Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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4.8/5 rDev +7.6%
Bottled on October 17, 2008.
Pours a hazy pink-purple color, with a reddish tint. A fizzy pink-purple head is produced, but doesn't last long and doesn't leave any lacing.
Sour cherries, oak, and a bit of musty funk. The oak is much stronger than I though, and in combination with the musty funk, it's almost hard to pick out the cherries. These cherries are incredibly sour and mouthwatering. I know I just said it's hard to pick them out, but the way it blends with the other aromas I'm beginning to think this is perfect.
The taste is to die for. Everything you hope for in a Kriek and more. Starts out with an acidic sour cherry character, which is quickly mellowed by the earthy oak character. Finishes dry with a musty funk, and has an aftertaste of more sour cherries. It's like they scripted this and it's playing out on my palate to perfection. Easily, far and away, the best tasting Kriek (of any kind) I've ever had.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium in body, with a crisp carbonatoin and a sharp acidic bite. Lingering sour cherry and oak aftertaste. Drinkability is fantastic, I can't imagine an easier drinking lambic.
Overall, I was expecting this to be good but not this good. I was floored by this, and if not for the price tag I would buy a lot of this to stock up.
03-31-2010 03:42:12 | More by Mistofminn
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev -8.1%
Appearance: Pour is brown-ruby-cherry-mahogany-purple (the color is hard to pin down) with a small pink/red head. Looks a lot more intense than it tastes.
Smell: Tart cherries, oak, vinegar,and earth
Taste: Sour, dark cherries, raspberries, rhubarb and blackberries, vinegar, and earthy must. Neither incredibly sour or funky. Cherries come in a bit light for me, could have used many more
Mouthfeel: A bit watery, not smooth or full. Feels earthy.
Drinkability: High - but due to the less than intense sour/tart flavors and light carbonation
Notch below most 3F offerings, and one of the most expensive here in the states at that ($40).
03-17-2010 02:48:17 | More by craytonic
4.4/5 rDev -1.3%
Bottled in October 2008. Consumed 03.15.2010.
A: Pours a bright ruby red with a nice light pink head that eventually settles into a nice ring around the edge of the glass.
S: Lots of cherries alongside a little bit of sweetness. The cherry component of this one has held up quite well over the year-and-a-half since it was bottled. Behind the cherry is a little bit of lactic acid alongside some oak. The cherry definitely takes the center stage, which diminishes what could otherwise be a fairly complex lambic.
T: Again, lots of cherries upfront. Here, however, the oak and lactic sourness come more into play. As Drie Fonteinen intended, there is no acetic acid in this one, leaving the lactic and cherry to play off one another nicely, with just the slightest touch of oak in the background.
M: Thin and refreshing with moderate carbonation. More acidic on my tongue than cheeks and throat, but a very nice mouthfeel nonetheless. Not super-sour, but also not terribly sweet.
D: Low abv with a near-perfect level of lactic sourness. This is one to be savored, but one that I could easily knock back a few of.
03-16-2010 00:14:34 | More by Thorpe429
4.5/5 rDev +0.9%
2005 vintage, pulled off a dusty forgotten shelf in central Illinois.
Glowing cherry red, perfect ruby jewel toned clarity. Hissing pink foam as it's poured, it sounds like a gentle rain. As it fades, a thick ring forms at the edge, with a floating island veil in the center. Second pour fluffs up the head into a lasting pink meringue.
Musty wet wood aroma dominates, faintly lactic, cherry pits and skins, with a mellow hint at the acidity that lies inside.
Perfect blend of even sourness, woody tannin, and succulent cherries. Long finish, induces the salivary glands into overdrive. At room temperature, it's sourness seems even more mellow, with a dominant dry oakiness.
Utterly drinkable, but one to savor for sure. The fruit may have faded slghtly, but so has the acidity, and right now this is a fine Kriek. One i'll be picking up indefinitely...
03-14-2010 00:18:58 | More by emerge077
4.47/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a deep and dark ruby color with a half-finger pink head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving almost no lacing.
Smells of full and tart cherries more than anything with solid amounts of grassy funk. As the beer warms the aromas skew more tart the tart side of things, even more so than it already is, and influences from the barrels come into play with slight amounts of vanilla.
