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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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783 Ratings
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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 182
Gots: 175 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002)
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Photo of jw1978
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of texashammer
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

brought this bottle back from the brewery, where I drank the same beer on cask and found it phenomenol and very unique. (reviewed separately)

pours a bright pink color with barely-pink-but-more-white head that is thick and meringue-like but fades pretty quickly into nothing. supertart smell of cherry candy and a touch of sweetness with lots of tart. in the mouth, there is no puckering bite, although it finishes very dry. acidic in nature. by the end of a glass there is an overwhelming sense of cherry-flavored candy or cough syrup; a fake taste. champagne effervescence is very pleasant though.

conclusion: while not a bad beer, I was so very, very disappointed when comparing with the cask, that I wanted to cry.

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.

Photo of 01001111
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep rose, somewhat similar to sparkling red grape juice.

S: Dry, tart, acidic with a slight fruit aroma.

T: Sweet, tart, with a mild fruit flavor that increases with consumption. The tartness is sharp and crisp, as is found in a gueuze, as opposed to the thick, sour pucker you might find in an exceptional sour ale, like Supplication.

M: Light, fizzy, and crisp. A touch too thin.

O: Sour ales have stolen my heart and I appreciate a good lambic. This delivers fairly well in both departments but is slightly too thin.

Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date: 3/31/09

A: Deep red pour with a small white head. Not a lot of retention, but a nice amount of lacing.

S: Lots of nice sweet cherries, balanced out by a slight sourness. The oakiness is present as well.

T: It isn't over the top sour, but the cherries are a bit overwhelmed by the funkiness. Acidic at some point. Some oak, and a dry finish.

MF: Carbonation is decent, and the body is light. Very dry throughout. Not a lot of lip puckering, however.

O: It's alright. I sort of like sweeter Krieks more than the really sour ones. I'd still like to try some more though, they seem to be gaining on me.

Photo of mindspin315
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge foamy reddish pink head faded away fast. Deep ruby red body and a bubble ring around the sides of the glass.

Big dose of funkiness comes out right away. Wet hay, minerals, musty, and tart over-ripe sour cherries underneath all the funk.

Sour cherry flavor right out of the gate. Drys out very quick, mineral quality, low-medium amount of carbonation, and finishes a bit syrupy. A touch more carbonation would help to break up the syrupy finish. The cherry flavor turns slightly medicinal in the aftertaste. The dry aspect to the beer is quite nice though and feels good on the palate.

[86/100]

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 sweemzander
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked&caged bottle poured into a flute. Bottled Feb. 07, 2007.

(A)- Pours a thick blood red opaque color. No head formation. Looks almost flat.

(S)- A big sour, almost vinegar kick up front with a funk hay & barnyard earthiness with just a twist of tart cherries.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell, only with a much more pronounced funkiness. Much less sour than anticipated, but is still potent.

(M)- A very subdued carbonation level which was different than anticipated; it certainly could explain the toned down sourness. This is actually almost flat. Has a hay-like dryness in the background. Gets thin in the middle, but then the cherry comes through.

(D)- A different beer for the style than I am used to. I dont know if this is meant to have such a low carbonation level, but it does. Has much more funk to it than normal, but by no means is it a complaint; just different. A big sipper than took me a good hour or three to finish this guy.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared as a sampling of three fruit lambics with friends, purchased from Etre Gourmet.
Bottled in January 2011.
Poured into a US pint glass.

Drie Fonteinen's kriek displays an impressive, sharp tartness that embodies a positive aspect in lambic/gueuze beers. I felt that it was fairly one-dimensional with that tartness, though, lacking the complexity I expect from lambics/gueuzes; I was unable to detect much in the way of cherry additions to the brew, unless the cherries detracted from the traditional flavors I was anticipating. This was an enjoyable beer, but something I don't think I'd need to seek out with intensity.

Pours, into the glass, a light red to pink head of fairly small bubbles, about 2cm tall. Head descends quickly, leaving little lacing and reducing to a ring around the glass. Body is deep red in color, with visibly active carbonation.

