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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 186
Gots: 204 | FT: 21
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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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4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Best Damn Sour Fest
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
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.

Photo of stakem
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.

Photo of birchstick
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.
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.

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.

Photo of monitorpop
3.21/5  rDev -25.2%
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...

Photo of DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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

Bottle March 31, 2009.

Poured a nice ruby color into a wine glass. In the glass it sits a dark pink or light red with a small pinkish white head. Nice lacing throughout, little white wisps that cling to the glass to the end.

Smell is distinctly cherry, both tart and sweet, a bit of oak, some nice funky yeast qualities as well.

Strangely my first taste is a tart cherry pie, guess it could be the yeasty, bready qualities, I only get this at the onset however. From there it is all sour cherry with a touch of sweetness. Puckering but not overly sour, maybe a touch too sweet for my liking actually. A nice funky tartness, but not quite balanced to my liking. This bottle does have over 2 years age on it.

Well carbonated, not overly thin in the mouth, very dry, can feel the tartness on my teeth. Almost a wine like feeling at the end.

Nice Kriek overall, glad to have tried it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL C&C bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled December 14, 2007.

Appearance - Murky ruby body with a miniscule head. Retention is poor and I'm left with a ring around the surface and not much more.

Smell - Musty, funky, rife with barnyard aromas. This is why I love Drie Fonteinen lambics; they're funk-forward. There is an acidity that carries a hint of cherry, but honestly, I don't know if I would have been able to tell this was a kriek without seeing the label. The aroma is really nice, but without smelling cherries, I can only give it a 4.

Taste - Right up front, I do get a sour cherry flavor, but it fades to funkiness and oak quickly. The middle is very much a hay and wood flavor, with a healthy dose of funk. The cherries return in the finish. It's a battle between horseblanket and cherries that the cherries eventually win through a lasting tartness.

Mouthfeel - Maybe not as effervescent as I'd like it to be and the sourness does fatigue the palate just a bit. I'm being nitpicky, but it's true. The carbonation isn't as high as the Oude Gueze, but it's still substantial enough to avoid complaint.

Overall - I love lambics with a lot of funk to them and this one delivers as all the Drie Fonteinen lambics seem to do. The acidity is still strong, but enjoyable. Good stuff and I look forward to comparing it to the Schaerbeekse I have stashed away.

Photo of alenonbeeradv
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on April 1st 2011

a - ruby red and a bloody pink collar. No head but a very lively amount of carbonation. Clean and translucent.

s - funky cherries both sweet and sour. The fruit comes off quite strong but not too overwhelming.

t - sour jam with a lil bit of grampa's armpit. it certainly has that distinct drie gueuze taste.

m - carbonation is very dry similar to a champagne not unlike some gueuzes ive had in the past. sour but clean after taste. no bitter or unpleasant traces in the finish.

o - very nice and fresh. it's nice to have a fresh kriek (even though it is still 6 months into the bottle) but it's also nice to hoard one too :)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz C7C'ed bottle. Batch 01, 04/2011. Poured into a Russian River goblet

A: Pours a really pretty ruby red color. Good half finger of pink head that dissapates quickly. Lots of streaming bubbles in glass bottom. Some alcohol feet but no real lacing.

S: Definitely get the cherries in there. Some tartness comes with that. Behind is mild funk nose, but not as pronounced as I was expecting. Mild oak as well, but muted.

T: Wow is that a sour beer! Starts right at the tip of the tongue with some supreme tart cherry. Then the mouth pucker comes in the mid mouth and finish. Finish is fairly dry. It would actually pair well with spicy food to cut it a bit. Lots of cherry and sour apple notes. You do get some oak notes, but not that much.

M: Light to medium bodied. Some of the tartness coats the mouth.

O: A. I really like this one. I think this is a staple for the sour arena, even though I am a rookie with them at this point.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a snifter

A - Pours a very hazy dark red with a big and foamy pink head. A little carb can be seen

S - Very pungent sour and oak flavors as soon as it is poured. Huge fermented cherry aroma that is tart and blends very well with the oak aromas.

T - Super sour from the start, one of the most sour beers I've had. The cherry make your cheeks pucker and the oak attempts to dry things out but the blending and age of the gueze ales is too overpowering. Finishes with a nice cherry flavor which is actually kind of sweet as it lingers on the palate

M - Medium body that obviously finishes über dry. Doesn't linger very long on the palate. Nice blending of flavors and an extremely flavorful beer

O - As far as the style it is one of the best that is relatively easy to find. The price can be a sting and the sourness is definitely above average

Photo of warnerry
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 31st 2009; Review #200

Poured into a snifter

A - Pours beautiful deep ruby red with about one finger of pink head. Head fades pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S - Nice big sour cherry up front, with a noticeable funk and a small amount of vinegar. Decent amount of oak coming through as well. Nice balance between the tart and funk.

T - Quite sour, with mostly sour cherry notes and only a bit of acetic acid, leading to a rather fruity, full bodied tartness, if there is such a thing. Mustiness and oak come in midway. The finish is quite dry and leaves notes of funk, oak and more tart cherry lingering on the palate. Very nice.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice dry finish and lingering tart earthiness.

