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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 31 March 2009

Aroma - Cherries, funk, and wood also present in the background

Appearance - The color is a wine red with very little carbonation and a slight pink collar around the glass.

Taste - Cherries and sourness dominate the palate. The sour is almost jarring in its assertiveness, but plays well against the cherries and an underlying funk that probably isn't very developed in this still young lambic.

Notes - As mentioned by dyan this beer pushed the cork out as soon as the cage was loose. I was afraid this was going to be a gusher but after the cork flew across the room there was only a little carbonation released from the beer.

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Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark magenta, nice pink head with great retention. Smells of sour cherries, pronounced oak, tart citrus, . Tastes of cherry fruitness matched with a tart lemon taste. Moderate high tartness melds with the high carbonation yielding some malt like body, probably wheat. Oak comes through in the finish, fairly mellow. Nice tart finish, fairly heavy for the style.

A really nice lambic, nice full fruit with just the right amount of tartness. The body feel was heavier than other lambics, but i kind of enjoyed it. Very solid, not as good as cantillon, but great nonetheless.

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Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*** 2007 Vintage (bottled Dec. 14) ***

Got this from my trip to NYC last October.

Poured from a 12.7oz. bottle with nary a pop.

Appearance: Tiny ring of crimson foam with lots of tiny bubbles racing up. The body is opaque and deep crimson in color. Looks quite nice.

Smell: A hit of sourness for sure with cherries and oak present as well. Maybe a little vinegar but nothing unpleasant.

Taste: It comes as it's billed. Sour cherries all the way here and i could swear i taste some overripe raspberries as well. The blend is seamless with the oak and is quite good. Lots of tartness to keep me on my toes. The taste last long after the sip and covers every inch of my mouth, The flavor is so real, it's like i really have sour cherries in my mouth. Very authentic.

Mouthfeel: Astringent a little, mouth puckering but not too much and a tad harsh but it's par for the course i believe and you get used to it.

Drinkability: Here's where i have a little bit of trouble. Love the flavor but it is a bit much to get through a bottle on my own. I would get it again but to share with someone (my wife couldn't get past 2 sips of it).

Overall: This beer is quite unique and if you can get past the omnipresent sourness, you won't regret getting it. Not for everyone i gather but i liked it.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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 womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The cork comes out without a pop, yet the pour displays some signs of carbonation as a reddish head forms and dissipates quickly. The beer itself is opaque and dark, blood red in color.

S: The nose offers up some mild tartness along with a nice tannic note of cherry skin and oak. The Brett is leathery and dry, offering a touch of earthy funk.

T: The cherries are a bit muted in terms of fruit flavor, but the skins are alive and well providing both flavor and tannins, as well as some acidity. The oak and Bretty provide additional dryness along with a bit of barnyard and must. The finish provides some extra tartness that was not present in the rest of the sip.

M: The beer is mildly carbonated and works very nicely with the beer itself. It is not slick on the tongue like many lambics are.

D: Not overly tart or acidic, but definitely enough. I really found this to be close in quality to the Schaerbeekse version, with that one having just a slight edge.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the early 2009 release, bottled 31 March 2009. I picked it up at Max's in Baltimore for a princely $12.

The cork really pops on this one, the second I unwind the cage, the cork and cage are sent hurtling to the wall. A gorgeous deep cherry red beer is left in my glass, capped by a pink head that's excellent for style. While not as attractive as when on a woman, the wispy pink lace heightens the appeal.

The nose is equal parts funk and cherries. Musty barnyard with some acetone and ripe sour cherries are most prominent. The cherry character is excellent; while not as amazing as the Schaerbeekse Kriek, it has a big, fruity,candied and mildly jammy character. Acidity is perceived and is moderate, seemingly more derived from the cherries than the lambic. Leathery and mildly earthy, this is great stuff

The palate is a tad disappointing. It's so big and fruity, it is in some ways like the Wisconsin Belgian Red. Super fruity, bursting with ripe cherries with some fruity sourness, this (batch) is driven by the fruit. The funk takes the back seat, the base lambic asserts itself by means of a mild lemony sourness. Leathery, this tastes like the library in a rich man's estate. Surprisingly clean on the finish with a bit of red wine vinegar, there's a solid lingering cherry character. Tannins are moderate, as are oak flavors. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is lush and creamy on the palate. While I am enjoying this right now, I think it needs another year or two in the bottle to come into its own.

