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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie 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

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99
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634
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
21.55%
 
 
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Photo of illidurit
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared at the RateBeer Gallery event in SF. Pours deep cranberry red with very little head. This beer is ridiculous. Absurd cherry pie aroma and flavor, complete with cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg. Tart but not really sour. Literally a beer expression of eating cherry pie or cobbler or something. So goooddd. The grown-up real Belgian version of NG Wisconsin Belgian Red.

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Photo of Fux
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours very dark red with a fizzy dark pink head that fades within half a minute with a damn fiizy noise. Then we are left with a bright, dark, apparently flat liquid. It looks like a 20 years old kriek. Amazing!
S: I had expected a rich, powerful sweet fruit nose. It is the exact contrary. Deep, woody, with dark cherries, cheery skin and dark chocolate. No sweetness, but some lactiness. Dark red wine, grape, vanilla, complex but very subtle.
T: The surprise doesn't stop there. The palate is unexpectedly very sour, puckering. Then come dark cherries flavors along with some dark fruits, grape, prune, blackberry. After the dark fruit wave come woody and vanilla flavors, the only hint of sweetness in this beer. But those are very transient and fleeting, the palate finishes on musk, hay, with some funk and barnyards flavors. The aftertaste is more focused on a mix of red fruits and dark fruits with cherries, raspberries and grapes, actually reminding of Homage.
M: the mouthfeel is very smooth, a bit jammy, as for the Framboos. The beer being medium bodied. But the carbonation is absolutely not missing, a bit subdued but this faint character perfectly balances the high sourness of this beer, making it a perfect sipper.
O: Woh, another masterpiece from Armand. This is very complex and actually, I would not advise to try this to someone unused to Drie Fonteinen. But this is definitely one of the best offer from this blender. And I see this aging very well.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of GJ40
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2012

Pours deep red/purple. I don't believe I've seen a beer pour quite this deep of a hue. Little carbonation, just hints of a ring forms around the beer.

Intense rich cherries in the aroma. Almonds and vanilla and oak. While many krieks have this almond character, I haven't had a beer with this much of it. Extremely fruity despite the age. Hints of citrus and earthy funk, but this is mostly about the intense complex cherry character. As it warms the brett comes out more clearly.

Quite sour, but not over the top. Tart cherries upfront followed by more that rich almondy cherry character. Almost plum-like dark cherry character. Lactic acid and oak linger on the palate. Earthy brett mingles in as well. The complex cherry character keeps delivering. As I become accustomed to the sourness, more sweet and meaty cherries come out. Not actually sweet on the palate though, as the beer is bone dry.

Acidic and tannic on the palate but very low, almost no carbonation. Initially this was a drawback as I felt carbonation might deliver the flavors better, but as I sit with it, the lack of carbonation allows the darker mellower flavors to come out.

One of the most complex krieks I've had. Even with age the fruit keeps on delivering.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottled in 2012 dated bottle into a 3F Tumbler. Cooled in the fridge for a couple hours.

Appearance- Gorgeous ruby/purple with 2 finger pink foamy head that left a nice ring.

Smell- Cherry, lemon, vinager, 3F lambic funk, mild oak. Fruity and funky.

Taste- Cherries, plums, grapes, oak, vanilla, funky earth, lemons. Fruit forward obviously, but even beyond fruit forward. Fruit in your face.

Mouthfeel-Lightly carbonated, juice-like viscosity, mild tartness, light dryness at the finish.

Overall- Awesome lambic. More carbonated than I remember from having it at The Festival before it was available in this country. So goddamn good. Juice.

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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 DavidSomers
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Hill farmstead tasting room - nicely poured into a main tulip and a small dregs glass. This is a prime example of a beer that you need to let warm up and drinking temperature will probably have a big effect on your enjoyment. Visually, this beer is absolutely stunning - such a deep, dark merlot-ish red that several people in the tasting room asked me if was wine. Much deeper red than any other Oude Kriek. The smell is rich cherry skins with modest funk - right on point. The taste when cold was definitely more cherry pit bitter than fruit sweet, with mild sweetness and less funk. But as it warmed, and perhaps as I adapted to the bitterness, a lovely complexity came through. Great, chewy mouthfeel with moderate acidic punch. Truly a memorable beer - not all lactic in your face like most american sours, not all sweet.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a beer! Thanks to clay station for acquiring and sharing this rare beauty. A ruby red color like a fire truck, true to its name, an intensity and vibrancy not seen since atrial. Not much head on it, but it doesn't need one. Aromas of exploding pie cherries and cherry jam, funky as anything I've had from these guys, and quite heavy in the lacto. It's mature and my mouth is watering hard. The cherry flavor is so robust and sour, like candy almost, brilliantly alluring, sexy, oh man. It's even more cherry forward than their other krieks, although I don't know by how much. Sour too, I thought it might be cloying, but it's just perfect. Oak mellows it's feel a lot, it's really dry too for what it is. I wouldn't change a thing here, but it would be so sick to line all these krieks up for one tasting. You can taste it for miles, more depth with every sip, and a pungency uncommon even in the wild ale world here on the yeast. Up there with any I've ever had, I'm in love!

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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 jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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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 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 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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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 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 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 pkalix
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

super super dark red with pink foam on top.
red cherries aroma on top (what else?).
tart (bitter?) red cherry flavor, very smooth considering the objective, but a little disappointing considering the low abv. not bad but I suppose the 'intense' is from the tartness.... I guess lambics are traditionally low in abv, so I should not be surprised.
overall, a decent lambic. tart and to the point. "made with 40% cherries"...

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Photo of popery
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark maroon. Too dark to see through. Looks almost black in sufficient quantity. Small pink purple head. Only a ring of bubbles lasts more than a minute or two. Smells strongly of cherries. Good acidity. Solid lambic funk. There are some deeper berry and red wine flavors. Taste is actually sweeter than expected. There's a ton of cherry juice in the beer. Some light horse blanket funk. Mild to medium sour pucker in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty normal. There's some body to the beer. I really enjoyed this one, but it wasn't quite what I expected. Lots more juicy cherry sweetness.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a deep purplish red with a half inch of head. The head disappears quickly, no lace is left behind.

Sour cherries, light pale malts and oak make up the smell. Very simple, but the cherry smell is incredibly fresh.

I taste fresh, sour cherries on a blonde beer with a dry oak finish. Goes down nearly perfect.

Wow! No added sweetener and an experienced lambic blender makes for one badass brew! Expensive, but worth every penny.

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Photo of spicelab
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modest pop when uncorking. Blood-purple with a small fleeting head that abates to what could pass for a red wine were it not for the evident light bead.

As expected pretty fearsome, brooding, and mildly sherbety cherry action, with musky tannins making it seem even bigger. The strength of the fruit keeps the funkiness in the shade.

All the fruit character comes through, although some acidity and musty basement action seeps in and integrates very nicely with the sweetness. Striking resemblance to some of the lighter red-wine varietals.

Rich and meaty for the ABV thanks to the copious tannins, with the deceptive level of tartness doing a surprisingly neat job of cleaning it up. Very satisfying buzzy, dry finish.

Just lovely. Huge personality within one dimension.

Amazing depth withi one dimension

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep purple ish red color with a pink head. Free of sediment. Smell of fresh cherries, musty oak, sourness. In the taste, tart fresh cherries, lambic sourness, hay. The cherries really exhibit fine flavor and the sourness rounds things out perfectly. Nearly puckering but still quite balanced. Medium bodied, medium carbonation and finishes with cherry, tartness and a semi dry oak. Overall, it's an easy to drink, balanced sour and very tasty.

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