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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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753 Ratings
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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 446
Gots: 199 | FT: 10
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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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Poured from a foiled, corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Like wearing Addidas pants with Nike sneakers... Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger frothy pink head with low retention. Beer is a dark, semi-clear ruby. Lacing is non-existant but with decent legs. Slightly above average due to the color.

Nose is tart cherry, some cobweb and hay funk. Some yeasty sharpness. Not overly funky or cheesy but with a robust fruit aroma. Nice.

Opens tart cherry, some yeasty spiciness. More big semi-sweet cherry notes towards the middle. Cobweb, wet hay, and barnyard funk. Yeasty fruit throughout. Some light bitterness. Cinnamon and oak notes towards the end. Finish is tart cherry puree with some band-aid taste. Really fruit forward, funky, and tart. Exceptional.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Light but lively in the mouth and some bubbles going down. Dry finish with a puckering and dry, lingering aftertaste. Really accents the flavor well.

While its not the most impressive looking or smelling fruit lambic, Schaerbeekse Kriek is definitely among the most fruit forward and tastiest. Probably one of, if not the most impressive widely available lambic out there now. Fresh vintages take almost completely blow away the competition in my opinion. Worth the hefty price tag.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!

I've opened up a few of these, but finally reviewed one at a tasting.

Pours a pinkish rosey color with a creamy and frothy off-white head. No real lacing to speak of. Some spots of cling, but not long.
Smells of really strong over-ripened, nearly rotting fruit-- cherries mainly-- oh fuck--- I snorted some of it!!! That was a bad move.
I went in for a super big sniff and dove in to far... If you don't think this beer is very sour, try snorting it!
Good flavor. Lots of cherries and oak. Nice sourness is balanced and integrated.
The body is full with low carbonation.
Very high drinkability. Tasty enough to be good, complex enough to keep me interested, and sour enough to scratch that sour itch. The biggest strike against this beer is the $37 price tag.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on April 26, 2011.

Pours ruby red with a dark pink one finger head which vanishes immediately, leaving no lacing. The aroma has tart cherries, barnyard funk, and some oak.

Tastes both sweet and tart with tart cherries, oak, funk, and Belgian yeast. Not as acidic as many sours, but there is still some acidity present.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. There is a tart cherry aftertaste. Finishes dry. A very well made sour. Too bad Shelton Brothers pulled out of Minnesota. I don't know when or if I will get a chance to pick up another bottle.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled august 28th 2010

pours a bright clean and hazy pink and ruby red. pretty much no head what so ever on this. very still looking.

bright cherry flavor, very vibrant and fresh. lots of oak combined to really add some depth.

very tart up front. cherry flavor then emerges and and carries through out, finishing sour. light oak through out although towards the finish it pops out to combine with the sour. not much funk if any.

very light carbonation with a bit of tingle. very dry through out. mouth just puckers.

overall, i was a bit let down considering the high price tag associated with it. the regular drie fonteinen kriek has a bit of a better cherry flavor. quite good, i had no issues drinking this and if the price was cut back drastically, i would buy this far more often.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 28-04-2010

A: Pours a beautiful sunset red-orange with no head to speak of. Not even bubbles coat the top

S: Funk, tart cherries, oak, and yeast all mingle together to make quite an impressive smell for a sour fruit lambic

T: The barnyard funk hits first, but is quickly overtaken by notes of oak and tart cherries. Neither slam hard, but together make an amazing, slightly complex beer. No sweetness present to balance the sour out, but it isn't really necessary as the oak and cherries do the job

M: Light-medium body with moderate carbonation

O: The only thing I can seriously slam this on is the price tag, although the style can vaguely justify it. This beer does an amazing job balancing everything out, especially considering there isn't really that sweetness that you get in some lambics. Definitely seek this out if you can afford it

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 22 2006

A - Bright ruby with thin white/pinkish head that settles to a ring of foam.

S - Sour and tart with fresh cherry and spices. Earthy and musty. The fruit/spice combo reminds me a lot of the 2002 version of Unibroue's Quelque Chose.

T - Tart and spicy with fresh tart cherries, spices and earthy oak tannins. Some vinous wine like flavors are also present. Complex yet seems subtle for a fruit lambic.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with a slight tingle from the tartness and a dry lingering finish.

D - This reminds me of blending a lambic and quelque chose. Not as tart/sour as other lambics but extremely drinkable.

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4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml
$16.99
Sam's Marcey

Bottled 3/22/06

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.

Reviewed: 2/22/09

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

750ml dated 01 March 2005. Clear, with a deep reddish amber color. Little foam. Subtle streaming carbonation. Well rounded oak-like sourness in the smell, tart and funky. More like a gueuze as the fruitiness is limited.

Vinegar acidity runs high in the taste as this thing has a pungent woody funk. Again the cherry/fruit character is downplayed and the flavor is dominated by the sourness. The mouthfeel is rather unremarkable.

This was a nice sour, and very tasty. Not much cherry for a Kriek beer, but I didn't mind it so much. It is very straightforward good, but not sure if it is worth the high price tag to be buying to much of this stuff. Best to split the cost with a friend...

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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

750 ml bottle, bottled April 26, 2011, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep red cherry color, with a thin layer of fluffy pink head.

S- Huge sour cherry aroma, tartness is mild, some musty yeast and oak.

T- Powerful tartness up front, layered underneath it is a lot of sour cherry pie flavors and some funky yeast with a bit of oak.

M- Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, has a crisp feel with some puckering from the sourness.

O- An excellent kriek, every bit as good as Cantillon kriek, the flavors are simple but done extremely well. It's a pricey beer but is definitely worth trying.

Photo of GJ40
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle with a bottle date of 12/23/2011 and a best by date of 12/23/2021. Thanks SStein!

A - A brilliant red with a hazy finish and a healthy white head.

S - Wonderful cherry with both sweet and sour notes and incredible richness. Fantastic!

T - Wonderful sour / tart bite but not overwhelming. Wonderful cherry flavors that mix right in and hold their own.

M - A moderately thick consistency with a moderately low carbonation. Just right.

O - Outstanding!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, C&C 750ml. Teku glass.

A: Pours crimson with a half finger of attractive, pink-tinted foam, receding moderately soon to a thick ring. Minimal lacing but very good retention.

S: Gorgeous aroma of cherry, red wine, light funk, a bit of grassiness, and dry cinnamon toast.

T: Cherry and funk meld well, with a light tartness building to more of a moderate sourness. A nice red wine character, with light oak in the background. Fairly dry.

M: Medium body and medium light carbonation.

O: Phenomenal flavors and highly drinkable. The cherry is light but still noticeable, and the light to moderate tartness makes this highly drinkable and a good pairing with food. If only this were widely available, I could see drinking this all summer long.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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