Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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4.19/5
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661 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

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#1,402
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
661
pDev:
8.11%
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Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice ruby clear hue with a thin pink head that leaves a light halo.

S - Aromas of cherry powder notes, along with nice Belgian funk. Sour tart notes.

T - Taste is quite tart, nice cherry nuts and light funk. Quite floral and rather drinkable, nice almost fruit punch notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, quite drinkable.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, carbonation is lacking but the cherry isn't too fake.

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Photo of nataku00
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
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 JakerLou
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Flashyspoons
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of DrewSimm
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Duckworths
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BullBearHawk
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a gueuze glass.

A: Deep maroon on the pour with great clarity. The pink head retains decently and crackles with the effervescence.

S: Sour cherries, cider vinegar, macerated cherries and cherry skin, sour apple and lemon acidity, a dusty oak character.

T: Intense puckering sourness. Sour cherries, shades of strawberry, cider vinegar. cherry skins. Lemony. Subtle caramel at its core. Oak pulls through very faintly. Ghostly medicinal note. More funky, rustic, and barnyard flavors pull through as it opens. Cherry juice on the fading sour finish.

M: Lightish-medium body. Fruit skin astringency is evident. Good effervescence.

O: So yeah, this is pretty intense. A good deal of pucker power in this one. It proved far too intense to pair with my duck breast, but as a stand-alone beer it's a great drink.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first beer from Drie Fonteinen, and my first encounter with an oude kriek. I acquired this bottle from the local beer store for something like $15.99, so it wasn't exactly cheap. I'm pretty damn excited to have it.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bloody strawberry colored body with about a finger of thin bubbly white / pink / red head that thins to a ring quickly. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is kind of strange. Some earthy yeasty band-aid like aromas, acidic sour / vinegary tartness, and some indistinct cherry fruitiness. Not really pulling any oak out of this.

T - Taste is very nice indeed. Delicious authentic tart juicy cherries, and just the slightest hint of earthy oak wood & vanilla when I really look for it, and it becomes more pronounced as I sip on this. Subtle alcohol warmth, despite the low abv. Vinous; almost wine like at times, only much more flavorful and interesting.

M - Feel is sour and sticky. There is some tart cherry lingering on the palate. Very light, crisp, and refreshing. Delicious.

Overall, an excellent beer, I would surely buy this again if they were to make it which is unlikely, and if the outrageous price tag wasn't so outrageous. Absolutely lovely; definitely grab this one if you have the chance.

Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek ---4/5.

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Photo of Roguer
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Virtually no carbonation; comes out flat, and pours to a thin, off-balance frothy pink-and-white head. Brew is a beautiful shade of wine- or blood- red, and shot through with light.

Hints of a fruity funkiness dominate the nose. Tartness and sourness, as well, although I can't squarely place it on cherries. A bit of a flat cherry pit aroma, flowers, and grain. Each flavor is fairly subtle throughout.

Whoa, now the flavor is something! So much going on: a slight puckering sour; malty tartness; extremely mild funk; cherry pits; raspberry; wheat; green vinous or vegetal notes (coming on stronger as I go). Really a fantastically complex beer to enjoy.

Amazing feel for the style. Tiny bit of sting; thin but tart and sour; huge wine-like warmth on the back-end (very surprising for the low ABV). Smooth and lingering.

There isn't a complaint to be had about this beer. So many different flavors going on, and packaged in a smoothly drinkable presentation. Excellent take on an Oude Kriek.

I was told by the store owner that this was a one-off beer, because 3F had accidentally used too many cherries. If that's the case, then I'm glad that I got the chance to try it out, and sad I didn't get more.

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Photo of Kirk
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of rstenson
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of phishphorce
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of SStein
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of gueuzegossage
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 661 ratings