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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 244
Hads: 778
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 508
Gots: 193 | FT: 10
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

apparently one of the harder to find beers from these guys, and it is a real beauty. this is the 2010 vintage. it pours a cloudy pale red color, like a strawberry frosted donut, with some suspended yeast and only a small white head that settles quickly. the nose is the classic kriek smell, tart cherries, sour yeasty notes, and some mild residual sugar. the flavor is surprisingly not sweet, and it finishes dryer, which I really like in this kriek as opposed to others. the cherry flavor is very authentic and up front, but it doesn't dominate the funky yeast lambic essentials. in other words, its in wonderful balance. the finish is super sour, more so than I remember in any other kriek ive had, this one zaps all the moisture right out of my mouth. better carbonation than you gather from the appearance, and a light enough body, with hardly any sugar left over when you swallow. its really got an extraordinary mouthfeel. this is by far the best kriek ive had, its quality and tradition shine through. still, this is a style of beer that is hard for me to drink too much of, so I was fortunate enough to have a lot of friends, old and new on hand to share this with.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 6% abv, bottled March 22, 2006. Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Lovely pink head holds well for a few minutes before reducing to a small layer.

Sour cherry and oak come to mind first. A bit leathery and earthy. All notes blend together quite well.

A sharp sour cherry tartness up front that ends quickly. A bit of a drying oaky flavor. Leathery. Dries out quickly.

Lighter body, low carbonation. A nice complexity. Alcohol is a non-factor. Very nice.

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Photo of phishisphunk
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle on date is from 2008. Opened this one this morning for a Mother's Day brunch with the family. Served from a chilled bottle into a short tulip glass. Paired with fresh strawberries,cantaloupe, puffy pancakes, and multiple breakfast casseroles.

A: The Shaerbeekse Kriek pours a deep crimson with a short lasting cream white head with light reddish hues. The head quickly recedes to the outer edges and is supported by a continuous cascade of bubbles barely distinguished through the haziness of the lambic.

S: As my 4 year old says, "it smells sour." Hints of cherry, fresh rain, hay, and oak present themselves against lactic and bretty sourness.

T: The taste follows the nose slightly, but really acts to compliment the flavors of cherry tartness and sour apple. Light vinegar rounds out a tart and sour tannic finish.

M: This kriek is light and effervescent. The finish is lasting and dry. The end feel is a bit watered down.

D: I'm hard pressed to find the 6% ABV. Drinks fantastic and is very refreshing on this beautiful spring day. Reminds me quite a bit of Russian River Supplication which is a bonus as RR does not distribute to the Midwest. The 750ml was a bit pricey, but for the style, this is par for the course. Cheers.

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Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date March 22nd 2006.

Cloudy opaque menstral red...ugh. Pink carbonated head with clinging bubbles along the sides of the glass.

Wonderful soft cherry aromas with a hint of funk and nice tartness. Some berry accents with a light fruity evervesence that brings out a nice malty character with a hint of oak.

Light bodied with a decent puckering quality, fruity and full of delicious cherry flavor. Wood tannins with a hint of funk and barnyardy qualities. Finish is moderate with good amounts of carbonation.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. 750ml bottle received in a trade with rhinos00 and consumed on 12/21/2009 in a snifter. The beer pours an effulgent and beautiful dark pinkish red with a two finger pink white head. Retention is good. The beer looks great.

The nose is a nice blend of fruit and Brett, which is at a moderate level and imparts notes of horse blanket, merlinean cobweb crystal caves, and barnyard. The cherries aren't as pronounced as I was expecting, but they're still blatant. I detect oak and low acetic character.

The flavor is of tart and lightly lactic cherries with a balancing acidity. Brett imparts a slight mustiness, a touch of wet blanket, and wet leather. The finish is dry and tannic, with notes of oak and a lingering cherry acidity. Again, I was expecting a bit more fruit flavor in this.

I suppose I'll need to try a fresher batch. The beer didn't quite meet my expectations, but I admit that they were high. It was still quite enjoyable and I wouldn't hesitate to try it again. I had no trouble drinking the bottle.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The man with the plan brought this over to share a couple weeks back. Cheers dude! The label reads "Kriek van Schaerbeekse Krieken," which is the same as this. If the two entries ever get merged, I figure it's safer to add the review here.

