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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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516 Ratings
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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 53
Gots: 114 | FT: 27
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-21-2013

Made from 40% cherries.
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Ratings: 516 | Reviews: 87
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Photo of Clonies720
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Roguer
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml corked and caged bottle into Drie Fonteinen stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a very minimal dark pink head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear, deep, dark, almost purple red. Lacing is spotty and sparse but with good stick. Really stunning color.

Nose is robust sweet and tart cherries. Subtle cobwebs, oak and just a touch of cheesiness. Delicious!

Opens sweet and tart cherries. Puckering in the middle with more fruit and hints of cobweb, oak, and barnyard funk. Very juicy throughout. Simpler and less funky than the other Kriek offerings from Drie Fonteinen. End is puckering and accented with a fruity finish. Excellent.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Silky and puckering in the mouth and goes down quenching and slick. Messy finish with a lingering, spritzy aftertaste. Very good.

I'd go as far as to say that this is probably the best fruit-based beer that Drie Fonteinen makes. Simple but so deliciously in your face. Intense Red is aptly named and totally awesome!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very deep red. Pink head. Thick collar.

Smell - Jammy cherries. Really rich cherry aroma. Slightly sweet. A bit of acidity and a slight bit of funk. Otherwise not much lambic coming through. Still smells great though.

Taste - Tons of cherry. Covers up some of the sourness. Jammy cherry flavor overpowers. It tastes good despite being monotonous. Slightly lemony sourness comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel - Mininal sourness. Fruity finish. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It is an intense cherry flavor. Delicious cherry if nothing else.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a colorful, beautiful ruby red with a pinkish bubbly (thin) head. Not really carbonated (bottled in November 2012). Love the smell of sour cherries. The taste is of the same. Tart and sour cherries. This is mouth puckering, love the feeling on back end of my cheeks. Light to medium body, slight carbonation, tart too. Overall, a delicious sour brew.

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque ruby, substantial fizzing but little to no head accumulation, just some surface bubbling. Cherry pie, some sawdust, pine forest. More cherry-pie fruit, some apple pie spice, deep sourness, an oak quality, less complex than a traditional kriek. Mildly cloying in the mouth, which works itself out. While it's supposed to be billed as an aperitif, I would suggest only a small serving to let the acidity open up the mouth for other things.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, vivid hue of crimson scarlet red. Brief sizzle of pinkish white foam, lasts for a couple minutes, though it doesn't stick around long. Color is dark, though intense with good clarity when held to the light.

Aroma is an onslaught of dark cherry, leafy and juicy. As it warms there's a slight floral note.

Intense is an apt name, the taste is pure concentrated dark cherry juice, a moderate tartness and bitter tannin from the cherry skins linger into the dry, woody aftertaste. Carbonation is low but present, it's vinous character reminds me of other unblended Krieks like Hanssens Scarenbecca that come straight from the barrel. This is as much cherry content i've experienced in a lambic, it almost drinks like straight up cherry pulp and juice, but with undercurrents of traditional lambic and time spent in the barrel. I'm a big fan of Schaerbeekse Kriek and Scarenbecca, and this is a close 3rd in that vein.

Anyone calling Intense Red "fake" needs a reality check...

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark red/purple color with a half inch pink head. Both the head retention and lacing are good. The brew smells like tart cherries, raspberries, and some funk. It tastes like tart and sweet cherries, raspberries, grapes, funk, and some blackberries. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with low/moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I liked it. However, it is pricey at $17.99 a bottle.

Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A huge thank you to Jeffo for hauling this across the ocean and then sending it across this massive country. 375 bottled 13-11-2012

Okay, so maybe it is 8:30 am but my kids woke me up at 5:30, I'm camping, AND it's my 40th birthday today (so fuck you :-P).

Appearance. Pours an intense red, almost purple in the glass. Looks a lot like grape juice once the half finger of pink head disappears.

Smell. Nice woody, lightly musty funk strikes me first followed by a ton of cherries and a light marzipan note from the pits (or so I'm told).

Taste. Whoa, intense again. Just a ton of sour cherries here. Fairly high level of sourness for a young lambic, this is going to be crazy intense after a few more years. Lots of nice woody funk. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, low and fairly smooth carbonation for the style.

Overall. A fantastic kriek as expected. Would like to try this again in a few years to see how intensely sour it will become.

Photo of nataku00
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a very dark red/purple, with little to no head. Not much of a pop when I pulled the cork and it matches the minimum carbonation seen in glass. Still it's a beautiful color.

Nose is big on sour cherry, similar to cherry pie filling. Some light damp animal hair funk, almond and oak as well. The fruit really overshadows any nuance the base beer might have.

Taste is a bit disappointing. The big cherry nose isn't in the flavor, instead leading with a stale cherry fruit flavor with a metallic tinge. Some cherry skin and oak lingers on the tongue.

