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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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687 Ratings
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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 400
Gots: 199 | 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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paterlodie

Belgium

4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release 2005. Great presentation with beautifull red collored beer tiny pink head. Nose is magnificent too giving lots of cherrie carracter, cheese of aged hops and some of the finest funky geuzeaccents I've ever expierienced. Great sourness and slight oak note on a leather sadle there to complete this perfect nose. Taste is extraordinary also having finest sour cherrie, great dry carracter overal with good bretty horsesweat bathing is sour, slightly noticable alcoholic wheatymaltjuice. Yes this is something extraordinary fine. Maybe litle souredy and not 100% mellowed down but guess this one could rise to a 5 by a year of what age.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 13:41:25 | More by paterlodie
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an acbf tasting glass.

pours a very pink red color with a small light pink head. Nose is light but very tart and very funky.

Taste is awesome, so tart an sour and super funky. Mouthfeel is fairly light and thin but it's very drinkable. Its super tasty and drinkable worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 05:23:12 | More by kingcrowing
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joe1510

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml
$16.99
Sam's Marcey

Bottled 3/22/06

Drie Fonteinen's Schaerbeekse Kriek pours the color of cherry juice with a murkiness that's impossible to see through. A fizzy pink head violently formed with snap, crackle, and pops and ended up quickly fizzles out to no head at all. The color of this kriek is superbly rich looking and there are a few streams of slow moving carbonation creeping to the surface.

Each time my beak enters the glass the tartness makes my nose hair curl. The cherries are noticeable in the background and are fairly faint. Dusty wildflower like funkiness adds to the noticeable sourness and a firm, balanced layer of dry, brittle woodiness (oak) forms a solid foundation. With a little warming and a swirl the dark cherries leap from the bottle.

Ahhh, a nice cheek puckering sourness starts things off and pushes all the way through the flavor. There's a great acidity as it rolls over the tongue with notes of the dry woodiness throughout. The cherries bob and weave which adds a great compliment instead of taking over. The finish is bone dry and allows the sourness to linger. As this warms the cherries added really come into their own. This is an excellent kriek.

There's a lively carbonation that's prickly on the tongue but the body still somehow has a creamy texture, as creamy as it can be for as light a bodied brew as this is. The dryness is intense and makes this brew infinitely interesting.

The drinkability is out of this world easy. The puckering ability and dryness make sip after sip needed. As soon as I swallow one drink I need another. This lambic is so frizzy and refreshing it's a sheer joy to drink.

I can't recommend this lambic enough and it's actually one I pick up fairly often, for a lambic anyway. This is my favorite kriek and I really can't get enough of drinking this stuff.

Reviewed: 2/22/09

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:34:51 | More by joe1510
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

01-26-2013 20:13:51 | More by jacewg
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-20-2013 15:23:00 | More by trxxpaxxs
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

28-04-2010 stamped on the label. "Good for at least ten years after the bottling date." Well, I can't drop this much money on a beer to not drink it for 10 years.

Poured into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass.

Appearance
This kriek has such a deep color. Its beet red with no clarity. The pink head fades quickly. No lacing, and really not even a collar.

Aroma
WOW, there's that amazing Fonteinen funk! Such a stinky awesome aroma. A LOT of horseblanket and goat cheese. Some cat piss and cow manure is mixed in there. It pretty much smells exactly like a stable. If you wanted to know what reviewers mean by horseblanket, look no further than this beer. Cherries come out with gentle swirling. It smells like sour cherry pits, stems and skins.

Taste
Sourness is not big by any means, in fact, this is basically just as tart as a sour cherry. Lots of old cellar, damp oak, funky yeast sour cherry skins and pits comprise this complex flavor profile. The cherries are merely an accent, not the main attraction. But they really come alive on the finish and lingering aftertaste. They allow the lambic to remain raw, funky and unsweetened.

Mouthfeel
Very low carbonation, but what's there teams up with the gentle pucker and high acidity to create a lively beer. The body is surprisingly thick and a little slick.

Overall
This is darn good. I love the funky aroma most of all. This beer's acidity is high, thus making it one to take slowly.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 21:28:18 | More by MbpBugeye
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LambicKing

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-28-2011 20:57:13 | More by LambicKing
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 750ml bottle.

