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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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748 Ratings
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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 441
Gots: 198 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004)
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4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm happy to enjoy this bottle of Kriek shortly after trying the same brewer's Oud Kriek just a few days ago. Much of this review is the comparison of the two.

As stated with the Oud Krik, this beer opens with less flare tha expected- only light pressure forces the cork out of the bottle and with a slight pop. The pour delivers a deep redish, pinkish, purpleish concoction that releases a loosely knit head that billows to the top of the glass, allowing only a 3/4 pour into the chalice. Lacing very well, the beer struggles to hold it's foamstance above the lightness of the sourness and astringent brew.

Strong aromas of vineous cherries, red wines, lactic vinegar notes and with a strength that waters the mouth, squints the eyes, puckers the lips, and causes light sweating. Earthy tones of barnyard, aged and wine-soaked oak, and musty cork notes show the power and complexity of the wild yeasts.

The clean lactic character leaves just enough malt flavor to showcase the rare Shaerbeekse cherries well. Supportive flavors of lemons, lines, crabapples, grapes, and under-rippened berries provide much complexity in the backdrop. Very clean tastes that begin to leave the earthy, musty tones to the aromas, and not transfering deep into the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is sharp, acidic, and pleasantly astringent without becomming grainy. The weight of the malts is the only slight buffer from the extreme tartness of the beer. The second pour from the 750 became much smoother and richer textured with the inclusion of the sediment.

This beer seems younger or greener than the Oud Kriek. The Shaerbeekse cherries may be a more tart version of those used in the Oud Kriek, or perhaps I have a new bottle that is less aged. Regardless, the comparisons are so slight that I might not recognize them if not having both within the same week. Fresher, more tart, and with an overall vibrant quality, I may give the slight edge to the Shaerbeekse version.

BEERchitect, Jun 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

SweetChicken, Nov 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

2011 750mL shared among seven. Kicking myself for not buying both bottles on the shelf at 35.99 in 2013.

This is an absolutely beautiful lambic. This bottle had no overpowering sourness mentioned in other reviews, also no medicine.

Amazingly clean with subtle funk, cherry, lightly sour, light body, mild carb with almost no pop when the cork came out, but nicely effervescent when swished. Again, it's a shame I didn't get both dusty bottles off the shelf. I would love to have this again, maybe with a few less people. Everyone absolutely loved it, even the "i don't really like sours" guy at the share.

iong516, Nov 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle at the Memphis Taproom while visiting Philadelphia earlier this year. Maybe I got a bum bottle or my tongue was off that night, but compared to 3F's Intense Red Kriek and Oude Kriek, which I love, I found this one overpoweringly and one-dimensionally tart, lacking the bright, distinct fruit character I was hoping for. Still a wonderful sour all things considered, but more assaultive and less complex than the other cherry 3Fs I've had.

JonahNW, Oct 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Jeisen08, Oct 29, 2014
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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.