O - Very good Kriek that I really enjoyed and will definitely get again.

Photo of DaveHS
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 1, 2011.

A-Pous ruby red with nearly an inch of foamy grapefruit pink head. Fizzes away to nothing, leaving almost no lacing.

S-Earthy farmhouse funk, tart cherries, tannic fruit skins. Very appealing.

T/M-Very little cherry flavor in this. This is mostly about the funk. Wet hay, musty old basement, dog hair. The cherries provide light tartness, but not much actual fruit flavor. I remember previous batches of this being more fruit forward. The finish is thin and tart, with diminishing sourness and light carbonation.

O-A good, not great lambic. I prefer Cantillon and Hannsens's Krieks.

Photo of phichifiji00
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright red with thick pink head that fades quickly. Average lacing.

Smell: Tart, funky, barnyard, grassy, earth, sweaty feet.

Taste: wonderfully sour, sour cherries, a subtle hint of sweet cherries. Funky, Tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, tart, mouth puckering.

Overall: Quite possibly the worst smelling beer I've ever smelt, yet one of the best tasting. Perfectly sour, with just the right amount of cherry flavor coming through.

Photo of Janderson91
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of these over the weekend after a new shipment from the Shelton Bros. hit the southeast. Fresh, bottled on 04/01/11. Enjoyed on 09/19/11. Cellar temperature ~55F.

A - Pours a deep ruby red, pretty clear with a nice two finger pink head which dissipates quickly. No lacing at all. Looks like a great fruit lambic.

S - Distinctive 3F funky aroma. Slightly acidic and some nice complex cherry aroma. Some sweet cherry pie aroma mixed with some tart, sour cherries. Very nice.

T - Very nicely done. Not too sour at this point at all in its young life. Somewhat acidic up front and then waves of cherries and funk come. Sweet and sour cherries all at the same time. Finishes with some tart cherry flavor and a slight acidity. Very clean finish.

M - Mouthfeel is just a little thin for me, but still good. I would like the sourness to linger for a bit longer but that could be a result of the young age of this one.

O - Overall, this is an excellent kriek. While I probably prefer Cantillon's, this one is more accessible and almost just as good. Very well done.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

March 31 2009 375 cork and cage bottle -
served at cellar temp in a tulip glass

Deep red color with bright pink head. Highly carbonated: cork shot right out at soon as the cage was loosened. Low head retention which I've found common for the style.

Dark cherry aroma. Sour/tart character and low Ph are quite apparent in the smell. High carbonation really pushes the aromatics. Doesn't smell sweet, I really like it.

Cherry flavor is different than I am used to. A darker cherry with a very modest presence in the flavor profile. I do like that it is not sweet or artificial tasting. As a result; the roasted oak really stands out in the beginning of the sip. Lots of lingering subtleties in the finish, complex and satisfying Brettanomyces character.

Oak->Deep Cherry->Intense Sourness

A thin body as expected. Odd flavor pattern. Oakiness is a bit strong.

I have a suspicion that sweet cherries (not sour cherries) were used on this Lambic. The cherry variety works great in the aromatics, but is less complex and exciting in the flavor.

This was a scrutinous review. I enjoy this beer and would gladly have it again. I will try aging the other bottle and re-review in a couple.

Photo of cavedave
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz., 4/11/11

Dark, raspberry red with a three finger pink head atop a beer that is far from clear. It is a beast, with fine hanging yeast.

Light vinegar and light funk front a bouquet that is also full of raspberry, wine, candi, and tart yeast. Almost as good as a kriek can get.

A bright splash of tart with vinegar hints joins with a bracing bit of funk into a sip that becomes vinous, full of cherries and berries, and finally puckeringly dry and delightful. Delicious.

Bright and lively on tongue, clean and wonderfully refreshing, excellent finish.

A delightful beer that is sure to get even better as time and my cool, dark cellar work magic.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small bottle into a Dogfish snifter. Bottling date is 12/14/07. Wow, so nearly four years of age on this...

A- pours a very dark shade of maroon with a one finger pink head that quickly fades. It's a little dark to be properly attractive, but the slightly lingering head is very nice looking

S- nice aroma of tart cherries. Smells a little vinous too

T- very tart cherries, and it puckers the hell out of my cheeks. The finish is slightly sweet. Great tasting

M- it isn't paper thin like most sours....in fact, it has a pretty solid body, and I'm enjoying it

O- great beer, a classic in the style. Can't go wrong with this.

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

Shared by Andy and poured into a chalice. This one pours a dark red cranberry color with just a little bit of pink foam that dies almost right away.

The aroma is tart with a little bit of sweetness. Real big cherry aroma here with a little bit of vinnegar. Sweet cherries up front with a nice tart cherry finish. A little bit of oak and vanilla in the middle of the pallet.

The body is medium and the carbonation is soft. It finises kind of dry. Overall another hit from Drie Fonteinen. Awesome cherry flavor here.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
95 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.