Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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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

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#1,325
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
656
pDev:
8.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a hazy dark red with a foamy red head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with cherry fruit, cherry skin, and cherry juice aromas. Taste is much the same with intense sour cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic cherry presence that is super tasty and easy to drink.

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4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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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3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml caged and corked bottle. The label comes off looking like a bad slasher movie promotion.

This beer pours a clear, very dark purplish-pink hue, with two fingers of bubbly, tightly foamy, and veritable cotton-candy pink head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of rain spatter lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of tart, slightly sweetened (at least compared to the Cantillons of the world) cherry fruit, further raspberry and blackberry notes, biscuity, pie-like pale malt, a certain Pinot Noir red wine essence, a mild earthy funk, and subtle leafy, nutty hops. The taste is more rather tart cherry pit acetic acid, graham cracker-esque bready caramel malt, a separate fleshy cherry, raspberry, and cranberry fruitiness, more fruit-forward red wine, almost Merlot-like in its bearing, and a softly musty funk.

The carbonation is light and frothy, the body an adequately fruit-propelled medium weight, and actually somewhat smooth, flying in the face of one's initial impression of a sourness wasteland. It finishes similarly off-dry, the tartness of the mildly overbearing cherry not exactly the only game in town, as the grainy malt and sidling funk are still good to go.

I suppose that one could call this a balanced fruit lambic, especially from this particular brewer. Maybe the intent was otherwise, but the cherry, while pungent, isn't quite the palate-wrecker I was expecting. Tasty, like an unsweetened fruit pie, and well worthy of a try.

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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

Fan of cherries, are ya? 3 Fonteinen has you in mind as they throw this genuine and unique beer at'cha. It classic rudimentary taste of dry Lambic flavor is layered upon by such an authentic tart cherry character, that its culmination exceeds expectations entirely!

There's no mistake about its fruity roots as Intense Red pours much like you'd expect- deep blood red with brownish maroon-stained body, the beer sells its cherry infusion well to the eye. Though the champagny character that's usually associated with Lambic is subdued, it manages to form a creamy mauve head that slowly recedes to a skirt around the rim but is easily regenerate with a gentle swirl.

Sharp aromatics of sour cherries, cider, merlot, and balsamic swirl about the nose in a highly complex and varying scent, even though cherry notes remain the focus. Shying from any cherry soda scents, the beer really takes on the musty tone of the raw and ripe fruit with tart support rather than sugary notes. Notwithstanding, there are waves of earthiness that emerge- light horse blanket, leather, tobacco and vanilla really pull the scents together heading into taste.

Its delicious taste is squarely focused on the cherry fruit, but hardly relies on it. Sure, the fruit flavor is evident, but the ale does so with the taste of cherry but without the sweetness of cherry. Instead a tepid malt sweetness is lightly bready and biscuit-like. Dryish in taste, the cherries layer upon the malts just as if building a cherry pie. But then comes the earthen tones at middle palate that are salty, hay-like, minerally, salty, cider-like, slightly of merlot and high with aged sherry and balsamic- those tastes are so savory, succulent and tart that they engage the palate with a struggle of drinkabily and sip-ability. And in aftertaste, there's an almond-type nutty savoriness and a sense of vanilla that buffers the taste buds effortlessly from its acidic taste.

Mid-dry sourness starts things off as its textures are creamy and the slim sweetness resonates on the front of the tongue. But as the beer traverses over the middle palate, a drier, earthier and more acidic feel ensues. Trailing with a dry cherry finish, the beer leaves a ribbon of malt on the tongue that dissolves late for an intangible that's not easily rewarded.

If resting entirely on first impressions, the beer is a less dry Kriek than is expected from the great brewers. But a few sips in the beer begins to open up in highly unexpected ways. Sure, its not as tart or as sharp as traditional Lambic, but if you are like me- a big fan of the more balanced Flanders Reds, then this Kriek might also find favor.

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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

Deep, vivid hue of crimson scarlet red. Brief sizzle of pinkish white foam, lasts for a couple minutes, though it doesn't stick around long. Color is dark, though intense with good clarity when held to the light.

Aroma is an onslaught of dark cherry, leafy and juicy. As it warms there's a slight floral note.

Intense is an apt name, the taste is pure concentrated dark cherry juice, a moderate tartness and bitter tannin from the cherry skins linger into the dry, woody aftertaste. Carbonation is low but present, it's vinous character reminds me of other unblended Krieks like Hanssens Scarenbecca that come straight from the barrel. This is as much cherry content i've experienced in a lambic, it almost drinks like straight up cherry pulp and juice, but with undercurrents of traditional lambic and time spent in the barrel. I'm a big fan of Schaerbeekse Kriek and Scarenbecca, and this is a close 3rd in that vein.

Anyone calling Intense Red "fake" needs a reality check...

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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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

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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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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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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