Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +18.5%

I love this beer. I am glad I have another bottle. Great cherry / raspberry notes with everything I love about 3Fonteinen. I wish I could buy this everywhere.

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Photo of gyllstromk
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep, beet red with a light head and mild carbonation. Aromas of cherry and root beer. Flavors of strawberry and vanilla cherry soda, with a very nice tart finish. Overall the flavor is very dominated by the fruit.

As it warms, we observe tropical, citrus, and floral aromas, with darker fruit flavors arising, as well as a bit of a jolly rancher pop.

A perfect kriek.

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Photo of aleigator
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek '14 vintage

Pours a fiery, ruby-red color, with a small, quickly dwindling head.

Offers one of the most perfect aromas I have ever experienced, mainly defined by ripe, slightly earthen cherries. Comes along with a gentle fruit entangled sourness, not too acidic, while exhibiting fermented, ripe fruit the most pleasant way.

Features an incredible soft mouthfeel, bursting with fruit, while providing a refreshing body.

Tastes almost like cherry juice, while being fuller bodied. The tart sourness acts as a peak to the ripe cherry fruits, revealing funky yogurt, a whiff of old, dried lemon peel and incredibly profound cherry stone qualities with marzipan, earth and fruit pulp. Drinks hillariously easy, as the beers sourness is just one tiny part of the overall taste, with a pleasant but naturally fitting fruity sweetness, gently balanced by the leathery tartness. Finishes with even more visible cherry stones and musty malts, wrapped up by cherry pulp, cherry skin and lemon peel, leaving the palate with an enjoyable, gentle sourness.

Easily the most intense appearance of cherry I have ever experienced in a beer. It features cherry from the beginning till the end, while opening with unusually ripe fruits, being able to turn even riper while drinking. Still provides a soft, mineralic mouthfeel, letting the cherries remain enjoyable, while getting joined by crisp lemon, producing a fantastic, irresistable, complex taste.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Another world class offering form this great brewery. three 2oz pours few hours apart. Nice thick cloudy red color with pink head that is fast fading. the smell is just right Cherries dominate. The taste is very complex with the dominate cherry tartness perfectly presented. The sour cherries taste so real and raw. By far the best Cherry Lambic i have ever tried, World class. 4.90

2016 Update: lucky enough to have this again at St Petersburg Florida's Independent the night of Zwanze 2016. go figure they got a few cases in same day, coincidence? anyways, just as great as it was last year when i first tried it.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed on a car ride (not driving) in a paper cup.

A - Red with a pink head, semi-persistent foam. Quintessential Kriek Lambic.

S - Great tart cherry; pungent. Also a slight woody and pickle-olive aroma.

T - Same as the nose, but more intensely cherry, and the most sublimely perfect balance, and basically perfectly tuned-up.

M - Very nice carbonation; not too big and not too little.

D - This is one of the greatest pleasure to drink. I could drink this by the firkin.

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Photo of TriGuy20
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330ml bottle into tulip style wine glass.

A: Dark crimson red with beautiful cherry tinged white head with a lace that clings nicely to the glass.

S: Tart Cherry/ Cinnamon/ Oak-wood notes/ Slight barnyard notes with corky accent/ Cherry cola/ Sherry/ Saddle/ Violet

T: The cherry comes out tart at first on the initial attack and then transforms into a sweet cherry on the mid palate that turns into cinnamon toast. On the finish this beer displays a nice funky tart cherry flavor.

MF: Great mouth feel that fills the palate with flavor and ends with hints of creaminess. The finish on the beer is quite good.

D: This beer is very drinkable! Your mouth waters for more with each sip. The sourness of this beer is in perfect balance.

Wow this is a great beer! Everything is in perfect harmony. A real pleasure to drink.

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Photo of caddyshack199
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dre Fonteinen kriek
H-pink fleating head
N-sour cherry, lambic base comes through well
T-sour up front becomes soft quickly. Good balance of sweetness and sourness. Truely a great lambic. Perfect example of kriek done right. Sad the brewery is closing it's doors. 
$23.99 bottle 750ml
Staples Corner Liquors, Crofton Md

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Photo of apowar
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled: Mar 31 2009

12.7oz bottle courtesy of Tim van Dragt

Poured into my Russian River tulip

Appearance: What every kriek should look like. Gorgeously rich red color--like cranberry juice but a little more rust-ey. Head dissipates rapidly but leaves a smattering of bubblegum-pink foam around the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Sour cherries (obviously), smells strongly of old leather, wet wood, and faintly of dark chocolate. Brettanomyces rears it's head in the form of a horsey, earthy minerality. Such a struggle to figure this one out without being inclined to take a sip.

Taste: So dynamic! Opens with sweet/tart cherries and vanilla. The acidity is extremely well balanced with the natural sweetness of the cherries. Finishes with some cherry juice pit, as well as some pretty unique flavors that I want to attribute to the Brett (horse and barnyard meet cat urine?). As it opens up a little bit I'm getting more of a cherry soda thing along with some tannin/astringency (almost like I'm knawing on the stems/pits).

