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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 432
Gots: 196 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004)
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Photo of drtth
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This was bottled 26 Apr, 2011.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark, almost purple, red with a 1/8” irregular head surrounded by a ring around the inside of the glass. The head soon recedes leaving the ring and a few isolated patches of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves behind lots of leggy lacing, most of which clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: When the bottle is opened the aroma of tart cherries is detectable almost immediately. The oak remains well behaved in the background and contributes a touch of wood and vanilla. The characteristic funk associated with the Brett has not yet emerged or taken over this beer.

Taste: The flavors are predicted well by the nose, with lots of tart cherry flavor (and a nice mouth pucker to go with it). Some woody oak and vanilla come in about midway through and there is a touch of sweetness to round things out before the finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the light, persistent carbonation leaves a gentle clean, crisp prickly feel. The finish is long and ends reasonably dry along with a persistent tart “pucker” in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a very nice beer to sip and enjoy. At the price of this bottle I’ll probably not be sampling this one very often, but I certainly intend to have it again. Everything here is clean and crisp and I can easily see why many prefer their fruit lambics on the young side before the Brett and funkiness take over. I also think that the variety of cherries used does differentiate this from Kriek’s made with other tart cherries. On the label it describes these cherries as being prized by the makers of Kriek. I understand that now and it isn’t hyperbole.

drtth, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of meathookjones
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 750ml bottle had a bottled on date of March of 05. Dark red body with a small white bubbly head that quickly recedes down leaving some light rings of lacing. Big aroma filled with tart cherries, woody notes and some light funkiness. A light sweetness peaks through the mainly sour nose. I am surprised how much the cherries come through. The flavor starts off with the sour cherries, some lambic funk and some wood notes. The tartness is pretty strong but not huge. Finishes up with a dry acidic bite with lingering light cherries. The cherries come through well in all aspects of the beer and while this isn’t a sour monster it’s more than tart enough for any sour beer fan. Mouthfeel is great with perfect carbonation. Amazing drinkability as the only thing limiting me from having this all the time is the price and rarity.

meathookjones, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of DefenCorps
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DefenCorps, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Mort Subite chalice.

Bottle date 25/04/2011

A: First of all, beautiful bottle art. Corked 750ml bottle. Pours a dark rose color forming a medium but very fizzy and noisy big bubbled head leaving practically no lacings in the glass

S: Very fruity. Strong notes of cherry juice and apple vinegar. Funky and sour. A bit metallic. Light notes of sweet malts. A bit earthy. Leather. Earthy yeasts

T: Slight sweet upfront. Becoming suddenly quite dry and funky. Strong notes of apple vinegar, and cherry juice. Metallic. A bit earthy in the end

M: Very light and watery body. Medium carbonation. Sour and fruity aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. State of art Lambic beer

eduardolinhalis, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of jcartamdg
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light red with no head but visible carbonation. Aroma of oak, funk and cherries, just as any good kriek. Taste and mouthfeel is where this really shines. Taste rich of cherries, oak and funk back up the cherries nicely. Tart like no other I've had, mouth puckering in the best way possible. This is a real treat

jcartamdg, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of averse
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Absolutely great beer. Plenty of funky sour plus cherries. Smell is intoxicating. Taste is even better - wonderful cherries, perfect amount of sour funk. Great beer. Highly recommended...

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averse, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an acbf tasting glass.

pours a very pink red color with a small light pink head. Nose is light but very tart and very funky.

Taste is awesome, so tart an sour and super funky. Mouthfeel is fairly light and thin but it's very drinkable. Its super tasty and drinkable worth seeking out.

kingcrowing, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of sfoley333
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 750ml bottle from pizza port bottle shop. Poured into guezue glass. Poured a murky rust red color with nice white bubbly head. Smells are a low amount of farmhouse funk but a big vingear cherry aroma springs out to you. Taste is cherry with a little vingear followed by a nice tart dryness. The low level of carbonation gives a smooth feel. I wish i could drink this Kriek every time I want a Kriek. The smoothest Kriek ever.

sfoley333, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of sjccmd
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4-28-2010.

Pours magnificently red with a small light pink head that fades quickly. Very little lacing. The beer looks almost artificially red. Very neat.

Tart cherries, oak, earthy funk in the aroma. Slightly cheesy funk. Sour with a touch of sweetness coming through. Thoroughly complex.

