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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 310
Hads: 1,002
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 208
Gots: 250 | FT: 30
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-27-2002

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Reviews: 310 | Hads: 1,002
Photo of andrewinski1
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Cork popped itself as soon as I got the cage unscrewed.

One inch pinkish head sits atop a murky dark ruby body. Head dies down to a slim layer of foam that covers the surface of the brew. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells a bit chalky. Some lactic sourness and dark cherries come through, but the chalky/cork like scent is a little too strong.

Taste is tart sour cherries with a strong lactic sour presence. The tartness of the cherries is pretty heavy. Some tannic presence as well. Hints of oak on the back end. A lingering tartness prevails. Luckily the chalk like scent in the nose was much less apparent in the taste.

The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Somewhat puckering tartness with a bit of sweet cherry fruitiness.

The nose definitely detracted from this beer for me. Otherwise it was pretty much spot on.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright red with thick pink head that fades quickly. Average lacing.

Smell: Tart, funky, barnyard, grassy, earth, sweaty feet.

Taste: wonderfully sour, sour cherries, a subtle hint of sweet cherries. Funky, Tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, tart, mouth puckering.

Overall: Quite possibly the worst smelling beer I've ever smelt, yet one of the best tasting. Perfectly sour, with just the right amount of cherry flavor coming through.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a 375 ml corked bottle that I bought in Paris. Lot 31/03/2009.

Appearance: Clear dark red with a very short lived, pink tinged head. The head fades to absolutely nothing in about 3 minutes.

Smell: My mouth started watering the second the cork popped and I got a big whiff of oak and funk. Tart cherry and huge amounts of oaky tannins make the beer smell very vinous. Musty funk is there, but takes a backseat to the barrel derived smells.

Taste: Tart cherry and lots of oak. Very sour and dry. Almost no sweetness. Very tannic, like a cab sav. Again musty, but real barnyardy.

Mouthfeel: This beer is undercarbed. The least carbonated kriek I've had. It is saved somewhat by being so dry, tannic, and acidic, keeping it from getting sticky or slick feeling.

Drinkability: I like it, but its too oaky, not too funky, and not carbonated enough.

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Photo of badbeer
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice ruby red color, but no head at all. The smell is loaded with tart cherries and oak, it is also acidic and the horse blanket is lower than in others, but I prefer it this way. Taste is acidic right off the bat, tart cherries and oak are blended nicely with some horse blanket coming through in the finish. This one had very low carbonation and the mouthfeel was medium bodied, with the finish being somewhat dry. This one was pretty good, and I'd say taste is higher than 4, but I can't give a 4.5. I also can't say I'll be getting this again as it's just not worth the extremely high price I have to pay to get it.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This kind of beer puts the lie to the kinds of sweeping statement Dulcie is occasionally prone to: "I don't like Belgians!" There are such varied styles and this one is way out there. Nice cranberry color and interesting complex, slightly yeasty and currant aroma. On the palate, the sourness is other-worldly. It is reminiscent almost of a very dry Riesling, quite a lot going on in the glass. I can't give it a high drinkability score since one can only sip it, which is just as well at the price.

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Photo of hopdog
3.8/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: grape juice color, thin head, not much carbonation
S: musty earth/brett funk, red wine
T: sour cherry, acetic vinegar, tannin/oak, finishing with lingering sourness
M: prickly on tongue, although carbonation is low, dry finish with lingering sourness
O: a solid sour, but one is enough for a cold evening

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Photo of snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml served in a little plastic Holiday Inn glass in a Paris hotel. Bottled On date was 22/05/2014.

Pours murky red with a small pink head. Looks pretty carbonated. Smell is mild cherries and tartness.

Taste is quite tart -- with a solid cherry note. Surprising lack of sweetness altogether.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Overall, this is a quite tasty beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

239th review on BA
bottle to flute
375 ML C/C Bottle Date: 3/31/09

App- A ruby red pour with only a ring of soft bubbles. Suprisingly there is actually some nice lacing in this glass.

Smell- A lot of sweet/tart cherry. A slight vinegar note with no real oak to the nose.

Taste- Tastes like a cherry BBQ in my mouth. Has a sour/tart flavor with the smokey oak mixed in. It shouldn't work but it does.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a good level of carb to it. Not too dry either.

Drink- These weird Belgian beers are starting to grow on me. This was pretty damn good.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark cherry color, very little head.

Smell is funky! Massive sour cherry scents, as well as some vinegar. Aroma is great, but not as good as I was expecting from drie fonteinen.

Taste is very funky, but very flat. Lots of sour notes, sour fruits and other things. Some horse blanket, barn yard funk, and sour cherry. Very flat in terms of carbonation, strange.

Mouthfeel is tart and flat. The low level of carbonation really preeminates through this beer.

