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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse KriekDrie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

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640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.87%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004)
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Pours deep red with a small white creamy head.

S. Vanilla, oak, sour cherries - a good level of sourness.

T. Incredible. Perfect balance of sourness with cherry, vanilla, and oak.

M. Thin to medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

D. Super drinkable - probably my favorite sour thus far.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 16:05:47 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottel poured into my cantillon glass ( botteld 17/10/2008 )

A - Bright ruby with à thin half à finger head that settles to a ring of foam.

S - Sour and tart with fresh cherry and spices. Earthy and musty. I can smell the beautifully balanced cherry sweet sour flavour , awesome

T - Tart and spicy with fresh tart cherries, spices and earthy oak tannins. Some vinous wine like flavors are also present. Complex for a fruitlambic very Nice , Nice combination of sweet and sour , perfect .

M - Light to medium mouthfeel and a dry finish.

D - Not as tart/sour as other lambics like cantillon but extremely drinkable , very Nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 19:36:44 | More by beerpirates
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ricke

Sweden

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage.

A: Ruby red with pink hues. A small pink head that disappears quickly. Small lacings.

S: Funky notes of aged cheese, dusty cellar and mold. Pleasant rich cherry notes balance the funk. Some acidity. A hint of wood.

T: The flavor is tart with interesting and pleasant notes of sour cherries. A salty funky note of cheese and horse blanket. Faint residual sweetness. Notes of lemon, wood and grass. The finish is dry with a mild grassy bitterness and hints of minerals and lingering cherry aromas.

M: Medium body with pleasant carbonation and a not overly dry finish.

D: A very good fruit lambik with an interesting cherry character. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 21:50:14 | More by ricke
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 20:19:30 | More by AlexFields
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Beerzebub

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1 March, 2005.

Deep red color, no head.

Rich and complex smell of sour and black cherries, vinegar, oak, a bit of funky dried leaves and earth.

Plenty of acidity, cherry, lemon, strawberry seeds, wood, vinegar. Quite dry. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Long tart finish.

A touch of astringency, very fine carbonation, nice mouthfeel. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 07:02:49 | More by Beerzebub
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

159th Review
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 22:27:29 | More by spdyfire83
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the mothman for busting this out.

Pours a deep pink color with a one finger head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell is very funky, horseblanket and brett with a large berry aroma as well.

Taste is very funky, dry, and puckering. Lots of barnyard characteristics, some horse blanket, leather, and earthy straw notes. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is dry and carbonated.

Sour, dry and drinkable describe this beer. Very glad I got to try it, as lambics are always interesting beers to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 20:31:12 | More by pmccallum86
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Auracom

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm pretty glad I've long avoided the temptation to drop the $$ that it takes for this bottle. Jeff found a small stock of 2005's and decided to bring one over, and I am very much obliged. 5-6 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.

A Sort of a cross between Raspberry Tart and Lou Pepe Kriek. Similar brown and reddish coloring but with a more pinkish head. One finger reduced down very quickly. Okay lacing, very little legs.

S - Rounded Brett funk of grass, hay, and some barnyard. You can tell that the cherries have mellowed a bit over time and now have a relaxed interplay. That being said, the fruit can be pulled out pretty easily with some room to breathe.

T - Very tart, acedic cherries and pits. Somewhat vinegary, lemon peel bite. Really no sweetness or added spice complexity to back this one. It seems to have fully melded into a sour bomb and is nearly beyond Fou Foune at this point.

M - Light body, great carbonation for the seven years it's spent in the bottle. Infinitely dry, effervescent finish. Fairly perfect.

D - I do enjoy this, but I think less age may be the way to go based on my best guess. With the cherries really being the emphasis, you need to allow that fruit to exhibit its full potential. Alas, it's definitely a treat of a lambic and a cool step back in time.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 16:28:07 | More by Auracom
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 18:10:58 | More by Jonada
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Travlr

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the source.
A: Intense bright red, slightly hazy with slight white head.
S: Aroma of musty cherries, and varied citrus fruits.
T: Nicely sour throughout, with wet blanket finish. Funkiness shines through.
M: Decent body.
D: Nicely complex, a real winner. Gives Cantillon kriek a run for its money.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 03:39:41 | More by Travlr
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levifunk

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up a 750 bottled oct 17, 2008.

a - ruby red pour, good carbonation, but not a lot.

s - smell is huge. could smell it as soon as i opened the bottle. very sour cherry. over-ripe funk. reminds me of an aged lou pepe kriek i had.

t - flavor isn't as strong as i thought it would be. sour, but not that much...tart would be a better description. Seems like the fruitiness is subdued, but it allows the oak and vanilla to come out. there is a slight bitter/alcohol hit on the end.

m - spot on. good body, but nice light lambic feel. carbonation is on the lower side, but still a good amount.

overall - this is a great kriek. i went in thinking this was going to be super sour like the lou pepe, and was a little disappointed, but after drinking more i really enjoy the added complexity it brings to the front. the only real downfall it has is the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 02:09:57 | More by levifunk
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared at Memphis Taproom on 6/7/10 thanks to Brendan!