From a 750 into a tasting glass.
Bottled 18 January 2003

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking pink head with half decent retention. Body is a maroon red color with no real carbonation evident. Head recedes to a bubbly half wisp but eventually vanishes all together. Really nice color on this one.

SMELL: Light cherries on the nose still, with sour lemon and funky barnyard aromas. Slightly acidic as well.

TASTE: Sour lemon, sour cherries and a bit acidic up front, moving into a lovely finish of cherry and raspberry flavor, peppery notes, sour lemon, herbal flavors and a slight bit of acidity. Really nice after twelve years in the bottle.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down nicely with a hint of acidity at the swallow and finishes dry but not overly puckering. Wonderful feel as well.

OVERALL: Excellent stuff. This one has softened out really nicely and the flavors work great as a whole. The slight touch of acidity is well measured as well. Lots of character and we all really enjoyed drinking this one. Thanks again for hanging out man!

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Photo of xnicknj
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 - 750mL bottle poured into wine glass - big thanks to BullRuth for sharing with my girfriend and I.

Pours a clear cherry red with some slight amber tones, and a little pinkish, champagne-like head fades out pretty quickly.

Plenty of funk right up front in the nose with tart cherries and fruit, alongside a hint of bitterness and faint alcohol.

Very sour cherry splash up front with some dark fruit sweetness. Dry phenols and lactic tartness dominate the flavors for most of the profile, although some light citrus and bitterness balance most of it out. Finishes with a bit of warm sweetness and more dry tart.

Lighter body, nice carbonation, some dry and sticky feels but plenty of bubbliness which invigorates the sense. Drinks easy throughout the entire serving. The tartness is fairly aggressive, but still enjoyable, and this goes down pretty smooth for the most part.

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Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage and bottled in April, courtesy of thagr81us. Thanks for picking this up for me Calton.

This beer pours a red raspberry bright red in color with a slight white lacing around my snifter. The nose is incredibly sour, acidic, funky, earthy, and has some yeast to it. It's probably the most sour nose of an beer not named Cantillon. This one is pretty sour. It's so sour that you can't get much cherry, or perhaps I should say any traditional cherry or a cherry pie/cobbler. It's almost pure acid. It's also a little vinous. I like it, it just isn't overly complex. It can't be. It drinks lighter in body with moderate carbonation. This is a really nice Kriek and I've had it before. 2005s are insane right now but I feel this is in its awkward teenage stage, at just under two years old.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Popped this cork to celebrate my recent promotion. Here's hoping it was worth the considerable investment. It pours a cloudy tawny-rose topped by a few fingers of pink-tinted white foam. The nose comprises tart cherry, light cobweb, vanilla, light caramel (very akin to caramel corn), dank oak, lactic acid, lemon zest, and a twist of ruby red grapefruit. The taste brings in more of the same, though the lactic acid and sour citrus notes seem to cloud the cherries out a bit. A touch of white wine vinegar is tossed into the mix as well, just to liven things up a bit. It's surprising that the tartness isn't more powerful, especially considering the effect it had on the back of my teeth. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, rather sticky finish. Overall, a very nice lambic, though it's hard to really enjoy it for an extended period of time (without experiencing some negative side effect of the sourness). Though I feel the cherries were talked-up a bit too much, I'd gladly take another glass, but I doubt I'd shell out the $35+ for it very often in the future.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005.

Poured an translucent and hazy red with a large foamy pink head.

The aroma was bursting with tart cherries, brettanomyces barnyard funk and lactic acid. Some cholrine popped out, but dissipated within a few minutes.

The flavor was intensely tart and acidic. The fruit flavors wer very rich a full. Intense sour cherry flavor. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice).

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

This beer was very refreshing and drinkable. Not quite as sharp and focussed as the Cantillon Lou Pepe IMO. Still, very tasty.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL green glass cork and caged. Bottled April 28th, 2010.

Pours a beautiful beet pinkish-purplish-red with a thin little crackle of head that dissipates completely.

Nose is wonderfully tart cranberry, black cherry juice, vinous notes, reminds me of nebbiolo and/or babera d'asti. Bright and sparkly.

Palate is crisp and funky. Big cherry and cranberry, leathery notes, red wine vinegar, moderate amount of malt sweetness to help round out the midpalate, and a long tart, dry finish.

Somewhat under-whelmed with this brew, but I suspect it's just because it's so young. Really dug the 3 year old Oude Kriek that I drank recently, though.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 bottle.

