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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 244
Hads: 778
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.13%
Wants: 506
Gots: 194 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Intense Red sampled during the RBWG-2014 in Asheville.

Brilliant ruby red color; clear, with a thin, semi-durable, top coat.

Aroma: Moderately funky; slightly fruity.

Flavor: As usual for style, this tastes much better than it smells, and it is much fruitier. Cherries, raspberries, and vague soft fruits in a moderately tart mix. Fairly intense, as promised. (363 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.15/5  rDev -27.6%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nearly no head. Very light spotty lace. The color of the broth is bright cherry red with mildest of chill hazes. After a few minutes, there is no head and no lace.

Sour cherry aroma.

Extremely, lip-puckeringly sour. Extreme through the finish. Short aftertaste. Surprisingly little cherry flavor and absolutely no sweetness. Not your typical Kriek. Full bodied for the style with a low carbonation level. (406 characters)

Photo of RodneyX
3.33/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of MaltaIndia
3.51/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Koopa for sending this my way, thank you so much I included it as part of a larger sour tasting. Reddish-pink color and different than the Hommage. Smells like cherry lambic but not as fruity as I hoped. Then again, this was bottled in March of 2005 so that could be a factor. The taste was spritzy cherries that reminded me of cherry 7-Up! This was a good enough kriek but nowhere close the Hommage. (415 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Belgium from Bier Tempel in Brussels.

750ml corked and caged green bottle uncorks with minimal effort with a loud socking thunk. Pours a dirty, muddled red-pink colour, with a frothing and fizzling head of rose that effervesces to nothing, like a glass of soda. Light body, very little to it. Apart from the colour, I'm not overly impressed.

Nose is organic and funky, with slightly acidic medicinal cherry overtones. Quite brightly flavoured, but also deeply husky and pongy, like a good lambic should be. Not bad.

Taste is clean, vinous and acidic, with pleasantly tart lambic sourness that cleaves its way through the palate. The kriek character merely tones the acidity—it doesn't add any sweetness of true fruit essence. Finish is lingering and slightly bitter with cherry pip and stalk characters. Crisp and biting feel, although the tingle comes exclusively from the acidity, not at all from the now dormant carbonation.

Not a bad kriek, and a pretty bright and unapologetically acidic one. It doesn't have a great deal of complexity, and the rampant acidity makes me consider it a little unbalanced, but it's a respectable beer nonetheless. (1,167 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.74/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Kennyo!
Nice cherry color with a pale pink head. I've never seen a pink head on a beer before. Highly carbonated and head falls rather fast.
Smells like cherry vinegar cider if such a thing exist.
Nice complexity of flavors starting out with tart cherries and sour apples. Oak appears in the middle with a very bitter finish in an acidic kind of way.
Very lively in the mouth with the carbonation bubbles. Finishes very dry.
Good beer but best held for those special occasions when you have a nice meal to pare it with. (527 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL. Like the normal 3F Oude Kriek, this suffers from insane band-aid phenols in the nose that separates these from being Cantillon LP Kriek- the best in style. The pour is gorgeous- inky hazy purple, pink foam that settles quickly with acid cut. But the aroma kills the experience. Cherry pie tries to peek through huge band-aid and plastic. The taste is salty, sharp, but medicinal with sucrets and some numbing character. Overall, this is one of those scroll past expensive lambics and probably the worst in show for Drie Fonteinen. (537 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.87/5  rDev -11%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
3.87/5  rDev -11%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
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.
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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (1,493 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,463 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (2,344 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (1,199 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (723 characters)

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