Tastes very good. Tart cherry flavors tempered by earthy and musty funk. The tartness increases near the end of the sip and ends with a tart and lactic finish. As the beer warms the little bit of sweetness that was present in the front end of the sip diminishes and mild hints of vanilla come into play.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smoother than average thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall this is one of the crisper smelling sours I've had in a while and the way it opens up as it warms is very nice. Well worth a shot.
03-12-2010 03:51:08 | More by glid02
5/5 rDev +12.1%
Mfielden says that no beer is perfect, that they approach perfection asymptotically. Apparently he has never had Schaerbeekse Kriek.
At first there isn't much to it - cherries, wood, cherry pits, lactic acid, and musk. But it fills the mouth without being heavy. It's fruit forward but not sweet. It is in fact perfectly balanced.
I bought multiple bottles to confirm. Each expressed the same delicate funk, the same full figured fruit, the same balance. One last bottle awaits me in the cellar, but it won't wait long. Who would have thought perfection would be pink.
02-27-2010 07:43:04 | More by alfrantzell
4.2/5 rDev -5.8%
Corked and caged 750. Pours a brilliant, deep, ruby red color with a small pink head that was gone quickly, and no lacing. Wow, great color on this beer, and leaves me with high hopes for the amount of cherry that must be in play here. Nice funky brett notes come out at first, notes of wood, leather, and mustiness. Only a small amount of cherry comes out in the nose, but it starts to show more as it warms. Flavor is bracingly tart and acidic. Nice mixture of acidity, oak and tartness, with hints of lemon in the front, followed by an earthy, herbal, almost cheesy like flavor, and just a touch of cherry on the back end that almost turns medicinal as it warms and gets to the bottom of the bottle. Musty, funky, and sour are the best words to describe this. Perfect, medium body on this with some abrasive carbonation at first, but turns light and delicate near the end. Wow, what can I say? I wish this one came in a 33cl bottle, because the 750ml is getting to be tough to put away by myself. Should have shared this with others, but I be a glutton for the evening. This is one of the best Belgian fruit lambics I've ever had and certainly blows away Lindeman's kriek in not only flavor, but also complexity. Great brew and glad I had the chancce to try it before Drie Fonteinen moves away from producing lambics and looks more towards distilling and blending.
02-22-2010 00:32:50 | More by KeefD
4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
A: The pour is a deep, dark blood red color with some tiny carbonation bubbles emanating from the center of the glass.
S: A great sour cherry aroma along with some wonderful oak notes. The funk has a nice mustiness and even a bit of the popular horse blanket.
T: Again, the cherries are the star. There is also a nice dryness from the oak and (presumably) from the cherry skins. The sourness is not as intense as usual for a lambic, but the wet blanket funk is very noticeable.
M: A nice medium body (on the full side for a lambic, actually) with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: I'm glad to have finally been able to give this lambic a try. Great cherry and funk to this one, and I'd drink it again any day.
02-15-2010 08:54:35 | More by womencantsail
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
4.4/5 rDev -1.3%
750ml bottle vintage 2008 from K&L generously shared by alfrantzell. Thanks a lot, Arne! This is one of the more difficult names to spell, as evidenced by the fact that it's spelled differently on BA vs. RB. Both sites do agree, however, that it's a damn fine beer, and I also agree with this assessment.
Pours a deep, clear crimson color with a decent pink head that bubbles away fairly quickly.
Aroma is loads of tart cherries, oak, and funkiness, including my favorite aroma: horseblanket. It's like they took an old blanket off the dirtiest, sweatiest horse in the barn and threw it right into the fermenter. I love it.
Flavor is also really awesome and heavy on the cherry. Somewhat sour with brett and lacto/pedio. Very earthy and oaky. More funky horseblanket and definite hints of other cloths used to cover various livestock and zoo creatures, whatever those may be.
Dry, acidic, and lively on the palate. Medium body. Exactly to style on the mouthfeel.
Drinkability is good but not quite outstanding. Overall though, this beer is outstanding. Easily one of the better fruit lambics out there.
