Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 544
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 3.42%
Wants: 50
Gots: 129 | FT: 32
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-21-2013

Made from 40% cherries.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (654 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a beer! Thanks to clay station for acquiring and sharing this rare beauty. A ruby red color like a fire truck, true to its name, an intensity and vibrancy not seen since atrial. Not much head on it, but it doesn't need one. Aromas of exploding pie cherries and cherry jam, funky as anything I've had from these guys, and quite heavy in the lacto. It's mature and my mouth is watering hard. The cherry flavor is so robust and sour, like candy almost, brilliantly alluring, sexy, oh man. It's even more cherry forward than their other krieks, although I don't know by how much. Sour too, I thought it might be cloying, but it's just perfect. Oak mellows it's feel a lot, it's really dry too for what it is. I wouldn't change a thing here, but it would be so sick to line all these krieks up for one tasting. You can taste it for miles, more depth with every sip, and a pungency uncommon even in the wild ale world here on the yeast. Up there with any I've ever had, I'm in love! (981 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (2,650 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,490 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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... (982 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (935 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hey why is this beer so sour? Aren't all beers supposed to be hoppy or something?

Pours an extremely dark garnet hue (which is what Helltown's Kriek should have looked like instead of pink lemonade). Wads and wads of cherries on a sour tone. Kind of a punch in the mouth with not as much nuance on the character as I would have hoped for. But it's still good. Just as a sour should be in all aspects. Definitely glad to have a chance to try a new version of the real deal. (473 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served right before an Allagash Coolship Red for comparison sake.

A - Pours ruby red with a fizzy half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace what so ever on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells pretty weird honestly. Tons of must dominate from start to finish. Hints of tart cherries, mild funk, oak and candy sweetness offer a bit of relief but the must is just too strong.

T - Thankfully the taste is a little better than the nose. Starts off with a mix of sweetness and mild tartness from the cherries quickly being joined by the ever present must, horse blanket funk, dry oak and some light mineral quality rounds things out. Finish is kind of sweet with some musty tartness, not lingering for very long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, tart feel going pretty thin quickly. Not very lambic like honestly.

O - Decent but probably my least favorite Drie Fonteinen to date. The must is out of control and the cherries just can't make up the difference. Compared to the Allagash Red this was nowhere near as good, and they are about the same age. (1,137 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After learning there is a fresh new release of this, I figured im overdue on popping and reviewing a 2012 bottling. Poured into a matching 3F tumbler, the brew appears deep, dark red with pink highlights around the edges. Less than a finger of pink cap fades to a ring around the edge leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma is mostly comprised of cherries. Very earthen and almost herbal and juicy. A mild medicinal feel, grass and cherry pits/skin fill out the nose. The taste is all natural cherry flavor with all the sugars removed- pits and skin of cherry is all that remains. Somewhat herbal to medicinal with a mild bitterness. The typical 3F funk and sourness is very subdued with the cherry character being the star of the show.

This is medium bodied, moderately carbonated and overall very enjoyable. Calling it intense red is very fitting. The cherry character is the star of the show...almost to a fault as it hides what I love about 3F. Still worth trying and something I would buy again if the price was right. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've opened three of these now, and it's finally time to jot down a review. I am a huge fan of 3 Fonteinen, and was extremely excited when I learned of this new kriek.

The beer is a deep ruby color with a pinkish-purple head. The aroma is all about the cherries. in your face sweet and tart cherries, gravitating to the sweet side a bit. I don't want to say the beer is one dimensional, because it isn't. However, cherries really steal the show here. Juice and jam, with just a bit of oak and tart character. An outstanding beer, even if not my favorite kriek lambic. Armand has created a nice little deviation here. A wonderful pairing with chocolate. (654 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle ordered from I can't remember where. Barely audible pop removing cork.

Beautiful pour. Hazed dark blood red color with an iridescent dark pink head from a hard pour. Aroma is pure cherry flesh, slightly tart, light vanilla, graham cracker by cherry pie association; sweet and fruity but not particularly "lambic"-y. Flavor is fairly sweet to start; fresh cherry pulp and skin with a light sour finish. Some acidic and doughy notes linger in finish. Medium thick body with very soft carbonation. From the color and aroma I'd guess this almost has too much fruit? I'd expect trying this again in event just a few months might be a much different/enjoyable experience, but fresh this is disappointment lacking much depth, complexity, acidity or just all around, good ol' lambic ness. (796 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (1,190 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep purple ish red color with a pink head. Free of sediment. Smell of fresh cherries, musty oak, sourness. In the taste, tart fresh cherries, lambic sourness, hay. The cherries really exhibit fine flavor and the sourness rounds things out perfectly. Nearly puckering but still quite balanced. Medium bodied, medium carbonation and finishes with cherry, tartness and a semi dry oak. Overall, it's an easy to drink, balanced sour and very tasty. (444 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep purple red color with a small reddish pink head that dissipates almost instantly. Vinous sweet and tart cherry dominates the nose. Light tart and a hint of musty barn round it out. The flavor is pretty sweet for a sour. Big tart and sweet cherry flavor a bit vinous with hints of funk and tart. I enjoyed this, but I'm a big fan of cherries in general. (357 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
2.76/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: A bit of a tough cork to work out and little pop creates a bit of concern, although a vigorous pour produces about a finger of head, although it quickly recedes to a slim ring of pink. It is, indeed, intensely red, bordering on purple.

