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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse KriekDrie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rastacouere on 05-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 246 | Ratings: 793
Photo of raveskdr
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one a bit ago in St. Louis. Wine and cheese place! The last non LA sour I opened in the district. Date: 4/2010 on label. Served in FFF Teku glass.

A - A beautiful ruby red color. Very slight carbonation that fizzes Champagne style and settles.

S - Super funky up front. Slight stinky cheese/foot in the middle and lots of funky, sour cherries on the back end.

T - A huge blast to the tongue of tart, tart cherries. It finishes with plenty of funk, fruit, and especially acidity. One of the most tart krieks I've ever had.

M - This beer is incredibly bright, airy, and light. Light to medium mouthfeel with slight residual sweetness.

O - Not a bad beer at all. It's up there with Cantillon LP Kriek and Cable Car Kriek. It's way more tart than the other two, if that's your thing. But it still feels more balanced than it probably is. If it weren't for it being $32-$35 a bottle, I'd drink this quite often.

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Photo of biggied
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A somewhat hazy deep red and amber color, the head is kind of small, but its got a thin ring of lace around the glass, and stay throughout my sipping...

S: A very very good oak character, not an overpowering bit of oak, but smooth, and mellow, then the Kriek or cherry smell comes in, this isn't artificial at all, and you can tell. It finishes semi-tart in the nose, quite enticing for the taste...

T: What a beer, sour sour cherry flavor, tHe cherry is real, and reminds you of ripe red cherries, just overwhelming! Oak fills out the flavor as it leaves your mouth somewhat pucker but also looking for more...

M: This is perfectly carbonated, perfectly bodied, and begs to be had in moderation...

D: A great sour pucker!

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Photo of davod23
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into my Cantillon wine glass.

Brilliant, clear red color. A small cap of pink fizzles away quickly. Pretty.

Aroma is less of cherry pie than the Oude Kriek. The cherry in this one seems a bit darker, less sweet. Also, there's a significant musty basement component to this that is absolutely great, rivaling Cantillon's signature aroma.

Taste is excellent. Cherries, cherries, cherries. A bit of a funk, though not as much as I expected considering the aroma. Very sour throughout.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium-bodied for the style, very dry, very quaffable despite the high acidity. This is too easy to drink.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of texashammer
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brought this bottle back from the brewery.

pours a dark pink color with orangey tints. no head whatsoever. very, very tart smell also shows a lot of gueze. in the mouth, immediatly very dry, austere, very tart and puckering -- as in, I could feel my cheeks sucking in. very dry finish. delicate cherry flavors, gueze funk, tartness and some cherry funk too. interesting. still not as good as the cask oude kriek though.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a reddish purple with a minimal violet head. Aroma of brett, cherries, wood, and some funk. Taste is similar, but wasn't quite as sour as the nose. Lots of cherries, dark fruits, wine, and spice, with consistent sour present. Fairly light body with medium carbonation. Very nice beer with a lot of complexity, but lacking the strong sour taste i associate with a lambic.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked champagne bottle picked up from Capones. Heard good things, but for the price tag this thing has a lot to live up to.

Appearance: Red with pink hues, hazy, big 2+ finger pink head that recedes quickly to a thin layer. Minimal lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: A lot of cherry. Some oak sweetness and overall oaky aroma. Barnyard funk. Tart. Mostly cherry and funk until you let it warm up a bit. Aroma is wonderful at first, but gets a little weird when it warms.

Taste: Tart. Sweet cherries with some hints of oak. A little funky. As it warms it becomes a little less sour, a little more sweet, and the oak becomes a bit more prevalent over the cherry. It's never too sweet though, which made it a delightful experience.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation for the style. Finishes dry and almost dries out your mouth. Light to medium bodied, with a good amount of pucker. Sweetness does not linger much, just an aftertaste of cherries.

Drinkability: High. No overwhelming flavor or sweetness, all mixed together very well. Wish I had another one of these to enjoy.

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Photo of gueuzer
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/2010. Which is funny because I was at the brewery in 5/2010 and they had already sold out. Had to buy it back in the states (at about 5x the cost...).

App: The deepest rose I have ever seen in beer. Totaly clear. Nice white pink head. A thing of beauty.

SM: The slightest twinge of the DF funk, but very subdued. Same lactic tang washed over with a fruity jammy aroma.

Ta: Very lactic, more sour than I expect for a DF blend. The cherries are not as up front as I would have imagined. Dry, but not so much as a Cantillon Kriek. Missing that signature funk for the most part but it is lurking back there. Nice balance though, I was just expecting something a bit more complex.

DR: An excellent beer. I have to admit given the rarity and price tag this one didn't quite live up to my (unfair) standards. I think I would actually give this one more time in the future to allow some of the brett to play out a bit more. Also, I am not sure if the cherries just faded, but they didn't play as big a role as I was expecting.

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Photo of iong516
5/5  rDev +14.2%

2011 750mL shared among seven. Kicking myself for not buying both bottles on the shelf at 35.99 in 2013.

This is an absolutely beautiful lambic. This bottle had no overpowering sourness mentioned in other reviews, also no medicine.

