Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

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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#2,243
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662
pDev:
8.11%
 
 
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Photo of SadMachine
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArrogantB
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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 SaisonRichBiere
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gudthing
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
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 Duncian
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of raspy22
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jkrug5
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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 vfgccp
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle, opened 2017.

Could easily take another 5-10 years. Delicious but still a lot of fruit sugar for the bottle to age on.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

06/26/2017, in Bruges, Belgium. 2012 vintage.

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Photo of impending
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrfehon33
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jhfinn
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bilco
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

2011!

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 +3.6%
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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