Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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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 WorldWideStout
2.69/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A lovely, shimmering, ruby-colored body. The head dissipates a little faster than I would have liked.

S: Dark cherries, tartness, a bit of must, and a bit of cough syrup.

T: Ugh. The first half is Robitussin. Medicinal cherry. It is a bit more dark cherry than your typical cough syrup, which makes it not quite as bad, but it's still not good. The second half brings a sour twang along with a little funk.

M: Carbonation keeps the beer light without masking the flavors. Which is usually a good thing.

O: Why anyone would want to have their beer taste like cough syrup is beyond me. If you love Kasteel Rouge or the taste of Robitussin, then you will love this beer. Otherwise, stay away.

For the price I had to pay for this beer at a bar, it probably ranks as the worst beer purchase I have ever made.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.76/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: A bit of a tough cork to work out and little pop creates a bit of concern, although a vigorous pour produces about a finger of head, although it quickly recedes to a slim ring of pink. It is, indeed, intensely red, bordering on purple.

S: Cherry jam. Funk notes come and go, but certainly doesn't seem to have the characteristic 3F aroma. Mild hints of balsamic vinegar.

T: Lots of wood and vegetal aspects. Somewhat fruity but not at all what the aroma might suggest. Sort of a flat Beaujolais Nouveau as it warms up.

M: Flat and somewhat thin. Finishes with a mild astringency.

O: I'm sorry, but I think the emperor has no clothes. This strikes me as a batch that wasn't very good, that then had a ton of fruit dumped in and still isn't very good.

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Photo of NuclearRich
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A. Deep purple with brown and ruby, pink fizzy head like cherry coke.
S. super sweet cherry pie filling, with tart to match. There's a bread funk that completes the cherry pie motif by being the crust.
T biiig intense cherry flavor, very tart, a bit sweet, with funk backing it up.
M. Dry.
O. Sip this like barrel strength bourbon: small slow sips. This is as advertised: intense. Not for the faint hearted or faint paletted. Really just ok in the end.

As a side note, it kinda makes me mad. 3f here is like a rock band that decides to make a weird and mostly crappy album just to see if people will praise them for it.

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Photo of nataku00
3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a very dark red/purple, with little to no head. Not much of a pop when I pulled the cork and it matches the minimum carbonation seen in glass. Still it's a beautiful color.

Nose is big on sour cherry, similar to cherry pie filling. Some light damp animal hair funk, almond and oak as well. The fruit really overshadows any nuance the base beer might have.

Taste is a bit disappointing. The big cherry nose isn't in the flavor, instead leading with a stale cherry fruit flavor with a metallic tinge. Some cherry skin and oak lingers on the tongue.

Light body with minimal soft carbonation. The big fruit aroma didn't translate in taste, unfortunately.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a very dark deep burgundy red-almost purple color. Some minimal pink froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A very big and jammy dark cherry aroma that is actually a bit medicinal with a little band-aid action. Tart and oaky.

(T)- Very jammy overall with a heap of dark cherries in this. Slightly dry and oaky. There is abit of tartness but surprisingly not more than that. Slightly medicinal.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. It is actually a bit restrained; tons of fruit, but little else. The medicinal note distracts you.

(O)- Very disappointing considering Armand is behind this; it is not up to his usual mastery of the style. Also considering the $16 price tag on this, you are better off with something else for the style.

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Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served right before an Allagash Coolship Red for comparison sake.

A - Pours ruby red with a fizzy half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace what so ever on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells pretty weird honestly. Tons of must dominate from start to finish. Hints of tart cherries, mild funk, oak and candy sweetness offer a bit of relief but the must is just too strong.

T - Thankfully the taste is a little better than the nose. Starts off with a mix of sweetness and mild tartness from the cherries quickly being joined by the ever present must, horse blanket funk, dry oak and some light mineral quality rounds things out. Finish is kind of sweet with some musty tartness, not lingering for very long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, tart feel going pretty thin quickly. Not very lambic like honestly.

O - Decent but probably my least favorite Drie Fonteinen to date. The must is out of control and the cherries just can't make up the difference. Compared to the Allagash Red this was nowhere near as good, and they are about the same age.

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Photo of davey101
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into a wine glass. Bottled 13-11-2012. Opens with a slight fizz. Purchased off the shelf for a painful $22...

A - Pours a clear deep red/violet color with a fingers worth of off-white foam. Disappears quickly leaving behind nothing at all. Minimal lacing but really not a whole lot going on...it just looks like a glass of red wine.

