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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 313
Hads: 1,033
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 205
Gots: 262 | FT: 31
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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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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Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Wadsey
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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. 

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Photo of BierJager89
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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

delicious

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.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of lanamj
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of cameraready
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Travlr
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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 girls.

Smells of tart, cherries and oak.

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. 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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Tele
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark red with nice carbonation and small pink head. Tons of carbonation and super tart with just a tiny little subtle touch of sweetness on the finish from the cherries.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
94 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.