Pours crystal clear dark pink, with slight hints of violet. Fluffy bubbly off-pink head that lasted. Little lacing, but thick legs were left on the glass as I drank.

Aroma was dominated by cherry, with only the slightest hints of lactic acid/citrus. Many other krieks are sour lemon with cherry, but this was a beautiful sour cherry aroma, with a ton of dirty funk behind it.

Flavor was a slight sweetness and then truly a sour cherry flavor. Again, this was now citric tartness, but rather a perfect blend of cherry sourness.

Medium body with fantastic carbonation highlighting the sourness. Pretty dry finish.

Overall a beautiful beer that was incredibly balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 21:26:21 | More by ChrisPro
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jethrodium

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Bottled in April 2010. Pours a dark red with small white head that has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is huge cherry, some cherry pits, some lactic acid, light barnyard funkiness, and just the smallest hint of acetic acid. Awesome. The taste is again huge with cherry flavor without sweetness, cherry pits, a decent amount of sourness, with a good lactic tartness on the finish. Medium body. Low carbonation. I found the carbonation to be a bit low and felt the beer would have definitely benefited from more carbonation. Still a phenomenal beer. It reminded me a lot of the fresh Lou Pepe Kriek I had on tap a few weeks ago. I found the Lou Pepe to be slightly more enjoyable, but certainly loved this as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 21:15:29 | More by jethrodium
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phichifiji00

California

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

Appearance: Bright red, white head, moderate lacing.

Smell: sour cherries, feet, funk, earthy, tart red fruit.

Taste: sour cherries, red wine vinegar, earthy, funky, tart, acidic.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, good carbonation, acidic.

Overall: A very tasty kriek. The smell is a bit off-putting but still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 17:00:16 | More by phichifiji00
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SacoDeToro

California

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005.

Poured an translucent and hazy red with a large foamy pink head.

The aroma was bursting with tart cherries, brettanomyces barnyard funk and lactic acid. Some cholrine popped out, but dissipated within a few minutes.

The flavor was intensely tart and acidic. The fruit flavors wer very rich a full. Intense sour cherry flavor. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice).

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

This beer was very refreshing and drinkable. Not quite as sharp and focussed as the Cantillon Lou Pepe IMO. Still, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 22:36:20 | More by SacoDeToro
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foogerd

New York

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark cherry/strawberry pink, thin layer of head of which this brews lambic spirit didnt let survive for too long.

S- Sour wood a light fruitiness, not as much fruit flavor as its color suggests. Young unripe cherries.

T- Funkiness totally brings out the juicy sour appeal to this lambic. Lemon and cherry sourness. Dry finish and then I taste the oak.

M- Light crisp and a nice carbonation snap.

D- Very drinkable tasty and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:01:47 | More by foogerd
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to glouglouburp. Fairly dark brownish red pour with slightly pink foam. Aroma is nice and fruity, but not the classic "cherry pie" cherry aroma. More of a subtle tart nose of cherries with hints of blueberries. There is something "fresh" about the aroma that makes it so memorable, a fresh breeze of mint and pine. classic lambic funk character. Superb. Taste is very sour with a nice red berries twist but not very funky with a very dry finish. A lambic for the purist, maybe a little bit too sour and dry for me but still excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 00:40:13 | More by Luk13
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle dated April 28, 2010 into a Duvel 0.5L tulip.

A: Tons of loud fizzy carbonation forms a pinkish head, which fades quickly into a wispy lacing. Body is a beautiful deep ruby hue. There is not much lacing, but I still think it looks great.

S: Cherry aromas foremost, with a wonderful sourness and slight bit of funk.

T: Powerfully sour, but less funk than I'd hoped. Wonderful complex fruit aftertaste.

M: Less carbonation than the pour suggests. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, and absolutely puckering from the sourness.

O: Overall, I think I am drinking this beer too young maybe. I was expecting more brett complexity. The fruit flavor is great, but the sourness could be overshadowing the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 04:19:34 | More by 51mmz0rz
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dogfooddog

Panama

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours deep ruby red with small light pink head. this bottle dated 01 march 2005 (like all other bottles reviewed with dates here), finally found this product at john's grocery in iowa city after months of trying to source it.

nose is distinctly cherry and even smells slightly sweet. normal 3F mustiness doesn't get across here.

taste is moderately tart, with a hint of sweet under the tongue, and a strong secondary taste of cherries. like the cantillon lou pepe kriek, the cherries really do dominate the typical lambic/gueuze notes. even into the aftertaste, cherries end up more prominent than a very mild mustiness

definitely worth trying, this great blender and brewer of lambics has a very limited product line but their tuff is top notch.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 23:24:25 | More by dogfooddog
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled in October of 2008 continously poured into two tulips, dregs dumped into a taster.