01-20-2010 20:42:35 | More by nickd717
4.28/5 rDev -4%
I've read the Drie Fonteinen are getting out of the brewing business, transferring some of their operations to Boon and focusing on blending and distilling. What this means for this beer is unclear, but I have also heard that it was unlikely to be continued anyway. Too bad. This pricey 2005 vintage was bought in Buffalo. Oddly enough, myself and ritzkiss bought our bottles at the same time from the same store, but his was a 2006.
Pours a slightly hazed cherry with a pinkish head that drops to a fine film and then fades away. A few spots of lace stick to the side of the glass. The aroma passes me by at first, but when you start digging there's some good complexity. Obviously there's cherry in there, and its present with its skins and pits. However, what really adds depth is a nice dose of brett, which provides strong notes of barnyard, leather, musty cobweb filled rooms and all that's good about wild yeast strains.
Tart cherries upfront give a good dose of sourness. There's a lot of cherry skin character to them, as if they were slightly short of being ripe. The funk lingers at the edges and gives off barnyard and leather again, while there's some wood detectable as well. Low sugar content keeps this one dry. Its slightly musty and unkempt, but I dig it. The body is pretty decent, fairly light with a soft carbonation and a drying finish.
Not a bad fruit lambic, and its got some nice complexity in the nose and flavour, but I'm not sure its worth the hefty price tag. In fact, I'd say that Drie Fonteinen's regular kriek is preferable to this one. Hopefully that one is still going to be produced at Boon.
01-19-2010 14:11:27 | More by bobsy
3.9/5 rDev -12.6%
2005 vintage - actual cork while 2006 was synthetic. A touch more carbonation in this one, seems a touch more acidic as well as a touch 'brighter' which is odd since it is a year older. Carbonation makes a huge difference, allows the flavors to play as they should.
750ml corked and caged, 2006 vintage, I drank about 2/3rd while my wife drank the other third.
Cork comes out with a bit of struggle to a small letting of air, some pink substance on the bottom of it. Pours a dark red/pink with a thin finger of pink head which doesn't seem to stick around, as some yeast in the bottom mixes in it almost turns the brew the color of dried blood. Lots of micro bubbles on the side of the glass suggest good carbonation but with a swirl I can't seem to raise any head.
Nose is funky in a musty, moist earth type of way. Hint of cherries but it's subdued and more dank than vibrant.
Cherries in this one play a much more subtle role than even, say, 3F's Oude Kriek. They are more earthy and dull. Light sourness, musty dank funk with a hint of barnyard, quite tannic and oaky, hint of vinegar, drinks like a mix with Flanders Red almost. Carbonation is too low, needs a little more umph through the mouth.
While not overly sour this one is a gut buster. Could feel it part way through and I think drinking a while 750 might make you regret it in the morning with all those bugs. Not as drinkable as I could have hoped due to carbonation. Still quite complex and nice but just not a regular.
01-17-2010 14:37:23 | More by ritzkiss
District of Columbia
4.68/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
01-08-2010 03:39:41 | More by Travlr
4/5 rDev -10.3%
Thanks to RomanW70 for sharing
A - Raspberry/yellow in color. hazy with no head.
S - The nose is tart fruit, sour cherries a little musty.
T - Sour up front, tart cherries, a little oak. Cinnamon on the back end.
M/F -light body and fully carbonated.
Over all a nice lambic. pretty tasty.
01-02-2010 17:54:06 | More by ThirstyBird
4.05/5 rDev -9.2%
2006 vintage. 750ml bottle received in a trade with rhinos00 and consumed on 12/21/2009 in a snifter. The beer pours an effulgent and beautiful dark pinkish red with a two finger pink white head. Retention is good. The beer looks great.
The nose is a nice blend of fruit and Brett, which is at a moderate level and imparts notes of horse blanket, merlinean cobweb crystal caves, and barnyard. The cherries aren't as pronounced as I was expecting, but they're still blatant. I detect oak and low acetic character.
The flavor is of tart and lightly lactic cherries with a balancing acidity. Brett imparts a slight mustiness, a touch of wet blanket, and wet leather. The finish is dry and tannic, with notes of oak and a lingering cherry acidity. Again, I was expecting a bit more fruit flavor in this.
