Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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 spoony
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (dated June 5, 2013) into a tulip.

A-The beer is a slightly murky raspberry color with lots of carbonation visible in the liquid. The head is maybe one finger tall and is pinkish/tannish in color. The carbonation keeps a thick cap on top of the beer for a long time. The glass is almost empty before the head has dissipated.

S-The aroma has that unmistakable Belgian barnyard funk. Its great. There is also some tart lemon (it isn't hugely sour), some white vinegar, sour and sweet cherry. Not as vinous or complex as the best lambics, but nothing to shake a stick at, either.

T-The taste is tart, verging on sour. There is not as much cherry flavor as I would have expected, but enough to know you're drinking a kriek. The body of the beer is musty and funky with white grape and white wine vinegar flavors predominating.

M-The feel is light to medium and highly carbonated. It is almost effervescent on the palate.

O-This is a delicious and true-to-style Belgian beer. It is not as complex or wild (or manufactured tasting) as some, but the relatively subtle flavors work well and do not overwhelm my palate. I could have gone for a little less carbonation and a little more cherry/fruit to make this beer world-class, but I would happily drink more of this if I could find it.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickyDee21
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek

Appearance: Corked and caged, opens with a small pop of carbonation. A cloudy pinkish red beer, a little murky. Small white head forms and sticks to the edges.

Smell: Sour, musty, acidic, some tart cherry.

Taste: Quite sour upfront, puckeringly so. Sour cherry, biting acidity. Very faint oak presence. Alittle lemony flavor as well. Tastes a bit like an unripe cherry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonation is low but has a small fizziness in the finish.

Overall: A tasty, remarkably sour lambic. Small cherry presence. The flavors mesh well together. Could age for quite some time.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart cherry, and a spiced cinnamon like flavors dominate this bright red masterpiece. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerBaron238
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful ruby red. Pink head that dwindled to an off white ring around the glass quickly. Smell: Intensely acidic with cherry and earthy support. Lacking some of the barnyard characteristics. Taste: High acidity. Cherries linger throughout. Again lacking some of the lambic characteristics I want. Too young, maybe? Mouthfeel: Light body. High tart. No astringency. Overall: A wonderful fruit lambic. So very refreshing.

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Photo of simoen
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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 GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Bottled on 01 Februrary 2005.

A: Pours a hazy/cloudy ruby color sporting a tiny, light pink head that is not much more than an unbroken ring and filmy skim.

S: Nice aromas of tart cherry, wet oak, and black cherry.

T: See above with the addition of a delicious earthy funkiness. Excellent oakiness!

M: Tart and puckery without being eye-blinkingly sour. Prickly and spicy. Sour and fruity beginning, middle, and finish.

D: Refreshingly tart but not overpowering. Very drinkable.

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Photo of saltydog
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright red, pours fairly clear. No head to speak of. Aroma: Cherry aroma, very stong. Sweet/tartness in back. Flavor: Very strong cherry flavor, including almost cinnamon-like notes from pits. Some lambic flavor, but notably sweetened. Rapid carbonation. Finish: Cherry-nutty finish. Very quenching.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of haz77
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cherry red with a half inch of pink head which falls to a ring within a minute. Low to moderate carbonation.

S - Cherries, sourness, some funk, wood, sweet perfumed background note.

T - Fruity at first before moving on to a woody middle. Dryness and tartness follows and continues into a long aftertaste. Really nicely balanced.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink. Not as puckering or complex as others in the style, but worth trying.

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Photo of fragilehearted
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, corked & caged. Bottled March 31, 2009, so it's got a little age, but could have gone longer. Poured into a snifter.

A - deep cranberry-colored, hazy. Almost no pink head that settles into a ring of pink bubbles quickly.

S - sour cherries, lots of funk/mustiness. Sweet plums in the background.

T - starts off sour cherry, then funky, then sweet. A little acidic, but not overly. Lots of mustiness. The oak comes through as well. It's sour, but not overwhelmingly so.