Dark blood red, tiny bit of pink head. Aroma is heavy on the tart cherry with a ton of new pool toys. Flavors are mild sour cherry, lactic and a unique funky hay and moldy wood. Mild carbonation. Decent but not worth the price tag. I LOVE 3F gueuze. Their fruit beers are not on the same level though.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 14:44:53 | More by beerwolf77
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uturn

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-16-2011 00:44:03 | More by uturn
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-06-2013 04:54:40 | More by Kmat10
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bobv

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-20-2014 01:14:48 | More by bobv
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 28-04-2010

A: Pours a beautiful sunset red-orange with no head to speak of. Not even bubbles coat the top

S: Funk, tart cherries, oak, and yeast all mingle together to make quite an impressive smell for a sour fruit lambic

T: The barnyard funk hits first, but is quickly overtaken by notes of oak and tart cherries. Neither slam hard, but together make an amazing, slightly complex beer. No sweetness present to balance the sour out, but it isn't really necessary as the oak and cherries do the job

M: Light-medium body with moderate carbonation

O: The only thing I can seriously slam this on is the price tag, although the style can vaguely justify it. This beer does an amazing job balancing everything out, especially considering there isn't really that sweetness that you get in some lambics. Definitely seek this out if you can afford it

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 16:31:09 | More by BEERMILER12
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-29-2013 16:30:11 | More by savagepm
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 11:52:21 | More by Stevedore
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled august 28th 2010

pours a bright clean and hazy pink and ruby red. pretty much no head what so ever on this. very still looking.

bright cherry flavor, very vibrant and fresh. lots of oak combined to really add some depth.

very tart up front. cherry flavor then emerges and and carries through out, finishing sour. light oak through out although towards the finish it pops out to combine with the sour. not much funk if any.

very light carbonation with a bit of tingle. very dry through out. mouth just puckers.

overall, i was a bit let down considering the high price tag associated with it. the regular drie fonteinen kriek has a bit of a better cherry flavor. quite good, i had no issues drinking this and if the price was cut back drastically, i would buy this far more often.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:10:18 | More by hooliganlife
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ystazi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

09-07-2013 23:59:06 | More by ystazi
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

04-01-2013 20:03:42 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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DCon

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750mL bottle of this from Lukas Liquor, Manager suggested this was their best but $36 for this!?!? Had to buy it. Served in a champagne soupe.

Appearance - Ruby Red, not much head like other lambics...

Smell - Awesome Sour/Tart scent, of course cherries as well.

Taste - Tart and Sour but not as fruity as some Lambics. Has a more sour taste than others. A very mild hint of Cherry.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, has both a crisp and tart puckering effect, and champagne-like.

Drinkability - Great Beer! Not worth $36 for a 750 mL but worth trying. I still promote the Cantillon Cherry Kriek if looking for a great Lambic. This one only being $20-25 depending on where you purchase it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 02:35:04 | More by DCon
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 22 March 2006. Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a Lost Abbey teku.

A- pours a ruby red with a 1 finger light pink head. Small bubbles make a thin ring of lacing around the surface of the beer.

S- cherries dominate the nose with a light vinegar and funk aroma as well.

T- tart citrus followed by cherries (tart but also a simblance of pie filling), granny smith apple, with some light vinegar at the finish.

M- medium body and light carbonation. Very mellow and drinkable for a sour, not a ton of acidity like most.

O- 5/10 sourness. Very mellow sour that is insanely drinkable with the 7 years on it. Nice cherry flavors and aromas. This is what red wine should taste like!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 18:56:53 | More by kawilliams81
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled April 26, 2011, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep red cherry color, with a thin layer of fluffy pink head.

S- Huge sour cherry aroma, tartness is mild, some musty yeast and oak.

T- Powerful tartness up front, layered underneath it is a lot of sour cherry pie flavors and some funky yeast with a bit of oak.

M- Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, has a crisp feel with some puckering from the sourness.

O- An excellent kriek, every bit as good as Cantillon kriek, the flavors are simple but done extremely well. It's a pricey beer but is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 23:32:12 | More by WillCarrera
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-15-2013 18:36:31 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last night I shared some kick ass beers with an old friend I havent seen in years. I couldnt have thought of a better ocassion to try this incredible beer. We did a side by side tasting of the 2 DF Krieks.

This on pours a clear, bold blood red color with a foamy pink head that lasts a shortwhile then recedes to a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is on the light side. The aroma so replete with fresh, juicy, sour cherries that I almost lost my breath. The rich complex fruit aromas meld with plaenty of funky, earthy, enteric barnyard and a smooth inviting acidity. The taste is a study in fruit lambic perfection. Plenty of supple cherry notes are everywhere, very dry yet still juicy? Old musty oak, woody astringent cherry pits, and unclean horse stable mix with a strong lactic sourness. Leathery, outdoorsy brett is in there somewhere too. The mouthfeel is medium with a pleasant viscous feel. Carbonation is lighter than a lot of lambics, sort of cask like. The finish is long and complex with pleanty of puckering sourness and astringent cherry skin.

This is an archetypal lambic. The best Kriek Ive ever been fortunate enough to try. It does a really great job of balancing sourness and fruit flavor. Usually one dominates, not in this case.

Absolutely stellar stuff and worth the steep $24.99.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 20:08:35 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.3%

10-28-2012 01:20:33 | More by zeledonia
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BAsbill

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-30-2013 03:47:53 | More by BAsbill
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -10.3%

03-01-2014 07:21:29 | More by thebigredone
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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