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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 301
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rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
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Gots: 219 | FT: 27
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

- 375ml. Bottle, dated 31st. March, 2009.

Amazing appearance to this beer. Deep blood red in color, almost black. Yet when held in the light against a piece of white paper shows gorgeous pink- red hues along the edges of the glass. Very good lacing. The head of foam is tremendous, big and fluffy, like cotton candy rich violet-pink, purple color. I can smell the cherries and sour funk as it sits from across the table without yet putting my nose to the glass.
Ripe cherries, almonds right away in the nose, sour funkiness a little medicinal. Sweettarts, vanilla-oak, cherry cough drops. Dusty barnyard, musty earth, rich red wine fruit.
At first sip this beer has lively, spritzy carbonation on the tongue. Halfway through the glass the carbonation has all but vanished leaving a mellow, creamy, almost flat brew that's delicious. Very ripe fresh cherries upfront in the taste. Sour, sweettarts-funk, almonds, vanilla-oak flavors. Good sweetness from the fruit, not sugary. Musty-barnyard. Tart and dry but balanced with the cherries. Clean cherry pie, bready finish. Tart and refreshing. Sourness isn't too acidic on the stomach like some lambics. Great musty, sour funk mixing with the fruit. Layers of foam all the way to the bottom of the glass. Can't wait to see how this beer drinks with 4 or 5 years bottle age from the celler. Would drink a lot of this, world class brew. (1,385 characters)

Photo of popery
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, home. The bottle is about 11 months old. This a fantastic beer. It pours a raspberry-mahogany color with a small pink head that dissipates slowly. The aroma is naturally fruity and sweet. There's a big cherry note that borders on raspberry/strawberry jam sweet. The aroma also has a balanced, refined horseblanket funk that's just wonderful. The flavor is fairly dry and medium tart. I haven't had all that many lambics, but this seems quite balanced. There's also a medium acidic vinegar flavor throughout the aroma and flavor. Very nice fruit sour. (565 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep ruby red; head is smallish and pink and disappears quickly. Nose is full and funky, nice fruit coming through as well. I quite like how both the cherry and funk come through without one covering up or overwhelming the other. Flavor profile is medium sour, which allows a little more cherry to come through. Soft, fruity...just a slight residual sweetness helps round it out.
I can't imagine what else you would want from a kriek. I'll give the edge on nose to Cantillon, but I like the flavor on this a bit more. Excellent. (541 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of nniicckkww
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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!!! (718 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a flute glass.

2006 corked bottle.

A: Pours a dark rose to purple color. Cloudy. Minimum carbonation (I guess that's due to the bottle age). Forms a very small bubbled white head with minimal retention and no lacings left

S: Fruity and woody. Cherry juice. A little bit sour. Lambic yeasts

T: The best part. Just perfect. A Slightly sweet fruity upfront, followed by a tart cherry pie taste. Oak and malt. In overall a dry but veeeery smooth taste. Not aggressively tart as a Cantillon, for example, giving a quite winy sensation in the mouth.

M: Light but slightly smooth body. Very low carbonation. Malty and tart aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. I would like to taste a "younger" one (this is a 6 years old bottle) to compare. Absolutely great beer. No more comments... (807 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375 ml into a tulip glass.

A- a very deep red with very little lace that dissipates extremely quick.

S- lots of tart cherries with some peach hints. You can pucker your cheeks just based on the smell alone. But in a good way.

T- follows the nose almost exactly. Lots of cherries and and tart fruits. Peaches and apricots come through as well.

M- foamy and silky. Makes your cheeks pucker.

O- very delicious overall. This is a new style for me and if this is representative of the style i can definitely see myself getting into these. (553 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (1,499 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Sinner stemware. It poured a dark purple color with a bubbly, frothy, pink head to it. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice, fresh, cherry flavor to it. The cherry has some sour notes to it, but also has some sweeter, cherry pie like flavors as well. It has a bit of an underlying, funky, musty quality to it as well. I love the cherries, one of the best real fruit flavors I've encountered.

The taste has a wonderful cherry flavor to it. I get a little more of the sour, tart notes out of them with just a bit of that sweeter, cherry pie filling flavor. It's moderately acidic, with some more of that funky and musty basement like qualities to it. Again I love the cherry flavor it had.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Overall I really loved this beer. Full disclosure though, I absolutely love cherries. The cherry flavor it had was really fantastic in my opinion. It showed off some great tart and sour flavors but still managed to have some fruity, cherry sweetness. Very nice beer overall. (1,156 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark, almost blood red, slightly opaque, with a fizzy, crackling head that recedes quickly, and no lacing.

Smells like oak, sour grain, cherries, vinegar, and lactic acid.

This is pretty moderately sour, but manages to keep a delicate balance. There's a very good balance between sour cherry and oak, with sour grainy malt as well, some vinegar, and sour apples.

This has a bubbly, prickly, and fairly highly carbonated mouthfeel, with a lighter body. It's very drinkable- it was insanely easy to put down this 375.

