Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 405 | Reviews: 70 | Display Reviews Only:
4.29/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.
Pours a hazy dark red with a foamy red head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with cherry fruit, cherry skin, and cherry juice aromas. Taste is much the same with intense sour cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic cherry presence that is super tasty and easy to drink.
05-07-2013 04:06:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Fan of cherries, are ya? 3 Fonteinen has you in mind as they throw this genuine and unique beer at'cha. It classic rudimentary taste of dry Lambic flavor is layered upon by such an authentic tart cherry character, that its culmination exceeds expectations entirely!
There's no mistake about its fruity roots as Intense Red pours much like you'd expect- deep blood red with brownish maroon-stained body, the beer sells its cherry infusion well to the eye. Though the champagny character that's usually associated with Lambic is subdued, it manages to form a creamy mauve head that slowly recedes to a skirt around the rim but is easily regenerate with a gentle swirl.
Sharp aromatics of sour cherries, cider, merlot, and balsamic swirl about the nose in a highly complex and varying scent, even though cherry notes remain the focus. Shying from any cherry soda scents, the beer really takes on the musty tone of the raw and ripe fruit with tart support rather than sugary notes. Notwithstanding, there are waves of earthiness that emerge- light horse blanket, leather, tobacco and vanilla really pull the scents together heading into taste.
Its delicious taste is squarely focused on the cherry fruit, but hardly relies on it. Sure, the fruit flavor is evident, but the ale does so with the taste of cherry but without the sweetness of cherry. Instead a tepid malt sweetness is lightly bready and biscuit-like. Dryish in taste, the cherries layer upon the malts just as if building a cherry pie. But then comes the earthen tones at middle palate that are salty, hay-like, minerally, salty, cider-like, slightly of merlot and high with aged sherry and balsamic- those tastes are so savory, succulent and tart that they engage the palate with a struggle of drinkabily and sip-ability. And in aftertaste, there's an almond-type nutty savoriness and a sense of vanilla that buffers the taste buds effortlessly from its acidic taste.
Mid-dry sourness starts things off as its textures are creamy and the slim sweetness resonates on the front of the tongue. But as the beer traverses over the middle palate, a drier, earthier and more acidic feel ensues. Trailing with a dry cherry finish, the beer leaves a ribbon of malt on the tongue that dissolves late for an intangible that's not easily rewarded.
If resting entirely on first impressions, the beer is a less dry Kriek than is expected from the great brewers. But a few sips in the beer begins to open up in highly unexpected ways. Sure, its not as tart or as sharp as traditional Lambic, but if you are like me- a big fan of the more balanced Flanders Reds, then this Kriek might also find favor.
09-09-2013 06:20:15 | More by BEERchitect
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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...
08-31-2013 00:59:35 | More by emerge077
3.99/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-15-2013 03:31:20 | More by biboergosum
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Another split with rudzud.
Pink rosy head attempts to form but immediately disappears, dark hazy maroon purple rosy color.
Nose is interesting, first a big sour cherry and big sweet cherry kool aid, it cherry freeze pop, nice sour funk with tart fruity cherry and juicy fruit and little sour malt, mild cherry cough syrup and biscuit as it warms, soury.
Taste brings tons of cherry, tart sour cherry, sour mash malt, little malt vinegar, sour cherry allover, very mild cherry candy and cough syrup, nice juicy cherry fruit juice. Sticky and little syrupy, mild flemmy finish, long tart cherry fruit and sour cherry, little funk.
Mouth is med bod and light carb, flemmy and sticky.
Overall good but not great, it's a decent beer with nice cherry but a little too much in some ways and not enough in others. This doesn't seem like a 3F beer, more like a cheaper Belgian kriek than the awesome stuff they usually put out.
01-19-2014 19:16:30 | More by jlindros
Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
93 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.