Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004)
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Photo of sweemzander
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Oct. 17, 2008 bottled date.

(A)- Pours one of the darkest colored reds I have ever seen in a Kriek before. Produced a nice cap of pink froth that stuck around for awhile. Plenty of lace left behind.

(S)- A richer aroma. Very funky with tons of tart cherries. Dry and oaky too.

(T)- A nice cherry tartness and oak. Not overly funky or sour, but a solid straightforward tart and cherry oak tartness.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. I like the profile of tart cherry and oak, but sadly this is fairly straightforward and basic; a solid feel, but nothing fancy.

(D)- Overall, it is a solid fruit lambic. There are better ones out there especially considering the $$ it costs for one of these. Nonetheless, this is very easy drinking and enjoyable; just wish it had something more to offer considering the higher price tag this demands on the shelves.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at the 3 Fonteinen lambic room, served by Lydie and consumed in the sunlight on a spring day. As it happens Armand was steeping young lambic in cherries while I was there, moving lambics from the barrels to vat to truck to another nearby site for the cherries. So I got to witness parts of the process, very lucky!

This was dark red color, clearish with a pink foam. The aroma is sour cherries, barely anything sweet in there. I've had some very sweet krieks this week, Cantillon Cuvee Moeder in particular, but Schaerbeekse is another animal. Very sour and smells like cherry skins/pits.

The taste is not as sour as I'd have guessed, but it does have some lactic strength. I actually think the cherries are responsible for some of the tart character, at least it seemed that way. A very good match of fruit and lambic, this was a nice surprise on cask.

Photo of Luk13
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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

Ahhh, a stormy morning, homemade waffles with strawberries and cream.... perfect for breaking open my Schaerbeekse Kriek

poured from bottle into a tulip bottle dated 10/17/2008

It pours a beautiful deep burgundy, almost purple even. A thin even pink head which dissapates slowly leaving no lace. It brings a malty vinegar and fruity nose with a lot of interesting funk playing around in the background. Sipping it is nice and sour. Dry with a nice sour fruit finish. Funky but not wild, the funk brings a soft spice component, almost like cinnamon or clove, but extremely soft.. Not as sweet as some krieks I've had in the past. This one exemplifies the style, like a finer version of even the best Kriek lambics. The drier character offers more complexity. Sweeter krieks make me feel almost cheated because the sweetness covers up the lambic character too much.
Thanks to BA dannyhipps for the bottle... Best anniversary present I've gotten in a while

Photo of Donnie2112
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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

Vintage 2010. The beer is clouded bright red, a small pink head, no lacing but curtains.

The smell is very intriguing, or really pungent, old stable and manure. Very bretty!

The taste is much fresher than the smell, apple vinegar, some cherry and red ripe berries.

Medium high carbonation, a fresh feeling, a complex body, and a dry finish.

So far the most complex kriek I've tried, very demanding.

Photo of augustgarage
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have one of these in a cellar which I intend to review in a few years, but came upon several fresh bottles (bottled April, 2010) at a reasonable price, so decided to pop one open. Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Carnelian liquid, nearly clear (I didn't let the bottle rest long enough after chilling it I think), glowing cerise/ruby when held to the light, with a cap that vanishes before I have a chance to note the color. Quite bubbly despite the lack of head. [Edit: Subsequent pours from a greater height produced an active layer of cherry blossom foam, though retention is still poor]

You can almost smell the cherries being poured into the lambic base - lush full ripe fruit that are dark and tart all at once. The wild yeasts are immediately apparant as well, though the fruit dominates.

Oh my! Bracingly sour - intensely concentrated cherry backed with what could almost be lemon juice if not for the funk. Extremely long finish, once the sourness finally fades, an array of mild barnyard elements emerge, typified by the "horse blanket," fermenting hay, finished compost, along with a hint of aspirin and tea tree oil. These subtleties are easy to overlook against the bright blast of sour cherries - this being the most sour (and among the most fruity) beers I've sampled. Maybe not perfect, but superlative.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, and brisk.