Ruby red, upon pouring some head is stirred up but it quickly dissipates into a ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Clear body with some bubbles dancing to the top. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Funk and tart cherries upon your first whiff of the beer. Funk with all that barnyardy goodness and a little bit of a medicinal quality to it. Some gym sock and a faint bit of lactic funk in there too as it begins to warm. Agitation brings out more tart cherries with a subdued funk and more medicinal scents.

Pleasantly tart cherries greet your palate with a much softer funk than the nose. Actually, the taste here is much more abrasively sour and fruity than the smell. Hints of the funk upon swallow and some what muddled throughout but the taste here is all about the cherries.

Sticky sweet on the palate with low carbonation. More sticky than most other krieks.

Sharp tart cherries with a good funk. A pretty solid example of the style, and to be honest I am surprised how well the fruit has held up in this one. This was the last bottle on the shelf at one of my favorite shops in town so I had to grab it seeing as proper lambic is becoming a scarce commodity in this country.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 01:13:18 | More by auroracrisis
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sukwonee

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
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!)

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 02:53:16 | More by sukwonee
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infi

New York

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date: October 17, 2008.

Cranberry, blood-red color with an orange-red edge alongside the thin, white head. Not much carbonation activity in the beer to be seen. One of reddest-looking beers I've ever seen. Looking back at my Oude Kriek review, they're visually similar. Incredibly vibrant when held against the light. Smell carries a lot of the oakiness from the wooden casks, with the massive amounts of sour cherries present in this. Slight hint of a medicinal quality. Can't really smell the "rareness" factor of Schaerbeekse cherries, but they are considerably more sweeter on the nose than the Polish cherries used for the Oude Kriek. Very little funk– not as much as I had originally anticipated for almost a 3-year old bottle. Apple skin tartness is also present on the back side.

Taste is very clean, almost vinous too. The sweetness of the Schaerbeekse cherries is fantastic. Lots of nice lactic acid goodness, oaky earthiness, prickly tartness and a thin sherry-like dryness. The age shows with the tartness being a profound quality in the taste. Natural and organic-tasting overall. Not too different in taste compared to the Oude Kriek, except there is a bit more sugary goodness for the palate.

Light-bodied mouthfeel with little carbonation and a thin dryness in the finish of the beer. Great tasting lambic, for sure. I'd say the price is justified a bit– was just hoping to have experienced a bit more, considering the rarity of these cherries. Just lucky to have been able to get a bottle of this and give it a try. Another well-done item by Armand.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 04:52:51 | More by infi
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OldSock

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance – 750 ml caged and cored bottle dated March 1st 2005 from Julio's poured repeatedly into a flute. Beautiful hazy garnet beer with a thin pink head. The head falls after a couple of minutes, good for a lambic, and leaves only small sticky patches of lacing.

Smell – Juicy sour cherries with a hint of barnyard funk and fermentation derived acidity. The aroma is not as sour as some Krieks, but it is also not the sugary sweet type. Its a good aroma, I'd opt for some more Belgian character, but the cherries really shine.

Taste – This is the best balanced fruit lambic I have ever tasted. It starts with a sharp sour edge, thankfully it isn't mouth puckering or lingering the way many of Cantillon's products are, then the sweetness takes over and balances it perfectly. The cherries taste like they were just picked, liquefied and added fresh into my glass. The Belgian funk is restrained, but present in a hay like farm quality. Just a fantastic flavor, complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is on the weak side and that leads to a too syrupy body. It makes the beer less refreshing than it would be otherwise, but with flavor like this and restrained acidity I don't mind a bit fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability & Notes – Easier to drink than just about any other lambic I have had. This beer reminds me more of American products like Belgian Red or Supplication than a traditional Belgian Kriek because the sourness is more restrained and the fruit flavor is fuller and fresher. A must try if you can find it, even at the steep price.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 01:51:29 | More by OldSock
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From March 1, 2005 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz bottle. Purchased for $21.13. Pours rosy purple in color. Aromam is of cherries and smells like a cherry wine. Deep fruity aroma. First sip reveals a little sour taste with some musty earthy elements. Definite oak in the flavor. Some vanilla coming through in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light on the tongue with a soft water sensation. Flavor develops as you let the aftertaste settle on the tongue between sips. Not meant to gulp but to savor. Not as sour as other krieks.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 02:22:21 | More by mjohn27603
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IKR

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:51:03 | More by IKR
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.