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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse KriekDrie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

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Ratings: 640
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 05-24-2004)
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle dated April 28, 2010 into a Duvel 0.5L tulip.

A: Tons of loud fizzy carbonation forms a pinkish head, which fades quickly into a wispy lacing. Body is a beautiful deep ruby hue. There is not much lacing, but I still think it looks great.

S: Cherry aromas foremost, with a wonderful sourness and slight bit of funk.

T: Powerfully sour, but less funk than I'd hoped. Wonderful complex fruit aftertaste.

M: Less carbonation than the pour suggests. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, and absolutely puckering from the sourness.

O: Overall, I think I am drinking this beer too young maybe. I was expecting more brett complexity. The fruit flavor is great, but the sourness could be overshadowing the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 04:19:34 | More by 51mmz0rz
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle date of 4/25/11 poured into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. This brew pours a hazed color of deep beet red. About a finger of bright pink head forms across the top and slowly fades leaving some spots of lace clinging to the glass. The bubbles pop and fizz across the top and collect around the edge of the glass. A light swirl revives some bubble formation back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew has that classic Drie Fonteinen funk with lots of earthy tones and a bit of herbal aspect mixed with stinky cheese and diaper. Some pitted to rotten/over-ripen cherry character mixes with light notes of plastic and vinegar. Wet leather runs rapid throughout this brew with a little bit of mildew and old cork character.

The taste mirrors the aroma pretty much flawlessly but with more intense cherry character. The funky flavors of earth and wet leather are the first things noted with a slightly acidic note. Cherry flavoring runs throughout with a taste of pits and very mild oak to vanilla flavoring with a very light spiced touch of something almost like cinnamon. The cherries provide an added depth to the sour character of this brew and a pleasantly mild contrasting sweetness that is very natural tasting. Throughout the entire experience this brew never once came across being medicinal like some kriek's do.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. I wanted to tackle this offering with as fresh a bottle as possible to see how much fruited flavor was in one of these before it fades and the funk overtakes it. I was not disappointed in the least. I really enjoyed the natural flavoring of this brew and it was very easy drinking. At no point did I pick up on the 5% alcohol that was listed on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:14:05 | More by stakem
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Poured from a foiled, corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Like wearing Addidas pants with Nike sneakers... Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger frothy pink head with low retention. Beer is a dark, semi-clear ruby. Lacing is non-existant but with decent legs. Slightly above average due to the color.

Nose is tart cherry, some cobweb and hay funk. Some yeasty sharpness. Not overly funky or cheesy but with a robust fruit aroma. Nice.

Opens tart cherry, some yeasty spiciness. More big semi-sweet cherry notes towards the middle. Cobweb, wet hay, and barnyard funk. Yeasty fruit throughout. Some light bitterness. Cinnamon and oak notes towards the end. Finish is tart cherry puree with some band-aid taste. Really fruit forward, funky, and tart. Exceptional.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Light but lively in the mouth and some bubbles going down. Dry finish with a puckering and dry, lingering aftertaste. Really accents the flavor well.

While its not the most impressive looking or smelling fruit lambic, Schaerbeekse Kriek is definitely among the most fruit forward and tastiest. Probably one of, if not the most impressive widely available lambic out there now. Fresh vintages take almost completely blow away the competition in my opinion. Worth the hefty price tag.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:51:46 | More by SpeedwayJim
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
bottled Oct. 17, 08
A- This beer pours a dense crystal clear red body with a brown hue to it and a pink sherbert head that is bubbly and soon fades away. The carbonation is bright and fast tiny bubbles.

S- The light barnyard aroma has a bright earthy quality that grows followed by a dry jammy cherry note in the finish.

T- The dry light barnyard note has a slight watery taste before a full fruit flavor with a soft tartness come in to play. There is a light dark cherry note in the finish that takes on a slight jammy quality. The finish has notes of old wood and a light aspirin brett hint.

M- The light mouthfeel has no real astringency and a dry fizz in the finish.

O- The barnyard and cherry notes are nice but turn a bit watery as the beer opens up. The very soft tartness and not much depth make it a bit drap to drink the whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 19:41:33 | More by rhoadsrage
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

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

Had this out of a bottle at the Portland International Beerfest in July. $7 for four ounces was a bit steep, but was excited to tick this one.

Appearance: Pink and ruby hued spritzy brew, looking somewhat goofy next to the 14% stouts being served at the booths surrounding it. Somewhat like a Cherry 7-Up, but murkier and with very lively carbonation.

