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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rastacouere on 05-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
248
Ratings:
805
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
14.35%
 
 
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497
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189
For Trade:
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Reviews: 248 | Ratings: 805
Photo of mjohn27603
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From March 1, 2005 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz bottle. Purchased for $21.13. Pours rosy purple in color. Aromam is of cherries and smells like a cherry wine. Deep fruity aroma. First sip reveals a little sour taste with some musty earthy elements. Definite oak in the flavor. Some vanilla coming through in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light on the tongue with a soft water sensation. Flavor develops as you let the aftertaste settle on the tongue between sips. Not meant to gulp but to savor. Not as sour as other krieks.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a champagne flute

Looks like: Translucent purple or pink in color. amber tones of color too, carbonation reminds me of champagne.

Smells like: Vinegar, hay and dark fruit.

Tastes like: There is a certain mustiness, intense sourness and esters of dark fruit.

Feels like: Very nice carbonation, medium to light in body and a nice dry alcoholic astringent aftertaste that reminds one of a Brut or Extra Dry champagne.

Truly a delightful drink, lots of clean sour flavor, you can taste and smell the cherries in just the right proportion. I will be seeking this beer out again.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Bottled in April 2010. Pours a dark red with small white head that has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is huge cherry, some cherry pits, some lactic acid, light barnyard funkiness, and just the smallest hint of acetic acid. Awesome. The taste is again huge with cherry flavor without sweetness, cherry pits, a decent amount of sourness, with a good lactic tartness on the finish. Medium body. Low carbonation. I found the carbonation to be a bit low and felt the beer would have definitely benefited from more carbonation. Still a phenomenal beer. It reminded me a lot of the fresh Lou Pepe Kriek I had on tap a few weeks ago. I found the Lou Pepe to be slightly more enjoyable, but certainly loved this as well.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Bottled 10/17/08.

The beer pours a dark red color with a white head. The aroma is cherry, oak, vanilla, tartness and funk. The flavor is strong cherry with vanilla, oak and tartness. The beer is very dry and is pretty funky. Very drinkable and very well done. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy red and pink in color, very similar to the shade of red on the label. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left delicate hints of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong funky and sour aromas of cherries in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is sour and has flavors of cherries along with notes of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance of sourness and cherry flavors.

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Photo of cbutova
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark pink with some yeast chunks (optional) floating around randomly throughout. Small fizzy head builds up but dies down quite quickly.

S- Nice sour cherry pie. Brettanomyces funk is laced throughout lending a good level of "funk". Mostly just a sour cherry bomb. A definite wine grape and vinegar note as well.

T- Once again mostly a huge cherry bomb. I really like the level of sour in this, especially in the finish, perfect for the big fruit flavor. Nice vinous wine grape, vinegar and oak notes as well.

MF- Very thin body with high carbonation and the obvious cheek puckering sour.

The finish of this is superb. The cherry, wine, vinegar and vinous notes combine to form a great flavor.

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Photo of Luk13
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to glouglouburp. Fairly dark brownish red pour with slightly pink foam. Aroma is nice and fruity, but not the classic "cherry pie" cherry aroma. More of a subtle tart nose of cherries with hints of blueberries. There is something "fresh" about the aroma that makes it so memorable, a fresh breeze of mint and pine. classic lambic funk character. Superb. Taste is very sour with a nice red berries twist but not very funky with a very dry finish. A lambic for the purist, maybe a little bit too sour and dry for me but still excellent.

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tai4ji2x for sharing this with me as I probably wouldn't buy one myself. Bottle labelled as Oct, 2008.

A: Light fizzy head fades instantly as if it were just mocking me that it was even really there, like my old friend Drop Dead Fred. Some light coming through on the reddish maroon darker colored slightly clear slightly hazy looking beer.

N: Lots of sour cherry, a nice cherry aroma too, a little funk, the sour kind and not barnyard. Touch of raspberry too actually, followed by a touch of oak and vanilla.

T: Very sour, some tangy flavors, a little balsamic vinegar, fizzy, sour cherry quite a bit. A little sour funk again but that has a touch of barnyard funk with it this time. Very dry, with a little oak. Juicy dry cherry (yes, I wrote that correctly). It has a nice cherry taste, which is not quite that bold bolotin cherry, this is a little juicier and more sour and sweet.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Lingering sour cherry, very sour and tangy especially on the finish, a touch of balsamic vinegar taste as well. Dry, very dry, with a touch of yeasty flavor and more funk, this time a combination of sour fruit funk and barnyard. A little bitterness seems to come from the yeast and funk as well.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Tasted side x side with the Kriek.

Poured a dark and cloudy reddish color with a smaller sized reddish/pinkish head. Aromas of cherries, yeast, and woody. Tastes of cherries, woody, fruity, funky, and some citrus. Had a very nice sour and tart finish.

Notes from and tasted on 12/12/05.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a deep, dark blood red color with some tiny carbonation bubbles emanating from the center of the glass.

S: A great sour cherry aroma along with some wonderful oak notes. The funk has a nice mustiness and even a bit of the popular horse blanket.

