Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 510
Gots: 194 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

apparently one of the harder to find beers from these guys, and it is a real beauty. this is the 2010 vintage. it pours a cloudy pale red color, like a strawberry frosted donut, with some suspended yeast and only a small white head that settles quickly. the nose is the classic kriek smell, tart cherries, sour yeasty notes, and some mild residual sugar. the flavor is surprisingly not sweet, and it finishes dryer, which I really like in this kriek as opposed to others. the cherry flavor is very authentic and up front, but it doesn't dominate the funky yeast lambic essentials. in other words, its in wonderful balance. the finish is super sour, more so than I remember in any other kriek ive had, this one zaps all the moisture right out of my mouth. better carbonation than you gather from the appearance, and a light enough body, with hardly any sugar left over when you swallow. its really got an extraordinary mouthfeel. this is by far the best kriek ive had, its quality and tradition shine through. still, this is a style of beer that is hard for me to drink too much of, so I was fortunate enough to have a lot of friends, old and new on hand to share this with.

Photo of rodkin
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 2010.

Pour is a dark purple-pink. 1-2 finger fluffy head.

Nose is some cherry sweetness, lemon rind, tart apple, mustiness, funk.

Taste is slight fruity sweetness, lightly puckering lactic tartness, lemon, hint of tart cherry, a little funk at the back end. Not very big on cherry flavor... I think they've probably faded a bit. Delicious, not as funky as some lambics but very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, dry, appropriately fizzy carbonation.

Wonderfully drinkable. Refreshing, light, I could drink this forever. Probably my favorite kriek I've had so far, on par with the '05 LP kriek.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 10/17/08.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with cherry and cheesy aromas. Taste is much the same with some funky cherry flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice funky and cherry aromas and flavors.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 22 March 2006. Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a Lost Abbey teku.

A- pours a ruby red with a 1 finger light pink head. Small bubbles make a thin ring of lacing around the surface of the beer.

S- cherries dominate the nose with a light vinegar and funk aroma as well.

T- tart citrus followed by cherries (tart but also a simblance of pie filling), granny smith apple, with some light vinegar at the finish.

M- medium body and light carbonation. Very mellow and drinkable for a sour, not a ton of acidity like most.

O- 5/10 sourness. Very mellow sour that is insanely drinkable with the 7 years on it. Nice cherry flavors and aromas. This is what red wine should taste like!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 bottle.

Appearance - Red body. Not much of a head, but there wasn't much of a pop when the cork came out.

Smell - Still has a strong cherry flavor. Less of the Drie Fonteinen signature funk. More of a lemony acidity. Hefty oak to it.

Taste - Lemon sourness up front. Cherry flavor isn't sweet. More dry and wine like. Finishes very dry and oaky.

Mouthfeel - Mild sourness. Much more dry than sour. Low carbonation, but that could be age. Mistiness does indicate its age though.

Overall - Lacking the Drie Fonteinen complexity, but that cherry flavor is very nice. That's the point I guess.

Photo of Jonada
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled on April 20th 2010

Appearance: Pours a dark, not quite blood color. Only slightly hazy. Low amounts of carbonation visibly streaming throughout the glass. Little to no head.

Smell: Tart cherries, lemon rind, musty, acidic, light barnyard notes, and very slight oak.

Taste: Wow, SUPER tart mouth puckering sourness upfront, yielding to flavors of cherry, oak, funk, and lemon juice. Finish is tart and dry with very little residual sweetness. Aftertaste is all cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. Very refreshing.

Overall: One of the most tart/sour lambics I've ever had. This is a really good kriek and worth a try for anyone that's a fan of the style. Definitely not a starter sour/lambic though.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

There is a soft ’pop’ as the cork is released, and the pour into my glass has an energetic level of carbonation. The beer itself is a hazy dark pink rapsberry color throughout, with a few resplendent bubbles visibly rising from the bottom of glass. A gentle off-white head relaxes to a ring around the edge for most of the glass.

A robust cherry aroma is not overly strong but is definitely the most noticeable aroma. At first the cherries seem sweet and creamy, but there is a slightly sharp tartness that adds a little bit of an edge. Lemony lambic notes, tannic cherry skin, and some oaky red wine notes. As it warms the farmyard funk comes through, although it is not dominant by any means.

The Schaerbeekse cherries come through immediately. Once the fruit base is set, the tartness starts to build, bringing in notes of lemon and oak, and a bit of tannic vinous fruit. The lambic in the form of lactic acidity and the sweet cherries play off of each other for the majority of the sip. Just a bit of Bretty funk adds a background complexity. There is a mineral note in the finish.

As compared to some other fruit lambics, this has a somewhat richer body and creamier nature. The carbonation is smooth and gentle as opposed to crisp, which makes it feel undercarbonated at times. In reality, it is simply more of a subtle carbonation to go along with its subtle flavor. Even though it is tart and sour, I do not sense that it is overly acidic.

