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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse KriekDrie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

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638 Ratings
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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.87%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004)
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Somewhere between pale ruby and solid pink, with some clarity around the edges - small white head, but I can forgive this due to the style - leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Tons of cherries and planks of oak - sour, tart cherry flesh and some cherry skin - nice oak aroma, smells oddly fresh - some funky notes in addition to the sour, with some clean barnyard and a light touch of vinegar - malts are very pale and mostly hidden

Taste: Dry, tart cherries and oak - minimal sweetness, more or less tastes like whole cherries (flesh and skin) - works remarkably well with the oak, which is also quite tasty - very dry and very tart - sour, but mostly tart - some light musty funk

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, smooth with a nice, lingering dry aftertaste

Overall: Excellent stuff

This is very dry and very tart with some nice cherry flavor. It's a solid sipper, and clearly a different approach than some more fruit-forward fruit lambics. I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 15:35:01 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazed dark pink/rose. Almost no head or carbonation to speak of. Some tiny wisps of light pink foam. Very still.

Smell: Hyper tart. Cherry skin and citric bite. Layer of oak. Funk, must and hay. Cherry pit, but it's all about the tartness. Sour, genuine sour notes. Some cherry juice as well. Nice complexity and depth. Mild fruitiness.

Taste: Tart citric. Some building lactic tartness in the back. Leather, oak, cherry flesh, pits, and some tiny hints of cherry juice. So much tart aggression. Mild funkiness brings some grass and hay, but it's minimal.

Mouthfeel: Screamingly tart and dry. Smooth moderately light body with minimal carbonation. So tart.

Overall: One of the more tart beers I've encountered. Minimal fruit influence.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 15:25:39 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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notchucknorris

California

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 06:30:37 | More by notchucknorris
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at The Nova's (Hudson, WI). Hurt the wallet.

A deep and clear pink color with a light pink-rose head. Soft cherries in the aroma and the signature 3F notes. Fruit in taste but the essence, not the flesh. Cherry, of course. Good sourness, very clean, big on oak. Amazingly light and clean feel, drinks like the FG was 1.000. Thoroughly enjoyable.

4.5, 4.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 22:21:02 | More by tewaris
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bashiba

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep purple with a thin off white head.

The smell was tart and funky with a bit of oak.

The flavor was more like faded gueuze than kreik. No real fruit notes. Just a big sour and tart flavor and with bits of oak sneaking through.

The mouth feel was a touch thin with mild carbonation.

An underwhelming kreik lacking any fruit punch.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:19:17 | More by bashiba
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oline73

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered a bottle for our table at Teresa's Next Door. Poured into a flute/wine glass.

Appearance: It pours a cloudy red color with a layer of off white head that fades to a very thin ring on top of the pour.

Smell: This one is really tart right off the bat. Sour cherries and some funk along with a mild vinegar note. The cherries are the star here.

Taste: Even more sour than the smell. Vinegar and tart cherries with a lambic funk. This is a really refreshing fruit lambic. I'm getting a mild bitterness from the aged hops. The finish is very tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is incredibly dry.

Overall: This is the first time I've gotten a full pour of this beer and it didn't disappoint. Jowl tinglingly sour and quite refreshing. A classic fruit lambic.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 23:08:42 | More by oline73
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IKR

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling Date: April 28, 2010

Appearance: Slightly cloudy Violet-yellow color. Moderate light violet head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Mild funk and tart cherries.

Taste: Tart cherries come across upfront with a mild splash of funk. A healthy dose of genuine sour cherries comes across strongly. The tart cherries feature prominently in the finish. I also get a bit of leather notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied (for a lambic/wild ale) with a moderate level of carbonation which results in a satisfying mouthful.

Overall: It would be nice if I hated this, because it's pricey and something I can't justify buying often. No dice, it has a good flavor profile, the cherry notes come off as genuine not artificial, it looks good, and it has a pleasing mouth-feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:51:03 | More by IKR
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to foofaa for bringing this one to ffej of july. Not sure of the year but definitely a recent vintage. Served alongside an original 2003 Drie Fonteinen Kriek.

A - Pours bright ruby red with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh sour cherries, wet oak, musty basement funk and a bit of sugary sweetness. The cherries dominate the nose from start to finish.