I suppose I'll need to try a fresher batch. The beer didn't quite meet my expectations, but I admit that they were high. It was still quite enjoyable and I wouldn't hesitate to try it again. I had no trouble drinking the bottle.
12-21-2009 08:13:06 | More by HopHead84
4.65/5 rDev +4.3%
This seems to be a fresh batch, bottled 17th Oct 2008, unlike the other bottles from 2005 that I've seen on occasion. At $38 a pop (thanks to Matt at Capone's), this is a rare treat, but given that I just had a great day at work, I feel like pampering myself.
Initially clear, the pour rapidly turns hazy with a beautiful reddish cherry color, almost red raspberry-like. There a dense pink head that rises really well before falling off to a disk, leaving some lace.
The nose is just outstanding. This beer does to cherries what Hommage did to raspberries. Bright and vibrant with a lot of cherry character along with the big funk character with horseblanket, wet hay, a mild cheese character and a lot of musty attic. Cherry character is fruity and tart, with the sweetness being low. Acidity is moderate, but really, the cherry character is incredible, fruity and sour dark cherries haven't been used better. With exposure, the combination of dark cherries and leather brings to mind cocoa as well. Just outstanding.
Sharp and acidic up front with a lot of cherry skin character, along with the tannins, there's a mild leathery character as well. Tart cherries dominate the palate, with a subdued fruity sweetness. The funk really comes into its own in the mid-palate, with the leather, the barnyard and horseblanket prominent. Drying on the finish with a lot of cherry sourness and cherry-like acidity, this is quite magnificent. The body is medium-light, and perfect actually 'cos it provides a structure to carry the puckering sourness. Carbonation is on the higher side, and the finish is exceptionally good, long lasting with a combination of funk and cherry tartness. I'm going to be sad when this is gone. Easily the best kriek I've had.
**Edit 10 June 2010. I got to try this at The Great Lambic Summit in Philly, side by side with the 2007 Lou Pepe Kriek. While I preferred the Lou Pepe, the Schaerbeekse was almost as excellent as I remembered it being. The fruit character of the SK is more explosive, a touch funkier, maybe a touch solventy. Certainly more leathery and a little more tannic as well.
12-17-2009 04:06:29 | More by DefenCorps
4.33/5 rDev -2.9%
Corked champagne bottle picked up from Capones. Heard good things, but for the price tag this thing has a lot to live up to.
Appearance: Red with pink hues, hazy, big 2+ finger pink head that recedes quickly to a thin layer. Minimal lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles.
Smell: A lot of cherry. Some oak sweetness and overall oaky aroma. Barnyard funk. Tart. Mostly cherry and funk until you let it warm up a bit. Aroma is wonderful at first, but gets a little weird when it warms.
Taste: Tart. Sweet cherries with some hints of oak. A little funky. As it warms it becomes a little less sour, a little more sweet, and the oak becomes a bit more prevalent over the cherry. It's never too sweet though, which made it a delightful experience.
Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation for the style. Finishes dry and almost dries out your mouth. Light to medium bodied, with a good amount of pucker. Sweetness does not linger much, just an aftertaste of cherries.
Drinkability: High. No overwhelming flavor or sweetness, all mixed together very well. Wish I had another one of these to enjoy.
12-12-2009 19:16:13 | More by Ezekiel81923
4.58/5 rDev +2.7%
Received this in a recent trade with bosse.
A: Cloudy ruby color with a pink head that foamed up and quickly disappeared to an island of bubbles. No head retention at all, but a fair amount of bubbles are moving through this. Decent looking beer, but a little head would be nice.
S: Funky barnyard smells, wet straw, horseblanket, and slightly medicinal. Definitely one of the more, well, shit-smelling lambics, not that that is particularly a bad thing. Slightly solventy, but for the most part a really funky smelling, more geuze like lambic. Definitely not for starters. Can't really smell any cherries in this, but I'm too caught up in all the other great smells to mind.
T: The funk is definitely there, wow, funky and sour, with a lingering aftertaste of cherries, while not as puckeringly tart as the smell leads on there is definitely some sour power here. Lemons, and very sour cherries, crab apples. Slightly medicinal, but extremely delicious. Excellent.
