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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 180
Gots: 174 | FT: 17
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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 TriGuy20
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330ml bottle into tulip style wine glass.

A: Dark crimson red with beautiful cherry tinged white head with a lace that clings nicely to the glass.

S: Tart Cherry/ Cinnamon/ Oak-wood notes/ Slight barnyard notes with corky accent/ Cherry cola/ Sherry/ Saddle/ Violet

T: The cherry comes out tart at first on the initial attack and then transforms into a sweet cherry on the mid palate that turns into cinnamon toast. On the finish this beer displays a nice funky tart cherry flavor.

MF: Great mouth feel that fills the palate with flavor and ends with hints of creaminess. The finish on the beer is quite good.

D: This beer is very drinkable! Your mouth waters for more with each sip. The sourness of this beer is in perfect balance.

Wow this is a great beer! Everything is in perfect harmony. A real pleasure to drink.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually I opt for Cantillon when in front of a bunch of good Lambic beer, but tonight 3F seemed the better choice. It is difficult to beat the color on fruited Lambics like this. No heading comes up, but the color is a pinkish red, with some hazy hues as well. The cherries in the nose come off sweet yet sour at the same time. Earthy notes can also be detected, with just a tiny hint of funk. The cherry flavor here is sweet at the beginning, and more sour towards the end. It never becomes too sour, but instead remains moderately tart. What I love is that you can really taste the pits of all those cherries, which add a tremendous amount of complexity. Mouthfeel is medium, with very little carbonation, just a small hint. Drinkability is lovely, not too sour and not too sweet. As expected, this is some seriously delicious beer here from 3F. One to sip and savor on special occasions.

Photo of nniicckkww
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet style glass. Deep garnet color with pinkish frothy head that quickly dissipated but left a slight lacing on the glace. Aroma of tart cherries with slight vinegar undertones and musty, funky barnyard.

Lively carbonation. Fruity taste upfront with cherry tartness that layers into an earthy mustiness through the finish. Light to medium body. This beer is delicious. Finishes with slight saltiness that lingers. Very complex. There is so much going on with this one.

I only rate the drinkability at 4.0 because it was $12.99 and because it is so complex. I was extremely satisfied with just one. An amazing beer made in the traditional style without sugar added. My wife loved it also!!!

Photo of biga7346
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Beer poured a flat, ruby red to burnt crimson and takes on a more rusty maroon as it warms. No lacing or head whatsoever.

Big aromas of leather, moss, barnyard to hay with the slightest backdrop of tart raspberries, cherries and tropical fruit. A very complex layering of aromas.

The texture is where this beer really hit a homerun with a firm, well attenuated, velvety mouthfeel that swirled easily across the palate. I got more tartness, lemon curd, fresh raspberry and cherry, red wine spritziness and then the slightest touch of phenol to mediciny in the finish.

What a wonderful lambic, good year. This is something I would very much enjoy with fresh fruit maybe even chocalate.

Photo of jsanford
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a number of these in the back of a cooler at my local beer store. Brewed on 12/5/05, so this is about 5 years old. Poured into a flute.

A - Pours a deep ruby red with a thin white ring and tons of lively carbonation.
S - Sour cherries and red wine vinegar dominate, with a vinous, "oaky" quality.
T - Very sour and funky, the cherry has faded a bit but is still recognizable in the taste. Again, very woody, almost like cherry pits. Intensely sour, almost one-dimensional.
M - Thin syrupy body with very sharp carbonation. Dry and astringent, really puckers the mouth.
D - I really like this, but it's so sour it's hard to finish by yourself.

Photo of sugit
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1st bottle popped for NYE

A: Dark crimson red color (almost like cranberry juice) with a nice two-finger pinkish head. I was hoping it would last longer since it was so awesome to look at...unfortunately it didn't have much staying power. Decent lacing left behind. Very little carbonation. 4.5

S: Wonderful tart cherries. Good amount of funk as well.

