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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: 190 | 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 kevanb
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, dated April 26, 2011, poured into a Drie Fonteinen wine glass.

The beer pours a deep ruby red color, hazy with just a bit of clarity when struck by the light, while a fluffy, fizzy pink head rises out of the beer, nearly 2 and a half fingers high that dissipates immediately leaving no lace behind, and just a light film around the rim of the glass. The aroma is beautiful, huge burst of fresh cherry, light funk, delicate spicing and just a touch of sugary sweetness. It's jammy, pie like and just delightful. It translates very well on the tongue, lots of jammy cherries, a bit of strawberry sweetness as well, the funk is quite delicate that brings out some light citrus peel that brings out the tart, tanginess of the beer. The malt is soft, a bit chewy and is the perfect crust to the cherry pie. The body is nice, light, lively, and bubbly, could coat the mouth a bit better, the finish is a little weak but does have a nice crisp quality.

Verdict: A really fantastic kriek from Drie Fronteinen, one of their better fruited beers for sure. It's jammy, pie like, and nice and delicate with nice brightness. It's right up there with some of the better fruited sours, perhaps it could use some perk in the body to really take this to the next level.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL green glass cork and caged. Bottled April 28th, 2010.

Pours a beautiful beet pinkish-purplish-red with a thin little crackle of head that dissipates completely.

Nose is wonderfully tart cranberry, black cherry juice, vinous notes, reminds me of nebbiolo and/or babera d'asti. Bright and sparkly.

Palate is crisp and funky. Big cherry and cranberry, leathery notes, red wine vinegar, moderate amount of malt sweetness to help round out the midpalate, and a long tart, dry finish.

Somewhat under-whelmed with this brew, but I suspect it's just because it's so young. Really dug the 3 year old Oude Kriek that I drank recently, though.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of KeefD
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 750. Pours a brilliant, deep, ruby red color with a small pink head that was gone quickly, and no lacing. Wow, great color on this beer, and leaves me with high hopes for the amount of cherry that must be in play here. Nice funky brett notes come out at first, notes of wood, leather, and mustiness. Only a small amount of cherry comes out in the nose, but it starts to show more as it warms. Flavor is bracingly tart and acidic. Nice mixture of acidity, oak and tartness, with hints of lemon in the front, followed by an earthy, herbal, almost cheesy like flavor, and just a touch of cherry on the back end that almost turns medicinal as it warms and gets to the bottom of the bottle. Musty, funky, and sour are the best words to describe this. Perfect, medium body on this with some abrasive carbonation at first, but turns light and delicate near the end. Wow, what can I say? I wish this one came in a 33cl bottle, because the 750ml is getting to be tough to put away by myself. Should have shared this with others, but I be a glutton for the evening. This is one of the best Belgian fruit lambics I've ever had and certainly blows away Lindeman's kriek in not only flavor, but also complexity. Great brew and glad I had the chancce to try it before Drie Fonteinen moves away from producing lambics and looks more towards distilling and blending.

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

Notes from 6-28-10 - poured into a Lindeman's stange glass - 1 PT 9.4 Fl Oz cage-corked bottle

Appearance: Pours a scarlet red. A big head quickly turns to very thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Sour notes, fresh cherries, barnyard funk, oak, and a slight hint of vanilla crosses the nose.

Taste: Tart with sour cherries, barnyard funk, wood, and vanilla. Not too heavy on the cherries and also, not too sweet. A sour, mouth-puckering aftertaste lingers in the crisp, clean, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. The initial sourness really lingers in this beer. On the whole, the feel is acceptable for the lambic style, suggestive of champagne and sour candy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable if you like a lambic beer that emphasizes tartness over sweetness.

Comments: Overall, a fine kriek lambic. It carries many of the fine characteristics found within the Gueze style. This is my kind of lambic!

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage - actual cork while 2006 was synthetic. A touch more carbonation in this one, seems a touch more acidic as well as a touch 'brighter' which is odd since it is a year older. Carbonation makes a huge difference, allows the flavors to play as they should.

750ml corked and caged, 2006 vintage, I drank about 2/3rd while my wife drank the other third.

