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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 301
Hads: 952
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 200
Gots: 222 | FT: 28
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of lanamj
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a tulip glass. 2009 vintage

A- Opened with a bang, but no gushing. Pored a nice cherry red, as it should have, with a nice pink soapy head. It hold up well with nice retention and strong lacing.

S- Lot of tart funk in the front mixed with sour cherry aroma. Deep inside you begin to pick up sour apple, oak and pear. This is a very good smelling kriek but not a whole lot of complexity. It makes my mouth water!!

T- Nice and tart just how I like em'. Lots of cherry throughout and nice dry oak finished. Very well balanced and smooth. I pick up some berries and also small hints of lemon grass. I really love this beers taste.

M- Easy to drink, perfect, active carbonation that cleanses the palate very effectively. It is a very nice kriek that could be enjoyed over and over again. It has a very woodie finish which reminds me of a strong oaked chardonnay.

O- As always Drie does it well. All the lambics they create are wonderful and this one is no exception. Lots of fruit forward flavor and good oak character. The only reason this is not a five to me is I have had the pleasure of enjoying, including other krieks from Drie, other lambic krieks that I would consider a little better. That being said this a wonderful beer and is well worth the fancy import price tag. (1,301 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice ruby red color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart cherries, red grapes, lemon, some funk, a light acidity and faint oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some tart cherries, red grapes, a lemon sourness, definite funk, a light acidity and faint woody oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Drie.

Serving type: bottle (615 characters)

Photo of cameraready
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Old Crown for this bottle.

Appearance: Dark ruby red in color with pink head. Small amount of lacing on glass.

Aroma: Sour cherries with a hint of oak on top. The aroma of the base lambic comes through well with the cherries.

Taste: Mildly tart with plenty of sour cherry flavor. Dryness added by the oak comes through after the first few drinks.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and crisp dryness.

Overall: Excellent example of a Kriek. Not overly sweet like some easier to find examples. Really well balanced between the lambic, cherry and oak.

12.7 ounce bottle poured into tulip. Lot March 31 2009. (618 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy red fruit color like raspbery with very little suds.
Smell is like the armpit of a high school basketball player. Musky and dank. Cherry and oak.
Taste is cherry skin and sour apple and alum combined with a dark oak finish.
Mouthfeel is bitterness all over the place.
Drinkability is "How much sour stuff can you handle?" (340 characters)

Photo of Duffman929
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml '07 Vintage

A: Reddish/purple color poured into the glass. Not much head, but what there was was a pinkish color.

S: Large funk smell from cork and in bottle before pour. Tart cherry, oak, and woodsy.

T: Quite sour upon initial taste, but mouth adjusted after slight warming and drinking more of bottle. I love sour cherries and this was great.

M: Heavy light to light medium feel, which is more that anticipated by the look. For sure sour and was able to linger well after finished.

O: The age helped to smooth this bottle out and it was awesome. I'm glad that I have another bottle. (596 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/27/12 Bottling date

A: Pours an almost cabernet-like color. No real head to speak of.

S: A rich blend of sour cherry and a lot of oak. Some raspberry jam notes emerge as the beer warms. Definitely has a bit of a vinous characteristic to it.

T: Tons of sour cherries throughout with a slight lactic tartness. A touch of unripe raspberry with a rich jammy finish. A touch of lemon and tannins on the finish. (411 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (719 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oude Kriek, bottled 2009, March 31st

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours clear deep amber with rose-colored head that recedes quickly but leaves waves of lacing. Some bubbles travel through the beer. 

S: Tart cherries and lactic sourness jump out of glass. 
Next, vanilla, barnyard, and barrel. Not complicated, but exquisite, nonetheless. 

T: Medium lactic acid and some vinegar coat tongue, then juicy tart pie cherries top it off. Both of these taste stronger than I expected. There is some relatively sweet cherry juice, too. Vanilla, brettanomyces, and barrel are quite subtle and show mainly in finish when sourness and cherries subside. Additional tastes appear in tail-end of finish and include musty, manure, cheese rind and copper. 

M: Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Lively mouthfeel. 

O: Oude Kriek is simple but sophisticated. Delicious and drinkable, Wadsey needs more.  (916 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber, translucent, but dark enough in the glass to be mostly opaque with a reddish hue and a thin white circle of tiny bubbles. Looks a bit like red wine.

S: Raspberry, melon, sour cherry, in a faint nose.

T: Raspberry, sour cherry, lemon, red grape.

M: Medium-light bodied and fairly smooth.

O: My personal favorite Kriek, I like it almost as much as their Oude Geuze Golden Blend.

Note: Bottled 27 January 2012, imbibed 21 January 2014. (452 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle purchased at John’s Grocery in Iowa City, dated 2009.
Pours a deep red color with a small-ish pink head that leaves a pretty pink lace on the glass. The aroma is tons of sour cherries, a bit of dirty laundry, some earthy tones, and some horseblanket. The flavor is very sour with a clean woodiness and loads of sour cherry flavor. The beer is very dry and very tart with a cork-like and earthy character in the finish. (435 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this as part of a tasting called Funk'd at my local craft beer bar. Really enjoyed it! In fact the finish on this one compares to other beers such as Hommage was surprising! Much cleaner and fruitier finish! Would love to get again! (240 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (679 characters)

Photo of Mavajo
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with almost no head -- it fizzed up on the pour but faded instantly. I pick up predominantly horseblanket from the aroma. The cherries are there too, but I'm not sure I'd pick them up without the power of suggestion. It's mostly just the horseblanket. Taste is mouth-puckeringly sour and tart -- wonderful. Cherry is much more prominent on the palate. Mouthfeel is fairly full for a sour, with mild yet tingly carbonation and a bit of a gritty coating on your teeth.