While not a pretentious beer (being an ancient/rustic/ almost primordial style), it is still one to be sipped, cherished, and engaged with your full attention. Would pair very well with a variety of cheeses.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of foogerd
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Ruby red body that looks kinda like red wine. Then a slim pink bubbly head that fades to practically nothing.

Smells of tart dark cherries, hay, some barnyard funk, but much more of a sour assault than a funky party.

Super tart. Dark cherries, hay, lemony acidic tartness, and a slight touch of lactic tartness.

The mothefeel is light with spritzy carbonation.

The exceptionally high level of tartness makes one 750 enough.

Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottled October 17, 2008. awesomer, purer, fruitier, more-sour, and nuttier than the regular drie oude kriek is the best point of reference i can give. pours a hazy and kind of glowing pink-red with a pink head that crackles and fades to a collar that sticks the whole time. nose is an acidic blast of super-clean, bright cherry and hints of other fruits (i swear i get raspberry and plum too) along with some nuttiness?, earth, mushroom and oak. there's definitely some dark almost roasty underlying flavor that is hard to describe that just fills everything out. knocks my socks off, but not huge and overpowering, just subtle and elegant. taste is sour cherry fruity nutty blast in perfect balance. i'm sure age has soured it up a bit and zipped it up a bit in the mouthfeel, but it seems about prime right now. i would love to do a vertical with a fresh one of these in the mix. awesome. i could drink this all day. makes me dream of cherry trees.

Photo of SFLpunk
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL green glass cork and caged. Bottled April 28th, 2010.

Pours a beautiful beet pinkish-purplish-red with a thin little crackle of head that dissipates completely.

Nose is wonderfully tart cranberry, black cherry juice, vinous notes, reminds me of nebbiolo and/or babera d'asti. Bright and sparkly.

Palate is crisp and funky. Big cherry and cranberry, leathery notes, red wine vinegar, moderate amount of malt sweetness to help round out the midpalate, and a long tart, dry finish.

Somewhat under-whelmed with this brew, but I suspect it's just because it's so young. Really dug the 3 year old Oude Kriek that I drank recently, though.

Photo of boMD
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of drinking this side by side with an Hommage. I have had the Hommage once before, but to enjoy both simultaneously was a rare treat. I have to give it big to Terry (pintplease) for hosting us for a beyond classy birthday party at Portland's The BeerMongers. BAs were' provided with $8 worth of credit to spend during the party, so a bunch of us pooled our credit to get a bottle of this Kriek. I wouldn't of been drinking it if weren't for that.

The beer poured vibrant, neon pinkish/red with a head that seemed to dissipate immediately. What was left was a beverage that didn't look all that different to cranberry juice. The high bacteria yeasts were so prominent in this. Puckerheads need only apply to this one. Aroma of horse butt, vinegar, barnyard funk, you name it.

Tasted of mild fruit. But mostly tart and acidic with some overly sweet tones. Brett all over here with an oaky woodiness to. Just over the top funkiness that really cradled the sweet, fruit juice flavors.

Photo of DCon
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750mL bottle of this from Lukas Liquor, Manager suggested this was their best but $36 for this!?!? Had to buy it. Served in a champagne soupe.

Appearance - Ruby Red, not much head like other lambics...

Smell - Awesome Sour/Tart scent, of course cherries as well.

Taste - Tart and Sour but not as fruity as some Lambics. Has a more sour taste than others. A very mild hint of Cherry.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, has both a crisp and tart puckering effect, and champagne-like.

Drinkability - Great Beer! Not worth $36 for a 750 mL but worth trying. I still promote the Cantillon Cherry Kriek if looking for a great Lambic. This one only being $20-25 depending on where you purchase it.

Photo of xnicknj
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 - 750mL bottle poured into wine glass - big thanks to BullRuth for sharing with my girfriend and I.

Pours a clear cherry red with some slight amber tones, and a little pinkish, champagne-like head fades out pretty quickly.

Plenty of funk right up front in the nose with tart cherries and fruit, alongside a hint of bitterness and faint alcohol.

