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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

419 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 48
Gots: 82 | 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 kevanb:
Photo of kevanb
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, poured into a Drie Fonteinen Vintage Fountain Tumbler.

The beer pours a deep, deep garnet color, very opaque with a slight pink head that vanishes almost immediately and leaves no lace or any trace of head behind. The aroma is of beautifully tart cherry, light pie spicing, sweet strawberry, soft malt and lots of funky yeast. It cuts right to the chase, cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Cherry is again on the forefront, very tart without being too sour, light malt and pie spicing, some sweet fruit is present as well, almost like strawberries or raspberries, with some great funky undertones that really bring out the fruit as well as the tartness. The mouthfeel is good, carb feels nice, but is lower than I'd like. The finish is nice and creamy and goes down so nicely.

Verdict: Definitely an enjoyable beer from Drie Fonteinen, but I'm not convinced it's better than Oude Kriek. It needs a bit more carbonation, but the cherry is definitely front and center, and executed perfectly. It just doesn't offer too much else like their Schaerbeekse Kriek or Oude Kriek.

kevanb, Sep 11, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -3.8%

tectactoe, Mar 05, 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

JakerLou, Jan 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Prospero, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Janeinma, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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%

doremite, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

rwilde, Sep 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jtladner, Apr 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

stereosforgeeks, Oct 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dsauter, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Schlafly33, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Reappropriated, Dec 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

weonfire, Sep 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

AlexChillton, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Sammy, Dec 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

tetu, Feb 05, 2014
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
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.7/5  rDev +13%
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!

SpeedwayJim, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

schmidtmattsays, Dec 12, 2013
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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
93 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.