Drie Fonteinen Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen KriekDrie Fonteinen Kriek
176 Ratings
Drie Fonteinen KriekDrie Fonteinen Kriek

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by putnam on 09-05-2004

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Drie Fonteinen during last week’s Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes. Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Pours a very bright red with a two-finger, long-lasting pink head and some night lacing as it finally dies down. The nose was full of powerful cherries. Very tart with a bit of sweetness. The cherry character in this was quite amazing. Super fresh with a nice bit of acidity in the end. Slightly puckering throughout. The freshness of this one was unmatched and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit more than the regular Oude Kriek.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ZEB89
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to ffej of july this year. A 375ml from 2003. Served alongside a recent vintage Schaerbeekse Kriek. Same bottle as in the picture.

A - Pours slightly murky ruby red with a small half finger tall white head leaving very little lace on the glass. Based on the pop upon opening the bottle I figured it would have more carbonation.

S - Smells of dense, wet funk and tart sour cherries. The funk is moderate initially only growing as it sits in the glass. Cherries are there throughout but the funk threatens to overrun them toward the end. Oak and some apple vinegar round things out.

T - Starts off with an intense sour cherry flavor that never fades very far from the forefront. The musty funk isn't as strong as in the nose would lead you to believe. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Slick body with a ton of pucker and moderately low carbonation. It packs just enough cherry flavor to help break up the intense sourness.

O - This one has really aged nicely. Compared to the much fresher Schaerbeekse Kriek, the cherries have definitely left the party but there is still plenty to let you know what you are drinking.

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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at 3 Fonteinen. I enjoyed one of these while chatting away with Armand on a rainy day. Anyhow, the beer is ruby red with a thick purplish, pink head. The aroma is cherry juice and hints of yeast. Much sweeter than a standard 3 Fonteinen kriek. Sugary sweet cherries, cherry pie, pie crust with hints of tartness in the finish. Lingering fruity sugars. A tasty beer for sure, but I much prefer the regular, more tart, krieks from this awesome brewery. Absolutely worth a try if you are fortunate enough to make the pilgrimage here.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MasterSki
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to bosse - bottled December 23rd, 2003. Served in an over-sized Duvel tulip. A decent pop when the cork was pulled.

A - The bottle says it's a mix of young lambic and cherries so I wasn't expected much in the way of carbonation. I got a dime of white foam that fizzled away pretty quickly and left a ring of foam at the edges of the glass. Murky orange-red color with a lot of bubbles at the bottom of the glass. I suspect it would have looked a little better in a flute glass.

S - Damn - the smell is explosively funky and tart, with tons of sour cherry. There's lots of horse blanket, apple cider vinegar, and mustiness - there's been negligible drop off compared to the Gueuze I just had in Brugge. There's some nice woody notes and fruity sweetness in there as well that balances things out. For a beer to smell this good after 5 1/2 years is incredible.

T - The taste is a little less explosive than the smell, although it's still excellent. Sour cherry, touch of graham cracker sweetness, some funk, tart and acidic, not sure what else you'd want from a kriek. The aftertaste has some great lingering tart notes.

M - Slight carbonation tingle, lighter body, super dry finish. I could have used a little more carbonation zing, but otherwise it was pretty nice. Nothing exceptional, but not bad either.

D - I'm kind of sad this was a 375ml instead of a 750ml. Super drinkable, without a palate-destroying aftertaste. Nothing to keep me from pounding this one other than extreme rarity.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Date February 2005, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a frothy, pink tinged head that disappears fairly quickly to just a ring of wispy foam. The beer is a lightly hazy, striking red color. An immediate note of acidity hits my nose as I pour this beer, but it is backed by a complex woody, almost tannic note. Hints of urea join some initially phenolic, almost plastic like notes. A soft cherry character is here, reminiscent of cherry skins. Basically the aroma is devoid of any sweetness what so ever.

Ah, an aggressive sourness grips hold of my mouth as soon as I take my first sip. Completely devoid of any sweetness during my initial sips, this beer is quite dry. Again there are some healthy, woody tannic notes reminiscent of barrels. Joined by just a touch of cherry character, the combination of tannins and fruit make me think of cherry stones and puckering cherry skins that have been stripped of any sweetness. This is just an aggressively sour Lambic. It is not nearly as funky as some, in fact the funkiest that it gets is that plastic-like phenolic note that almost seems a bit like lacquer of some sort. The combination of the astringent wood notes and the sour acidity make for one mouth puckering experience, which I just can't get enough of.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml C&C bottle, from 27 Jan 2012. Pours a deep ruby/pink body, like a good pinot noir.. Could even be black cherry Comes with a nice yet ephemeral white head, not much lacing to speak of. Looks inviting and full of flavour like wines do. oak tannins, tart cherry, faint hints of dry Bordeaux wine, and a good bit of funk. But mostly sour cherry and oak tannins, plus a good but not overwhelming dose of funky earthiness like a geuze. The palate follows the nose well, lots of sour cherry tartness, some dry flavours, not necessarily sweetness, of that cherry as well. The oak is present throughout, like a delicious wine would. It's full of the cherry plus some earthy funk... Not sweet at all, quite sour. Thin-medium bodied brew with great carbonation, aftertaste is full of cherry fruitiness, mostly sourness that sticks around a good bit. Balanced, a bit dry, not sweet. Very good fruited lambic; would recommend drinking this fresh.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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