Light body with minimal soft carbonation. The big fruit aroma didn't translate in taste, unfortunately.

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Drie Fonteinen stem glass. Minor pop off the cork.

Out of the bottle a fizz deep red/pink head that barely presents half a finger shows up, and then settles to nothing disappearing very quickly Body color is a deep purple blood color with some red dark hues on the edges.

Nose is sort of interesting. Mellow sour cherry and a good mix of bold earthy dry character. Hints of cough drop sweetness and aectic punch, with some spicy quality. Possibly juicy body coming, and quite large and noticeable.

Palate hits with an incredibly watery body. Wet bodied and moderately flat fizzy carbonation making the palate provide little depth and flavor. Mild sour cherry quality with a fleeting finish on the swallow. Hints of salt character and sea water which just makes it strange and weird and lifeless. Not particularly fruity either, with an off balance of tartness and lambic funk trying to take over.

Overall the beer feels too young and lifeless. It's not particularly fruity and the acidic character is far to weak/fleeting, and the body is just way too watery. It has a great impressive bold nose, but then it makes what happen next even more disappointing.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red almost red wine like with a small pink head. Not much pop when I unleashed the cork. Very little head despite an intense pour although there was some good lacing.

Very strong cherry aroma almost like some of the jammier US wilds. Some of the normal 3F funk is present, but cherries seem to dominate them. Not necessarily bad as the cherry is pretty good.

Flavor is just as intense with cherries. Very jammy almost like a fresh Upland lambic. Not a ton of funk as the sweet cherry covers it up although there is some acidity at the end. Very juicy.

Despite the lack of carbonation on the pour, there is still enough here as the mouthfeel is a bit prickly. Fairly light bodied finishing juicy and sour.

I really had no idea what to expect from this one, but I really enjoyed it. Strong fresh cherry jamminess overpowers some, but the flavor is so good it doesn't matter. Not as complex as some other 3F, but delicious nonetheless. I wish I would've ordered more

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a dark almost blood red, with very little head, and very little lacing.

This smells quite intensely of sour cherry, with a bit of vinegary lactic-ness, and a some funk.

This is a little too vinegary to be perfect for me, but it's still quite nice anyway. The cherry character is quite noticeable, and very sour, but fleshy, with a mild sweetness. The classic Belgian funk is there and nicely integrated.

This is medium bodied, with a very low and near non-existent level of carbonation, limiting its drinkability a little bit.

This isn't quite as good as the standard Oude Kriek, but it's still very, very good.

Photo of SierraJosh
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark red, light carbonation minimal lacing and head. Smell is bright, tart cherry almost no funk. The taste is huge red cherries, wonderfully front and center. Intense indeed. Mid palate burst of juicy tartness. Not a sour bomb, but showcases the fruit quite nicely.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/30/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this gem

Appearance: Rich, deep purple with some light 'urple highlights - nice clarity - pours with a creamy pink head, fades to a couple wisps of a cap, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Rich, tart cherries and some sour - big cherry component, tart and fleshy, with loads of cherry skin - juicy and acetic sourness - funky, musty, with some wood and earthy notes

Taste: Nicely sour cherries and some wood - very tart cherries, cherry flesh, cherry skin - sharp, acidic sourness, about average sourness for the style - earthy, with some musty funk, with some wood - finishes with some wood and acidity

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth but could be smooth, nice carbonation

Overall: Moderate Purple

I know I've been spoiled by some other sours because I wouldn't necessarily describe this as "intense." It is very tasty though. I would be happy to drink it again.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first beer from Drie Fonteinen, and my first encounter with an oude kriek. I acquired this bottle from the local beer store for something like $15.99, so it wasn't exactly cheap. I'm pretty damn excited to have it.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bloody strawberry colored body with about a finger of thin bubbly white / pink / red head that thins to a ring quickly. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is kind of strange. Some earthy yeasty band-aid like aromas, acidic sour / vinegary tartness, and some indistinct cherry fruitiness. Not really pulling any oak out of this.

T - Taste is very nice indeed. Delicious authentic tart juicy cherries, and just the slightest hint of earthy oak wood & vanilla when I really look for it, and it becomes more pronounced as I sip on this. Subtle alcohol warmth, despite the low abv. Vinous; almost wine like at times, only much more flavorful and interesting.

M - Feel is sour and sticky. There is some tart cherry lingering on the palate. Very light, crisp, and refreshing. Delicious.

Overall, an excellent beer, I would surely buy this again if they were to make it which is unlikely, and if the outrageous price tag wasn't so outrageous. Absolutely lovely; definitely grab this one if you have the chance.

Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek ---4/5.

Photo of spicelab
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modest pop when uncorking. Blood-purple with a small fleeting head that abates to what could pass for a red wine were it not for the evident light bead.

As expected pretty fearsome, brooding, and mildly sherbety cherry action, with musky tannins making it seem even bigger. The strength of the fruit keeps the funkiness in the shade.