T - This one is sour cherries through and through. Hints of musty basement, barnyard funk, bit of sugar and plenty of oak offer some some contrast but the cherries are never far from the front. Finish is dry, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Smooth body with a ton of flavor and moderate carbonation. Tart feel with a touch of sweetness, pretty dry toward the end of each sip.

O - This is what I am looking for when I want a true kriek. The cherries are intense yet the sour funk keeps them in check. This bottle reminds me that I need more of these asap.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:01:06 | More by orangesol
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raveskdr

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one a bit ago in St. Louis. Wine and cheese place! The last non LA sour I opened in the district. Date: 4/2010 on label. Served in FFF Teku glass.

A - A beautiful ruby red color. Very slight carbonation that fizzes Champagne style and settles.

S - Super funky up front. Slight stinky cheese/foot in the middle and lots of funky, sour cherries on the back end.

T - A huge blast to the tongue of tart, tart cherries. It finishes with plenty of funk, fruit, and especially acidity. One of the most tart krieks I've ever had.

M - This beer is incredibly bright, airy, and light. Light to medium mouthfeel with slight residual sweetness.

O - Not a bad beer at all. It's up there with Cantillon LP Kriek and Cable Car Kriek. It's way more tart than the other two, if that's your thing. But it still feels more balanced than it probably is. If it weren't for it being $32-$35 a bottle, I'd drink this quite often.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:57:20 | More by raveskdr
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 20:19:48 | More by barleywinefiend
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averse

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 02:23:22 | More by averse
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sukwonee

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
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!)

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 02:53:16 | More by sukwonee
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 13:48:25 | More by Rutager
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager.

A: 1/4" pink head over ruby red liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Yeast, sour funk, oak and sour cherries.

T: sour cherries, yeast, oak, and sour funk

M: medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: excellent drinkability, this sour treat of a beer was very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 04:38:20 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Auracom

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm pretty glad I've long avoided the temptation to drop the $$ that it takes for this bottle. Jeff found a small stock of 2005's and decided to bring one over, and I am very much obliged. 5-6 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.

A Sort of a cross between Raspberry Tart and Lou Pepe Kriek. Similar brown and reddish coloring but with a more pinkish head. One finger reduced down very quickly. Okay lacing, very little legs.

S - Rounded Brett funk of grass, hay, and some barnyard. You can tell that the cherries have mellowed a bit over time and now have a relaxed interplay. That being said, the fruit can be pulled out pretty easily with some room to breathe.

T - Very tart, acedic cherries and pits. Somewhat vinegary, lemon peel bite. Really no sweetness or added spice complexity to back this one. It seems to have fully melded into a sour bomb and is nearly beyond Fou Foune at this point.

M - Light body, great carbonation for the seven years it's spent in the bottle. Infinitely dry, effervescent finish. Fairly perfect.

D - I do enjoy this, but I think less age may be the way to go based on my best guess. With the cherries really being the emphasis, you need to allow that fruit to exhibit its full potential. Alas, it's definitely a treat of a lambic and a cool step back in time.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 16:28:07 | More by Auracom
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DmanGTR

New York

4.98/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Post boards celebration! Shared this with my gf.

Brilliant ruby red with a pinkish white head in my mini Duvel tulip. The nose can be smelled across the room. Holy cherries! Tart and juicy. I can't remember having anything this cherry-forward before. Aside from Blabaer, I've never had anything this tart. Sour with just enough Brettanomyces funk in the background. Beautifully crafted. Refreshing body with a sparkle of carbonation. Moar!!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 16:43:08 | More by DmanGTR
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warnerry

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:34:24 | More by warnerry
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter

A- pours a dark purplish/red. No head at all. Yay for lambic!

S- the aroma is a huge blast of cherries, almost suffocating me. It's amazing

T- the cherry flavor I'm getting out of this is intense, coming off both sweet and sour at the same time

M- body is rather thin, as most lambics are

O- this is fantastic. If only it cost less than $35 a bottle....

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 00:06:08 | More by bigfnjoe
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gford217

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated October 17, 2008.

Pours a deep murky cranberry with a short-lived fizzy pink head that recedes immediately and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is full of tart cherries and a little bit of brown sugar. There is a hefty lactic acid component alongside more subtle oak and brett notes.

