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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made from 40% cherries.

Added by MasterSki on 04-21-2013

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of kindacold
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2 year old bottle. Pours beautiful red, no head, but beautiful. Smells of vinegar and cherry. VERY dry, unexpectedly so. Tastes of vinegar, cherry, and a bit of salt. Oak and wine notes throughout but more present at the finish. Finished dry and sour, but with a linger that I also didn't expect. Great beer.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottled in 2012 dated bottle into a 3F Tumbler. Cooled in the fridge for a couple hours.

Appearance- Gorgeous ruby/purple with 2 finger pink foamy head that left a nice ring.

Smell- Cherry, lemon, vinager, 3F lambic funk, mild oak. Fruity and funky.

Taste- Cherries, plums, grapes, oak, vanilla, funky earth, lemons. Fruit forward obviously, but even beyond fruit forward. Fruit in your face.

Mouthfeel-Lightly carbonated, juice-like viscosity, mild tartness, light dryness at the finish.

Overall- Awesome lambic. More carbonated than I remember from having it at The Festival before it was available in this country. So goddamn good. Juice.

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Photo of Pahn
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The body is a dark dark ruby red almost purple color. There is a slight lacing on the top of the glass that is a white/pink hue.

S: You can smell the sour in this from across the room. Intense cherry and acidic sour aromas come off this beer.

T: Really really sour. A little too sour for such a low abv beer. If you are going to go that sour have a bigger body to back it up. I recognize that Krieks are not normally high abv, Armand should have gone a little lighter on the sour flavors. There are also some very sour cherry flavors that make this beer delicious.

M: Good body for a Kriek and great carbonation.

O: Great beer but not worth too much hassle to get. I would not buy this one again due to the price but it is a great beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a nice tall stemmed tulip from a375ml bottle.

Pours a nice deep dark garnet and ruby red with a nice dense but thin 0.25 pinkish head that recedes very quickly.

Aroma starts off with some nice sweet cherry notes followed by some more cherry tartness. Some chalky and yeasty esters bring sweet tarts to mind. These notes are followed by some nice dry woody notes in the nose followed by some more intense cherry notes. Mild grain and pie crust notes round the nose out.

The flavors follows the nose but with more intense acetic notes. Starts off with dry cherry tartness mixed in with some slight cherry pie sugary sweetness try to creep up. Mostly there are chalky notes of sweet tarts, incredible cherry notes. Cherry pie notes with some nice surprising grainy and bready cherry pie crust notes. Dry finish with good lower carbonation that is just enough to keep the acidic vinegar tartness from overwhelming.

Overall this is a delicious lambic with great cherry notes. Intense cherry notes. Some nice dryness and sweetness that slightly balances the acetic tones.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle in wine glass

A: Deep red with no head

S: Strong cherry pie / artificial cherry / lactic sour

T: Cherry dominates along with a pleasant lactic sourness. The cherry tastes only a little more natural than it smells but not much else. This beer is aptly named. Finish is clean with very little funk.

M: Very pleasant mouthfeel with good carbonation and nice finish.

O: Drinkable but a dominated by an intense cherry flavor. I like cherry but it has an artificial and medicinal quality to it. Somewhat enjoyable and I'm glad I tried it, but I will not purchase again.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a gueuze glass.

A: Deep maroon on the pour with great clarity. The pink head retains decently and crackles with the effervescence.

S: Sour cherries, cider vinegar, macerated cherries and cherry skin, sour apple and lemon acidity, a dusty oak character.

T: Intense puckering sourness. Sour cherries, shades of strawberry, cider vinegar. cherry skins. Lemony. Subtle caramel at its core. Oak pulls through very faintly. Ghostly medicinal note. More funky, rustic, and barnyard flavors pull through as it opens. Cherry juice on the fading sour finish.

M: Lightish-medium body. Fruit skin astringency is evident. Good effervescence.

O: So yeah, this is pretty intense. A good deal of pucker power in this one. It proved far too intense to pair with my duck breast, but as a stand-alone beer it's a great drink.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a deep purplish red with a half inch of head. The head disappears quickly, no lace is left behind.

Sour cherries, light pale malts and oak make up the smell. Very simple, but the cherry smell is incredibly fresh.

I taste fresh, sour cherries on a blonde beer with a dry oak finish. Goes down nearly perfect.

Wow! No added sweetener and an experienced lambic blender makes for one badass brew! Expensive, but worth every penny.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of heavybopper
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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