Appearance - Red body. Not much of a head, but there wasn't much of a pop when the cork came out.

Smell - Still has a strong cherry flavor. Less of the Drie Fonteinen signature funk. More of a lemony acidity. Hefty oak to it.

Taste - Lemon sourness up front. Cherry flavor isn't sweet. More dry and wine like. Finishes very dry and oaky.

Mouthfeel - Mild sourness. Much more dry than sour. Low carbonation, but that could be age. Mistiness does indicate its age though.

Overall - Lacking the Drie Fonteinen complexity, but that cherry flavor is very nice. That's the point I guess.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 750ml bottle.

Dark blood red, tiny bit of pink head. Aroma is heavy on the tart cherry with a ton of new pool toys. Flavors are mild sour cherry, lactic and a unique funky hay and moldy wood. Mild carbonation. Decent but not worth the price tag. I LOVE 3F gueuze. Their fruit beers are not on the same level though.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 07/12/2007.

Poured hazy reddish color with an average fizzy reddish head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Moderate complex tart cherry aroma.

Medium body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation.

Heavy sour cherry flavor with a medium tart sour finish of long duration.

Refreshing brew that is a standout.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy bright red colour with no head. Actually quite cloudy. Good.

Nicely funky aroma with a tart edge. Very sour cherries. Good.

A complex balance of soured cherry and funk. Very lightly bitter although that may be astringency. I quite like this.

Medium light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good and not overly puckering.

A balanced yet tart Kriek. Good cherry flavour and quite nice on the whole though it doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured int great lakes snifter.

1/2 finger of fizzy light pink head. Color is a bright ruby hue to it. Maroon/pinkish color. Very bright. I like it.

Aroma: vinegar, sourness to it, barnyard funk/horse blanket, leather, sour cherries, oak, and a medicine flavor.

Taste: The medicine flavor sticks out so much here and it takes a lot away from the beer. Oak, cherries, funk, leather, horse blanket all show. This beer could be a lot better if it didn't have that distinguished medicine flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart, mouth puckering. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends really clean.

Overall, the medicine is what kills this beer. Not as good as some of the others I have had from them. Not worth the price tag imo. Somewhat drinkable if one can get past the medicine flavor.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle dated April 28, 2010 into a Duvel 0.5L tulip.

A: Tons of loud fizzy carbonation forms a pinkish head, which fades quickly into a wispy lacing. Body is a beautiful deep ruby hue. There is not much lacing, but I still think it looks great.

S: Cherry aromas foremost, with a wonderful sourness and slight bit of funk.

T: Powerfully sour, but less funk than I'd hoped. Wonderful complex fruit aftertaste.

M: Less carbonation than the pour suggests. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, and absolutely puckering from the sourness.

O: Overall, I think I am drinking this beer too young maybe. I was expecting more brett complexity. The fruit flavor is great, but the sourness could be overshadowing the other flavors.

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Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a bottle that was corked on April 28, 2010, into a goblet.

Deep crimson with cherrywood undertones. Murky. The head, pink and girlish, flits away teasingly.

Schaerbeekse kriek smells like the inside of a winery, full of fermenting fruit and freshly-emptied oak barrels. It’s also funkier than George Clinton, with heavy helpings of hay, horses and lemongrass. Cherry syrup is there, but in a more subdued form than I would’ve liked.

The flavor moves the barnyard funk to the background, but replaces it with a burly balsamic acidity holds hard to the sides of the tongue. Tart and sweet, with smacks of underripe cherries that become more prominent as I work my way through the glass. Lemon peel, vanilla and new oak stand out against a backdrop of red wine.

Champagne-like in carbonation, the beer’s highly effervescent, which only accentuates the feathery medium-light body.

There’s no denying Schaerbeekse Kriek is a quality example of the style — a true lambic, with the accompanying tartness and funk — but I wish there was a touch less sour stuff and more sweetness. It gets a little too abrasive near the end of the glass, and I find myself wishing for more cherry.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of RomanW70. Served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured the color of pommegranate juice; murky with no head. Nose was sour fruit and cherries. Taste follows nose, but but not as sour as suggested by the nose; some acidity is detected in the mouth. Mouthfeel was light and lively; not too much carbonation, but some astringency is present towards the finish. Easy drinking and well balanced. I'm not overly familiar with the style, but I found this quite pleasant to drink with a tolerable amount of sourness; quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bosse for this fine beer.

