Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 510
Gots: 194 | FT: 10
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Belgium

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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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of biggied
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.77/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
4.19/5  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.

Photo of cbutova
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3.92/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tasting glass. Nice dark red color that is slightly see through. The light pink head disappears almost completely after pouring.

The aroma is full of sweet cherry; only a hint of sourness is evident.

The taste starts out with just the slightest hint of sweet cherry. This is quickly turned into a sour cherry lemonade flavor, finishing dry and tart. This is one of the cleanest sour flavors I've enjoyed.

The body is light and the mouthfeel is smooth; most of the carbonation was lost in the pour it appears.

This is one of the best balanced fruit lambics I've had, revealing a nice sweet flavor while maintaining the wonderful yeast tartness.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andy for sharing this one with me! Poured into a chalice. Bright deep red on this one with no head. Some tiny bubbles shoot up the body of this one.

Pretty straight forward aroma here. Nice tart cherry aroma here with a nice cellar must to it. Really a well done balance of tart and sweet here. Mellow cherry flavors with a sweet flavor and tart finish. Really dry cherry skin flavor with a bit of vanilla and oak.

The feel is this is great. Perfectly light body with soft carbonation. When it comes down ot it I really wonder if it gets better than this. A real treat here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at the 3 Fonteinen lambic room, served by Lydie and consumed in the sunlight on a spring day. As it happens Armand was steeping young lambic in cherries while I was there, moving lambics from the barrels to vat to truck to another nearby site for the cherries. So I got to witness parts of the process, very lucky!

This was dark red color, clearish with a pink foam. The aroma is sour cherries, barely anything sweet in there. I've had some very sweet krieks this week, Cantillon Cuvee Moeder in particular, but Schaerbeekse is another animal. Very sour and smells like cherry skins/pits.

The taste is not as sour as I'd have guessed, but it does have some lactic strength. I actually think the cherries are responsible for some of the tart character, at least it seemed that way. A very good match of fruit and lambic, this was a nice surprise on cask.

Photo of Luk13
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to glouglouburp. Fairly dark brownish red pour with slightly pink foam. Aroma is nice and fruity, but not the classic "cherry pie" cherry aroma. More of a subtle tart nose of cherries with hints of blueberries. There is something "fresh" about the aroma that makes it so memorable, a fresh breeze of mint and pine. classic lambic funk character. Superb. Taste is very sour with a nice red berries twist but not very funky with a very dry finish. A lambic for the purist, maybe a little bit too sour and dry for me but still excellent.

Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, a stormy morning, homemade waffles with strawberries and cream.... perfect for breaking open my Schaerbeekse Kriek

poured from bottle into a tulip bottle dated 10/17/2008

It pours a beautiful deep burgundy, almost purple even. A thin even pink head which dissapates slowly leaving no lace. It brings a malty vinegar and fruity nose with a lot of interesting funk playing around in the background. Sipping it is nice and sour. Dry with a nice sour fruit finish. Funky but not wild, the funk brings a soft spice component, almost like cinnamon or clove, but extremely soft.. Not as sweet as some krieks I've had in the past. This one exemplifies the style, like a finer version of even the best Kriek lambics. The drier character offers more complexity. Sweeter krieks make me feel almost cheated because the sweetness covers up the lambic character too much.
Thanks to BA dannyhipps for the bottle... Best anniversary present I've gotten in a while

Photo of Donnie2112
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a champagne flute

Looks like: Translucent purple or pink in color. amber tones of color too, carbonation reminds me of champagne.

Smells like: Vinegar, hay and dark fruit.

Tastes like: There is a certain mustiness, intense sourness and esters of dark fruit.

Feels like: Very nice carbonation, medium to light in body and a nice dry alcoholic astringent aftertaste that reminds one of a Brut or Extra Dry champagne.

Truly a delightful drink, lots of clean sour flavor, you can taste and smell the cherries in just the right proportion. I will be seeking this beer out again.

Photo of rarbring
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010. The beer is clouded bright red, a small pink head, no lacing but curtains.

The smell is very intriguing, or really pungent, old stable and manure. Very bretty!

The taste is much fresher than the smell, apple vinegar, some cherry and red ripe berries.

Medium high carbonation, a fresh feeling, a complex body, and a dry finish.

So far the most complex kriek I've tried, very demanding.

Photo of augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have one of these in a cellar which I intend to review in a few years, but came upon several fresh bottles (bottled April, 2010) at a reasonable price, so decided to pop one open. Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Carnelian liquid, nearly clear (I didn't let the bottle rest long enough after chilling it I think), glowing cerise/ruby when held to the light, with a cap that vanishes before I have a chance to note the color. Quite bubbly despite the lack of head. [Edit: Subsequent pours from a greater height produced an active layer of cherry blossom foam, though retention is still poor]

You can almost smell the cherries being poured into the lambic base - lush full ripe fruit that are dark and tart all at once. The wild yeasts are immediately apparant as well, though the fruit dominates.

Oh my! Bracingly sour - intensely concentrated cherry backed with what could almost be lemon juice if not for the funk. Extremely long finish, once the sourness finally fades, an array of mild barnyard elements emerge, typified by the "horse blanket," fermenting hay, finished compost, along with a hint of aspirin and tea tree oil. These subtleties are easy to overlook against the bright blast of sour cherries - this being the most sour (and among the most fruity) beers I've sampled. Maybe not perfect, but superlative.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, and brisk.

While not a pretentious beer (being an ancient/rustic/ almost primordial style), it is still one to be sipped, cherished, and engaged with your full attention. Would pair very well with a variety of cheeses.

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.