S - Juicy cherries, oak, and vinegar. Some off smelling acid and light cinnamon spice rounds it out but it is missing that stereotypical 3F funk. Really great cherry notes though.

T - Tart cherry juice, oak, and lactic acid. Some salty tonic water aftertaste. Very unimpressive while cold but letting it warm up improves it slightly. Really just one dimensional. A little bit prickly, but it's pretty much dead flat which doesn't help with the flavors. More carbonation would help out tremendously here.

O - Expensive, flat, and sort of boring. This was just not very good. The aroma is nice but this is a serious downgrade over the standard Oude Kriek.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
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 smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Drie Fonteinen stem glass. Minor pop off the cork.

Out of the bottle a fizz deep red/pink head that barely presents half a finger shows up, and then settles to nothing disappearing very quickly Body color is a deep purple blood color with some red dark hues on the edges.

Nose is sort of interesting. Mellow sour cherry and a good mix of bold earthy dry character. Hints of cough drop sweetness and aectic punch, with some spicy quality. Possibly juicy body coming, and quite large and noticeable.

Palate hits with an incredibly watery body. Wet bodied and moderately flat fizzy carbonation making the palate provide little depth and flavor. Mild sour cherry quality with a fleeting finish on the swallow. Hints of salt character and sea water which just makes it strange and weird and lifeless. Not particularly fruity either, with an off balance of tartness and lambic funk trying to take over.

Overall the beer feels too young and lifeless. It's not particularly fruity and the acidic character is far to weak/fleeting, and the body is just way too watery. It has a great impressive bold nose, but then it makes what happen next even more disappointing.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

Pour is transparent blood red with almost no head, a touch of dark purple foam on top. Nose has lots of cherry up front with a moderate amount of funk. It's gets a bit leathery after the traditional earthy mushroomy funk with a bit of rubber band. Taste is stronger cherry, pitted ripe dark red cherry. The funk is lighter, a touch earthy and some rubber band through the back. Fairly sour finish with a light body and strong carbonation.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque ruby, substantial fizzing but little to no head accumulation, just some surface bubbling. Cherry pie, some sawdust, pine forest. More cherry-pie fruit, some apple pie spice, deep sourness, an oak quality, less complex than a traditional kriek. Mildly cloying in the mouth, which works itself out. While it's supposed to be billed as an aperitif, I would suggest only a small serving to let the acidity open up the mouth for other things.

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Photo of M_chav
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
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 BMMillsy
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tipples to tulip glass. Pours a deep dark red with a very smal bright pink head thanks to a vigorous pour. Big sweet and sour cherry and vinegar aroma, dry, and maybe a hint of the oak and vanilla. Flavor is sour cherry vinegar up front with an oaky finish. A bit of a musty undertone. Not as dry and effervescent as I expected, with only low to medium carbonation. Lingering cherry malt left on the palate. Very much on the lambic and wheat flavor more so than the cherry overall, which is good and keeps it from being medicinal like I get from some krieks. Overall a solid offering, but would not spend $18.99 again for 12.7 oz.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Almost no pop at all when I uncorked this puppy. Always a good sign. Pours a deep merlot color with slightly reddish edges. A light purple head fizzes away to nothing pretty quickly.

S: This is where the beer really shines. Jammy notes of red cherry and tart black cherry skins mix with a touch of barnyard, ripe raspberry, plum and concord grape notes. Tons of ripe fruit in here with a nice dash of funk. Juicy without smelling artificial.

T: Tart red cherries upfront. Then some lemon zest, vinegar, light bready malt and unripe raspberry. Just a touch of oak and cranberry as well. Finishes medium dry with a lingering red cherry sourness to it. Lacks much carbonation, which would do well to help these flavors along. Just doesn't have the complexity of the Oude Kriek or the Schaerbeekse. Not bad by any means, but nothing too special.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours like blood. Very red. Like cough syrup almost. Sample pour at Night of the Funk doesn't allow me to judge the head all too well.

S-Cherry is obviously stressed. A bit tart. Definitely musty. Black cherries. Light oak. This beer looks like cherry cough syrup and it even smells a bit like it too.

T-The flavor is very unique. A musty, tart red and black cherry dose. Then I get some artificial cherry. Jammy cherries. Light wood. Finishes with a mixture of cherry cola and tart natural cherry.

M-A bit sticky. Lighter in body. Relatively soft carbonation.

