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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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721 Ratings
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 432
Gots: 197 | FT: 9
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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Photo of enelson
5/5  rDev +12.1%

enelson, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

francisweizen, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Jwale73, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml green flask bottle with a thumbed cork held in place by a wire cage and red steel cap. Simple main label with the new US- Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen label, which is a reddish-pink in nature to accentuate it from the Geuze. Labeled as Shaerbeekse Kriek and listed at 6%. Bottling Date is 01 March 2005.

Appearance: Pulled Rhubarb tones pummel a russet dark plum with a swirling purple tinged dark red body. Gorgeous flamingo pink head sits sizzling above this fine looking Kriek. Head retention is good; the conditioning is classically spritzy with a softly dissolved ….

Nose: Tart, but not as tart as I recall. Wood, Oak and dark skinned Cherries litter the nasal passageway. Some light farmyard tones but they are minimal, this one has a defined dark skinned Shaerbeekse Cherry odor that sits nicely in and amongst the lambic dryness.

Taste: Chilled, straight from the fridge it felt a little mild, almost relaxed at first. This one needs some warmth to express itself properly. Once it reaches ambient conditions the Shaerbeekse Cherries really shine through, the oak aspects rise in the middle. The back end is dry, has a light sourness, litters the teeth enamel with cherry skins and finishes with a trademark Drie Fonteinen ending, in so much as it is acidic but not overtly so. This may take some time to develop and grow you, but that is the beauty of this Kriek, it creeps up on you.

Mouthfeel: The organic conditioning feels almost perfect. The zesty carbonation blends and melds with a solid lambic base that has woody elements which lend a stiff backbone.

Drinkability: Perfectly balanced, this is a solid deep and truly satisfying Kriek. It is far from heavy on the Cherries, like say a Cantillon Lou Pepe, this is more of Session Kriek that I could manage many of.

Overall: A damn fine Kriek, serve it very lightly chilled to get the best and the difference that the Shaerbeekse Cherries will be very apparent then. This is well worthy of a purchase, but at $17/$18 a bottle unfortunately this will never be a staple in my fridge, in fact I would go so far as to say that the bottle I purchased at Somerville Supersaver in NJ and lugged West and then shared with BA’s Davo and Erica before the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival will probably be the only one I ever buy in the US. It was a pleasure to revisit this marvelous Kriek, it is indeed one of the better traditional Krieks out there, but it is just too damn expensive to drink in the US, sadly. Maybe I’ll snag one more bottle to stash away, I have a feeling that this one will age nicely.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of popery
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

popery, Jan 27, 2013
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.

sweemzander, May 04, 2011
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4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Post boards celebration! Shared this with my gf.

Brilliant ruby red with a pinkish white head in my mini Duvel tulip. The nose can be smelled across the room. Holy cherries! Tart and juicy. I can't remember having anything this cherry-forward before. Aside from Blabaer, I've never had anything this tart. Sour with just enough Brettanomyces funk in the background. Beautifully crafted. Refreshing body with a sparkle of carbonation. Moar!!

DmanGTR, May 31, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

ArrogantB, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml from 2010 at Ebenezer's during the Night of the Great Thirst; reviewed from notes.

A: Cloudy vermillion body with almost no head - just a few pink bubbles. Meh.

S: Rich, intense, sour cherry, accompanied by equally rich herbal, earthy, cheesy funk. Perfect.

T: Follows the nose - impeccable balance of juicy, zesty, sour cherry richness and deep, rocky, herbal, musty funkiness. Straightforward Kriek perfection.

M: Smooth, slick, and moderately carbonated medium body. Good.

O: While I'm a huge 3 Fonteinen fan, I've never been that impressed by their regular Oude Kriek. I was absolutely blown away by this, my first taste of the Schaerbeekse; I will from now on buy every bottle I see, the cost be damned. Incredibly delicious.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Nov 30, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Great Lambic Summit

Depp ruby red in color with poofy spritzy pinkish hued head. First whiff is of tart cherry, progressing into many complex notes of red wine with hints of must and vinegar. First taste is of a tart, young, unrippened cherry, it backs into notes of funk, cranberry and merlot grapes. Slight boozy touch and warmth to it. Medium bodied, slick. A truly unique kriek with many charachteristics of a red wine.

rfgetz, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

FosterJM, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

outoffocus, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +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.

mynie, Jul 13, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev -4%
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.

tpd975, Jan 07, 2008
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

alexgash, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

hopdog, Nov 04, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of AlexFields
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Dark deep ruby red/magenta color, frothy pink head, looks exotic and wonderful. Obviously tons of fruit went into this.

Nose has huge dry brett funk, sour cherries, really an intense fruit character, bright and acidic.

Taste is very tart, big sour cherry character again, not a lot of sweetness from the fruit but lots of fruit character, brettiness and dry funk. Amazing.

Puckering from the sourness, pretty good carbonation for a lambic, pretty drinkable despite the intense sourness.

Fantastic beer, wish it were still readily available off shelf.

9.4/10

AlexFields, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful red, translucent, decent head that keeps replenishing

S: tart cherry, some sweetness, vinous smell

T: very deliciously sour with tinges of cherry, wine-like flavors, and a huge tart aftertaste.

M: good amount of carbonation keeping it light and refreshing. Could age one and still have some great carbonation. Body is pretty dry and light.

O: beautiful beer, sour and wonderful in all ways. After tasting it, the sourness overwhelms the cherry.

Holland, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

MSandahl23, May 20, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jaxon53, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

akang, Jul 30, 2013
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.