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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 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 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 Beerzebub
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last night I shared some kick ass beers with an old friend I havent seen in years. I couldnt have thought of a better ocassion to try this incredible beer. We did a side by side tasting of the 2 DF Krieks.

This on pours a clear, bold blood red color with a foamy pink head that lasts a shortwhile then recedes to a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is on the light side. The aroma so replete with fresh, juicy, sour cherries that I almost lost my breath. The rich complex fruit aromas meld with plaenty of funky, earthy, enteric barnyard and a smooth inviting acidity. The taste is a study in fruit lambic perfection. Plenty of supple cherry notes are everywhere, very dry yet still juicy? Old musty oak, woody astringent cherry pits, and unclean horse stable mix with a strong lactic sourness. Leathery, outdoorsy brett is in there somewhere too. The mouthfeel is medium with a pleasant viscous feel. Carbonation is lighter than a lot of lambics, sort of cask like. The finish is long and complex with pleanty of puckering sourness and astringent cherry skin.

This is an archetypal lambic. The best Kriek Ive ever been fortunate enough to try. It does a really great job of balancing sourness and fruit flavor. Usually one dominates, not in this case.

Absolutely stellar stuff and worth the steep $24.99. (1,318 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into wine glasses. Bottling date 1 march 2005, "good for at least ten years after bottling date"

Beautiful bright raspberry color, soft carbonation, no head retention. Intense sour cherry aroma, intoxicating.

Light fresh tart, fizzy in the mouth, so succulent, so tangy, such a classic dry lambic with pure, delicious expression of fruit; no sweetness to speak of. Initial sharpness softens and mellows as this amazing creation changes and develops in the glass. A treat. Had this once before at Hop Devil Grill in Manhattan; compares very favorably with Cantillon Kriek. One of those brews that will beguile beer and wine drinkers alike. (666 characters)

Photo of dherling
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark purple color with a dark red body. Lovely pink head with good head retention. The nose is tart, with oak and dark cherries. The taste is big cherry, sourness, some oak, warmth, acid. The mouthfeel is super dry with zesty carbonation. Perfectly balanced. (271 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, 8 oz sample. This brew pours a deep ruby color with absolutely no head. Clarity is moderately clear, and there is no carbonation at all. Good looking cherry lambic. This one smells of lots of sourness, with a light kiss of cherry. There is a big mustyness in there as well. This one defintately is not focused on the fruit, with a very nice sour and musty. I can't wait to see what the flavor does with this one. Taking a sip, I get nice mild sourness, accentuated by very spicey oak tannin and fruity cherry. The sourness is mild, just enough to balance the fruity cherry. This one is not heavy in flavor, but the subtlty of it really accentuates the fruity notes. I really like it. Feel is moderate with a minimal carbonation. It is only slightly puckering on the sides of the tongue, so it really keeps this one drinking very easy. I really like this one. I think the flavors are really well balanced, with a really nice spicey tannin and cherry in the aftertaste. I could probably drink this one all night. Very good show. (1,041 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 ml caged and corked bottle at Cooper's Seafood in Scranton, Pa. The beer poured a nice redish color with a medium thickness pink head and good retention and lacing. The aroma is of sweet cherries but also a nice kick of barnyard funk. The taste is very tart and strong cherry taste along with the funk but the funk is not overpowering. A very enjoyable taste as if the cherries were freshly picked. This ranks right up there with any Cantillon offerings. (472 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 Gueuzedude
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Sampled 2001
4.3
4/4.5/4.5/4/4
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. (3,288 characters)

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

The 750ml bottle had a bottled on date of March of 05. Dark red body with a small white bubbly head that quickly recedes down leaving some light rings of lacing. Big aroma filled with tart cherries, woody notes and some light funkiness. A light sweetness peaks through the mainly sour nose. I am surprised how much the cherries come through. The flavor starts off with the sour cherries, some lambic funk and some wood notes. The tartness is pretty strong but not huge. Finishes up with a dry acidic bite with lingering light cherries. The cherries come through well in all aspects of the beer and while this isn’t a sour monster it’s more than tart enough for any sour beer fan. Mouthfeel is great with perfect carbonation. Amazing drinkability as the only thing limiting me from having this all the time is the price and rarity. (832 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 Goldorak
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A totally deep shade of raspberry red, with a pink head that my girfriend adored, but that was about it, she being of the Lindemans sweet lambic type...

Smell: Aromas are both funky and sweet, plenty of yeasty spices and tobacco/leather.

Taste: The cherries came out as real and as potent as I've ever tasted in a lambic, it was like eating fresh ripe cherries. It was relatively sweet, so the acidity seemed a bit more shadowed but still plenty puckering. The funk factor was also a bit toned down in the taste, in fact I'm really surprised that Mélanie didn't like this more than her usual half-sip and puckered face. The drinkability for me was through the roof. (685 characters)

Photo of texashammer
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brought this bottle back from the brewery.

pours a dark pink color with orangey tints. no head whatsoever. very, very tart smell also shows a lot of gueze. in the mouth, immediatly very dry, austere, very tart and puckering -- as in, I could feel my cheeks sucking in. very dry finish. delicate cherry flavors, gueze funk, tartness and some cherry funk too. interesting. still not as good as the cask oude kriek though. (423 characters)

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

Presentation: 750ml green flask bottle with a thumbed cork held in place by a wire cage and red steel cap. Simple main label with the new US- Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen label, which is a reddish-pink in nature to accentuate it from the Geuze. Labeled as Shaerbeekse Kriek and listed at 6%. Bottling Date is 01 March 2005.