Cork comes out with a bit of struggle to a small letting of air, some pink substance on the bottom of it. Pours a dark red/pink with a thin finger of pink head which doesn't seem to stick around, as some yeast in the bottom mixes in it almost turns the brew the color of dried blood. Lots of micro bubbles on the side of the glass suggest good carbonation but with a swirl I can't seem to raise any head.

Nose is funky in a musty, moist earth type of way. Hint of cherries but it's subdued and more dank than vibrant.

Cherries in this one play a much more subtle role than even, say, 3F's Oude Kriek. They are more earthy and dull. Light sourness, musty dank funk with a hint of barnyard, quite tannic and oaky, hint of vinegar, drinks like a mix with Flanders Red almost. Carbonation is too low, needs a little more umph through the mouth.

While not overly sour this one is a gut buster. Could feel it part way through and I think drinking a while 750 might make you regret it in the morning with all those bugs. Not as drinkable as I could have hoped due to carbonation. Still quite complex and nice but just not a regular.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 750ml bottle had a bottled on date of March of 05. Dark red body with a small white bubbly head that quickly recedes down leaving some light rings of lacing. Big aroma filled with tart cherries, woody notes and some light funkiness. A light sweetness peaks through the mainly sour nose. I am surprised how much the cherries come through. The flavor starts off with the sour cherries, some lambic funk and some wood notes. The tartness is pretty strong but not huge. Finishes up with a dry acidic bite with lingering light cherries. The cherries come through well in all aspects of the beer and while this isn’t a sour monster it’s more than tart enough for any sour beer fan. Mouthfeel is great with perfect carbonation. Amazing drinkability as the only thing limiting me from having this all the time is the price and rarity.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish purple color with pink 2 finger head. lots of lacing.

S: Citrous, sour cherry, some bready malt, funk, barn yard.

T: I love it. It's not super sour or puckering, but it's got loads of sour cherry fruity tartness, lemon, citrous, with some barn yard funk, yeast.

M: Light refreshing body with perfect amount of carbonation. It's perfect.

O: I absolutely loved it and this was my first Drie Fonteinen. I think I may prefer this brewery over Cantillon (how dare I said this!)

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared at Memphis Taproom on 6/7/10 thanks to Brendan!

Pours crystal clear dark pink, with slight hints of violet. Fluffy bubbly off-pink head that lasted. Little lacing, but thick legs were left on the glass as I drank.

Aroma was dominated by cherry, with only the slightest hints of lactic acid/citrus. Many other krieks are sour lemon with cherry, but this was a beautiful sour cherry aroma, with a ton of dirty funk behind it.

Flavor was a slight sweetness and then truly a sour cherry flavor. Again, this was now citric tartness, but rather a perfect blend of cherry sourness.

Medium body with fantastic carbonation highlighting the sourness. Pretty dry finish.

Overall a beautiful beer that was incredibly balanced and drinkable.

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

Pours a deep pink/red color with a finger of head and a ton of effervescent carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is tart and cobwebby with a decent amount of cherry sweetness peeking through.

The flavor starts with an initial burst of sour lemon and cherry sweetness. Underlying cobweb and dusty funk adds a layer of complexity. Some oak and bread crust are also present.

The body is medium and carbonation is at appropriate levels. This one drinks very nicely, never becoming overwhelming for the palate. Overall I am very impressed by the balance of this beer. Top quality kriek, for sure.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back by MartinT to whom it was given by JorisP. Cheers to both. Enjoyed also with Oakes, Kimchee and tiggmtl Appearance is a beautiful bloody red with a thin pink head. The red is so brilliant that it scores a 5 anyway. Aroma is complex of lambic funk. Spicier than most with cinnamon, cloves. The cherries are very nice, feeling unriped, both black and red cherries, intense and bold for a lambic. Earthy mold. Palate is very lactic with its typical yoghourt sourness, balsamic and citric, moderately salty. Funky brett with nutty, earthy branches and leafy undertones. It didn’t strike me as spectacular from the first sip and sniff, but it grew on me and I realised I drank my glass very fast. I like its grapey vinous character and as weird as it sounds, to me, this is a quaffable offering despite it’s a real crime to just think about drinking this fast! This is a very complex kriek, with a good backing medium body and medium-high carbonation. Just what a brewery!