The cherries are also big up front on palate but are immediately swept away by the oaky tannins and earthy funk. The sugar and cherries are still there but the tartness is a little more pronounced.

The mouthfeel is dry, almost feels like a wine on the palate with the fruity tartness and oak mixing together.

This is a fantastic beer and one that I have taken for granted as it sits on the shelf while the Cnatillon flies off next to it. Big fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:38:41 | More by gford217
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes... That expensive bottle that always just sits on the shelves. Split with my doppelganger this past weekend! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured ruby red with a half finger pinkish white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacint throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour cherry, cherry, and BIG funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, BIG funk, earth, and cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The guys at GBX warned me that this wouldn't be what I expected it to be. I must say, they were completely correct on this fact. If you are looking for something with pucker-power, this is not the beer for you. This one was more of a fruity funkiness brew. It was really well done however, and quite enjoyable. Definitely glad I finally decided to shell out the dough on this one. Might be buying more in the future to see what that funky note does with time in the cellar based on this first taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 14:22:07 | More by thagr81us
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 26, 2011 - Poured into some Goose Island stemware. Beautiful cherry red body with a thin layer of pink foam. Musty barnyard brett and lightly soured cherries on the nose. Wet hay and a bit of cheese. The flavor is filled with dry, tart, cherries and light, earthy, malt in the background. The cherries in this are excellent. The body is smooth and creamy with a nice tart/sour kick. Light, spritzy bubbles. Slightly more acidic than I remember the regular Oude Kriek being. Overall, this is pretty tasty stuff. I personally like it more than the Oude Kriek, but probably still prefer Cantillon’s Kriek, especially with the $28 price tag on this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 22:04:22 | More by sisuspeed
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MaltaIndia

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bright red beer with a fast disappearing pink head. It didn't really leave anything on the sides.

The aroma is sweet with strong cherry, some of it a little too candy like, but it's okay.

The flavor is sour with some moderate cherry notes - a nice flavor, but nothing particularly great.

Highly drinkable, but a little too sweet without requisite complexity.

A decent kriek, but I've had better ones.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:22:48 | More by MaltaIndia
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RodneyX

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep red color, no head. Nice looking, but not great. Rich smell of sour and cherries, vinegar, and oak. There is some earth tones, but the cherries are the focus. Plenty of cherry, lemon, strawberry seeds, wood, vinegar. There is a lot of acetobacter. Quite dry. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Long tart finish. A touch of astringency, very fine carbonation, maybe a little too much so it's kind of distracting. A good beer, but not quite as good as I was expecting. Annoyed I paid as much for it as I did.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 04:45:50 | More by RodneyX
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottling date 2010, April 28
Served in a wine glass

The beer poured a gorgeous, crystal clear raspberry color. A small, short-lived cap of light pink bubbles topped the liquid. The body bore a striking resemblance to a rose wine.

The nose was equal parts funk/must and sour cherry notes. Lots of barnyard character. Wet hay and damp earth were both apparent. Musty with a strong cellar-like quality. Quite complex and intense.

The taste was a bit more sharp and straightforward than the nose. Tart lemon notes were most noticeable. Quite citric and acidic. Musty, damp and funky. Some vinegar came through on the back end. The bone-dry, oaky finish was super crisp and tart. Slightly tannic. The big letdown however was that there was no discernible cherry flavor.

The beer was medium bodied for the style with a fine yet spritzy effervescence. Snappy and crisp. The liquid turned smooth and creamy once it settled on my palate.

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek was far more tart and funky than I was anticipating it to be. I really wish my bottle was a bit fresher so that I could have perhaps tasted some of those iconic Schaerbeekse cherries. This was enjoyable but definitely not worth the steep ($38) price tag.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 04:14:44 | More by Damian
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled April 26, 2011, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep red cherry color, with a thin layer of fluffy pink head.

S- Huge sour cherry aroma, tartness is mild, some musty yeast and oak.

T- Powerful tartness up front, layered underneath it is a lot of sour cherry pie flavors and some funky yeast with a bit of oak.

M- Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, has a crisp feel with some puckering from the sourness.

O- An excellent kriek, every bit as good as Cantillon kriek, the flavors are simple but done extremely well. It's a pricey beer but is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 23:32:12 | More by WillCarrera
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