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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Drie Founteinen's Oude Kriek for $13.99 at The Lager Mill. I like krieks and I've always wanted to try this one, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on July 13th 2015. Poured from a 12.7oz green bottle that was corked and caged into a teku.

A- It poured a nice dark red color that took on more of a brighter ruby color when held to the light with a thin ring of bubbly off white pink head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, it's fairly standard for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a little bit of a funky yeast aroma being the first to show up and they impart a brett like and light funky barnyard like aromas that goes right into a higher amount of sourness with a very cherry aroma that imparts a big dark cherry aroma that is very nice. Up next comes hardly any malts. This beer has a good aroma, it's just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a lot less sweet and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with a slight bit of funky yeast being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma. Up next comes the cherries which impart a nice natural dark cherry juice flavor that;s more tart than sweet. Up next comes a little bit of malts and on the finish there's more a lower amount of high sourness that lingers for a little bit with a cherry juice like aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting sweet, it has all those nice tart cherry flavors without all the sweetness that a lot of Kriek's seem to have.

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, not too acidic, but a little mouth puckering, not too crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a lighter amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but I wish it had more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very nice example of the style, when it came to the taste and aroma it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style and I think they all came together to make for a more traditional tasting kriek than a lot of the overly sweetened ones that are on the market now. This beer has good drinkability, I'll have no problem drinking the full bottle. What I like the most about this beer is the taste, it's a very nice tasting kriek that is very true to style. What I like the least about this beer is the mouthfeel and appearance, they are the only aspect that could use just a little bit of work. I would buy this beer again if I saw it and it would be nice to keep a couple of these in the cellar. I would recommend trying this beer, especially if your a big fan of Krieks. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed with how they got so much tart cherry flavor in there while keeping the sweetness in check. It's now my favorite beer from this brewery and it's a very nice example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty kriek that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/14/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a minimal foamy pink head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet/tart cherries, strawberry, lemon, apple, cherry skin, almond, oak, vanilla, leather, hay, light funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of sweet/tart cherries, strawberry, lemon, apple, cherry skin, almond, oak, vanilla, leather, hay, light funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness and light tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherries, strawberry, lemon, apple, cherry skin, almond, oak, vanilla, leather, hay, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and moderate malt flavors; with a great sweet/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from acidity as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth smooth and moderately acidic/creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a great cherry fruit Lambic. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and moderate malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. Was hoping for a bit more depth in the flavors; but this was still quite impressive, and very enjoyable all around.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml capped and corked bottle into a chalice. Paid £7.50 for a single bottle.

Pours a bright, shiny-red body with a moderate amount of fine streaming visible carbonation. A one-finger in height, pinkish-white, bubbly head reduces almost instantly, leaving absolutely no lace of any kind.

Mildly sweet, jammy aromas of overripe, tart dark cherry briefly lead the nose, before being quickly joined by typical acidic, funky and barnyard-like Lambic profiles. Hints of lemon follow, along with traces of hay, almond, vanilla and plenty of oak towards the finish. Taste follows suit with a mixture of earthy, overripe dark cherries and wild, sour Lambic acidity. Mid-palate, fruit fades to the background, revealing more funk than lactic acid, sourness peaks just short of mouth puckering. Towards the finish, dry, earthy notes of lemon, hay, and white wine join lightly bitter, musty hops and cherry skins. In the mouth a thin, light body and lively carbonation make for a clean, crisp and dry feel. After the swallow, woody cherry stones, almond and lingering light acidic profiles merge into dominant barreling qualities. Woody oak tannins help to give a bone-dry finish, scrubbing the palate clean to finish with moderate astringency.

Overall this is a decent beer. Taste favours funky, earthy and woody profiles above that of fruity or sour, and although complexity is slightly lacking compared to others in the style, it remains a solid offering. At £7.50 though, I can’t see myself picking up another bottle, it’s not quite good enough to justify the hefty price tag.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F tumbler glass. Acquired in a trade. 2013 bottle.

Pours a magnificent ruby red body with a 2 finger pink fizzy head that reduces fairly quickly, leaving a layer of retention and not much lacing. Color is awesome.

Aromas are very cherry forward, lots of berries, a nice freshness that perfectly compliments the end of a hot day. Light funk and definitely some tartness in the aroma.

On the tongue is tart cherries upfront, not too sour though. Lactic tartness, drying tannins, light funk, and a touch of oak on the finish. Dry finish, crisp and refreshing, leaving a sour cherry taste on the tongue.

Overall quite excellent, not too sour, very balanced, and I like the fact that you can taste the cherry without it being taken over by sourness.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 1/29/2015

L- Deep ruby red, medium clarity, two finger deep pink head that dissipated quickly to nothing.

S- Sour cherry, medium to light medicinal funk, touch of sweet cherry.

T- Similar to aroma, sour cherry, light sweet cherry, medium to light funk, finishes pretty dry.

F- Light with some high carbonation.

O- A very nice beer but I had a 2012 bottle of Cantillon Kriek the other day and while it wasn't as fruity, the higher amount of funk and smoothness of the flavors makes this one hard to compete. But this is still an amazing sour that everyone who likes the style should try.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed and reviewed in the "1001."
Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" (and other books to come.)