M - medium body, carbonation is fine...very dry finish, almost like a red wine.

D/O - pretty dark drinkable. It's sour, but not puckeringly sour. A good beer to give to wine drinkers - the feel on the palate towards the end really reminds me of wine. I'd definitely have another, but I do love this style. Great for a warm summer evening.

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Photo of sugit
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1st bottle popped for NYE

A: Dark crimson red color (almost like cranberry juice) with a nice two-finger pinkish head. I was hoping it would last longer since it was so awesome to look at...unfortunately it didn't have much staying power. Decent lacing left behind. Very little carbonation. 4.5

S: Wonderful tart cherries. Good amount of funk as well.

T: Again tart cherries, but with a good amount of sweetness I wasn't expecting. Sourness hits toward the end. A little bit of plum as well. Sourness doesn't mouth puker. Nice balance of sweet, sour, tart and acid.

M: Low carbonation which was a bit of a bummer. Med bodied, but goes down very smooth.

D: Very easy to drink due to it not being too sour.

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Photo of potion
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of glid02
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a few white bubbles on top. The head dissipates quickly into a very thing ring around the glass leaving no lacing.

Smells phenomenal. Funk and very tart cherries. It's not what the aromas are but how intense they are and how well they play off of each other.

Tastes good but not as intense as it smells. Highly tart cherry flavors kick things off and intensify through to the middle of the sip. Right then some funk - wet hay and leather - come in to temper the tartness and carry through to a crisp and still strongly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is not very good. The carbonation is almost non-existent and so it's a bit too slick.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass with no problems despite the carbonation issue and could still have another.

Overall this is a great-smelling beer although the flavor doesn't quite deliver. Still, a nice beer and I'd have to imagine it would be much better with any semblance of carbonation.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color red blood quite similar to the young red wine. The nose evokes course cherries, in a rather sour, but also the cork and wood. As the body of the beer, it offers hints acids where the tannins show a very nice way and spread in the palace. In the mouth, the taste of cherries is far from being intrusive, it is suggested in much the acidity of the drink and the bitterness of its nuclei. Somewhat soft, it gets dressed in mouth what it loses acidity. Final dry and astringent.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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 belgbeerdrinker
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaasen64
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into HF sherry glass. Bottled 1/27/12.

A- Pours a dark pinkish purple raspberry color with some translucency around the edges. Fairly minimal carbonation but decently consistent. A very thin light off-white pinkish head forms that quickly dissipates to leave a perfectly still thin top.

S- Aromas of cherries, light funk, and a very light presence of plastic, decently aromatic. Nice aromas but smells just a tiny bit off.

T- Lots of sweet lightly tart cherries, mildly acidic, finishes with more cherries. Taste is definitely on the sweet side with nice fruit flavors come out balanced with a subtle tartness that complements the fruitiness of the beer well.

M- Fairly light, very drinkable, refreshing, light carbonation.

O- This was a great kriek that stands up with some of the best belgian fruited beers. The smell seemed just a tiny bit off with a very subtle plastic presence but the rest of the beer was fantastic. I'd love to get another bottle of this and try aging it a bit as I think the sweetness of the fruit could be a little bit more subtle with letting a tiny bit more funkiness come out.

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Photo of Johnct
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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 beerhan
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottled in September 2006.

Poured into a wine glass, dark red color with a white/pink head. Medium carbonation that fades quickly.

Smells very funky with some cherry but not much. A little lemon shines through but the funk prevails.

Tastes rather tart and slightly acetic with a fruity aftertaste. The cherries kind of faded with age. It really was more like a tart geuze than a kriek at this point.

Very nice carbonation but a little bit too tart at times. I feel that the flavors did not balance well with the tartness.

Overall I would say that this is a splendid beer but the price tag does not really match the quality. I feel that I have had many better kriek beers than this.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,156 ratings.
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