Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Average: 4.32 | pDev: 7.64%

Reviews: 361 | Ratings: 1,278

#14 ranked Belgian Fruit Lambic | 6.00% ABV

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a truly great and exclusive Lambik. I drank it in my backyard to celebrate our visiting us. It may be hyped but I was not dissapointed.

Look: dark red, purplish, with a half inch white, slightly pinkish head

Aroma: nice fruity smell of cherries and raspberry

Taste: It is raspberry, lots of cherries and raspberry, raspberry jam, a little bit of yeast/funk, red wine, mildly tart.

Body/Overall: typical Lambik but relatively low tartness, light, fruity, refreshing

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's been a long long time since I've had a legit Lambic/Gueuze.

A: Pours a dark wine red color with a pink-ish soapy head. Little retention or lacing but the color makes up for it.

S: Sour/tart cherries dominate the smell. Some raspberry like tartness, green apples, light barnyard funk. Naturally sweet without much of a malt presence.

T: Sour cherries hit right off the bat, real strong. Again, raspberry tartness is also very strong, with a tiny bit of green apple. Quite vinous with some tannins from the cherry skins. Quite a bit of funk in the taste too with the typical brett dryness and musk. A minuscule malt presence with a little bit of bready notes.

M: Very light and airy, as it should be. No residual sugar or stickiness at all.

O: This is a spectacular beer and a prime example of the genre. It hits all the notes it should hit.

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Photo of Rristow
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours hazy red. Lots of funk on the aroma. Flavor is quite tart with some sour notes. Gives you a good pucker. Cherry flavor present with the farmhouse notes. Good but not near my favorite of theirs.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, deep, dark ruby red coloration with a tiny, pink, fizzy head that soon fades to a ring of lacing around the glass. Smell is quite funky, with a distinct blue cheese note, as well as a very nice aroma of tart and juicy red/black cherries and just a hint of earthy oak. Taste is an exquisite balance of tart and juicy red/black cherries, with the black cherries dominating, and quite pronounced musty, cheesy funk, as well as a medium acidity and a distinct, musty/earthy and very slightly tannic oak presence, with just a hint of spicy yeast esters as well. Finishes quite tart and acidic, with some funked up black cherries and oak lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. Probably the best Kriek I've had so far, being quite fruity and complex at the same time, with an excellent balance of tartness and acidity. The juicy cherries and complex funk and oak notes really are outstanding here and harmonize very well. From my memory and notes, this stands heads and shoulders above Cantillon Kriek, although I will admit that it's also a little over a year older, which may well be a factor.

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Photo of stortore
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 1/19/15, had 9/29/18.

Pours a fairly dark cherry/amber, cloudy, with a two inch head of pinkish foam with great retention, and lots of creamy lacing. Looks great. Smells tart and sour. Aromas of cherries, Belgian yeast, light malt, some funk- more as it warms. The taste is somewhat tart, lightly sour, acidic at first- though that fades. Flavors of cherries, malt, Belgian yeast, light funk. Smooth, a very good light to medium body, well carbonated.

Probably not doing the best job of describing this one, but it’s one to try if you can find it. Delicious cherries, great aroma and flavor. Incredibly smooth and balanced.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of, if not the best lambic/sour I’ve had. Nice floral nose and flavor is not too acidic. While I’m not typically the sour super fan, I am the super fan of this one.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loads and loads of cherries in this - it looks a bit like cherry juice on the pour. The classic lambic notes are present on the nose, and the cherries elevate things to a nearly world-class level, IMHO.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing raspberry; raspberry + gouda; straw, a mellow hit of berry jam, grass, slight barn, tin + herb, sharp tart Balsamic finish.

4 4.5 4.25 4 4.5

Fruit bright but worked in flawlessly. Funk low plays with some greasy lemon rind. 3F are just so good.

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Photo of Holderness
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L — Pours a lovely ruby/nectarine-hued body with a scant half finger of white head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S — Cherry pie filling, raspberry, blueberry, mild funk, slight malty graininess
T — Cranberry, tart cherry, meyer lemon, red wine vinegar, pomegranate. The tartness is quite clean and acetic, comes across as mostly lacto, maybe a touch of brett
F — Medium- mouthfeel, well carbonated. Lasting tartness but very drinkable
O — A nice canonical example of the style. Tartness is a little overbearing but the aromas and mouthfeel still shine. Purchased in Belgium and the price wasn't too bad, around 7euro for a 375ml bottle


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Photo of VABA
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very nice golden cherry color with a slight head and lacing.
A-Aroma rich hints of sour cherries.
T-The taste followed the nose with nice cherry sourness and tastiness.
M-Light bodied with a smooth character and generous carbonation.
O-Avery nice complex character beer!

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Photo of Damian
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT
Bottling Date 14 JUN 17
Best Before 26 OCT 37
Blend no 33 • season 16|17
Served in a stemmed glass

Review #1625

The beautiful, crystal clear, ruby colored body was topped by a tight, creamy, near finger-tall, light pink crown that quickly faded to a lasting ringlet. No lacing to speak of. On the second pour, the dregs made it into the glass, clouding the liquid significantly and making it appear lighter.

The aroma was outstanding. Sour cherry notes came through big time. Really fresh and bright. Loads of musty cellar and oaky barrel too. Fantastic balance between the cherries and the base beer. As the liquid warmed, the musty notes really intensified.

The flavor was also terrific and demonstrated a great balance between the fruit and the base beer. Big tart cherry presence up front. Moderately acidic. Musty cellar notes appeared in the center and eclipsed the cherry flavor as the beer moved along the palate. Lemon notes were also detectable. Moderately acidic. More funk and dry, oaky barrel and tannins on the back end. The beer finished with a big, acidic, vinegar-like kick and loads of oak.

