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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse KriekDrie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

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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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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 02:04:21 | More by ArrogantB
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aerozeppl

New York

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 bottle

A: Reddish rust colored with white head and a touch of lacing.

S:Very musty but in the best way possible. Hints of cherries right behind that. A little bit of funk in there as well. They are masters of blending so nothing really takes the lead.

T: Nice mix of cherries with a little bit of vinegar. The bottom of the bottle and the yeast made this beer super tart.

M: Very nice. A little thick for the style.

D: All day long. So good and easy to drink. They are one of those breweries that you see their beer you do not even think about it twice.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 19:42:09 | More by aerozeppl
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a friend for bringing this back from the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Oude kriek? How about old funky kriek. The cherries are just barely in here. Sure, the appearance is a hazy red with a short pink head (that quickly disappears). The aroma is big on horseblanket, leather, fresh garden, herbal tea. The flavor has more lemon peel and lime with a drop of cherry sugar candy. The finish is tart farmhouse funk.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 03:27:27 | More by tempest
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largadeer

California

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bifrostguard for opening this up at Toronado tonight. This is from '06. 750ml into a tulip, this beer pours a clear glowing garnet color with a finger of cherry-red foam. The nose is muted at colder temperatures, but it begins to open up around 60 degrees. Sour cherries at the forefront, juicy and sharp, with a leathery, barnyard-like funky backbone. The cherries are beautifully expressed in the aroma, swirling brings out one of the most intense tart cherry aroma I've come across in beer. On the tongue this beer is sharp and acidic from start to end, massively fruity but subtly complex. Earth, leather and tobacco undertones lead into a crisp, biting finish. The sourness is very lactic and concentrated, and the beer on the whole is surprisingly clean, which really helps to showcase the character of the fruit. This one's tart as hell, a definite sipper, but one I enjoyed sipping on for over an hour.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 10:19:50 | More by largadeer
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm happy to enjoy this bottle of Kriek shortly after trying the same brewer's Oud Kriek just a few days ago. Much of this review is the comparison of the two.

As stated with the Oud Krik, this beer opens with less flare tha expected- only light pressure forces the cork out of the bottle and with a slight pop. The pour delivers a deep redish, pinkish, purpleish concoction that releases a loosely knit head that billows to the top of the glass, allowing only a 3/4 pour into the chalice. Lacing very well, the beer struggles to hold it's foamstance above the lightness of the sourness and astringent brew.

Strong aromas of vineous cherries, red wines, lactic vinegar notes and with a strength that waters the mouth, squints the eyes, puckers the lips, and causes light sweating. Earthy tones of barnyard, aged and wine-soaked oak, and musty cork notes show the power and complexity of the wild yeasts.

The clean lactic character leaves just enough malt flavor to showcase the rare Shaerbeekse cherries well. Supportive flavors of lemons, lines, crabapples, grapes, and under-rippened berries provide much complexity in the backdrop. Very clean tastes that begin to leave the earthy, musty tones to the aromas, and not transfering deep into the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is sharp, acidic, and pleasantly astringent without becomming grainy. The weight of the malts is the only slight buffer from the extreme tartness of the beer. The second pour from the 750 became much smoother and richer textured with the inclusion of the sediment.

This beer seems younger or greener than the Oud Kriek. The Shaerbeekse cherries may be a more tart version of those used in the Oud Kriek, or perhaps I have a new bottle that is less aged. Regardless, the comparisons are so slight that I might not recognize them if not having both within the same week. Fresher, more tart, and with an overall vibrant quality, I may give the slight edge to the Shaerbeekse version.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 15:45:09 | More by BEERchitect
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photomike

California

4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated early 2005. Drunk as a celebratory bottle for my graduation from college, and there couldn't have been a better pick.

Pours an amazing looking deep, muddy ruby color with a tiny bit of head only coming out when poured super aggressively. What little head is there dissipates to a white ring that lasts for a long time. No lacing.

The aroma is made up of mountains of sour cherries. Real, natural cherries that makes this beer seem distinctly superior to the sweetened or syruped ones it shares a shelf with. A nice woody, earthy scent is detected as well, like a wet log in a forest after it rains. This scent is understated, though, and melds extremely well with the cherries.

Taste is incredible as well. Sour, but not overly so by any means, and incredibly dry. Cherries are obviously the star, but there is some nice spicy, lemony, earthy notes as well. Slightly tannic and vinuous. I think what makes this kriek so great is that the variety of flavors here come together so seamlessly that it can be easy to forget that so much is going on. Pay attention.

I was a little worried the mouthfeel on this one would be syrupy or too slick due to the visually low carbonation, but it wasn't. The tiny bubbles are plentiful and make for a nice, fizzy, effervescent feeling on your tongue that is just perfect. Medium bodied, with a dry finish.