All the fruit character comes through, although some acidity and musty basement action seeps in and integrates very nicely with the sweetness. Striking resemblance to some of the lighter red-wine varietals.

Rich and meaty for the ABV thanks to the copious tannins, with the deceptive level of tartness doing a surprisingly neat job of cleaning it up. Very satisfying buzzy, dry finish.

Just lovely. Huge personality within one dimension.

Amazing depth withi one dimension

Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml into a 3F taster glass.

A: Pours a gorgeous, rich garnet color with a slightly pink head. One of the most beautiful beers I've seen.

S: Nose brings aromatic cherry flesh, potent brett muskiness, wet hay, lactic and a bit of acetic acid, some oaky notes.

T: Taste brings dry horseblanket, mild cherry sweetness, moderate fruity tartness, some drying oak tannins, a hint of wheat and hard water minerality. Very dry.

M: Light-bodied with zingy carbonation.

O: A beautiful-looking beer with a potently funky nose, a very mild fruit character, and a surprisingly moderate acidity level on the palate. Certainly not my favorite kriek ever, but definitely enjoyable.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured into a tulip. Not sure of the vintage.

3.50 A: Pours a clear deep amber color. Didn't get much of a head going.

4.00 S: Big fruity cherry, then some more cherry. Funky lactic acid. Woody earthiness, grassy.

4.25 T: Again lots of cherry. Big woodiness. Lots of tangy lactic acid with much less acetic. The flavors mesh together quite well.

4.00 M: Lighter medium body. Light, but spritzy carbonation. Super smooth.

4.25 D: Great beer. Always love 3F.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Amazingly deep red color, stunning. Not a huge head or carbonation, but very light bubbles are suitable for some texture.

This beer lived up to its name "Intense." The flavor was deeply sour and cherry-forward. The cherry flavor was jolly rancher-like. Funk and barnyard was kept to a minimum but still present.

I enjoyed the heck out of this beer. In terms of pure fruit beers it is one of the best I have ever had, but judged against other lambics it lacked a bit of the complexity to put it in the upper echelon. 4.25 is a harsh rating honestly, that is more of a comparison to other lambics. Compared to other fruit abominations I have tried, this is a 4.5 easily.

Photo of heavybopper
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Great rich red color. Absolutely no head. Seemingly little to no carbonation.
S- Slightly funky with cherry and cinnamon notes.
T- Slightly weak flavor when cold, but opens to full body up as it warms. Good cherry flavor, not overwhelming or too acidic. Very slight cinnamon aftertaste.
M- Medium viscosity, slight carbonation. Very sticky, even after finished.
O- Good kriek. Maybe a bit overvalued by price, but I'd drink again for sure.

Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Notes taken the other day while moving out of my apartment.

A- Poured from the 375ml to a 3F tumbler. Deep intense red body with acreamy fizzy pink head to one finger. Decent head retention leaving a small foamy ring that deposits legs and some sheets of lace.

S- Cherry domination more than any other Kriek I have had, perhaps even with Lou Pepe are a bit more. Semi sweet black and red cherry, funky sweaty horse and musty basement with medium tart lactic.

T- Oak opens up nicely with what is found above. Tart cherries and lactic lemon sourness, funk comes in pretty big with horsey musty barnyard, vinous fruit flavors of grapes and apple a bit, cherry pits and all and a very tiny hint of balsamic.

Mf- Light dried body with a fizzy high carbonation. Sourness is medium high towards the end and the body's texture is silky and foamy.

Cherry bomb with the same 3F classic sourness and funk. I was expecting something sweet after what friends said but this is sour and funky to me with a boost in cherry presence.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excited to finally pop the cork on this expensive little bottle. Cheers!

A: Magnificent magenta body, so dark that it looks shining black until you hold it up and a warm ruby light shines through. Pink bubbles appear with a quick twist of the glass, but once it gets settled again there’s nothing left. Looks quite still.

S: Wild, funky brett topped with cherry cobbler – ripe black cherry, green olive, barnyard, new leather, stewed blueberries, graham cracker. The funk, strong yet inviting, is nothing short of intoxicating.

T: This is, without a doubt, the sourest beer I have ever had. Good lord. Tastes, for the most part, like sour cherry candy with notes of tart green apple and raspberry. Between the puckering there are faint glimpses of oak barrel, baguette crust, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, flint…in fact, it ends on a fairly metallic note, much the same as a tinny sauvignon blanc would.

M: Feels just as still as it looks, making for a watery, juice-like texture. The sourness is sticky enough to leave a lasting sensation on the back of the tongue, though, and the thinness of the body seems to add to this beer’s natural, wild character.

O: Sour to the extreme: don’t drink unless you’re alright with having the enamel stripped off your teeth. But damn is it good (if not addictive). Cheers.

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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
93 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.