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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

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Reviews:
327
Ratings:
1,102
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Tele
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: Bottle
Consumed: 4.24.15

A: 4.5 The color of this beer is very pleasant. Pours a deep crimson with a two-inch pink head with good retention.

S: 4.25 Fairly mild compared to other krieks. Hay and funk dominate the nose with mild cherry coming through in the background. Green pepper and lemon come in next with a slight mineral aroma. The cherries smell really wonderful and start to take charge as the beer warms, but they are still mild compared to the funk.

T: 4.5 While the cherries may have been lacking on the nose, they more than make up for it with flavor. So much quality, tart cherry balanced out by mildly sour, earthy funk. The beer starts out a bit sweet with some white pepper, followed by an increasing level of sourness over the course of a few seconds until you get a crisp, dry, lemony finish.

M: 4.75 Great feel, perfect carbonation, and a slightly dry finish make this beer extremely satisfying while still easy-drinking.

O: 4.5 Probably the most balanced kriek I’ve had to date. There’s a lot of great flavors here and the cherry tastes like high quality fruit. There could be a tiny bit more tartness, but other than that this beer is truly excellent.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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 StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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 HopHead84
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14/12/2007 bottle date.

Deep purplish pink with a frothy light pink head. Beautiful color.

Cherry flesh and tart skins with moderate tannins and oak in the aroma. The fruit is explosive. I know my opinion is in the minority, but I prefer this to the Schaerbeekse. Less Brett and more fruit. A light and pleasant sweetness is evident in the flavor. Moderately tart and tannic with prominent cherries, cherries, cherries. Strong acetic presence. Vibrant fruit explosiveness.

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Photo of Travlr
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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 ptykozoon
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an almost blood red with a small pink head. Very pretty beer which will undoubtedly fool the girls.

Smells of tart, cherries and oak.

The perfect amount of sour pang from the cherries and that oaky dryness from the barrels balance well to make this really top notch. It has that lemon lime sour effect. As I get down to the bottom of the glass I am shocked by the amount of sediment!

Nicely carbonated yet controlled.

6%? You must be joking. Dangerously drinkable; not too sweet, not too sour.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THIS MOTHER FUCKER TRIED TO BREAK MY WRIST. Damn cork popped out and bent my already broken wrist in a stupid way. DAMN YOU FONTEINEN. I'll have my wife open the rest of my beers.

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is pink / red with a thin pin head that leaves some lacing, big time carbonation.

Aroma is sour, acetic and mild lactic with some sweet cherries, what's the vintage of this beer?

Very cherry, super tart, face hurting sour. Lip puckering. Very sour, hits in the back of mouth. The cherry flavors are very very nice in this one. Its well balanced with the acetic sour, I really love this beer. Better than the other Fonteinen Kriek lambic in my opinion. I'm going to get some more of this and age them.

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Photo of lanamj
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a tulip glass. 2009 vintage

A- Opened with a bang, but no gushing. Pored a nice cherry red, as it should have, with a nice pink soapy head. It hold up well with nice retention and strong lacing.

S- Lot of tart funk in the front mixed with sour cherry aroma. Deep inside you begin to pick up sour apple, oak and pear. This is a very good smelling kriek but not a whole lot of complexity. It makes my mouth water!!

T- Nice and tart just how I like em'. Lots of cherry throughout and nice dry oak finished. Very well balanced and smooth. I pick up some berries and also small hints of lemon grass. I really love this beers taste.

M- Easy to drink, perfect, active carbonation that cleanses the palate very effectively. It is a very nice kriek that could be enjoyed over and over again. It has a very woodie finish which reminds me of a strong oaked chardonnay.

O- As always Drie does it well. All the lambics they create are wonderful and this one is no exception. Lots of fruit forward flavor and good oak character. The only reason this is not a five to me is I have had the pleasure of enjoying, including other krieks from Drie, other lambic krieks that I would consider a little better. That being said this a wonderful beer and is well worth the fancy import price tag.

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Photo of SebD
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice ruby red color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart cherries, red grapes, lemon, some funk, a light acidity and faint oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some tart cherries, red grapes, a lemon sourness, definite funk, a light acidity and faint woody oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Drie.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of cameraready
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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 ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.

A lovely combination consisting of stinging sourness, plump and juicy cherries, and earthy oak. Everything is in balance yet powerful, all at once.

The flavor too is phenomenal. The cherries are vibrant and tart, the sourness is consistent and strong from sip to swallow. This is lip puckering stuff here! Wonderful

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A delicious kriek and fairly available.

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Photo of peabody
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy red fruit color like raspbery with very little suds.
Smell is like the armpit of a high school basketball player. Musky and dank. Cherry and oak.
Taste is cherry skin and sour apple and alum combined with a dark oak finish.
Mouthfeel is bitterness all over the place.
Drinkability is "How much sour stuff can you handle?"

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Photo of Duffman929
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml '07 Vintage

A: Reddish/purple color poured into the glass. Not much head, but what there was was a pinkish color.

S: Large funk smell from cork and in bottle before pour. Tart cherry, oak, and woodsy.

T: Quite sour upon initial taste, but mouth adjusted after slight warming and drinking more of bottle. I love sour cherries and this was great.

