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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 482
Gots: 194 | FT: 10
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
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 tubbnik
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Geuzedad
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of woosterbill
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of champ103
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date: 4/26/2011

A: Pours an absolutely stunning and vibrant cherry red color. Pretty much opaque red. A two finger pink head rises, and gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Some light lace. An absolute looker.
S: Right up front is the cherries. Slightly tart, slightly sweet. An amazing vanilla and oak aroma. Everything is so clean here.
T: Quite a bit more mouth puckering sourness and acidic flavor than in the nose. Though still amazing. Tart cherries, with enough vanilla sweetness to counter that. Big oak and wood flavors. Certainly some funk. Though the acidic character covers it up. Not the funk bomb I thought it was going to be. More of an amazingly clean, crisp, and sour lambic. Love it.
M/D: A medium body and perfect carbonation. Crisp, effervescent and amazingly clean. So easy and enjoyable to drink. It will be a shame when the bottle is gone.

What amazes me about this is how clean and crisp all the nuances are. All without the huge funky, cheesyness of some other versions. Not that that is bad at all, just different. Here the acidic/sour fruits and barrel character being the hole show. World class, and one of my favorite lambics.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a deep dark red, almost purple. No head at all.

S - the first thing I smell is funk. Funk and sour. It smells like other krieks I've had.

T - well not to sound cliche but there's lots of cherries. Good tartness and awesome belgian funk.

M - medium bodied with medium to heavy carbonation.

O - great kriek and awesome sour! I love lambics and wild ales!!!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on date of 28-04-2010. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a ruby red/purple color with a very small light pink head. Head retention is low, and there's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is tart cherries, barnyard funk, vinegar and some oak. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it's all tart cherries, funk, vinegar and oak. The sourness isn't overpowering at all, but it's a pretty good tasting brew. There's also a lingering tart finish. The beer just tastes better and better the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has medium/high carbonation and it's somewhat slick and very easy to drink. I think it's a pretty good overall brew, and it would be interesting to see how this one ages. My only complaint about this beer is the price at $33.99 a bottle. But even then I don't think I was ripped off for the price, and I would likely buy this again at the same or similar price if I come across it.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of averse
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
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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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.

Photo of sjccmd
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Travlr
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Flip4beers
4.64/5  rDev +4%

Photo of warnerry
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at 3F for 9 euro, into a wine glass; Bottled 4/25/11

A - Pours a clear deep garnet with one and a half fingers of pink foam.

S - Big aroma of tart cherries complemented with some must, but not very heavy must. A faint amount of oak. Pretty straightforward, but smells great.

T - Again, big tart cherry , but there is more musty funk in the taste than what I got from the aroma. Quite tart indeed, but not at all acetic. Earthy funk brings a mild bitterness. A bit of lemon in the finish. Extremely tasty.

M - Light and crisp with low carbonation. Tart throughout, but some bitterness creeps in on the finish.

O - Very tasty kriek. The flavors from the fruit are very nice. I enjoyed this more than the regular 3F Oude Kriek. Wish it were cheaper (and easier to find) in the US...

Photo of largadeer
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of drtth
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of levifunk
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of kingcrowing
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Fogindex
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.