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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 244
Hads: 778
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.13%
Wants: 506
Gots: 194 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of iong516
5/5  rDev +14.9%

2011 750mL shared among seven. Kicking myself for not buying both bottles on the shelf at 35.99 in 2013.

This is an absolutely beautiful lambic. This bottle had no overpowering sourness mentioned in other reviews, also no medicine.

Amazingly clean with subtle funk, cherry, lightly sour, light body, mild carb with almost no pop when the cork came out, but nicely effervescent when swished. Again, it's a shame I didn't get both dusty bottles off the shelf. I would love to have this again, maybe with a few less people. Everyone absolutely loved it, even the "i don't really like sours" guy at the share. (614 characters)

Photo of alfrantzell
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (570 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 DmanGTR
4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Post boards celebration! Shared this with my gf.

Brilliant ruby red with a pinkish white head in my mini Duvel tulip. The nose can be smelled across the room. Holy cherries! Tart and juicy. I can't remember having anything this cherry-forward before. Aside from Blabaer, I've never had anything this tart. Sour with just enough Brettanomyces funk in the background. Beautifully crafted. Refreshing body with a sparkle of carbonation. Moar!! (441 characters)

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

Got this bottle the day it was bottled from Armand himself. This beer didn’t re-ferment in the bottle yet. Following Armand’s advice, consume the same evening.
Look: pours a deep dark red color with no head
Smell: Cherries, fresh cherries and cherries. Light tart, some vinigar, oak and yeasy as well.
Taste: follows the nose. Full of fresh cherries, perfectly balanced by the typical 3 fonteinen funky sourness and wooden tones of the beer.
Mouthfeel: medium body and very low carbonation
Overall: Unique to try, significantly different from the bottled and re-fermented one! This is like a lambic with fresh cherries juice. I had world class fruit beers before (hommage, framboos, fou foune, blabaer) but this must be the best fruit taste I ever had. Pure juice, amazing! (780 characters)

Photo of boMD
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (418 characters)

Photo of biggied
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A somewhat hazy deep red and amber color, the head is kind of small, but its got a thin ring of lace around the glass, and stay throughout my sipping...

S: A very very good oak character, not an overpowering bit of oak, but smooth, and mellow, then the Kriek or cherry smell comes in, this isn't artificial at all, and you can tell. It finishes semi-tart in the nose, quite enticing for the taste...

T: What a beer, sour sour cherry flavor, tHe cherry is real, and reminds you of ripe red cherries, just overwhelming! Oak fills out the flavor as it leaves your mouth somewhat pucker but also looking for more...

M: This is perfectly carbonated, perfectly bodied, and begs to be had in moderation...

D: A great sour pucker! (729 characters)

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (517 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 bigfnjoe
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter

A- pours a dark purplish/red. No head at all. Yay for lambic!

S- the aroma is a huge blast of cherries, almost suffocating me. It's amazing

T- the cherry flavor I'm getting out of this is intense, coming off both sweet and sour at the same time

M- body is rather thin, as most lambics are

O- this is fantastic. If only it cost less than $35 a bottle.... (398 characters)

Photo of irishgurl4
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
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 (1,283 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

Pours from 750ml black foil wrapped and caged and corked bottle(bottled March 22 2006) a hazy red with a 1 finger head of foam. Lots of nice lacing and I'm guessing that the head retention will be good.

The smell, which I noticed the very second that I popped to cork, is an explosion of sour cherries and spices with a side order of some yeast and earth. Love that nose!

The taste....ahhh! Big sour cherry notes with an ample and welcomed clove flavour, some earthy tones, more spices..the flavours never seem to end and man, what a joy to drink! I better slow down though so I can savour every drop. Yep, it's *that* good.

Nice medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation, it finishes with a super sour kick mixed with some more spice. Love it!

Bottom line: This is a great brew and, from my point of view, that's all I need to say. ;^) (913 characters)

Photo of photomike
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated early 2005. Drunk as a celebratory bottle for my graduation from college, and there couldn't have been a better pick.

Pours an amazing looking deep, muddy ruby color with a tiny bit of head only coming out when poured super aggressively. What little head is there dissipates to a white ring that lasts for a long time. No lacing.

The aroma is made up of mountains of sour cherries. Real, natural cherries that makes this beer seem distinctly superior to the sweetened or syruped ones it shares a shelf with. A nice woody, earthy scent is detected as well, like a wet log in a forest after it rains. This scent is understated, though, and melds extremely well with the cherries.

Taste is incredible as well. Sour, but not overly so by any means, and incredibly dry. Cherries are obviously the star, but there is some nice spicy, lemony, earthy notes as well. Slightly tannic and vinuous. I think what makes this kriek so great is that the variety of flavors here come together so seamlessly that it can be easy to forget that so much is going on. Pay attention.

I was a little worried the mouthfeel on this one would be syrupy or too slick due to the visually low carbonation, but it wasn't. The tiny bubbles are plentiful and make for a nice, fizzy, effervescent feeling on your tongue that is just perfect. Medium bodied, with a dry finish.

I could drink this pretty much indefinitely I think, but this is one you'll want to take your time with. An all-around spectacular beer that really blew me away.

Almost definitely the best kriek I've ever had, and probably the best lambic as well. (1,613 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 rye726
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (295 characters)

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

Huge thanks to Andy for sharing this one with me! Poured into a chalice. Bright deep red on this one with no head. Some tiny bubbles shoot up the body of this one.