Smell: Tart and sweet cherries are accompanied by cavity-inducing sourness in the nose. Horse blanket funk is present as well, but lactic sour holds its own against the brettier notes.

Taste: Sour, certainly, and sweetness from the cherries. Sourness is somewhat layered as well, with the more bracing sourness never really tearing the enamel off your teeth. I think I'm having this beer too young, to be fair; the sweetness is still quite high, and the yeast with another year or three on that would pump out more of the sours, and allow the cherry-flavors to come through without being so offset by somewhat cloying sweetness. Still, really was hitting the spot on a hot afternoon, just not head-and-shoulders above its competition at this point.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, and finishing very lightly, with cherry notes on your tongue. Never gets medicinal, which is very appreciated. The sweetness doesn't adversely affect the finish either, and seems to solidify my guess that this beer would be served quite well by a little more time in the cellar.

Overall: Enjoyable, light, sour, and interesting, but I'm left wanting to try this in a vertical-style setting, where we can really see the beauty of the yeast taking the edge off of the sweetness. Worth seeking out if for no other reason than to forget about it for a while and tackle it on a warm day...as it's tasty now, and I can only imagine how tasty it'd be later.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 21:55:04 | More by nomomentwasted
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kungpao

Texas

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

A- This might be one of the most beautiful beers I've ever had the pleasure of pouring. Deep deep red, almost crimson red, with a gorgeous 2 finger pink head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Seriously sexy looking beer.

S- Smell is pretty nice, a lot of oak and sour funk. The cherries take a backseat but are definitely along for the ride, they have a very tart aroma not as sweet as other Kriek style beers I've smelled.

T- This one tart mofo. Lots of oak and wild yeast sourness up front. Cherries come in to kick your ass mid sip. The cherries are the star of the show, very tart upfront but a nice gentle sweetness is there to help move things along the palate towards the end. Theres tons of complexity but the tartness can be overwhelming to some of the more subtle characteristics.

M- Spot on for the style. Plenty of carbonation and not too thin.

O- This is an amazing beer. Best Kriek I've had the pleasure of tasting. The Schaerbeekse cherries are truly unique and are an obvious choice to pair with lambic style beer. Be ready to sip as this beast is very very tart.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 20:26:59 | More by kungpao
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infi

New York

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

Bottled date: October 17, 2008.

Cranberry, blood-red color with an orange-red edge alongside the thin, white head. Not much carbonation activity in the beer to be seen. One of reddest-looking beers I've ever seen. Looking back at my Oude Kriek review, they're visually similar. Incredibly vibrant when held against the light. Smell carries a lot of the oakiness from the wooden casks, with the massive amounts of sour cherries present in this. Slight hint of a medicinal quality. Can't really smell the "rareness" factor of Schaerbeekse cherries, but they are considerably more sweeter on the nose than the Polish cherries used for the Oude Kriek. Very little funk– not as much as I had originally anticipated for almost a 3-year old bottle. Apple skin tartness is also present on the back side.

Taste is very clean, almost vinous too. The sweetness of the Schaerbeekse cherries is fantastic. Lots of nice lactic acid goodness, oaky earthiness, prickly tartness and a thin sherry-like dryness. The age shows with the tartness being a profound quality in the taste. Natural and organic-tasting overall. Not too different in taste compared to the Oude Kriek, except there is a bit more sugary goodness for the palate.

Light-bodied mouthfeel with little carbonation and a thin dryness in the finish of the beer. Great tasting lambic, for sure. I'd say the price is justified a bit– was just hoping to have experienced a bit more, considering the rarity of these cherries. Just lucky to have been able to get a bottle of this and give it a try. Another well-done item by Armand.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 04:52:51 | More by infi
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claytong

Vermont

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

appearance - raspberry in color. minimal to no head off controlled pour. lacing around glass.

smell - cherry, sherry, horse blanket from lil buggers

taste - follows the nose with some olive pit and salt

mouthfeel - not over the top, cherry is a little cloying. refreshing but not as good as the rest

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 04:43:59 | More by claytong
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jethrodium

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Bottled in April 2010. Pours a dark red with small white head that has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is huge cherry, some cherry pits, some lactic acid, light barnyard funkiness, and just the smallest hint of acetic acid. Awesome. The taste is again huge with cherry flavor without sweetness, cherry pits, a decent amount of sourness, with a good lactic tartness on the finish. Medium body. Low carbonation. I found the carbonation to be a bit low and felt the beer would have definitely benefited from more carbonation. Still a phenomenal beer. It reminded me a lot of the fresh Lou Pepe Kriek I had on tap a few weeks ago. I found the Lou Pepe to be slightly more enjoyable, but certainly loved this as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 21:15:29 | More by jethrodium
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Belgium from Bier Tempel in Brussels.

