas at first but as it warms I get the oakiness big time and its really nice... Those cherries are uber juicy and sour smelling... My mouth is puckering just thinking about the first sip of this one...

Surprisingly smooth! There's a hint of sourness here but nothing like I would expect from the aromas... There's a little vinegary aspect but nothing crazy... Very vinous actually, sort of like a semi-dry red... I can taste those oak barrels though and maybe that's what has this one smoothed out... I really wanted this one to be more sour and funky I guess so the score might suffer a little... Its not bad at all, just a little subdued for my tastes...

I'm wondering if this one would be more bracing a little bit fresher...really wanted this to be more sour and tasty...

04-18-2010 04:37:44 | More by Tilley4
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

I have had this beer twice, but the aging on this beer really makes a difference which is why I am entering a new review.

Bottled Nov 28, 2006

Poured into Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours no head at all. A few bubbles but that is it. Color is a dark cloudy wine colored red. Big dark ruby color. The color is very appealing.

Sour cherries, oak, vinegar, horse blanket, and barn yard funk. Has a medicine flavored flavor as well. Not to sour, but sour. I really am enjoying this.

Taste: Wow, this is mouth puckering sour. It is in your face sour. It has a deep level of cherries up front but still has that medicine flavor that I smelled. Some oak and barn yard funk, but the sourness really takes this beer over. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Sour, dry, and tart. This is making my mouth pucker hard core. Very solid. It ends with that medicine flavor again, but very clean.

Overall, a very solid Kriek. It is good, but I like Cantillon better. The medicine flavor keeps coming back and it is really bothering me. I dig it. Very expensive, but solid.

04-09-2010 02:22:01 | More by mothman
Photo of brownbeer


4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

The cork unexpectedly flew off once I got the cage untwisted, so watch out for that. Dangerous.

The liquid pours deep cherry color with a purplish-pink head that's short-lived.

There is actually quite a bit of bretty funk in the nose, a bonus for me. I pick up a little cherry, more as it warms up, but mostly band-aid.

A little dark cherry hits mid-palate along with the signature, sour, electric tongue fireworks that this style is known for. It's got some funk and oaky red wine-like taste and tannin. The finish is dry and oaky, also a little bit meaty, sort of like a jerky strip.

It has a creamier, fuller mouthfeel for the style, without being full bodied. Great beer.

04-07-2010 02:17:12 | More by brownbeer
Photo of pmccallum86


3.85/5  rDev -10%

Pours a deep dark cherry color, very little head.

Smell is funky! Massive sour cherry scents, as well as some vinegar. Aroma is great, but not as good as I was expecting from drie fonteinen.

Taste is very funky, but very flat. Lots of sour notes, sour fruits and other things. Some horse blanket, barn yard funk, and sour cherry. Very flat in terms of carbonation, strange.

Mouthfeel is tart and flat. The low level of carbonation really preeminates through this beer.

Drinkability is good, but I want some carbonation in my beer. Glad I got to try it but not something I would seek out again for the price.

04-03-2010 04:29:09 | More by pmccallum86
Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
95 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.