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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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693 Ratings
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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 403
Gots: 199 | FT: 9
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$21 USD at Premiere Gourmet. Pinkish like a rose wine, with a small crown. Cherry aroma. Dry taste, fairly medium mouthfeel. Only the real thing, with a bit of wild yeast in there. Very good example of style, drying mouthfeel. Definately replaces wine at the meal.
Had a year and a half later and the ageing and being a very fortunate bottle made it exceptionally smooth, good oaking.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 01:52:29 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-12-2012 02:51:43 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:40:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-14-2011 19:40:18 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Bottled in October 2008. Consumed 03.15.2010.

A: Pours a bright ruby red with a nice light pink head that eventually settles into a nice ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Lots of cherries alongside a little bit of sweetness. The cherry component of this one has held up quite well over the year-and-a-half since it was bottled. Behind the cherry is a little bit of lactic acid alongside some oak. The cherry definitely takes the center stage, which diminishes what could otherwise be a fairly complex lambic.

T: Again, lots of cherries upfront. Here, however, the oak and lactic sourness come more into play. As Drie Fonteinen intended, there is no acetic acid in this one, leaving the lactic and cherry to play off one another nicely, with just the slightest touch of oak in the background.

M: Thin and refreshing with moderate carbonation. More acidic on my tongue than cheeks and throat, but a very nice mouthfeel nonetheless. Not super-sour, but also not terribly sweet.

D: Low abv with a near-perfect level of lactic sourness. This is one to be savored, but one that I could easily knock back a few of.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 00:14:34 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy red and pink in color, very similar to the shade of red on the label. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left delicate hints of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong funky and sour aromas of cherries in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is sour and has flavors of cherries along with notes of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance of sourness and cherry flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 20:53:36 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 21:53:09 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a wonderful way to celebrate review #1200. I had been hunting this one down forever and even once I got it I saved this for th last couple of months, just to make sure I would have it for a nice occasion. Well last night i noticed it was review #1200 time, so I opened this one up. Very nice 750ml corked, caged, and black wrapped. Vintage 2005 bottle was served at cellar temp in an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 09/10/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich dark pink color coming out of the bottle. Lots of cloudiness and haze, with a decent amount of sediment as well. A smallish layer of white fizz came up over the top and settled down nicely into a thin veil that covered the rest of the glass, with little in the way of carbonation.

The aroma was to die for. Rich, decadent, extremely tart cherries ruled the day here. Lots of funky brett aromas that really just kept coming and coming up over the top of the glass. Some light, almost vinous like quality as it warmed, but still, the major attraction here was the huge amount of funkiness. The flavor carried this point over very well. Lots of of tart cherries rolling across the tongue immediatly upon taking a sip. Rich, with a huge sour profile that both puckered the lips and shreddded the taste buds. Long lasting, dry, and bitterly sour finish topped off what was an extremely enjoyable sipper. Light, airy feel on this one only served to enhance the flavor and really make it pop so to speak. A wonderful expeirence here for sure.

Overall this was excellent. Easily one of the best I have ever had in the style and well worth its reputation and ranking. I would have no issue at all with getting this one again any day. Really a top notch beer and something that any fan of sours really needs to give a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 11:15:00 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-08-2013 15:16:51 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a cloudy bright red/pink color lambic with a medium foamy head with some good retention and lacing. Aroma of sour cherry and oak is pretty dominant and overly enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some sour cherry, tart and oaky notes are also very present. I thought the level of acidity was quite low or at least well balance that it was not getting in the way. This was definitely a notch above the regular kriek and something I wouldn’t mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 17:34:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 15:45:09 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a deep, dark blood red color with some tiny carbonation bubbles emanating from the center of the glass.

S: A great sour cherry aroma along with some wonderful oak notes. The funk has a nice mustiness and even a bit of the popular horse blanket.

T: Again, the cherries are the star. There is also a nice dryness from the oak and (presumably) from the cherry skins. The sourness is not as intense as usual for a lambic, but the wet blanket funk is very noticeable.