Mouthfeel: Full in body, moderate (albeit very fine) carbonation.

Drinkability: So much. (So subjective: see below)

Overall: It's labor day and one of the hottest days we've experience in SF in some time. For me--now--this kriek really hits the spot. Big on flavor, but the acid keeps it feeling light making it seem all the more drinkable in this climate.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle Dated 16Jan2003. Opened 2008.

Pours a vibrant crimson with tan tones. Looks beautiful.
Mild carbonation.
Aroma of cherries, cherry juice, strawberries, fruit punch. Some funk for sure.
Tastes amazing, lots of fruits similar to the aroma, not real sweet. Twinge of vinegar. Quite tart! The depth is impressive, especially at this age. I could drink this every day. That I can't is saddening.

Also had bottle from 2005, 1Feb2005 I think is the date.
Aroma is an amazing tart cherry, red fruits.
Darker color than the 2003, almost blood red. Cloudy.
Lots of tartness, lots of fruits just like the 2003. A bit sweeter but not much. Hint of vinegar again. An amazing beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle - Delirium Cafe

We had a lot of these. At 13 Euros, seemed like one of the bigger bargains in the book. Add to that the fact they were dishing out 2006 vintages! Things got so great that they were busy enough to not even uncork them anymore, and as a result I have a 2006 vintage of this beer sitting in my closet here in Seattle.

This has aged absolutely fantastic - not as tart as Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek, but better. The finish is so rich and decadently cherry - similar to the finish on the Lou Pepe Kriek, but better even. Layers of tart and sweet cherry, oak, earthy notes. The dark cherry plays so nicely.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/31/09.

Pours a semi-opaque crimson red with a small light red head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. All lacing drips back down into the beer on the drink down. Smells fantastic with sour cherries, red wine vinegar, and funk/must. A very mouthwatering sour smell. Taste is fantastic with the sour cherry taste up front and a vinegar and funky must flavor taking over on the finish. There is an acidic twang to this beer in the mouth after each sip. There is a medium to high level of carbonation that is very bubbly and prickly in the mouth. Overall, this is a very good sour cherry lambic that is still super tasty more than 2 years after the bottling date.

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Photo of LE_FEESH
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First ever fruit lambic poured into a wine glass. It a deep hazy pinkish red and contained minimal carbonation.

It smelled much like tart cherry cobbler/pie filling. There was also a vinous red-wine like quality.

Taste was much much more sour than the smell, but the pie cherries were still in abundance and there was a little bit of barrel character that backed the tart and sweet cherry flavors.

Overall- I absolutely loved this as my first experience with a fruit lambic. I cannot wait to explore this style further!

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Photo of sjccmd
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark red almost purple with ruby highlights. Thin light pink head that recedes quickly. No real lacing. Pretty clear.

Aroma of rich tart cherries. Vanilla, almond, and oak. Very rich and complex. Earthy, mushroomy funk lingers in the background along with lactic acid, but cherries take the forefront. Super jammy and lovely. Even some spices as well.

Tart cherries upfront followed by lactic acid. Rich cherries hit mid palate with oak and earthy brett. Lambic expresses itself more so in the flavor. Mushroom and tea, barnyard. Fruity and juicy.

Medium carbonation with a slick full body (but not thick). Medium tannins and bone dry.

A classic, excellent kriek. Lots of complex rich cherry flavor with a solid lambic underneath.

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Photo of biga7346
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Beer poured a flat, ruby red to burnt crimson and takes on a more rusty maroon as it warms. No lacing or head whatsoever.

Big aromas of leather, moss, barnyard to hay with the slightest backdrop of tart raspberries, cherries and tropical fruit. A very complex layering of aromas.

The texture is where this beer really hit a homerun with a firm, well attenuated, velvety mouthfeel that swirled easily across the palate. I got more tartness, lemon curd, fresh raspberry and cherry, red wine spritziness and then the slightest touch of phenol to mediciny in the finish.

What a wonderful lambic, good year. This is something I would very much enjoy with fresh fruit maybe even chocalate.

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Photo of muttyd
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, deep ruby with a massive fluffy pink head. Aroma is filled with tons of sour cherries, barnyard funk, and vanilla. Some slight vinegar characters in the nose, but not overwhelming or offputting. The flavor hits you with a huge sour/sweet cherry, oak, and earthy funk. Very sour beer, but not overly acidic. Finishes dry and musty. Effervescent and prickly on the tongue. Absolutely love this beer, every vintage I have tried has been phenomenal.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: A beautiful dark blood red. Almost a two finger pink head with great retention and ok lacing.

S: Not really sour or tart. It's a nice funky barnyard cherry aroma. Definitely get lots of oak in the nose. Great smelling beer.

T: Wow. Sweetness upfront. Then tartness that transitions nicely to funkiness then finishes sour. None are dominant since the oak comes through solidly and tames them. Cherries are not huge in the flavor. Definitely there but definitely taking a back seat.

