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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 403
Gots: 199 | FT: 9
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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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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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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

02-24-2014 04:14:46 | More by anteater
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-15-2014 12:40:41 | More by waddellc2
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-23-2014 15:09:24 | More by greenspointexas
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4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 07/12/2007.

Poured hazy reddish color with an average fizzy reddish head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Moderate complex tart cherry aroma.

Medium body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation.

Heavy sour cherry flavor with a medium tart sour finish of long duration.

Refreshing brew that is a standout.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 18:51:25 | More by tmoneyba
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-09-2013 12:24:45 | More by bauermj
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North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle with a bottle date of 12/23/2011 and a best by date of 12/23/2021. Thanks SStein!

A - A brilliant red with a hazy finish and a healthy white head.

S - Wonderful cherry with both sweet and sour notes and incredible richness. Fantastic!

T - Wonderful sour / tart bite but not overwhelming. Wonderful cherry flavors that mix right in and hold their own.

M - A moderately thick consistency with a moderately low carbonation. Just right.

O - Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 10:36:05 | More by GJ40
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, C&C 750ml. Teku glass.

A: Pours crimson with a half finger of attractive, pink-tinted foam, receding moderately soon to a thick ring. Minimal lacing but very good retention.

S: Gorgeous aroma of cherry, red wine, light funk, a bit of grassiness, and dry cinnamon toast.

T: Cherry and funk meld well, with a light tartness building to more of a moderate sourness. A nice red wine character, with light oak in the background. Fairly dry.

M: Medium body and medium light carbonation.

O: Phenomenal flavors and highly drinkable. The cherry is light but still noticeable, and the light to moderate tartness makes this highly drinkable and a good pairing with food. If only this were widely available, I could see drinking this all summer long.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 23:45:14 | More by pmarlowe
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-15-2012 06:16:14 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottling date 2010, April 28
Served in a wine glass

The beer poured a gorgeous, crystal clear raspberry color. A small, short-lived cap of light pink bubbles topped the liquid. The body bore a striking resemblance to a rose wine.

The nose was equal parts funk/must and sour cherry notes. Lots of barnyard character. Wet hay and damp earth were both apparent. Musty with a strong cellar-like quality. Quite complex and intense.

The taste was a bit more sharp and straightforward than the nose. Tart lemon notes were most noticeable. Quite citric and acidic. Musty, damp and funky. Some vinegar came through on the back end. The bone-dry, oaky finish was super crisp and tart. Slightly tannic. The big letdown however was that there was no discernible cherry flavor.

The beer was medium bodied for the style with a fine yet spritzy effervescence. Snappy and crisp. The liquid turned smooth and creamy once it settled on my palate.

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek was far more tart and funky than I was anticipating it to be. I really wish my bottle was a bit fresher so that I could have perhaps tasted some of those iconic Schaerbeekse cherries. This was enjoyable but definitely not worth the steep ($38) price tag.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 04:14:44 | More by Damian
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4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red color with a light pink head. Scent is funky as shit with sweaty gym socks and sweet cherries. Tons of barnyard funk and tart cherry aroma. Not nearly as funky as the regular kriek from 3F though. Taste is immediately sour cherry and biting vinegar. Tons of sour and barrel flavors. Lovely barnyard funk. Awesome cherry flavors. Mouthfeel is sour and sticky on the teeth...medium bodied. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is an amazing kriek lambic. I wish I could do a side by side with the regular kriek from this awesome brewery. 3F never lets me down.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 08:13:55 | More by DovaliHops
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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= The pour creates a nice deep red colored beer with a thin bubbley soapy looking pink head. The head falls fast to a thin ring around the glass. Looks like a pretty decent kriek.

S= A nice vinegar sour to it with a nice earthy basement smell to it under it. There is of course a great cherry smell but it's not a totally sour cherry smell. There is a pretty nice sweetness to the smell. There is a nice wood smell to it as well. Pretty impressive depth for a cherry lambic.

