dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
I had the 96 vintage at the cafe. And this was the best beer of an 8 day Belgian beer safari. This beer was a revellation of how a big complex gueuze based beer can combine high acidity, rich fruit flavour, a little rounding sweetness and blend it all in perfect synergy. If I had one beer to drink for the rest of my life, it would probably be this one. Based on that, I am giving my first full marks ever: 5.0. pushkinwow (2790) - Ottawa, CANADA - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2016 So exact same bottle, 5 years later, and holy shit. I can’t begin to do this justice or describe the craziness of this beer. We opened it up at the end of the night and conversation essentially stopped as we just smelt the mana that was poured into our glasses. This has evolved into an incredibly balanced funky cherry mess with incredible depth and complexity that just keep on going and left you trying to figure out the flavours left on your palate once the beer was gone. It took me 25 minutes to finish this one because I kept on just wanting to smell and enjoy it, wanted to steal what had been poured into other glasses. I didn’t think I would ever rate a beer perfect but this was it - can’t imagine anything that could have been done to make it any better, and it was definitely the best beer I have ever had. Wow.
375ml bottle, bottled 14/12/2007. Pours a hazy ruby red with a creamy thin reddish head. Aroma of sour cherries and dry funk. Balanced sourness and cherries, some farmyard and incredible dryness on the aftertaste - also very low carbonation which is nice. ullrich (21) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2013
Instant love story!
Light Cherry and little sour. Would drink again any time & highly recommend to you my reading friend!
Had it at Herman Bar, Berlin. Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Deep cloudy cherry red...has a wonderful cherry sour cherry nose. Very little to no head. What little there is really works well with the consistensy of the mouthfeel. The cherries just pop...Great brew!!! Ratpatrol1019 (70) - Palm desert, California, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Excellent if not perfect. Cherries and some sherry aroma notes. Starts out red pour and cherry taste. The oak Barnard and big tartness add to the cherry flavors. Finishes like a good cherry sherry or brandy.
Paigeturner (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Cherries oak and funk. Taste real tart with some hay and barnyard. So superb in the balance of the goaty funk and the cherries. Awesome. CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Poured a deep red with quickly dissipating pink head. Taste of funk and abundance of cherries. There is some oak and definite barnyard and goat ness. The finish is barnyard and brandy dryness. Superb and complex tons of different flavors. A must try. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - APR 8, 2008
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Bottled. Old. Really old. Hell, I’m not even sure this is the right beer. But let’s start from the beginning. Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Last October, my girlfriend and I took a trip to Belgium, and met up with a certain esteemed and very generous RBian. We’d agreed to an in person trade, but little did I know the bonuses I’d be getting. He presented me two bottles, both label-less: one which he believed to be a Cantillon Gueze from the late 70s, and another -- this bottle -- which he believed to be a Drie Fonteinen Gueuze from the early 80s. The cork was old and withered, sitting nearly a centimeter away from the rusty cage that once held it tight. The neck around the cork was crusty and broken, and the bottle was clearly not a quite familiar shape. The indentation in the bottom was rather huge, and the bottle a hefty weight.
Tonight, after waiting for a long while, I decided to have at the mystery beer. As I poured, it was immediately obvious it was not a gueuze. The color is very red and the aroma is very much that of cherries. Most obviously a kriek, I for now am going to guess that the beer may be this. For some reason I don’t have a rating under here already so this one is a little bootleg, but it will be amended with a proper rating of a more current version of the beer when I get another bottle. For now I just want some notes down on this fantastic lambic I am currently drinking.
For a beer that’s supposed to be this old, it still has a lively carbonation, foam sitting amongst the top, and bubbles rising. The cork, when extracted (which was no easy task) was still damp. The side of the bottle is stained from laying down for so long, and the neck smells musky and rather nice. Of the beer the aroma is pitty, pithy, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sour cherries. Full bodied -- the yeast particulate floats in this very unfiltered beer -- with a piercing sourness amongst the cherry patches. Absolutely perfectly completely delicious, dangerously drinkable, I’d kill to have this easily available so I could drink it without worry from a traditional lambic tumbler. This beer is frighteningly good.
I spoke with the trader recently and told him I couldn’t bear to open either of the old bottles he gave me. He responded: "About the old bottles, man, it’s only beer. Cosy evening with your partner, open the bottle, and enjoy!" 8 hours later, that is exactly what I have done. Thank you!
update: after consulting with the trader and deciphering the cork, it turns out that the 3F Kriek is indeed the beer I was drinking, at around 25 years old.
poured into tulip. this was a treat, very good and complex. pours a cherry red with full pink head, quickly dissipating, with good clearity. very sour cherry aroma. initial tart and sour taste. sour cherry with a light aged complexity. complex from tart dryness to crisp cherry finish, the aged oak offers an unpronounced background, the cherries bring around a dry almost red wine finish. very good, I was sad to see it go. aleigator (945) - GERMANY - MAY 31, 2015
3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek ’14 vintage
Pours a fiery, ruby-red color, with a small, quickly dwindling head.
Offers one of the most perfect aromas I have ever experienced, mainly defined by ripe, slightly earthen cherries. Comes along with a gentle fruit entangled sourness, not too acidic, while exhibiting fermented, ripe fruit the most pleasant way.
Features an incredible soft mouthfeel, bursting with fruit, while providing a refreshing body.
Tastes almost like cherry juice, while being fuller bodied. The tart sourness acts as a peak to the ripe cherry fruits, revealing funky yogurt, a whiff of old, dried lemon peel and incredibly profound cherry stone qualities with marzipan, earth and fruit pulp. Drinks hillariously easy, as the beers sourness is just one tiny part of the overall taste, with a pleasant but naturally fitting fruity sweetness, gently balanced by the leathery tartness. Finishes with even more visible cherry stones and musty malts, wrapped up by cherry pulp, cherry skin and lemon peel, leaving the palate with an enjoyable, gentle sourness.
Easily the most intense appearance of cherry I have ever experienced in a beer. It features cherry from the beginning till the end, while opening with unusually ripe fruits, being able to turn even riper while drinking. Still provides a soft, mineralic mouthfeel, letting the cherries remain enjoyable, while getting joined by crisp lemon, producing a fantastic, irresistable, complex taste.