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Purchased at Plan B Rotterdam. Red hood-and-silver-wire cap over a branded cork. Green glass. 37.5cl format. Red and white label. Bottled 28/01/2015. Best before: 28/01/2020.

5.00% ABV. Kriek.

Expectations are sky high; I adored the golden blend (consumed just prior to this) and I love kriek beers. Served at cellar temperature into a pilsner glass.

HEAD: Thin. Pink-beige colour. Somewhat weak. ~.25cm wide. Recedes to floating bubbles atop the body within seconds, and recedes fully within 1 minute, so retention is poor (especially for the style, though the ABV is above average). Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass.

BODY: Murky deep red. Translucent; nontransparent. No yeast is visible floating within.

Appears perfectly carbonated. The red is obviously right for a kriek, but I've seen far more vibrant krieks. Certainly appealing, but there's room for improvement.

AROMA: The vividness of the cherry is remarkable - tart cherries leap out of the glass. Powdered sugar covered cherries come to mind. Lambicus yeast is in play, leaning more to the sour side than the funky side. Sourness is merely moderate, though; it's maybe a 5/10 in terms of intensity. The tartness is of more interest. Malt profile is neutral, letting the fruit take centre stage. Supple cherry skin. Mild acidity. Backgrounded oak wood subtly ties it all together, suggesting a unity of flavour.

Aromatic intensity is average for a kriek. To style, there are no (overt) hop notes. I find no off-notes; notably, it's in no way medicinal - which is always a risk in cherry beers, especially for North American drinkers given the ubiquity of artificial cherry-flavoured medicinal syrups therein.

TASTE: Hm. Honestly, I hoped for better. The tart cherry is there, but the tartness lacks intensity. The sourness is there, but it's merely a 4/10 in terms of intensity. The bacterial intangibles appear - lactic acid and whatnot, but this isn't an incredible kriek. I crave more tartness, more sourness, more fruit, and more of a puckering vibe. It's good, but it's a bit shallow for a true kriek/lambic. Lambicus yeast is far better showcased in Drie Fonteinen's own golden blend. Maybe this is just too young? Maybe cherries were chosen that aren't as naturally tart or sour as those used by the likes of Cantillon and Hanssens?

The oak is reticent, but does help give the beer cohesion. It's not imbalanced, just a bit lacking in terms of depth of flavour and intricacy, not to mention general sourness.

The fruit (cherry) skin is nice, injecting a pleasant supple flavour and feel.

TEXTURE: Near perfectly carbonated, though a biteen highly so. Acidic, but not as much as I hoped for. Not puckering, really. Smooth. It's somewhere between wet and dry, but never quite strikes the right balance, leaning (like the Golden Blend) on the more dry side, to its detriment. Light-bodied.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Overall presence on the palate is nice, but there isn't a true harmony of texture and flavour here. More acidity would help accentuate the cherry and lactic character, and might help elevate the beer.

OVERALL: Honestly, it's a bit underwhelming for a kriek. Drinkers familiar with the best kriek style beers from Cantillon and Hanssens will find this wanting, and I'm inclined to blame the cherry varietal used - if only because having just had the Golden Blend, I'm certain Drie Fonteinen knows how to utilize lambicus yeast for the perfect level of sourness. Yes, it's highly drinkable, and I'm glad I got to try it. But I did hope for far better, especially given the price point. Wouldn't make my shortlist of paragons of the kriek style, but it's a solid Drie Fonteinen beer in spite of its flaws, and, critically, it never ventures into medicinal territory.

Low B (3.52) / GOOD

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Photo of byronic
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2011

Just a little pop from the cork revealed a lighter red than expected pour with minimal lacing. It appears that only minimal carbonation was left after nearly five years of aging. Hardly any scent. Very tart and bitter, very acidic overall not that pleasant.

Having this fairly fresh or within a couple of years is a nice experience, having it aged does not seem worthwhile. There are definitely better choices out there.

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Photo of Myotus
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eziel for this bottle!
Poured gently at 46°F from a 12.7oz bottle (bottled on 18Jan16) into a snifter. Consumed on 21Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of pink foam that shrivels into a white line within 45 seconds. Red in color with a high amount of cloudiness.Rising bubbles are small in size and large in quantity. Lacing is moderate in quantity and thin with a few spotted areas of thickness.
SMELL: Strong aromas of hay, sour green apple, and earthy yeast are backed by mild oak aromas and subtle grass and sweet and sour cherry aromas.
TASTE: Strong flavors of hay, sour green apple, and tobacco (those weren't in the aromas) first set foot onto the palate and are trailed by mild oak and earthy yeast. Mild cherry flavors next make thier appearance onto the palate. Unlike in the smell, they are more sweet than they are sour. Subtle grass flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for earthy yeast and oak, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and extremely carbonatedd. This goes down horribly rough and stings the tongue beforehand. Finishes with a strong dryness. Tartness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: I'm not much a cherry fan, but this was spectacular. The cherries played the background while all the funky yeast flavors took the spotlight. This was a year old, so perhaps some of the cherry flavors had faded. Whatever the case is, I'll take another aged bottle of this!

