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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 402
Gots: 199 | FT: 9
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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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RomanW70

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a reddish purple with a minimal violet head. Aroma of brett, cherries, wood, and some funk. Taste is similar, but wasn't quite as sour as the nose. Lots of cherries, dark fruits, wine, and spice, with consistent sour present. Fairly light body with medium carbonation. Very nice beer with a lot of complexity, but lacking the strong sour taste i associate with a lambic.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 13:16:46 | More by RomanW70
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aasher

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage and bottled in April, courtesy of thagr81us. Thanks for picking this up for me Calton.

This beer pours a red raspberry bright red in color with a slight white lacing around my snifter. The nose is incredibly sour, acidic, funky, earthy, and has some yeast to it. It's probably the most sour nose of an beer not named Cantillon. This one is pretty sour. It's so sour that you can't get much cherry, or perhaps I should say any traditional cherry or a cherry pie/cobbler. It's almost pure acid. It's also a little vinous. I like it, it just isn't overly complex. It can't be. It drinks lighter in body with moderate carbonation. This is a really nice Kriek and I've had it before. 2005s are insane right now but I feel this is in its awkward teenage stage, at just under two years old.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:18:00 | More by aasher
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Popped this cork to celebrate my recent promotion. Here's hoping it was worth the considerable investment. It pours a cloudy tawny-rose topped by a few fingers of pink-tinted white foam. The nose comprises tart cherry, light cobweb, vanilla, light caramel (very akin to caramel corn), dank oak, lactic acid, lemon zest, and a twist of ruby red grapefruit. The taste brings in more of the same, though the lactic acid and sour citrus notes seem to cloud the cherries out a bit. A touch of white wine vinegar is tossed into the mix as well, just to liven things up a bit. It's surprising that the tartness isn't more powerful, especially considering the effect it had on the back of my teeth. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, rather sticky finish. Overall, a very nice lambic, though it's hard to really enjoy it for an extended period of time (without experiencing some negative side effect of the sourness). Though I feel the cherries were talked-up a bit too much, I'd gladly take another glass, but I doubt I'd shell out the $35+ for it very often in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 04:16:36 | More by TMoney2591
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SacoDeToro

California

4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005.

Poured an translucent and hazy red with a large foamy pink head.

The aroma was bursting with tart cherries, brettanomyces barnyard funk and lactic acid. Some cholrine popped out, but dissipated within a few minutes.

The flavor was intensely tart and acidic. The fruit flavors wer very rich a full. Intense sour cherry flavor. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice).

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

This beer was very refreshing and drinkable. Not quite as sharp and focussed as the Cantillon Lou Pepe IMO. Still, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 22:36:20 | More by SacoDeToro
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mmercede

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful opaque light burgandy color with a very small head. Still not as stunning as some of the bright red cantillon's I have had, but really nice none the less.

S: This is the quality of the beer that really shines through. Fresh baked bread, pie cherries, candy sugar, light vinegar, and a bit of funk and oak in the finish. Perfect.

T: The taste starts out blindingly tart with some astringency in the finish. Given the cherry flavors are still phenominal, they are just dominated by the tartness. No funk or oak flavors are noticable at all. I wonder if I had an off bottle because normally Drie Fonteinen is known for their amazing blance in flavors (a la Drie Fonteinen Gueuze). A bit of a disappointment.

M: Great body and carbonation levels. No complaints here.

O: With a bit less tartness this would hold up the the Lou Peppe Kriek. However, for the time being Cantillon takes the crown in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 18:47:41 | More by mmercede
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Oude Kried last night and was really impressed, so I was hoping to be blown away by this one.

The aroma is lightly medicinal, full of oak, cherry, leather, and earthy barnyard.

More of a black cherry on the palate. Not as sour as I had hoped for, could be brighter. Has a hint of smoke and leather. A hint of brett, and similar to the Oude Kriek, it has an oaky, French Pinot-like dryness with a meaty (beef) finish. The funk is there in its glory, the cherry later softens up just a touch, so it's important to let this one breath for a while.

All things considered, while this is very good beer, though disappointing, I'd have to take the Oude Kriek over it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 04:03:32 | More by brownbeer
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 6% abv, bottled March 22, 2006. Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Lovely pink head holds well for a few minutes before reducing to a small layer.

Sour cherry and oak come to mind first. A bit leathery and earthy. All notes blend together quite well.

