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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 JAXSON
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.6/5  rDev +5%

750 ml poured into a tulip glass.

A- a beautiful deep intense red with a tall pink head that keeps a thick outside lace. A truly beautiful looking ale.

S- seeet cherries, raspberries, and peaches. A very rich funk that instantly makes your cheeks pucker. There is also a slight smell of cough medicine but not as poignant.

T- follows the nose exactly. The taste is sweet and sour. Sweet cherries and raspberries. Then the sour sits in. Completely taking over the taste buds. The medicinal taste is definitely present on the back end but it isn't bad.

M- sour as hell! Probably the most sour beer I've had. Full bodied as well.

O- a delicious beer. Sweet and sour and overall just amazibg beer. Can't think of anything that would make it better for the style.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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

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Photo of dherling
4.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled in October of 2008 continously poured into two tulips, dregs dumped into a taster.

Ruby red, upon pouring some head is stirred up but it quickly dissipates into a ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Clear body with some bubbles dancing to the top. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Funk and tart cherries upon your first whiff of the beer. Funk with all that barnyardy goodness and a little bit of a medicinal quality to it. Some gym sock and a faint bit of lactic funk in there too as it begins to warm. Agitation brings out more tart cherries with a subdued funk and more medicinal scents.

Pleasantly tart cherries greet your palate with a much softer funk than the nose. Actually, the taste here is much more abrasively sour and fruity than the smell. Hints of the funk upon swallow and some what muddled throughout but the taste here is all about the cherries.

Sticky sweet on the palate with low carbonation. More sticky than most other krieks.

Sharp tart cherries with a good funk. A pretty solid example of the style, and to be honest I am surprised how well the fruit has held up in this one. This was the last bottle on the shelf at one of my favorite shops in town so I had to grab it seeing as proper lambic is becoming a scarce commodity in this country.

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Photo of nquigley16
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2008, poured from a corked and caged 750 into a tulip.

Pours a dark maroon color, almost brown when not in the light. Extreme soda like carbonation right after I opened it, but after about 5 minutes of drinking it seems almost flat. Very low levels of carbonation.

Aroma- Cherries, dark sweet fruit, must, vinegar, lemon peel, and tannins.

Taste- Starts with sweet cherries and must, and become sour and vinegary in the middle of the taste, and end very tannic and oaky, almost red wine like.

Nice mouthfeel with little carbonation and actually a little less crisp and dry than I expected.

Overall a great kriek, but at the $40 price point I may not buy it again.

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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.

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Photo of photomike
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated early 2005. Drunk as a celebratory bottle for my graduation from college, and there couldn't have been a better pick.

Pours an amazing looking deep, muddy ruby color with a tiny bit of head only coming out when poured super aggressively. What little head is there dissipates to a white ring that lasts for a long time. No lacing.

The aroma is made up of mountains of sour cherries. Real, natural cherries that makes this beer seem distinctly superior to the sweetened or syruped ones it shares a shelf with. A nice woody, earthy scent is detected as well, like a wet log in a forest after it rains. This scent is understated, though, and melds extremely well with the cherries.

Taste is incredible as well. Sour, but not overly so by any means, and incredibly dry. Cherries are obviously the star, but there is some nice spicy, lemony, earthy notes as well. Slightly tannic and vinuous. I think what makes this kriek so great is that the variety of flavors here come together so seamlessly that it can be easy to forget that so much is going on. Pay attention.

I was a little worried the mouthfeel on this one would be syrupy or too slick due to the visually low carbonation, but it wasn't. The tiny bubbles are plentiful and make for a nice, fizzy, effervescent feeling on your tongue that is just perfect. Medium bodied, with a dry finish.

I could drink this pretty much indefinitely I think, but this is one you'll want to take your time with. An all-around spectacular beer that really blew me away.

Almost definitely the best kriek I've ever had, and probably the best lambic as well.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of fisherman34
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Pours deep red with a small white creamy head.

S. Vanilla, oak, sour cherries - a good level of sourness.

T. Incredible. Perfect balance of sourness with cherry, vanilla, and oak.

M. Thin to medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

D. Super drinkable - probably my favorite sour thus far.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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

Bottled 1 March, 2005.

Deep red color, no head.

Rich and complex smell of sour and black cherries, vinegar, oak, a bit of funky dried leaves and earth.

Plenty of acidity, cherry, lemon, strawberry seeds, wood, vinegar. Quite dry. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Long tart finish.

A touch of astringency, very fine carbonation, nice mouthfeel. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Auracom
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm pretty glad I've long avoided the temptation to drop the $$ that it takes for this bottle. Jeff found a small stock of 2005's and decided to bring one over, and I am very much obliged. 5-6 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.

A Sort of a cross between Raspberry Tart and Lou Pepe Kriek. Similar brown and reddish coloring but with a more pinkish head. One finger reduced down very quickly. Okay lacing, very little legs.

S - Rounded Brett funk of grass, hay, and some barnyard. You can tell that the cherries have mellowed a bit over time and now have a relaxed interplay. That being said, the fruit can be pulled out pretty easily with some room to breathe.

T - Very tart, acedic cherries and pits. Somewhat vinegary, lemon peel bite. Really no sweetness or added spice complexity to back this one. It seems to have fully melded into a sour bomb and is nearly beyond Fou Foune at this point.

M - Light body, great carbonation for the seven years it's spent in the bottle. Infinitely dry, effervescent finish. Fairly perfect.

D - I do enjoy this, but I think less age may be the way to go based on my best guess. With the cherries really being the emphasis, you need to allow that fruit to exhibit its full potential. Alas, it's definitely a treat of a lambic and a cool step back in time.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the mothman for busting this out.

Pours a deep pink color with a one finger head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell is very funky, horseblanket and brett with a large berry aroma as well.

Taste is very funky, dry, and puckering. Lots of barnyard characteristics, some horse blanket, leather, and earthy straw notes. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is dry and carbonated.

Sour, dry and drinkable describe this beer. Very glad I got to try it, as lambics are always interesting beers to drink.

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Photo of ricke
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage.

A: Ruby red with pink hues. A small pink head that disappears quickly. Small lacings.

S: Funky notes of aged cheese, dusty cellar and mold. Pleasant rich cherry notes balance the funk. Some acidity. A hint of wood.

T: The flavor is tart with interesting and pleasant notes of sour cherries. A salty funky note of cheese and horse blanket. Faint residual sweetness. Notes of lemon, wood and grass. The finish is dry with a mild grassy bitterness and hints of minerals and lingering cherry aromas.

M: Medium body with pleasant carbonation and a not overly dry finish.

D: A very good fruit lambik with an interesting cherry character. Impressive.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

159th Review
Bottle to Fantôme snifter

From notes. I've enjoyed this a couple of times, but this review comes courtesy of Knownfactor bringing this to a tasting...thanks Matt!

A: Hazy, dull strawberry. A few bubbles for the head on medium pour.

S: Mostly tart cherrie with hints of oak, yeast, and must. Touch of sweetness as well. Nice!

T: Brisk sour/tartness up-front with mellow oak and light funk towards the back-end. Not overly complex, but just right.

M: Medium bodied with almost no carbonation.

O: A very refreshing and crisp beer. The tart/sourness is wonderfully balanced with the sweetness, which makes this quite enjoyable.

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