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Photo of Jonada
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled on April 20th 2010

Appearance: Pours a dark, not quite blood color. Only slightly hazy. Low amounts of carbonation visibly streaming throughout the glass. Little to no head.

Smell: Tart cherries, lemon rind, musty, acidic, light barnyard notes, and very slight oak.

Taste: Wow, SUPER tart mouth puckering sourness upfront, yielding to flavors of cherry, oak, funk, and lemon juice. Finish is tart and dry with very little residual sweetness. Aftertaste is all cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. Very refreshing.

Overall: One of the most tart/sour lambics I've ever had. This is a really good kriek and worth a try for anyone that's a fan of the style. Definitely not a starter sour/lambic though.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Live review via phone. Poured into a snifter blood-red. Soft looking carbonation. Holy shit this looks good.

In the aroma, wild cherry, Sweet Tarts and a little vanilla. Not much funk noted.

Oh man. What flavor. Actually easier drinking than the 3F Oude Kriek or a Cantillon Lou Pepe. Oh make no mistake, this is sour. High acidity, yet not as high as the aforementioned beers. This is all about the wild cherry, as it should be. Juicy cherry and some nice oak flavors. No plastic flavors like I find in the Oude Kriek. Some leathery funk. Nothing outlandish for a kriek, but so well done and tasty. This is clearly near the top of the kriek game, if not at it.

Soft carbonation, only enhances the cherry flavors. Perfect.

I was a little afraid of tackling this alone, but the sourness, while high, seems manageable. Oddly quite easy to drink.

It's a masterpiece. What else can I say?

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on April 28, 2010.

A- Pours a deep, ruby red in color. Hazy body with a small, off white to pink colored head. Retention is ok, with the thinnest lace sitting on the top of the body. Lacing is good for the small amount of head.

S- Tart, lactic lambic scents start it off. Immediately following the tart scent, the cherries kick in. The cherries are fairly juicy and sweet in smell, but also add to the sour with a dose of tart.

T- Starts with a big cherry bang on the tip of the tongue. Tart, yet juicy, the cherry flavor profile moves back on the tongue and eases a little before the lambic base shows off some of its sour qualities. The lambic and cherry combination is moderate to intense in its sour flavor, but not quite to the level of a gueuze. Towards the end, there is a little drying tartness on the tongue from the barrel. Ends with lingering cherry sourness.

M- Carbonation is moderate, not quite as high as most Belgian sours. Body is light to medium in weight, but the level of acidity and sour makes this one a slower drink that you only really want a glass of.

Overall, it's a little more tart and cherry forward than the regular 3F kriek, but not much. A very good kriek with a very good base of sour cherries.

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Photo of davey101
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4/28/2010 vintage 750ml into an over sized wine glass. Allowed to warm up to room temperature.

A - Deep red body, very clear and juice like. I gave it an aggressive pour for the second glass and I got an off white/light pink head that fizzled away in seconds. Pouring the swirled dregs yields a cloudy dark pink/red liquid that looks like a raspberry smoothie.

S - Sweet cherries followed by some brett funk. The cherry is very potent but sweet with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Just very light and faint spices. The finish is oaky and sour.

T - Sour cherries followed by oak and brett funk. Very smooth and refreshing flavor. I can pick out some of that vanilla and cinnamon. Some lemony lactic action going as well. Tart and crisp carbonation.

O - A fantastic kriek. It has a lot of complex sweetness to balance out the sour and tart flavors. I enjoyed it much more than the standard oude kriek, but the price tag is really difficult to swallow. Still glad I grabbed a bottle though.

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

Enjoyed at the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival In Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Brilliant cherry red body. no head or carbonation.

Smells a bit of malt but mainly of really fresh cherries.

Tastes of concentrated fresh cherry juice, with some wood and some bitterness from the cherry pits.

Body is light and with no carbonation, it has a flat mouthfeel. But the mouth just bursts delightfully with fresh cherry flavor.

Great tasting cherry lambic.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Ruby red body that looks kinda like red wine. Then a slim pink bubbly head that fades to practically nothing.

Smells of tart dark cherries, hay, some barnyard funk, but much more of a sour assault than a funky party.