A sharp sour cherry tartness up front that ends quickly. A bit of a drying oaky flavor. Leathery. Dries out quickly.

Lighter body, low carbonation. A nice complexity. Alcohol is a non-factor. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 13:36:48 | More by Bierguy5
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gueuzer

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/2010. Which is funny because I was at the brewery in 5/2010 and they had already sold out. Had to buy it back in the states (at about 5x the cost...).

App: The deepest rose I have ever seen in beer. Totaly clear. Nice white pink head. A thing of beauty.

SM: The slightest twinge of the DF funk, but very subdued. Same lactic tang washed over with a fruity jammy aroma.

Ta: Very lactic, more sour than I expect for a DF blend. The cherries are not as up front as I would have imagined. Dry, but not so much as a Cantillon Kriek. Missing that signature funk for the most part but it is lurking back there. Nice balance though, I was just expecting something a bit more complex.

DR: An excellent beer. I have to admit given the rarity and price tag this one didn't quite live up to my (unfair) standards. I think I would actually give this one more time in the future to allow some of the brett to play out a bit more. Also, I am not sure if the cherries just faded, but they didn't play as big a role as I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 03:36:33 | More by gueuzer
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phishisphunk

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle on date is from 2008. Opened this one this morning for a Mother's Day brunch with the family. Served from a chilled bottle into a short tulip glass. Paired with fresh strawberries,cantaloupe, puffy pancakes, and multiple breakfast casseroles.

A: The Shaerbeekse Kriek pours a deep crimson with a short lasting cream white head with light reddish hues. The head quickly recedes to the outer edges and is supported by a continuous cascade of bubbles barely distinguished through the haziness of the lambic.

S: As my 4 year old says, "it smells sour." Hints of cherry, fresh rain, hay, and oak present themselves against lactic and bretty sourness.

T: The taste follows the nose slightly, but really acts to compliment the flavors of cherry tartness and sour apple. Light vinegar rounds out a tart and sour tannic finish.

M: This kriek is light and effervescent. The finish is lasting and dry. The end feel is a bit watered down.

D: I'm hard pressed to find the 6% ABV. Drinks fantastic and is very refreshing on this beautiful spring day. Reminds me quite a bit of Russian River Supplication which is a bonus as RR does not distribute to the Midwest. The 750ml was a bit pricey, but for the style, this is par for the course. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 18:32:51 | More by phishisphunk
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HopHead84

California

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. 750ml bottle received in a trade with rhinos00 and consumed on 12/21/2009 in a snifter. The beer pours an effulgent and beautiful dark pinkish red with a two finger pink white head. Retention is good. The beer looks great.

The nose is a nice blend of fruit and Brett, which is at a moderate level and imparts notes of horse blanket, merlinean cobweb crystal caves, and barnyard. The cherries aren't as pronounced as I was expecting, but they're still blatant. I detect oak and low acetic character.

The flavor is of tart and lightly lactic cherries with a balancing acidity. Brett imparts a slight mustiness, a touch of wet blanket, and wet leather. The finish is dry and tannic, with notes of oak and a lingering cherry acidity. Again, I was expecting a bit more fruit flavor in this.

I suppose I'll need to try a fresher batch. The beer didn't quite meet my expectations, but I admit that they were high. It was still quite enjoyable and I wouldn't hesitate to try it again. I had no trouble drinking the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 08:13:06 | More by HopHead84
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 - 750mL bottle poured into wine glass - big thanks to BullRuth for sharing with my girfriend and I.

Pours a clear cherry red with some slight amber tones, and a little pinkish, champagne-like head fades out pretty quickly.

Plenty of funk right up front in the nose with tart cherries and fruit, alongside a hint of bitterness and faint alcohol.

Very sour cherry splash up front with some dark fruit sweetness. Dry phenols and lactic tartness dominate the flavors for most of the profile, although some light citrus and bitterness balance most of it out. Finishes with a bit of warm sweetness and more dry tart.