M: Light bodied, and mild carbonation, incredibly lactic, really makes the spit thick. My saliva glands cringe when this hits the mouth. Excellent there. Very nice.
D: Wow, so incredibly easy to drink that I'm making myself slow down. This beer is fantastic and can't wait to savor my glass. Low alcohol, low carbonation, and strong flavors mixed together make this an excellent beer. Highly recommended.
12-11-2009 03:04:26 | More by pokesbeerdude
4.95/5 rDev +11%
A: pours the same color as a young red wine with little lacing or head.
S: strong Brett aroma with lemon zest and some other bacterial funk.
F: quite sour with a strong dryness. Some tannin from the cherries make it through, but no fresh cherry flavor.
M: thin body with little carbonation and a touch of astringency
D: quite nice overall. Much better than the other, overly sweet krieks that are widely available.
12-06-2009 02:03:39 | More by Avagadro
4.47/5 rDev +0.2%
A: Ruby red with pink hues. A small pink head that disappears quickly. Small lacings.
S: Funky notes of aged cheese, dusty cellar and mold. Pleasant rich cherry notes balance the funk. Some acidity. A hint of wood.
T: The flavor is tart with interesting and pleasant notes of sour cherries. A salty funky note of cheese and horse blanket. Faint residual sweetness. Notes of lemon, wood and grass. The finish is dry with a mild grassy bitterness and hints of minerals and lingering cherry aromas.
M: Medium body with pleasant carbonation and a not overly dry finish.
D: A very good fruit lambik with an interesting cherry character. Impressive.
10-18-2009 21:50:14 | More by ricke
4.47/5 rDev +0.2%
Pours pinkish red with a surprisingly, for the style, mildly small white foam head. Maybe an inch or so. Long lasting white foam crust.
Smells like oak, interestingly tart cherries ... almost more of what I would expect from a berry lambic versus a kriek ... and ... more oak. Also that lemon/vinous zestiness that characterizes fonteinen brews, and good sours in general.
I'm surprised by how oak/lemon/vinous forward the brew is. The cherries are there, adding a pungent tartness that avoids any hint of the medicinal awful sweetness that bad krieks possess, but I wouldn't say they are the highlight of this beer. They enhance, rather than dominate.
Interesting, very good.
09-27-2009 08:23:35 | More by Overlord
3.68/5 rDev -17.5%
Huge thanks to Koopa for sending this my way, thank you so much I included it as part of a larger sour tasting. Reddish-pink color and different than the Hommage. Smells like cherry lambic but not as fruity as I hoped. Then again, this was bottled in March of 2005 so that could be a factor. The taste was spritzy cherries that reminded me of cherry 7-Up! This was a good enough kriek but nowhere close the Hommage.
09-22-2009 02:04:21 | More by ArrogantB
4.22/5 rDev -5.4%
A: Reddish rust colored with white head and a touch of lacing.
S:Very musty but in the best way possible. Hints of cherries right behind that. A little bit of funk in there as well. They are masters of blending so nothing really takes the lead.
T: Nice mix of cherries with a little bit of vinegar. The bottom of the bottle and the yeast made this beer super tart.
M: Very nice. A little thick for the style.
D: All day long. So good and easy to drink. They are one of those breweries that you see their beer you do not even think about it twice.
09-13-2009 19:42:09 | More by aerozeppl
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
4.6/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks to bifrostguard for opening this up at Toronado tonight. This is from '06. 750ml into a tulip, this beer pours a clear glowing garnet color with a finger of cherry-red foam. The nose is muted at colder temperatures, but it begins to open up around 60 degrees. Sour cherries at the forefront, juicy and sharp, with a leathery, barnyard-like funky backbone. The cherries are beautifully expressed in the aroma, swirling brings out one of the most intense tart cherry aroma I've come across in beer. On the tongue this beer is sharp and acidic from start to end, massively fruity but subtly complex. Earth, leather and tobacco undertones lead into a crisp, biting finish. The sourness is very lactic and concentrated, and the beer on the whole is surprisingly clean, which really helps to showcase the character of the fruit. This one's tart as hell, a definite sipper, but one I enjoyed sipping on for over an hour.
06-21-2009 10:19:50 | More by largadeer
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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