Sour, really sour. Having had many sour wild ales lately, I wasn't expecting this to hit me over the head, but it sure does. Tons of tart cherries combine with sour and funk. Still a hint of sweetness in the middle of it. Oak and more funk are apparent after getting accustomed to the sourness. Super dry but the sourness lingers for a while.

Relatively low carbonation, but that doesn't keep it from feeling lively. Decent body, fills the mouth quite well.

Awesome sour beer. So many other sour/wild ales really just can't compare to the folks at Drie Fonteinen.

sjccmd, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of AlexFields
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Dark deep ruby red/magenta color, frothy pink head, looks exotic and wonderful. Obviously tons of fruit went into this.

Nose has huge dry brett funk, sour cherries, really an intense fruit character, bright and acidic.

Taste is very tart, big sour cherry character again, not a lot of sweetness from the fruit but lots of fruit character, brettiness and dry funk. Amazing.

Puckering from the sourness, pretty good carbonation for a lambic, pretty drinkable despite the intense sourness.

Fantastic beer, wish it were still readily available off shelf.

9.4/10

AlexFields, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a super cloudy red and pink color with a thin white cap that quickly died down and left mild lacing on the glass.

S: Strong, funky sour aromas of cherries in the nose.

T: Taste is sweet, tart and unripe red and sour cherries witha big Earthinees, barnyard and funk with a not of old spent oak spirals leaving a light old woodiness. Acidic tart, dry and lingering finish.

M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.

O: Very, very good. No major flaws.

barleywinefiend, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of joe1510
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml
$16.99
Sam's Marcey

Bottled 3/22/06

Drie Fonteinen's Schaerbeekse Kriek pours the color of cherry juice with a murkiness that's impossible to see through. A fizzy pink head violently formed with snap, crackle, and pops and ended up quickly fizzles out to no head at all. The color of this kriek is superbly rich looking and there are a few streams of slow moving carbonation creeping to the surface.

Each time my beak enters the glass the tartness makes my nose hair curl. The cherries are noticeable in the background and are fairly faint. Dusty wildflower like funkiness adds to the noticeable sourness and a firm, balanced layer of dry, brittle woodiness (oak) forms a solid foundation. With a little warming and a swirl the dark cherries leap from the bottle.

Ahhh, a nice cheek puckering sourness starts things off and pushes all the way through the flavor. There's a great acidity as it rolls over the tongue with notes of the dry woodiness throughout. The cherries bob and weave which adds a great compliment instead of taking over. The finish is bone dry and allows the sourness to linger. As this warms the cherries added really come into their own. This is an excellent kriek.

There's a lively carbonation that's prickly on the tongue but the body still somehow has a creamy texture, as creamy as it can be for as light a bodied brew as this is. The dryness is intense and makes this brew infinitely interesting.

The drinkability is out of this world easy. The puckering ability and dryness make sip after sip needed. As soon as I swallow one drink I need another. This lambic is so frizzy and refreshing it's a sheer joy to drink.

I can't recommend this lambic enough and it's actually one I pick up fairly often, for a lambic anyway. This is my favorite kriek and I really can't get enough of drinking this stuff.

Reviewed: 2/22/09

joe1510, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Leftofthedial
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

Leftofthedial, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of mlhyatt
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

750 ml poured into a tulip glass.

A- a beautiful deep intense red with a tall pink head that keeps a thick outside lace. A truly beautiful looking ale.

S- seeet cherries, raspberries, and peaches. A very rich funk that instantly makes your cheeks pucker. There is also a slight smell of cough medicine but not as poignant.

T- follows the nose exactly. The taste is sweet and sour. Sweet cherries and raspberries. Then the sour sits in. Completely taking over the taste buds. The medicinal taste is definitely present on the back end but it isn't bad.

M- sour as hell! Probably the most sour beer I've had. Full bodied as well.

O- a delicious beer. Sweet and sour and overall just amazibg beer. Can't think of anything that would make it better for the style.

mlhyatt, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

largadeer, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of levifunk
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up a 750 bottled oct 17, 2008.

a - ruby red pour, good carbonation, but not a lot.

s - smell is huge. could smell it as soon as i opened the bottle. very sour cherry. over-ripe funk. reminds me of an aged lou pepe kriek i had.

t - flavor isn't as strong as i thought it would be. sour, but not that much...tart would be a better description. Seems like the fruitiness is subdued, but it allows the oak and vanilla to come out. there is a slight bitter/alcohol hit on the end.

m - spot on. good body, but nice light lambic feel. carbonation is on the lower side, but still a good amount.

overall - this is a great kriek. i went in thinking this was going to be super sour like the lou pepe, and was a little disappointed, but after drinking more i really enjoy the added complexity it brings to the front. the only real downfall it has is the finish.

levifunk, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml green flask bottle with a thumbed cork held in place by a wire cage and red steel cap. Simple main label with the new US- Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen label, which is a reddish-pink in nature to accentuate it from the Geuze. Labeled as Shaerbeekse Kriek and listed at 6%. Bottling Date is 01 March 2005.

