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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 493
Gots: 192 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004

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Ratings: 769 | Reviews: 245
Photo of tmoneyba
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.

Photo of redblacks75
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of caguiar
4/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 bottle.

Appearance - Red body. Not much of a head, but there wasn't much of a pop when the cork came out.

Smell - Still has a strong cherry flavor. Less of the Drie Fonteinen signature funk. More of a lemony acidity. Hefty oak to it.

Taste - Lemon sourness up front. Cherry flavor isn't sweet. More dry and wine like. Finishes very dry and oaky.

Mouthfeel - Mild sourness. Much more dry than sour. Low carbonation, but that could be age. Mistiness does indicate its age though.

Overall - Lacking the Drie Fonteinen complexity, but that cherry flavor is very nice. That's the point I guess.

Photo of mikehoffman02
4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SFLpunk
4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of aasher
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
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.

Photo of SacoDeToro
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.

Photo of brownbeer
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
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.

Photo of phishisphunk
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.

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

Bottle Date March 22nd 2006.

Cloudy opaque menstral red...ugh. Pink carbonated head with clinging bubbles along the sides of the glass.

Wonderful soft cherry aromas with a hint of funk and nice tartness. Some berry accents with a light fruity evervesence that brings out a nice malty character with a hint of oak.

Light bodied with a decent puckering quality, fruity and full of delicious cherry flavor. Wood tannins with a hint of funk and barnyardy qualities. Finish is moderate with good amounts of carbonation.

Photo of HopHead84
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.

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

The man with the plan brought this over to share a couple weeks back. Cheers dude! The label reads "Kriek van Schaerbeekse Krieken," which is the same as this. If the two entries ever get merged, I figure it's safer to add the review here.

From a 750 into a tasting glass.
Bottled 18 January 2003

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking pink head with half decent retention. Body is a maroon red color with no real carbonation evident. Head recedes to a bubbly half wisp but eventually vanishes all together. Really nice color on this one.

SMELL: Light cherries on the nose still, with sour lemon and funky barnyard aromas. Slightly acidic as well.

TASTE: Sour lemon, sour cherries and a bit acidic up front, moving into a lovely finish of cherry and raspberry flavor, peppery notes, sour lemon, herbal flavors and a slight bit of acidity. Really nice after twelve years in the bottle.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down nicely with a hint of acidity at the swallow and finishes dry but not overly puckering. Wonderful feel as well.

OVERALL: Excellent stuff. This one has softened out really nicely and the flavors work great as a whole. The slight touch of acidity is well measured as well. Lots of character and we all really enjoyed drinking this one. Thanks again for hanging out man!

Photo of xnicknj
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.

Photo of gueuzer
4.06/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

Photo of RomanW70
4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
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.

Photo of rfgetz
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.

Photo of mmercede
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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