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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude KriekDrie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made from 40% cherries.

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Photo of amano_h
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An intense wave of dark cherries straight from the get-go. It's almost like the smell you get from left over refrigerated cherry pie once you let it sit and reach an edible temperature, if that pie were cooked and fermented with sour producing bacteria. Hints of the 3 Fonteinen basement and muddy earth mushroom funk follows. There's even some dark fruit (plum) toward the back as it warms up.

Sour, cherries, sour, cherries, and then some more cherries. Some vinous grape skin-like qualities also emerge accompanied with a wave of the 3 Fonteinen funk and oak, but otherwise it's intensely cherry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I did kind of highlight "sour" as one of the main characters in terms of taste, but the acidity is very nicely curtailed by a well-rounded sweetness; I'm assuming it's from the cherries given that this brew is supposedly 40% cherries, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was some other ingredient that was added to achieve this balance.

Medium-full bodied with low-ish carbonation. I seldom ever use this descriptor for lambics of any sort but this one is actually quite chewy. Intensely cherry, intensely oaky, intensely 3F.

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Photo of zac16125
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle into a Teku
Vintage 2014

A: Pours a translucent very dark ruby, its almost purple. A very small, fizzy, pink tingled head builds then dissipates quickly. Leaves essentially no lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is very dark fruit forward, tons of cherry. Very nice tart characters, significant oak characters, very subtle funky notes. Wonderful. 4.5

T: Very very tart, puckeringly so. Tons of cherry notes. Nice oaky characters. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation light for the style and it would benefit from a greater carbonation, drinkability is very good. 3.75

O: Not as much depth or complexity as some of the big gun Krieks, but very good nonetheless. 4.25

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very quiet pop of the cork, not much liveliness going on here. Pour is quiet as well, with quite possibly the darkest red of a beer I've ever seen, nearly purple. Very light pink ring, with not much lacing. Smell is barnyard funk foward, with hints of mushrooms and parmesan to compliment the funkiness. Very subtle cherry or any fruit characteristic in the aroma at all. If you're looking for cherries, the taste is where it's at. Definitely a cherry pit taste and cherry wine. Definitely a legit cherry taste, nothing artificial. Mouthfeel is extremely low carbonated, with a thick wine like mouthfeel. Wow, this is close to a cherry wine as it gets. Definitely something worth checking out, and not your traditional sour lambic.

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Photo of stevoj
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another perfect beer! Sweet and sour battle it out on your taste buds, and it still ends in a draw. Cherries come through in both aroma and taste, tartness leaves your palate tingling. Excellent!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep reddish color lambic with a nice large pink head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart cherry notes with some mild barnyard notes is quite nice. Taste is dominated by loads of fresh tart cherry notes with some mild barnyard notes and some oak notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Solid kriek from 3F with cherry overtaking some of the funky notes. Really refreshing and something I would like to have on a hot summer day.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into snifter. Lot number 2/5/14.

A: Very soft pop of the cork and a near flat pour. Color is a beautiful deep maroon. A thin splashy film of foamy bubbles formed temporarily after the pour and quickly faded into a thin collar.
S: Musty and earthy notes mixed with deep and rich notes of dark cherries. I get a touch of mushroom and damp basement along with the musty earthy barrel funk. Slightly cheesey, no tartness or acidity. Very soft nose overall. Cherry smells juicy and rich as opposed to bright, sugary, or synthetic.
T: The taste reminds me of the black cherry juice that comes in a glass bottle you can buy at the store. Very rich cherry presence including tannic notes of cherry pits and skins. Acidity is present but low as this beer is not especially puckering. There a touch of earth and barrel funk, but it’s pretty moderate on the funk scale. Not overly sweet.
M: Medium-full body for style, with a rather thick and slightly chewy mouthfeel from the very low and carbonation. Finish has a citrus-type of tartness and is dry and gritty from the tannins.
O: There is so much cherry flavor that it’s hard to tell there is anything other than fruit juice in this. Tastes like earthy, lightly funky, and lightly tart black cherry juice.

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Photo of pagriley
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml into snifter - 2014 vintage

Pours brilliant deep ruby hue with almost no carb. Settles into the glass like red wine
Pure cherry up front on the nose with hay and earthy undertones behind
Bold cherry with an under current of very mild funk and hay. Surprisingly sweet and balanced with the acid
Almost no carb - would have liked more - feels like this bottle / batch didn't get going in conditioning

overall a delicious beer. verging on cherry juice / cherry beer more than a kriek.
The sophistication and depth of a more traditional kriek isn't there - the fruit just overpowers, but still delicious and worth while - just know you aren't getting a full on sour experience here.

