Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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3.13/5 rDev -29.8%
Poured a deep purple with a thin off white head.
The smell was tart and funky with a bit of oak.
The flavor was more like faded gueuze than kreik. No real fruit notes. Just a big sour and tart flavor and with bits of oak sneaking through.
The mouth feel was a touch thin with mild carbonation.
An underwhelming kreik lacking any fruit punch.
08-19-2012 04:19:17 | More by bashiba
3.15/5 rDev -29.4%
Nearly no head. Very light spotty lace. The color of the broth is bright cherry red with mildest of chill hazes. After a few minutes, there is no head and no lace.
Sour cherry aroma.
Extremely, lip-puckeringly sour. Extreme through the finish. Short aftertaste. Surprisingly little cherry flavor and absolutely no sweetness. Not your typical Kriek. Full bodied for the style with a low carbonation level.
01-03-2012 01:29:31 | More by smcolw
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
3.35/5 rDev -24.9%
Deep red color, no head. Nice looking, but not great. Rich smell of sour and cherries, vinegar, and oak. There is some earth tones, but the cherries are the focus. Plenty of cherry, lemon, strawberry seeds, wood, vinegar. There is a lot of acetobacter. Quite dry. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Long tart finish. A touch of astringency, very fine carbonation, maybe a little too much so it's kind of distracting. A good beer, but not quite as good as I was expecting. Annoyed I paid as much for it as I did.
02-20-2012 04:45:50 | More by RodneyX
3.5/5 rDev -21.5%
A bright red beer with a fast disappearing pink head. It didn't really leave anything on the sides.
The aroma is sweet with strong cherry, some of it a little too candy like, but it's okay.
The flavor is sour with some moderate cherry notes - a nice flavor, but nothing particularly great.
Highly drinkable, but a little too sweet without requisite complexity.
A decent kriek, but I've had better ones.
02-21-2012 03:22:48 | More by MaltaIndia
3.68/5 rDev -17.5%
Huge thanks to Koopa for sending this my way, thank you so much I included it as part of a larger sour tasting. Reddish-pink color and different than the Hommage. Smells like cherry lambic but not as fruity as I hoped. Then again, this was bottled in March of 2005 so that could be a factor. The taste was spritzy cherries that reminded me of cherry 7-Up! This was a good enough kriek but nowhere close the Hommage.
09-22-2009 02:04:21 | More by ArrogantB
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
3.75/5 rDev -15.9%
Purchased in Belgium from Bier Tempel in Brussels.
750ml corked and caged green bottle uncorks with minimal effort with a loud socking thunk. Pours a dirty, muddled red-pink colour, with a frothing and fizzling head of rose that effervesces to nothing, like a glass of soda. Light body, very little to it. Apart from the colour, I'm not overly impressed.
Nose is organic and funky, with slightly acidic medicinal cherry overtones. Quite brightly flavoured, but also deeply husky and pongy, like a good lambic should be. Not bad.
Taste is clean, vinous and acidic, with pleasantly tart lambic sourness that cleaves its way through the palate. The kriek character merely tones the acidity—it doesn't add any sweetness of true fruit essence. Finish is lingering and slightly bitter with cherry pip and stalk characters. Crisp and biting feel, although the tingle comes exclusively from the acidity, not at all from the now dormant carbonation.
Not a bad kriek, and a pretty bright and unapologetically acidic one. It doesn't have a great deal of complexity, and the rampant acidity makes me consider it a little unbalanced, but it's a respectable beer nonetheless.
07-18-2011 20:17:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.78/5 rDev -15.2%
Nice cherry color with a pale pink head. I've never seen a pink head on a beer before. Highly carbonated and head falls rather fast.
Smells like cherry vinegar cider if such a thing exist.
Nice complexity of flavors starting out with tart cherries and sour apples. Oak appears in the middle with a very bitter finish in an acidic kind of way.
Very lively in the mouth with the carbonation bubbles. Finishes very dry.
Good beer but best held for those special occasions when you have a nice meal to pare it with.
05-05-2008 02:42:27 | More by wcudwight
3.8/5 rDev -14.8%
750ml - bottled two years ago.
A - pours an opaque red-ish purple with an ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.
S - leather, tart cherry, oak, acetic. The second pour roused some rainy day earthworms which is similar to a wet dog for me. Yuck. It wasn't present in the first pour at all.
T - super tart, dry cherry and lemon peel. Leathery Brett.
M - light body. Mouth watering sourness. Minimal sweetness.
O - intense, dry cherry sour. it's like eating a handful of fresh, sour cherries while wearing a brand new, high quality leather catsuit, only better. Cascade Kriek is more complex and tastier than this, but this is quite good, if you like a super tart cherry beer.
05-05-2013 19:20:09 | More by GuzzLah
3.88/5 rDev -13%
A- Pours a slightly hazy reddish color with an almost pinkish colored head. Head diminished into a thin ring of retention and left spotty lacing.
S- Smells of sour cherries and a bit of pale malts. Not too much else.
T- A nice blast of cherries with a hint of vanilla. A bit of wood in there too.
M- Light in body and fairly low in carbonation.
D- Based on the way it looked I thought I was in deep trouble, but I could probably drink this one on my own even though it doesn't seem like a beer to me.
05-24-2010 08:20:51 | More by nrbw23
3.88/5 rDev -13%
Poured into a Bruery tulip.
Ruby red body that looks kinda like red wine. Then a slim pink bubbly head that fades to practically nothing.
Smells of tart dark cherries, hay, some barnyard funk, but much more of a sour assault than a funky party.
Super tart. Dark cherries, hay, lemony acidic tartness, and a slight touch of lactic tartness.
The mothefeel is light with spritzy carbonation.
The exceptionally high level of tartness makes one 750 enough.
01-24-2011 00:59:13 | More by billshmeinke
3.88/5 rDev -13%
This was a funky beer, one that really changed my perception on what 'barnyard' is.
The appearance is pretty beautiful, but even the color and the remaining yeast in the bottle hint at a wild character. It is a beautifully dark purple that is very uncharacteristic for a kriek. It has a rose fluffy head that sits on top of the beer. The bottle had a lot of sediment on the sides and looked stringy, almost thought this beer was maybe sick. It honestly grossed me out a bit.
The smell is of a huge barnyard that has been sitting in Belgium for over two hundred years. The barnyard has had wet blankets and blue cheese aging in the attic for most of its life, with wet dogs playing tug of war with a bag of rotten cherries. It also has a musk equal to that of a boys middle school locker room.
The taste is of one of the most unique Krieks that I have ever had. It tastes like it smells, with a very heavy palate. It takes all of the cherry flavor, without the sweetness', and mixes it with wild bacteria. So much old straw, horse blanket, rotten sock, its great.
The palate is thick, probably because the bottle that we had was over two years old and incredibly over populated with yeasts. What a great, nasty, wild thing this one was.
07-07-2010 21:30:30 | More by Jmoore50
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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