Very sour cherry splash up front with some dark fruit sweetness. Dry phenols and lactic tartness dominate the flavors for most of the profile, although some light citrus and bitterness balance most of it out. Finishes with a bit of warm sweetness and more dry tart.

Lighter body, nice carbonation, some dry and sticky feels but plenty of bubbliness which invigorates the sense. Drinks easy throughout the entire serving. The tartness is fairly aggressive, but still enjoyable, and this goes down pretty smooth for the most part.

Photo of jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split with the wife to accompany a nice pasta dinner. Served in our Cantillon wine glass looking glasses.

The beer looks good in the glass. It's a plum color with ruby, crimson, pink, and brown touches to it. This is a very nice, deep color. There are few signs of life here - the beer looks rather still with just a film of head on top. But that's par for the course with 3F beers, so I'm cool with it. There is also just a touch of noticeable carbonation which relieves me that this beer hasn't turned flat.

Wow, I could smell this beer all day long. A wonderful bouquet of all the things I love about an authentic Kriek beer. A deep sour cherry note is so juicy that I would swear it was fresh if it wasn't for the funkiness that came to join the party. There is a ton of barnyard brett that gives some skunky and dirty smells, but they really work here. A hint of asprin and plastic work with the barnyard to make this a masterpiece. Some lactic acidity blurs the lines of cherry and sour vinegar. If you like the funk, George Clinton ain't got nothing on this beer. Just short of perfection - a bit more cherry on top would make this a 5.

I'm in heaven with the taste of this beer. Seriously, this is amazing. This is so smooth and refined, yet wild and outrageous at the same time. The flavor pops and has tons of sour cherry with a hint of lemon and oak. The funk adds layers of mustiness and barnyard but lets the cherry shine through. A long, sour lactic finish finally concedes to lingering wild notes of dirtiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation but nice fizz on the tongue. Without being sparkling, this feels alive. An authentic sour I could drink all day long without suffering from heartburn or loosing the enamel on my teeth. Just amazing business here!

Photo of megahurts4
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

Appearance: Raspberry red, no head, and very little lacing.

Smell: Funky sourness, cherries, and yeast.

Taste: Dry bitter cherry sourness.

Mouthfeel: strong acidic medium.

Overall:
It cuts through with tons of acidic properties. Fruit flavor is very subtle.

Photo of levifunk
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of davod23
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into my Cantillon wine glass.

Brilliant, clear red color. A small cap of pink fizzles away quickly. Pretty.

Aroma is less of cherry pie than the Oude Kriek. The cherry in this one seems a bit darker, less sweet. Also, there's a significant musty basement component to this that is absolutely great, rivaling Cantillon's signature aroma.

Taste is excellent. Cherries, cherries, cherries. A bit of a funk, though not as much as I expected considering the aroma. Very sour throughout.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium-bodied for the style, very dry, very quaffable despite the high acidity. This is too easy to drink.

Highly recommended.

Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at a local store for $21. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on April 28, 2010.

A- Pours a murky, dark red color. Produced two fingers with of pink, champagne-like head that quickly fizzled out. No head to speak of. Reminded me a lot of fruit or vegetable beers.

S- Absolutely love it. The smell of cherries is intoxicating...and I'm not talking about that fake, sweet candy aroma. This is the real stuff. Underneath all that goodness is a layer of funk that takes on a horse blanket quality. The sourness is actually kept in check by funky barnyard aroma. Just a quality mixture of aromas.

T- Another great marriage of fruit sourness and funk. Initially there is little sourness with a dominant cherry flavor and touch of oak bitterness. As the beer sits on the palate the sourness grows and grows. Midway through there is a great blend of sweet cherries and lactic sourness. Afterwards the cherry fruit flavor fades leaving a slightly puckering feeling on the palate.

M- Well carbonated. Coated the palate nicely. Couldn't ask for much more.

D- Extremely drinkable for a lambic. Not too overpowering.