Appearance: Pulled Rhubarb tones pummel a russet dark plum with a swirling purple tinged dark red body. Gorgeous flamingo pink head sits sizzling above this fine looking Kriek. Head retention is good; the conditioning is classically spritzy with a softly dissolved ….

Nose: Tart, but not as tart as I recall. Wood, Oak and dark skinned Cherries litter the nasal passageway. Some light farmyard tones but they are minimal, this one has a defined dark skinned Shaerbeekse Cherry odor that sits nicely in and amongst the lambic dryness.

Taste: Chilled, straight from the fridge it felt a little mild, almost relaxed at first. This one needs some warmth to express itself properly. Once it reaches ambient conditions the Shaerbeekse Cherries really shine through, the oak aspects rise in the middle. The back end is dry, has a light sourness, litters the teeth enamel with cherry skins and finishes with a trademark Drie Fonteinen ending, in so much as it is acidic but not overtly so. This may take some time to develop and grow you, but that is the beauty of this Kriek, it creeps up on you.

Mouthfeel: The organic conditioning feels almost perfect. The zesty carbonation blends and melds with a solid lambic base that has woody elements which lend a stiff backbone.

Drinkability: Perfectly balanced, this is a solid deep and truly satisfying Kriek. It is far from heavy on the Cherries, like say a Cantillon Lou Pepe, this is more of Session Kriek that I could manage many of.

Overall: A damn fine Kriek, serve it very lightly chilled to get the best and the difference that the Shaerbeekse Cherries will be very apparent then. This is well worthy of a purchase, but at $17/$18 a bottle unfortunately this will never be a staple in my fridge, in fact I would go so far as to say that the bottle I purchased at Somerville Supersaver in NJ and lugged West and then shared with BA’s Davo and Erica before the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival will probably be the only one I ever buy in the US. It was a pleasure to revisit this marvelous Kriek, it is indeed one of the better traditional Krieks out there, but it is just too damn expensive to drink in the US, sadly. Maybe I’ll snag one more bottle to stash away, I have a feeling that this one will age nicely.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 11, 2005
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 timtim
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

timtim, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this in a recent trade with bosse.

01/03/2005 Vintage

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.

Thanks Bo!

pokesbeerdude, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

July 2007 Bottle Date; Sampled March 2010, lightly chilled at approximately 60*F / 15*C.
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, pink hued, darkly off-white colored head. The beer is a deep red color with hints of plum and purple to it. When held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear bright red hue, and interestingly enough, it shows lots of bubbles that are slowly moving up through this beer, struggling as if this is a viscous brew. The aroma smells of light urea and sharp lactic acid up front. This is followed by phenolic, slightly medicinal notes that have a hint of a plastic edge to them, but there is also a funky, musty, moldy quality to the aroma as well. Tannic cherry skin aromatics as well as some perfume like cherry pulp fruitiness adds to the complexity, but remain subtle compared to the other notes. As the beer warms, complex cherry aromatics become more noticeable, as does a deeper, rustic, farm-yard funkiness.

Definitely somewhat thick feeling, but not nearly as much as the slowly rising carbonation suggested. There is a deep, complex, rich, expressive cherry flavor to this beer despite it being quite dry. The fruit and some phenolic notes mix to suggest a touch of children's aspirin-like flavors in the finish. A chewy, flavorful, cherry-skin note adds tannic astringency as well as concentrated cherry notes to the lingering finish. This has a nice light sourness, at least for this sour-head, as I wouldn't describe it as a hard lambic. The acidity seems predominantly a smooth mix of fermentation derived lactic acid and acidity from the tart cherries. I really like the rich, palate coating texture that this has, despite being well carbonated it has a creaminess to it that is quite nice; this is really just such a lush beer that is quite exquisite for numerous reasons. Lambic funkiness adds light urea notes, musty cob-web flavors and some medicinal notes to the finish. As the beer warms a floral cherry flavor, as well as a hint of sweetness become more noticeable.