Pretty straight forward aroma here. Nice tart cherry aroma here with a nice cellar must to it. Really a well done balance of tart and sweet here. Mellow cherry flavors with a sweet flavor and tart finish. Really dry cherry skin flavor with a bit of vanilla and oak.

The feel is this is great. Perfectly light body with soft carbonation. When it comes down ot it I really wonder if it gets better than this. A real treat here. (591 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Dark ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.

An incredible combination consisting of incredibly powerful, stinging sourness, plump and juicy cherries, and earthy oak. Everything is in balance yet powerful, all at once. Perfect.

The flavor too is just phenomenal. The cherries are vibrant and tart, the sourness is consistent and strong from sip to swallow. This is lip puckering stuff here! Phenomenal.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A truly special beer. One of my favorites. (611 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark pink pour with great clarity and a big frothy lighter shade of pink head to it. A work of art. Massive sour aroma, possibly the most I've ever come across. Damn. Delivers on the cherry aroma as well, could be bigger, comes with some oak to round it out, just another amazing sense experience. Stays away from what is often undesireable funk aroma and just goes heavy on the sour.

Heavily sour, acidic, big time cherry delivery, yet a light body, not syrupy or anywhere near being overly sweet. If you're all about sour and cherries, this is your beer. Discernably better than the cherry stuff from Cantillon, who makes nothing but excellent stuff. Its not just cherry though, the acidic and light body makes me think some lemon and lime have a role up in here. These shaerbeekse cherries really seem way more tart than any other kind.

Great dry mouthfeel, sourness never fades, good at any temperature. Amazing stuff at a high price tag, but definitely worthy on special occasions.

EDIT: The last bottle I had could have used a tad more carbonation, still lovely, but had to change the 4.85 score it was. We'll see if it rises back to the top, still have plenty of bottles on hand. (1,200 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a wonderful way to celebrate review #1200. I had been hunting this one down forever and even once I got it I saved this for th last couple of months, just to make sure I would have it for a nice occasion. Well last night i noticed it was review #1200 time, so I opened this one up. Very nice 750ml corked, caged, and black wrapped. Vintage 2005 bottle was served at cellar temp in an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 09/10/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich dark pink color coming out of the bottle. Lots of cloudiness and haze, with a decent amount of sediment as well. A smallish layer of white fizz came up over the top and settled down nicely into a thin veil that covered the rest of the glass, with little in the way of carbonation.

The aroma was to die for. Rich, decadent, extremely tart cherries ruled the day here. Lots of funky brett aromas that really just kept coming and coming up over the top of the glass. Some light, almost vinous like quality as it warmed, but still, the major attraction here was the huge amount of funkiness. The flavor carried this point over very well. Lots of of tart cherries rolling across the tongue immediatly upon taking a sip. Rich, with a huge sour profile that both puckered the lips and shreddded the taste buds. Long lasting, dry, and bitterly sour finish topped off what was an extremely enjoyable sipper. Light, airy feel on this one only served to enhance the flavor and really make it pop so to speak. A wonderful expeirence here for sure.

Overall this was excellent. Easily one of the best I have ever had in the style and well worth its reputation and ranking. I would have no issue at all with getting this one again any day. Really a top notch beer and something that any fan of sours really needs to give a try. (1,785 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,282 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, C&C 750ml. Teku glass.

A: Pours crimson with a half finger of attractive, pink-tinted foam, receding moderately soon to a thick ring. Minimal lacing but very good retention.

S: Gorgeous aroma of cherry, red wine, light funk, a bit of grassiness, and dry cinnamon toast.

T: Cherry and funk meld well, with a light tartness building to more of a moderate sourness. A nice red wine character, with light oak in the background. Fairly dry.

M: Medium body and medium light carbonation.

O: Phenomenal flavors and highly drinkable. The cherry is light but still noticeable, and the light to moderate tartness makes this highly drinkable and a good pairing with food. If only this were widely available, I could see drinking this all summer long. (758 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml from 2010 at Ebenezer's during the Night of the Great Thirst; reviewed from notes.

A: Cloudy vermillion body with almost no head - just a few pink bubbles. Meh.

S: Rich, intense, sour cherry, accompanied by equally rich herbal, earthy, cheesy funk. Perfect.

T: Follows the nose - impeccable balance of juicy, zesty, sour cherry richness and deep, rocky, herbal, musty funkiness. Straightforward Kriek perfection.

M: Smooth, slick, and moderately carbonated medium body. Good.

O: While I'm a huge 3 Fonteinen fan, I've never been that impressed by their regular Oude Kriek. I was absolutely blown away by this, my first taste of the Schaerbeekse; I will from now on buy every bottle I see, the cost be damned. Incredibly delicious.

Cheers! (750 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tasting glass. Nice dark red color that is slightly see through. The light pink head disappears almost completely after pouring.

The aroma is full of sweet cherry; only a hint of sourness is evident.

The taste starts out with just the slightest hint of sweet cherry. This is quickly turned into a sour cherry lemonade flavor, finishing dry and tart. This is one of the cleanest sour flavors I've enjoyed.

The body is light and the mouthfeel is smooth; most of the carbonation was lost in the pour it appears.

This is one of the best balanced fruit lambics I've had, revealing a nice sweet flavor while maintaining the wonderful yeast tartness. (661 characters)

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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