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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 48
Gots: 89 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Made from 40% cherries.
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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of MaseFace
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of breemarie096
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of cfrances33
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a 3F wine stem.

Pour: Pours a clear, deep blood red. A finger of fizzy magenta head forms and leaves minimal lacing, yet remains as a rim.

Smell: Lots of sweet cherry up front, with a touch of doughyness, some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), and a light 3F funk.

Taste: The taste is rather disappointing. Sweet cherries dominate the entire palate, with a touch of tartness, light raw dough. No funk. No complexity. Just cherry juice. In a lot of ways, it seems kind of watered down.

Mouthfeel: Solid carb, but too much juicy sweetness. A 375ml bottle of this is nearly too much.

Overall: Okay, but not what I was hoping for. This will age well, I'm sure, but the cherries need to subside substantially.

Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of kevanb
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Stevedore
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml C&C bottled 11/13/2012. Shared with Doug while we were brewing our Citra APA. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 9/9/2013. The label looks so gimmicky that I have to remind myself this is Drie Fonteinen. In Armand We Trust. Review #202.

It doesn't look quite that red. It actually looks more purple than red. Kind of threw me off a bit, but then again dark cherry can get pretty purple, right? Comes with a 1cm white head that doesn't stick around for too long. Not the most carbonated sour that I can see.

Smells so much cherry jam here though. Sweet and sour cherry all at once. Quite a bit of acidity in the nose as well. I know this is going to be nice and sour too despite all that cherry fruit sweetness. So much cherry!

And the flavour is one heck of a cherry-filled kriek. Even more so than Lou Pepe Kriek, but not quite as acidic. Its very tart and sour in a lactic way. There's definitely some vinegar in here too, but not as much as the trademark Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek would. A little of that trademark 3F lemon zest comes through but it is so thoroughly dominated by the cherry flavours, which only get stronger as this beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. I think this beer could use some more carbonation. Medium to thinner bodied, somewhat dry finish. Doesn't stand up to 3F Oude Kriek, but I didn't expect it to.

Very interesting kriek. Its so heavy on the cherries, it tastes like a thin but flavourful cherry jam. Highly recommend trying at least once for any sour head out there. Don't know if I would recommend buying more than one bottle though, given its price point ($19.99 for a 375ml bottle). You're better off spending another $5 on a Golden Blend, which is a deliciously world-class sour.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml C&C bottle.

bottled on date of 11/13/2012.

no "pop" when the cork came out.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep dark red with a purple hue. A thick cap of whitish pink head that drops quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Lots of cherries in the nose. A light mix of lemon and vinegar notes. Hints of oak barrel and a musty basement like funk.

Taste: On the light end of moderate sourness with a surprising acidic bite; I would say mild, but almost moderate. The cherries are tart cherries without much sweetness being imparted into the flavor of this beer. Next comes a wave of lemon and a nice level of musty and dusty funkiness that helps to almost balance out the sourness and acidicness of the beer. The oak barrel follows shortly after the funk and melds nicely with the beers overall flavor profile. A hint of tannins and vinous notes to boot. Finishes with a slightly acidic aftertaste that dries out a little bit. The cherries become just a little bit sweeter and a more dominate flavor as the beer opens up.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with lower carbonation levels. This beer is a little bit watery and juicy in the mouthfeel department. After swallowing, you do get a noticable amount of dryness from this beer, which is kind of wierd contradiction because it feels watery while in your mouth. Definately, a down grade in the mouthfeel Department when compared to 3F Oude Kriek.

Overall: I really prefer my kriek to have more carbonation than Intense Red has. It has satisfying sourness and nice funk profile to balance, but the carbonation could be a deal breaker for serious sour beer afficianados.

Photo of davey101
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into a wine glass. Bottled 13-11-2012. Opens with a slight fizz. Purchased off the shelf for a painful $22...

A - Pours a clear deep red/violet color with a fingers worth of off-white foam. Disappears quickly leaving behind nothing at all. Minimal lacing but really not a whole lot going on...it just looks like a glass of red wine.

S - Juicy cherries, oak, and vinegar. Some off smelling acid and light cinnamon spice rounds it out but it is missing that stereotypical 3F funk. Really great cherry notes though.

T - Tart cherry juice, oak, and lactic acid. Some salty tonic water aftertaste. Very unimpressive while cold but letting it warm up improves it slightly. Really just one dimensional. A little bit prickly, but it's pretty much dead flat which doesn't help with the flavors. More carbonation would help out tremendously here.

O - Expensive, flat, and sort of boring. This was just not very good. The aroma is nice but this is a serious downgrade over the standard Oude Kriek.

Photo of dalepryor
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
93 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.