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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 180
Gots: 162 | FT: 13
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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 Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a red color beer with a huge pink foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of sour cherries is dominant as well as oak. Taste is sour as hell with very little sweetness and great tartness. Very refreshing on a hot day and appreciate the fact that the acidic level is well balance which is not always the case with those Lambic producers.

Phyl21ca, Jun 27, 2005
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

metter98, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle date 31 March 2009.

Appearance: rich red-amber-brown hue with a finger of lightly pink creamy head which leaves some blotchy pink lace. Body is rather dark and a bit hazy. Looks very appetizing.

Smell: aroma is rich, sour and dry. Cherries are very natural, and there's a bit of an unctuousness there. Quite nice indeed.

Taste: lambic tartness hits you right away, followed by some subtle but nice malt flavors. The cherry flavor is unctuous but not overbearing; the fruit tastes fresh and natural and quite dry. The overall effect is rather sophisticated and quite delightful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little but of a syrupy consistency and a nice creaminess; though this is cut a bit by the acidic astringency.

Drinkability: tartness builds on the palate which reduces scope for this to be consumed in a session; then again, I can't really imagine consuming any kriek in a session. I love krieks, but there is plenty of pleasure in having just one bottle at a time.

flagmantho, May 31, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml corked and caged bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a dark pinkish red, pretty dark for a kriek, medium sized off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring pretty quickly, some lace spots stick all over the glass, really nice colour.

Smell is very acidic, lemons, charred wood, a little on the rough side, just a touch of cherry, lots of oak, a lot of woody funk and barnyard, some straw, a bit of burning in the nostrils, solid kriek.

Taste is real nice, lots of fruit character, sweet and tart cherries, a bit of raspberry, very acidic through the middle, lots of lemon, oak, funky wood, a bit of barnyard and straw, lightly earthy, sour in the finish with a bit of astringency, real neat.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. A real solid kriek, hits all the right spots. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Feb 28, 2011
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.

bound4er, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle, bottled 3/31/09, so almost a year and a half old,

A: Pours an opaque unfiltered magenta with a moderate light pink head, some nice lace, pretty colour.

S: Noticable Brett/horse blanket notes immediately on opening. Once in the glass, the smell is predominately lightly sour cherries, there is some sugar in there, little bit of a cherry pie thing.

T: Delicious fresh cherry taste immediately hits the palate, much fruitier initially than Cantillon, but this is nowhere near Lindemans or Boon for that matter. The cherry flavour is natural, juicy and very pleasing. Nice mix of sweet and sour with some decadent sweet cherry flavour coming in the very end. Moderate acidity, not super funky on the taste, the Brett really stays in the background so the cherry flavour dominates, with how good it is, I'm fine with that.

M: The acidity here is on the light medium side, very approachable even for a novice. Overall a medium-bodied brew, nice fruity aftertaste.

D: This is not the ultra dry complex super Kriek that Cantillon was, but it's still a damn good beer. It's in that Hanssens realm, while still being very traditional, the true fruit flavour shines through. Very tasty, a worth a pick up to try, but I don't know if I'll ever buy it again as it is freakishly expensive, I can buy a 750 of Hanssens for the same price.

Halcyondays, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of CMW
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice ruby color with a small head that fades quickly. Much brighter color when held up to the light.

S - Sour cherries mixed with pool chlorine. Is it wrong that I like this?

T - Tart, sour cherries but seems to come off well mixed. Tartness is almost puckering.

M - Smooth and thin but just the way it should be.

D - Extremely drinkable and will definitely buy more.

CMW, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of bashiba
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clean purple with a light off white head.

Has a nice tart and cherry mix with a bit of musty odor.

The flavor follows the nose quite well, clean and tart with sour cherry flavors, a bit of farmhouse funk.

The mouthfeel dry and crisp.

Very nice kreik.

bashiba, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Marlboro Wine & Spirits. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a clear super dark ruby hue. Much like a red wine. There was hardly a pop to the bottle, and when it was poured there was a one finger pink head that faded almost immediately to leave a super thin halo.

S - Nice Drie Fonteinen funk going on here with lighter cherry notes. Solid oak barrel notes as well and a faint flash of vinegar.

T - Mmmm...thats more like it. Very tart and sour cherries immediately assault the pallet. Past the sour is a wonderful lingering sweet cherry and oak/vanilla barrel note. Finishes almost perfumey and sour. Nice flemmy after effect as well.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with not much carbonation at all.

O - Overall a delicious beer, but thats about it. Damn tasty though and worth the money really.

rudzud, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of vrbulldog22
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%

vrbulldog22, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of BrAdequate
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%

BrAdequate, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wedding Gift from Ron at SB. Many thanks. Cellared in my cellar for 13 months but dated 28 November 2006. Wife and I planned on drinking it on the first anniversary but the baby got in the way. Here we are 4 weeks later and we finally get to drink it.

Cork pops without much fanfare. Pours with a very subtle pink head that dissipates rapidly. Very little visible carbonation remains but bubbles are present on the tongue. Strikingly beautiful body. True cherry red, a hair lighter than burgundy. Translucent. Very pretty beer.

Aroma of tart cherries and must. Mellow. Really chillin.

Taste is dominated by real cherry flavor. Less creamy than other offerings from Drei Fontein but that trademark lactic quality is present. Kind of like a lighter, slightly tarter version of New Glarus Belgian Red. In many ways much closer to a Door County cherry wine than a beer.

Mouthfeel is funky but subdued. This is quite mellow by Drei Fontein standards. Acidic. Quite tart but not particularly sour.

Drinkability: Perfect. I could drink quite a lot of this.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of joel66
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

joel66, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

bishopdc0, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JakerLou, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

stereosforgeeks, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

acurtis, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

MrVonzipper, May 10, 2013
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful cherry milkshake red, lots of lace. Picked up at Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo recently. Creamy mouthfeel, just milkshake, with strawberry, pretty well full mouthfeel. Body is a bit fluffed up. Very tasty. Late aftertaste of barrel lumber. Alcohol in nose detracts from cherry aroma and taste.

Sammy, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of emilylee
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

emilylee, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Crazydaddyo, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Bunuelian, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of mc4z
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

mc4z, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JamLand, Mar 28, 2014
Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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