Would I have 3 of these 375s or 1 750 of the Schaerbeekse Kriek? Undoubtedly the latter, but I'd hedge my bets and cellar a couple of these for 2 years. I'm not a big fan of aged fruit lambics, but I think this could use a little time.

**Edit 15 Feb 2015*

Bottled 07 Dec 2007, this is just over 8 years old. A stunning kriek. Despite its age, this is bright, leathery, fruity with cherry skin tannins, a touch of vanila with fantastic funk, earth and mineraly petrichor. The palate is sublime - crisp, lemony, lactic and with a pronounced cherry flavor, the blend of fruit, skin and pit, leathery yet bright, is something to behold. Mildly carbonated, this beer finishes sour, lemony, lactic and leathery. Just a hair sharp, suggesting this might be on the way out, but holy crap, this is excellent. 4.5/4.75/4.5

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Photo of popery
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, home. The bottle is about 11 months old. This a fantastic beer. It pours a raspberry-mahogany color with a small pink head that dissipates slowly. The aroma is naturally fruity and sweet. There's a big cherry note that borders on raspberry/strawberry jam sweet. The aroma also has a balanced, refined horseblanket funk that's just wonderful. The flavor is fairly dry and medium tart. I haven't had all that many lambics, but this seems quite balanced. There's also a medium acidic vinegar flavor throughout the aroma and flavor. Very nice fruit sour.

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Photo of crossovert
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

Pours into my tulip and struggles mightily to form a head, I finally got a tiny pink head that quickly dissipated. The beer it self is rich dark ruby red.

The smell is funky but in a weird way, I get a huge bit of bleach, no skunkiness from the green bottle, vinegar, oak, and cherries.

The tart cherries are center stage in the taste, it isn't too sour, there is almost a cherry pie aspect. It is pretty much alcoholic sour cherry juice. I would like to see a lambic company import cherries from Door County, WI.

Overall its a good fruit lambic, it is delicate and fruity, but sour enough to interest gueuze fans.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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 WesWes
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful red color with a thin pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an intensely sour, lambic scent with loads of cherries. This is so sour that it makes my nose burn. The taste is damn good as well. It has an intensely sour flavor that goes down easy with some mild cherry notes. The sourness is out of control. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a powerfully enjoyable beer. It has excellent fruit character with one hell of a sour punch.

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Photo of caddyshack199
4.8/5  rDev +14%
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 cameraready
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Old Crown for this bottle.

Appearance: Dark ruby red in color with pink head. Small amount of lacing on glass.

Aroma: Sour cherries with a hint of oak on top. The aroma of the base lambic comes through well with the cherries.

Taste: Mildly tart with plenty of sour cherry flavor. Dryness added by the oak comes through after the first few drinks.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and crisp dryness.

Overall: Excellent example of a Kriek. Not overly sweet like some easier to find examples. Really well balanced between the lambic, cherry and oak.

12.7 ounce bottle poured into tulip. Lot March 31 2009.

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Photo of Travlr
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the source.
A: Deep ruby red with a small pink head that settles quickly to leave scant lacing.
S: Amazing fruit aroma with a background of citrus and ever-present funk.
T: Solid cherries and sourness throughout, moderate funkiness, and a nice dry finish.
M: Medium body.
D: An unforgettable brew.

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Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split this two year old bottle with my lovely wife, and it was the last beer we drank in 2009 before moving on to an excellent Semillon Blanc. The bottle was from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, and picked up on a fine day of drinking with fellow BA, ritzkiss.

Pours a deep, beguiling red with a short lived, bubbly pink head that soon drops to a fine film before disappearing completely. Nothing really out of order here, and par for the course for a kriek. The nose is extremely dry and true to the traditional lambic model, eschewing the sweetness of some of the more commercial versions. The cherry is present in a sour kind of way, and this compliments notes of oak, leather and balsamic.