I could drink this pretty much indefinitely I think, but this is one you'll want to take your time with. An all-around spectacular beer that really blew me away.

Almost definitely the best kriek I've ever had, and probably the best lambic as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 16:34:46 | More by photomike
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 22 2006

A - Bright ruby with thin white/pinkish head that settles to a ring of foam.

S - Sour and tart with fresh cherry and spices. Earthy and musty. The fruit/spice combo reminds me a lot of the 2002 version of Unibroue's Quelque Chose.

T - Tart and spicy with fresh tart cherries, spices and earthy oak tannins. Some vinous wine like flavors are also present. Complex yet seems subtle for a fruit lambic.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with a slight tingle from the tartness and a dry lingering finish.

D - This reminds me of blending a lambic and quelque chose. Not as tart/sour as other lambics but extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 03:07:01 | More by brewcrew76
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to oglmcdgl for sharing the bottle. I believe this is a 2005 bottle. Poured in some wine glasses.

A- Schaerbeekse Kriek is a slight cherry color with pink spots depending on light. Not much in terms of head or even a small cap, but some faint off white with red bubbles pop off at the top. A nice looking kriek all and all.

S- Beekse smells like cherries that spent some time in a special oak barrel. This gives off a tart and pleasant nose depending if you like the style. Some funk, some barnyard, yet nothing too extreme. Almost winelike in nature. A great smelling kriek all in all.

T- Great stuff. Sour cherry juice with some yeast in the distance plus some barnyard tart and somewhat sour taste. Getting some sour grapes giving off a vinious edge with just a hint of vinegar again very faint. Oak from the barrel and just a boatload of sour cherry. Am I in heaven?

M- Not overly carbonated but you can tell it's there. Some acidity from lambic style plus some tartness. This one is a pucker for sure but nothing I cant handle. A sharp crispness on the tounge but a bunch of flavor. A nice dry finish, this is a kriek to remember.

D- One to share with friends, no way I could polish off a bottle of this. Low in abv and high in flavor but not too harsh on the palete, im quite liking this offering from Fonteinen. Would drink again, im just not sure if i will be able to find it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 00:59:34 | More by BARFLYB
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 01:10:31 | More by Jwale73
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RomanW70

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
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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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/7/08. Bottle (label said March 22, 2006). Pours a deep ruby red with a quickly dissipating pink head. Aroma of tart fruit and sourness. Taste of tart cherries, cherry pie, pie crust, and a little touch of cinnamon. Delicious! Not too sour (which is a plus for me). My favorite lambic to date! 8/4/9/4/17 (4.2/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 03:54:24 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
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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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Deep ruby red in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of ripe sour cherry, mild wood, and a touch of funk. Great flavors of sour (but not overly so) cherries, mud, wood, farmhouse funk, light malts, and a bit of lemon. Not as crazy sour as Cantillon products, but everything is so well balanced. The carry-through of the cherry flavor is pretty amazing. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 20:20:54 | More by fisherman34
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:34:41 | More by ffejherb
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

Pours from 750ml black foil wrapped and caged and corked bottle(bottled March 22 2006) a hazy red with a 1 finger head of foam. Lots of nice lacing and I'm guessing that the head retention will be good.

The smell, which I noticed the very second that I popped to cork, is an explosion of sour cherries and spices with a side order of some yeast and earth. Love that nose!

The taste....ahhh! Big sour cherry notes with an ample and welcomed clove flavour, some earthy tones, more spices..the flavours never seem to end and man, what a joy to drink! I better slow down though so I can savour every drop. Yep, it's *that* good.

Nice medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation, it finishes with a super sour kick mixed with some more spice. Love it!

Bottom line: This is a great brew and, from my point of view, that's all I need to say. ;^)

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 01:18:00 | More by Bitterbill
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 18:51:25 | More by tmoneyba
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

750ml bottle. Tasted side x side with the Kriek.

Poured a dark and cloudy reddish color with a smaller sized reddish/pinkish head. Aromas of cherries, yeast, and woody. Tastes of cherries, woody, fruity, funky, and some citrus. Had a very nice sour and tart finish.

Notes from and tasted on 12/12/05.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 06:03:38 | More by hopdog
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Bottle shared via fisherman34- thanks Kris for this tasty treat! Pours a rich dark cherry colour with pinkish head. Nose- charry forward with some wood. Taste- full mouthfeel with fresh plump tasting cherries, medium tartness earthy brett. The wood and cherry tartness mingle well to create a highly drinkable fruit lambic. Finishes with a soft lemony sourness. Lovely drink

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 00:16:07 | More by oakbluff
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a wonderful way to celebrate review #1200. I had been hunting this one down forever and even once I got it I saved this for th last couple of months, just to make sure I would have it for a nice occasion. Well last night i noticed it was review #1200 time, so I opened this one up. Very nice 750ml corked, caged, and black wrapped. Vintage 2005 bottle was served at cellar temp in an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 09/10/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich dark pink color coming out of the bottle. Lots of cloudiness and haze, with a decent amount of sediment as well. A smallish layer of white fizz came up over the top and settled down nicely into a thin veil that covered the rest of the glass, with little in the way of carbonation.