Drinkability is good, but I want some carbonation in my beer. Glad I got to try it but not something I would seek out again for the price.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Moeder Lambic. From notes.

A - Poured a dark red wine sorta colour. Really nice light pink 3 finger head. A slight amount of visible carbonation. Great fluffy retention with one full finger the whole way.

S - Quite a sour nose. Lemons with sour cherry and funk comprise the aroma.

T - Much nicer, more sweet than the aroma. More sour in the finish with cherry sourness coming out with funk.

M - Light body with very light carbonation. Sour finish with lingering dryness.

O/D - Very nice little Kriek. Tasty and complex. Not an everyday beer for me but it was nice to try.

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Photo of bogus564
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz poured into a tulip glass.

Color is dark, reminiscent of a black cherry soda, with a small strawberry-colored head that does not last more than thirty seconds.

There is a delightful citrus smell, like one would smell with a champagne. I'm picking up some sour cherry, perhaps some lemon - it's rather nice.

Now for the taste - doesn't disappoint. You expect sour cherry, and that's what you get. I'm also catching that lemony vibe that I smelled. There's more to it, but the description escapes me at the moment.

Mouthfeel is good - finishes dry, and leaves you with that sour taste, but it's not overpowering. Carbonation is just right for this beer.

Drinkability - just one at a time for me. Otherwise, I'd find myself trying to sneak a little sugar into it. This is one nice offering by Drei Fonteinen.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled in feb 05.

yup, looks like a kriek, cranberry juice-esque with just about no head.
the aroma is pretty unique... you might find sweet plastic smells, mild underarm, medcinal cherry, hay, mustiness, and cranberry. the cheap plastic aroma is a little too strong for my taste, but it's nothing to get too worked up about.
the taste is very tart of loaded with medicinal cherry, cranberry, and maybe bitter crab apple. it tastes slightly spiced, but i can't give anything specific. the funkier flavors take to the background with just a little mustiness and hay in the flavor.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with very delicate carbonation.
good drinkability. refreshing and clean. good kriek.

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Photo of Overlord
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Wanne
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color is like a pastel tint of red, with a head that is pinkish. The head diasappears quickly, with a lot of fizzing. The aroma is sour, but is somewhat softened by the cherries. The taste is also sour. The cherries give it a nice taste, whitout making it a sweet beer. Carbonation is relatively high. Nice beer.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 01 APR 2011

Head sizzled off immediately leaving a hazy deep dark red body. Looks like cranberry juice.

Aromas of acidic cherry, cranberry, and band aid.

Tastes of cherry, more fruit(cranberry), more band aid, and hay funk. There is a slight sweetness in there.

Very tart. Feel it in the jaw.No head but it does have carbonation. Medium bodied. Bone dry.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml split with the sweetie and reviewed from notes. Thanks sweet thang. Dated 6-6-13.

A - Hazy dark maroon pour. Crater-filled light pink head starts at around 2 fingers and quickly fizzles away to nothingness.

S - Very sour with some trademark earthy 3F funk, kind of a briny saltiness to it. Lemon juice, acidity, cherries are there but on the tamer side for sure.

T - Taste is also very very sour, instantly puckering upon sipping. Funk is even a bit muted by it by still some decent farmy sock going on. Cherries are nice and easily noticeable, but really quite faint. Graininess and perhaps a touch of fruit sweetness in the finish.

M - Carbonation is spritzy but easy-going, feel is light, acidic and intensely dry. Very nice for a lambic and sure to please sourheads.

O - Big bracing sourness, funky acidity, the cherries are just there to accentuate. I personally prefer a bit more of a balance of fruit/sourness, but this is nice - it's definitely a sipper, but a good choice when if you're looking for that intense sour kick.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Pours a clear reddish pink with a small pink head that settles to a ring and leaves some very light lacing on the glass. The aroma has lots of tart cherry, a light musty funk, a bit of lemon, raspberry, and some grape. The taste has a bit of initial sweetness with tart cherries. Then there is some lemon, lactic acit, raspberry, and some musty funk. The finish has a lingering cherry flavor and a bit of funk with some astringency. A bit sweeter than I would like. Medium body. Low carbonation.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash Coolship tumbler. 27/01/2012 & 01/2014 printed on the label. Pours a lovely deep cranberry hue with a fluffy pink head that sizzles and pops as it slowly recedes and dissipates into a thin tight band around the shoulders. Copious tiny bubbles are evidenced clinging to the walls of the glass, but no lacing. Nose expresses citric acid, cork and a suggestion of tart fruit. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a definite tart cherry presence. Mouthfeel is light in body with a dull carbonation and a subtle acidity that lightly stimulates the sides of the cheeks - I was hoping for something a little more effervescent, but perhaps it sat on this one a little too long. A very good kriek, but I'm sorry I didn't drink this one fresher. I'll definitely need to track down a fresher bottle in the future.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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