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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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655 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made from 40% cherries.

Added by MasterSki on 04-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,309
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
655
pDev:
8.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Trade:
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Clonies720
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of emjay84
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at Klooster. Dark ruby pour, hazy, with no head. Notes of cherrirs, macerated cherries, lactic acid and barnyard funk. Medium body, low carbonation and a tart finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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