Amazingly clean with subtle funk, cherry, lightly sour, light body, mild carb with almost no pop when the cork came out, but nicely effervescent when swished. Again, it's a shame I didn't get both dusty bottles off the shelf. I would love to have this again, maybe with a few less people. Everyone absolutely loved it, even the "i don't really like sours" guy at the share.

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Photo of kungpao
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This might be one of the most beautiful beers I've ever had the pleasure of pouring. Deep deep red, almost crimson red, with a gorgeous 2 finger pink head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Seriously sexy looking beer.

S- Smell is pretty nice, a lot of oak and sour funk. The cherries take a backseat but are definitely along for the ride, they have a very tart aroma not as sweet as other Kriek style beers I've smelled.

T- This one tart mofo. Lots of oak and wild yeast sourness up front. Cherries come in to kick your ass mid sip. The cherries are the star of the show, very tart upfront but a nice gentle sweetness is there to help move things along the palate towards the end. Theres tons of complexity but the tartness can be overwhelming to some of the more subtle characteristics.

M- Spot on for the style. Plenty of carbonation and not too thin.

O- This is an amazing beer. Best Kriek I've had the pleasure of tasting. The Schaerbeekse cherries are truly unique and are an obvious choice to pair with lambic style beer. Be ready to sip as this beast is very very tart.

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, a stormy morning, homemade waffles with strawberries and cream.... perfect for breaking open my Schaerbeekse Kriek

poured from bottle into a tulip bottle dated 10/17/2008

It pours a beautiful deep burgundy, almost purple even. A thin even pink head which dissapates slowly leaving no lace. It brings a malty vinegar and fruity nose with a lot of interesting funk playing around in the background. Sipping it is nice and sour. Dry with a nice sour fruit finish. Funky but not wild, the funk brings a soft spice component, almost like cinnamon or clove, but extremely soft.. Not as sweet as some krieks I've had in the past. This one exemplifies the style, like a finer version of even the best Kriek lambics. The drier character offers more complexity. Sweeter krieks make me feel almost cheated because the sweetness covers up the lambic character too much.
Thanks to BA dannyhipps for the bottle... Best anniversary present I've gotten in a while

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Photo of RodneyX
3.33/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep red color, no head. Nice looking, but not great. Rich smell of sour and cherries, vinegar, and oak. There is some earth tones, but the cherries are the focus. Plenty of cherry, lemon, strawberry seeds, wood, vinegar. There is a lot of acetobacter. Quite dry. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Long tart finish. A touch of astringency, very fine carbonation, maybe a little too much so it's kind of distracting. A good beer, but not quite as good as I was expecting. Annoyed I paid as much for it as I did.

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Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Bottle April 28th, 2010

Poured into a champagne flute. Crimson red, rose petal in color. Has a small pink head of foam thats very rich and vivid. Reminds me of strawberry taffy or tropical starburst, the strawberry/banana kind.

Fresh cherries on the nose. Kinda doughy, pie crust. Aromas of baked cherry pie, or warm cherry strudel. Nutty, unroasted almonds, cherry pits and wet stone on the nose. Some barnyard funk, a little musty, hay barn. The funk is rather mellow though. Sour nose, vinegar and tart strawberries. Fresh blossomed flowers, flower nectar or pollen. As the beer warms I pick up a vanilla, beeswax aroma.

Descent, medium to low carbonation at first, but goes relatively flat halfway through the glass. Very dry and acidic in the mouth, balsamic vinegar. Lots of tartness. Makes me think of biting into a very red, super ripe strawberry, eating a green apple jolly rancher or rhubarb straight from the garden. Fresh cherries, baked cherry pie, almonds, the pit of a cherry are all in there. Flavors I'd expect in a kriek along with blood oranges, pink grapefruit and lots of ripe strawberries.
Mellow, musty barnyard funk aromas. A little band-aid, medicinal character. The sour/tartness is a more predominate flavor though. Fresh cherries linger on the palate in the finish, with a puckering strawberry tartness. I'm surprised by how much the flavors of strawberries are pronounced in this beer.

A very clean beer in aroma and taste.

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Photo of alfrantzell
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mfielden says that no beer is perfect, that they approach perfection asymptotically. Apparently he has never had Schaerbeekse Kriek.

At first there isn't much to it - cherries, wood, cherry pits, lactic acid, and musk. But it fills the mouth without being heavy. It's fruit forward but not sweet. It is in fact perfectly balanced.

I bought multiple bottles to confirm. Each expressed the same delicate funk, the same full figured fruit, the same balance. One last bottle awaits me in the cellar, but it won't wait long. Who would have thought perfection would be pink.

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Photo of mmercede
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful opaque light burgandy color with a very small head. Still not as stunning as some of the bright red cantillon's I have had, but really nice none the less.

S: This is the quality of the beer that really shines through. Fresh baked bread, pie cherries, candy sugar, light vinegar, and a bit of funk and oak in the finish. Perfect.