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 20:17:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
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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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on date of 28-04-2010. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a ruby red/purple color with a very small light pink head. Head retention is low, and there's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is tart cherries, barnyard funk, vinegar and some oak. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it's all tart cherries, funk, vinegar and oak. The sourness isn't overpowering at all, but it's a pretty good tasting brew. There's also a lingering tart finish. The beer just tastes better and better the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has medium/high carbonation and it's somewhat slick and very easy to drink. I think it's a pretty good overall brew, and it would be interesting to see how this one ages. My only complaint about this beer is the price at $33.99 a bottle. But even then I don't think I was ripped off for the price, and I would likely buy this again at the same or similar price if I come across it.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 23:27:16 | More by bluejacket74
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this bottle the day it was bottled from Armand himself. This beer didn’t re-ferment in the bottle yet. Following Armand’s advice, consume the same evening.
Look: pours a deep dark red color with no head
Smell: Cherries, fresh cherries and cherries. Light tart, some vinigar, oak and yeasy as well.
Taste: follows the nose. Full of fresh cherries, perfectly balanced by the typical 3 fonteinen funky sourness and wooden tones of the beer.
Mouthfeel: medium body and very low carbonation
Overall: Unique to try, significantly different from the bottled and re-fermented one! This is like a lambic with fresh cherries juice. I had world class fruit beers before (hommage, framboos, fou foune, blabaer) but this must be the best fruit taste I ever had. Pure juice, amazing!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 18:04:35 | More by rvdoorn
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biggied

California

4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A somewhat hazy deep red and amber color, the head is kind of small, but its got a thin ring of lace around the glass, and stay throughout my sipping...

S: A very very good oak character, not an overpowering bit of oak, but smooth, and mellow, then the Kriek or cherry smell comes in, this isn't artificial at all, and you can tell. It finishes semi-tart in the nose, quite enticing for the taste...

T: What a beer, sour sour cherry flavor, tHe cherry is real, and reminds you of ripe red cherries, just overwhelming! Oak fills out the flavor as it leaves your mouth somewhat pucker but also looking for more...

M: This is perfectly carbonated, perfectly bodied, and begs to be had in moderation...

D: A great sour pucker!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 05:51:23 | More by biggied
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
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
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark pink pour with great clarity and a big frothy lighter shade of pink head to it. A work of art. Massive sour aroma, possibly the most I've ever come across. Damn. Delivers on the cherry aroma as well, could be bigger, comes with some oak to round it out, just another amazing sense experience. Stays away from what is often undesireable funk aroma and just goes heavy on the sour.

Heavily sour, acidic, big time cherry delivery, yet a light body, not syrupy or anywhere near being overly sweet. If you're all about sour and cherries, this is your beer. Discernably better than the cherry stuff from Cantillon, who makes nothing but excellent stuff. Its not just cherry though, the acidic and light body makes me think some lemon and lime have a role up in here. These shaerbeekse cherries really seem way more tart than any other kind.

Great dry mouthfeel, sourness never fades, good at any temperature. Amazing stuff at a high price tag, but definitely worthy on special occasions.

EDIT: The last bottle I had could have used a tad more carbonation, still lovely, but had to change the 4.85 score it was. We'll see if it rises back to the top, still have plenty of bottles on hand.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 18:12:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle poured at cellar temp

this beer pours a purple reddish color with thin to barely there head. the smell is huge barnyard funk with a faint cherry note and some tart notes mixed in as well. the flavor follows suit with the funkiness taking the cake cherry flavor is all but gone, and there is a tart finish. the mouthfeel was thin and slightly acidic. overall a good beer, but would like to try fresh

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 23:44:41 | More by rowingbrewer
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BEERMILER12

Maine

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

Bottled 28-04-2010

A: Pours a beautiful sunset red-orange with no head to speak of. Not even bubbles coat the top

S: Funk, tart cherries, oak, and yeast all mingle together to make quite an impressive smell for a sour fruit lambic

T: The barnyard funk hits first, but is quickly overtaken by notes of oak and tart cherries. Neither slam hard, but together make an amazing, slightly complex beer. No sweetness present to balance the sour out, but it isn't really necessary as the oak and cherries do the job

M: Light-medium body with moderate carbonation

O: The only thing I can seriously slam this on is the price tag, although the style can vaguely justify it. This beer does an amazing job balancing everything out, especially considering there isn't really that sweetness that you get in some lambics. Definitely seek this out if you can afford it

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 16:31:09 | More by BEERMILER12
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FosterJM

California

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

600th review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750 Ml C/C & Foil Wrapped
Bottled 4/28/10

When it doubt pinky out.
Split with GuruDel

App- When the beer pours its a muted red/pink/purple color. A lovely head actually forms. Nice to see a carbontated $35 bottle of beer. A one finger quick to disspate head on it.