This is probably the best Kriek that I've ever had. So good. (632 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep red with a two finger fluffy pink head that faded quickly
S: smells of oakyness, funk, acetic sourness, and cherry
T: Great pucker, sour cherry, some oakyness, funk, a bit more cherry. Swallow is a fantastic sour cherry flavor with a bit more oak and funk.
M: thin with good effervescent carbonation with a slightly drying finish
O: A phenomenal beer with great flavors. Very well crafted and a joy to drink. A bit pricey for a bottle though. (458 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled 12/14/2007 - 12.7oz - Poured at 50 degrees into a tulip.

The body is a lot darker than I expected. It's a dark plum color, but when held to the light you can see some gorgeous shades of violet. The minimal amount of head is light pink in color, and composed of almost entirely tiny bubbles. Surprisingly good retention for such a minimal amount of overall head, minimal lacing tries to cling to the glass, but quickly wavers.

A really nice nose, smells a lot like the Schaerbeekse version. Big cherry, plum, and pomegranate character accentuated by funk, trace alcohol and slight burnt rubber.

Tastes great. Grape juice, pomegranate, plum, and tart dark cherries. It's quite sour to boot, mouth-puckeringly so. My palate has started to adjust to the sourness as the session has continued. Some funky character rounds things out nicely.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium consistency, not much carbonation, but has just enough to get it going. Very dry.

Overall this is a fantastic kriek. I would recommend this kriek to anyone trying to get a good feel for the style. Drinks very well, it's easy going and flavorful. Drie Fonteinen continues to amaze me. (1,166 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle set in a traditional lambic basket into a Drie Fonteinen branded logo stemmed crystal glass

Pours a murky violet burgundy capped by a light pinkish sea foam-like head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose brings whiffs of oak, cherry, berry-like fruitiness, and a bit of vinegar. Tart cherries and oak greet the tastebuds immediately, hints of mixed berries, hay, and balsamic vinegar join in, finishes with the perfect amount of mouth puckering sour and musty oak and a final burst of sour cherries. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Overall, an truly exceptional brew. (609 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin pink head on a cloudy dark red body.
S- Big wood oak with tons of sour cherries in the nose. Tons of sour notes. Very nice complex aroma.
T- A really nice tart sour cherry flavor. The wood also really helps dry it out and adds some really nice complexity to it. Almost a bit of a bitter sour taste. I'm not very good at being able to pick out and name the different flavors in a lambic but this is a very good lambic.
M- Medium body with low carbonation and leaves a pretty dry feel to it. Along with a light bitterness on mid tongue.
D- I this is a great lambic. Yeah I have had some better but this is up there. (626 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, presented in a wired straw pouring basket at the Poechenellekelder in Brussels.

A huge, upright 180 degree pour from the waiter generated more than half the glass worth of soapy head in the proper Drie Fonteinen flute glass. It was perfect flamingo, pastel pink. The body had a sexy burgundy shine to its deep maroon colour. So sexy, my God!

The smell is simply seductive. Ripe Polish cherries with sweet and distinctive sherry or brandy overtones. It really reminds me of Polish cherry brandy. The smell is sweet and dry, similar to a rose wine - only with funk - and far, far more stimulating.

Drie Fonteinen's Kriek is considerably sour and funky, even by traditional lambic standards. This is a blend of 35% fresh gueze and it shows in the mouthfeel. The acidity keeps in line the sourness, producing a beer that is very drying and only mildly tart. At times it has an almost ash like soot, extinguished by acidity and that sanded-down sourness. Certain sips you might make out the gueze more than you notice the cherries.

The makeup is identical to cranberry juice: on sip you experience an instance of fruitiness that is followed by a harsh dryness. Each sample concludes with lingering, fruity dryness. Adding to the similarity is a body that is considerably flat and only lightly spritzy.

Of the Krieks I've tried, this taste was perhaps the furthest thing from the medicinal, cough-drop cherry flavour found all too often in the more commercial examples. Although the cherry flavour is sweet, the beer itself is by no means. It steered wide clear of sweet and went right down the road marked sour. The cherry at times tasted jam like, at others, brandy like. I think their secret is in the barrels...

I found Drie Fonteinen's Kriek to be unique amongst its fruit-infused lambic brethren. Although I suppose all real Kriek are different from one another as each traditional maker (or in this case 'blender') has their own distinctive style. Mr.Debelder: I like your sense of fashion! (2,017 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has an aesthetically pleasing, pinkish-red froth that devolves slowly. Color is bright crimson.

A tart cherry and slightly funky aroma assault precedes some slightly medicinal notes and oak.

The cherry is bold up front of course, but it also has a handful of cotton candy, some shards of oak, a pinch of vanilla and a dash of vinegar to balance.

Dry through and through and almost sprightly.