T: Again, the cherries are the star. There is also a nice dryness from the oak and (presumably) from the cherry skins. The sourness is not as intense as usual for a lambic, but the wet blanket funk is very noticeable.

M: A nice medium body (on the full side for a lambic, actually) with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I'm glad to have finally been able to give this lambic a try. Great cherry and funk to this one, and I'd drink it again any day.

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Photo of davey101
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4/28/2010 vintage 750ml into an over sized wine glass. Allowed to warm up to room temperature.

A - Deep red body, very clear and juice like. I gave it an aggressive pour for the second glass and I got an off white/light pink head that fizzled away in seconds. Pouring the swirled dregs yields a cloudy dark pink/red liquid that looks like a raspberry smoothie.

S - Sweet cherries followed by some brett funk. The cherry is very potent but sweet with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Just very light and faint spices. The finish is oaky and sour.

T - Sour cherries followed by oak and brett funk. Very smooth and refreshing flavor. I can pick out some of that vanilla and cinnamon. Some lemony lactic action going as well. Tart and crisp carbonation.

O - A fantastic kriek. It has a lot of complex sweetness to balance out the sour and tart flavors. I enjoyed it much more than the standard oude kriek, but the price tag is really difficult to swallow. Still glad I grabbed a bottle though.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600th review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750 Ml C/C & Foil Wrapped
Bottled 4/28/10

When it doubt pinky out.
Split with GuruDel

App- When the beer pours its a muted red/pink/purple color. A lovely head actually forms. Nice to see a carbontated $35 bottle of beer. A one finger quick to disspate head on it.

Smell- When a brewery puts a certain ingredient on the label I expect certain things. This did not let me down on the nose at all. Very cherry aromatics with the sour, funk, tart and sweet.

Taste- As I mentioned with the above comment. I expect certain flavors to shin more than others and this did in spades. It was cherry, tart, funk and a little vinegar like to it. Just very well done and tasty.

Mouth- Light bodied, high carbed, tingly cherry, vinegar and sour on the aftertaste.

Drink- I wanted to go big for #600 and I have seen this at two bars and I never pulled the trigger due to $, so when a friend of mine had this at his shop I had to pounce on it. So glad I did. It was true to its nature and tasty. Id have it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1 March, 2005.

Deep red color, no head.

Rich and complex smell of sour and black cherries, vinegar, oak, a bit of funky dried leaves and earth.

Plenty of acidity, cherry, lemon, strawberry seeds, wood, vinegar. Quite dry. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Long tart finish.

A touch of astringency, very fine carbonation, nice mouthfeel. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of claytong
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - raspberry in color. minimal to no head off controlled pour. lacing around glass.

smell - cherry, sherry, horse blanket from lil buggers

taste - follows the nose with some olive pit and salt

mouthfeel - not over the top, cherry is a little cloying. refreshing but not as good as the rest

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Photo of oakbluff
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared via fisherman34- thanks Kris for this tasty treat! Pours a rich dark cherry colour with pinkish head. Nose- charry forward with some wood. Taste- full mouthfeel with fresh plump tasting cherries, medium tartness earthy brett. The wood and cherry tartness mingle well to create a highly drinkable fruit lambic. Finishes with a soft lemony sourness. Lovely drink

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Photo of bennetj17
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml dated 01 March 2005. Clear, with a deep reddish amber color. Little foam. Subtle streaming carbonation. Well rounded oak-like sourness in the smell, tart and funky. More like a gueuze as the fruitiness is limited.

Vinegar acidity runs high in the taste as this thing has a pungent woody funk. Again the cherry/fruit character is downplayed and the flavor is dominated by the sourness. The mouthfeel is rather unremarkable.

This was a nice sour, and very tasty. Not much cherry for a Kriek beer, but I didn't mind it so much. It is very straightforward good, but not sure if it is worth the high price tag to be buying to much of this stuff. Best to split the cost with a friend...

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

There is a soft ’pop’ as the cork is released, and the pour into my glass has an energetic level of carbonation. The beer itself is a hazy dark pink rapsberry color throughout, with a few resplendent bubbles visibly rising from the bottom of glass. A gentle off-white head relaxes to a ring around the edge for most of the glass.

A robust cherry aroma is not overly strong but is definitely the most noticeable aroma. At first the cherries seem sweet and creamy, but there is a slightly sharp tartness that adds a little bit of an edge. Lemony lambic notes, tannic cherry skin, and some oaky red wine notes. As it warms the farmyard funk comes through, although it is not dominant by any means.

The Schaerbeekse cherries come through immediately. Once the fruit base is set, the tartness starts to build, bringing in notes of lemon and oak, and a bit of tannic vinous fruit. The lambic in the form of lactic acidity and the sweet cherries play off of each other for the majority of the sip. Just a bit of Bretty funk adds a background complexity. There is a mineral note in the finish.

As compared to some other fruit lambics, this has a somewhat richer body and creamier nature. The carbonation is smooth and gentle as opposed to crisp, which makes it feel undercarbonated at times. In reality, it is simply more of a subtle carbonation to go along with its subtle flavor. Even though it is tart and sour, I do not sense that it is overly acidic.

