Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.4/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-12-2008 16:11:54 | More by RblWthACoz
4.53/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-06-2011 19:31:15 | More by MasterSki
4.35/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
05-03-2010 02:06:12 | More by drabmuh
4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
05-04-2010 17:48:38 | More by jlindros
4.06/5 rDev -9%
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.
04-28-2013 16:31:31 | More by StonedTrippin
4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-08-2012 23:08:42 | More by oline73
4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
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.
07-20-2010 02:20:10 | More by Mora2000
4.35/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
01-19-2012 00:29:15 | More by mdfb79
4.28/5 rDev -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.
01-14-2008 15:34:32 | More by jwc215
4.58/5 rDev +2.7%
July 2007 Bottle Date; Sampled March 2010, lightly chilled at approximately 60*F / 15*C.
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, pink hued, darkly off-white colored head. The beer is a deep red color with hints of plum and purple to it. When held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear bright red hue, and interestingly enough, it shows lots of bubbles that are slowly moving up through this beer, struggling as if this is a viscous brew. The aroma smells of light urea and sharp lactic acid up front. This is followed by phenolic, slightly medicinal notes that have a hint of a plastic edge to them, but there is also a funky, musty, moldy quality to the aroma as well. Tannic cherry skin aromatics as well as some perfume like cherry pulp fruitiness adds to the complexity, but remain subtle compared to the other notes. As the beer warms, complex cherry aromatics become more noticeable, as does a deeper, rustic, farm-yard funkiness.
Definitely somewhat thick feeling, but not nearly as much as the slowly rising carbonation suggested. There is a deep, complex, rich, expressive cherry flavor to this beer despite it being quite dry. The fruit and some phenolic notes mix to suggest a touch of children's aspirin-like flavors in the finish. A chewy, flavorful, cherry-skin note adds tannic astringency as well as concentrated cherry notes to the lingering finish. This has a nice light sourness, at least for this sour-head, as I wouldn't describe it as a hard lambic. The acidity seems predominantly a smooth mix of fermentation derived lactic acid and acidity from the tart cherries. I really like the rich, palate coating texture that this has, despite being well carbonated it has a creaminess to it that is quite nice; this is really just such a lush beer that is quite exquisite for numerous reasons. Lambic funkiness adds light urea notes, musty cob-web flavors and some medicinal notes to the finish. As the beer warms a floral cherry flavor, as well as a hint of sweetness become more noticeable.
This is a very nice beer that is aging extremely gracefully; the lush texture, incredibly smooth, but ample acidity, rich cherry flavors and stunning visual presentation are among the highlights of this beer. The aroma could certainly be more complex, especially expressively fruity (but fruit aromatics are so easily lost with age). It is quite impressive how rich and toothsome that the cherry flavors are despite this beer being quite dry; this really speaks to the quality of the cherries used to make this beer. Damn, I definitely wish I had a case of these in the cellar; this beer blows the Hommage I just had out of the water by a long-shot. If I really had to complain I could wish for a bit more acidity and some more Brettanomyces funkiness, but really that is just being greedy.
It uses the same type of cherries as the draft version (Schaerbeek), but that is where the similarity ends. The bottled version is dry, sour and has a bit of cherry in the nose. It is definitely not sweet and the cherry is not too apparent in the flavor. The Kriek is the typical deep red color and was quite tasty. Of course there is the Lambic flavor present to balance and enhance the subtle cherry flavor.
07-03-2006 23:47:25 | More by Gueuzedude
3.15/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
01-03-2012 01:29:31 | More by smcolw
4.4/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a very dark ruby red color with a very thin redish pink/off-white head that quickly dissipates without a trace of lacing.
Tart, lactic sour aroma that has a massive amount of sweet dark tart cherries. There's also some funky earthy oak along with some candy sugar.
Tart, puckering medium body that is pretty sweet and not very acidic. Soft carbonation up front with some slight funk, earthy oak and vanilla. The cherries are very prominent, providing an extremely fresh, sweet juicy fruit flavor which is an excellent balance to the funky tart sourness. I'm also picking up a slight nut presence that adds to the earthy character. Dry finish. This beer is very complex, well balanced and insanely drinkable. Highly recommended.
05-04-2010 07:40:07 | More by corby112
4.38/5 rDev -1.8%
Bottled March 1, 2005...
Appears a pink toned copper with a mild white cap that slowly faded into a mild head and collar. Scattered bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious tart cherries, rhubarb, vanilla, slight vinegar, raisins, and oak.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with standout vanilla, oak, and cherries.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, tart, lip smacking, funky, and addictive.
01-24-2010 23:46:35 | More by weeare138
4.1/5 rDev -8.1%
Many, many thanks to ThoreauLikeaGirl and her friend for bringing this beer along tonight to drink during the premiere of Season 4 of "Breaking Bad".
From the bottle: "Made only with malt, wheat, hops, water, and whole ripe cherries, entirely spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts. A rare, completely natural, traditional lambic beer, with no added sugars, syrups, artificial colors or flavors. For ages, very rare Schaerbeek cherries have been prized by brewers for the deep rich color and flavor they give to Kriek beer."; "For decades, Armand Debelder has worked as a Gueuze blender - just as his father did - mixing young and old lambics from other lambic brewers to create the classic beer of Belgium. Armand has recently begun brewing his own lambics. The Drie Fonteinen beers are among the very few traditional and authentic Gueuzes and Lambics being made in Belgium today."