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Photo of Tommo
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/2015, drank 3/2016. Pours dark ruby red with a decent amount of head. Smells of jam, taste follows similarly. Decent geuzey touch with alot of jammy fruit nessgoing on. Not tart. Its nice, but not outstanding, especially for the price

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Photo of parkeak0
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa -- bottled nearly two years ago and still an awesome expression of fruit. Pours almost totally flat, appears a murky medium-red color -- gamay-like with a bit more pink around the edges. Amazingly complex nose, huge cherry fruit, some barnyard/hay notes. Not Cantillon-level sour, but tart. Acid is super well integrated. Funk present but not enormous. Again, impressive how well fruit has held up over time.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid amalgamation of pink and purple coming together here, replete with soft pink head in the 1/2" range. Aroma dropped cherry all over this, tart and sourness included. 7 on the 1-10 scale.

Taste thick wheat base, thick cherry, average sweetness, not super bitter, dark or dry, these are like the juicy ones. Barrel notes very subdued.

I wish I bought more of these when they were available.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

June 2014 bottling enjoyed from 375ml bottle, January 2016
Beautiful deep red color - darker than I expected.
Aroma was sweet fruity cherry-ness, but not exploding with cherry smells. Maybe 1.5 years faded it a bit. Hindered by that strange phenolic styrofoam aroma so many Krieks exhibit (probably is to-style, but I dislike it). Very little funk.
Taste was lovely - far more tannic (pleasingly so) than expected, fruity and cherry skin more than flesh. Wife said one of her favorite beers ever.
Drink ability was high - I wished it had been a 750. Still, I thought the complexity and funk were lacking, it could've been more tart for my tastes, and the explosive fruit of Cantillon's iteration wasn't there. But that's nitpicking. A very pleasant drinking experience, and I'd buy again (and probably age for more than 1.5 years next time).

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Photo of svenness
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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 MLDucky
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful tart cherry smell to the nose with a nice funk to it. I won't call it horse blanket because quite frankly I've never smelt one. Taste followed with cherry tartness, a hint of sweet and a funk undertone. Color was a beautiful red with nice carbonation. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with just a bit of purple in it. A bit hazy. Head is 2 fingers and pinkish in color. Dissipates semi-quick. Minimal lacing left behind.

Aroma is tart cherry. Citrus notes as well. Horse blanket funk. Vinegar at the end. Cherry really dominates. Really stellar.

Tart cherry on the tongue, going to sour. Hints of sweetness though. Medicinal funk, some horse blanket. Lemon and tart gooseberry. Vanilla at the back end.

Moderate mouth feel with a tart acidity. Medium+ carbonation. Mildly mouth puckering. Cherry flavor lingers a long time.

A really excellent beer which is a perfect example of the style. Cherry for days. Good tartness without going too far.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.96/5  rDev +17.8%
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

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Photo of bennyman12
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had for a second time tonight and revising my rating down. Love how much cherry is here, but it's too murky and not tart enough for my palate now that I've enjoyed more sours. I think cantillon kriek is better by far.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Fizzy once poured and pink head disappears within a minute. Color is deep red.
Smell: Funk and some cherries.
Taste: Like a tart wine. I'm not getting much of the cherries.
Feel: A lot of carbonation. Finishes quite dry.
Overall: Likely not my style of wild beers. Wished it taste as good as it smells.

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Photo of Sintech
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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 AMCimpi
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a Voodoo teku. A: a deep red with a lot of pink head that seems to be hanging around for a while. S: some funk, cherries, a touch of oak. T: a funky, juicy sour cherry. Light sour and a nice oaky dryness. M: light, and a bit dry like wine. O: just a solid brew. 3F does great things...this is no exception

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Photo of ajm5108
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There is definitely cherries on the aroma with a little bit of yeast funkiness, but my pour was also an off-putting wet cardboard / foot odor smell as well. Flavor rebounded, though it is about what you'd expect from the style. That isnt a criticism, though. It has some tart cherry upfront & you definitely get a slightly vinegary yeast kick as well, with the dry bush fruit & medium malt. A little chalky on the mouthfeel from the yeast presence. Overall a good, solid lambic but not a standardbearer and, man, I kinda can't get over how bad the aroma was.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red, almost purple body with a foamy, bubbly pink head. Aroma is all tart cherries, with some hints of funky oak. Flavor is the same, sour cherries up front with red grapes and lots of funky earthy oak towards the finish. The feel is a tingling tartness, with a lingering finish. Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. A really nice cherry beer, well done.

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

Pours a beautiful dark red with nice carbonation and small pink head. Tons of carbonation and super tart with just a tiny little subtle touch of sweetness on the finish from the cherries.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark magenta with a head that fizzes out but the carb keeps bubbling up and swirling as it sits. Looks great. Smell isn't powerful but mostly cherry skin. Not much of the cinnamon that often accompanies cherry but it's there in the background. I almost smell a sweet tomato scent. Flavor is much the same with a tiny bit of soft funk. Crisp feel.

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