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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-21-2013

Made from 40% cherries.
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Photo of auroracrisis
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml into a Russian River tulip.

Pours a plum color with crimson highlights and a murky body. Small head that dissipates into nothing quickly.

Cherry preserves on the nose at first with a dusty funk behind it. As it warms, the cherries peak through even further. Smells surprisingly similar to Luden's wild cherry cough drops, and I mean that in a good way. A touch of nuttyness as well.

Huge cherry flavor envelopes your palate. Flavors similar to cherry hard candy, cherry tarts, and cranberry sauce. A touch of funk to balance, but I shouldn't even use the term balance since it's all about the fruit here. Vinous notes and a touch of tannin on the end.

Medium bodied and a tad low on the carbonation for a lambic. A bit of drying once it passes over your tongue with tingle on the palate from the carbonation.

Huge cherry flavors with a touch of funk and vinous notes. This is great in terms of fruit flavor. A total cherry bomb, but it comes at a price. I think I may have paid $18 for this 375ml. Oh well, a nice treat. (1,032 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml corked and caged bottle into Drie Fonteinen stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a very minimal dark pink head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear, deep, dark, almost purple red. Lacing is spotty and sparse but with good stick. Really stunning color.

Nose is robust sweet and tart cherries. Subtle cobwebs, oak and just a touch of cheesiness. Delicious!

Opens sweet and tart cherries. Puckering in the middle with more fruit and hints of cobweb, oak, and barnyard funk. Very juicy throughout. Simpler and less funky than the other Kriek offerings from Drie Fonteinen. End is puckering and accented with a fruity finish. Excellent.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Silky and puckering in the mouth and goes down quenching and slick. Messy finish with a lingering, spritzy aftertaste. Very good.

I'd go as far as to say that this is probably the best fruit-based beer that Drie Fonteinen makes. Simple but so deliciously in your face. Intense Red is aptly named and totally awesome! (1,016 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tipples to tulip glass. Pours a deep dark red with a very smal bright pink head thanks to a vigorous pour. Big sweet and sour cherry and vinegar aroma, dry, and maybe a hint of the oak and vanilla. Flavor is sour cherry vinegar up front with an oaky finish. A bit of a musty undertone. Not as dry and effervescent as I expected, with only low to medium carbonation. Lingering cherry malt left on the palate. Very much on the lambic and wheat flavor more so than the cherry overall, which is good and keeps it from being medicinal like I get from some krieks. Overall a solid offering, but would not spend $18.99 again for 12.7 oz. (642 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A. Deep purple with brown and ruby, pink fizzy head like cherry coke.
S. super sweet cherry pie filling, with tart to match. There's a bread funk that completes the cherry pie motif by being the crust.
T biiig intense cherry flavor, very tart, a bit sweet, with funk backing it up.
M. Dry.
O. Sip this like barrel strength bourbon: small slow sips. This is as advertised: intense. Not for the faint hearted or faint paletted. Really just ok in the end.

As a side note, it kinda makes me mad. 3f here is like a rock band that decides to make a weird and mostly crappy album just to see if people will praise them for it. (621 characters)

Photo of WorldWideStout
2.69/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A lovely, shimmering, ruby-colored body. The head dissipates a little faster than I would have liked.

S: Dark cherries, tartness, a bit of must, and a bit of cough syrup.

T: Ugh. The first half is Robitussin. Medicinal cherry. It is a bit more dark cherry than your typical cough syrup, which makes it not quite as bad, but it's still not good. The second half brings a sour twang along with a little funk.

M: Carbonation keeps the beer light without masking the flavors. Which is usually a good thing.

O: Why anyone would want to have their beer taste like cough syrup is beyond me. If you love Kasteel Rouge or the taste of Robitussin, then you will love this beer. Otherwise, stay away.

For the price I had to pay for this beer at a bar, it probably ranks as the worst beer purchase I have ever made. (815 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 cfrances33
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.05/5  rDev -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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,743 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,658 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.64/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,003 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 Etan
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (954 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 Goblinmunkey7
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.01/5  rDev -2%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of Clonies720
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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 (978 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 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)

Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
91 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.