My wife takes a sip and tells me she prefers the Cantillon Kriek, and its at moments like this that I realise how much I love her, as she weighs up the pros and cons of one lambic against another. She's also right - the Cantillon seemed to have something that the Drie Fonteinen doesn't, but that's far from a knock against this fine beer. A puckering sourness leads off, but not to the extent that it damages the drinkability, and those accustomed to this element will find this in the mid-range of the scale. Once the initial sourness drops away, the cherries become prominent, as does some neat funkiness that adds light notes of wood, leather and cider to the mix. It will be interesting to compare this to its bigger and more expensive brother, but the cherry character I'm getting seems more skin based than anything. The body is excellent - light and well-balanced with a drying finish that perfectly compliments the light funk.

This is an excellent beer from Drie Fonteinen, and a very accessible fruit lambic.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium cranberry color, but richly filled the glass when the last 1/3 of the bottle was poured. I intentionally did a slow pour to help keep the sediment in the bottle. No head at all.

S: Soo tasty. A tart cherry with a hint of cranberry and raspberry. Sour wild yeast. Cherry-soaked oak. Everything I'd hope for in this style.

T: Holy sour. And tart. But not really funky at all. And not as richly cherry as I'd hoped. It's a much more reserved, drier cherry flavor and much less fruity or even juicy-sour. Makes my mouth pucker with every sip almost like lemon juice. Not at all the juicy sour of Consecration 0002.

M: Relatively thin bodied, with ample carbonation. Not really champagne-like. It's more the texture of a flavored seltzer water than anything else.

D: Pretty challenging. It was only a 375ml bottle, and yet I was very happy I was splitting this with my wife.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing this one at La Bella on 11/24. The bottle was a 2005 vintage.

Poured a ruby color with about a quarter inch of foam.

On the nose I got a plastic funk, band-aid, cherry pits, some sweet maltiness in the background, and also a hint of toast. The fruit component of the beer just didn't seem to take hold and neither did the funk, at least that's the impression I got.

The flavor was in line with the aroma but with an initial flavor of chlorine followed by plastic cherry, funk, oak, and a very reserved cherry flavor. Medium acidity and carbonation level with a semi-dry finish. Quite good but not among the best fruit lambics I've had. Would like to try a fresher example to compare.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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 ccrida
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek is dark magenta with a loud, spritzy white head that quickly settles and leaves no lace. However, the effervescence is lively and persistent.

Smell is chalky cherries with some strong brett funk developing as it opened up.

Taste is nice cherry fruit blasted by extremely tart, baking soda bicarbonate laden lambic, wow. Hefty Oude Kriek flavor that really delivers for fans of extreme sour while still maintaining the fruit character.

Mouthfeel is very acidic, major pucker, dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is limited by the strength of the acidity, but make no mistake, this is an excellent Oude Kriek!! Scoring this beer is hard - I always try to score to style, and while the extreme nature is reflected in the lower scored I gave it for some of the category, it is nevertheless what I love about this beer!

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Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark deep ruby red color with a thin fizzy pinkish head that quickly dissipates into a very thin lasting ring.

Tart funky aroma with a lot of barnyard funkiness, horseblanket and sweet sour cherries. Sweet smelling from the fruit countered by the earthy oak wood character.

Funky sour tart intensity up front that is puckering and mouthwatering but also very acidic. Again the sweetness of the cherries are organic and not artificial or syrupy. This sweetness is balanced by the very funky tart notes and the earthy wooden oak.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7-oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Deep maroon to royal purple, somewhat hazy, almost no head at all but does have a nice ring of pink bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S = When I opened the bottle I got a very small pop and an immediate whiff of red wine vinegar, after pouring into the glass there is still vinegar present but also a robust spicy smell of peppers, chicken coops, horse sweat. This is one funky smeller. It does have distinct cherry smells as well, but they need to be discerned underneath the heavier, funkier smells.

T = Wow, very sour on the tongue, produces a pucker almost like fresh lemon juice. Here is where the cherries that were hiding in the nose come out in full force. At the front of the tongue there is an assault of funkiness of sweat and a mineral salt lick but by mid-palate there are sour cherries galore and they just keep going. The long finish is almost entirely sour cherry with maybe a little unsweetened cranberry juice mixed in.

M = Stinging carbonation which surprised me given the lack of head, medium-light body, very good mouthcoating.

