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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 441
Gots: 198 | 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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4/5  rDev -10.3%

beermeX2, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

tmoneyba, Nov 12, 2008
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

redblacks75, Nov 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

caguiar, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

dgilks, Oct 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

jjheinrichs, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of SFLpunk
4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

SFLpunk, Dec 24, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Phelps, Oct 04, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Jwale73, Feb 19, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

mothman, Jun 21, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

51mmz0rz, Sep 25, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

jrallen34, Jul 05, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

hooliganlife, May 31, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Arbitrator, Sep 20, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

ffejherb, Nov 17, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 mL. Lovely color, pinkish/orange color wiht a light pink head. Good nose of lambic and cherries. Phenomenal cherry fruit character, natural, pure, juicy and lingering on the palate. Mouth feel seems a bit off. Awfully outstanding still, but not my favorite of 3F.

Crosling, Aug 01, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Bottle April 28th, 2010

Poured into a champagne flute. Crimson red, rose petal in color. Has a small pink head of foam thats very rich and vivid. Reminds me of strawberry taffy or tropical starburst, the strawberry/banana kind.

Fresh cherries on the nose. Kinda doughy, pie crust. Aromas of baked cherry pie, or warm cherry strudel. Nutty, unroasted almonds, cherry pits and wet stone on the nose. Some barnyard funk, a little musty, hay barn. The funk is rather mellow though. Sour nose, vinegar and tart strawberries. Fresh blossomed flowers, flower nectar or pollen. As the beer warms I pick up a vanilla, beeswax aroma.

Descent, medium to low carbonation at first, but goes relatively flat halfway through the glass. Very dry and acidic in the mouth, balsamic vinegar. Lots of tartness. Makes me think of biting into a very red, super ripe strawberry, eating a green apple jolly rancher or rhubarb straight from the garden. Fresh cherries, baked cherry pie, almonds, the pit of a cherry are all in there. Flavors I'd expect in a kriek along with blood oranges, pink grapefruit and lots of ripe strawberries.
Mellow, musty barnyard funk aromas. A little band-aid, medicinal character. The sour/tartness is a more predominate flavor though. Fresh cherries linger on the palate in the finish, with a puckering strawberry tartness. I'm surprised by how much the flavors of strawberries are pronounced in this beer.

A very clean beer in aroma and taste.

CashMoneyVagrant, May 29, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

Appearance: Bright red, white head, moderate lacing.

Smell: sour cherries, feet, funk, earthy, tart red fruit.

Taste: sour cherries, red wine vinegar, earthy, funky, tart, acidic.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, good carbonation, acidic.

Overall: A very tasty kriek. The smell is a bit off-putting but still very drinkable.

phichifiji00, Nov 16, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
bottled Oct. 17, 08
A- This beer pours a dense crystal clear red body with a brown hue to it and a pink sherbert head that is bubbly and soon fades away. The carbonation is bright and fast tiny bubbles.

S- The light barnyard aroma has a bright earthy quality that grows followed by a dry jammy cherry note in the finish.

T- The dry light barnyard note has a slight watery taste before a full fruit flavor with a soft tartness come in to play. There is a light dark cherry note in the finish that takes on a slight jammy quality. The finish has notes of old wood and a light aspirin brett hint.

M- The light mouthfeel has no real astringency and a dry fizz in the finish.

O- The barnyard and cherry notes are nice but turn a bit watery as the beer opens up. The very soft tartness and not much depth make it a bit drap to drink the whole bottle.

rhoadsrage, Aug 23, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage - actual cork while 2006 was synthetic. A touch more carbonation in this one, seems a touch more acidic as well as a touch 'brighter' which is odd since it is a year older. Carbonation makes a huge difference, allows the flavors to play as they should.

750ml corked and caged, 2006 vintage, I drank about 2/3rd while my wife drank the other third.