T: Again tart cherries, but with a good amount of sweetness I wasn't expecting. Sourness hits toward the end. A little bit of plum as well. Sourness doesn't mouth puker. Nice balance of sweet, sour, tart and acid.

M: Low carbonation which was a bit of a bummer. Med bodied, but goes down very smooth.

D: Very easy to drink due to it not being too sour.

Photo of wedgie9
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 375mL bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors, bottled on 14 December, 2007. Pours a cloudy light red that reminds me of some of the darker Cabernet Sauvignon Roses that I have tried. The head starts off large and pink, and slowly recedes to light lace around the edges of the glass. Nose is super sour, acidic, and funky with some barnyard, and the ever-present underlying sweet aroma of Kirsch. This beer is undoubtedly dry starting off with stinging acid and vinegar funk, then moving onto the sour cherry flavor and finishing with a combination of the above with the funky addition of a slight burnt rubber flavor. There is a hint of vanilla oak in the middle as well. The body is light with sparkling acidity and a long, funky, and sour cherry finish. The acidity lingers for quite a long time, causing my mouth to continue watering.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 14th, 2007.

Pours a cloudy, murky, plum-colored purple. Light pink hues in the legs. Very little carbonation... Whispy cloud of whitish bubbles... Virtually no lace, and no hope of retention...

Smells musty... Oaky earthy almost vinous note. Sour cherries and vinegar...

Taste follow nose-- a floral malty sweetness leads to the musty earthy note and the sour cherries are creeping along the whole time. I think I'm done aging fruit lambics... The tartness hasn't gotten more sour, and the fruit just fades... It is still quite good-- but hasn't really improved in my opinion.

Body is nearly full-- very little carbonation. A wine- like feel. Very interesting.

Very easy to drink-- perhaps not the BEST kriek I've had, but certainly a treat-- and a very very tasty and drinkable beer.

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

375ml bottle into New Belgium snifter. Bottled 31 March 2009.

A: Pours a clear very dark cranberry red with a thin pink head that quickly faded away into a bubbly film. Head is pretty unimpressive but the collar left some wisps of soapy lace.
S: Funky musty attic/ dank basement smell with hints of tart, sweet black cherries underneath. Pretty darn enticing.
T: Follows the nose with sweet cherries on the palate first followed by the wet woody oak and basement flavors. A fair amount of sourness overwhelms the flavor in the finish, and the aftertaste is bone dry as hell. Overall not as sour as I was expecting, but I'd say this has a great balance between mouth pucker and drinkability.
M: The first thing I noticed about this beer was its dryness. This almost got stuck in my throat on the way down. Tons of tannis from cherry pits, skin, and oak barrel leave my mouth gritty and dry. Medium body with soft tingly carbonation.
D: Pretty good all around. This one would of probably done well with a few more years on it as well. As it stands now though, I found it quite refreshing, flavorful and drinkable without too much sweetness.

Photo of jminsc76
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A four-year old bottle courtesy of alexd3891.

Pours very little head atop a vibrantly pink/rosy body. No lacing as I tilt.

Aromas of funky funk, cherry skins, and rubber? Alex was quick to point out the rubber, with another reviewer (ThreeWiseMen) pointing out an aroma of "pool chemical smell". I am not sure if it's the same smell that my friend and the latter reviewer are using different descriptors with, but I do identify something a little peculiar is present. Also exhibits some mild floral notes.

The flavors are stupendous, very earthy and organic, with plenty of sour cherries and strong tartness. An inhale also reveals some wheat in the chaff, but due to the amount of years this has been aging I suspect the stronger wheat flavors have somewhat died down. Whatever. The complexity is there.

A thin and light mouthfeel, and very conducive to the flavors.

Overall, induces mouth-watering sensations just thinking about it. Due to the age of the bottle I wonder how much has been lost versus when only one or two years have gone by. Still an excellent kriek that I would return to repeatedly, particularly a more newly-released version.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.