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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 973
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 199
Gots: 241 | FT: 29
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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 Chriscrundwell12
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a snifter
Bottle Date: March 31, 2009

A- Very low carbonation, some big white bubbles around the glass, no apparent head. Dark red brown color, orange hues.
S- Very nice aroma, wild yeast, cherries up front, slight funkiness, oaky, sweet.
T- Cherries upfront, much more sour than the smell, nice funkiness, slightly puckering, oaky/woody flavors, vinegar.
M- Medium mouthfeel, very low carbonation, a little dry on the finish.
O- Quality brew, easy drinkability, low carbonation though, not sure if that’s what the beer is supposed to be like, but I was expecting something a little more carbonated. Overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of jsanford
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a number of these in the back of a cooler at my local beer store. Brewed on 12/5/05, so this is about 5 years old. Poured into a flute.

A - Pours a deep ruby red with a thin white ring and tons of lively carbonation.
S - Sour cherries and red wine vinegar dominate, with a vinous, "oaky" quality.
T - Very sour and funky, the cherry has faded a bit but is still recognizable in the taste. Again, very woody, almost like cherry pits. Intensely sour, almost one-dimensional.
M - Thin syrupy body with very sharp carbonation. Dry and astringent, really puckers the mouth.
D - I really like this, but it's so sour it's hard to finish by yourself.

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Photo of mikecharley
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purplish garnet. Clear-ish is a good way to describe the clarity of this brew. It is a little murky. There is a little pinkish cap on this, which recedes leaving no lacing.

Smell of vinegar, really acidic. Some really old cherries. Oak and funk, but the frontrunner is the sour acidity. Really smells like its gonna be a bruiser. (And it is)

The taste is all acidic, tart, and SOUR. There are some musty cherries too, but mostly the aformentioned descriptors. This is pretty sour in comparison the the other kreiks I've had. There is some barrel and funkiness that comes into play more as this warms up a little. Yum

The drinkability is about avg for a sour. I could probably drink only 1 of these in a sitting.

Overall a great brew, so long as the sour is what you are looking for...

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

December 2005 bottling. Pours a mostly clear ruby body with no head and no lacing. Very still. Aroma of old oak logs, tart cherries, vinegar, and barnyard. Mouthfeel barely has carbonation. Taste is tart and acidic, vinegary. Very funky, with a geuze character. Very oaky and outdoorsy. No sweetness at all. Not like the sweet krieks I'm used to. Very interesting lambic.

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Photo of isitsavage
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle March 31, 2009.

Poured a nice ruby color into a wine glass. In the glass it sits a dark pink or light red with a small pinkish white head. Nice lacing throughout, little white wisps that cling to the glass to the end.

Smell is distinctly cherry, both tart and sweet, a bit of oak, some nice funky yeast qualities as well.

Strangely my first taste is a tart cherry pie, guess it could be the yeasty, bready qualities, I only get this at the onset however. From there it is all sour cherry with a touch of sweetness. Puckering but not overly sour, maybe a touch too sweet for my liking actually. A nice funky tartness, but not quite balanced to my liking. This bottle does have over 2 years age on it.

Well carbonated, not overly thin in the mouth, very dry, can feel the tartness on my teeth. Almost a wine like feeling at the end.

Nice Kriek overall, glad to have tried it.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Cantillon glass, bottling date 14/12/2007.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with no head at all.

S: Sour cherries and funky yeast.

T: Sour and tart cherries dominate this one. The sour taste is pleasing, not overly sour. Lots of acidity and a hint of leather as well.

M: Medium bodies, very little carbonation.

D: A very good kriek. Quite tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 01 APR. 2011
Served in a gueuze tumbler with the big "3" etching. I love this glass.

Appearance. Pours a nice deep magenta with a little haze and half a finger of pink head.

Smell. Sour cherries, old dank wood and a little cheezy funk. I must admit, after the 3F gueuze I had this week, I expected more.

Taste. Nice sour cherries, a little old wood and leather, and some dry musty funk.

Mouthfeel. Below medium bodied with fairly strong, fine carbonation. Very suitable for the style.