M: Light body. High carbonation, very fizzy, but good. Super crisp.

O: Love it. The best Lambic I've had so far. One I could see drinking all the time.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottled poured into my Southampton snifter. Bottled on March 31st, 2009.

Poured a deep violet color with about a half finger of white head. As soon as I opened this, my father, sitting across the room, said "I can smell that from here - what are you drinking vinegar?" The smell was full of funk, sweet cherries, oak, and lactic acid. Big tartness and sourness up front, and the cherries reveal themselves towards the back. A nice balance between funk, fruit, and sour. I was thoroughly impressed with this lambic.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ejoyed at The Bear in Brugge. I think this had a bit of age to it, but was still delicious.

Deep and dark black cherry color. Lack of head is my only quarrel with this fine brew.

Very tart nose with some musky earthy tones. Sweet malts and sour cherries.

Possibly the most unique beer I have ever tried. An amazing Kriek with an extremely complex flavor profile. Very dry with tart cherries and earthy herbs and spices. Sweet malts and fruits are well hidden.

Little carbonation I think do to the age. As a result this felt a little watery in the finish.

Delicous, so dry and acidic yet very drinkable. Expensive in the US, but worth the money.

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Photo of champ103
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2007 bottle.

A: Pours a very attractive and beautifully bright garnet red color. On first pout it is clear, though after the second, some yeasty particles can be seen suspended. A two finger pink head forms, but recedes in a second. Very little lace.
S: Just great. Funky yeast and horse blanket up front. Oak and light vanilla. Tart and acidic cherries comes on strong toward the end. Really well balanced.
T: This time the tart cherries are up front and center. Real cherries, nothing artificial here. The sourness and acidity builds as the beer warms. Though it never dominates. Funky yeast and horse blanket. Dry oak and vanilla lingers. I can't get enough of this.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly carbonated. Perfectly crisp, dry, and refreshing. A treat to drink. I want to savor every last drop.

This is excellent, and world class. So well balanced between the tart, sour, and acidic cherries and everything else. Everything a fruit Lambic should be. As good as anything that I have had from Cantillon. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a lovely small head, nice ringing around the edge. The beer itself is a cranberry red.

The nose is earthy with a hint of minerality, there is just a hint of cherry and funk too.

The taste starts off with a nice cherry flavor, this quickly fades to a fairly sour taste, as the atertaste progresses the acidity increases. As the beer fades I get mostly acidity and some more tart cherry.

This beer is wonderful. It is far more tart than other Drie Fonteinen beers I have had, I would put this one as a 7/10 on my sour scale. The color is just wonderful, definitely a slow sipping beer as the acidity is quite pronounced.

A good buy for $15.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4-1-11. 375 ml into a New Belgium tulip.

A- Poured a magnificent red to ruby hue. Big, frothy pink head that retained well, but only laced a little. Still, brilliant.

S- All big sour cherry notes. Not a lot of complexity here. Tart and strong, big sour cherries. Slight lactic sour notes peak in and out.

T- Pretty much like the scent. Huge tart cherry presence off the bat. Lactic and acidic sour notes are present. Fairly sour, but only as much as the cherries permit. Cherries permit sweetness to be present too.

M- Very carbonated, but decently heavy on the palate. Wouldn't want to tackle a whole 750 ml by myself, but the palate can tolerate a fair amount of this one.

Overall, a very good intro to authentic Belgian sours/lambics. Interested to get into the geuzes.

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Photo of dgilks
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours an amazing purple red colour with a thick pink head. Great head retention for a sour with a nice fluffy ring left around the beer.

Rich and thick cherry aroma with a moderate funk in the background. The key here is balance with notes of lemon, stone fruit, spice, geranium, sage and almond.

Balanced between fruit and tartness with just a hint of real sourness. I get a nice cherry flavour backed up by other fruit and a touch of herbal character. Well balanced and simply delicious.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A really good kriek with plenty of balance and fruit character. This is an example of where you don't need Cantillon style tartness to make a kriek work but it can be done with a bit of finesse. I'm looking forward to searching for some more Drie Fonteinen on my next trip to the US.

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Photo of svenness
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2015 January 18

L: Clear ruby red, highly carbonated, thin pink head, very attractive
S/T: Cherry funk, earthy, hay; lactic tartness, oak, cherries really came out as it warmed.
F: Very dry, light-bodied, moderate carbonation prickle, tart dry finish
O: Mouthwatering and delicious, loads of cherry and lambic notes.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on dec 14th 2007

pours ruby with deep cherry and cranberry color. light velvet head that quickly gives way.

light sour cherry, vinegar, hints of grape and.

light vinegar up front that gives way to a nice puckering cherry flavor with light oak notes. not to much funk, actually, very little. a hint of lemon in the finish. a little puckering at the finish as well. this is blended so well that everything compliments each other.

light and crisp, very light carbonation.

amazing, this is one of the best sours i have had. the cherry flavor is perfect and blends well. nothing stands out because it is blended so well. amazing. i cannot wait to see what time does to this.

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