Oude Kriek
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #14
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4.32 | pDev: 7.64%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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Notes: 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek is the result of macerating hand-picked whole sour cherries on young lambic for at least four months, in a proportion of one kilogram of fruit per litre of lambic. The kriek lambic is then blended again with more young lambic to obtain a minimum intensity of 35% fruit, and is bottled immediately afterwards. These bottles are then stored in our cellars for at least five months so that the kriek lambic can develop into a beautiful, traditional, and refined Oude Kriek. With a pleasant tartness and organic notes of almond and cinnamon as it warms in the glass, 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek, will age perfectly but may lose some of the vibrant red colours and forest fruit aromas. This unfiltered and unpasteurised lambic is all-natural with no artificial juices, syrups, or sugars added. Traditional Lambic is living, cultural heritage rooted in the Zenne valley!
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Blend #83 - season 17/18. Surprisingly never have had this before. Big cork pop. Pours a really deep, thick red. Looks syrupy almost. Lots of bloody red bubbles that explode to nothing. Aroma boasts a sharp acidity and sourness. Heavy mustiness. Underneath the vibrant, coercive sour nose, I get an earthiness and a definite fruit sweetness. Almost like a maraschino cherry. Flavor is again, very sharp. Astringent. It definitely lacks the nuance of some of the best lambics I have had. Sharp for sharp's sake. Then comes a wave of viscous cherry flavor. Syrupy. The flavors sorta clash, which is unexpected. Feel is thick, syrupy. Disappointing. Pretty surprised at how little I enjoyed this.

Jun 06, 2020
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tried without carbonation in 3F's lambik-o-droom and in a bottle taken home. Pours a clear ruby red. Aroma is a hint of funk with some sweet cherries. Taste is much the same with some good acidity. Very refreshing after some yardwork, and overall I can't find much of a flaw, just a great beer.

May 03, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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

Something special for my birthday

Caged and corked bottle poured into a birthday gift pint glass

Fluffy pink foam cloud quickly recedes to a ring over a ruby red liquid

Aroma is tart cherries, sourness, yeast

Taste is tart cherries

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry

Good beer

Apr 14, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a vibrant pink color that slowly becomes a hazy purple as sediment is added. Topped with a creamy pink head. Good retention, but not lacing.

Smells intensely of sour cherries, barnyard funk, hay, oak, and red wine vinegar.

The taste opens up with jammy sweet cherry, which quickly transitions into intensely sour cherry--cherry skin and pits, acidic cherry vinegar, red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar, and barnyard funk, hay, tart green apple skin, and then lesser notes of white oak barrel, vanilla, and lemon zest. Moderately funk with a lingering intense sourness, and oak tannins.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, slightly slick and oily from the fruit juice.

A damn great fruit lambic. Delicious.

Jan 06, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle - poured into a Czech champagne flute - slightly chilled.

Cork releases with a loud, percussive POP, flying across the room, but no gushing occurred. The lambic poursa deep blood red - slightly translucent, with a two fingers of fizzy pale pink head that violently recedes in a matter of seconds, leaving a surface that boils and dances with endless streams of lively effervescence. A razor-thin rose coloured collar surrounds the elixir.

Nose: Absolutely stunning aroma that bears remarkable depth and nuance. Cherries are first and foremost, lending both sweet and tart characteristics, but beneath that is just endless aroma. Notes of iodine, fresh sterile gauze, tire rubber, black peppercorn, wet granite, asphalt, tons of French white oak, leather, dusty attic, parchment, horseblanket, barnyard, wild cider, peat, clay, dry red wine, buttery white wine, and some aromas that just can't be described. So complex and unique.

Palate: The ale greets the palate with a dry acidity. It's certainly tart, but I wouldn't call it terribly sour. It doesn't force any pucker or facial tightness. The essence of fermented cherries hits first, followed by an absolutely stunning minerality, almost like sucking on an uncoated vitamin C or magnesium tablet. The iodine note translates to the palate, but the gauze and menthol antiseptic do not. There's a prominent lemon juice aspect as well as a terrific presence of oak, wet hay, farmhouse dustiness, and petrichor. In the very front, there's a unique earthy element. It isn't stinky or dank, but rather kind of floral. It disappears early, giving way to the aforementioned notes, but then makes a slight return near the finish. Just before the finish, the minerality peaks, before starting to subside. At this point, we are in the finish. The oak transforms from oaky and woody, to soft and buttery. There's a tannic twinge that brings forth the slightest bit of bitterness. The tannic nature is a cross between that of wood, and that of cherry skins and pits. The finish comes to a close, and it's a little surprising how clean it is. The acidity disappears entirely, and you're left with a lingering bouquet of essence. Malted barley, brettanomyces, white oak, and the faintest hint of sour cherries. It all just slowly fades away, clea n and bone dry.