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Photo of petmoo23
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't look great, smell is cherry/yeast, but the flavor is delicious. Pure red cherries, sour but not puckering, really enjoyable. Has a bit of a cherry pie filling quality to it, not really the sweetness just the jammy cherry part.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle. New batch, 2014. Deep red cherry colored body with a quickly dissipating pink fizzy head. No lacing or retention. Aromas are funk and cherries, quite literally. Flavor is much of the same. Amazing amounts of cherry in this beer. Thankfully there is that classic 3F 'funk' that comes through too so this beer isn't one dimensional. Very fruity, funky and just super flavorful.

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Photo of Awolter
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nicely tart with a strong cherry flavor. They must have used a ton of cherries in this. Perhaps a bit funky even. Nice deep red color. Haven't had many Krieks and this impressed me greatly.

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Photo of hophugger
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a most beautiful deep cherry brown. Great pinkish-red head and decent lacing. Smell is a little funky.Tart cherries dominate and the souriness is perfect. Refreshing, tart and an exceptional brew....

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Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 bottle into a 3F tumbler. Acquired in a trade.

Well, the appearance certainly matches it's name. Pours a deep maroon, cherry colored opaque body with a big fizzy "intense red" head that reduces rapidly to leave very little retention and no lacing. I've never seen a beer quite so red!

Big cherry aromas emanate from the glass - definitely get some sourness in there too, lactic tartness and a definite mustyness characteristic of belgian lambics. Very fruity, very sour.

I let this one warm to room temperature over the course of sipping it. It gets more sour and the cherry gets more pronounced once it's warmed up. From the start though, strong lactic sour cherry, fruit skins which impart a drying tannic character, musty basement, light oak, finished by a dry sourness that sits on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is beautifully refreshing.. I had to resist the urge to gulp down the whole thing upon opening it. Medium carbonation, medium-light body.

Overall just as described, although honestly I was expecting more "in your face" cherry with this beer. Instead it was nicely balanced and pretty dry and acidic. Very nice.

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Photo of bobhits
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Red? Yeah this is red, the pour the head, all red. Fake sugars and flavorings are coming to mind. This doesn't look good at all.

Smell of sour cherries. Nothing else.

All doubts are gone with a taste. Deep dark powerful cherry flavor. A lot of sour notes, wonderful.

Refreshing beyond words, so great. You could drink this everyday if you could afford and justify.

This is a great beer despite some failings.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

June 19, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, snifter

A – Dark mahogany, with almost no head. What head exists is slightly off-white. Pours fairly thin.

S – Massive nose of sour cherries, some other tart fruit. Light Brett aroma. A touch of chocolate and plum.

T – Huge amount of sour cherries. Some other berries and again, a touch of chocolate. Very low funky flavor, perhaps a touch of Lacto acidity. Seems to be mostly from the fruit.

M – Despite the appearance, very well-carbonated, medium-high, with a moderate-light body. Somewhat dry despite the juiciness of the fruit. Well-attenuated. Crisp finish, with almost zero bitterness.

O – A very impressive fruit lambic, the cherries obviously are the star of the show here but allow for some additional complexity. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep actually-ruby-red red, and forms a finger head of pink foam which dies swiftly in a rush of fizzing. Carbonation is visible all over the sides of the glass at first, but vanishes before the glass is halfway drunk.

Smell: Sour cherry leaps out of the glass, as one would expect. Beneath the tart fruit, there is a haze of funky mildew, not unlike what one can smell when wandering through a building that has stood abandoned for some time.

Taste: Mildly tart, sour cherries greet the tongue as each sip begins, before fading a bit in the middle to allow shades of mildew through. During the middle, the beer takes on something of a wine character as the funk interplays with the cherries, yielding some almost tannic fruit notes of plum and red grape, with hints of hardwood. By the finish, the tart cherry returns, to leave a lingering memory of sour cherries and gentle, mildewy funk clinging to the tongue.

Mouthfeel: This starts out as a wildly prickly, highly carbonated beer, and becomes nigh completely flat by the end of the glass (which likely helped prompt my "wine character" observation of the taste). It is fairly thin, but does not turn watery, even at the finish.

Overall: An interesting kriek, though at the price point, likely not one I shall repeat. This would be a nigh perfect beer to give to a wine advocate looking into the world of beer.

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Photo of SierraJosh
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark red, light carbonation minimal lacing and head. Smell is bright, tart cherry almost no funk. The taste is huge red cherries, wonderfully front and center. Intense indeed. Mid palate burst of juicy tartness. Not a sour bomb, but showcases the fruit quite nicely.

