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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 179
Gots: 158 | FT: 13
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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 Travlr
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the source.
A: Deep ruby red with a small pink head that settles quickly to leave scant lacing.
S: Amazing fruit aroma with a background of citrus and ever-present funk.
T: Solid cherries and sourness throughout, moderate funkiness, and a nice dry finish.
M: Medium body.
D: An unforgettable brew.

Travlr, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split this two year old bottle with my lovely wife, and it was the last beer we drank in 2009 before moving on to an excellent Semillon Blanc. The bottle was from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, and picked up on a fine day of drinking with fellow BA, ritzkiss.

Pours a deep, beguiling red with a short lived, bubbly pink head that soon drops to a fine film before disappearing completely. Nothing really out of order here, and par for the course for a kriek. The nose is extremely dry and true to the traditional lambic model, eschewing the sweetness of some of the more commercial versions. The cherry is present in a sour kind of way, and this compliments notes of oak, leather and balsamic.

My wife takes a sip and tells me she prefers the Cantillon Kriek, and its at moments like this that I realise how much I love her, as she weighs up the pros and cons of one lambic against another. She's also right - the Cantillon seemed to have something that the Drie Fonteinen doesn't, but that's far from a knock against this fine beer. A puckering sourness leads off, but not to the extent that it damages the drinkability, and those accustomed to this element will find this in the mid-range of the scale. Once the initial sourness drops away, the cherries become prominent, as does some neat funkiness that adds light notes of wood, leather and cider to the mix. It will be interesting to compare this to its bigger and more expensive brother, but the cherry character I'm getting seems more skin based than anything. The body is excellent - light and well-balanced with a drying finish that perfectly compliments the light funk.

This is an excellent beer from Drie Fonteinen, and a very accessible fruit lambic.

bobsy, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of jnn4v
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium cranberry color, but richly filled the glass when the last 1/3 of the bottle was poured. I intentionally did a slow pour to help keep the sediment in the bottle. No head at all.

S: Soo tasty. A tart cherry with a hint of cranberry and raspberry. Sour wild yeast. Cherry-soaked oak. Everything I'd hope for in this style.

T: Holy sour. And tart. But not really funky at all. And not as richly cherry as I'd hoped. It's a much more reserved, drier cherry flavor and much less fruity or even juicy-sour. Makes my mouth pucker with every sip almost like lemon juice. Not at all the juicy sour of Consecration 0002.

M: Relatively thin bodied, with ample carbonation. Not really champagne-like. It's more the texture of a flavored seltzer water than anything else.

D: Pretty challenging. It was only a 375ml bottle, and yet I was very happy I was splitting this with my wife.

jnn4v, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of seaoflament
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing this one at La Bella on 11/24. The bottle was a 2005 vintage.

Poured a ruby color with about a quarter inch of foam.

On the nose I got a plastic funk, band-aid, cherry pits, some sweet maltiness in the background, and also a hint of toast. The fruit component of the beer just didn't seem to take hold and neither did the funk, at least that's the impression I got.

The flavor was in line with the aroma but with an initial flavor of chlorine followed by plastic cherry, funk, oak, and a very reserved cherry flavor. Medium acidity and carbonation level with a semi-dry finish. Quite good but not among the best fruit lambics I've had. Would like to try a fresher example to compare.

seaoflament, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Bottled on November 28th, 2006.

Falu red and carmine body with good clarity. A choppy pour produced a brief bright pink head that rapidly diminishes to the thinnest collar I've ever seen. Tiny pixels of lacing blemish the clear lacquer-like ribbons of legs when the glass is swirled.

The aroma is transporting - the Brett. notes are akin to a rural farm road after the first rain. Fertile soil, wet hay, goat herds, blooming orchards. Next comes the cherry which is tart, lush, pure, and whole...similar to the finest maraschino liqueur (e.g. Luxardo). This seems to be a good age for drinking this ale, as the barnyard smell is strong but the fruit hasn't relinquished its power yet. I'll definitely revisit this review when I can try a 10 year old vintage.

Very tart yet earthy palate entry, with the real essence of sour cherry, pits and all, at play. Alfalfa, apple flowers, English daisies, loam, and some bacterial acidity play a note as well. Smooth, tart, crisp finish with lingering funk and a faint touch of oak or leather.

Rather flat, so lacking the effervesence I would prefer, but this seems to be an acceptable shortcoming for a traditional lambic, regardless of what the BJCP suggests.

I decided to pair my second glass with some cheese, so I shaved up some Ewephoria (a sheep's milk gouda from Friesland Holland, produced for the U.S. market). The combination was superb, bringing out a little more sweetness in the lambic, and emphasizing the grassy/herb/nut notes of the cheese.

augustgarage, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek is dark magenta with a loud, spritzy white head that quickly settles and leaves no lace. However, the effervescence is lively and persistent.