No head to speak of. Color was a cloudy raspberry red. Nose smelled of oak and cherries. I was reminded of some of the better homemade wines my uncle made while we were out in the Bay Area. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial cherry tartness on the tongue, followed by a pleasant oakiness. Finish was tart, but not puckeringly so, very cherry, underlain by oak. l like Drie Fonteinen and this was another shining example of their beers.
07-18-2011 03:49:24 | More by woodychandler
3.75/5 rDev -15.9%
Purchased in Belgium from Bier Tempel in Brussels.
750ml corked and caged green bottle uncorks with minimal effort with a loud socking thunk. Pours a dirty, muddled red-pink colour, with a frothing and fizzling head of rose that effervesces to nothing, like a glass of soda. Light body, very little to it. Apart from the colour, I'm not overly impressed.
Nose is organic and funky, with slightly acidic medicinal cherry overtones. Quite brightly flavoured, but also deeply husky and pongy, like a good lambic should be. Not bad.
Taste is clean, vinous and acidic, with pleasantly tart lambic sourness that cleaves its way through the palate. The kriek character merely tones the acidity—it doesn't add any sweetness of true fruit essence. Finish is lingering and slightly bitter with cherry pip and stalk characters. Crisp and biting feel, although the tingle comes exclusively from the acidity, not at all from the now dormant carbonation.
Not a bad kriek, and a pretty bright and unapologetically acidic one. It doesn't have a great deal of complexity, and the rampant acidity makes me consider it a little unbalanced, but it's a respectable beer nonetheless.
07-18-2011 20:17:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.2/5 rDev -5.8%
Thanks to a friend for bringing this back from the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Oude kriek? How about old funky kriek. The cherries are just barely in here. Sure, the appearance is a hazy red with a short pink head (that quickly disappears). The aroma is big on horseblanket, leather, fresh garden, herbal tea. The flavor has more lemon peel and lime with a drop of cherry sugar candy. The finish is tart farmhouse funk.
07-17-2009 03:27:27 | More by tempest
4.63/5 rDev +3.8%
A: Poured a super cloudy red and pink color with a thin white cap that quickly died down and left mild lacing on the glass.
S: Strong, funky sour aromas of cherries in the nose.
T: Taste is sweet, tart and unripe red and sour cherries witha big Earthinees, barnyard and funk with a not of old spent oak spirals leaving a light old woodiness. Acidic tart, dry and lingering finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: Very, very good. No major flaws.
07-15-2012 20:19:48 | More by barleywinefiend
4.4/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
07-31-2012 01:01:06 | More by orangesol
4.2/5 rDev -5.8%
Purchased from Green's in Atlanta, 750 caged and corked. I'd been thinking of trying this for a while, but It's hard to pull me away from the beautiful Cantillons that are available here. These style of beer are so pricey because of the ingredients, time to make and cellar the beers, and skill necessary to craft a fine lambic, that I can only afford to try a new one every now and again.
Pours an absolutely brilliant color of purplish red, like some exotic variety of blood. Transluscent with haze and fine suspended particles, but no protein coagulation. Nice head that is tinted pink. Absolutely magnificent in the glass with the light hitting it just right. The smell is sharply sour, but witth a touch of cream as well. Predominant component aroma is sour cherrries. Very little barnyard funk, but very nice zingy cherries. The taste is complex with cherrry sourness and unlike the aroma, quite a bit of funk. There are also some fairly pronounced phenolic notes, but these are fairly well integrated and fade a bit with the beer opening up. The cherrry flavors are very pure and sort of float over the other flavors in the glass. Still, its not a perfectly harmonious whole and although good, something is lacking a bit to bring it all together. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and a delight. Good drinkability, but the phenols and lack of totally integrated whole make it a bit challenging. I like this beer a good bit, just not quite as much as some of the Cantillon examples, or quite as much (as far as taste goes0 as I thought I might.
02-26-2008 16:45:58 | More by Georgiabeer
4.2/5 rDev -5.8%
Bottle date of 4/25/11 poured into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. This brew pours a hazed color of deep beet red. About a finger of bright pink head forms across the top and slowly fades leaving some spots of lace clinging to the glass. The bubbles pop and fizz across the top and collect around the edge of the glass. A light swirl revives some bubble formation back to the surface.
The aroma of this brew has that classic Drie Fonteinen funk with lots of earthy tones and a bit of herbal aspect mixed with stinky cheese and diaper. Some pitted to rotten/over-ripen cherry character mixes with light notes of plastic and vinegar. Wet leather runs rapid throughout this brew with a little bit of mildew and old cork character.
The taste mirrors the aroma pretty much flawlessly but with more intense cherry character. The funky flavors of earth and wet leather are the first things noted with a slightly acidic note. Cherry flavoring runs throughout with a taste of pits and very mild oak to vanilla flavoring with a very light spiced touch of something almost like cinnamon. The cherries provide an added depth to the sour character of this brew and a pleasantly mild contrasting sweetness that is very natural tasting. Throughout the entire experience this brew never once came across being medicinal like some kriek's do.
This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. I wanted to tackle this offering with as fresh a bottle as possible to see how much fruited flavor was in one of these before it fades and the funk overtakes it. I was not disappointed in the least. I really enjoyed the natural flavoring of this brew and it was very easy drinking. At no point did I pick up on the 5% alcohol that was listed on the bottle.
09-16-2011 01:14:05 | More by stakem
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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