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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 244
Hads: 780
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 14.38%
Wants: 505
Gots: 190 | FT: 9
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 10/17/08.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with cherry and cheesy aromas. Taste is much the same with some funky cherry flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice funky and cherry aromas and flavors.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

159th Review
Bottle to Fantôme snifter

From notes. I've enjoyed this a couple of times, but this review comes courtesy of Knownfactor bringing this to a tasting...thanks Matt!

A: Hazy, dull strawberry. A few bubbles for the head on medium pour.

S: Mostly tart cherrie with hints of oak, yeast, and must. Touch of sweetness as well. Nice!

T: Brisk sour/tartness up-front with mellow oak and light funk towards the back-end. Not overly complex, but just right.

M: Medium bodied with almost no carbonation.

O: A very refreshing and crisp beer. The tart/sourness is wonderfully balanced with the sweetness, which makes this quite enjoyable.

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Photo of tewaris
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at The Nova's (Hudson, WI). Hurt the wallet.

A deep and clear pink color with a light pink-rose head. Soft cherries in the aroma and the signature 3F notes. Fruit in taste but the essence, not the flesh. Cherry, of course. Good sourness, very clean, big on oak. Amazingly light and clean feel, drinks like the FG was 1.000. Thoroughly enjoyable.

4.5, 4.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5

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Photo of texashammer
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brought this bottle back from the brewery.

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

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2010, April 28

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy plum color with pink highlights; not much head to show for the effort but it does leave some dots on the glass

Smell: Cherries, lemons and oak, with lactic sour tones and barnyard funk

Taste: Puckeringly tart, right off the bat, with developing undertones of cherry, oak, grape, lemon that arrive in the middle; the barnyard funk is powerful and builds, after the swallow, producing a bone dry, tart, oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: No sweetness in this Kriek and not for the inexperienced; quite an extraordinary beer

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Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes... That expensive bottle that always just sits on the shelves. Split with my doppelganger this past weekend! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured ruby red with a half finger pinkish white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacint throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour cherry, cherry, and BIG funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, BIG funk, earth, and cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The guys at GBX warned me that this wouldn't be what I expected it to be. I must say, they were completely correct on this fact. If you are looking for something with pucker-power, this is not the beer for you. This one was more of a fruity funkiness brew. It was really well done however, and quite enjoyable. Definitely glad I finally decided to shell out the dough on this one. Might be buying more in the future to see what that funky note does with time in the cellar based on this first taste.

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Photo of JulioH
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Great sour beer, one to be shared.

Pours a nice reddish black beer. Has very little bubbles, yet it is carbonated. Smell is of berries, cherries, etc. Taste is very tart, vinegary. It is not a thick beer, it is medium bodied. Taste remains in your mouth, as well as aroma.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Anthony, my cousin, for bringing this to the Citra tasting I held earlier this week. It's not the first 3F beer I've had, but I believe it's the first 3F beer I'm reviewing.

Poured into my snifter glass.

A - Dark cherry/blood color. There's a pinkish hue on the head, and it's a few mm in depth. The head dissipates quickly leaving nice head retention. No lacing to speak of.

S - Deep oak mixed with dark cherries. Plenty of funk consisting of a musty/horse blanket thing going on. Very nice.

T - Tart cherry finish. Funkyness in the taste mixed with cherries. So simple, yet the taste is much more complex...though hard to describe.

M - Dry mouthfeel. Barely any carbonation with a light to medium body.

D - Pleasure to try. I would definitely drink more if it was there.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a bottle at the Portland International Beerfest in July. $7 for four ounces was a bit steep, but was excited to tick this one.

Appearance: Pink and ruby hued spritzy brew, looking somewhat goofy next to the 14% stouts being served at the booths surrounding it. Somewhat like a Cherry 7-Up, but murkier and with very lively carbonation.

Smell: Tart and sweet cherries are accompanied by cavity-inducing sourness in the nose. Horse blanket funk is present as well, but lactic sour holds its own against the brettier notes.