Smell is chalky cherries with some strong brett funk developing as it opened up.

Taste is nice cherry fruit blasted by extremely tart, baking soda bicarbonate laden lambic, wow. Hefty Oude Kriek flavor that really delivers for fans of extreme sour while still maintaining the fruit character.

Mouthfeel is very acidic, major pucker, dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is limited by the strength of the acidity, but make no mistake, this is an excellent Oude Kriek!! Scoring this beer is hard - I always try to score to style, and while the extreme nature is reflected in the lower scored I gave it for some of the category, it is nevertheless what I love about this beer!

ccrida, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark deep ruby red color with a thin fizzy pinkish head that quickly dissipates into a very thin lasting ring.

Tart funky aroma with a lot of barnyard funkiness, horseblanket and sweet sour cherries. Sweet smelling from the fruit countered by the earthy oak wood character.

Funky sour tart intensity up front that is puckering and mouthwatering but also very acidic. Again the sweetness of the cherries are organic and not artificial or syrupy. This sweetness is balanced by the very funky tart notes and the earthy wooden oak.

corby112, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7-oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Deep maroon to royal purple, somewhat hazy, almost no head at all but does have a nice ring of pink bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S = When I opened the bottle I got a very small pop and an immediate whiff of red wine vinegar, after pouring into the glass there is still vinegar present but also a robust spicy smell of peppers, chicken coops, horse sweat. This is one funky smeller. It does have distinct cherry smells as well, but they need to be discerned underneath the heavier, funkier smells.

T = Wow, very sour on the tongue, produces a pucker almost like fresh lemon juice. Here is where the cherries that were hiding in the nose come out in full force. At the front of the tongue there is an assault of funkiness of sweat and a mineral salt lick but by mid-palate there are sour cherries galore and they just keep going. The long finish is almost entirely sour cherry with maybe a little unsweetened cranberry juice mixed in.

M = Stinging carbonation which surprised me given the lack of head, medium-light body, very good mouthcoating.

D = This is an awesome lambic, but hard to put it high on drinkability given the pucker factor. I will definitely be coming back to this one again though.

Traquairlover, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 28 November 2006, foil and faux-corked 750 mL green glass bottle.

Vigorous pour results in no more than a couple bubbles. End result is a tiny ring of microscopic bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. Pours deep burgundy red, like a bottle of Merlot. Impressed by the color, obviously this is loaded with cherries, unfortunate the head is all but missing. The nose hits me with authentic spontaneously fermented sour funk, lightened by what I soon realize to be cherry juice. This is a great beer to hold to my nose and really take in the complexity, the citric sour, the moderate acetic funk, and somehow all complemented by fresh cherries.

Tastes sour immediately, with a slightly sulphuric farmhouse funk (just the right amount). All the while, cherries are meshing with every flavor, so well in fact at first it is hard to pick up on. Puckering on the back of the tongue, then the finish switches off between sour cherries and cherry funk... this is really exceptionally complex, there is so much to taste here and everything works exceptionally well together. Just a great fruited lambic. Body is light, tingly low-medium carbonation.

There is so much I love about this beer, most of which is the mix of flavors where I taste something different every sip and how the flavor experience in just one sip can reveal so many changing flavors. I will look for another bottle of this, and if it has a bit more carbonation I will up the scores here, because this is surely a great beer.

vacax, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Poured out of a bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottle has a 12/14/2007 bottled on date.

A: Deep red almost like a cranberry apple raspberry juice. Poured vigorously a .5 finger white course head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing.

S: Extremely woody notes and sour cherries. This one smells almost like wine barrels.

T: Very tart opening that lasts all the way through. At the end, there are woody notes and pine lingers through to the aftertaste. Very unique but "classy" taste.

M: Goes down extremely smooth and rather deep bodied for a lambic. Also very dry.

D: Tasty and worth the praise, this is different from other lambics that really concentrate on the sweetness of the brew.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's one I don't exactly get to have everyday.

Popped the cork and poured into my Squatters IPA goblet a very deep murky red, looking like coagulated blood. Carbonation made a show about fizzing up violently, then settled to nothing, like a raw Kombucha tea.

Aroma is all wood-aged Old Lambic. Some unripened fruitiness, though I can't immediately tell it's cherry. Quite a bit of wet wood as well as some fresh-molded-plasticky phenols. Very nice interesting aroma.

The first sip gobsmacks you with sour cherry - indeed, this beer is very sour. Further sips bring some bitterness, almost as though you're not only chewing on a sour cherry, you're chewing on the stem too. High acidity. Actually not a lot of funk going on here at all Oak contributes some tannic character and a touch of vanilla. No sweetness whatsoever - if you're looking for sweetness, forget about it, it isn't here. All in all, fairly straightforward, but very good.