The mouthfeel was pretty standard. Medium-light bodied. The liquid contained a moderate, bubbly effervescence that turned somewhat creamy on the palate.

Drie Fonteinen’s beers never fails to disappoint, and their Oude Kriek perfectly married bright cherry notes with the intense musty barrel qualities of the base beer. After nearly a dozen years of reviewing beers on BA, I am glad I finally got a chance to tick this one.

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Photo of mkh012
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage, bottled 10 months ago.

Pours deep purple-red with no head.

The nose is primarily rubbery, medicinal funk, with some cherry underlying it.

The taste is the reverse, thankfully - more cherry-forward, with the funk in the background. I get cherry, plum, raspberry, and blue cheese. The sourness is relatively mild and lingers nicely.

The mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation.

Overall, very good. Complex and refined.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 750 ml bottle on October 5, 2018. Has a pleasant tartness and organic notes of almond and cinnamon as it warms. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stevoj
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottles at share. Pink/purple pour, flat. Aroma is tart, sour cherries. Taste is more of the cherries, as it should be. Velvety smooth with a lingering pucker.

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Photo of darktronica
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 release with the new label-art refresh, trying this pretty fresh for the first time. Ruby-purple in appearance, cloudy, with a bright fizz and no retention or lacing. Tart cherry on the nose, mouth-puckeringly sour on the tongue, and a high-quality mild funk to go along with it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pokal, the appearance was a nice looking dark red/purple color. Quickly dissipating quarter finger's worth of white foamy and semi-fizzling head. There wasn't any lace.
The aroma spoke of tart and sour red cherries marginally seeking to claim a light sweet wood, super light green apples, red raspberries, then black raspberries. Light touch of smooth vinegar, the acidity level is soothing.
The flavor takes all of the prior mentioned aromas to intertwine in a refined sour and tart fashion to push a fine acidity level in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a level of acidity staking just enough claim to my tongue with some dryness. Carbonation felt fine. Acidic dry finish.
Overall, superb lambic featuring enough tart and sour qualities telling me that this is a beer never to pass up on when seen.

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Photo of Dzu
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.375 l bottle into snifter.
L: ruby turbid with a no foam head.
S: raspberry, sourness.
T: cherry, raspberry.
F: medium body and low carbonated.
O: not my style of beer but excellent.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

26/10/2016 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 26/2/18

Deep maroon liquid with lots of little bubbles feeding a short lived pink head that sticks around as a thick film leaving no lace. Massive cherries on the nose, sweet raspberries, wet hay, wood, cherry cough drop, more funk in the mouth, a little vinegar. Slick inside the mouth, sour but fairly tame, pin prick bubbles fluff up, funky cherry lingers for ages. This is a top notch kriek, I'm surprised by how fruity it is almost a year and a half after bottling. I'm stoked to have a couple vintages of this stuff to age, I can't believe this stuff is sitting on shelf here in Alberta, yeah!!!

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Photo of Vidblain
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The cherry presence is terrific - it's sweet and tart and just mildly funky, thankfully avoiding that medicinal cherry phenomena. It is fairly dry though, even as it warms, and just never becomes sour enough for my liking.

Very good beer, but not a favorite. I prefer gueuze over kriek!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ruby red with a pink tint. There's no head on this beer. It smells like very tart and juicy cherries that were freshly picked with an undercurrent of oak. I'm tasting very tart and refreshing cherries with a bit of oak at the back of the palate. The mouth is moderately carbonated, bubbly, and refreshingly smooth due to the oak aging.

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Photo of LAp
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer that certainly has been done no favors by being consumed shortly after a Cantillon and subsequent OEC tasting. To disclose my biases, krieks (while excellent) aren't my favorite breed of sour. But even within the realm of krieks, this one comes off as a touch too sweet, and without the prominent puckering or earthy sourness to make it truly stand out. It's an excellent, thoroughly competent beer, but not ones that holds up as well in light of the recent flooding of the market with outstanding sours.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A sublime experience. Dated 2016/10, drunk 2017/10 fresh into Aus.
Lovely pour initially, subsequent pours looked flatter.
Aromas of sour cherries, cherry menthol.
Taste is restrained, complex, vibrant, zesty. A real lambic with added fruit, that fresh. Only hint of taste change is at it warms the cherry medicinal note heightens.
This from someone who did not like Kriek only a few years ago...

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from May 2016. Poured from fridge temp, but allowed to warm over 30 min or so. Pours a beautiful ruby red with rapidly dissipating carbonation. Beautiful pink head. Nose is amazing - lots of raspberry and sour cherry. Definitely some funk in there. Taste is incredible. Bold sour notes up front and then a nice sweet and sour cherry. I am getting a bit of a honeydew flavor as it warms a bit. Overall, a very nicely balanced Kriek with great mouthfeel.

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky cranberry juice color with the slightest wisp of raspberry-tinted head.

Sour cherry aroma. Somewhat less flavorful with very light cherry up front and some gueuze-like barnyard funk on the back end.

Medium bodied, a tad creamy, with strong carbonation.

I prefer the gueuze, but this is still very tasty.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: It pours brilliant cherry red with a thin whit film on top over rapidly rising bubbles.

S: Light funk and light cherry aromas rise from the glass.

T: The palate has a nice, assertive cherry tartness that is medium to medium high. The cherry flavor is a little subdued and has some faint sherry notes, a touch of diacetyl (movie theater popcorn butter).

F: Very dry medium light body with medium high carbonation that provides a light carbonic bite. There is no astringency but there is a slight slickness on the tongue.

O: this is a very refreshing, elegant beer

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