I enjoyed drinking this Kriek for sure. My fruit lambic preference goes to Cantillon, but this is a serious lambic.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Deep ruby red in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of ripe sour cherry, mild wood, and a touch of funk. Great flavors of sour (but not overly so) cherries, mud, wood, farmhouse funk, light malts, and a bit of lemon. Not as crazy sour as Cantillon products, but everything is so well balanced. The carry-through of the cherry flavor is pretty amazing. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of kevanb
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, dated April 26, 2011, poured into a Drie Fonteinen wine glass.

The beer pours a deep ruby red color, hazy with just a bit of clarity when struck by the light, while a fluffy, fizzy pink head rises out of the beer, nearly 2 and a half fingers high that dissipates immediately leaving no lace behind, and just a light film around the rim of the glass. The aroma is beautiful, huge burst of fresh cherry, light funk, delicate spicing and just a touch of sugary sweetness. It's jammy, pie like and just delightful. It translates very well on the tongue, lots of jammy cherries, a bit of strawberry sweetness as well, the funk is quite delicate that brings out some light citrus peel that brings out the tart, tanginess of the beer. The malt is soft, a bit chewy and is the perfect crust to the cherry pie. The body is nice, light, lively, and bubbly, could coat the mouth a bit better, the finish is a little weak but does have a nice crisp quality.

Verdict: A really fantastic kriek from Drie Fronteinen, one of their better fruited beers for sure. It's jammy, pie like, and nice and delicate with nice brightness. It's right up there with some of the better fruited sours, perhaps it could use some perk in the body to really take this to the next level.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager.

A: 1/4" pink head over ruby red liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Yeast, sour funk, oak and sour cherries.

T: sour cherries, yeast, oak, and sour funk

M: medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: excellent drinkability, this sour treat of a beer was very good.

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Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle vintage 2008 from K&L generously shared by alfrantzell. Thanks a lot, Arne! This is one of the more difficult names to spell, as evidenced by the fact that it's spelled differently on BA vs. RB. Both sites do agree, however, that it's a damn fine beer, and I also agree with this assessment.

Pours a deep, clear crimson color with a decent pink head that bubbles away fairly quickly.

Aroma is loads of tart cherries, oak, and funkiness, including my favorite aroma: horseblanket. It's like they took an old blanket off the dirtiest, sweatiest horse in the barn and threw it right into the fermenter. I love it.

Flavor is also really awesome and heavy on the cherry. Somewhat sour with brett and lacto/pedio. Very earthy and oaky. More funky horseblanket and definite hints of other cloths used to cover various livestock and zoo creatures, whatever those may be.

Dry, acidic, and lively on the palate. Medium body. Exactly to style on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good but not quite outstanding. Overall though, this beer is outstanding. Easily one of the better fruit lambics out there.

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Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered a bottle for our table at Teresa's Next Door. Poured into a flute/wine glass.

Appearance: It pours a cloudy red color with a layer of off white head that fades to a very thin ring on top of the pour.

Smell: This one is really tart right off the bat. Sour cherries and some funk along with a mild vinegar note. The cherries are the star here.

Taste: Even more sour than the smell. Vinegar and tart cherries with a lambic funk. This is a really refreshing fruit lambic. I'm getting a mild bitterness from the aged hops. The finish is very tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is incredibly dry.

Overall: This is the first time I've gotten a full pour of this beer and it didn't disappoint. Jowl tinglingly sour and quite refreshing. A classic fruit lambic.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed/cloudy ruby. Nose is antisepticand woody. Flavor is bringing the funk. Sour is definitely there but doesn't overpower at all. The kriek is firmly present, but stays a bit calm still. Feel is good on the liquid; a bit thick with a nice carbonationcaressing the tongue. Overall very good. There isn't much odd going on here. Just a traditional kriek lambic here with a pretty full taste and a bit of a sharp edge. Well crafted and worth trying. The only detractor is the sharp edge that might turn some people off.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, bottled 12/21/2011, poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/20/2014- a bit more than 2 years of age.

App- dark ruby body, thick in appearance, effervescent pink head that sticks for a while. Some lacing. Looks a bit thick and custardy, as if it is cherry jam.

Nose- lot of barnyard funk, vinegar, lactate. Fruitiness is faint cherry, quite tart. Some oak.

Flavour- even more funk, vinegar. 6/10 sourness. Complex cherry tartness comes forth, some oak. Cherry tartness is different from regular krieks in that it is not juicy nor sweet, as even in beers like Cherry Rye, but it is clearly a very tart cherry flavour with fairly minimal sweetness. Very interesting cherry pie-like flavour.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, well carbonated. Finish is dry with lots of cherry tartness on the backend. Very easy to drink.

Overall- very interesting tart cherry flavour, much more organic and tart than that of Intense Red Kriek. Quite sour and interesting. Glad I saved this one for a year after my Belgium trip.

2010 was excellent as well as of October 2016.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 4/28/14
Drie Font proper glassware

A: Pours a beautiful deep pinkish red. Fairly still. Some bubbles coming up from bottom.

S: Tart cherry. Oak. Dry funk. Fabulous.

T: Very sour. Lots of dry oak.

M: Lighter medium. Good carbonation levels.

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