Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Oude KriekDrie Fonteinen Oude Kriek
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95.5%
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Drie Fonteinen Oude KriekDrie Fonteinen Oude Kriek
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#575
Reviews:
338
Ratings:
1,166
Liked:
1,113
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
7.91%
Alströms:
-
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful cherry milkshake red, lots of lace. Picked up at Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo recently. Creamy mouthfeel, just milkshake, with strawberry, pretty well full mouthfeel. Body is a bit fluffed up. Very tasty. Late aftertaste of barrel lumber. Alcohol in nose detracts from cherry aroma and taste.

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Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.73/5  rDev +10%
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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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

expensive kriek at about 17 bucks for a small bottle, but the name commands the wage, and the quality doesnt disappoint, although i think there are comparable krieks out there for less money. fully pink in color, hazy with just a bit of yeast sediment and a long lasting bone white head frothy like laundry soap overflowing from the cycle. it smells tart as any ive seen, lambic fist and fruit second in the nose, which i just love, but in the flavor its all cherry. cherries have that odd property for me, in beer, of either being incredibly authentic like cherries right from the tree, or of being brutally fake, artificial, syrupy, out of a can, not good. there seems to never be middle ground. its either fresh fruit or candy or medicine. this unfortunately to me seems fake, like canned pie cherries, especially in the finish. tart enough, but there is a ton of sweetness too, and the cherries seem a tad medicinal. i know they arent, but they seem that way. the feel is fuller bodied and the sugar is about 25% too much, while the carbonation is still great and the acidic creeps up in intensity as my glass warms up. i like the beer a lot, but i want to taste a bit more lambic like the nose teases here. for the price im sort of neutral, if it was ten bucks, id be ecstatic, and if it was any more expensive id be pissed off.

edit: bumping up a few marks here, may have had this a bit young before, the beer has changed a lot, more funk, more genuine fruit, and less of the residual weirdness. a true champion among krieks, and upon reading my review from just a few short months ago, i am disappointed i rated it as poorly as i did. i think this is one of the very best examples of the style going. period.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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 BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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 kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
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 emerge077
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: Feb 01 2005

Pours a crystal clear vermillion into a Drie Fonteinen glass. Two fingers of pink foam result. Becomes increasingly darker as the last dregs are carefully poured (excluding the sediment).

Very traditional, cherry inflected Lambic. Flinty aroma, mineral, fresh rain, and a serious funky, fruity funkaliciousness. Pretty much unsurpassed in the funk category.

Sour cherry, puckering mouthfeel. Salivary glands work overtime. Some vague sterile gauze, but tempered by the pure sourness. Spritzy and light in the mouth. Fairly dry, but the initial juicyness counteracts it.

I'm intrigued, and will have to try the Schaerbeekse Kriek for comparison.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cranberry juice color, with a fizzy lavender head that descends to a ringlet and archipelago, while leaving very little lace

Smell: Sweet and tart bing cherry aroma, with a musky, oaky aspect and a clear element of the horseblanket

Taste: Opens with a tart cherry flavor that is complemented by sweet, oaky and barnyard character; after the swallow, the barnyard becomes more intense and dominates the very tart finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Never a beer that I would characterize as highly drinkable, this is nonetheless a very nice middle of the road kriek

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark red color with almost no head. The bubbles that were present were white. No lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled of black cherry. Sour with a hint of maltiness.

T - Great sour black cherry flavor with some notes of oak and sweet malt.

M - High on the pucker-factor with a dry, clean finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is a great tasting cherry lambic, especially if you like them sour and not so sweet.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a red color beer with a huge pink foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of sour cherries is dominant as well as oak. Taste is sour as hell with very little sweetness and great tartness. Very refreshing on a hot day and appreciate the fact that the acidic level is well balance which is not always the case with those Lambic producers.

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