Overall. A very nice Kriek indeed, but as I mentioned, not quite on par with the gueuze I had earlier in the week. Meybe I'm just spoiled these days...

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Photo of crossovert
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

Pours into my tulip and struggles mightily to form a head, I finally got a tiny pink head that quickly dissipated. The beer it self is rich dark ruby red.

The smell is funky but in a weird way, I get a huge bit of bleach, no skunkiness from the green bottle, vinegar, oak, and cherries.

The tart cherries are center stage in the taste, it isn't too sour, there is almost a cherry pie aspect. It is pretty much alcoholic sour cherry juice. I would like to see a lambic company import cherries from Door County, WI.

Overall its a good fruit lambic, it is delicate and fruity, but sour enough to interest gueuze fans.

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Photo of Janderson91
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of these over the weekend after a new shipment from the Shelton Bros. hit the southeast. Fresh, bottled on 04/01/11. Enjoyed on 09/19/11. Cellar temperature ~55F.

A - Pours a deep ruby red, pretty clear with a nice two finger pink head which dissipates quickly. No lacing at all. Looks like a great fruit lambic.

S - Distinctive 3F funky aroma. Slightly acidic and some nice complex cherry aroma. Some sweet cherry pie aroma mixed with some tart, sour cherries. Very nice.

T - Very nicely done. Not too sour at this point at all in its young life. Somewhat acidic up front and then waves of cherries and funk come. Sweet and sour cherries all at the same time. Finishes with some tart cherry flavor and a slight acidity. Very clean finish.

M - Mouthfeel is just a little thin for me, but still good. I would like the sourness to linger for a bit longer but that could be a result of the young age of this one.

O - Overall, this is an excellent kriek. While I probably prefer Cantillon's, this one is more accessible and almost just as good. Very well done.

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Photo of Cedromar
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottled on November 20th 2006, just under two years old.

A deep red pour that gives way to an earthy sour cherry smell that could drive a man mad. The taste is strong of sour cherries and funk.

A well done lambic, but I'd stick with Cantillon.

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Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure red with a touch of haze. A little fizzy head on the pour but reduced to only a few bubbles at the edge. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

Smells like a lambic quite honestly. Has that dry tartness. Not much cherry though, although little hints of wood peak through. A touch of mustiness.

Mmmm...so tart, not as puckering as some others I have had though (I guess that means this is tart, but not necessarily too sour). Fairly solid sour cherry base, a little green apple. This beer is basically what I expect in a Kriek.

Slightly sweet on the tongue, but finishes as dry as can be. Prickly from the carbonation. Flavor lingers for a bit.

This is a solid Kriek, not overloaded with cherries though, but quite tart. Its hard to say a beer this tart is really drinkable, but it is what it is. Its a good dessert sipper.

I'm giving this one all 4s. Its a solid kriek, but the cherries could stand out a bit more in flavor and aroma. The rest of it quite good. I think it is easy to overrate these beers b/c they are so pungent and unique.

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Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle , 37.50 cl poured into my cantillon glass

A : Pours a cloudy cranberry juice color, with a fizzy reddisch head , leaving very little lace

S: Sweet and tart bing cherry aroma, with a musky, oaky aspect and a clear element of the horseblanket

T: Opens with a tart cherry flavor that is complemented by sweet, oaky and barnyard character; after the first sip, the barnyard becomes more intense and dominates the very tart finish

M: Medium body with good carbonation

Drinkability: highly drinkable ,

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

feb 05 bottling

A - sprite and cherry syrup or a solid red with a quick whisp of reddish head which fades to a sparkly surface.

S - Sourness, tart cherries and a little funky undernote on this one.

T - nice lightly tart with a sour cherry note, mild acidid note.

M - medium, nicely carbonated, crisp and refreshing with a light tart aftertaste.

D - probably would've been better in hotter weather. As is it was a perfect lunch session brew to jazz up an otherwise regular lunch.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful red color with a thin pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an intensely sour, lambic scent with loads of cherries. This is so sour that it makes my nose burn. The taste is damn good as well. It has an intensely sour flavor that goes down easy with some mild cherry notes. The sourness is out of control. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a powerfully enjoyable beer. It has excellent fruit character with one hell of a sour punch.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the two Krieks produced at the Drie Fonteinen, as with the Framboos, the bottled version is the most traditional, and the best of the two versions.

