Intense Red Oude Kriek
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Intense Red Oude KriekIntense Red Oude Kriek
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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #30
Ranked #1,657
4.21 | pDev: 8.08%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Intense Red Oude KriekIntense Red Oude Kriek
Notes: Made from 40% cherries.
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Photo of Vidblain
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 - drank on July 13th, 2019 at Hill Farmstead. Amazing cherry - so rich, smooth, and incredible. The body on this shocked me - I've yet to experience that in a kriek again. Tons of sediment in the bottom of this bottle, lots of schmutz.

Vintage 2015 - drank on May 17th, 2019 during Dark Lord Day shares. Tart, sweet, tons of black cherry, and very sour. Very pleasant cinnamon. Really excellent.

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Photo of kitch
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend n°35, season 16/17, bottled on 21st June 2017, with a best before date of 26th October 2037. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A very nice clear ruby red colour with a one finger pinkish head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Light tartness and light funk, cherry and oak.

Taste: As you’d expect from the aroma, sour, tart, cherry, cherry pie, oak and a splash of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very nice intense cherry flavours. It was not as sweet as I remember it to be, but actually, the good amount of tart and sourness was a good balance to the cherry pie and oak notes.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/5/14; drank 11/15/15 @ the Palace.

Opaque blood red appearance.

A rough pour yielded almost no tan head; no lace.

Sweet cherry nose; mild tartness as well.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet cherry & malted grain flavors up front; a mildly tart finish.

This veers into Luden's cough drop territory, but was OK.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruby red with a pink collar, this chewy tart lambic features plenty of cherry with a solid dryness. It's sweet but a little sharp with a soft but mild carbonation. This is mostly clean with little funk or complexity, which is surprising for Drie Fonteinen, but there is a touch of pepperiness. Cheers to friends who opened this b1 bottle for a whole group to enjoy!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that I think was $45 after shipping. New silkscreen label, either batch 34 or 35 16/17 season. Deep, dark red, almost purple, tons of carb and a pretty decent head that lingers. Aroma is great. Heavy cherries, slight lambic funk. Flavor is nice cherry, cinnamon, pretty tasty. Overall I won;t chase this beer but it is a good kriek. Is it better than the regular 3F Oude Kriek? hard to say but it is tasty.

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Photo of gudthing
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

20/04/17 bottle opened in 23/02/18

dark intense red, no head.

smell, sweet cherry, oak, not completely blended.

taste powerful burst of sourness, with an initial sweet-vinegary flavour, but not artificial. Then in seconds, it develops to more of an all round yeast earthy. gentle fizz. smooth. the sourness disappears quickly - its bizarre!

feel is a little watery side, but goes well with the beer.

certainly a sipper, really interesting and enjoyable! out of curiosity would love to try again with one thats aged for considerably longer!
hb 4.25

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/28/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly foamy and fluffy pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/tangy cherries, cherry pits, almond, fruit skin, raspberry, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, and biscuit; with light notes of leathery/musty funk, pepper, red wine vinegar, vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/earthy/funky yeast, oak barrel, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/tangy cherries, cherry pits, almond, fruit skin, raspberry, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, and biscuit; with light notes of leathery/musty funk, pepper, red wine vinegar, vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness; with light fruit tang and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy cherries, cherry pits, almond, fruit skin, raspberry, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light funk/vinegar, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/earthy/funky yeast, oak barrel, and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness, spiciness, and fruit tang. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly crisp/acidic, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a fantastic Kriek lambic! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/earthy/funky yeast, oak barrel, and bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/tannic/drying finish. More of a balanced Kriek, but still has a lot of nice wild complexity and oak presence; with huge amounts of cherry fruit character. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep plum color, incredibly vibrant carbonation to the point it mists onto your nose as you smell it, or on your hand. I found the aroma to have too strong of a musty oak smell, and the tannins also verge on excess. There is a dark sour cherry aroma, but you have to strain for it, and the sweetness it provides isn't blended well against the earthy yeast and oak.

The taste recovers somewhat, as there is much more expression from those robust dark cherry flavors. It starts with a small sour kiss, and within the body those wood & yeast flavors play more of a supporting role. There is a sweetness but it is never cloying or artifcial. Vinegary tannins poke their head up here and there, but aren't overwhelming and serve as a good contrast to the sweetness. With how vivacious it poured I was surprised to find very little carbonation in the actually body, which was disappointing.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a beautiful light velvet color with no head

Nose picks up sweet/sour, dark cherries, bit of funk

Taste follows the nose with sweet light notes of cherry followed by an abrupt note of sour ending with rich and bright Flavors of dark cherry

I'm not a fan of these types of beers but this was fantastic! Aging really came out

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really have enjoyed this beer, which is unfortunate because damn if it ain't one of the most expensive beers per oz around.

Pours a brilliant red hue. I'm going, damn that's a lot of cherry, is this 3F version of LPK type of "intense" cherry thing going for it? The red color leads to a very pink head about 3/4" deep. A thing of beauty as they say. Nose is tons of cherry. Any other notes are in the background and merely complementary at best, but I think it is pretty clean in terms of cheese/barnyard/wet dog feels.

The taste is pungent cherry and sourness. Seems like it has a blend of different cherries, there is the lighter more sour variety, but also a deeper chewier darker cherry vibe and pie underneath it. Carbonation makes for a nice mouth feel, didn't find it to be hardly acidic at all. Mild funk oak in the mix. A very well made beer, but damn if that price doesn't keep me from ever buying multiples of it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Drie Fonteinen's Intense Red Oude Kriek 2015 last year at The Lager Mill for $40.99. Since I've mad it to 1800 reviews I thought I would pull out something special from the cellar and I'm interested to see if this one lives up to the price, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a green corked and caged 750ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a deep dark red that was almost maroon and it took on more of a ruby red color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of slightly creamy pink head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Kriek, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the cherries being the first to show up and they impart a big and complex cherry aroma with some natural cherry juice and a noticeable fermented cherry aroma with some other fruit aromas showing up in the background with a slight medicinal aroma. Up next comes a little bit of funky yeast with a noticeable sour aroma. This beer has a very nice aroma, it's what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the cherries still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by a nice woody oak aroma that's a little funky and it goes into the funky yeast aroma which is a little more noticeable than it was in the aroma. On the finish there's a little more sweetness with a higher amount of medium sourness and it has a nice cherry juice, oak and funky yeast aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's well balanced and has just enough complexity.

M- Pretty smooth, a little refreshing. a little clean, slightly mouth puckering, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very nice example of kriek, but I've had some that were half the price and just as good so I don't think it lived up to it's price tag, but it's still a very nice beer. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple glasses since it's not overly sour. What I like the most about this beer is how true to style it is and that it's not overly sweet. What I like the least about this beer is that it didn't have just a little more dunk and complex taste to it. I don't think i would buy this beer again for the same price and I wouldn't turn down a glass at all. I recommend trying, it, but I don't think it's worth $41 to try it. All in all I enjoyed this beer, but I was hoping for just a little more out of it to make it a great example of the style. It's one of the better beers I've had from this brewery and it;s a very nice example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty, but very expensive beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pink head. Ruby purple color.

Tons of cherry pie flavor. Sweet cherry. Not tart. Not funky. Not too sour. This reminds me more of an American wild than a lambic. It's good, but just not 3F lambic good. Just too fruity and sweet.

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Photo of amano_h
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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 -1.2%
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 +4%
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 +1%
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 -4.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +1.4%
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 +7.1%
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 +7.6%
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 +5.9%
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 -2.4%
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 +5%
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 -2.1%
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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