The aroma was to die for. Rich, decadent, extremely tart cherries ruled the day here. Lots of funky brett aromas that really just kept coming and coming up over the top of the glass. Some light, almost vinous like quality as it warmed, but still, the major attraction here was the huge amount of funkiness. The flavor carried this point over very well. Lots of of tart cherries rolling across the tongue immediatly upon taking a sip. Rich, with a huge sour profile that both puckered the lips and shreddded the taste buds. Long lasting, dry, and bitterly sour finish topped off what was an extremely enjoyable sipper. Light, airy feel on this one only served to enhance the flavor and really make it pop so to speak. A wonderful expeirence here for sure.

Overall this was excellent. Easily one of the best I have ever had in the style and well worth its reputation and ranking. I would have no issue at all with getting this one again any day. Really a top notch beer and something that any fan of sours really needs to give a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 11:15:00 | More by mikesgroove
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bennetj17

Arizona

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

750ml dated 01 March 2005. Clear, with a deep reddish amber color. Little foam. Subtle streaming carbonation. Well rounded oak-like sourness in the smell, tart and funky. More like a gueuze as the fruitiness is limited.

Vinegar acidity runs high in the taste as this thing has a pungent woody funk. Again the cherry/fruit character is downplayed and the flavor is dominated by the sourness. The mouthfeel is rather unremarkable.

This was a nice sour, and very tasty. Not much cherry for a Kriek beer, but I didn't mind it so much. It is very straightforward good, but not sure if it is worth the high price tag to be buying to much of this stuff. Best to split the cost with a friend...

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 04:07:36 | More by bennetj17
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mynie

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml purchased at John's Grocery in Iowa City. Little pricey but the reviews made it sound like it was worth it. It was bottled in 5-06 but the label assured me that it would stay good ten years from the bottling date. Gotta like any brewery with balls enough to make a promise like that--gotta LOVE any brewery that can actually come through on that promise.

Pours like a kickass lambic. Dark and oddly natural looking, like that fruit leather stuff they sell at the natural foods stores. It's so rare that I come across fruit products that aren't synthetic that I'm always impressed when I find one that doesn't look like Robitussin or Windex. Tight little white head sticks around.

Smells like big, supersour berries and very tasty yeast. The yeast is tangy, not funky, and that's just wonderful if you ask me.

Tastes even better than it smells! Good god this is fantastic, the blend of sweet and sour and spicy is all but perfect. Tangy sour cherries start things off with a lingering sour that almost tastes like a wild ale. This moves into a more sweet, smooth middle that's like you're drinking cherry juice and then it ends on a bready, nutty back. Really nice

My girlfriend took one smell and made a face. Then she took a sip and almost gagged at the sourness. I guess she was expecting Lindemann's. Thank god she didn't like it since I had absolutely no problem finishing off the entire bottle. This is some amazingly good stuff, right here.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 18:04:25 | More by mynie
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with grub.

Pours a clear dark orange/red, thin off white head forms, touch of pink, settles to a thin ring, few lace spots. Smell is intense, tons of sourness, oak, very woody, earth, cherries, very acidic and tart, horseblanket, crazy. Taste is similar, nice fruitiness and cherries, very acidic, lots of oak, tannic, sour/tart finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium bodied, light burning, acidic.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 04:29:12 | More by Viggo
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

750ml bottle, corked and caged. bottled 22 march 2006. sampled march 23/08.

pours deep red with a small very fine pink head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. smells much like the oude gueuze just before it. lemon. malt vinegar. crackers. grain. white bread. light sour cherry.

taste is great. wow, that's sour! intense, lingering sourness. sour cherries for days, then gueuze sourness to follow. lemon. bit of grapefruit. hints of cinnamon and brown sugar. leather. tobacco. horse blanket. touch of orange. vanilla. raw oak. bit earthy. sourness and more sourness. no trace of any sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. incredibly dry. very find medium carbonation level. fairly light body.

drinkability is good. nice balance, but the sourness causes it to be a sipper. i find myself taking a sip and then shaking my head as the intense puckering sourness takes over, then slowly subsides. i'm really enjoying it. the bottle was a touch pricey, but i'd happily get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 04:08:13 | More by grub
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 02:42:27 | More by wcudwight
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SacoDeToro

California

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
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
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
98 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.