S: Cherry jam. Funk notes come and go, but certainly doesn't seem to have the characteristic 3F aroma. Mild hints of balsamic vinegar.

T: Lots of wood and vegetal aspects. Somewhat fruity but not at all what the aroma might suggest. Sort of a flat Beaujolais Nouveau as it warms up.

M: Flat and somewhat thin. Finishes with a mild astringency.

O: I'm sorry, but I think the emperor has no clothes. This strikes me as a batch that wasn't very good, that then had a ton of fruit dumped in and still isn't very good. (756 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.4.13

A - Pours a dark red with a fizzy pink-red head that is gone fast.

S - Cherry, very jammy - did I just say that.

T - Tons of cherry, dark bing cherries, a touch of tartness - sweet, but not overly so.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Cherries, and lots of them. Nice fruit without being overly sweet. (340 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 27/11/13

A deep reddish maroon, almost purple until you hold it to the light, just a thick pink film for a head but it hangs around for a while leaving no lace

S loads of cherry, some cranberry and raspberries, some funk, wood, has some jolly rancher candy thing going on but it works well, almost smells too good to be true, some red vinous notes and barnyard round things out

T just a hint of vinegar, the fruits not nearly as strong in the mouth but still there, more wood and still funky but the nose had more going for it, sour and tart but still has a hint of sweetness but not much at all

M light bodied with soft carbonation, a little pucker and leaves my palate feeling a little rough, fruity wood lingers

O I love the nose and no areas lacking, packed full of cherry and so easy to drink

not cheap but I bought a couple bottles and have no regrets, worth tracking down for the nose alone (952 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice ruby clear hue with a thin pink head that leaves a light halo.

S - Aromas of cherry powder notes, along with nice Belgian funk. Sour tart notes.

T - Taste is quite tart, nice cherry nuts and light funk. Quite floral and rather drinkable, nice almost fruit punch notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, quite drinkable.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, carbonation is lacking but the cherry isn't too fake. (482 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Julio's. Bottled 13 Nov 2012, making this almost two and a half years old.

A Deep red, intensely so, with a pink head that falls off rapidly leaving nothing, this looks solid. The nose has a deep fruity, leathery sour cherry character, both bright and brooding, a beautiful funk with earth, mushrooms and barnyard, a little bit of a cherry pit vanillin character, a faint acetic note, a moderate lemony lambic base. This is deep and complex. A fleshy fruitiness of ripe Bing cherries is present along with the sourness of the Schaerbeekse cherries. Awesome.

The palate opens quite pronouncedly sour, lactic and lemony with a leathery sour cherry character being most noticeable up front. This then yields to a fruity mid-palate with plenty of cherry flavor ranging from the bright tartness of sour cherries to the floral and fruity complexities of the sweeter varietals. Funk in the form of earth and barnyard are present. Drying, faintly sweet and very tart on the finish, this is very enjoyable. A faint oiliness is present, a heft from the cherries that isn't present in a regular kriek (including the Lou Pepe) adds a unique dimension to this beer. It does, however, get in the way of the lemony base lambic and the tannins from firming up on the finish , leaving it just a little watery instead. All said, though, this is a marvelous beer, though maybe not worth the $24 or so it goes for retail. (1,415 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours like blood. Very red. Like cough syrup almost. Sample pour at Night of the Funk doesn't allow me to judge the head all too well.

S-Cherry is obviously stressed. A bit tart. Definitely musty. Black cherries. Light oak. This beer looks like cherry cough syrup and it even smells a bit like it too.

T-The flavor is very unique. A musty, tart red and black cherry dose. Then I get some artificial cherry. Jammy cherries. Light wood. Finishes with a mixture of cherry cola and tart natural cherry.

M-A bit sticky. Lighter in body. Relatively soft carbonation.

O/D-Definitely worth a try. The cherry came off as a bit artificial in some aspects of the flavor. Then, the other parts were great and made up for it. A sample pour was good enough and I don't think it would be worth $20 for a 375ml. (801 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

Pour is transparent blood red with almost no head, a touch of dark purple foam on top. Nose has lots of cherry up front with a moderate amount of funk. It's gets a bit leathery after the traditional earthy mushroomy funk with a bit of rubber band. Taste is stronger cherry, pitted ripe dark red cherry. The funk is lighter, a touch earthy and some rubber band through the back. Fairly sour finish with a light body and strong carbonation. (444 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a very dark deep burgundy red-almost purple color. Some minimal pink froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A very big and jammy dark cherry aroma that is actually a bit medicinal with a little band-aid action. Tart and oaky.

(T)- Very jammy overall with a heap of dark cherries in this. Slightly dry and oaky. There is abit of tartness but surprisingly not more than that. Slightly medicinal.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. It is actually a bit restrained; tons of fruit, but little else. The medicinal note distracts you.

(O)- Very disappointing considering Armand is behind this; it is not up to his usual mastery of the style. Also considering the $16 price tag on this, you are better off with something else for the style. (802 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (688 characters)

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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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