Oude Kriek
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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From:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
 
Belgium
Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #31
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,183
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 7.42%
Ratings:
1,380
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 11, 2022
Added:
Sep 27, 2002
Wants:
  214
Gots:
  302
SCORE
96
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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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3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

375ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy cherry red with a ring of pink bubbles around the edges of the glass that leaves scattered blobs of foam as it recedes.

Smells of sour cherries, fresh soil, barnyard funk, raspberry jam on bread and boozy oak staves.

Tastes of cherry vinegar, cold cherry pie, more breakfast table raspberry jam, woody funk, moist earth, and oaken barrel staves.

Feels light and sharp. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Finishes sour.

Verdict: Recommended. This is a seriously sour beer. It's pretty tasty but make sure you brush well after drinking this fucker or all of your teeth will fall out.

Jun 11, 2022
 
4.46 by Hawkfish from Washington on Jun 05, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

A five lambic blend with a total maturation process of 30 months. Rose colored somewhat hazy pour with a pink here-and-gone head. It's Drie Fonteinen, so expect subtle nuances--tartness offset by just the right amount of sweet, a robust cherry flavor balanced by undertones of earth and funk. You can taste the history--it's beer art.

Apr 26, 2022
 
4.5 by TylerJ from Iowa on Apr 07, 2022
 
4 by archero from Texas on Apr 06, 2022
 
4.25 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 31, 2022
 
4.27 by o29 from Texas on Mar 25, 2022
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4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a deep burgundy-red with a heavy fog to the translucency. Head is a half finger of pink fizz that bubbles away quickly. Aroma is a big slap of cherries, followed by earthy stone, mossy oak, and barn yard funk. It hits hard and quick, bringing with it a little tart funkiness. Cherries are ripe and forward, with a little sweetness that helps smooth out some of the underlying tartness.

Flavor profile is cherries with a huge, funky undertones. A lot happens very quickly - first earthy, stone, and grassy hops flood the senses, before breaking away to reveal ripe black cherries. Underneath is a funky tone, that contrasts the surface level cherry sweetness well, creating a beautiful balance. There is enough tartness to lock the jaw momentarily, bordering on full-on sour, but this trait dissipates as the beer warms. Highs and lows are digital when served cold - that is to say -sharp and contrasting, but as the beer warms, note transitions are mellowed out, smooth like an analog signal.

Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a near-still effervescence. There is a touch of silty grit to the texture, but it's otherwise smooth. Thickness is medium.

Overall, an incredible depth, while still remaining cherry forward. Despite the use of cherries, this is not an overtly sweet beer, carrying heavy tart lambic undertones in both nose and taste.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 375mL bottle. Season 18|19. Bottling date: 03JUL19, consumed 17MAR22, in toast to the memory of Armand. Blend no.86. ABV of 7.2%.

Mar 17, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Pours a beautiful ruby red with excellent clarity. Almost no head to speak of, but a good looking beer nonetheless. Aroma is heavy on the cherries (which makes sense). There's a sweetness to it that is mostly pleasant, but there's just enough cough syrup to the aroma for me to knock it down a notch or two.

Taste thankfully follows the good elements of the nose, but not the cough syrup part. While it's cherry-forward, the fruit notes are complemented very well by some lightly tart, earthy funk that really balances this out. Light in the mouth, clean drinking and somewhat low carbonation.

Overall, quite tasty. Rest in peace Armand Debelder.

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4.13 by beerrat from Virginia on Feb 20, 2022
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4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mntlover from Tennessee

Pours a ruby red with small purplish head that falls quick not any real lace.

Aroma is tart cherries mellowed by sweeter raspberries, good barnyard notes funky and earthy mixed together. Some oak dryness and vinous notes but defiantly more unfermented fruit goodness then wine like fruit notes.

Taste is nice tart cherries right away, then hints of sweeter fruit notes think being sweeter brings you away form the cherry to raspberry or even strawberry like goodness. Finish is the barnyard some light spice and herbal mingled with dry wood notes , hints of the dry red vinous light vinegar hints mingled in. Smooth and complex each sip brings out something a little different almost but probably not in reality.

Mouthfeel is lighter body carbonation is fairly smooth the flavors and vinegar might make it seem lighter also.

Overall a nice little treat.

Feb 06, 2022
 
4.21 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 22, 2022
 
4.33 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington on Jan 17, 2022
 
4.47 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Jan 04, 2022
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4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Had this wonderful beer with Christmas dinner.

Poured from a bottle into a small tulip glass. Beautiful purplish ruby red color with brief head and no lacing. Very pleasant smell and taste of tart cherries and sweet strawberries. Raspberries and dry white wine. Bit of funk but a nice clean, crisp feel and taste. Enjoyed it even after dinner. The funk and fruit flavors played off each other as the beer sat in the glass. Helped make Christmas merry!

Dec 26, 2021
 
4.45 by EMH73 from New York on Dec 05, 2021
 
4.09 by Dope from Massachusetts on Nov 19, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

12.7 oz bottle dated July 3rd, 2019.

Pours a dark ruby color with a small, effervescent off-white head. The head dissipates almost instantly with no lacing to speak of; Typical for this style of beer. Love the color.

Strong aromas of cherries and raspberry jam, as well as red wine vinegar, wheat, barnyard funk, and earthy, musty oak barrels.

The flavor is a bit difficult to describe. There's just so much going on. There's the expected cherry and raspberry notes. There's also lime zest, honey wheat, green apples, red wine vinegar, pale malts and clove with plenty of earthy oak and damp, grassy hayfunk. Don't think that's a word but it's there.