Overall, I much prefer this fresh to the older vintages. The fruit flavor is much more dominant and brings a wonderful balance to this beer. Also love the level of sourness...just enough to make the mouth pucker, but not to the point where it will put a hole in your stomach. Another awesome lambic...looking forward to the day where I can just pick up an American lambic and have it taste just as great as this beer.

Photo of irishgurl4
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chose this baby as my special birthday beer and boy did it not disappoint! Aside from the awesomeness that is this beer, I think the highlights of drinking it were my parents each take a sip and watching their faces scrunch up in horror as to what they just drank. My dad proclaimed "that is NOT beer." Too funny ... Poured from a 750ml bottle dated October 17, 2008 into a champagne flute.

A: Pours a hazy deep pinkish purple with almost no head that fades to a patchy layer on top.

S: Tart, tart, tart. The acidity just hits the nose with a pungency that is just intoxicating. Some whiffs of vanilla and a light funk lingering in the background.

T: This is so worth the money I spent on this beer! Tart than slightly swet than tart. Heaven in a bottle. The oak comes through with a nice little spice and note of vanilla. The cherries contribute their tartness and add a beautiful depth of flavor.

M: Beautiful carbonation that feels crisp and tingly on the tongue. Nicely tart that if drank quickly could lead to the violated tastebud feeling but why would you drink this quickly?

D: Just wow, I'm blown away by this beer. It's tart and tingly and just absolutely amazing. I could drink this forever.

I have to give Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek a super uber nom noms! :D

Photo of Arbitrator
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2008 vintage. I've missed every single bottle of this opened at tastings, except one where I got to enjoy the dregs (mmm... lambic dregs and the effect they have on my stomach!).

I was also beginning to think I am allergic to Cantillon based on a few unpleasant experienced recently, so I decided to take the plunge and open this. It helped me answer a few pressing questions:

1) Am I allergic to lambic in general, or just Cantillon?
2) Is this beer really worth $35 a bottle?
3) Is this the fruitiest beer largadeer has ever had, along with Fou' Foune, Hommage, and Lou Pepe Framboise 07?

A: Despite letting the beer sit, undisturbed, for days in the fridge and despite a careful pour, it winds up a very murky, dark raspberry red in my glass. There isn't much carbonation aside from a very thin collar at the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S: Beautiful, vibrant cherry. Wow, this is the fruitiest beer largadeer has ever smelled. I, on the other hand, find it remarkable but not mind-blowing. There isn't a lot of sourness on the nose; it's really tart cherry skins with a mild aroma of funk. A touch of wood with some spice (nutmeg?) to it.

T: From the way largadeer babbled about this being the fruitiest ____ he's ever had, I expect this to taste like cherry pie. It doesn't have the vibrancy I would expect; I guess the age has taken some of the fruit away. It doesn't have any pronounced bacterial character: not too much tartness or sourness. It's not dry. It is lightly funky and tannic in the finish, with an emphasis on the fruit. I get the feeling I would have enjoyed this more fresh, but I'm amazed at how balanced and well structured this beer is. No bracing sourness or any one dominating characteristic. Very enjoyable.

M: Great mouthfeel. The low carbonation makes it very soft. The flavors come out without too much acidity or tartness or sourness. Cherries are fading a bit, as I noted above.

D: I liked it, but at the risk of earning alfrantzell's wrath and being a target for Narke Xantus, Pt. II, I thought it wasn't worth $35. I will try it once more fresh and see if that changes my impression, but I can certainly say the price is not worth it for an aged bottle. On the plus side, I seem not to have any reactions to this beer, so maybe it's just Cantillon that bothers me.

Photo of beerpirates
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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

Bottled April, 2010. Pours a hazy burgundy with a small head, shows to be a brilliant ruby red when held to the light. Nose is deep, rich black cherries, spices, of course a tight brett, and funk. Mouth is very tight, which surprised me as it's still quite young. Dry, sour cherries up front, puckering to the mid and back palate. Lots of oak, sour fruit elements, and a really dry, tight brett. Very nicely put together. Acidity is moderate, though I'm particularly sensitive to it. A different animal than the Lou Pepe Kriek, perhaps a tad beneath it at this age. Nice stuff.

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.