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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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711 Ratings
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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 425
Gots: 199 | FT: 10
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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 jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%

750ml bottle, split with the wife to accompany a nice pasta dinner. Served in our Cantillon wine glass looking glasses.

The beer looks good in the glass. It's a plum color with ruby, crimson, pink, and brown touches to it. This is a very nice, deep color. There are few signs of life here - the beer looks rather still with just a film of head on top. But that's par for the course with 3F beers, so I'm cool with it. There is also just a touch of noticeable carbonation which relieves me that this beer hasn't turned flat.

Wow, I could smell this beer all day long. A wonderful bouquet of all the things I love about an authentic Kriek beer. A deep sour cherry note is so juicy that I would swear it was fresh if it wasn't for the funkiness that came to join the party. There is a ton of barnyard brett that gives some skunky and dirty smells, but they really work here. A hint of asprin and plastic work with the barnyard to make this a masterpiece. Some lactic acidity blurs the lines of cherry and sour vinegar. If you like the funk, George Clinton ain't got nothing on this beer. Just short of perfection - a bit more cherry on top would make this a 5.

I'm in heaven with the taste of this beer. Seriously, this is amazing. This is so smooth and refined, yet wild and outrageous at the same time. The flavor pops and has tons of sour cherry with a hint of lemon and oak. The funk adds layers of mustiness and barnyard but lets the cherry shine through. A long, sour lactic finish finally concedes to lingering wild notes of dirtiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation but nice fizz on the tongue. Without being sparkling, this feels alive. An authentic sour I could drink all day long without suffering from heartburn or loosing the enamel on my teeth. Just amazing business here!

jampics2, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of jegross2
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jegross2, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%

750 ml bottle, 6% abv, bottled March 22, 2006. Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Lovely pink head holds well for a few minutes before reducing to a small layer.

Sour cherry and oak come to mind first. A bit leathery and earthy. All notes blend together quite well.

A sharp sour cherry tartness up front that ends quickly. A bit of a drying oaky flavor. Leathery. Dries out quickly.

Lighter body, low carbonation. A nice complexity. Alcohol is a non-factor. Very nice.

Bierguy5, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Burt
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Burt, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%

2005 bottle

A: Reddish rust colored with white head and a touch of lacing.

S:Very musty but in the best way possible. Hints of cherries right behind that. A little bit of funk in there as well. They are masters of blending so nothing really takes the lead.

T: Nice mix of cherries with a little bit of vinegar. The bottom of the bottle and the yeast made this beer super tart.

M: Very nice. A little thick for the style.

D: All day long. So good and easy to drink. They are one of those breweries that you see their beer you do not even think about it twice.

aerozeppl, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of bashiba
3.13/5  rDev -29.8%

Poured a deep purple with a thin off white head.

The smell was tart and funky with a bit of oak.

The flavor was more like faded gueuze than kreik. No real fruit notes. Just a big sour and tart flavor and with bits of oak sneaking through.

The mouth feel was a touch thin with mild carbonation.

An underwhelming kreik lacking any fruit punch.

bashiba, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

trxxpaxxs, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%

750ml, 4/28/14
Drie Font proper glassware

A: Pours a beautiful deep pinkish red. Fairly still. Some bubbles coming up from bottom.

S: Tart cherry. Oak. Dry funk. Fabulous.

T: Very sour. Lots of dry oak.

M: Lighter medium. Good carbonation levels.

inlimbo77, May 08, 2014
Photo of MDDMD
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%

A-slightly hazy light red color with a pale pink head and no significant lacing

S-tart cherry, funk, hints of oak

T-sour cherry, earthy funk, light oak, slight vinegar

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and puckering

O-a delicious kriek lambic, convinced this is the only style of cherry beer that I like

MDDMD, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%

Pour from a bottle that was corked on April 28, 2010, into a goblet.

Deep crimson with cherrywood undertones. Murky. The head, pink and girlish, flits away teasingly.

Schaerbeekse kriek smells like the inside of a winery, full of fermenting fruit and freshly-emptied oak barrels. It’s also funkier than George Clinton, with heavy helpings of hay, horses and lemongrass. Cherry syrup is there, but in a more subdued form than I would’ve liked.

The flavor moves the barnyard funk to the background, but replaces it with a burly balsamic acidity holds hard to the sides of the tongue. Tart and sweet, with smacks of underripe cherries that become more prominent as I work my way through the glass. Lemon peel, vanilla and new oak stand out against a backdrop of red wine.

Champagne-like in carbonation, the beer’s highly effervescent, which only accentuates the feathery medium-light body.

