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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 244
Hads: 777
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 3.91%
Wants: 507
Gots: 193 | FT: 9
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Belgium

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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Reviews: 244 | Hads: 777
Photo of rodkin
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of infi
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,583 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of Travlr
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of levifunk
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of foogerd
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of OldSock
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,575 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4-28-2010.

Pours magnificently red with a small light pink head that fades quickly. Very little lacing. The beer looks almost artificially red. Very neat.

Tart cherries, oak, earthy funk in the aroma. Slightly cheesy funk. Sour with a touch of sweetness coming through. Thoroughly complex.

Sour, really sour. Having had many sour wild ales lately, I wasn't expecting this to hit me over the head, but it sure does. Tons of tart cherries combine with sour and funk. Still a hint of sweetness in the middle of it. Oak and more funk are apparent after getting accustomed to the sourness. Super dry but the sourness lingers for a while.

Relatively low carbonation, but that doesn't keep it from feeling lively. Decent body, fills the mouth quite well.

Awesome sour beer. So many other sour/wild ales really just can't compare to the folks at Drie Fonteinen. (870 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of Donnie2112
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a champagne flute

Looks like: Translucent purple or pink in color. amber tones of color too, carbonation reminds me of champagne.

Smells like: Vinegar, hay and dark fruit.

Tastes like: There is a certain mustiness, intense sourness and esters of dark fruit.

Feels like: Very nice carbonation, medium to light in body and a nice dry alcoholic astringent aftertaste that reminds one of a Brut or Extra Dry champagne.

Truly a delightful drink, lots of clean sour flavor, you can taste and smell the cherries in just the right proportion. I will be seeking this beer out again. (590 characters)

Photo of jcartamdg
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light red with no head but visible carbonation. Aroma of oak, funk and cherries, just as any good kriek. Taste and mouthfeel is where this really shines. Taste rich of cherries, oak and funk back up the cherries nicely. Tart like no other I've had, mouth puckering in the best way possible. This is a real treat (319 characters)

Photo of Kaiser81
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Anthony, my cousin, for bringing this to the Citra tasting I held earlier this week. It's not the first 3F beer I've had, but I believe it's the first 3F beer I'm reviewing.

Poured into my snifter glass.

A - Dark cherry/blood color. There's a pinkish hue on the head, and it's a few mm in depth. The head dissipates quickly leaving nice head retention. No lacing to speak of.

S - Deep oak mixed with dark cherries. Plenty of funk consisting of a musty/horse blanket thing going on. Very nice.

T - Tart cherry finish. Funkyness in the taste mixed with cherries. So simple, yet the taste is much more complex...though hard to describe.

M - Dry mouthfeel. Barely any carbonation with a light to medium body.

D - Pleasure to try. I would definitely drink more if it was there. (792 characters)

Photo of sfoley333
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 750ml bottle from pizza port bottle shop. Poured into guezue glass. Poured a murky rust red color with nice white bubbly head. Smells are a low amount of farmhouse funk but a big vingear cherry aroma springs out to you. Taste is cherry with a little vingear followed by a nice tart dryness. The low level of carbonation gives a smooth feel. I wish i could drink this Kriek every time I want a Kriek. The smoothest Kriek ever. (437 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL. Like the normal 3F Oude Kriek, this suffers from insane band-aid phenols in the nose that separates these from being Cantillon LP Kriek- the best in style. The pour is gorgeous- inky hazy purple, pink foam that settles quickly with acid cut. But the aroma kills the experience. Cherry pie tries to peek through huge band-aid and plastic. The taste is salty, sharp, but medicinal with sucrets and some numbing character. Overall, this is one of those scroll past expensive lambics and probably the worst in show for Drie Fonteinen. (537 characters)

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours the most brilliant bright red you could imagine with a small but tight pink head. The aroma is dirty laundry and dirty barnyard with some animal waste and hay in there for sure. There is plenty of intense cherry sourness in there throughout. The flavor is dominated by a strong sourness and lots of tart cherries. The beer is earthy and complex with light leathery notes and a very complimentary nuttiness. The palate is both full and well carbonated like a sparkling wine. Magnificent, an absolute masterpiece. (517 characters)

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a bottle at the Portland International Beerfest in July. $7 for four ounces was a bit steep, but was excited to tick this one.

Appearance: Pink and ruby hued spritzy brew, looking somewhat goofy next to the 14% stouts being served at the booths surrounding it. Somewhat like a Cherry 7-Up, but murkier and with very lively carbonation.

Smell: Tart and sweet cherries are accompanied by cavity-inducing sourness in the nose. Horse blanket funk is present as well, but lactic sour holds its own against the brettier notes.

Taste: Sour, certainly, and sweetness from the cherries. Sourness is somewhat layered as well, with the more bracing sourness never really tearing the enamel off your teeth. I think I'm having this beer too young, to be fair; the sweetness is still quite high, and the yeast with another year or three on that would pump out more of the sours, and allow the cherry-flavors to come through without being so offset by somewhat cloying sweetness. Still, really was hitting the spot on a hot afternoon, just not head-and-shoulders above its competition at this point.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, and finishing very lightly, with cherry notes on your tongue. Never gets medicinal, which is very appreciated. The sweetness doesn't adversely affect the finish either, and seems to solidify my guess that this beer would be served quite well by a little more time in the cellar.

Overall: Enjoyable, light, sour, and interesting, but I'm left wanting to try this in a vertical-style setting, where we can really see the beauty of the yeast taking the edge off of the sweetness. Worth seeking out if for no other reason than to forget about it for a while and tackle it on a warm day...as it's tasty now, and I can only imagine how tasty it'd be later. (1,782 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SOUR

Great sour beer, one to be shared.

Pours a nice reddish black beer. Has very little bubbles, yet it is carbonated. Smell is of berries, cherries, etc. Taste is very tart, vinegary. It is not a thick beer, it is medium bodied. Taste remains in your mouth, as well as aroma. (279 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml - bottled two years ago.

A - pours an opaque red-ish purple with an ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - leather, tart cherry, oak, acetic. The second pour roused some rainy day earthworms which is similar to a wet dog for me. Yuck. It wasn't present in the first pour at all.

T - super tart, dry cherry and lemon peel. Leathery Brett.

M - light body. Mouth watering sourness. Minimal sweetness.

O - intense, dry cherry sour. it's like eating a handful of fresh, sour cherries while wearing a brand new, high quality leather catsuit, only better. Cascade Kriek is more complex and tastier than this, but this is quite good, if you like a super tart cherry beer. (677 characters)

Photo of raveskdr
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of biggied
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A somewhat hazy deep red and amber color, the head is kind of small, but its got a thin ring of lace around the glass, and stay throughout my sipping...

S: A very very good oak character, not an overpowering bit of oak, but smooth, and mellow, then the Kriek or cherry smell comes in, this isn't artificial at all, and you can tell. It finishes semi-tart in the nose, quite enticing for the taste...

T: What a beer, sour sour cherry flavor, tHe cherry is real, and reminds you of ripe red cherries, just overwhelming! Oak fills out the flavor as it leaves your mouth somewhat pucker but also looking for more...

M: This is perfectly carbonated, perfectly bodied, and begs to be had in moderation...

D: A great sour pucker! (729 characters)

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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