T: The taste starts out blindingly tart with some astringency in the finish. Given the cherry flavors are still phenominal, they are just dominated by the tartness. No funk or oak flavors are noticable at all. I wonder if I had an off bottle because normally Drie Fonteinen is known for their amazing blance in flavors (a la Drie Fonteinen Gueuze). A bit of a disappointment.

M: Great body and carbonation levels. No complaints here.

O: With a bit less tartness this would hold up the the Lou Peppe Kriek. However, for the time being Cantillon takes the crown in my opinion.

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Photo of Crass3000
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: April 28, 2010

Pours out dark maroon in color with a tiny pink head that dissipated almost right away.

Smell is definately a little brett, sour cheries, smells REALLy nice. Taste is REALLY nice tart cherries. Really one that takes the enamal off you teeth.

Mouthfeel is thin with a timy bit of carbonation but it seems thicker because its so sour. Really a great beer. I wish I could find this on the shelf all the time.

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Photo of phishisphunk
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle on date is from 2008. Opened this one this morning for a Mother's Day brunch with the family. Served from a chilled bottle into a short tulip glass. Paired with fresh strawberries,cantaloupe, puffy pancakes, and multiple breakfast casseroles.

A: The Shaerbeekse Kriek pours a deep crimson with a short lasting cream white head with light reddish hues. The head quickly recedes to the outer edges and is supported by a continuous cascade of bubbles barely distinguished through the haziness of the lambic.

S: As my 4 year old says, "it smells sour." Hints of cherry, fresh rain, hay, and oak present themselves against lactic and bretty sourness.

T: The taste follows the nose slightly, but really acts to compliment the flavors of cherry tartness and sour apple. Light vinegar rounds out a tart and sour tannic finish.

M: This kriek is light and effervescent. The finish is lasting and dry. The end feel is a bit watered down.

D: I'm hard pressed to find the 6% ABV. Drinks fantastic and is very refreshing on this beautiful spring day. Reminds me quite a bit of Russian River Supplication which is a bonus as RR does not distribute to the Midwest. The 750ml was a bit pricey, but for the style, this is par for the course. Cheers.

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Photo of boMD
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of drinking this side by side with an Hommage. I have had the Hommage once before, but to enjoy both simultaneously was a rare treat. I have to give it big to Terry (pintplease) for hosting us for a beyond classy birthday party at Portland's The BeerMongers. BAs were' provided with $8 worth of credit to spend during the party, so a bunch of us pooled our credit to get a bottle of this Kriek. I wouldn't of been drinking it if weren't for that.

The beer poured vibrant, neon pinkish/red with a head that seemed to dissipate immediately. What was left was a beverage that didn't look all that different to cranberry juice. The high bacteria yeasts were so prominent in this. Puckerheads need only apply to this one. Aroma of horse butt, vinegar, barnyard funk, you name it.

Tasted of mild fruit. But mostly tart and acidic with some overly sweet tones. Brett all over here with an oaky woodiness to. Just over the top funkiness that really cradled the sweet, fruit juice flavors.

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Photo of irishgurl4
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chose this baby as my special birthday beer and boy did it not disappoint! Aside from the awesomeness that is this beer, I think the highlights of drinking it were my parents each take a sip and watching their faces scrunch up in horror as to what they just drank. My dad proclaimed "that is NOT beer." Too funny ... Poured from a 750ml bottle dated October 17, 2008 into a champagne flute.

A: Pours a hazy deep pinkish purple with almost no head that fades to a patchy layer on top.

S: Tart, tart, tart. The acidity just hits the nose with a pungency that is just intoxicating. Some whiffs of vanilla and a light funk lingering in the background.

T: This is so worth the money I spent on this beer! Tart than slightly swet than tart. Heaven in a bottle. The oak comes through with a nice little spice and note of vanilla. The cherries contribute their tartness and add a beautiful depth of flavor.

M: Beautiful carbonation that feels crisp and tingly on the tongue. Nicely tart that if drank quickly could lead to the violated tastebud feeling but why would you drink this quickly?

D: Just wow, I'm blown away by this beer. It's tart and tingly and just absolutely amazing. I could drink this forever.

I have to give Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek a super uber nom noms! :D

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Photo of JonahNW
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle at the Memphis Taproom while visiting Philadelphia earlier this year. Maybe I got a bum bottle or my tongue was off that night, but compared to 3F's Intense Red Kriek and Oude Kriek, which I love, I found this one overpoweringly and one-dimensionally tart, lacking the bright, distinct fruit character I was hoping for. Still a wonderful sour all things considered, but more assaultive and less complex than the other cherry 3Fs I've had.

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Photo of averse
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Absolutely great beer. Plenty of funky sour plus cherries. Smell is intoxicating. Taste is even better - wonderful cherries, perfect amount of sour funk. Great beer. Highly recommended...

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Photo of MaltaIndia
3.51/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bright red beer with a fast disappearing pink head. It didn't really leave anything on the sides.

The aroma is sweet with strong cherry, some of it a little too candy like, but it's okay.

The flavor is sour with some moderate cherry notes - a nice flavor, but nothing particularly great.

Highly drinkable, but a little too sweet without requisite complexity.

A decent kriek, but I've had better ones.

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.