Cork comes out with a bit of struggle to a small letting of air, some pink substance on the bottom of it. Pours a dark red/pink with a thin finger of pink head which doesn't seem to stick around, as some yeast in the bottom mixes in it almost turns the brew the color of dried blood. Lots of micro bubbles on the side of the glass suggest good carbonation but with a swirl I can't seem to raise any head.

Nose is funky in a musty, moist earth type of way. Hint of cherries but it's subdued and more dank than vibrant.

Cherries in this one play a much more subtle role than even, say, 3F's Oude Kriek. They are more earthy and dull. Light sourness, musty dank funk with a hint of barnyard, quite tannic and oaky, hint of vinegar, drinks like a mix with Flanders Red almost. Carbonation is too low, needs a little more umph through the mouth.

While not overly sour this one is a gut buster. Could feel it part way through and I think drinking a while 750 might make you regret it in the morning with all those bugs. Not as drinkable as I could have hoped due to carbonation. Still quite complex and nice but just not a regular.

ritzkiss, Jan 17, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

Appearance: Raspberry red, no head, and very little lacing.

Smell: Funky sourness, cherries, and yeast.

Taste: Dry bitter cherry sourness.

Mouthfeel: strong acidic medium.

Overall:
It cuts through with tons of acidic properties. Fruit flavor is very subtle.

megahurts4, Nov 14, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy reddish color with an almost pinkish colored head. Head diminished into a thin ring of retention and left spotty lacing.

S- Smells of sour cherries and a bit of pale malts. Not too much else.

T- A nice blast of cherries with a hint of vanilla. A bit of wood in there too.

M- Light in body and fairly low in carbonation.

D- Based on the way it looked I thought I was in deep trouble, but I could probably drink this one on my own even though it doesn't seem like a beer to me.

nrbw23, May 24, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Ruby red body that looks kinda like red wine. Then a slim pink bubbly head that fades to practically nothing.

Smells of tart dark cherries, hay, some barnyard funk, but much more of a sour assault than a funky party.

Super tart. Dark cherries, hay, lemony acidic tartness, and a slight touch of lactic tartness.

The mothefeel is light with spritzy carbonation.

The exceptionally high level of tartness makes one 750 enough.

billshmeinke, Jan 24, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a funky beer, one that really changed my perception on what 'barnyard' is.

The appearance is pretty beautiful, but even the color and the remaining yeast in the bottle hint at a wild character. It is a beautifully dark purple that is very uncharacteristic for a kriek. It has a rose fluffy head that sits on top of the beer. The bottle had a lot of sediment on the sides and looked stringy, almost thought this beer was maybe sick. It honestly grossed me out a bit.

The smell is of a huge barnyard that has been sitting in Belgium for over two hundred years. The barnyard has had wet blankets and blue cheese aging in the attic for most of its life, with wet dogs playing tug of war with a bag of rotten cherries. It also has a musk equal to that of a boys middle school locker room.

The taste is of one of the most unique Krieks that I have ever had. It tastes like it smells, with a very heavy palate. It takes all of the cherry flavor, without the sweetness', and mixes it with wild bacteria. So much old straw, horse blanket, rotten sock, its great.

The palate is thick, probably because the bottle that we had was over two years old and incredibly over populated with yeasts. What a great, nasty, wild thing this one was.
J

Jmoore50, Jul 07, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml - bottled two years ago.

A - pours an opaque red-ish purple with an ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - leather, tart cherry, oak, acetic. The second pour roused some rainy day earthworms which is similar to a wet dog for me. Yuck. It wasn't present in the first pour at all.

T - super tart, dry cherry and lemon peel. Leathery Brett.

M - light body. Mouth watering sourness. Minimal sweetness.

O - intense, dry cherry sour. it's like eating a handful of fresh, sour cherries while wearing a brand new, high quality leather catsuit, only better. Cascade Kriek is more complex and tastier than this, but this is quite good, if you like a super tart cherry beer.

GuzzLah, May 05, 2013
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.