Taste: Sour, certainly, and sweetness from the cherries. Sourness is somewhat layered as well, with the more bracing sourness never really tearing the enamel off your teeth. I think I'm having this beer too young, to be fair; the sweetness is still quite high, and the yeast with another year or three on that would pump out more of the sours, and allow the cherry-flavors to come through without being so offset by somewhat cloying sweetness. Still, really was hitting the spot on a hot afternoon, just not head-and-shoulders above its competition at this point.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, and finishing very lightly, with cherry notes on your tongue. Never gets medicinal, which is very appreciated. The sweetness doesn't adversely affect the finish either, and seems to solidify my guess that this beer would be served quite well by a little more time in the cellar.

Overall: Enjoyable, light, sour, and interesting, but I'm left wanting to try this in a vertical-style setting, where we can really see the beauty of the yeast taking the edge off of the sweetness. Worth seeking out if for no other reason than to forget about it for a while and tackle it on a warm day...as it's tasty now, and I can only imagine how tasty it'd be later.

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Photo of Jonada
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled on April 20th 2010

Appearance: Pours a dark, not quite blood color. Only slightly hazy. Low amounts of carbonation visibly streaming throughout the glass. Little to no head.

Smell: Tart cherries, lemon rind, musty, acidic, light barnyard notes, and very slight oak.

Taste: Wow, SUPER tart mouth puckering sourness upfront, yielding to flavors of cherry, oak, funk, and lemon juice. Finish is tart and dry with very little residual sweetness. Aftertaste is all cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. Very refreshing.

Overall: One of the most tart/sour lambics I've ever had. This is a really good kriek and worth a try for anyone that's a fan of the style. Definitely not a starter sour/lambic though.

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Photo of bobsy
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 01 March 2005 - fresh for "at least ten years":

Pours reddish pink with a head that becomes a lasting thick swirling patch.

The smell is of fresh dark cherries, vanilla, oak and a vinuous, earthy - gueuze-like undertone.

The taste is of fresh dark cherries with vanilla, oak and a gueuze mustiness mixed in. It is well-balanced among sweet, tart and sour. Cherry-fruitiness becomes almost plum-like as it progresses. It finishes very dry.

The feel is creamy and full for style with a long lasting aftertaste.

A well-done lambic - cherries very real-tasting. Nice mix of lambic and gueuze. Good oaky touch. Pricey, but worth it as a special treat.

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Photo of JonahNW
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle at the Memphis Taproom while visiting Philadelphia earlier this year. Maybe I got a bum bottle or my tongue was off that night, but compared to 3F's Intense Red Kriek and Oude Kriek, which I love, I found this one overpoweringly and one-dimensionally tart, lacking the bright, distinct fruit character I was hoping for. Still a wonderful sour all things considered, but more assaultive and less complex than the other cherry 3Fs I've had.

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Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

March 2006 bottle.

A: Pinkish red rhubarb color with a pretty nice light pink head. Head retention is good this brew has tons of carbonation its downright spritzy.

S: Nince and tart. Wood, oak and black cherries consume the nose. Some light barnyard funk but nothing over the top. Nice and funky cherries.

Taste: One splash across the tongue and this one lets you know its for real. Tons of spritz with a rush of deep dark tart cherries. The oak aspects rise in the middle and the finish is very dry. Acid and barnyard funk are there in such a nice way. If you are looking for a panty waist fruity girly girls kriek this is not it. Think Gueuze meets Kriek and this is the result.

Mouthfeel: Champagne meets beer, in a way that can not be expressed.

Overall: A real nice drinking beer. Shared it with a wine loving buddy of mine and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Tons of flavor with an insane amount of spritz. The tartness of this one makes it extra special. If this is their Kriek, I can't wait to try their Gueuze that I have in the fridge.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to oglmcdgl for sharing the bottle. I believe this is a 2005 bottle. Poured in some wine glasses.

A- Schaerbeekse Kriek is a slight cherry color with pink spots depending on light. Not much in terms of head or even a small cap, but some faint off white with red bubbles pop off at the top. A nice looking kriek all and all.

S- Beekse smells like cherries that spent some time in a special oak barrel. This gives off a tart and pleasant nose depending if you like the style. Some funk, some barnyard, yet nothing too extreme. Almost winelike in nature. A great smelling kriek all in all.

T- Great stuff. Sour cherry juice with some yeast in the distance plus some barnyard tart and somewhat sour taste. Getting some sour grapes giving off a vinious edge with just a hint of vinegar again very faint. Oak from the barrel and just a boatload of sour cherry. Am I in heaven?

