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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 427
Gots: 199 | FT: 10
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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 augustgarage
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have one of these in a cellar which I intend to review in a few years, but came upon several fresh bottles (bottled April, 2010) at a reasonable price, so decided to pop one open. Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Carnelian liquid, nearly clear (I didn't let the bottle rest long enough after chilling it I think), glowing cerise/ruby when held to the light, with a cap that vanishes before I have a chance to note the color. Quite bubbly despite the lack of head. [Edit: Subsequent pours from a greater height produced an active layer of cherry blossom foam, though retention is still poor]

You can almost smell the cherries being poured into the lambic base - lush full ripe fruit that are dark and tart all at once. The wild yeasts are immediately apparant as well, though the fruit dominates.

Oh my! Bracingly sour - intensely concentrated cherry backed with what could almost be lemon juice if not for the funk. Extremely long finish, once the sourness finally fades, an array of mild barnyard elements emerge, typified by the "horse blanket," fermenting hay, finished compost, along with a hint of aspirin and tea tree oil. These subtleties are easy to overlook against the bright blast of sour cherries - this being the most sour (and among the most fruity) beers I've sampled. Maybe not perfect, but superlative.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, and brisk.

While not a pretentious beer (being an ancient/rustic/ almost primordial style), it is still one to be sipped, cherished, and engaged with your full attention. Would pair very well with a variety of cheeses.

augustgarage, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of sukwonee
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish purple color with pink 2 finger head. lots of lacing.

S: Citrous, sour cherry, some bready malt, funk, barn yard.

T: I love it. It's not super sour or puckering, but it's got loads of sour cherry fruity tartness, lemon, citrous, with some barn yard funk, yeast.

M: Light refreshing body with perfect amount of carbonation. It's perfect.

O: I absolutely loved it and this was my first Drie Fonteinen. I think I may prefer this brewery over Cantillon (how dare I said this!)

sukwonee, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby with a foamy slightly pink head.

S: Tart cherries with a ton of oak, jammy raspberry and cedar. I get a touch of cinnamon as well.

T: Loads of tart and unripe cherries and cherry pit. Lemon, some barnyard funk and a good touch of oak. Some tannins evident on the finish.

notchucknorris, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of OldSock
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance – 750 ml caged and cored bottle dated March 1st 2005 from Julio's poured repeatedly into a flute. Beautiful hazy garnet beer with a thin pink head. The head falls after a couple of minutes, good for a lambic, and leaves only small sticky patches of lacing.

Smell – Juicy sour cherries with a hint of barnyard funk and fermentation derived acidity. The aroma is not as sour as some Krieks, but it is also not the sugary sweet type. Its a good aroma, I'd opt for some more Belgian character, but the cherries really shine.

Taste – This is the best balanced fruit lambic I have ever tasted. It starts with a sharp sour edge, thankfully it isn't mouth puckering or lingering the way many of Cantillon's products are, then the sweetness takes over and balances it perfectly. The cherries taste like they were just picked, liquefied and added fresh into my glass. The Belgian funk is restrained, but present in a hay like farm quality. Just a fantastic flavor, complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is on the weak side and that leads to a too syrupy body. It makes the beer less refreshing than it would be otherwise, but with flavor like this and restrained acidity I don't mind a bit fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability & Notes – Easier to drink than just about any other lambic I have had. This beer reminds me more of American products like Belgian Red or Supplication than a traditional Belgian Kriek because the sourness is more restrained and the fruit flavor is fuller and fresher. A must try if you can find it, even at the steep price.

OldSock, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml purchased at John's Grocery in Iowa City. Little pricey but the reviews made it sound like it was worth it. It was bottled in 5-06 but the label assured me that it would stay good ten years from the bottling date. Gotta like any brewery with balls enough to make a promise like that--gotta LOVE any brewery that can actually come through on that promise.

Pours like a kickass lambic. Dark and oddly natural looking, like that fruit leather stuff they sell at the natural foods stores. It's so rare that I come across fruit products that aren't synthetic that I'm always impressed when I find one that doesn't look like Robitussin or Windex. Tight little white head sticks around.

Smells like big, supersour berries and very tasty yeast. The yeast is tangy, not funky, and that's just wonderful if you ask me.

Tastes even better than it smells! Good god this is fantastic, the blend of sweet and sour and spicy is all but perfect. Tangy sour cherries start things off with a lingering sour that almost tastes like a wild ale. This moves into a more sweet, smooth middle that's like you're drinking cherry juice and then it ends on a bready, nutty back. Really nice

My girlfriend took one smell and made a face. Then she took a sip and almost gagged at the sourness. I guess she was expecting Lindemann's. Thank god she didn't like it since I had absolutely no problem finishing off the entire bottle. This is some amazingly good stuff, right here.

mynie, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Rutager
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked 28 April 2010. Shared with DaftCaskBC, poured into stemmed Lost Abbey tulips.

Appearance. Pours a beautiful glowing ruby red with a small pink head.

Smell. Big sweet and sour cherries, some nice sour funk and old wood.

Taste. Big sour cherries and lots of 'em. A little bit of vinegar and some dry funk and old wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Very nice kriek. Unique and big cherry taste.

Rutager, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Rastacouere
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back by MartinT to whom it was given by JorisP. Cheers to both. Enjoyed also with Oakes, Kimchee and tiggmtl Appearance is a beautiful bloody red with a thin pink head. The red is so brilliant that it scores a 5 anyway. Aroma is complex of lambic funk. Spicier than most with cinnamon, cloves. The cherries are very nice, feeling unriped, both black and red cherries, intense and bold for a lambic. Earthy mold. Palate is very lactic with its typical yoghourt sourness, balsamic and citric, moderately salty. Funky brett with nutty, earthy branches and leafy undertones. It didn’t strike me as spectacular from the first sip and sniff, but it grew on me and I realised I drank my glass very fast. I like its grapey vinous character and as weird as it sounds, to me, this is a quaffable offering despite it’s a real crime to just think about drinking this fast! This is a very complex kriek, with a good backing medium body and medium-high carbonation. Just what a brewery!

