1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Not Rated.
Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude KriekDrie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

484 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 484
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 50
Gots: 96 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Made from 40% cherries.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 484 | Reviews: 82
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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...

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.02/5  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
4.01/5  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 +7.9%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bcm75
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ddedhed
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jampics2
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of maDUECEgunner
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of dbc5
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of SupremePie
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GJ40
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 375ml bottle in a chalice. Picked up and taken home from Brussels.

A - A brilliant, beautiful red color with a small dusting of head.

S - Sweet and sour cherries with slightly earthy notes.

T - A nice tart, sour bite but with a huge depth of cherry flavor. A mild sweetness that adds to the complexity without making it overly sweet.

M - A good pucker factor with a moderate consistency and a firm carbonation that makes it feel light and airy.

O - Great beer! Wish I got more.

Photo of Clonies720
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml poured into Cantillon wine glass. Bottle date of 11-13-2012. Best by 2017.

Appearance: Pours an entrancing ruby garnet color. Vigorous pouring gives me only a wispy, thin, pink head.

Smell: Deep, rich aromas of cherries abound in this delightful brew. Clearly the cherries decided to go for a swim in some oak barrels as the pleasant background smell of wood dances about. Fairly one dimensional, but great.

Taste: Can you say "cherry jolly rancher"? This beer tastes exactly like a cherry jolly rancher, but with a touch of sourness. The sweetness of the cherries cuts deep into the lambic/gueuze base. In the background, I can taste the base beer and it's really nice. Basement funk, barnyard, and very crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation. Medium-light bodied. Very refreshing.

Overall: A tastefully done kriek. The cherries are really in your face, but almost taste slightly fake. For that reason, I cannot get behind this beer. My vote is to stick with Cantillon Kriek as the #1 cherry beer.

Photo of Ilovebrew
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of juliusseizure
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red almost red wine like with a small pink head. Not much pop when I unleashed the cork. Very little head despite an intense pour although there was some good lacing.

Very strong cherry aroma almost like some of the jammier US wilds. Some of the normal 3F funk is present, but cherries seem to dominate them. Not necessarily bad as the cherry is pretty good.

Flavor is just as intense with cherries. Very jammy almost like a fresh Upland lambic. Not a ton of funk as the sweet cherry covers it up although there is some acidity at the end. Very juicy.

Despite the lack of carbonation on the pour, there is still enough here as the mouthfeel is a bit prickly. Fairly light bodied finishing juicy and sour.

I really had no idea what to expect from this one, but I really enjoyed it. Strong fresh cherry jamminess overpowers some, but the flavor is so good it doesn't matter. Not as complex as some other 3F, but delicious nonetheless. I wish I would've ordered more

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Jonada
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottled on 11/13/2012. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an intense ruby red with a pink head that dissipates instantly.

Smell: Lots and lots of cherries. There's some oak, barnyard funk and hay as well, but the cherries dominate the nose. Dark red wine grapes become present as the beer warms as well.

Taste: Same as in the aroma, the cherries dominate the palate along with some oak. Barnyard funk character is present as well, but is more subdued than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp with low, bordering on medium fine carbonation. Finishes dry with medium sourness.

Overall: Not the most sour, funky or complex lambic ever, but if you're looking for a cherry bomb, this one is for you.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
93 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.