Feel is a little fizzy, but similar to a Cantillon Lou Pepe, this doesn't kill me with carbonation, which I really appreciate.

It is pretty drinkable. It does, however, almost "burn" as it travels down into my stomach - it's that acidic.

Patrick999, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 2009 bottling:

375ml purchased at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Opaque and turbid black cherry red topped by a pinkish-purple crown that leaves strands of lacing. The aroma is sweaty, funky, massively fruity. The cherry aroma is fresh and ripe, sweet and sour; it's at the forefront but it doesn't overwhelm the funk. Very sour on the palate, strong lactic acidity met by cherry tartness. It's refreshing, light without being insubstantial. There's noticeable oak beneath the fruit, especially prominent in the moderately tannic finish. This is an exceptionally good batch of the Oude Kriek, the fruit character is vibrant and the sourness and oak are nicely balanced.

2007 bottling:

A: Clear cherry red, a small pink head rises and just as quickly disappears.

S: Funky cherries, like someone put a handful of tart macerated cherries in a sweaty gym sock. Beneath that I get a bit of barrel, leather, soil, lactic sourness and a hint of vanilla.

T/M: Sharp sourness up front, woody tannins and a big sweet-sour cherry flavor. Leathery and earthy mid-palate, with a sour, dry and lightly tannic finish. Medium-low carbonation. Not as complex or intense as the Schaerbeekse Kriek, but still a great beer.

largadeer, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass. Dated 12/14/2007.

Pours hazy dark red, with a bubbly pink one-finger head that settles into a thin ring round the edge of the glass. Nice, sticky lacing complements.

Nose is big time funky right off the to complement the sharp cherry presence. Notes of intense barnyard, sweatsocks, and even some very light urine, with a dry oaky presence down in there as well adding some complexity.

Taste is sharp and puckering right up front; very sour but not too dirty. Sour cherry, skins, with a woody depth to it that brings out pits and stems too, and a thin layer of slightly dirty barnyard funk. Finish gets a bit of leather and horseblanket in there, but this is really a sourbomb - big lactic and even acetic notes surround the cherry, the funk that shows up is secondary. Still, I like it. A lot. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied, with the acidity lending some bite to complement the carbonation.

Drinkability is good, tasty beer but not otherwordly. Sour and flavorful without being over the top. Cherry comes out enough to really speak without being overly lost in the sour quality as well.

JohnQVegas, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Insanely good beer! Drie Foneinen has figured this whole Belgian thing out. This Kriek is no different. Holding true to what Krieks are, this beer has a delicate acidity that steers clear from sharpness or astringency. A clean tartness that comes from the cherries are a perfect compliment to the vineous blended lambic base beer. Tartness take the shape of pie cherries, under-rippened berries, crabapples, and malt. That's right, a steady stream of pilsner malts add just enough sweetness, body, and creaminess to buffer the palate from the intensity of the sour beer. A light cork mustiness gives an earthy complextion to the beer from the nose to the finish (despite the synthetic cork). A real surprise is the low-lying carbonation which keeps the acidity from becoming amplified. Still, the beer does not rest heavily on the tongue; rather giving a mellow soothing demeanor to the session. Krieks just don't get better.

BEERchitect, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 thick green bottle into 25oz wine glass. Bottling date of 12/14/07.

Opaque purple hue, sort of like a cloudy wine, with a pink one finger head that slowly settles to a thin rim along the glass.

Sharp and sour cherry, very spicy.

More sour cherry, starting out as very sugary and slowly changing to a very acerbic dry flavor.

Super sower, not for beginners. The cherry flavor is very nice. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a light cherry frothy head that dissipated very quickly; hazy crimson-raspberry color. Quite a nice color

S - Vinegary; sour cherries; very tart; a bit funky

T - Acidic and sour, but very nice; very sour cherry flavor; touch of vanilla; very very tart finish

M - Thinner; nice lively carbonation, but not too much.

D - Pretty darn good; love the refreshing sour nature, but had enough other layers to keep things interesting.

Overall, damn good brew and I would very much recommend for fans of the style.

Nickls, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of mikecharley
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purplish garnet. Clear-ish is a good way to describe the clarity of this brew. It is a little murky. There is a little pinkish cap on this, which recedes leaving no lacing.

Smell of vinegar, really acidic. Some really old cherries. Oak and funk, but the frontrunner is the sour acidity. Really smells like its gonna be a bruiser. (And it is)

The taste is all acidic, tart, and SOUR. There are some musty cherries too, but mostly the aformentioned descriptors. This is pretty sour in comparison the the other kreiks I've had. There is some barrel and funkiness that comes into play more as this warms up a little. Yum

The drinkability is about avg for a sour. I could probably drink only 1 of these in a sitting.

