Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.56/5 rDev +2.2%
Bottled on April 28, 2010.
A- Pours a deep, ruby red in color. Hazy body with a small, off white to pink colored head. Retention is ok, with the thinnest lace sitting on the top of the body. Lacing is good for the small amount of head.
S- Tart, lactic lambic scents start it off. Immediately following the tart scent, the cherries kick in. The cherries are fairly juicy and sweet in smell, but also add to the sour with a dose of tart.
T- Starts with a big cherry bang on the tip of the tongue. Tart, yet juicy, the cherry flavor profile moves back on the tongue and eases a little before the lambic base shows off some of its sour qualities. The lambic and cherry combination is moderate to intense in its sour flavor, but not quite to the level of a gueuze. Towards the end, there is a little drying tartness on the tongue from the barrel. Ends with lingering cherry sourness.
M- Carbonation is moderate, not quite as high as most Belgian sours. Body is light to medium in weight, but the level of acidity and sour makes this one a slower drink that you only really want a glass of.
Overall, it's a little more tart and cherry forward than the regular 3F kriek, but not much. A very good kriek with a very good base of sour cherries.
09-08-2013 02:35:09 | More by boilermakerbrew
4.51/5 rDev +1.1%
750ml bottle - Delirium cafe
I astutely noted that they actually gave us the wrong beer - the 25 Euro Schaerbeekse Kriek instead of the 13 Euro Oude Kriek. Jackpot.
The label was molded and eroding - the beer was deep garnet and as tart as advertised. This kriek uses tarter cherries than the Oude Kriek which was pretty transparent. I preferred the 7-year old Oude Kriek and its decadent finish, but this was a nice treat as well. Tart, notes of balsamic, enamel decaying bite.
08-31-2013 20:47:25 | More by dirtylou
4.61/5 rDev +3.4%
Drie Fonteinen's Schaerbeekse Kriek pours the color of cherry juice with a murkiness that's impossible to see through. A fizzy pink head violently formed with snap, crackle, and pops and ended up quickly fizzles out to no head at all. The color of this kriek is superbly rich looking and there are a few streams of slow moving carbonation creeping to the surface.
Each time my beak enters the glass the tartness makes my nose hair curl. The cherries are noticeable in the background and are fairly faint. Dusty wildflower like funkiness adds to the noticeable sourness and a firm, balanced layer of dry, brittle woodiness (oak) forms a solid foundation. With a little warming and a swirl the dark cherries leap from the bottle.
Ahhh, a nice cheek puckering sourness starts things off and pushes all the way through the flavor. There's a great acidity as it rolls over the tongue with notes of the dry woodiness throughout. The cherries bob and weave which adds a great compliment instead of taking over. The finish is bone dry and allows the sourness to linger. As this warms the cherries added really come into their own. This is an excellent kriek.
There's a lively carbonation that's prickly on the tongue but the body still somehow has a creamy texture, as creamy as it can be for as light a bodied brew as this is. The dryness is intense and makes this brew infinitely interesting.
The drinkability is out of this world easy. The puckering ability and dryness make sip after sip needed. As soon as I swallow one drink I need another. This lambic is so frizzy and refreshing it's a sheer joy to drink.
I can't recommend this lambic enough and it's actually one I pick up fairly often, for a lambic anyway. This is my favorite kriek and I really can't get enough of drinking this stuff.
08-19-2013 02:34:51 | More by joe1510
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.