Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 4.14%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (646 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (1,173 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,961 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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... (861 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,785 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tai4ji2x for sharing this with me as I probably wouldn't buy one myself. Bottle labelled as Oct, 2008.

A: Light fizzy head fades instantly as if it were just mocking me that it was even really there, like my old friend Drop Dead Fred. Some light coming through on the reddish maroon darker colored slightly clear slightly hazy looking beer.

N: Lots of sour cherry, a nice cherry aroma too, a little funk, the sour kind and not barnyard. Touch of raspberry too actually, followed by a touch of oak and vanilla.

T: Very sour, some tangy flavors, a little balsamic vinegar, fizzy, sour cherry quite a bit. A little sour funk again but that has a touch of barnyard funk with it this time. Very dry, with a little oak. Juicy dry cherry (yes, I wrote that correctly). It has a nice cherry taste, which is not quite that bold bolotin cherry, this is a little juicier and more sour and sweet.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Lingering sour cherry, very sour and tangy especially on the finish, a touch of balsamic vinegar taste as well. Dry, very dry, with a touch of yeasty flavor and more funk, this time a combination of sour fruit funk and barnyard. A little bitterness seems to come from the yeast and funk as well. (1,240 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,527 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (406 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/15/12 notes. Big, big thanks to ahalloin for sharing this one; thanks Tony. A beer I've never had purely due to the price tag. 750ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 04/26/11.

a - Pours a deep purple-red color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a great kriek.

s - Smells of sour cherries, brett, funky, earthy notes, spices, yeast, and oak. Very nice, close to a 4.5.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, sour dark fruits, spices, brett, oak, earthy, musty, funky notes, and some Belgian yeast. Tarter than the nose and a big step up to me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, very nice for a kriek.

o - Overall this is another great kriek from Drie Fonteinen. Is it better than their normal kriek? Probably by a little bit, but when you consider how much more expensive this one is, I don't know if it is worthh the price, certainly not often. The difference between this and their normal kriek is not as wide a gap as it is between their Oude Gueuze and Oude Gueuze Vitnage, so personally I'd rather buy 2-3 bottles of the normal Kriek for the same amount of money. Definitely a good beer though. (1,168 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2005 version recently, my original review was for the 2009. It much improves with age.

There is more bitterness and sourness, its better incorporated into the overall beer. Its just a better beer. The flavors pop more, its not sweet, there is no aftertaste. Several years on this beer is a good thing.

Beer is dark red, forms a head of small pink bubbles that leaves some but not a lot of lacing on the glass. Its dark and hazy, looks great.

Aroma is pretty sour, almost ammonium in aroma, a very slight tinge of something bad. Overall, pretty good with one bad note.

Beer is quite sour, lots of lactic and some citric. Acetic is lesser but is still there. The cherries are not as forward as I would have wanted. I think the off aroma I was smelling was actually the cherry flavor. Second taste, not as tart as I want it to be, its like a big red gueze with a fruity aftertaste. Interesting. (903 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (662 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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. (363 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured int great lakes snifter.

1/2 finger of fizzy light pink head. Color is a bright ruby hue to it. Maroon/pinkish color. Very bright. I like it.

Aroma: vinegar, sourness to it, barnyard funk/horse blanket, leather, sour cherries, oak, and a medicine flavor.

Taste: The medicine flavor sticks out so much here and it takes a lot away from the beer. Oak, cherries, funk, leather, horse blanket all show. This beer could be a lot better if it didn't have that distinguished medicine flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart, mouth puckering. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends really clean.

Overall, the medicine is what kills this beer. Not as good as some of the others I have had from them. Not worth the price tag imo. Somewhat drinkable if one can get past the medicine flavor. (814 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Bottled 10/17/08.

The beer pours a dark red color with a white head. The aroma is cherry, oak, vanilla, tartness and funk. The flavor is strong cherry with vanilla, oak and tartness. The beer is very dry and is pretty funky. Very drinkable and very well done. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. (342 characters)

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
96 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.