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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
93
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429 Ratings
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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 47
Gots: 83 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made from 40% cherries.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-21-2013)
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Reviews by Pahn:
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml poured into--for no particular reason--a snifter.

As all good frequenters of the Union Square farmer's market know, we're just about coming up to sour cherry season. Seems a good time to finally try 3F Intense Red.

Appearance: Dark red-black color, with a purplish pink head. Looks nice enough.

Smell: Sort of like cherry cough syrup with hints of almond. Suggestion of acetic aroma but way in the background. Weird how something in the brewing/blending/whatever process seems to have brought out some nutmeg and almond aromas. No idea where those came from, but they're interesting and good. Brett comes out with time.

All told it's a pretty good aroma, but nothing amazing. Could stand to smell the sour cherry. The points I give it go up as the beer warms. Some trademark elegant 3F funk and complexity emerge to save the day.

Taste: Big hit of straight up sour cherry. Not as sour as I expected, which is fine by me. Nice lactic transition to the puckering finish, which has more of a blackberry and dark fruit character to it with occasional sour cherry notes.

As implied by the name, this beer makes sour cherry the star. It pervades the flavor up front, with highlights of funky, leathery brettanomyces, and some intriguing but not extreme flavors from the bacteria bobbing in and out. The puckering finish is not unlike eating sour cherries outright. This is *very* fine by me.

I can see really serious lambic enthusiasts being put off by this beer. Some of those superb depths attainable only by 3F seem to be masked by all the fruit. At the same time, I can see some sour cherry enthusiasts who also happen to enjoy lambic (read: me) loving this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Tart and puckering, but not blow your mouth off sour like the harshest Russian River or aged Cantillon. Good vessel.

Overall: I have pretty simple requirements for a beer like this: don't let the sour cherry get lost, and give me some interesting wild ale notes (preferably with noticeable lactic sourness, and if you can throw in discernible oak influence, that's also a plus).

Intense Red hits all those notes quite nicely. Sour cherry isn't just "not lost," it's dominating the flavor, almost as if you spiked some 100% sour cherry juice with lambic at a ratio of 4 to 1. However, it has a grace and cohesion that you don't get from sour cherry juice (usually too abrasive and one note if you ask me). Also, those beautiful brett and bacteria grocery-list flavors that 3F is so good at coaxing out are just as good in a support role as they are as soloists (like that mixed metaphor?). I spared the reader most of the nitty gritty "here are all the crazy things I taste in here," run down, but the depth is there (ie it admits of grocery list reviewing), and it's good.

In short, this beer was just what I wanted it to be. Showcases the fruit, delivers some reminders that Armand is a genius. No complaints.

Pahn, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

tectactoe, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Clonies720
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml poured into Cantillon wine glass. Bottle date of 11-13-2012. Best by 2017.

Appearance: Pours an entrancing ruby garnet color. Vigorous pouring gives me only a wispy, thin, pink head.

Smell: Deep, rich aromas of cherries abound in this delightful brew. Clearly the cherries decided to go for a swim in some oak barrels as the pleasant background smell of wood dances about. Fairly one dimensional, but great.

Taste: Can you say "cherry jolly rancher"? This beer tastes exactly like a cherry jolly rancher, but with a touch of sourness. The sweetness of the cherries cuts deep into the lambic/gueuze base. In the background, I can taste the base beer and it's really nice. Basement funk, barnyard, and very crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation. Medium-light bodied. Very refreshing.

Overall: A tastefully done kriek. The cherries are really in your face, but almost taste slightly fake. For that reason, I cannot get behind this beer. My vote is to stick with Cantillon Kriek as the #1 cherry beer.

Clonies720, Aug 14, 2013
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catboy, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via online purchase
Thanks, www.etregourmet.com!

Deep crimson with nearly zero carbonation. Small amount of visible bubbles and a very minimal head. Left the glass oily on the way down.

The aroma is similar to 3F's Oude Kriek, which is a fine, fine thing. Big cherry notes, moderate lactic sourness, some oak, and good amounts of gueuze-like funk. Complete, and near perfect for the style. Loved it.

Big cherry and juice like characteristics throughout along with good amounts of oak, earthy funk. Very, very drinkable. Moderate sourness. This isn't nearly as sour as other krieks, even Oude Kriek itself. It's tasty, but I prefer the flavor of the regular Oude Kriek.

Medium bodied with nearly no carbonation. Almost juice like, but fuller in body.

The smell is incredible, the taste is good, and the mouthfeel is lacking. I believe Oude Kriek is the better beer, but I would just be nitpicking. This is still tasty stuff.

ehammond1, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dsauter, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

acurtis, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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azorie, May 22, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml caged and corked bottle. The label comes off looking like a bad slasher movie promotion.

This beer pours a clear, very dark purplish-pink hue, with two fingers of bubbly, tightly foamy, and veritable cotton-candy pink head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of rain spatter lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of tart, slightly sweetened (at least compared to the Cantillons of the world) cherry fruit, further raspberry and blackberry notes, biscuity, pie-like pale malt, a certain Pinot Noir red wine essence, a mild earthy funk, and subtle leafy, nutty hops. The taste is more rather tart cherry pit acetic acid, graham cracker-esque bready caramel malt, a separate fleshy cherry, raspberry, and cranberry fruitiness, more fruit-forward red wine, almost Merlot-like in its bearing, and a softly musty funk.

The carbonation is light and frothy, the body an adequately fruit-propelled medium weight, and actually somewhat smooth, flying in the face of one's initial impression of a sourness wasteland. It finishes similarly off-dry, the tartness of the mildly overbearing cherry not exactly the only game in town, as the grainy malt and sidling funk are still good to go.

I suppose that one could call this a balanced fruit lambic, especially from this particular brewer. Maybe the intent was otherwise, but the cherry, while pungent, isn't quite the palate-wrecker I was expecting. Tasty, like an unsweetened fruit pie, and well worthy of a try.

biboergosum, Nov 15, 2013
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Photo of Roguer
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Virtually no carbonation; comes out flat, and pours to a thin, off-balance frothy pink-and-white head. Brew is a beautiful shade of wine- or blood- red, and shot through with light.

Hints of a fruity funkiness dominate the nose. Tartness and sourness, as well, although I can't squarely place it on cherries. A bit of a flat cherry pit aroma, flowers, and grain. Each flavor is fairly subtle throughout.

Whoa, now the flavor is something! So much going on: a slight puckering sour; malty tartness; extremely mild funk; cherry pits; raspberry; wheat; green vinous or vegetal notes (coming on stronger as I go). Really a fantastically complex beer to enjoy.

Amazing feel for the style. Tiny bit of sting; thin but tart and sour; huge wine-like warmth on the back-end (very surprising for the low ABV). Smooth and lingering.

There isn't a complaint to be had about this beer. So many different flavors going on, and packaged in a smoothly drinkable presentation. Excellent take on an Oude Kriek.

I was told by the store owner that this was a one-off beer, because 3F had accidentally used too many cherries. If that's the case, then I'm glad that I got the chance to try it out, and sad I didn't get more.

Roguer, Jan 03, 2014
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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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