M- Not overly carbonated but you can tell it's there. Some acidity from lambic style plus some tartness. This one is a pucker for sure but nothing I cant handle. A sharp crispness on the tounge but a bunch of flavor. A nice dry finish, this is a kriek to remember.

D- One to share with friends, no way I could polish off a bottle of this. Low in abv and high in flavor but not too harsh on the palete, im quite liking this offering from Fonteinen. Would drink again, im just not sure if i will be able to find it again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Green's in Atlanta, 750 caged and corked. I'd been thinking of trying this for a while, but It's hard to pull me away from the beautiful Cantillons that are available here. These style of beer are so pricey because of the ingredients, time to make and cellar the beers, and skill necessary to craft a fine lambic, that I can only afford to try a new one every now and again.

Pours an absolutely brilliant color of purplish red, like some exotic variety of blood. Transluscent with haze and fine suspended particles, but no protein coagulation. Nice head that is tinted pink. Absolutely magnificent in the glass with the light hitting it just right. The smell is sharply sour, but witth a touch of cream as well. Predominant component aroma is sour cherrries. Very little barnyard funk, but very nice zingy cherries. The taste is complex with cherrry sourness and unlike the aroma, quite a bit of funk. There are also some fairly pronounced phenolic notes, but these are fairly well integrated and fade a bit with the beer opening up. The cherrry flavors are very pure and sort of float over the other flavors in the glass. Still, its not a perfectly harmonious whole and although good, something is lacking a bit to bring it all together. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and a delight. Good drinkability, but the phenols and lack of totally integrated whole make it a bit challenging. I like this beer a good bit, just not quite as much as some of the Cantillon examples, or quite as much (as far as taste goes0 as I thought I might.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 bottle

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.

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Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of rarbring
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 4/25/11 poured into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. This brew pours a hazed color of deep beet red. About a finger of bright pink head forms across the top and slowly fades leaving some spots of lace clinging to the glass. The bubbles pop and fizz across the top and collect around the edge of the glass. A light swirl revives some bubble formation back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew has that classic Drie Fonteinen funk with lots of earthy tones and a bit of herbal aspect mixed with stinky cheese and diaper. Some pitted to rotten/over-ripen cherry character mixes with light notes of plastic and vinegar. Wet leather runs rapid throughout this brew with a little bit of mildew and old cork character.

The taste mirrors the aroma pretty much flawlessly but with more intense cherry character. The funky flavors of earth and wet leather are the first things noted with a slightly acidic note. Cherry flavoring runs throughout with a taste of pits and very mild oak to vanilla flavoring with a very light spiced touch of something almost like cinnamon. The cherries provide an added depth to the sour character of this brew and a pleasantly mild contrasting sweetness that is very natural tasting. Throughout the entire experience this brew never once came across being medicinal like some kriek's do.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. I wanted to tackle this offering with as fresh a bottle as possible to see how much fruited flavor was in one of these before it fades and the funk overtakes it. I was not disappointed in the least. I really enjoyed the natural flavoring of this brew and it was very easy drinking. At no point did I pick up on the 5% alcohol that was listed on the bottle.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 22 2006

A - Bright ruby with thin white/pinkish head that settles to a ring of foam.

S - Sour and tart with fresh cherry and spices. Earthy and musty. The fruit/spice combo reminds me a lot of the 2002 version of Unibroue's Quelque Chose.

T - Tart and spicy with fresh tart cherries, spices and earthy oak tannins. Some vinous wine like flavors are also present. Complex yet seems subtle for a fruit lambic.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with a slight tingle from the tartness and a dry lingering finish.

D - This reminds me of blending a lambic and quelque chose. Not as tart/sour as other lambics but extremely drinkable.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mothman. Bright red pour with a dark pink head. Slightly cloudy. Smells of fruit and funk, cherry and oak. Not as sweet as you might expect but rather a long drawn out over ripe cherry taste that ends with a subtle tartness. The taste to me leaves just a little to be desired. Light mouthfeel. Overall a really solid fruit lambic, my only wish is that it was a little cheaper to buy everyday.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

holds up well to its blended brothers- takes top prize in the drinkability category and despite its medium harshness still caters mostly to friends of cantillon. a brewing achievement and worth a try.. although i'm not sure i would drop another $17. one time treat.

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.