Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by tarheels86:
3.75/5 rDev -15.9%
750mL. Like the normal 3F Oude Kriek, this suffers from insane band-aid phenols in the nose that separates these from being Cantillon LP Kriek- the best in style. The pour is gorgeous- inky hazy purple, pink foam that settles quickly with acid cut. But the aroma kills the experience. Cherry pie tries to peek through huge band-aid and plastic. The taste is salty, sharp, but medicinal with sucrets and some numbing character. Overall, this is one of those scroll past expensive lambics and probably the worst in show for Drie Fonteinen.
09-25-2013 21:32:07 | More by tarheels86
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4.47/5 rDev +0.2%
A: Ruby red with pink hues. A small pink head that disappears quickly. Small lacings.
S: Funky notes of aged cheese, dusty cellar and mold. Pleasant rich cherry notes balance the funk. Some acidity. A hint of wood.
T: The flavor is tart with interesting and pleasant notes of sour cherries. A salty funky note of cheese and horse blanket. Faint residual sweetness. Notes of lemon, wood and grass. The finish is dry with a mild grassy bitterness and hints of minerals and lingering cherry aromas.
M: Medium body with pleasant carbonation and a not overly dry finish.
D: A very good fruit lambik with an interesting cherry character. Impressive.
10-18-2009 21:50:14 | More by ricke
4.05/5 rDev -9.2%
I tried the Oude Kried last night and was really impressed, so I was hoping to be blown away by this one.
The aroma is lightly medicinal, full of oak, cherry, leather, and earthy barnyard.
More of a black cherry on the palate. Not as sour as I had hoped for, could be brighter. Has a hint of smoke and leather. A hint of brett, and similar to the Oude Kriek, it has an oaky, French Pinot-like dryness with a meaty (beef) finish. The funk is there in its glory, the cherry later softens up just a touch, so it's important to let this one breath for a while.
All things considered, while this is very good beer, though disappointing, I'd have to take the Oude Kriek over it.
04-09-2010 04:03:32 | More by brownbeer
4.65/5 rDev +4.3%
Bottle purchased at 3F for 9 euro, into a wine glass; Bottled 4/25/11
A - Pours a clear deep garnet with one and a half fingers of pink foam.
S - Big aroma of tart cherries complemented with some must, but not very heavy must. A faint amount of oak. Pretty straightforward, but smells great.
T - Again, big tart cherry , but there is more musty funk in the taste than what I got from the aroma. Quite tart indeed, but not at all acetic. Earthy funk brings a mild bitterness. A bit of lemon in the finish. Extremely tasty.
M - Light and crisp with low carbonation. Tart throughout, but some bitterness creeps in on the finish.
O - Very tasty kriek. The flavors from the fruit are very nice. I enjoyed this more than the regular 3F Oude Kriek. Wish it were cheaper (and easier to find) in the US...
04-10-2012 03:34:24 | More by warnerry
4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark red color with a white head. The aroma is cherry, oak, vanilla, tartness and funk. The flavor is strong cherry with vanilla, oak and tartness. The beer is very dry and is pretty funky. Very drinkable and very well done. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.
07-20-2010 02:20:10 | More by Mora2000
4.63/5 rDev +3.8%
750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an acbf tasting glass.
pours a very pink red color with a small light pink head. Nose is light but very tart and very funky.
Taste is awesome, so tart an sour and super funky. Mouthfeel is fairly light and thin but it's very drinkable. Its super tasty and drinkable worth seeking out.
06-27-2010 05:23:12 | More by kingcrowing
4.8/5 rDev +7.6%
Best Damn Sour Fest
San Diego, CA
Dark ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.
An incredible combination consisting of incredibly powerful, stinging sourness, plump and juicy cherries, and earthy oak. Everything is in balance yet powerful, all at once. Perfect.
The flavor too is just phenomenal. The cherries are vibrant and tart, the sourness is consistent and strong from sip to swallow. This is lip puckering stuff here! Phenomenal.
Medium bodied with high carbonation.
A truly special beer. One of my favorites.
11-06-2011 19:11:44 | More by ehammond1
4.78/5 rDev +7.2%
Beautiful dark pink pour with great clarity and a big frothy lighter shade of pink head to it. A work of art. Massive sour aroma, possibly the most I've ever come across. Damn. Delivers on the cherry aroma as well, could be bigger, comes with some oak to round it out, just another amazing sense experience. Stays away from what is often undesireable funk aroma and just goes heavy on the sour.
Heavily sour, acidic, big time cherry delivery, yet a light body, not syrupy or anywhere near being overly sweet. If you're all about sour and cherries, this is your beer. Discernably better than the cherry stuff from Cantillon, who makes nothing but excellent stuff. Its not just cherry though, the acidic and light body makes me think some lemon and lime have a role up in here. These shaerbeekse cherries really seem way more tart than any other kind.
Great dry mouthfeel, sourness never fades, good at any temperature. Amazing stuff at a high price tag, but definitely worthy on special occasions.
EDIT: The last bottle I had could have used a tad more carbonation, still lovely, but had to change the 4.85 score it was. We'll see if it rises back to the top, still have plenty of bottles on hand.
06-29-2011 18:12:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5 rDev -29.1%
Intense Red sampled during the RBWG-2014 in Asheville.
Brilliant ruby red color; clear, with a thin, semi-durable, top coat.
Aroma: Moderately funky; slightly fruity.
Flavor: As usual for style, this tastes much better than it smells, and it is much fruitier. Cherries, raspberries, and vague soft fruits in a moderately tart mix. Fairly intense, as promised.
02-15-2014 00:21:37 | More by chinchill
4.47/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a deep and dark ruby color with a half-finger pink head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving almost no lacing.
Smells of full and tart cherries more than anything with solid amounts of grassy funk. As the beer warms the aromas skew more tart the tart side of things, even more so than it already is, and influences from the barrels come into play with slight amounts of vanilla.
Tastes very good. Tart cherry flavors tempered by earthy and musty funk. The tartness increases near the end of the sip and ends with a tart and lactic finish. As the beer warms the little bit of sweetness that was present in the front end of the sip diminishes and mild hints of vanilla come into play.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smoother than average thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall this is one of the crisper smelling sours I've had in a while and the way it opens up as it warms is very nice. Well worth a shot.
03-12-2010 03:51:08 | More by glid02
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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