The bottled Kriek is available in 33cl and 75cl Bottles, both are corked. The 75cl has a cage whereas the 33cl has a crown cap. Bottles are green glass, simple wine style bottles with a generic but basic cream colored label that has dark green lettering.

The 75cl I had cracked open with loud “thrupp” and massive white gun-smoke. The Kriek pours with huge dissolved carbon dioxide that comes out of solution as soon as it is pours into the glass, forming a huge pink frothy head. The body of the beer is a dark red color, it looks fantastic.

Aromas are deeply fruity, intense, acidic, and the Schaerbeek Cherries have a strong, almost perfume, presence that really give this nose a kick.

This is a dry, acidic Kriek that has lovely deep fruity aspects. Some soil and wood is detectable in the middle, but the finish is long, bitter, dry and mildly puckering.

Much better than the sweetened Draft Kriek offering, but it still has some way to go, to get to the standard of the dryer, spritzy and more acidic Cantillon.

Still, this is a very good Oude Kriek and well worth trying.

When young though, this Kriek can have a rather rough characteristic.

This Kriek improves immeasurably with age, and is much better at up to 5 years old.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby color, thin white head with hints of red. The nose is sweet and tart cherry with oak. Yeah, tart cherry. Cherry shock tarts. Pretty much it. And yet...I am so satisfied with this beer. Wonderful Kriek. Just extremely tart cherry, cherry pixie sticks, deep, rich tart cherry.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small corked and caged bottle. Bottled 05/14/2004.

It is a red, shiny and clear (no sediment poured), with a frothy, minimal and rapidly disappearing pinkish head.
Aroma is more delicate than expected, but good; a suggestion of acidity, wood notes, plastic and cherry. Funkiness is also delicate.
Refreshing, this is quite sour and acidic, although certainly not puckering. Light on the palate.
Good, but not remarkable - perhaps aged too long?

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 1, 2011, 375 mL bottle

A - pours a ruby red color with a nice pink head that crackles as it dissipates

S - smells is loaded with funky tones - hazy barnyard, sweet straw, citrus, with a small amount of cherry hiding underneath

T - tart, citric lemons upfront build momentum as it goes down. This is way more sour than I anticipated. A bit of mustiness shrouds the palate with some barnyard funk. Sweet, tart cherry comes in on the finish and elevate the sourness even further. Pretty solid.

M - a little watery with a medium body and leaves a very dry finish

D - I was expecting more cherries out of this but got more sour. Fortunately, the trade off worked well and made this a more interesting beer than anticipated. This is only the second 3F lambic I have tried and really enjoyed it.
3 year update - the cherries have dropped and the acidity has risen. Advice is to drink this one as close to the bottling date as possible. Don't hold this one up in the cellar, save the regular gueze for that.

bottled 3/31/09, consumed 11/11/11, 2 1/2 years old. This one wasn't a brightly colored as the fresh one I had last week. Red, but more dull. Nose isn't as intense - more cherry than the 2011 vintage and the sour notes are more subdued; also a bit of funky must. The taste is barely sour at all compared to the fresh one; the cherry flavor is WAY more dominate than the sour flavors...almost cherry pie-esque. For big sour notes and less cherry, get the 2011 vintage; for more kriek flavors, though, seek out the 2009.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice ruby red and crystal clear with an red head which lasted well and looked like it may stay forever, but ultimately faded away.

The aroma was tart, acidic and a bit lactic with a horseblanket character which was not overpowering and a fruity character that brought cherries to mind, but that was not outright filled with a cherry presence.

The flavor was lightly tart and acidic with a fruity presence, that again reminded one of cherries, but did not portray cherries. The beer was lightly tart and acidic, but as it lingered on the palate became more of a bleu cheese flavor.