Overall a great brew, so long as the sour is what you are looking for...

mikecharley, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek is a solid, sparkling, red beer with a small, frothy, pink head. It has a musty wooden aroma like cherries and barrels. There are champagne notes in the nose. It has a bubbly light body with a lively finish. It is very sour with no sweetness. It's mostly sour cherry and bret. There's a resiny oak flavor that creeps in and the aftertaste is all sour cherry. This sounds silly, but if you toss a little Disaronno in this, it makes a great cocktail.

yesyouam, May 31, 2009
Photo of DannyS
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle.

A - Dark, cloudy, burgundy red, thin collar of head on the top.

S - Musty, sour, cherry, slightly buttery, like a white wine.

T - Moderately sour with a boatload of fresh cherries. A bit tannic on the dry yet very pleasant finish. The most balanced sour beer I've had yet.

M - High carbonation and light body, a very ethereal mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable for a lambic. I'd stick to one in a sitting because of the price, but I could easily take a nice long afternoon sipping through a couple bottles of this.

Overall - The best sour lambic I've had so far. It's definitely sour, but it's well balanced and fruity, with just a hint of lambic funk. I still have a soft spot for Lindemans and other sweet lambics, but this is a great treat.

I was dying to try a Drie Fonteinen beer ever since I got into lambics, and having this only made me want more.

DannyS, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a dark, ruby red. Bright pink bubbles and foam. Keeps bubbling! Looks pretty.

Smells ... vinegary, and overwhelmingly of sour cherries. MMmmmm...

Taste is cherry, as expected. Tart, sour cherries. I expected a bit more ... there's some acidic vinegar ... but it's pretty one note. All sourness of cherries, no balancing hints of sweetness.

Great mouthfeel. Not particularly drinkable.

Overlord, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle bottled 12/14/2007, costly at $13. Very nice smell upon opening the bottle, cherry kool-aid and juice mixed. Nice pink color with a head that quickly evanesced. The taste puckers my jaws but doesn't quite leave a sour taste on my tongue. Acidic, not much funk. I really enjoy the 3F gueuze so I'll continue collecting that but for my money I'd rather have an oud beersel kriek as it seems to have more funk to it.

update 06/04/10

12/14/2007 bottle


update 07/16/10

3/31/2009 bottle

very good cherry flavor, not much funk, delicious

update 01/16/12

12/14/2007 bottle

smells exquisite, cinnamon, cherry, vanilla, almost smells like cognac, sort of flat and the mouthfeel is flat, taste is nice cherry but the smell is really the winner for this vintage at this point. I could sniff this all damn day.

ArrogantB, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated Dec 2007.

A: A dense foamy pink head fades quickly. Body is a brilliant redish purple; cloudy with black yeasty specs from my inattentive pour. Lacing is good and also light pink. Beautiful in a different way.

S: Sourness and fruit. I cold imagine smelling the fruit itself if it weren't for the funk in the background.

T: Wow, that's sour! Much more sour than the Gueuze. This sourness tastes like it comes form the fruit, or maybe just seems more appropriate in conjunction with the fruit flavor. I don't get a whole lot of funk, just a little at the end which complements things. (I might wish for a little more funk here). Otherwise the flavor is just like the smell: fruity and sour.

M: High carbonation goes well with the style.

D: Pretty drinkable, the sourness gets to me a little, but there not much funk, which probably improves it a bit.

I find this style hard to judge not having much experience with it, but I can't say I wanted to stop drinking the beer...

51mmz0rz, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling Date: 02 December 2005

Appearance: Pours a purple-red body with a thinnish, bubbly, pinkish head.

Smell: A musty, funk-scented blend of cherry and strawberry preserves that's plenty moldy and plenty acidic with a note of cheese that is well past its prime.

Taste: Tart, sweetish cherries with a spoonful of strawberry jelly are greeted by a pinch of salt and a jolt of acidity. Punchy sourness. Hints of soggy leather and topsoil alongside some tough phenolics. Finishes rather dry with a hint of decaying wood.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. An initial flourish of carbonation, then it mellow out into a moderate carbonation level.

Drinkability: A fine fruit lambic, but, in all honesty, it makes me more than wistful for another dose of that Hommage.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Cedromar
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottled on November 20th 2006, just under two years old.

A deep red pour that gives way to an earthy sour cherry smell that could drive a man mad. The taste is strong of sour cherries and funk.

A well done lambic, but I'd stick with Cantillon.

Cedromar, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Tasted side x side with the Schaerbeekse Kriek.

Poured a dark and cloudy reddish color with a smaller sized reddish/pinkish head. Aromas of cherries, yeast, and raspberries. Tastes of cherries, wood, funky, and raspberries. I preferred the Schaerbeekse.

Notes from and tasted on 12/12/05.

hopdog, Nov 04, 2008
Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
95 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.