Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#988
Reviews:
357
Ratings:
1,270
pDev:
7.66%
 
 
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Reviews: 357 | Ratings: 1,270
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours out a deep, dark, cherry red. It has a minimal head but lots of bubbles constantly rising. The aroma is stereotypical Drie Fonteinen. It has that gnarly, musty brett character on top of the lactic sourness. It really shows how each of these lambic producers really have distinct house flavors (not on purpose). The taste is lactic sour balanced nicely against sweetnest from the cherries. As with all great sours, the drinkability is incredible. Great beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Insanely good beer! Drie Foneinen has figured this whole Belgian thing out. This Kriek is no different. Holding true to what Krieks are, this beer has a delicate acidity that steers clear from sharpness or astringency. A clean tartness that comes from the cherries are a perfect compliment to the vineous blended lambic base beer. Tartness take the shape of pie cherries, under-rippened berries, crabapples, and malt. That's right, a steady stream of pilsner malts add just enough sweetness, body, and creaminess to buffer the palate from the intensity of the sour beer. A light cork mustiness gives an earthy complextion to the beer from the nose to the finish (despite the synthetic cork). A real surprise is the low-lying carbonation which keeps the acidity from becoming amplified. Still, the beer does not rest heavily on the tongue; rather giving a mellow soothing demeanor to the session. Krieks just don't get better.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!!!

.375ml Bottle.

First time enjoying a 3F offering. Dark red in color. Nose is funky cherries. Taste is sweet and tart and follows the nose. High attenuation. Very nice beer.

(A-)

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark, almost blood red, slightly opaque, with a fizzy, crackling head that recedes quickly, and no lacing.

Smells like oak, sour grain, cherries, vinegar, and lactic acid.

This is pretty moderately sour, but manages to keep a delicate balance. There's a very good balance between sour cherry and oak, with sour grainy malt as well, some vinegar, and sour apples.

This has a bubbly, prickly, and fairly highly carbonated mouthfeel, with a lighter body. It's very drinkable- it was insanely easy to put down this 375.

This is probably the best Kriek that I've ever had. So good.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy and dark red in color. It poured with lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface and has a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are aromas of sour cherries in the nose with some hints of funkiness. The aromas of cherries become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The sourness in the taste is very well balanced with flavors of cherries and oak; there is also some sweetness from the fruit. The cherries stand out more prominently in the taste compared to the smell.
M: It feels light-bodied, crisp and rather tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable for the style because the sourness in the smell and taste don't overpower your senses and doesn't pucker your mouth.

Note: Bottled on March 31, 2009

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Photo of Cedromar
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
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 ystazi
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of thebigredone
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Skeeter1330
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

The sweetness from the fruit tones down the sourness that I was expecting.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled 12/14/2007 - 12.7oz - Poured at 50 degrees into a tulip.

The body is a lot darker than I expected. It's a dark plum color, but when held to the light you can see some gorgeous shades of violet. The minimal amount of head is light pink in color, and composed of almost entirely tiny bubbles. Surprisingly good retention for such a minimal amount of overall head, minimal lacing tries to cling to the glass, but quickly wavers.

A really nice nose, smells a lot like the Schaerbeekse version. Big cherry, plum, and pomegranate character accentuated by funk, trace alcohol and slight burnt rubber.

Tastes great. Grape juice, pomegranate, plum, and tart dark cherries. It's quite sour to boot, mouth-puckeringly so. My palate has started to adjust to the sourness as the session has continued. Some funky character rounds things out nicely.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium consistency, not much carbonation, but has just enough to get it going. Very dry.

Overall this is a fantastic kriek. I would recommend this kriek to anyone trying to get a good feel for the style. Drinks very well, it's easy going and flavorful. Drie Fonteinen continues to amaze me.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, on a rainy Wednesday night, in Atlanta, with a couple amused friends.

A: Gorgeous, cloudy cherry redhead. Negligible carbonation off the pour, which dissipates immediately, but has nice wine-like legs. Its oak-y past is visible (okay, maybe not).

S: Aged oak mingles with dark cherry, finishing with a sharp sour aroma. Incredible. Lingering.

T: The interior of the oak barrels is immediately evident on the palate; and is similar to gnawing on your grandma's antique oak table, but in this case it's tasty. A mellow, cherry middle awaits patiently behind the oak. Finishes with a dry sour jolt, which smacks like a right hook to the jaw.

M: Fine. Coating. Massively dry.

D: This knocked me out and provided me with a greater appreciation for sours. I could probably drink three of these in a sitting, if only I could afford it. Excellent brew.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phil_H
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wanne
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color is like a pastel tint of red, with a head that is pinkish. The head diasappears quickly, with a lot of fizzing. The aroma is sour, but is somewhat softened by the cherries. The taste is also sour. The cherries give it a nice taste, whitout making it a sweet beer. Carbonation is relatively high. Nice beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Bottled on November 28th, 2006.

Falu red and carmine body with good clarity. A choppy pour produced a brief bright pink head that rapidly diminishes to the thinnest collar I've ever seen. Tiny pixels of lacing blemish the clear lacquer-like ribbons of legs when the glass is swirled.

The aroma is transporting - the Brett. notes are akin to a rural farm road after the first rain. Fertile soil, wet hay, goat herds, blooming orchards. Next comes the cherry which is tart, lush, pure, and whole...similar to the finest maraschino liqueur (e.g. Luxardo). This seems to be a good age for drinking this ale, as the barnyard smell is strong but the fruit hasn't relinquished its power yet. I'll definitely revisit this review when I can try a 10 year old vintage.

Very tart yet earthy palate entry, with the real essence of sour cherry, pits and all, at play. Alfalfa, apple flowers, English daisies, loam, and some bacterial acidity play a note as well. Smooth, tart, crisp finish with lingering funk and a faint touch of oak or leather.

Rather flat, so lacking the effervesence I would prefer, but this seems to be an acceptable shortcoming for a traditional lambic, regardless of what the BJCP suggests.

I decided to pair my second glass with some cheese, so I shaved up some Ewephoria (a sheep's milk gouda from Friesland Holland, produced for the U.S. market). The combination was superb, bringing out a little more sweetness in the lambic, and emphasizing the grassy/herb/nut notes of the cheese.

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Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of chadwicktorres
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Brevbin
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours a deep red color with a few inches of pinkish head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries and other dark fruits, tart, sour citrus, and a hint of funk.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, especially cherries, and sour citrus fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice lambic with some sour and tarty fruit to it. Would try again.

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Photo of NickyDee21
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atpca
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Yum!

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