I enjoyed drinking this Kriek for sure. My fruit lambic preference goes to Cantillon, but this is a serious lambic.

Photo of AlexFields
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Dark deep ruby red/magenta color, frothy pink head, looks exotic and wonderful. Obviously tons of fruit went into this.

Nose has huge dry brett funk, sour cherries, really an intense fruit character, bright and acidic.

Taste is very tart, big sour cherry character again, not a lot of sweetness from the fruit but lots of fruit character, brettiness and dry funk. Amazing.

Puckering from the sourness, pretty good carbonation for a lambic, pretty drinkable despite the intense sourness.

Fantastic beer, wish it were still readily available off shelf.

9.4/10

Photo of thecheapies
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek. Bottled April 28, 2010.

Almost perfectly clear. A beautiful raspberry red-pink with a surprisingly soaring off-white head of almost an inch. Left a thick ring and surface foam. Looks marvelous.

Rather tart cherry, light acetic acid, sour peach, oak, red currant, and some light funk. Pretty bright, in a refreshing way, but not as bright as Cantillon Kriek.

Zapping sour cherry and underripe berry tartness with high citric acidity. Musty funk notes are somewhat savory and mushroom-y. Representation of old lemon juice through the style of sourness exemplified. Very oaky, as well, which marries beautifully with the berry and lemon notes.

Excellent tartness on the palate makes a thinner-than-medium body of brew almost slippery. Slippery? Yeah, it slips right down the ol' gullet. Smooth, after all. Carbonation is spot-on; lively and jumpy.

Tasted alonside '10 Cantillon Kriek, '08 Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait, and '07 Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek. Ranked among the bottom two.

Photo of MDDMD
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy light red color with a pale pink head and no significant lacing

S-tart cherry, funk, hints of oak

T-sour cherry, earthy funk, light oak, slight vinegar

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and puckering

O-a delicious kriek lambic, convinced this is the only style of cherry beer that I like

Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2010, April 28

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy plum color with pink highlights; not much head to show for the effort but it does leave some dots on the glass

Smell: Cherries, lemons and oak, with lactic sour tones and barnyard funk

Taste: Puckeringly tart, right off the bat, with developing undertones of cherry, oak, grape, lemon that arrive in the middle; the barnyard funk is powerful and builds, after the swallow, producing a bone dry, tart, oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: No sweetness in this Kriek and not for the inexperienced; quite an extraordinary beer

Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful red, translucent, decent head that keeps replenishing

S: tart cherry, some sweetness, vinous smell

T: very deliciously sour with tinges of cherry, wine-like flavors, and a huge tart aftertaste.

M: good amount of carbonation keeping it light and refreshing. Could age one and still have some great carbonation. Body is pretty dry and light.

O: beautiful beer, sour and wonderful in all ways. After tasting it, the sourness overwhelms the cherry.

Photo of cfrances33
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into a teku.

Pour: Mostly hazy magenta with a quarter finger pink head. Leaves a little bit of lacing, and the head recedes to a faint rim.

Smell: Tart cherry, grape tannins, musk, light barnyard. Some green apple and pear. This smells awesome.

Taste: Huge tart cherry up front, followed by a nice light barnyard funk. Pear, green apple, and vinegar come through on the finish. Great acidity.

Mouthfeel: Really nice carbonation, with a super dry tartness. This beer is incredibly drinkable.

Overall: This beer was great, and had a great tart cherry taste. Would have liked a little more funk, but I'm glad I got the full frontal cherry assault out of this.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Somewhere between pale ruby and solid pink, with some clarity around the edges - small white head, but I can forgive this due to the style - leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Tons of cherries and planks of oak - sour, tart cherry flesh and some cherry skin - nice oak aroma, smells oddly fresh - some funky notes in addition to the sour, with some clean barnyard and a light touch of vinegar - malts are very pale and mostly hidden

Taste: Dry, tart cherries and oak - minimal sweetness, more or less tastes like whole cherries (flesh and skin) - works remarkably well with the oak, which is also quite tasty - very dry and very tart - sour, but mostly tart - some light musty funk

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, smooth with a nice, lingering dry aftertaste

Overall: Excellent stuff

This is very dry and very tart with some nice cherry flavor. It's a solid sipper, and clearly a different approach than some more fruit-forward fruit lambics. I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazed dark pink/rose. Almost no head or carbonation to speak of. Some tiny wisps of light pink foam. Very still.

Smell: Hyper tart. Cherry skin and citric bite. Layer of oak. Funk, must and hay. Cherry pit, but it's all about the tartness. Sour, genuine sour notes. Some cherry juice as well. Nice complexity and depth. Mild fruitiness.

Taste: Tart citric. Some building lactic tartness in the back. Leather, oak, cherry flesh, pits, and some tiny hints of cherry juice. So much tart aggression. Mild funkiness brings some grass and hay, but it's minimal.

Mouthfeel: Screamingly tart and dry. Smooth moderately light body with minimal carbonation. So tart.