Lighter body, nice carbonation, some dry and sticky feels but plenty of bubbliness which invigorates the sense. Drinks easy throughout the entire serving. The tartness is fairly aggressive, but still enjoyable, and this goes down pretty smooth for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 23:21:01 | More by xnicknj
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

apparently one of the harder to find beers from these guys, and it is a real beauty. this is the 2010 vintage. it pours a cloudy pale red color, like a strawberry frosted donut, with some suspended yeast and only a small white head that settles quickly. the nose is the classic kriek smell, tart cherries, sour yeasty notes, and some mild residual sugar. the flavor is surprisingly not sweet, and it finishes dryer, which I really like in this kriek as opposed to others. the cherry flavor is very authentic and up front, but it doesn't dominate the funky yeast lambic essentials. in other words, its in wonderful balance. the finish is super sour, more so than I remember in any other kriek ive had, this one zaps all the moisture right out of my mouth. better carbonation than you gather from the appearance, and a light enough body, with hardly any sugar left over when you swallow. its really got an extraordinary mouthfeel. this is by far the best kriek ive had, its quality and tradition shine through. still, this is a style of beer that is hard for me to drink too much of, so I was fortunate enough to have a lot of friends, old and new on hand to share this with.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 16:31:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ms11781 for this bottle of the 2008 vintage. Split four ways. Reviewed on 9/9/2011 and posted here from notes taken that night.

The color is a beautiful deep ruby red that almost glows when held up to the light. As is the case with many of Armand's lambics, there is no head, but there is plenty of lively carbonation to make up for it.

The aroma is light and bright, full of fresh cherries, a very clean lemony lactin sourness, and some mineraly goodness that I really enjoy from 3F offerings. On the palate, there are lots of sweet cherries, and they take center stage. The lactic lemony notes blend with a gnarly sweaty gym sock, wet hay, and dank funkiness.

Lively and bright, this is an awesome kriek, though I find that the other notes that I am enjoying are prying my focus from the delicious cherries. That, combined with the price tag, makes this not quite equal to Cantillon's Kriek lambic in my book.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:40:36 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Great Lambic Summit

Depp ruby red in color with poofy spritzy pinkish hued head. First whiff is of tart cherry, progressing into many complex notes of red wine with hints of must and vinegar. First taste is of a tart, young, unrippened cherry, it backs into notes of funk, cranberry and merlot grapes. Slight boozy touch and warmth to it. Medium bodied, slick. A truly unique kriek with many charachteristics of a red wine.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 16:30:53 | More by rfgetz
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!

I've opened up a few of these, but finally reviewed one at a tasting.

Pours a pinkish rosey color with a creamy and frothy off-white head. No real lacing to speak of. Some spots of cling, but not long.
Smells of really strong over-ripened, nearly rotting fruit-- cherries mainly-- oh fuck--- I snorted some of it!!! That was a bad move.
I went in for a super big sniff and dove in to far... If you don't think this beer is very sour, try snorting it!
Good flavor. Lots of cherries and oak. Nice sourness is balanced and integrated.
The body is full with low carbonation.
Very high drinkability. Tasty enough to be good, complex enough to keep me interested, and sour enough to scratch that sour itch. The biggest strike against this beer is the $37 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 00:57:10 | More by AleWatcher
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to ThoreauLikeaGirl and her friend for bringing this beer along tonight to drink during the premiere of Season 4 of "Breaking Bad".

From the bottle: "Made only with malt, wheat, hops, water, and whole ripe cherries, entirely spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts. A rare, completely natural, traditional lambic beer, with no added sugars, syrups, artificial colors or flavors. For ages, very rare Schaerbeek cherries have been prized by brewers for the deep rich color and flavor they give to Kriek beer."; "For decades, Armand Debelder has worked as a Gueuze blender - just as his father did - mixing young and old lambics from other lambic brewers to create the classic beer of Belgium. Armand has recently begun brewing his own lambics. The Drie Fonteinen beers are among the very few traditional and authentic Gueuzes and Lambics being made in Belgium today."

No head to speak of. Color was a cloudy raspberry red. Nose smelled of oak and cherries. I was reminded of some of the better homemade wines my uncle made while we were out in the Bay Area. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial cherry tartness on the tongue, followed by a pleasant oakiness. Finish was tart, but not puckeringly so, very cherry, underlain by oak. l like Drie Fonteinen and this was another shining example of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:49:24 | More by woodychandler
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A generous pour from a 750 ml bottle thanks to FooFa

A-Hazy, bright cherry red with a small off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lacing.

S-Bold and bright sour cherries with that background magic marker scent.

T-Sour cherry tartness initially with a bit of sweetness coming in backside. A touch of dry oakiness in the finsih.

M-Medium-light body with a nice drying finish and a bit of biting tartness.