The feel seems right for the style. Medium-light bodied with lively, effervescent carbonation. Crisp and dry. Very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a great beer. I'm not anywhere near an expert of this style, but it hits all the right notes and complexities that should be expected, and I definitely enjoyed it.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EmperorBevis from England

Accidently crashed a bottle share at Beer Nouveau
3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek by poured a red body with good of white head
big cherry aroma then followed up by sherbet notes Oude Kriek
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Aug 23, 2021
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4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by RaulMondesi from California

Just flat out amazing. Like Magnus Carlsen moving a chess piece or something, this is top notch. Yeah, like Leonardo doing anything, even brushing his teeth, this damn thing godsmacks Raul! Holy Pickering hell… like this one time I was in Thailand…well, you get the picture.

See ya.

Aug 10, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

2½yo (2018) bottle...

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4.29 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Jun 17, 2021
 
4.43 by beast464 from Maryland on May 31, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

Ruby/mahogany body, medium opacity, forming a list rose head with low retention, fizzing to nothing rapidly.
Subtle fruitiness with lightly earthy must and oak, sour cherry of course, notes of raspberry.
How to describe this, it's a tricky one - long aged sour cherry, to the point of almost completely losing it's fruitiness, along with musty, earthy notes, like a red wine; the tartness has mellowed, nicely balanced, and almost a pithy citrus note to it is in the long finish; medium-light carbonation, fine - it relies on prominent but not bracing acidity to perk up the palate (like aged red wine vinegar); medium body, slightly sticky feel.

This grows on you as it lingers on the palate, organic, earthy, balanced, complex. Absolutely worth a try.

2017 bottling, drinking in 2021.

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3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

12.7 oz bottle from 01/23/2019. Pours hazy red with foamy off-white head and lively carbonation. Nose is of vinegar, what malt and red fruit. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is very sour, wheat malt, funky yeast, cherries and hint of wood. Finish is long and very sour. Nice sour.

Apr 30, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Note: 17|18 Vintage

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque dark purplish garnet red in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate ruby red + amber colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense creamy fizzy foamy pale pink head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of tart sour cherries over the top of light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet pale + wheat malts. There are light to moderate aromas of slightly funky earthy horse blanket along with moderate aromas of oak barrels. Hints of red wine vinegar as well.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet pale + wheat malts. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of slightly funky earthy horse blanket along with moderate flavors of oak barrels and a hint of red wine vinegar. Finally there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tart sour cherries which linger through the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp initially with a hint of dryness in the finish. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Drinks pretty easily considering the complexity of flavors and aromas and the alcohol is well hidden. There is not too much acidity or puckering from the sour/tartness in the beer. Very enjoyable flavors and aromas, especially if you enjoy your fruit Lambics on the sour vs. sweet side. Definitely worth grabbing again and again when you come across (luckily it has been showing up in the area a little more often recently.

Apr 12, 2021
 
4.5 by odenbr12 from New Jersey on Mar 27, 2021
 
4.47 by kodt from Illinois on Mar 25, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by zac16125 from South Carolina

Pour is a beautiful ruby red, appears somewhat opaque while it rests in the glass but is clearly translucent when held to light. 1plus fingers width of pink head dissipates at a moderate rate. Aroma is very tart huge sour notes, nice balancing dark fruits which are of course cherry prominent. The cherry spectrum of aromas is pretty impressive including both tart cherry and sweet cherry pie notes. A bit of oak and big burnt plastic like funk round it round. Taste is wonderful. Massive puckering tartness up front, with plastic and subtle barnyard notes in the middle, and a huge lingering oaky vanilla on the finish. Big fruit notes are present, cherry of course, but also other dark fruits including a watermelon character which I don’t think I’ve ever picked up in a beer but that I really like. There are some floral notes as well. Mouthfeel is vibrant, with a big carbonation and drying finish. This is far too drinkable and was gone way too fast. Overall this is really a wonderful beer. Doesn’t quite reach the complexity of Cantillon Kriek but then again that’s one of my favorite beers ever so really hard to top in my book. Great lambic.

Mar 24, 2021
 
4.33 by Rothobinide from California on Mar 22, 2021
 
4.25 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Mar 19, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared 750 ml bottle, from Gulating Ølutsalg, Stavanger. This is the 4.5% edition which is allowed sold in Norwegian ordinary stores, while the 5% version is sold only in Vinmonopolet stores. Lovely aroma and flavour of brettanomyces and sour cherries. Notes of cherry kernels. Earlier Rating: 4/16/2015 Total Score: 4.1 375 ml corked & caged green bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5%. Red colour, moderate pink head. Lovely aroma of sour cherries and brettanomyces / farmhouse kitchen. Sour and tart flavour, medium dry, sour cherries galore, also lemony notes.

Mar 19, 2021
 
4.51 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Mar 07, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rawbraves from Colorado

Blend 83 season 17/18. Bottled 10/10/18 best b4 10/26/38

I am generally a fan of oude krieks so I was super excited to try this one. I was disappointed and can only assume the blend wasn’t the best. The pour was rather flat and while the sour flavor was there it seemed to be lacking something I’ve experienced in others. Perhaps I’ll try a different blend and vintage again in hopes of getting one worthy of the beer’s rating.

Feb 25, 2021
 
4.73 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 10, 2021
 
4.25 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
 
4.43 by AD17 from New Jersey on Jan 31, 2021
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4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by bubseymour from Maryland

3 year old. Very cherry and funky goodness.

Jan 29, 2021
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4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Drinky from Washington

2016 vintage. Deep red with a tinge of brown. Funk, cinnamon, almond aroma. Deeply sour, tannic, slightly leathery, touch acetic. Ageing well.

Jan 27, 2021
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