Overall: One of the more tart beers I've encountered. Minimal fruit influence.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby with a foamy slightly pink head.

S: Tart cherries with a ton of oak, jammy raspberry and cedar. I get a touch of cinnamon as well.

T: Loads of tart and unripe cherries and cherry pit. Lemon, some barnyard funk and a good touch of oak. Some tannins evident on the finish.

Photo of tewaris
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at The Nova's (Hudson, WI). Hurt the wallet.

A deep and clear pink color with a light pink-rose head. Soft cherries in the aroma and the signature 3F notes. Fruit in taste but the essence, not the flesh. Cherry, of course. Good sourness, very clean, big on oak. Amazingly light and clean feel, drinks like the FG was 1.000. Thoroughly enjoyable.

4.5, 4.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5

Photo of bashiba
3.15/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered a bottle for our table at Teresa's Next Door. Poured into a flute/wine glass.

Appearance: It pours a cloudy red color with a layer of off white head that fades to a very thin ring on top of the pour.

Smell: This one is really tart right off the bat. Sour cherries and some funk along with a mild vinegar note. The cherries are the star here.

Taste: Even more sour than the smell. Vinegar and tart cherries with a lambic funk. This is a really refreshing fruit lambic. I'm getting a mild bitterness from the aged hops. The finish is very tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is incredibly dry.

Overall: This is the first time I've gotten a full pour of this beer and it didn't disappoint. Jowl tinglingly sour and quite refreshing. A classic fruit lambic.

Photo of IKR
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling Date: April 28, 2010

Appearance: Slightly cloudy Violet-yellow color. Moderate light violet head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Mild funk and tart cherries.

Taste: Tart cherries come across upfront with a mild splash of funk. A healthy dose of genuine sour cherries comes across strongly. The tart cherries feature prominently in the finish. I also get a bit of leather notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied (for a lambic/wild ale) with a moderate level of carbonation which results in a satisfying mouthful.

Overall: It would be nice if I hated this, because it's pricey and something I can't justify buying often. No dice, it has a good flavor profile, the cherry notes come off as genuine not artificial, it looks good, and it has a pleasing mouth-feel.

Photo of orangesol
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to foofaa for bringing this one to ffej of july. Not sure of the year but definitely a recent vintage. Served alongside an original 2003 Drie Fonteinen Kriek.

A - Pours bright ruby red with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh sour cherries, wet oak, musty basement funk and a bit of sugary sweetness. The cherries dominate the nose from start to finish.

T - This one is sour cherries through and through. Hints of musty basement, barnyard funk, bit of sugar and plenty of oak offer some some contrast but the cherries are never far from the front. Finish is dry, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Smooth body with a ton of flavor and moderate carbonation. Tart feel with a touch of sweetness, pretty dry toward the end of each sip.

O - This is what I am looking for when I want a true kriek. The cherries are intense yet the sour funk keeps them in check. This bottle reminds me that I need more of these asap.

Photo of raveskdr
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one a bit ago in St. Louis. Wine and cheese place! The last non LA sour I opened in the district. Date: 4/2010 on label. Served in FFF Teku glass.

A - A beautiful ruby red color. Very slight carbonation that fizzes Champagne style and settles.

S - Super funky up front. Slight stinky cheese/foot in the middle and lots of funky, sour cherries on the back end.

T - A huge blast to the tongue of tart, tart cherries. It finishes with plenty of funk, fruit, and especially acidity. One of the most tart krieks I've ever had.

M - This beer is incredibly bright, airy, and light. Light to medium mouthfeel with slight residual sweetness.

O - Not a bad beer at all. It's up there with Cantillon LP Kriek and Cable Car Kriek. It's way more tart than the other two, if that's your thing. But it still feels more balanced than it probably is. If it weren't for it being $32-$35 a bottle, I'd drink this quite often.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a super cloudy red and pink color with a thin white cap that quickly died down and left mild lacing on the glass.

S: Strong, funky sour aromas of cherries in the nose.

T: Taste is sweet, tart and unripe red and sour cherries witha big Earthinees, barnyard and funk with a not of old spent oak spirals leaving a light old woodiness. Acidic tart, dry and lingering finish.

M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.

O: Very, very good. No major flaws.

Photo of averse
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Absolutely great beer. Plenty of funky sour plus cherries. Smell is intoxicating. Taste is even better - wonderful cherries, perfect amount of sour funk. Great beer. Highly recommended...

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Photo of sukwonee
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish purple color with pink 2 finger head. lots of lacing.

S: Citrous, sour cherry, some bready malt, funk, barn yard.

T: I love it. It's not super sour or puckering, but it's got loads of sour cherry fruity tartness, lemon, citrous, with some barn yard funk, yeast.

M: Light refreshing body with perfect amount of carbonation. It's perfect.

O: I absolutely loved it and this was my first Drie Fonteinen. I think I may prefer this brewery over Cantillon (how dare I said this!)

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.