Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 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 ryan1788a5
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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 mfnmbvp
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +2.2%
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 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 OBeerMeGreatOne
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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 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 wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 27/11/13

A deep reddish maroon, almost purple until you hold it to the light, just a thick pink film for a head but it hangs around for a while leaving no lace

S loads of cherry, some cranberry and raspberries, some funk, wood, has some jolly rancher candy thing going on but it works well, almost smells too good to be true, some red vinous notes and barnyard round things out

T just a hint of vinegar, the fruits not nearly as strong in the mouth but still there, more wood and still funky but the nose had more going for it, sour and tart but still has a hint of sweetness but not much at all

M light bodied with soft carbonation, a little pucker and leaves my palate feeling a little rough, fruity wood lingers

O I love the nose and no areas lacking, packed full of cherry and so easy to drink

not cheap but I bought a couple bottles and have no regrets, worth tracking down for the nose alone

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Photo of heavybopper
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Great rich red color. Absolutely no head. Seemingly little to no carbonation.
S- Slightly funky with cherry and cinnamon notes.
T- Slightly weak flavor when cold, but opens to full body up as it warms. Good cherry flavor, not overwhelming or too acidic. Very slight cinnamon aftertaste.
M- Medium viscosity, slight carbonation. Very sticky, even after finished.
O- Good kriek. Maybe a bit overvalued by price, but I'd drink again for sure.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark red/purple color with a half inch pink head. Both the head retention and lacing are good. The brew smells like tart cherries, raspberries, and some funk. It tastes like tart and sweet cherries, raspberries, grapes, funk, and some blackberries. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with low/moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I liked it. However, it is pricey at $17.99 a bottle.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured down the center of a snifter giving way to a deep red body with a thin pink head that sticks around pretty well.

Full on cherry aroma that still allows some subtle complexity to come through. A slight sweetness from all those cherries brings on almost a cherry pie like aroma, red wine, vanilla, some of the souring.

Lots of cherry comes through on the taste as is to be expected. Sour and musty lambic characteristics. Red wine like vinousness.

The carbonation is somewhat subdued leaving a light tingle as the light er bodied lambic goes down smoothly. Light tartness that reverberates through the jaw.

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Photo of t420o
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 Fonteinen Intense Red

A- pour yields a 1 finger fizzy pinkish/redish head. Head recedes quick leaving only a ring around the edges. Par for the style. Beer is a deep cherry color with some ruby highlights when held to light. 4

S- nice blend of tart cherries, slight funk, some sweeter cherry and raspberry notes as well. Very nice 4

T- very cherry forward hitting initially with the tart notes and the sweeter (though not too sweet) notes follow. There's a good amount of earthiness and funk to this, which is excellent. Some cranberry, raspberry and grape bubblegum as well. A slight floral aspect as well. 4.5

M- on the lower-moderate and carbonation wise as expected. Medium body 4.25

O- excellent Kriek. A true pleasure and high drinkability in spite of the tartness. 4.25


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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 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 brewcrew76
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Scarlet, ruby red with no head. Color is bordering on a red wine but with much more clarity.

S - Tart dark cherry and the dark cherry is very strong. There is a musty, earthy note that is a little sweaty at times but not in an offensive way.

T - Concentrated dark cherry juice followed by a slightly sharp acetic note that slowly mellows into oak, cherry skins, vinous notes.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Lingering tartness that mellows into dark cherry juice.

D - Intense is appropriately named when it comes to the cherry flavor.

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Photo of pkalix
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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 spicelab
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 SpeedwayJim
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
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 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 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 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 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 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 kevanb
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, poured into a Drie Fonteinen Vintage Fountain Tumbler.

The beer pours a deep, deep garnet color, very opaque with a slight pink head that vanishes almost immediately and leaves no lace or any trace of head behind. The aroma is of beautifully tart cherry, light pie spicing, sweet strawberry, soft malt and lots of funky yeast. It cuts right to the chase, cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Cherry is again on the forefront, very tart without being too sour, light malt and pie spicing, some sweet fruit is present as well, almost like strawberries or raspberries, with some great funky undertones that really bring out the fruit as well as the tartness. The mouthfeel is good, carb feels nice, but is lower than I'd like. The finish is nice and creamy and goes down so nicely.

Verdict: Definitely an enjoyable beer from Drie Fonteinen, but I'm not convinced it's better than Oude Kriek. It needs a bit more carbonation, but the cherry is definitely front and center, and executed perfectly. It just doesn't offer too much else like their Schaerbeekse Kriek or Oude Kriek.

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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.14 out of 5 based on 644 ratings.
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