Drie Fonteinen Intense Red is a variation of their tradition Belgian Cherry Lambic – Oude Kriek, which is brewed with more cherries (40% cherries to be exact), yielding a sour cherry bomb that lives up to it’s name. I really enjoyed it, here’s my review:
Final Rating: 4.42/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12.7 bottle into a 3F tumbler. Acquired in a trade.
Well, the appearance certainly matches it’s name. Pours a deep maroon, cherry colored opaque body with a big fizzy “intense red” head that reduces rapidly to leave very little retention and no lacing. I’ve never seen a beer quite so red!
Big cherry aromas emanate from the glass – definitely get some sourness in there too, lactic tartness and a definite mustyness characteristic of belgian lambics. Very fruity, very sour.
I let this one warm to room temperature over the course of sipping it. It gets more sour and the cherry gets more pronounced once it’s warmed up. From the start though, strong lactic sour cherry, fruit skins which impart a drying tannic character, musty basement, light oak, finished by a dry sourness that sits on the tongue.
The mouthfeel is beautifully refreshing.. I had to resist the urge to gulp down the whole thing upon opening it. Medium carbonation, medium-light body.
Overall just as described, although honestly I was expecting more “in your face” cherry with this beer. Instead it was nicely balanced and pretty dry and acidic. Very nice.