D = This is an awesome lambic, but hard to put it high on drinkability given the pucker factor. I will definitely be coming back to this one again though.

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Photo of vacax
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 28 November 2006, foil and faux-corked 750 mL green glass bottle.

Vigorous pour results in no more than a couple bubbles. End result is a tiny ring of microscopic bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. Pours deep burgundy red, like a bottle of Merlot. Impressed by the color, obviously this is loaded with cherries, unfortunate the head is all but missing. The nose hits me with authentic spontaneously fermented sour funk, lightened by what I soon realize to be cherry juice. This is a great beer to hold to my nose and really take in the complexity, the citric sour, the moderate acetic funk, and somehow all complemented by fresh cherries.

Tastes sour immediately, with a slightly sulphuric farmhouse funk (just the right amount). All the while, cherries are meshing with every flavor, so well in fact at first it is hard to pick up on. Puckering on the back of the tongue, then the finish switches off between sour cherries and cherry funk... this is really exceptionally complex, there is so much to taste here and everything works exceptionally well together. Just a great fruited lambic. Body is light, tingly low-medium carbonation.

There is so much I love about this beer, most of which is the mix of flavors where I taste something different every sip and how the flavor experience in just one sip can reveal so many changing flavors. I will look for another bottle of this, and if it has a bit more carbonation I will up the scores here, because this is surely a great beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Poured out of a bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottle has a 12/14/2007 bottled on date.

A: Deep red almost like a cranberry apple raspberry juice. Poured vigorously a .5 finger white course head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing.

S: Extremely woody notes and sour cherries. This one smells almost like wine barrels.

T: Very tart opening that lasts all the way through. At the end, there are woody notes and pine lingers through to the aftertaste. Very unique but "classy" taste.

M: Goes down extremely smooth and rather deep bodied for a lambic. Also very dry.

D: Tasty and worth the praise, this is different from other lambics that really concentrate on the sweetness of the brew.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's one I don't exactly get to have everyday.

Popped the cork and poured into my Squatters IPA goblet a very deep murky red, looking like coagulated blood. Carbonation made a show about fizzing up violently, then settled to nothing, like a raw Kombucha tea.

Aroma is all wood-aged Old Lambic. Some unripened fruitiness, though I can't immediately tell it's cherry. Quite a bit of wet wood as well as some fresh-molded-plasticky phenols. Very nice interesting aroma.

The first sip gobsmacks you with sour cherry - indeed, this beer is very sour. Further sips bring some bitterness, almost as though you're not only chewing on a sour cherry, you're chewing on the stem too. High acidity. Actually not a lot of funk going on here at all Oak contributes some tannic character and a touch of vanilla. No sweetness whatsoever - if you're looking for sweetness, forget about it, it isn't here. All in all, fairly straightforward, but very good.

Feel is a little fizzy, but similar to a Cantillon Lou Pepe, this doesn't kill me with carbonation, which I really appreciate.

It is pretty drinkable. It does, however, almost "burn" as it travels down into my stomach - it's that acidic.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 2009 bottling:

375ml purchased at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Opaque and turbid black cherry red topped by a pinkish-purple crown that leaves strands of lacing. The aroma is sweaty, funky, massively fruity. The cherry aroma is fresh and ripe, sweet and sour; it's at the forefront but it doesn't overwhelm the funk. Very sour on the palate, strong lactic acidity met by cherry tartness. It's refreshing, light without being insubstantial. There's noticeable oak beneath the fruit, especially prominent in the moderately tannic finish. This is an exceptionally good batch of the Oude Kriek, the fruit character is vibrant and the sourness and oak are nicely balanced.

2007 bottling:

A: Clear cherry red, a small pink head rises and just as quickly disappears.

S: Funky cherries, like someone put a handful of tart macerated cherries in a sweaty gym sock. Beneath that I get a bit of barrel, leather, soil, lactic sourness and a hint of vanilla.

T/M: Sharp sourness up front, woody tannins and a big sweet-sour cherry flavor. Leathery and earthy mid-palate, with a sour, dry and lightly tannic finish. Medium-low carbonation. Not as complex or intense as the Schaerbeekse Kriek, but still a great beer.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,111 ratings.
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