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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse KriekDrie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

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Ratings: 643
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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Beerenauslese

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

09-24-2011 03:58:29 | More by Beerenauslese
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 23:46:37 | More by timtim
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April, 2010. Pours a hazy burgundy with a small head, shows to be a brilliant ruby red when held to the light. Nose is deep, rich black cherries, spices, of course a tight brett, and funk. Mouth is very tight, which surprised me as it's still quite young. Dry, sour cherries up front, puckering to the mid and back palate. Lots of oak, sour fruit elements, and a really dry, tight brett. Very nicely put together. Acidity is moderate, though I'm particularly sensitive to it. A different animal than the Lou Pepe Kriek, perhaps a tad beneath it at this age. Nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 12:32:05 | More by JAXSON
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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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kevanb

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 02:17:40 | More by kevanb
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ms11781 for this bottle of the 2008 vintage. Split four ways. Reviewed on 9/9/2011 and posted here from notes taken that night.

The color is a beautiful deep ruby red that almost glows when held up to the light. As is the case with many of Armand's lambics, there is no head, but there is plenty of lively carbonation to make up for it.

The aroma is light and bright, full of fresh cherries, a very clean lemony lactin sourness, and some mineraly goodness that I really enjoy from 3F offerings. On the palate, there are lots of sweet cherries, and they take center stage. The lactic lemony notes blend with a gnarly sweaty gym sock, wet hay, and dank funkiness.

Lively and bright, this is an awesome kriek, though I find that the other notes that I am enjoying are prying my focus from the delicious cherries. That, combined with the price tag, makes this not quite equal to Cantillon's Kriek lambic in my book.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:40:36 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

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

Served from a 750 ml caged and corked bottle at Cooper's Seafood in Scranton, Pa. The beer poured a nice redish color with a medium thickness pink head and good retention and lacing. The aroma is of sweet cherries but also a nice kick of barnyard funk. The taste is very tart and strong cherry taste along with the funk but the funk is not overpowering. A very enjoyable taste as if the cherries were freshly picked. This ranks right up there with any Cantillon offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 19:03:03 | More by ggaughan
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 04:03:32 | More by brownbeer
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

Appearance: Raspberry red, no head, and very little lacing.

Smell: Funky sourness, cherries, and yeast.

Taste: Dry bitter cherry sourness.

Mouthfeel: strong acidic medium.

Overall:
It cuts through with tons of acidic properties. Fruit flavor is very subtle.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 06:33:08 | More by megahurts4
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 26, 2011 - Poured into some Goose Island stemware. Beautiful cherry red body with a thin layer of pink foam. Musty barnyard brett and lightly soured cherries on the nose. Wet hay and a bit of cheese. The flavor is filled with dry, tart, cherries and light, earthy, malt in the background. The cherries in this are excellent. The body is smooth and creamy with a nice tart/sour kick. Light, spritzy bubbles. Slightly more acidic than I remember the regular Oude Kriek being. Overall, this is pretty tasty stuff. I personally like it more than the Oude Kriek, but probably still prefer Cantillon’s Kriek, especially with the $28 price tag on this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 22:04:22 | More by sisuspeed
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dherling

New Jersey

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

Poured out a dark purple color with a dark red body. Lovely pink head with good head retention. The nose is tart, with oak and dark cherries. The taste is big cherry, sourness, some oak, warmth, acid. The mouthfeel is super dry with zesty carbonation. Perfectly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 03:12:26 | More by dherling
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

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

Appearance: A totally deep shade of raspberry red, with a pink head that my girfriend adored, but that was about it, she being of the Lindemans sweet lambic type...

Smell: Aromas are both funky and sweet, plenty of yeasty spices and tobacco/leather.

Taste: The cherries came out as real and as potent as I've ever tasted in a lambic, it was like eating fresh ripe cherries. It was relatively sweet, so the acidity seemed a bit more shadowed but still plenty puckering. The funk factor was also a bit toned down in the taste, in fact I'm really surprised that Mélanie didn't like this more than her usual half-sip and puckered face. The drinkability for me was through the roof.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 20:29:12 | More by Goldorak
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rhinos00

Colorado

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

Purchased at a local store for $21. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on April 28, 2010.

A- Pours a murky, dark red color. Produced two fingers with of pink, champagne-like head that quickly fizzled out. No head to speak of. Reminded me a lot of fruit or vegetable beers.

S- Absolutely love it. The smell of cherries is intoxicating...and I'm not talking about that fake, sweet candy aroma. This is the real stuff. Underneath all that goodness is a layer of funk that takes on a horse blanket quality. The sourness is actually kept in check by funky barnyard aroma. Just a quality mixture of aromas.

T- Another great marriage of fruit sourness and funk. Initially there is little sourness with a dominant cherry flavor and touch of oak bitterness. As the beer sits on the palate the sourness grows and grows. Midway through there is a great blend of sweet cherries and lactic sourness. Afterwards the cherry fruit flavor fades leaving a slightly puckering feeling on the palate.

M- Well carbonated. Coated the palate nicely. Couldn't ask for much more.

D- Extremely drinkable for a lambic. Not too overpowering.