75cl corked bottle into a tulip, bottled 01-02-2005.

Pours a super dark purple with hints of pink, very dark for a kriek. A very light pink head, almost looks white rises about a finger and fades quickly to only about a cl of pink cover. Good lacing. Lots of floaties in the beer...The aroma is really nice and balanced. A lot of tart horse blanket balanced really nice with the cherries, easy sniffer that makes you really want to drink it...Taste is close to the aroma, light sourness throughout balanaced by some tart cherries. Its really not strong enough either way for me to great, should be more tart or sweeter.

This is decent, but nothing special, not worth pursuing wildly.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled august 28th 2010

pours a bright clean and hazy pink and ruby red. pretty much no head what so ever on this. very still looking.

bright cherry flavor, very vibrant and fresh. lots of oak combined to really add some depth.

very tart up front. cherry flavor then emerges and and carries through out, finishing sour. light oak through out although towards the finish it pops out to combine with the sour. not much funk if any.

very light carbonation with a bit of tingle. very dry through out. mouth just puckers.

overall, i was a bit let down considering the high price tag associated with it. the regular drie fonteinen kriek has a bit of a better cherry flavor. quite good, i had no issues drinking this and if the price was cut back drastically, i would buy this far more often.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into goblet on 11/14/08. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing!

A - This kriek poured a cloudy, sparsely carbonated cherry-colored body with one-finger off-white bubbly head that diminished into a thin ring of retention and left spotty lacing.

S - Ridiculously sour cherry aroma that borders on medicinal. Almost has the scent of mild paint thinner or magic markers.

T - Opens with a blast of cherry tartness akin to cough syrup that encompasses the palate immediately. A hint of vanilla adds some sweetness to the pot, while some woody notes provide a slight dryness to the overall flavor.

M - Light to medium body with thin, syrupy texture that is very tart and sour on the tongue. Surprisingly, this kriek has very soft, almost flat carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish.

D - This is sour, but not over the top, despite the fairly strong initial aroma. While it does possess a slightly medicinal quality, it also has a pretty smooth body and a bold sour cherry tartness.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2008 vintage. I've missed every single bottle of this opened at tastings, except one where I got to enjoy the dregs (mmm... lambic dregs and the effect they have on my stomach!).

I was also beginning to think I am allergic to Cantillon based on a few unpleasant experienced recently, so I decided to take the plunge and open this. It helped me answer a few pressing questions:

1) Am I allergic to lambic in general, or just Cantillon?
2) Is this beer really worth $35 a bottle?
3) Is this the fruitiest beer largadeer has ever had, along with Fou' Foune, Hommage, and Lou Pepe Framboise 07?

A: Despite letting the beer sit, undisturbed, for days in the fridge and despite a careful pour, it winds up a very murky, dark raspberry red in my glass. There isn't much carbonation aside from a very thin collar at the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S: Beautiful, vibrant cherry. Wow, this is the fruitiest beer largadeer has ever smelled. I, on the other hand, find it remarkable but not mind-blowing. There isn't a lot of sourness on the nose; it's really tart cherry skins with a mild aroma of funk. A touch of wood with some spice (nutmeg?) to it.

T: From the way largadeer babbled about this being the fruitiest ____ he's ever had, I expect this to taste like cherry pie. It doesn't have the vibrancy I would expect; I guess the age has taken some of the fruit away. It doesn't have any pronounced bacterial character: not too much tartness or sourness. It's not dry. It is lightly funky and tannic in the finish, with an emphasis on the fruit. I get the feeling I would have enjoyed this more fresh, but I'm amazed at how balanced and well structured this beer is. No bracing sourness or any one dominating characteristic. Very enjoyable.

M: Great mouthfeel. The low carbonation makes it very soft. The flavors come out without too much acidity or tartness or sourness. Cherries are fading a bit, as I noted above.

D: I liked it, but at the risk of earning alfrantzell's wrath and being a target for Narke Xantus, Pt. II, I thought it wasn't worth $35. I will try it once more fresh and see if that changes my impression, but I can certainly say the price is not worth it for an aged bottle. On the plus side, I seem not to have any reactions to this beer, so maybe it's just Cantillon that bothers me.

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