T= The taste is just as nice as the smell. There is less vinegar in the taste than the smell led me on to believe. The tartness is not nearly as heavy as I would have expected leading to a more tolerable kreik that usual. The cherries aren't as sweet as the nose led on but there is a great sweetness to it still. Great balance. The wood is also a little less in the taste than the nose.

M= There is a great dry finish and the perfect amount of carbonation.

D= This beer in my opinion is even better than the Cantillon Kreik which I though was the benchmark before. This beer actually blows it away. One of the most complex Kreiks I've ever had and not overly sweet. A lovely beer indeed. Bottle from Oct. 17, 2008

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 03:52:48 | More by jjanega08
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had quite a few times, finally reviewing a 2008 bottle consumed in 2010.

A: Dark, slightly pinkish red body. Good clarity. Fizzy pink head about a finger or so tall upon pouring. A few lone bunches of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Delicious wild cherries. Light sweetness, but huge sourness emanates from glass. Slightly musty with some wet oak. You can tell the cherries that went into this were top notch.

T: Like the nose the Schaerbeekse cherries are nice and funky. Not much sweetness, but instead a nice tark tartness and sourness. Again, more mustyness and oak.

M: Medium bodied with a good effervescent carbonation that keeps delivering flavor to tongue with each sip. Nice lingering sourness.

D: DrieFonteinen's Schaerbeekse Kriek isn't my favorite Kriek (that probably goes to the Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek), but it is probably the most unique when compared to other krieks and for that it will always have a favored place in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 03:30:35 | More by callmemickey
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-11-2012 17:30:39 | More by Lawnboy33
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-21-2013 13:34:58 | More by 22Blue
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-19-2012 13:27:41 | More by WynnO
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-24-2012 01:20:12 | More by polishkaz
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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Mort Subite chalice.

Bottle date 25/04/2011

A: First of all, beautiful bottle art. Corked 750ml bottle. Pours a dark rose color forming a medium but very fizzy and noisy big bubbled head leaving practically no lacings in the glass

S: Very fruity. Strong notes of cherry juice and apple vinegar. Funky and sour. A bit metallic. Light notes of sweet malts. A bit earthy. Leather. Earthy yeasts

T: Slight sweet upfront. Becoming suddenly quite dry and funky. Strong notes of apple vinegar, and cherry juice. Metallic. A bit earthy in the end

M: Very light and watery body. Medium carbonation. Sour and fruity aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. State of art Lambic beer

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 20:36:37 | More by eduardolinhalis
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4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/28/10 so a little over a year old. One of the first of many beers at an awesome tasting last weekend. Thanks to cbutova for sharing this pricey treat!

Pours murky magenta, pink head barely forms before fizzing away. Flecks left behind instead of lace.

Big lemon juice funkiness and sour cherry in the nose, great scent.

Sour, sweaty lemon funk, cherries and maybe raspberries, vinegar notes. Fruit is a bit more subtle in the taste than in the smell.

Nice, puckering, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Good.

A great sour, though as usual I wish the cherries were a bit stronger. Really nice funk though and very drinkable considering the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 20:57:14 | More by Chico1985
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4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really cherry red opaque with slight white suds. Not much lacing. Great looking drink here.
Smell is wonderful. Cherry and fruity sourness with sugars and yeast.
Taste is sour but oh so addicting. Cherry galore with sweetart finish. Dark aftertaste with sugars and cream as a finish.
Mouthfeel is all over the place. You have the sour first shot then the dark sourness followed by a sweet creamy feel, like you just finished off a half gallon of cherry ice cream.
Drinkability would be a 5 if I could have this all the time. An 8 hour round trip prevents me from that.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 02:30:17 | More by peabody
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

11-04-2013 20:37:25 | More by funkel81
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-16-2013 18:01:13 | More by nrs207
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-18-2014 20:47:09 | More by robwestcott
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

07-23-2012 15:20:26 | More by bmur112
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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