There’s no denying Schaerbeekse Kriek is a quality example of the style — a true lambic, with the accompanying tartness and funk — but I wish there was a touch less sour stuff and more sweetness. It gets a little too abrasive near the end of the glass, and I find myself wishing for more cherry.

Phelps, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of MinorThreat
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

MinorThreat, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

SpdKilz, May 22, 2013
Photo of baybum
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

baybum, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

WeisGuy, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!

I've opened up a few of these, but finally reviewed one at a tasting.

Pours a pinkish rosey color with a creamy and frothy off-white head. No real lacing to speak of. Some spots of cling, but not long.
Smells of really strong over-ripened, nearly rotting fruit-- cherries mainly-- oh fuck--- I snorted some of it!!! That was a bad move.
I went in for a super big sniff and dove in to far... If you don't think this beer is very sour, try snorting it!
Good flavor. Lots of cherries and oak. Nice sourness is balanced and integrated.
The body is full with low carbonation.
Very high drinkability. Tasty enough to be good, complex enough to keep me interested, and sour enough to scratch that sour itch. The biggest strike against this beer is the $37 price tag.

AleWatcher, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of ajzy
5/5  rDev +12.1%

ajzy, May 26, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%

2008 Vintage. Poured from a foiled, corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Like wearing Addidas pants with Nike sneakers... Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger frothy pink head with low retention. Beer is a dark, semi-clear ruby. Lacing is non-existant but with decent legs. Slightly above average due to the color.

Nose is tart cherry, some cobweb and hay funk. Some yeasty sharpness. Not overly funky or cheesy but with a robust fruit aroma. Nice.

Opens tart cherry, some yeasty spiciness. More big semi-sweet cherry notes towards the middle. Cobweb, wet hay, and barnyard funk. Yeasty fruit throughout. Some light bitterness. Cinnamon and oak notes towards the end. Finish is tart cherry puree with some band-aid taste. Really fruit forward, funky, and tart. Exceptional.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Light but lively in the mouth and some bubbles going down. Dry finish with a puckering and dry, lingering aftertaste. Really accents the flavor well.

While its not the most impressive looking or smelling fruit lambic, Schaerbeekse Kriek is definitely among the most fruit forward and tastiest. Probably one of, if not the most impressive widely available lambic out there now. Fresh vintages take almost completely blow away the competition in my opinion. Worth the hefty price tag.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of CoolEthan
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

CoolEthan, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottled March 22 2006

A - Bright ruby with thin white/pinkish head that settles to a ring of foam.

S - Sour and tart with fresh cherry and spices. Earthy and musty. The fruit/spice combo reminds me a lot of the 2002 version of Unibroue's Quelque Chose.

T - Tart and spicy with fresh tart cherries, spices and earthy oak tannins. Some vinous wine like flavors are also present. Complex yet seems subtle for a fruit lambic.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with a slight tingle from the tartness and a dry lingering finish.

D - This reminds me of blending a lambic and quelque chose. Not as tart/sour as other lambics but extremely drinkable.

brewcrew76, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

bobv, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%

750ml, bottled 12/21/2011, poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/20/2014- a bit more than 2 years of age.

App- dark ruby body, thick in appearance, effervescent pink head that sticks for a while. Some lacing. Looks a bit thick and custardy, as if it is cherry jam.

Nose- lot of barnyard funk, vinegar, lactate. Fruitiness is faint cherry, quite tart. Some oak.

Flavour- even more funk, vinegar. 6/10 sourness. Complex cherry tartness comes forth, some oak. Cherry tartness is different from regular krieks in that it is not juicy nor sweet, as even in beers like Cherry Rye, but it is clearly a very tart cherry flavour with fairly minimal sweetness. Very interesting cherry pie-like flavour.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, well carbonated. Finish is dry with lots of cherry tartness on the backend. Very easy to drink.

Overall- very interesting tart cherry flavour, much more organic and tart than that of Intense Red Kriek. Quite sour and interesting. Glad I saved this one for a year after my Belgium trip.

Stevedore, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottled on April 26, 2011.

Pours ruby red with a dark pink one finger head which vanishes immediately, leaving no lacing. The aroma has tart cherries, barnyard funk, and some oak.

Tastes both sweet and tart with tart cherries, oak, funk, and Belgian yeast. Not as acidic as many sours, but there is still some acidity present.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. There is a tart cherry aftertaste. Finishes dry. A very well made sour. Too bad Shelton Brothers pulled out of Minnesota. I don't know when or if I will get a chance to pick up another bottle.

hardy008, May 06, 2014
Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

CelticAleMan, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Kmat10
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Kmat10, Aug 06, 2013
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.