Mouthfeel/Body: This ale is light-bodied by nature, but I think the cherries are trying to push this into more medium territory. However, there's just practically no residual sugars, which helps keep this crisp. It really is a very drinkable ale, however, this is one to really sit down with and sip. Effervescence is completely champagne-like in texture and size, however, despite the force that the corked took off with, this is not the ultra-fizzy ale you might expect, and like many bottle-conditioned offerings, the effervescence fades quickly, which I simply see as a natural progression of the ale's character.

Overall: This is a classy, retrained, elegant little lambic, and I am very glad to have gotten one for myself. I can't wait to try the cuvée gueuze and see how much more,complexity there is to be found without the cherry aspect. If you're comfortable with sours and are looking to take the next step. Then this is a perfect place to start withour getting overwhelmed. There's just enough funk and unusual notes to get an idea what it's all about, but it's restrained and delicate enough to be approachable. Definitely one to pull the trigger on. Great stuff.

Dec 28, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, blend n°31, season 16/17, bottled on 20th April 2017, with a best before date of 26th October 2037. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A clear ruby red colour with a one finger white, but maybe slightly pinkish head that had decent retention and left only sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Lightly tart, cherry, oak, slight jammyness, and maybe a touch of vanilla, almond and citrus.

Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, oak with a splash of citrus/vinegar acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice Kriek Lambic, especially the aroma which just draws me in.

Dec 07, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with small white head nice little bubbles.
Smell is funk with a touch of cherry.
Flavor becomes a little more cherry but yet the tart and the funk are still there.
Tart finish isn’t too aggressive.
Very delicious!!

Dec 02, 2019
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eric5bellies from Australia

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

A - Pours a deep Red colour with a Pink head that retains and laces
S - Plenty of funk wood and cherries
T - Real nice woody palate with the cherries and (dare I say it) horse blanket on the end
M - Light to medium body with full carbonation
O - Superb example of the style with perhaps only The Lou Pepe Kriek being superior

Nov 30, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep red color, apparently clear at the edges. Decent and fizzy head production, fading to a completely still, flat top, with occasional bubbles perturbing the edge of the glass.

Sharp aroma, initially mostly tannins and vinegar, but quickly adding a musty, earthy, and natural tart cherry tone. The musty hay-like tones of 3F funk so present in their Gueze is not overly strong here, with more of an emphasis on sharp tart and sour notes. Unlike cheaper or more rushed Kriek attempts, this has a deep and welcoming nose, lacking any syrupy sweetness or the over-the-top punch from intentionally added souring bacteria (a la kettle sours). This beer speaks to two words: natural, and patience.

Similar presentation on the palate, with more earthy, musty funk than the nose. Organic cherry tones up front, from skins to pits. Very light vinegary kiss on the back third. More cherry notes on the back half as the beer warms. Overall cherry flavor is wonderfully natural but simultaneously muted, making this a wonderful expression of a Gueze-style Lambic that happens to be aged on cherries ... as opposed to a cherry syrup-infused Lambic with over-driven sweetness.

The combination of lively sting and puckering sourness makes this a difficult beer to savor for long in the mouth; tannin-like sourness lingers on the gums. Grows more palatable as it warms - or perhaps as one gets more accustomed to the sourness.

Oct 20, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/10/18; drank 10/10/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque blood red appearance.

A slow pour yielded a small dark pink head; almost no lace.

Dark cherry, oak & faint cane sugar notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Strongly tart dark cherry & oak flavors; this was flavorful, but a bit punishing to my tender, underdeveloped palate.

Maybe a few more decades ARE necessary?

Oct 11, 2019
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The crisp tartness of this beer is perfect. I realize how many bad krieks I've had now that I've tasted a true Beligian kriek. There's so much complexity here with the perfect balance. I've had too many that are straight up cherries and too sweet. I just wish this wasn't so expensive and could be found more easily. Don't ever pass this up.

Sep 24, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 21.19 (Including shipping and PA tax)/12.7 oz bottle ($ 1.67/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 9/9/19.
“BOTTLING DATE 26 JUL 18 BEST BEFORE 26 OCT 38” clearly stamped on back label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
First pour – Pink, hazy.
Body – Carmine, opaque. When held to the light, velvety maroon around the edge.
Head – None - (Aggressive center pour) What transient head is produced is fizzy and small, gone by the end of the pour, leaving neither crown nor cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Sour cherries.
Flavor – 4 - Begins moderately tart and dry with cherry overtones. No alcohol (6.6% ABV) flavor or aroma, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4. Good but not $ 1.67/oz good.

Sep 09, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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

Jun 01, 2019
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flipper2gv from Canada

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.

May 28, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

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.

May 26, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

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.

May 19, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

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.

Apr 08, 2019
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

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.

Mar 03, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

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.

Dec 25, 2018
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StJamesGate from New York

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.

Dec 24, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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


Dec 18, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

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!

Nov 01, 2018
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Damian from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 24, 2018
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mkh012 from Colorado

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.

Oct 23, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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.

Oct 11, 2018
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