Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.25/5 rDev -4.7%
Had this out of a bottle at the Portland International Beerfest in July. $7 for four ounces was a bit steep, but was excited to tick this one.
Appearance: Pink and ruby hued spritzy brew, looking somewhat goofy next to the 14% stouts being served at the booths surrounding it. Somewhat like a Cherry 7-Up, but murkier and with very lively carbonation.
Smell: Tart and sweet cherries are accompanied by cavity-inducing sourness in the nose. Horse blanket funk is present as well, but lactic sour holds its own against the brettier notes.
Taste: Sour, certainly, and sweetness from the cherries. Sourness is somewhat layered as well, with the more bracing sourness never really tearing the enamel off your teeth. I think I'm having this beer too young, to be fair; the sweetness is still quite high, and the yeast with another year or three on that would pump out more of the sours, and allow the cherry-flavors to come through without being so offset by somewhat cloying sweetness. Still, really was hitting the spot on a hot afternoon, just not head-and-shoulders above its competition at this point.
Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, and finishing very lightly, with cherry notes on your tongue. Never gets medicinal, which is very appreciated. The sweetness doesn't adversely affect the finish either, and seems to solidify my guess that this beer would be served quite well by a little more time in the cellar.
Overall: Enjoyable, light, sour, and interesting, but I'm left wanting to try this in a vertical-style setting, where we can really see the beauty of the yeast taking the edge off of the sweetness. Worth seeking out if for no other reason than to forget about it for a while and tackle it on a warm day...as it's tasty now, and I can only imagine how tasty it'd be later.
08-22-2011 21:55:04 | More by nomomentwasted
4.28/5 rDev -4%
Bottled on 01 March 2005 - fresh for "at least ten years":
Pours reddish pink with a head that becomes a lasting thick swirling patch.
The smell is of fresh dark cherries, vanilla, oak and a vinuous, earthy - gueuze-like undertone.
The taste is of fresh dark cherries with vanilla, oak and a gueuze mustiness mixed in. It is well-balanced among sweet, tart and sour. Cherry-fruitiness becomes almost plum-like as it progresses. It finishes very dry.
The feel is creamy and full for style with a long lasting aftertaste.
A well-done lambic - cherries very real-tasting. Nice mix of lambic and gueuze. Good oaky touch. Pricey, but worth it as a special treat.
01-14-2008 15:34:32 | More by jwc215
4.28/5 rDev -4%
Bottle to Fantôme snifter
From notes. I've enjoyed this a couple of times, but this review comes courtesy of Knownfactor bringing this to a tasting...thanks Matt!
A: Hazy, dull strawberry. A few bubbles for the head on medium pour.
S: Mostly tart cherrie with hints of oak, yeast, and must. Touch of sweetness as well. Nice!
T: Brisk sour/tartness up-front with mellow oak and light funk towards the back-end. Not overly complex, but just right.
M: Medium bodied with almost no carbonation.
O: A very refreshing and crisp beer. The tart/sourness is wonderfully balanced with the sweetness, which makes this quite enjoyable.
02-03-2012 22:27:29 | More by spdyfire83
4.28/5 rDev -4%
March 2006 bottle.
A: Pinkish red rhubarb color with a pretty nice light pink head. Head retention is good this brew has tons of carbonation its downright spritzy.
S: Nince and tart. Wood, oak and black cherries consume the nose. Some light barnyard funk but nothing over the top. Nice and funky cherries.
Taste: One splash across the tongue and this one lets you know its for real. Tons of spritz with a rush of deep dark tart cherries. The oak aspects rise in the middle and the finish is very dry. Acid and barnyard funk are there in such a nice way. If you are looking for a panty waist fruity girly girls kriek this is not it. Think Gueuze meets Kriek and this is the result.
Mouthfeel: Champagne meets beer, in a way that can not be expressed.
Overall: A real nice drinking beer. Shared it with a wine loving buddy of mine and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Tons of flavor with an insane amount of spritz. The tartness of this one makes it extra special. If this is their Kriek, I can't wait to try their Gueuze that I have in the fridge.
01-07-2008 21:23:31 | More by tpd975
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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