The main aroma I detect from this beer is Brettanomyces-produced scents, typically described as "funk." Very little cherry, if any at all, is detectable for me, which is disappointing.

Taste is primarily tart/sour upfront, a bit of fried electrical Brettanomyces character appears midway, also with a very slight nod towards cherries occurring mid-palate. Has solid lambic characteristics plus a slight fruitiness. Pleasantly sharp, tart aftertaste.

Body is fairly light to medium-light with aggressive carbonation, producing a crisp and effervescent mouthfeel, as expected for the style. Finish is dry.

Photo of CBack465
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle split in a Bruery tulip.
6% ABV, 14/12/2007, "Good for at least ten years after bottling date."

Ugh. I can't even get away with having Beerwolf OVER for beer without thanking him. Cheers to the sour tick, Todd!

A - Dark blood red in color with a faint haze, it's topped by a slightly pink head with low retention and no lace.

S - Funkier than all get-out, there's a sweaty armpit nose with a strange combination of new shoe and new plastic-resin action figure smell. Tart notes of cherry skin and tannins.

T - Tart cherry skin with lactic acid and wild yeast funkiness. Not much else going on in the flavor though. Not very complex.

M - Medium-light bodied and carbonated at a lower level, this sour finish with complimenting dryness is very nice. Not sugary at all.

O - Not bad, but definitely a little underwhelming, this Kriek has little complexity found in others of the same style.

Photo of davey101
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottling date of December 14, 2007. Foil wrapped corked and caged bottle poured into a palm tulip at fridge temperature, allowed to warm up for a half hour.

A - The pour produced a frothy light pink head (much like the background color on the label) and a deep violet body. The head settled quickly to just some pink froth around the edges. Little to no carbonation.

S - Funk. I honestly don't smell cherries. Its just this very strong barnyard musk and a certain rubber like quality. Very potent and not exactly "pleasant".

T - Tart and sour. Strong cherry presence, some faint lemon rind and some oak notes. The finish is musky. The lack of carbonation shows, but the tartness and mouth puckering makes up for this.

O - A very nice kriek. The smell was a bit off putting, but the taste was pretty pleasant. Not overtly sour, but it is a very funky beer. The brett is strong with this one! I found an early 2005 vintage today so I can't wait to see what an extra 2.5 years does for it.

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle for €4.90 at the local corner store. And I know corner store owners aren't us, but why are all the damn bottles in the window? 375 ML split with my wife. Bottle dated 10.27.12. And plucked from deep within the pack of bottles where it was most protected from the beer-hating light.

Keine hiss upon release, and the pour is quiet and flat to the point of being wine. Dark, tawny red that would look good as blood in a zombie movie. Nose is cherry, mild vinegar, and enough, oak to dry out my entire nasal cavity. The aroma balance is exquisite.

Drie Fontein Oude Kriek edges a touch to close to wine to get my flywheel spinning full speed. Lovely cherry bite matched with moderate acidity and enouhg oak to deforest a small Central American country. Spit-suckingly dry, dry, dry.

I bet you could slip this to countless wine snobs and get them to believe this was a nice Sonoma red. Good beer; some active carbonation may really have done it a favor.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12.7oz bottle, bottling date 2/12/05 on the label. Served in a tulip glass, it was a deep red color with a little haze. The head, except for a few bubbles, was nonexistent. It had a cherry aroma with an oaken background. Tart cherry taste. The first few sips were a little too spritzy for me, but then it settled down. Decent beer, but I didn't finish this and think that I wanted another right away.

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

Bottled April 1, 2011.

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

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

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

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

Photo of 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 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.

Photo of Jonada
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottled on Jan 27th 2012

Appearance: Dark red with hints of purple. No head or lacing. Looks fairly tepid. It actually looks like a glass of slightly hazy cranberry juice.

Smell: Sour cherry, musty basement, a little bit of barnyard funk, oak, acidic.

Taste: Sour pie cherries, oak, vinegar, funk. Medium sourness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Light, somewhat watery, with very very little carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good kriek lambic, but could done with a bit more carbonation. I was a little disappointed with this one. There are lots of better, easier to find options out there.

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Boston_Steve
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
95 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.