D-Nice,bold sour cherry tartness but not out of control...like Cantillon Kriek. This is a bit less extreme but no less drinkable. A lambic you can have a glassful and sit and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 12:08:12 | More by Deuane
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Auracom

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
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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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour is brown-ruby-cherry-mahogany-purple (the color is hard to pin down) with a small pink/red head. Looks a lot more intense than it tastes.

Smell: Tart cherries, oak, vinegar,and earth

Taste: Sour, dark cherries, raspberries, rhubarb and blackberries, vinegar, and earthy must. Neither incredibly sour or funky. Cherries come in a bit light for me, could have used many more

Mouthfeel: A bit watery, not smooth or full. Feels earthy.

Drinkability: High - but due to the less than intense sour/tart flavors and light carbonation

Notch below most 3F offerings, and one of the most expensive here in the states at that ($40).

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 02:48:17 | More by craytonic
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the mothman for busting this out.

Pours a deep pink color with a one finger head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell is very funky, horseblanket and brett with a large berry aroma as well.

Taste is very funky, dry, and puckering. Lots of barnyard characteristics, some horse blanket, leather, and earthy straw notes. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is dry and carbonated.

Sour, dry and drinkable describe this beer. Very glad I got to try it, as lambics are always interesting beers to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 20:31:12 | More by pmccallum86
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Oct. 17, 2008 bottled date.

(A)- Pours one of the darkest colored reds I have ever seen in a Kriek before. Produced a nice cap of pink froth that stuck around for awhile. Plenty of lace left behind.

(S)- A richer aroma. Very funky with tons of tart cherries. Dry and oaky too.

(T)- A nice cherry tartness and oak. Not overly funky or sour, but a solid straightforward tart and cherry oak tartness.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. I like the profile of tart cherry and oak, but sadly this is fairly straightforward and basic; a solid feel, but nothing fancy.

(D)- Overall, it is a solid fruit lambic. There are better ones out there especially considering the $$ it costs for one of these. Nonetheless, this is very easy drinking and enjoyable; just wish it had something more to offer considering the higher price tag this demands on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 00:55:54 | More by sweemzander
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$21 USD at Premiere Gourmet. Pinkish like a rose wine, with a small crown. Cherry aroma. Dry taste, fairly medium mouthfeel. Only the real thing, with a bit of wild yeast in there. Very good example of style, drying mouthfeel. Definately replaces wine at the meal.
Had a year and a half later and the ageing and being a very fortunate bottle made it exceptionally smooth, good oaking.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 01:52:29 | More by Sammy
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I pulled the trigger on the big bottle. 750ml poured into a Russian River Belgian Stemmed glass.

Bottled 28 April, 2010.

A - Pours a clear, Koolaid red with only a few white bubbles then they are gone.

S - Super tart and funky smelling. Sour with some slight cherry tones.

T - Tart and funky fruit, very slight cherry finish.

D - Lower carbonation, light body. Sour and tart throughout.

O - Soft and light, but super tart.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 05:04:46 | More by HuskyinPDX
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

28-04-2010 stamped on the label. "Good for at least ten years after the bottling date." Well, I can't drop this much money on a beer to not drink it for 10 years.

Poured into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass.

Appearance
This kriek has such a deep color. Its beet red with no clarity. The pink head fades quickly. No lacing, and really not even a collar.

Aroma
WOW, there's that amazing Fonteinen funk! Such a stinky awesome aroma. A LOT of horseblanket and goat cheese. Some cat piss and cow manure is mixed in there. It pretty much smells exactly like a stable. If you wanted to know what reviewers mean by horseblanket, look no further than this beer. Cherries come out with gentle swirling. It smells like sour cherry pits, stems and skins.

Taste
Sourness is not big by any means, in fact, this is basically just as tart as a sour cherry. Lots of old cellar, damp oak, funky yeast sour cherry skins and pits comprise this complex flavor profile. The cherries are merely an accent, not the main attraction. But they really come alive on the finish and lingering aftertaste. They allow the lambic to remain raw, funky and unsweetened.

Mouthfeel
Very low carbonation, but what's there teams up with the gentle pucker and high acidity to create a lively beer. The body is surprisingly thick and a little slick.

Overall
This is darn good. I love the funky aroma most of all. This beer's acidity is high, thus making it one to take slowly.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 21:28:18 | More by MbpBugeye
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.