Excellent lambic, and brutally sour. The gritty sensation in the mouthfeel and somewhat muted aroma (other than the horseblanket) are my only real knocks. (639 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red color with a light pink, 2 inch head. The head disappears quickly. Quite a bit of carbonation raises from the bottom of the glass as well. The aroma consists of sour cherries. Tart cherries, a hint of oak, and a touch of sour grapes greet the taste buds as you sip. Carbonation is strong on the tongue and a perfect amount of tartness leaves the mouth wanting more. It is a light body with full flavor. As this was first brew from Drie Fonteinen, I will definitely seek out more as I really enjoyed this one. (525 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 vintage Poured into a Rodenbach glass, deep purple red and clear. Not much head sits atop this beer, but what is there is white and produces the faintest lacing. Smells like sour cherry, brown sugar, acetic acid, and light funky barnyard brett. Taste is big sour cherry pie, pie crust, and graham cracker. Nicely dry, with just a hint of brown sugar sweetness. For a sour they just don't come more drinkable. (413 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Never got around to reviewing this, so let's do it now.

Bottle vintage: June, 2013. Consumed July, 2014.

Deep cherry-red color, topped with a huge fluff of fizzy pink head out of the bottle, which soon settled to a half-finger of delicate foam, and further to a wispy layer, leaving strands of lace on the glass. Effervescent. Lots of funk and oak in the aroma, big lacto notes, herbal and leafy, very little cherry detectable until the beer warms a little, but I prefer having this one nice and chilled. Nice acidic twinge right up front on the palate, lemony lacto, natural-tasting sour cherry, freshly chopped oak, notes of dried leaves and grass, with a decisive yeasty funk, horseblanket, and a tiny fruity sweetness peeking through every once in a while. Complex and tasty. Medium body, puckering mouthfeel, high initial carb dies down to a more moderate level fairly quickly, making for an overall tasty and enjoyable kriek. Exemplary. (944 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a dark-red color with a nice pinkish head
Smell: Fresh sour cherries, typical 3 fonteinen funk, earth, oak and a bit musty.
Taste: Sour cherries, some lemon, earth, dust, vinegar, oak. Dry finish. This beer is much more sour in the taste than in the smell.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation
Overall: Another near perfect beer from Armand! (367 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (1,052 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

I'd read somewhere that it's as important to listen to a beer as to observe it's appearance and that really applies to this beer. The fizzy, champagne-like sound this beer makes with the pour is like music. Even long after the fizzy, raspberry red-tinged pale white head recedes, I can still hear a slight snap, crackle and pop--- and I can see it too, as the carbonation is just relentless. Burgundy is the best description for the body's color, or perhaps plum skin, something on the darker end of the cherry spectrum and certainly resembling wine. 4.5

Cherry pulp and skin aroma have always been present in the great krieks I've had and smelling it here is not only seductive and alluring, but also suggests to me I'm in for a treat. Besides the dominant and exceptional cherry characteristics, a moderate yeast funk catches my attention. 4.5

Super tart, underripe cherry smacks me in the taste buds. Tart lemony-ness (my made up word) gives way to a light oak-like character and dry red wine feel and flavor. Warmth develops the beer too, as a sweeter vanilla flavor emerges. Occasionally a full bouquet of lily-like floral flavors sticks to my tongue and lingers long after the sip. 4.25

Tart as hell when not full-blown, lip-puckering sour, but there's enough body and vinous qualities, especially dryness and oak-y tannins, to keep it drinkable and refreshing. 4.5

This is a great beer, not much else I can add. (1,469 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with a bottled on date of Feb 26, 2005. Bright red with a decent white bubbly cap of foam. Sour cherries and funkiness seem to dominate the aroma. Light sweetness hides in the back. Tart fruits as well as some funky earth notes start off the flavor. Pretty sharp acidic bite but not too much so just lightly puckering. Finishes with a dry sourness. Light in the mouth with good carbonation. Pretty damn easy drinking stuff as it is sour but not overpowering and there is lots of little things going on. Great example of the style. (544 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouired a cranberry juice red with a half finger of head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was very nice consisting of cherries, oaky barrel barnyard funk, cork, acidic lemons, some brett, and slight vanilla notes in the back ground. You can definitely tell it's gonna have a sour bite. Upfront on the palate the sour cherries do run the show but seem more natural tasting then juice like cherries but has barrel oak funk, citric lemon, slight vinegar, and brett accents. The brew was medium body with good tingly carbonation which had a sweet, sour, and slight dry finish. It drank really good and has to be one of the best krieks I've had in a long time. I honestly like how big the sour punch was and wasnt overly acidic; very well balanced. (775 characters)

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