O/D-Definitely worth a try. The cherry came off as a bit artificial in some aspects of the flavor. Then, the other parts were great and made up for it. A sample pour was good enough and I don't think it would be worth $20 for a 375ml.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle poured into a 3 F Wine Glass
Bottle date: 13-11-2012

A- From the initial pour lacks carbonation. Very small thin red/white head, 1/2 finger that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. The color is very nice, dark red/purple color, very attractive red/purple lacing.
S- Musky, barnyard funk upfront, cherry skin, some earthy notes.
T- Starts tasting much better as it warms up. Nice sour tartness upfront, sour cherries, funk, barnyard, puckering but not overpowering. The cherry is very nice but its not in your face intense like i was kind of expecting/hoping for.
M- Medium mouthfeel, sticky, a little more carbonation in the taste than the appearance. Nice bite as it goes down.
O- Decent kriek, very enjoyable, but not the best representative of this style. I would definitely drink again and I'm glad i have another bottle.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

375ml poured into stemmed globe

A - Pours a very dark burgundy with a finger of light red foam that quickly recedes. Light does not pass through this beer. It's an abyss of red.

S - Straight up cherry pie with hints of oak, funk, and vinegar. A bit subdued on the smell. I wonder if that will change with time.

T - Starts with tart cherries and that stays until the end. During, hints of oak, vanilla, and a touch of sour join, but the tartness over-powers. No funk to be found at all. It's good, but this is from 3F? This isn't complex at all.

M - Carbonation is no longer present after the head recedes. I feel this detracts from the experience as it becomes a lot more wine-like.

O - This is worth trying, but is greatly lacking in funk, sour, and complexity. I look forward to seeing what time will do to this though. If you love Kriek's, you'll still enjoy this. If you don't...

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -6%
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 yourefragile
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle ordered from I can't remember where. Barely audible pop removing cork.

Beautiful pour. Hazed dark blood red color with an iridescent dark pink head from a hard pour. Aroma is pure cherry flesh, slightly tart, light vanilla, graham cracker by cherry pie association; sweet and fruity but not particularly "lambic"-y. Flavor is fairly sweet to start; fresh cherry pulp and skin with a light sour finish. Some acidic and doughy notes linger in finish. Medium thick body with very soft carbonation. From the color and aroma I'd guess this almost has too much fruit? I'd expect trying this again in event just a few months might be a much different/enjoyable experience, but fresh this is disappointment lacking much depth, complexity, acidity or just all around, good ol' lambic ness.

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Photo of Clonies720
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of brianmandell
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle in wine glass

A: Deep red with no head

S: Strong cherry pie / artificial cherry / lactic sour

T: Cherry dominates along with a pleasant lactic sourness. The cherry tastes only a little more natural than it smells but not much else. This beer is aptly named. Finish is clean with very little funk.

M: Very pleasant mouthfeel with good carbonation and nice finish.

O: Drinkable but a dominated by an intense cherry flavor. I like cherry but it has an artificial and medicinal quality to it. Somewhat enjoyable and I'm glad I tried it, but I will not purchase again.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a 3F wine stem.

Pour: Pours a clear, deep blood red. A finger of fizzy magenta head forms and leaves minimal lacing, yet remains as a rim.

Smell: Lots of sweet cherry up front, with a touch of doughyness, some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), and a light 3F funk.

Taste: The taste is rather disappointing. Sweet cherries dominate the entire palate, with a touch of tartness, light raw dough. No funk. No complexity. Just cherry juice. In a lot of ways, it seems kind of watered down.

Mouthfeel: Solid carb, but too much juicy sweetness. A 375ml bottle of this is nearly too much.

Overall: Okay, but not what I was hoping for. This will age well, I'm sure, but the cherries need to subside substantially.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The body is a dark dark ruby red almost purple color. There is a slight lacing on the top of the glass that is a white/pink hue.

S: You can smell the sour in this from across the room. Intense cherry and acidic sour aromas come off this beer.

T: Really really sour. A little too sour for such a low abv beer. If you are going to go that sour have a bigger body to back it up. I recognize that Krieks are not normally high abv, Armand should have gone a little lighter on the sour flavors. There are also some very sour cherry flavors that make this beer delicious.

M: Good body for a Kriek and great carbonation.

O: Great beer but not worth too much hassle to get. I would not buy this one again due to the price but it is a great beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very deep red. Pink head. Thick collar.

Smell - Jammy cherries. Really rich cherry aroma. Slightly sweet. A bit of acidity and a slight bit of funk. Otherwise not much lambic coming through. Still smells great though.

Taste - Tons of cherry. Covers up some of the sourness. Jammy cherry flavor overpowers. It tastes good despite being monotonous. Slightly lemony sourness comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel - Mininal sourness. Fruity finish. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It is an intense cherry flavor. Delicious cherry if nothing else.

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