M: Heavy light to light medium feel, which is more that anticipated by the look. For sure sour and was able to linger well after finished.

O: The age helped to smooth this bottle out and it was awesome. I'm glad that I have another bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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 notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/27/12 Bottling date

A: Pours an almost cabernet-like color. No real head to speak of.

S: A rich blend of sour cherry and a lot of oak. Some raspberry jam notes emerge as the beer warms. Definitely has a bit of a vinous characteristic to it.

T: Tons of sour cherries throughout with a slight lactic tartness. A touch of unripe raspberry with a rich jammy finish. A touch of lemon and tannins on the finish.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

December 2007 bottle

A: Dark red body. Quite a bit lighter around the edges when held to the light. Thin pinkish head which quickly crashed. Light skim with a tight collar. Only the slightest traces of lacing.

S: Pungent. Nostril clearing tartness. Deep, rich dark cherries. Nice musty oak.

T: Like the nose this is a bright and lively kriek. The cherries are really pronounced. Much more tart than sour. Nice musty oak funkiness. Delicious.

M: A little thinner than I'd prefer. Lively carbonation. Lingering tartness. Refreshingly dry.

D: Superb. A really nice kriek. Its a little different than the Schaerbeekse Kriek which is a touch more sour and has more distinct cherry flavors. Should keep aging gracefully.

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Photo of Wadsey
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oude Kriek, bottled 2009, March 31st

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours clear deep amber with rose-colored head that recedes quickly but leaves waves of lacing. Some bubbles travel through the beer. 

S: Tart cherries and lactic sourness jump out of glass. 
Next, vanilla, barnyard, and barrel. Not complicated, but exquisite, nonetheless. 

T: Medium lactic acid and some vinegar coat tongue, then juicy tart pie cherries top it off. Both of these taste stronger than I expected. There is some relatively sweet cherry juice, too. Vanilla, brettanomyces, and barrel are quite subtle and show mainly in finish when sourness and cherries subside. Additional tastes appear in tail-end of finish and include musty, manure, cheese rind and copper. 

M: Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Lively mouthfeel. 

O: Oude Kriek is simple but sophisticated. Delicious and drinkable, Wadsey needs more. 

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Photo of BierJager89
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber, translucent, but dark enough in the glass to be mostly opaque with a reddish hue and a thin white circle of tiny bubbles. Looks a bit like red wine.

S: Raspberry, melon, sour cherry, in a faint nose.

T: Raspberry, sour cherry, lemon, red grape.

M: Medium-light bodied and fairly smooth.

O: My personal favorite Kriek, I like it almost as much as their Oude Geuze Golden Blend.

Note: Bottled 27 January 2012, imbibed 21 January 2014.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle bottled 12/14/2007, costly at $13. Very nice smell upon opening the bottle, cherry kool-aid and juice mixed. Nice pink color with a head that quickly evanesced. The taste puckers my jaws but doesn't quite leave a sour taste on my tongue. Acidic, not much funk. I really enjoy the 3F gueuze so I'll continue collecting that but for my money I'd rather have an oud beersel kriek as it seems to have more funk to it.

update 06/04/10

12/14/2007 bottle

delicious

update 07/16/10

3/31/2009 bottle

very good cherry flavor, not much funk, delicious

update 01/16/12

12/14/2007 bottle

smells exquisite, cinnamon, cherry, vanilla, almost smells like cognac, sort of flat and the mouthfeel is flat, taste is nice cherry but the smell is really the winner for this vintage at this point. I could sniff this all damn day.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle purchased at John’s Grocery in Iowa City, dated 2009.
Pours a deep red color with a small-ish pink head that leaves a pretty pink lace on the glass. The aroma is tons of sour cherries, a bit of dirty laundry, some earthy tones, and some horseblanket. The flavor is very sour with a clean woodiness and loads of sour cherry flavor. The beer is very dry and very tart with a cork-like and earthy character in the finish.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this as part of a tasting called Funk'd at my local craft beer bar. Really enjoyed it! In fact the finish on this one compares to other beers such as Hommage was surprising! Much cleaner and fruitier finish! Would love to get again!

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Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork unexpectedly flew off once I got the cage untwisted, so watch out for that. Dangerous.

The liquid pours deep cherry color with a purplish-pink head that's short-lived.

There is actually quite a bit of bretty funk in the nose, a bonus for me. I pick up a little cherry, more as it warms up, but mostly band-aid.

A little dark cherry hits mid-palate along with the signature, sour, electric tongue fireworks that this style is known for. It's got some funk and oaky red wine-like taste and tannin. The finish is dry and oaky, also a little bit meaty, sort of like a jerky strip.

It has a creamier, fuller mouthfeel for the style, without being full bodied. Great beer.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with almost no head -- it fizzed up on the pour but faded instantly. I pick up predominantly horseblanket from the aroma. The cherries are there too, but I'm not sure I'd pick them up without the power of suggestion. It's mostly just the horseblanket. Taste is mouth-puckeringly sour and tart -- wonderful. Cherry is much more prominent on the palate. Mouthfeel is fairly full for a sour, with mild yet tingly carbonation and a bit of a gritty coating on your teeth.

Excellent lambic, and brutally sour. The gritty sensation in the mouthfeel and somewhat muted aroma (other than the horseblanket) are my only real knocks.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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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