Smell- When a brewery puts a certain ingredient on the label I expect certain things. This did not let me down on the nose at all. Very cherry aromatics with the sour, funk, tart and sweet.

Taste- As I mentioned with the above comment. I expect certain flavors to shin more than others and this did in spades. It was cherry, tart, funk and a little vinegar like to it. Just very well done and tasty.

Mouth- Light bodied, high carbed, tingly cherry, vinegar and sour on the aftertaste.

Drink- I wanted to go big for #600 and I have seen this at two bars and I never pulled the trigger due to $, so when a friend of mine had this at his shop I had to pounce on it. So glad I did. It was true to its nature and tasty. Id have it again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 04:50:15 | More by FosterJM
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/28/10 so a little over a year old. One of the first of many beers at an awesome tasting last weekend. Thanks to cbutova for sharing this pricey treat!

Pours murky magenta, pink head barely forms before fizzing away. Flecks left behind instead of lace.

Big lemon juice funkiness and sour cherry in the nose, great scent.

Sour, sweaty lemon funk, cherries and maybe raspberries, vinegar notes. Fruit is a bit more subtle in the taste than in the smell.

Nice, puckering, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Good.

A great sour, though as usual I wish the cherries were a bit stronger. Really nice funk though and very drinkable considering the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 20:57:14 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

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

A- Dark pink with some yeast chunks (optional) floating around randomly throughout. Small fizzy head builds up but dies down quite quickly.

S- Nice sour cherry pie. Brettanomyces funk is laced throughout lending a good level of "funk". Mostly just a sour cherry bomb. A definite wine grape and vinegar note as well.

T- Once again mostly a huge cherry bomb. I really like the level of sour in this, especially in the finish, perfect for the big fruit flavor. Nice vinous wine grape, vinegar and oak notes as well.

MF- Very thin body with high carbonation and the obvious cheek puckering sour.

The finish of this is superb. The cherry, wine, vinegar and vinous notes combine to form a great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 23:36:17 | More by cbutova
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mmercede

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
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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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled august 28th 2010

pours a bright clean and hazy pink and ruby red. pretty much no head what so ever on this. very still looking.

bright cherry flavor, very vibrant and fresh. lots of oak combined to really add some depth.

very tart up front. cherry flavor then emerges and and carries through out, finishing sour. light oak through out although towards the finish it pops out to combine with the sour. not much funk if any.

very light carbonation with a bit of tingle. very dry through out. mouth just puckers.

overall, i was a bit let down considering the high price tag associated with it. the regular drie fonteinen kriek has a bit of a better cherry flavor. quite good, i had no issues drinking this and if the price was cut back drastically, i would buy this far more often.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:10:18 | More by hooliganlife
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Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Bottle April 28th, 2010

Poured into a champagne flute. Crimson red, rose petal in color. Has a small pink head of foam thats very rich and vivid. Reminds me of strawberry taffy or tropical starburst, the strawberry/banana kind.

Fresh cherries on the nose. Kinda doughy, pie crust. Aromas of baked cherry pie, or warm cherry strudel. Nutty, unroasted almonds, cherry pits and wet stone on the nose. Some barnyard funk, a little musty, hay barn. The funk is rather mellow though. Sour nose, vinegar and tart strawberries. Fresh blossomed flowers, flower nectar or pollen. As the beer warms I pick up a vanilla, beeswax aroma.

Descent, medium to low carbonation at first, but goes relatively flat halfway through the glass. Very dry and acidic in the mouth, balsamic vinegar. Lots of tartness. Makes me think of biting into a very red, super ripe strawberry, eating a green apple jolly rancher or rhubarb straight from the garden. Fresh cherries, baked cherry pie, almonds, the pit of a cherry are all in there. Flavors I'd expect in a kriek along with blood oranges, pink grapefruit and lots of ripe strawberries.
Mellow, musty barnyard funk aromas. A little band-aid, medicinal character. The sour/tartness is a more predominate flavor though. Fresh cherries linger on the palate in the finish, with a puckering strawberry tartness. I'm surprised by how much the flavors of strawberries are pronounced in this beer.

A very clean beer in aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 18:47:55 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
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