Super tart. Dark cherries, hay, lemony acidic tartness, and a slight touch of lactic tartness.

The mothefeel is light with spritzy carbonation.

The exceptionally high level of tartness makes one 750 enough.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a deep dark red, almost purple. No head at all.

S - the first thing I smell is funk. Funk and sour. It smells like other krieks I've had.

T - well not to sound cliche but there's lots of cherries. Good tartness and awesome belgian funk.

M - medium bodied with medium to heavy carbonation.

O - great kriek and awesome sour! I love lambics and wild ales!!!

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on October 17, 2008.

Pours a hazy pink-purple color, with a reddish tint. A fizzy pink-purple head is produced, but doesn't last long and doesn't leave any lacing.

Sour cherries, oak, and a bit of musty funk. The oak is much stronger than I though, and in combination with the musty funk, it's almost hard to pick out the cherries. These cherries are incredibly sour and mouthwatering. I know I just said it's hard to pick them out, but the way it blends with the other aromas I'm beginning to think this is perfect.

The taste is to die for. Everything you hope for in a Kriek and more. Starts out with an acidic sour cherry character, which is quickly mellowed by the earthy oak character. Finishes dry with a musty funk, and has an aftertaste of more sour cherries. It's like they scripted this and it's playing out on my palate to perfection. Easily, far and away, the best tasting Kriek (of any kind) I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium in body, with a crisp carbonatoin and a sharp acidic bite. Lingering sour cherry and oak aftertaste. Drinkability is fantastic, I can't imagine an easier drinking lambic.

Overall, I was expecting this to be good but not this good. I was floored by this, and if not for the price tag I would buy a lot of this to stock up.

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Photo of tewaris
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at The Nova's (Hudson, WI). Hurt the wallet.

A deep and clear pink color with a light pink-rose head. Soft cherries in the aroma and the signature 3F notes. Fruit in taste but the essence, not the flesh. Cherry, of course. Good sourness, very clean, big on oak. Amazingly light and clean feel, drinks like the FG was 1.000. Thoroughly enjoyable.

4.5, 4.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

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Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Oude Kried last night and was really impressed, so I was hoping to be blown away by this one.

The aroma is lightly medicinal, full of oak, cherry, leather, and earthy barnyard.

More of a black cherry on the palate. Not as sour as I had hoped for, could be brighter. Has a hint of smoke and leather. A hint of brett, and similar to the Oude Kriek, it has an oaky, French Pinot-like dryness with a meaty (beef) finish. The funk is there in its glory, the cherry later softens up just a touch, so it's important to let this one breath for a while.

All things considered, while this is very good beer, though disappointing, I'd have to take the Oude Kriek over it.

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

bottled October 17, 2008. awesomer, purer, fruitier, more-sour, and nuttier than the regular drie oude kriek is the best point of reference i can give. pours a hazy and kind of glowing pink-red with a pink head that crackles and fades to a collar that sticks the whole time. nose is an acidic blast of super-clean, bright cherry and hints of other fruits (i swear i get raspberry and plum too) along with some nuttiness?, earth, mushroom and oak. there's definitely some dark almost roasty underlying flavor that is hard to describe that just fills everything out. knocks my socks off, but not huge and overpowering, just subtle and elegant. taste is sour cherry fruity nutty blast in perfect balance. i'm sure age has soured it up a bit and zipped it up a bit in the mouthfeel, but it seems about prime right now. i would love to do a vertical with a fresh one of these in the mix. awesome. i could drink this all day. makes me dream of cherry trees.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottel poured into my cantillon glass ( botteld 17/10/2008 )

A - Bright ruby with à thin half à finger head that settles to a ring of foam.

S - Sour and tart with fresh cherry and spices. Earthy and musty. I can smell the beautifully balanced cherry sweet sour flavour , awesome

T - Tart and spicy with fresh tart cherries, spices and earthy oak tannins. Some vinous wine like flavors are also present. Complex for a fruitlambic very Nice , Nice combination of sweet and sour , perfect .

M - Light to medium mouthfeel and a dry finish.

D - Not as tart/sour as other lambics like cantillon but extremely drinkable , very Nice.

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