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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 427
Gots: 199 | FT: 10
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004)
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Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Great Lambic Summit

Depp ruby red in color with poofy spritzy pinkish hued head. First whiff is of tart cherry, progressing into many complex notes of red wine with hints of must and vinegar. First taste is of a tart, young, unrippened cherry, it backs into notes of funk, cranberry and merlot grapes. Slight boozy touch and warmth to it. Medium bodied, slick. A truly unique kriek with many charachteristics of a red wine.

rfgetz, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of ChrisPro
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared at Memphis Taproom on 6/7/10 thanks to Brendan!

Pours crystal clear dark pink, with slight hints of violet. Fluffy bubbly off-pink head that lasted. Little lacing, but thick legs were left on the glass as I drank.

Aroma was dominated by cherry, with only the slightest hints of lactic acid/citrus. Many other krieks are sour lemon with cherry, but this was a beautiful sour cherry aroma, with a ton of dirty funk behind it.

Flavor was a slight sweetness and then truly a sour cherry flavor. Again, this was now citric tartness, but rather a perfect blend of cherry sourness.

Medium body with fantastic carbonation highlighting the sourness. Pretty dry finish.

Overall a beautiful beer that was incredibly balanced and drinkable.

ChrisPro, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Live review via phone. Poured into a snifter blood-red. Soft looking carbonation. Holy shit this looks good.

In the aroma, wild cherry, Sweet Tarts and a little vanilla. Not much funk noted.

Oh man. What flavor. Actually easier drinking than the 3F Oude Kriek or a Cantillon Lou Pepe. Oh make no mistake, this is sour. High acidity, yet not as high as the aforementioned beers. This is all about the wild cherry, as it should be. Juicy cherry and some nice oak flavors. No plastic flavors like I find in the Oude Kriek. Some leathery funk. Nothing outlandish for a kriek, but so well done and tasty. This is clearly near the top of the kriek game, if not at it.

Soft carbonation, only enhances the cherry flavors. Perfect.

I was a little afraid of tackling this alone, but the sourness, while high, seems manageable. Oddly quite easy to drink.

It's a masterpiece. What else can I say?

Patrick999, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep pink/red color with a finger of head and a ton of effervescent carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is tart and cobwebby with a decent amount of cherry sweetness peeking through.

The flavor starts with an initial burst of sour lemon and cherry sweetness. Underlying cobweb and dusty funk adds a layer of complexity. Some oak and bread crust are also present.

The body is medium and carbonation is at appropriate levels. This one drinks very nicely, never becoming overwhelming for the palate. Overall I am very impressed by the balance of this beer. Top quality kriek, for sure.

alcstradamus, May 27, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy reddish color with an almost pinkish colored head. Head diminished into a thin ring of retention and left spotty lacing.

S- Smells of sour cherries and a bit of pale malts. Not too much else.

T- A nice blast of cherries with a hint of vanilla. A bit of wood in there too.

M- Light in body and fairly low in carbonation.

D- Based on the way it looked I thought I was in deep trouble, but I could probably drink this one on my own even though it doesn't seem like a beer to me.

nrbw23, May 24, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage shared at Brad's tasting on Saturday.

Bang! Thar she blows! The first thing I noticed about this beer was that it blew up all over Brad's kitchen. We hastily got the remainder of the bottle into our tasting glasses.

3F Schaerbeekse Kriek pours a very rich and beautiful shade of red with a huge head that fades rather quickly and leaves no trace of lacing behind. Very tart cherry scents fill the olfactory senses from several feet away. There is a great funkiness to this beer that has developed over the six years it spent in the cellar. The taste is musty and sour with tart cherries - truly delicious. The mouthfeel is very nice, with mild acidity present in the finish. There was still plenty of fruit present after six years. I recommend aging this great fruit lambic, as it will only get better.

Huhzubendah, May 17, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jlindros, May 04, 2010
Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

corby112, May 04, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

drabmuh, May 03, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, rich raspberry with a silky pink head.

Nose has tart wild cherries, oak, red wine and farmyard funk.

Very sour, lots os funk, cherries and wood.

Crisp clean body is nicely carbonated. Dry, acidic finish.

Very nice lambic, but not really worth the price over the Oud Kriek.

rye726, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Oude Kried last night and was really impressed, so I was hoping to be blown away by this one.

The aroma is lightly medicinal, full of oak, cherry, leather, and earthy barnyard.

More of a black cherry on the palate. Not as sour as I had hoped for, could be brighter. Has a hint of smoke and leather. A hint of brett, and similar to the Oude Kriek, it has an oaky, French Pinot-like dryness with a meaty (beef) finish. The funk is there in its glory, the cherry later softens up just a touch, so it's important to let this one breath for a while.

All things considered, while this is very good beer, though disappointing, I'd have to take the Oude Kriek over it.

brownbeer, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Mistofminn, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

craytonic, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

emerge077, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

glid02, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of alfrantzell
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

alfrantzell, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of KeefD
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

KeefD, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

womencantsail, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

weeare138, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

nickd717, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

bobsy, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ritzkiss, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Travlr
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the source.
A: Intense bright red, slightly hazy with slight white head.
S: Aroma of musty cherries, and varied citrus fruits.
T: Nicely sour throughout, with wet blanket finish. Funkiness shines through.
M: Decent body.
D: Nicely complex, a real winner. Gives Cantillon kriek a run for its money.

Travlr, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of ThirstyBird
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ThirstyBird, Jan 02, 2010
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.