Appearance: Pulled Rhubarb tones pummel a russet dark plum with a swirling purple tinged dark red body. Gorgeous flamingo pink head sits sizzling above this fine looking Kriek. Head retention is good; the conditioning is classically spritzy with a softly dissolved ….

Nose: Tart, but not as tart as I recall. Wood, Oak and dark skinned Cherries litter the nasal passageway. Some light farmyard tones but they are minimal, this one has a defined dark skinned Shaerbeekse Cherry odor that sits nicely in and amongst the lambic dryness.

Taste: Chilled, straight from the fridge it felt a little mild, almost relaxed at first. This one needs some warmth to express itself properly. Once it reaches ambient conditions the Shaerbeekse Cherries really shine through, the oak aspects rise in the middle. The back end is dry, has a light sourness, litters the teeth enamel with cherry skins and finishes with a trademark Drie Fonteinen ending, in so much as it is acidic but not overtly so. This may take some time to develop and grow you, but that is the beauty of this Kriek, it creeps up on you.

Mouthfeel: The organic conditioning feels almost perfect. The zesty carbonation blends and melds with a solid lambic base that has woody elements which lend a stiff backbone.

Drinkability: Perfectly balanced, this is a solid deep and truly satisfying Kriek. It is far from heavy on the Cherries, like say a Cantillon Lou Pepe, this is more of Session Kriek that I could manage many of.

Overall: A damn fine Kriek, serve it very lightly chilled to get the best and the difference that the Shaerbeekse Cherries will be very apparent then. This is well worthy of a purchase, but at $17/$18 a bottle unfortunately this will never be a staple in my fridge, in fact I would go so far as to say that the bottle I purchased at Somerville Supersaver in NJ and lugged West and then shared with BA’s Davo and Erica before the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival will probably be the only one I ever buy in the US. It was a pleasure to revisit this marvelous Kriek, it is indeed one of the better traditional Krieks out there, but it is just too damn expensive to drink in the US, sadly. Maybe I’ll snag one more bottle to stash away, I have a feeling that this one will age nicely. (2,595 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$17 at spirit haus, my thanksgiving treat to myself. 750.

bottled march 2005. fresh and the cork exits the bottle with the faintest, weak pop and some smoky haze slowly crawls out like a horror film fog. pours deep, deep red with schools of tiny bubbles moseying up to the surface. cotton candy pink head is tight and thick, settles to an even coating. looks great. good pour, if i do say so myself.

smells grassy.. next comes a woody smell that i associate with an old leather flask with some leftover bourbon in it... this smell is light and is quickly lost to the hoppy farmhouse funk. cherries mix with the bacteria and create a sweet urine odor.. as usual, in a good way.

mouthfeel and body are perfect.. lambic-y without being TOO carbonated (that's usually my only complaint in payottenland). tastes mild overall.. sourness created by the natural reactions in the beer are, of course, in the forefront and complimented nicely by an untainted fruit flavor. these cherries don't impart any unripe sourness.. more of a fresh, acidic jolt to compliment the smoky, barrel-imparted character. finishes with that trademark indigestion burn but subtle flavors and crisp body beg for another sip.

holds up well to its blended brothers- takes top prize in the drinkability category and despite its medium harshness still caters mostly to friends of cantillon. a brewing achievement and worth a try.. although i'm not sure i would drop another $17. one time treat. (1,473 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 paterlodie
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release 2005. Great presentation with beautifull red collored beer tiny pink head. Nose is magnificent too giving lots of cherrie carracter, cheese of aged hops and some of the finest funky geuzeaccents I've ever expierienced. Great sourness and slight oak note on a leather sadle there to complete this perfect nose. Taste is extraordinary also having finest sour cherrie, great dry carracter overal with good bretty horsesweat bathing is sour, slightly noticable alcoholic wheatymaltjuice. Yes this is something extraordinary fine. Maybe litle souredy and not 100% mellowed down but guess this one could rise to a 5 by a year of what age. (640 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back by MartinT to whom it was given by JorisP. Cheers to both. Enjoyed also with Oakes, Kimchee and tiggmtl Appearance is a beautiful bloody red with a thin pink head. The red is so brilliant that it scores a 5 anyway. Aroma is complex of lambic funk. Spicier than most with cinnamon, cloves. The cherries are very nice, feeling unriped, both black and red cherries, intense and bold for a lambic. Earthy mold. Palate is very lactic with its typical yoghourt sourness, balsamic and citric, moderately salty. Funky brett with nutty, earthy branches and leafy undertones. It didn’t strike me as spectacular from the first sip and sniff, but it grew on me and I realised I drank my glass very fast. I like its grapey vinous character and as weird as it sounds, to me, this is a quaffable offering despite it’s a real crime to just think about drinking this fast! This is a very complex kriek, with a good backing medium body and medium-high carbonation. Just what a brewery! (989 characters)

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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