This is a very nice beer that is aging extremely gracefully; the lush texture, incredibly smooth, but ample acidity, rich cherry flavors and stunning visual presentation are among the highlights of this beer. The aroma could certainly be more complex, especially expressively fruity (but fruit aromatics are so easily lost with age). It is quite impressive how rich and toothsome that the cherry flavors are despite this beer being quite dry; this really speaks to the quality of the cherries used to make this beer. Damn, I definitely wish I had a case of these in the cellar; this beer blows the Hommage I just had out of the water by a long-shot. If I really had to complain I could wish for a bit more acidity and some more Brettanomyces funkiness, but really that is just being greedy.

Sampled 2001
4.3
4/4.5/4.5/4/4
It uses the same type of cherries as the draft version (Schaerbeek), but that is where the similarity ends. The bottled version is dry, sour and has a bit of cherry in the nose. It is definitely not sweet and the cherry is not too apparent in the flavor. The Kriek is the typical deep red color and was quite tasty. Of course there is the Lambic flavor present to balance and enhance the subtle cherry flavor.

Gueuzedude, Jul 04, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, 8 oz sample. This brew pours a deep ruby color with absolutely no head. Clarity is moderately clear, and there is no carbonation at all. Good looking cherry lambic. This one smells of lots of sourness, with a light kiss of cherry. There is a big mustyness in there as well. This one defintately is not focused on the fruit, with a very nice sour and musty. I can't wait to see what the flavor does with this one. Taking a sip, I get nice mild sourness, accentuated by very spicey oak tannin and fruity cherry. The sourness is mild, just enough to balance the fruity cherry. This one is not heavy in flavor, but the subtlty of it really accentuates the fruity notes. I really like it. Feel is moderate with a minimal carbonation. It is only slightly puckering on the sides of the tongue, so it really keeps this one drinking very easy. I really like this one. I think the flavors are really well balanced, with a really nice spicey tannin and cherry in the aftertaste. I could probably drink this one all night. Very good show.

kmpitz2, Sep 01, 2006
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 jjanega08
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= The pour creates a nice deep red colored beer with a thin bubbley soapy looking pink head. The head falls fast to a thin ring around the glass. Looks like a pretty decent kriek.

S= A nice vinegar sour to it with a nice earthy basement smell to it under it. There is of course a great cherry smell but it's not a totally sour cherry smell. There is a pretty nice sweetness to the smell. There is a nice wood smell to it as well. Pretty impressive depth for a cherry lambic.

T= The taste is just as nice as the smell. There is less vinegar in the taste than the smell led me on to believe. The tartness is not nearly as heavy as I would have expected leading to a more tolerable kreik that usual. The cherries aren't as sweet as the nose led on but there is a great sweetness to it still. Great balance. The wood is also a little less in the taste than the nose.

M= There is a great dry finish and the perfect amount of carbonation.

D= This beer in my opinion is even better than the Cantillon Kreik which I though was the benchmark before. This beer actually blows it away. One of the most complex Kreiks I've ever had and not overly sweet. A lovely beer indeed. Bottle from Oct. 17, 2008

jjanega08, Jul 27, 2010
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4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces very little head; just a thin pink cap that fades quickly to a collar. The beer is raspberry in color and slightly cloudy. Nothing spectacular to look at, but it suits the style.

S-The aroma on this older (2011) bottle is subdued compared to some lambics, but I still smell a good bit of sour cherry. Other scents include champagne, cider vinegar, and a light dose of earthy, barnyard funk. Acidity is moderate to low for the style.

T-The taste is flush with clean acidity, as well as some mostly-dry oaky funk, and more of that lovely sweet/sour cherry taste. It is very balanced and impresses with its focus rather than outright sourness or fruit flavors.

M-The feel is slightly heavier than some lambic style beers with an assertive but smooth carbonation that really compliments the flavor. Perhaps the best "feeling" lambic I have ever had.

O-What a great beer. It sounds stupid, but the smell and flavor are so simple and clean that the beer almost becomes more complex as I try to locate all the little subtle aromas and nuances that make this beer taste so good. Unlike some true Belgian lambics, I found this beer to be approachable, as well, i.e., not hugely sour or funky or hard to appreciate. The mouthfeel is also nearly perfect for the style.

spoony, Jul 22, 2014
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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