The finish was dry with lasing light cheesy characteristic and tartness lightly into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly low level of carbonation. The beer was interesting and not nearly as flamboyant as was expected. This would go well with goat cheese or any dish that contained a cheese presence. Also might go well with a fruit dish. A nice beer all things considered.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Date on bottle 26 February 2005.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red/purplish body with pink head that quickly dies and leaves some minor lace and the aroma is simply tart cherries. I pick up a touch of oakiness and some sour, vinous funk but mostly I just get tart cherry. A smooth body with sharp, tart cherry taste for a sour edge and crisp finish. Not overly tart and while it's a light bodied beer w/ not too much in it, it balances well with oak so it doesn't wear on taste buds. A pleasant beer to enjoy w/ or after dinner.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2009

Poured into a Goose Island tulip. A thin white head quickly fades to a thin collar. Beautiful dark cherry red. Almost no lacing.

Earthy cherry with light sourness fills the aroma. Cherry candy and sweet malts.

Sweet cherry acidity with some nice bread/malt notes on the tongue. Light earthy mustiness with a touch of vanilla and oak.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth with medium to low acidity throughout. Low carbonation. Sweet cherry. Malty.

Overall, this is a solid kriek from one of the best lambic breweries in the world. A great beer if you've got a sweet tooth and love cherry. Quality all the way through. A great example of the style.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage shared generously by Dan, thanks a lot!

Pours a dark pink-purple color and bruises the palate as well! Aroma is dominated by fruit, or rather jam. Extremely sour but with tons of cherry flavor... I don't think cherry flavor fades with time. The lambic in notable only in funky undertones. Very dry and extremely lactic, this beer is great for sharing.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottled 14MAY04. Cork is tight and opens with loud pop. Head fills the 3 fonteinen glass top 33%. I am glad this is available, from time to time they do not have bottled kriek at all, only draft at the beersel cafe. I cannot specifically recall ever seeing a 750ml kriek but I am sure they exist somewhere.

smell is 3 fonteinen sour lambic. i actually cannot smell cherry directly, though it is much less tart than their actual bottled gueuze.

taste is a powerful sourness/tartness up front, with some cherry overtones, not sweet at all. Fairly fast finish pucker-sour with some (not sweet) cherry notes afterwards.

This is a fast finish and the aftertaste is not very pronounced, i would call it sweaty cherry. This is a very pleasant kriek lambic but for complexity it is less than the much older oud beersel kriek i reveiwed earlier. I may try to get some more of this to store.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

March 31 2009 375 cork and cage bottle -
served at cellar temp in a tulip glass

Deep red color with bright pink head. Highly carbonated: cork shot right out at soon as the cage was loosened. Low head retention which I've found common for the style.

Dark cherry aroma. Sour/tart character and low Ph are quite apparent in the smell. High carbonation really pushes the aromatics. Doesn't smell sweet, I really like it.

Cherry flavor is different than I am used to. A darker cherry with a very modest presence in the flavor profile. I do like that it is not sweet or artificial tasting. As a result; the roasted oak really stands out in the beginning of the sip. Lots of lingering subtleties in the finish, complex and satisfying Brettanomyces character.

Oak->Deep Cherry->Intense Sourness

A thin body as expected. Odd flavor pattern. Oakiness is a bit strong.

I have a suspicion that sweet cherries (not sour cherries) were used on this Lambic. The cherry variety works great in the aromatics, but is less complex and exciting in the flavor.

This was a scrutinous review. I enjoy this beer and would gladly have it again. I will try aging the other bottle and re-review in a couple.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a magenta color into my RR Tulip. About a half finger of quickly dissipating ruby head is achieved, that leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Immediate barnyard funk from the brett is present. The smell is dominated by sour cherries, vinegar, lemon zest and green apples, and slight lactic.

Taste - Similar to the nose. A more musty barnyard funk is the first flavor I notice which then becomes sour, and mouth puckering from the brett. There is a definite sour cherry flavor mixed in with the lemon zest and green apples. Finishes with a hint of wet hay/leather.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and enjoyable. I will have to send a bottle to my father who loves sour cherries. Reminds me of something I would have in Michigan up near Traverse City. Very good.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
93 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.