M: A nice medium body (on the full side for a lambic, actually) with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I'm glad to have finally been able to give this lambic a try. Great cherry and funk to this one, and I'd drink it again any day.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 08:54:35 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.3%

02-19-2012 06:31:02 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-22-2012 18:08:48 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -10.3%

11-15-2011 01:36:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-20-2012 21:57:23 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-15-2011 05:43:05 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-24-2011 18:46:35 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Popped this cork to celebrate my recent promotion. Here's hoping it was worth the considerable investment. It pours a cloudy tawny-rose topped by a few fingers of pink-tinted white foam. The nose comprises tart cherry, light cobweb, vanilla, light caramel (very akin to caramel corn), dank oak, lactic acid, lemon zest, and a twist of ruby red grapefruit. The taste brings in more of the same, though the lactic acid and sour citrus notes seem to cloud the cherries out a bit. A touch of white wine vinegar is tossed into the mix as well, just to liven things up a bit. It's surprising that the tartness isn't more powerful, especially considering the effect it had on the back of my teeth. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, rather sticky finish. Overall, a very nice lambic, though it's hard to really enjoy it for an extended period of time (without experiencing some negative side effect of the sourness). Though I feel the cherries were talked-up a bit too much, I'd gladly take another glass, but I doubt I'd shell out the $35+ for it very often in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 04:16:36 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage, pulled off a dusty forgotten shelf in central Illinois.

Glowing cherry red, perfect ruby jewel toned clarity. Hissing pink foam as it's poured, it sounds like a gentle rain. As it fades, a thick ring forms at the edge, with a floating island veil in the center. Second pour fluffs up the head into a lasting pink meringue.

Musty wet wood aroma dominates, faintly lactic, cherry pits and skins, with a mellow hint at the acidity that lies inside.

Perfect blend of even sourness, woody tannin, and succulent cherries. Long finish, induces the salivary glands into overdrive. At room temperature, it's sourness seems even more mellow, with a dominant dry oakiness.

Utterly drinkable, but one to savor for sure. The fruit may have faded slghtly, but so has the acidity, and right now this is a fine Kriek. One i'll be picking up indefinitely...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 00:18:58 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 13:24:24 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bifrostguard for opening this up at Toronado tonight. This is from '06. 750ml into a tulip, this beer pours a clear glowing garnet color with a finger of cherry-red foam. The nose is muted at colder temperatures, but it begins to open up around 60 degrees. Sour cherries at the forefront, juicy and sharp, with a leathery, barnyard-like funky backbone. The cherries are beautifully expressed in the aroma, swirling brings out one of the most intense tart cherry aroma I've come across in beer. On the tongue this beer is sharp and acidic from start to end, massively fruity but subtly complex. Earth, leather and tobacco undertones lead into a crisp, biting finish. The sourness is very lactic and concentrated, and the beer on the whole is surprisingly clean, which really helps to showcase the character of the fruit. This one's tart as hell, a definite sipper, but one I enjoyed sipping on for over an hour.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 10:19:50 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-14-2011 18:15:47 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a hazed/cloudy ruby. Nose is antisepticand woody. Flavor is bringing the funk. Sour is definitely there but doesn't overpower at all. The kriek is firmly present, but stays a bit calm still. Feel is good on the liquid; a bit thick with a nice carbonationcaressing the tongue. Overall very good. There isn't much odd going on here. Just a traditional kriek lambic here with a pretty full taste and a bit of a sharp edge. Well crafted and worth trying. The only detractor is the sharp edge that might turn some people off.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 16:11:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased by me at a long-forgotten location. Dated March 22, 2006. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to some wisps and a thick collar, leaving behind a few stray splotches of lace. Hazy dark red with a touch of orange to it.

S - Aroma is stellar. Massive amounts of delicious Schaerbeekse cherries, some light vanilla, lactic acidity, mushroom and earthy funk, and a touch of acidity as the beer warms up. I'm shocked by how present the fruit is after five and a half years. This was comparable with Dirty Horse for best-smelling cherry beers I've encountered.

T - The taste isn't quite on the same transcendent plane as the aroma, but it's still quite excellent, marrying tart cherry with earthy funk, some dry oak, a bit of leathery brett, green apple skins, and some musty attic. It's got that great aged lambic character to it, but the intense fruitiness has mellowed out leaving mostly acidity and tartness behind.

M - Medium body, with a dry and tannic finish, and a sticky juice-like character. Carbonation was lower than I anticipated - this could have used a touch more spritz to it. I'm wondering if the synthetic cork contributed to the modest amount of bubbles.

D - If this weren't so expensive I'd buy it regularly. That being said it's similar in price to Lou Pepe Kriek, arguably superior, and is much easier to find (until people wise up and start hoarding, of course). I'm curious if I'll ever have the patience to let this sit on my shelf for five years again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 19:31:15 | More by MasterSki
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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.