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Photo of byronic
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep dark red with a touch of pink in it's head. Smells of sour cherries, the kind I used to find in my favourite krieken taart (cherry pie). I didn't sense any funk in this nose. This tastes just like alcholoc sour cherry juice. The presence of the cherries is well defined but not overwhelming. There's just enough 'sour' to make you pucker once in a while, it's a very nice balance. There's hardly any carbonation and the finish is quite dry.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep purple red color with a small reddish pink head that dissipates almost instantly. Vinous sweet and tart cherry dominates the nose. Light tart and a hint of musty barn round it out. The flavor is pretty sweet for a sour. Big tart and sweet cherry flavor a bit vinous with hints of funk and tart. I enjoyed this, but I'm a big fan of cherries in general.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a dark almost blood red, with very little head, and very little lacing.

This smells quite intensely of sour cherry, with a bit of vinegary lactic-ness, and a some funk.

This is a little too vinegary to be perfect for me, but it's still quite nice anyway. The cherry character is quite noticeable, and very sour, but fleshy, with a mild sweetness. The classic Belgian funk is there and nicely integrated.

This is medium bodied, with a very low and near non-existent level of carbonation, limiting its drinkability a little bit.

This isn't quite as good as the standard Oude Kriek, but it's still very, very good.

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Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruby red color, with a small, fizzy head.

Fantastic aromas of ripe cherries, wine, along with a slightly funky impression.

Has a lively carbonation, bready soft malts, which interact well with the huge, but gentle cherry fruitiness. At no point does the sourness of this beer roll over the fruity cherry impression, which comes along with red vinous grapes and a subtle oak defined maltiness. Bretts stay in the background of the composition, they only support the cherries with an enjoyable tartness in the end, accompanying the fermented fruits. Oakiness goes incredibly well with the bursting cherries print, exposing their full-bodied, smooth fruitiness. Wine and oak define the body of this beer, leading to a well balanced, superior cherry fruitiness.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Julio's. Bottled 13 Nov 2012, making this almost two and a half years old.

A Deep red, intensely so, with a pink head that falls off rapidly leaving nothing, this looks solid. The nose has a deep fruity, leathery sour cherry character, both bright and brooding, a beautiful funk with earth, mushrooms and barnyard, a little bit of a cherry pit vanillin character, a faint acetic note, a moderate lemony lambic base. This is deep and complex. A fleshy fruitiness of ripe Bing cherries is present along with the sourness of the Schaerbeekse cherries. Awesome.

The palate opens quite pronouncedly sour, lactic and lemony with a leathery sour cherry character being most noticeable up front. This then yields to a fruity mid-palate with plenty of cherry flavor ranging from the bright tartness of sour cherries to the floral and fruity complexities of the sweeter varietals. Funk in the form of earth and barnyard are present. Drying, faintly sweet and very tart on the finish, this is very enjoyable. A faint oiliness is present, a heft from the cherries that isn't present in a regular kriek (including the Lou Pepe) adds a unique dimension to this beer. It does, however, get in the way of the lemony base lambic and the tannins from firming up on the finish , leaving it just a little watery instead. All said, though, this is a marvelous beer, though maybe not worth the $24 or so it goes for retail.

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Photo of M_chav
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really like a lot about this beer, awesome sourness, huge cherry nose. But I can't get over the fact that it reminds me exactly of all the terrible cough medicine I used to drink as a kid.

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After learning there is a fresh new release of this, I figured im overdue on popping and reviewing a 2012 bottling. Poured into a matching 3F tumbler, the brew appears deep, dark red with pink highlights around the edges. Less than a finger of pink cap fades to a ring around the edge leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma is mostly comprised of cherries. Very earthen and almost herbal and juicy. A mild medicinal feel, grass and cherry pits/skin fill out the nose. The taste is all natural cherry flavor with all the sugars removed- pits and skin of cherry is all that remains. Somewhat herbal to medicinal with a mild bitterness. The typical 3F funk and sourness is very subdued with the cherry character being the star of the show.

This is medium bodied, moderately carbonated and overall very enjoyable. Calling it intense red is very fitting. The cherry character is the star of the show...almost to a fault as it hides what I love about 3F. Still worth trying and something I would buy again if the price was right.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into shaker. Clear red to purple with no head or lacing. Aroma is tart cherries, cherry cough syrup, sour cherry, breadcrumb malt, and some oak. Taste is moderately sour with lactic acidity under cherry skin flavors, lightly sweet cherry juice, and if you focus there’s a little wood and leather bitterness; the medicinal flavor is prominent, which I find unfortunate. Light to medium body, sticky texture, low carbonation, and a lip-puckering dry finish.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ll admit I am generally NOT a big fan of sour beer, especially intensely sour beer.

Appearance – Pours a nice dark purple ruby color, with a moderate head, and very good lacing.

Smell – Ooh, an intense sour cherry scent with lots of wood. Smells nice, but I’m afraid it will be too sour for my liking.

Taste – Sour cherries with oak. Although sour, it isn’t ‘over the top’ sour, and I’m actually surprised how much I like it.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated, with just a short sour aftertaste that is rather pleasant.

Drinkability – A surprisingly good sour beer to me. I hope they make more!

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