Overall, I much prefer this fresh to the older vintages. The fruit flavor is much more dominant and brings a wonderful balance to this beer. Also love the level of sourness...just enough to make the mouth pucker, but not to the point where it will put a hole in your stomach. Another awesome lambic...looking forward to the day where I can just pick up an American lambic and have it taste just as great as this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:23:34 | More by rhinos00
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:35:09 | More by boilermakerbrew
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doughanson78

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Opened to celebrate the birth of my 3rd child, It's a Boy! Major thanks to Phelps for this in the Tickers BIF.

A: Beautiful reddish pink color, with a nice ruby glow when held to the light. About a half finger of white head with a touch of pink tint. Good retention and beautiful lacing.

S: Big funky, tart, sour cherries. Light traces of oak in the background. Nothing complex but smells awesome.

T: Sweet cherries upfront immediately taken over by tartness. Light funkiness and sourness comes through in the middle. Cherries consuming the finish and aftertaste. Super tasty.

M: Light body. Medium high carbonation. Puckering is pretty big until you adjust. Mouth continues to water for a while after each drink.

O: One of the top sours I've had. Just a tasty drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 20:36:23 | More by doughanson78
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Bottle shared via fisherman34- thanks Kris for this tasty treat! Pours a rich dark cherry colour with pinkish head. Nose- charry forward with some wood. Taste- full mouthfeel with fresh plump tasting cherries, medium tartness earthy brett. The wood and cherry tartness mingle well to create a highly drinkable fruit lambic. Finishes with a soft lemony sourness. Lovely drink

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 00:16:07 | More by oakbluff
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Deep ruby red in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of ripe sour cherry, mild wood, and a touch of funk. Great flavors of sour (but not overly so) cherries, mud, wood, farmhouse funk, light malts, and a bit of lemon. Not as crazy sour as Cantillon products, but everything is so well balanced. The carry-through of the cherry flavor is pretty amazing. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 20:20:54 | More by fisherman34
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kenito799

New York

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into wine glasses. Bottling date 1 march 2005, "good for at least ten years after bottling date"

Beautiful bright raspberry color, soft carbonation, no head retention. Intense sour cherry aroma, intoxicating.

Light fresh tart, fizzy in the mouth, so succulent, so tangy, such a classic dry lambic with pure, delicious expression of fruit; no sweetness to speak of. Initial sharpness softens and mellows as this amazing creation changes and develops in the glass. A treat. Had this once before at Hop Devil Grill in Manhattan; compares very favorably with Cantillon Kriek. One of those brews that will beguile beer and wine drinkers alike.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 00:51:44 | More by kenito799
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Holland

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 23:29:55 | More by Holland
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RomanW70 for sharing
A - Raspberry/yellow in color. hazy with no head.
S - The nose is tart fruit, sour cherries a little musty.
T - Sour up front, tart cherries, a little oak. Cinnamon on the back end.
M/F -light body and fully carbonated.
Over all a nice lambic. pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 17:54:06 | More by ThirstyBird
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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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Jmoore50

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a funky beer, one that really changed my perception on what 'barnyard' is.

The appearance is pretty beautiful, but even the color and the remaining yeast in the bottle hint at a wild character. It is a beautifully dark purple that is very uncharacteristic for a kriek. It has a rose fluffy head that sits on top of the beer. The bottle had a lot of sediment on the sides and looked stringy, almost thought this beer was maybe sick. It honestly grossed me out a bit.

The smell is of a huge barnyard that has been sitting in Belgium for over two hundred years. The barnyard has had wet blankets and blue cheese aging in the attic for most of its life, with wet dogs playing tug of war with a bag of rotten cherries. It also has a musk equal to that of a boys middle school locker room.

The taste is of one of the most unique Krieks that I have ever had. It tastes like it smells, with a very heavy palate. It takes all of the cherry flavor, without the sweetness', and mixes it with wild bacteria. So much old straw, horse blanket, rotten sock, its great.

The palate is thick, probably because the bottle that we had was over two years old and incredibly over populated with yeasts. What a great, nasty, wild thing this one was.
J

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 21:30:30 | More by Jmoore50
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into a teku.

Pour: Mostly hazy magenta with a quarter finger pink head. Leaves a little bit of lacing, and the head recedes to a faint rim.

Smell: Tart cherry, grape tannins, musk, light barnyard. Some green apple and pear. This smells awesome.

Taste: Huge tart cherry up front, followed by a nice light barnyard funk. Pear, green apple, and vinegar come through on the finish. Great acidity.

Mouthfeel: Really nice carbonation, with a super dry tartness. This beer is incredibly drinkable.

Overall: This beer was great, and had a great tart cherry taste. Would have liked a little more funk, but I'm glad I got the full frontal cherry assault out of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 22:18:36 | More by cfrances33
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours the same color as a young red wine with little lacing or head.

S: strong Brett aroma with lemon zest and some other bacterial funk.

F: quite sour with a strong dryness. Some tannin from the cherries make it through, but no fresh cherry flavor.

M: thin body with little carbonation and a touch of astringency

D: quite nice overall. Much better than the other, overly sweet krieks that are widely available.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 02:03:39 | More by Avagadro
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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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