Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 47
Gots: 86 | FT: 22
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Made from 40% cherries.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-21-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.1/5  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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mjw1200
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

Photo of parris
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought for $17.99 at Tenuta's in Kenosha, WI. Served from 375 ml bottle into 3 F stemmed glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

A: without any sound opening the corked beer, I didn't expect the carbonation. It immediately started fizzing as I poured. The beer is a dark ruby or garnet all the way through, and almost completely opaque. No head, but there is a ring around the edges of the glass.

S: cherry smell is huge, along with vinous notes.

T: puckering sourness along with the intense cherry flavor makes for an interesting beer. Very little sweetness. Sourness seems to diminish with each sip.

M: thick like a wine, but still dry. Carbonation could be improved to give it a lighter mouthfeel (personal preference), or maybe I shouldn't drink this on a hot summer night.

O: very good beer, incredibly interesting. It's more cherry-full than Lou Pepe Kriek, and almost like a pinot noir. I would probably buy at least a few more at this price. I'll be interested to see how it ages since there is so much flavor at this point.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of koopa
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A huge thank you to Jeffo for hauling this across the ocean and then sending it across this massive country. 375 bottled 13-11-2012

Okay, so maybe it is 8:30 am but my kids woke me up at 5:30, I'm camping, AND it's my 40th birthday today (so fuck you :-P).

Appearance. Pours an intense red, almost purple in the glass. Looks a lot like grape juice once the half finger of pink head disappears.

Smell. Nice woody, lightly musty funk strikes me first followed by a ton of cherries and a light marzipan note from the pits (or so I'm told).

Taste. Whoa, intense again. Just a ton of sour cherries here. Fairly high level of sourness for a young lambic, this is going to be crazy intense after a few more years. Lots of nice woody funk. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, low and fairly smooth carbonation for the style.

Overall. A fantastic kriek as expected. Would like to try this again in a few years to see how intensely sour it will become.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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...

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazed deep rich reddish purple. Pours like a dark red wine. Minimal carbonation. No cap, but carries a small bubbly light purple collar. No lacing.

Smell: Tart cherry juice and flesh. Loaded with oak and leather and a.mild acetic tartness. Funky in a mild way. Musty and juicy. So much cherry. Mildly acetic with some leather. Wood and a slight earthy tones. Wet and mega fruity. Sweet and tart.

Tasty: Sour cherry. Sharp citric bite is powdery and mega tart. Cherry juice and flesh. Juicy and wet with a slight oak backing. Sweet and damp with some layers of funk. Complex tart flavors. Some powdery yeast and a clean edge of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Smooth with minimal carbonation. Nice and dry on the finish.

Overall: Purple drank!

It's good. Loaded with enough cherry to kill a moose.

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/30/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this gem

Appearance: Rich, deep purple with some light 'urple highlights - nice clarity - pours with a creamy pink head, fades to a couple wisps of a cap, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Rich, tart cherries and some sour - big cherry component, tart and fleshy, with loads of cherry skin - juicy and acetic sourness - funky, musty, with some wood and earthy notes

Taste: Nicely sour cherries and some wood - very tart cherries, cherry flesh, cherry skin - sharp, acidic sourness, about average sourness for the style - earthy, with some musty funk, with some wood - finishes with some wood and acidity

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth but could be smooth, nice carbonation

Overall: Moderate Purple

I know I've been spoiled by some other sours because I wouldn't necessarily describe this as "intense." It is very tasty though. I would be happy to drink it again.

Photo of beesy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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