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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#542
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
1,174
pDev:
7.89%
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Photo of billshmeinke
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Cork popped itself as soon as I got the cage unscrewed.

One inch pinkish head sits atop a murky dark ruby body. Head dies down to a slim layer of foam that covers the surface of the brew. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells a bit chalky. Some lactic sourness and dark cherries come through, but the chalky/cork like scent is a little too strong.

Taste is tart sour cherries with a strong lactic sour presence. The tartness of the cherries is pretty heavy. Some tannic presence as well. Hints of oak on the back end. A lingering tartness prevails. Luckily the chalk like scent in the nose was much less apparent in the taste.

The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Somewhat puckering tartness with a bit of sweet cherry fruitiness.

The nose definitely detracted from this beer for me. Otherwise it was pretty much spot on.

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Photo of khargro2
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of phichifiji00
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright red with thick pink head that fades quickly. Average lacing.

Smell: Tart, funky, barnyard, grassy, earth, sweaty feet.

Taste: wonderfully sour, sour cherries, a subtle hint of sweet cherries. Funky, Tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, tart, mouth puckering.

Overall: Quite possibly the worst smelling beer I've ever smelt, yet one of the best tasting. Perfectly sour, with just the right amount of cherry flavor coming through.

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -13%
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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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Whimpers
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rapidsequence
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a 375 ml corked bottle that I bought in Paris. Lot 31/03/2009.

Appearance: Clear dark red with a very short lived, pink tinged head. The head fades to absolutely nothing in about 3 minutes.

Smell: My mouth started watering the second the cork popped and I got a big whiff of oak and funk. Tart cherry and huge amounts of oaky tannins make the beer smell very vinous. Musty funk is there, but takes a backseat to the barrel derived smells.

Taste: Tart cherry and lots of oak. Very sour and dry. Almost no sweetness. Very tannic, like a cab sav. Again musty, but real barnyardy.

Mouthfeel: This beer is undercarbed. The least carbonated kriek I've had. It is saved somewhat by being so dry, tannic, and acidic, keeping it from getting sticky or slick feeling.

Drinkability: I like it, but its too oaky, not too funky, and not carbonated enough.

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Photo of badbeer
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice ruby red color, but no head at all. The smell is loaded with tart cherries and oak, it is also acidic and the horse blanket is lower than in others, but I prefer it this way. Taste is acidic right off the bat, tart cherries and oak are blended nicely with some horse blanket coming through in the finish. This one had very low carbonation and the mouthfeel was medium bodied, with the finish being somewhat dry. This one was pretty good, and I'd say taste is higher than 4, but I can't give a 4.5. I also can't say I'll be getting this again as it's just not worth the extremely high price I have to pay to get it.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AylwinForbes
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This kind of beer puts the lie to the kinds of sweeping statement Dulcie is occasionally prone to: "I don't like Belgians!" There are such varied styles and this one is way out there. Nice cranberry color and interesting complex, slightly yeasty and currant aroma. On the palate, the sourness is other-worldly. It is reminiscent almost of a very dry Riesling, quite a lot going on in the glass. I can't give it a high drinkability score since one can only sip it, which is just as well at the price.

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Photo of hopdog
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Tasted side x side with the Schaerbeekse Kriek.

Poured a dark and cloudy reddish color with a smaller sized reddish/pinkish head. Aromas of cherries, yeast, and raspberries. Tastes of cherries, wood, funky, and raspberries. I preferred the Schaerbeekse.

Notes from and tasted on 12/12/05.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 1,174 ratings
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