Has just enough of everything and not too much of anything, and that's how it should be. (495 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled jan 22 2012 poured into an Allagash coolship tumbler

A- deep dark cherry red sounds effervescent and a quickly disappearing pink head forms

S- tart cherry, not much else

T- Starts with a prickly sweet cherry that quickly changes into tart cherry skin with a dry, hay horse blanket finish, initially seems one dimensional with the cherry but finishes quite complex

M- looked highly carbonated but almost felt sticky in the mouth, carbonation could have been better, but i enjoyed the sticky sour cherry

O- dangerously drinkable, wish every bar was required to have a well done kriek on tap (602 characters)

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, on a rainy Wednesday night, in Atlanta, with a couple amused friends.

A: Gorgeous, cloudy cherry redhead. Negligible carbonation off the pour, which dissipates immediately, but has nice wine-like legs. Its oak-y past is visible (okay, maybe not).

S: Aged oak mingles with dark cherry, finishing with a sharp sour aroma. Incredible. Lingering.

T: The interior of the oak barrels is immediately evident on the palate; and is similar to gnawing on your grandma's antique oak table, but in this case it's tasty. A mellow, cherry middle awaits patiently behind the oak. Finishes with a dry sour jolt, which smacks like a right hook to the jaw.

M: Fine. Coating. Massively dry.

D: This knocked me out and provided me with a greater appreciation for sours. I could probably drink three of these in a sitting, if only I could afford it. Excellent brew. (874 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: Bottle
Consumed: 4.24.15

A: 4.5 The color of this beer is very pleasant. Pours a deep crimson with a two-inch pink head with good retention.

S: 4.25 Fairly mild compared to other krieks. Hay and funk dominate the nose with mild cherry coming through in the background. Green pepper and lemon come in next with a slight mineral aroma. The cherries smell really wonderful and start to take charge as the beer warms, but they are still mild compared to the funk.

T: 4.5 While the cherries may have been lacking on the nose, they more than make up for it with flavor. So much quality, tart cherry balanced out by mildly sour, earthy funk. The beer starts out a bit sweet with some white pepper, followed by an increasing level of sourness over the course of a few seconds until you get a crisp, dry, lemony finish.

M: 4.75 Great feel, perfect carbonation, and a slightly dry finish make this beer extremely satisfying while still easy-drinking.

O: 4.5 Probably the most balanced kriek I’ve had to date. There’s a lot of great flavors here and the cherry tastes like high quality fruit. There could be a tiny bit more tartness, but other than that this beer is truly excellent. (1,196 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

expensive kriek at about 17 bucks for a small bottle, but the name commands the wage, and the quality doesnt disappoint, although i think there are comparable krieks out there for less money. fully pink in color, hazy with just a bit of yeast sediment and a long lasting bone white head frothy like laundry soap overflowing from the cycle. it smells tart as any ive seen, lambic fist and fruit second in the nose, which i just love, but in the flavor its all cherry. cherries have that odd property for me, in beer, of either being incredibly authentic like cherries right from the tree, or of being brutally fake, artificial, syrupy, out of a can, not good. there seems to never be middle ground. its either fresh fruit or candy or medicine. this unfortunately to me seems fake, like canned pie cherries, especially in the finish. tart enough, but there is a ton of sweetness too, and the cherries seem a tad medicinal. i know they arent, but they seem that way. the feel is fuller bodied and the sugar is about 25% too much, while the carbonation is still great and the acidic creeps up in intensity as my glass warms up. i like the beer a lot, but i want to taste a bit more lambic like the nose teases here. for the price im sort of neutral, if it was ten bucks, id be ecstatic, and if it was any more expensive id be pissed off.

edit: bumping up a few marks here, may have had this a bit young before, the beer has changed a lot, more funk, more genuine fruit, and less of the residual weirdness. a true champion among krieks, and upon reading my review from just a few short months ago, i am disappointed i rated it as poorly as i did. i think this is one of the very best examples of the style going. period. (1,716 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (474 characters)

Photo of Travlr
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an almost blood red with a small pink head. Very pretty beer which will undoubtedly fool the women.

Smells of tart, cherries and oakiness.

Yummy! The perfect amount of sour pang from the cherries and that oaky dryness from the barrels balance well to make this really top notch. It has that lemon lime sour effect which is awesome. As I get down to the bottom of the glass I am shocked by the amount of sediment!

Nicely carbonated yet controlled.

6%? You must be joking. Dangerously drinkable; not too sweet, not too sour. (532 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THIS MOTHER FUCKER TRIED TO BREAK MY WRIST. Damn cork popped out and bent my already broken wrist in a stupid way. DAMN YOU FONTEINEN. I'll have my wife open the rest of my beers.

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is pink / red with a thin pin head that leaves some lacing, big time carbonation.

Aroma is sour, acetic and mild lactic with some sweet cherries, what's the vintage of this beer?

Very cherry, super tart, face hurting sour. Lip puckering. Very sour, hits in the back of mouth. The cherry flavors are very very nice in this one. Its well balanced with the acetic sour, I really love this beer. Better than the other Fonteinen Kriek lambic in my opinion. I'm going to get some more of this and age them. (717 characters)

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
93 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.