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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 244
Hads: 780
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 14.38%
Wants: 505
Gots: 191 | FT: 9
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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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Reviews: 244 | Hads: 780
Photo of fisherman34
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.82/5  rDev +10%
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. ;^)

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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...

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Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of grub
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.74/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.03/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Green's in Atlanta, 750 caged and corked. I'd been thinking of trying this for a while, but It's hard to pull me away from the beautiful Cantillons that are available here. These style of beer are so pricey because of the ingredients, time to make and cellar the beers, and skill necessary to craft a fine lambic, that I can only afford to try a new one every now and again.

Pours an absolutely brilliant color of purplish red, like some exotic variety of blood. Transluscent with haze and fine suspended particles, but no protein coagulation. Nice head that is tinted pink. Absolutely magnificent in the glass with the light hitting it just right. The smell is sharply sour, but witth a touch of cream as well. Predominant component aroma is sour cherrries. Very little barnyard funk, but very nice zingy cherries. The taste is complex with cherrry sourness and unlike the aroma, quite a bit of funk. There are also some fairly pronounced phenolic notes, but these are fairly well integrated and fade a bit with the beer opening up. The cherrry flavors are very pure and sort of float over the other flavors in the glass. Still, its not a perfectly harmonious whole and although good, something is lacking a bit to bring it all together. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and a delight. Good drinkability, but the phenols and lack of totally integrated whole make it a bit challenging. I like this beer a good bit, just not quite as much as some of the Cantillon examples, or quite as much (as far as taste goes0 as I thought I might.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed/cloudy ruby. Nose is antisepticand woody. Flavor is bringing the funk. Sour is definitely there but doesn't overpower at all. The kriek is firmly present, but stays a bit calm still. Feel is good on the liquid; a bit thick with a nice carbonationcaressing the tongue. Overall very good. There isn't much odd going on here. Just a traditional kriek lambic here with a pretty full taste and a bit of a sharp edge. Well crafted and worth trying. The only detractor is the sharp edge that might turn some people off.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

bottle on the list at DBA in Manhattan. This is a dark bloody ruby/cherry red looking brew with an off-white/pink head of foam that dies down eventually to a thin sheet. Aromas of sharp acidic funk, cherries, barnyard, horse blanket, and rolls royce. Taste is similar, super funky, tart, astringent, sour, apple cider vinegar, cherries and more. Mouthfeel is spritzy and effervescent, drinkability is great. A classic lambic, one of the best fruit lambics out there.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 01 March 2005 - fresh for "at least ten years":

Pours reddish pink with a head that becomes a lasting thick swirling patch.

The smell is of fresh dark cherries, vanilla, oak and a vinuous, earthy - gueuze-like undertone.

The taste is of fresh dark cherries with vanilla, oak and a gueuze mustiness mixed in. It is well-balanced among sweet, tart and sour. Cherry-fruitiness becomes almost plum-like as it progresses. It finishes very dry.

The feel is creamy and full for style with a long lasting aftertaste.

A well-done lambic - cherries very real-tasting. Nice mix of lambic and gueuze. Good oaky touch. Pricey, but worth it as a special treat.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on March 1, 2005.

Pours out to what looks to be pomegranate juice with an almost still composure and a thin, frothy, pink head. Leaves some scant lacing. Aroma, of course, has a very strong presence of acid, but the overall funk seems a bit muted and restrained. Still has a mossy, old attic aroma thing going on. Has one of the more pronounced fresh cherry aromas out of any other kriek I've had. I get a little faint earthy hop in the background. Flavor gets kicked off with intense acid and a touch of rubber and woodiness. This segues into a bright, fresh cherry flavor (along with some mild accompanying sweetness) which rides out into the drying and tart finish. Has a bit of a fungal element in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel straddles the line between light and moderate in weight and has a lively carbonation. Although this is not one of the most complex lambics, this, like all traditional lambics, is really drinkable.

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Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

March 2006 bottle.

A: Pinkish red rhubarb color with a pretty nice light pink head. Head retention is good this brew has tons of carbonation its downright spritzy.