Rastacouere, May 24, 2004
Photo of DCon
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750mL bottle of this from Lukas Liquor, Manager suggested this was their best but $36 for this!?!? Had to buy it. Served in a champagne soupe.

Appearance - Ruby Red, not much head like other lambics...

Smell - Awesome Sour/Tart scent, of course cherries as well.

Taste - Tart and Sour but not as fruity as some Lambics. Has a more sour taste than others. A very mild hint of Cherry.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, has both a crisp and tart puckering effect, and champagne-like.

Drinkability - Great Beer! Not worth $36 for a 750 mL but worth trying. I still promote the Cantillon Cherry Kriek if looking for a great Lambic. This one only being $20-25 depending on where you purchase it.

DCon, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Sean9689
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2008 750ml bottle into tulips, shared with my girlfriend, at The Publican. Celebrating my 29th birthday so why the heck not.

A - Pours a beautiful dark ruby red color with a pinkish/white colored head which fizzes out quicky leaving a thin cap and some random bubbles here and there.

S - Tart/sour, lot of cherries, raspberry, funky barnyard, horseblanket. The cherries are so pronounced here, it's just wonderful. Sometimes sweet, sometimes tart...always excellent.

T - Very much like the nose, funky, tart cherries, sweet berries. All around, very well done. Outstanding, in fact. This is only going to get better. The funk, cherries, and slight sweetness are perfect.

M - Light, smooth, refreshing. Slight fizzy carbonation, but doesn't tickle. Dry finish.

D - We easily finished the bottle and we both wanted more. This is going to be a classic in due time. Stock up now if it's near you.

Sean9689, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased by me at a long-forgotten location. Dated March 22, 2006. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to some wisps and a thick collar, leaving behind a few stray splotches of lace. Hazy dark red with a touch of orange to it.

S - Aroma is stellar. Massive amounts of delicious Schaerbeekse cherries, some light vanilla, lactic acidity, mushroom and earthy funk, and a touch of acidity as the beer warms up. I'm shocked by how present the fruit is after five and a half years. This was comparable with Dirty Horse for best-smelling cherry beers I've encountered.

T - The taste isn't quite on the same transcendent plane as the aroma, but it's still quite excellent, marrying tart cherry with earthy funk, some dry oak, a bit of leathery brett, green apple skins, and some musty attic. It's got that great aged lambic character to it, but the intense fruitiness has mellowed out leaving mostly acidity and tartness behind.

M - Medium body, with a dry and tannic finish, and a sticky juice-like character. Carbonation was lower than I anticipated - this could have used a touch more spritz to it. I'm wondering if the synthetic cork contributed to the modest amount of bubbles.

D - If this weren't so expensive I'd buy it regularly. That being said it's similar in price to Lou Pepe Kriek, arguably superior, and is much easier to find (until people wise up and start hoarding, of course). I'm curious if I'll ever have the patience to let this sit on my shelf for five years again.

MasterSki, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Opened to celebrate the birth of my 3rd child, It's a Boy! Major thanks to Phelps for this in the Tickers BIF.

A: Beautiful reddish pink color, with a nice ruby glow when held to the light. About a half finger of white head with a touch of pink tint. Good retention and beautiful lacing.

S: Big funky, tart, sour cherries. Light traces of oak in the background. Nothing complex but smells awesome.

T: Sweet cherries upfront immediately taken over by tartness. Light funkiness and sourness comes through in the middle. Cherries consuming the finish and aftertaste. Super tasty.

M: Light body. Medium high carbonation. Puckering is pretty big until you adjust. Mouth continues to water for a while after each drink.

O: One of the top sours I've had. Just a tasty drinkable brew.

doughanson78, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a darker red color, much like an actual cherry. A thin, pink, bubbly head was there for the pour and then all but disappeared soon after.

The aroma is like a sour cherry pie. I get a pretty strong sour, tartness mixing with the fruity cherry flavors. A little bit of a funky, musty flavor is there and I get a little bit of vanilla as well. Great aroma overall, I love the fresh cherry flavor it had.

The taste shows a lot of tart and sourness to it. The cherries come out more in the finish along with a strong dry tartness. A little more funky, musty flavor is there in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it was a great beer. I love cherries so I've been looking forward to trying this one for a while. The tart, sour cherries were really great in it. Pretty awesome beer to sip on this new Year's Eve.

billab914, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - Delirium cafe

I astutely noted that they actually gave us the wrong beer - the 25 Euro Schaerbeekse Kriek instead of the 13 Euro Oude Kriek. Jackpot.

The label was molded and eroding - the beer was deep garnet and as tart as advertised. This kriek uses tarter cherries than the Oude Kriek which was pretty transparent. I preferred the 7-year old Oude Kriek and its decadent finish, but this was a nice treat as well. Tart, notes of balsamic, enamel decaying bite.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Photo of davod23
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into my Cantillon wine glass.

Brilliant, clear red color. A small cap of pink fizzles away quickly. Pretty.

Aroma is less of cherry pie than the Oude Kriek. The cherry in this one seems a bit darker, less sweet. Also, there's a significant musty basement component to this that is absolutely great, rivaling Cantillon's signature aroma.

Taste is excellent. Cherries, cherries, cherries. A bit of a funk, though not as much as I expected considering the aroma. Very sour throughout.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium-bodied for the style, very dry, very quaffable despite the high acidity. This is too easy to drink.

Highly recommended.

davod23, Oct 21, 2010
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.