S: Nince and tart. Wood, oak and black cherries consume the nose. Some light barnyard funk but nothing over the top. Nice and funky cherries.

Taste: One splash across the tongue and this one lets you know its for real. Tons of spritz with a rush of deep dark tart cherries. The oak aspects rise in the middle and the finish is very dry. Acid and barnyard funk are there in such a nice way. If you are looking for a panty waist fruity girly girls kriek this is not it. Think Gueuze meets Kriek and this is the result.

Mouthfeel: Champagne meets beer, in a way that can not be expressed.

Overall: A real nice drinking beer. Shared it with a wine loving buddy of mine and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Tons of flavor with an insane amount of spritz. The tartness of this one makes it extra special. If this is their Kriek, I can't wait to try their Gueuze that I have in the fridge.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Bottled on 01 March 2005

A: Pours an excellent oxblood/dark raspberry color. Small pink head. Very hazy and cloudy.

S: Succulent tart cherry and oak. maybe a slight touch of yeast?

T: Tart and sour fresh cherry flavors. Earthy oakiness. Juicy and bitter with a touch of spicy yeast.

M: Tart and peppery. Dry astringency in the finish keeps the sourness from being overpowering. Sticky fruitiness coats everything in the mouth.

D: A year ago I never would've thought something tart and sour could be considered even remotely refreshing. I guess that proves our palates are always evolving. This is awesome!

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Photo of sfoley333
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 750ml bottle from pizza port bottle shop. Poured into guezue glass. Poured a murky rust red color with nice white bubbly head. Smells are a low amount of farmhouse funk but a big vingear cherry aroma springs out to you. Taste is cherry with a little vingear followed by a nice tart dryness. The low level of carbonation gives a smooth feel. I wish i could drink this Kriek every time I want a Kriek. The smoothest Kriek ever.

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Photo of Crosling
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy swirl of mahogany, ruby, and scarlet. A thin wisp of sparse lavender pink head is gone in a flash. Lacing...lacing? Nah, not this beer.

The aroma grants a vinous acidic edge that soon blurs to allow tart cherries and a reined barnyard funkiness to lilt through. A hint of fruity sweetness tickles peripherally.

Upon sipping, it's tough to tell what comes first, as it's a splendid blend of mellow, fruity balsamic vinegar, light grape wine, and wet-horse earthiness, but it's the tart, crisp pie cherries that make the big impression. An acidic bite ebbs to a lingering, lightly tangy dryness. Complex, blended, and artful, it's a total pleasure.

Light bodied, the puckering sourness and fruity essence land a fun and interesting presence upon the palate.

What's it say when a sip of beer makes you think of a savory cherry pie, albeit one with some down-home farm funkitude? It says someone is a master with their fruit lambics. It's in turn subtle, bold, patient, and brisk. I was almost worried about getting a pit with my cherries. Well, not really, but you know what I'm saying. And I'll tell you I was sad to empty this bottle, and even sadder that it was the only one I had. But there is more in my future, of this you can be sure.

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Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip wine glass. Opaque cherry red with a huge head the color of strawberry ice cream.

Smell is mostly sweet, with ripe cherry and strawberry aromas.

Notes of sour cherry and unripe strawberry, brett, sour raspberry lemonade, a lactic bite. Sweet dark cherries balance out all the sourness and funkiness. Delicious.

Extreme tartness dries the mouth and the carbonation is very appropriate. If you like sour, it's very easy to finish off an entire bottle. Great lambic.

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Photo of peabody
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really cherry red opaque with slight white suds. Not much lacing. Great looking drink here.
Smell is wonderful. Cherry and fruity sourness with sugars and yeast.
Taste is sour but oh so addicting. Cherry galore with sweetart finish. Dark aftertaste with sugars and cream as a finish.
Mouthfeel is all over the place. You have the sour first shot then the dark sourness followed by a sweet creamy feel, like you just finished off a half gallon of cherry ice cream.
Drinkability would be a 5 if I could have this all the time. An 8 hour round trip prevents me from that.

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