Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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3.9/5 rDev -12.6%
(Served in a chalice)
bottled Oct. 17, 08
A- This beer pours a dense crystal clear red body with a brown hue to it and a pink sherbert head that is bubbly and soon fades away. The carbonation is bright and fast tiny bubbles.
S- The light barnyard aroma has a bright earthy quality that grows followed by a dry jammy cherry note in the finish.
T- The dry light barnyard note has a slight watery taste before a full fruit flavor with a soft tartness come in to play. There is a light dark cherry note in the finish that takes on a slight jammy quality. The finish has notes of old wood and a light aspirin brett hint.
M- The light mouthfeel has no real astringency and a dry fizz in the finish.
O- The barnyard and cherry notes are nice but turn a bit watery as the beer opens up. The very soft tartness and not much depth make it a bit drap to drink the whole bottle.
08-23-2011 19:41:33 | More by rhoadsrage
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.98/5 rDev -10.8%
Poured int great lakes snifter.
1/2 finger of fizzy light pink head. Color is a bright ruby hue to it. Maroon/pinkish color. Very bright. I like it.
Aroma: vinegar, sourness to it, barnyard funk/horse blanket, leather, sour cherries, oak, and a medicine flavor.
Taste: The medicine flavor sticks out so much here and it takes a lot away from the beer. Oak, cherries, funk, leather, horse blanket all show. This beer could be a lot better if it didn't have that distinguished medicine flavor to it.
Mouthfeel: Sour and tart, mouth puckering. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends really clean.
Overall, the medicine is what kills this beer. Not as good as some of the others I have had from them. Not worth the price tag imo. Somewhat drinkable if one can get past the medicine flavor.
06-21-2010 16:59:26 | More by mothman
4.25/5 rDev -4.7%
Thanks to oglmcdgl for sharing the bottle. I believe this is a 2005 bottle. Poured in some wine glasses.
A- Schaerbeekse Kriek is a slight cherry color with pink spots depending on light. Not much in terms of head or even a small cap, but some faint off white with red bubbles pop off at the top. A nice looking kriek all and all.
S- Beekse smells like cherries that spent some time in a special oak barrel. This gives off a tart and pleasant nose depending if you like the style. Some funk, some barnyard, yet nothing too extreme. Almost winelike in nature. A great smelling kriek all in all.
T- Great stuff. Sour cherry juice with some yeast in the distance plus some barnyard tart and somewhat sour taste. Getting some sour grapes giving off a vinious edge with just a hint of vinegar again very faint. Oak from the barrel and just a boatload of sour cherry. Am I in heaven?
M- Not overly carbonated but you can tell it's there. Some acidity from lambic style plus some tartness. This one is a pucker for sure but nothing I cant handle. A sharp crispness on the tounge but a bunch of flavor. A nice dry finish, this is a kriek to remember.
D- One to share with friends, no way I could polish off a bottle of this. Low in abv and high in flavor but not too harsh on the palete, im quite liking this offering from Fonteinen. Would drink again, im just not sure if i will be able to find it again.
04-30-2009 00:59:34 | More by BARFLYB
District of Columbia
4.6/5 rDev +3.1%
2004 vintage shared at Brad's tasting on Saturday.
Bang! Thar she blows! The first thing I noticed about this beer was that it blew up all over Brad's kitchen. We hastily got the remainder of the bottle into our tasting glasses.
3F Schaerbeekse Kriek pours a very rich and beautiful shade of red with a huge head that fades rather quickly and leaves no trace of lacing behind. Very tart cherry scents fill the olfactory senses from several feet away. There is a great funkiness to this beer that has developed over the six years it spent in the cellar. The taste is musty and sour with tart cherries - truly delicious. The mouthfeel is very nice, with mild acidity present in the finish. There was still plenty of fruit present after six years. I recommend aging this great fruit lambic, as it will only get better.
05-17-2010 16:01:42 | More by Huhzubendah
4.33/5 rDev -2.9%
750 ml bottle shared with grub.
Pours a clear dark orange/red, thin off white head forms, touch of pink, settles to a thin ring, few lace spots. Smell is intense, tons of sourness, oak, very woody, earth, cherries, very acidic and tart, horseblanket, crazy. Taste is similar, nice fruitiness and cherries, very acidic, lots of oak, tannic, sour/tart finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium bodied, light burning, acidic.
05-24-2008 04:29:12 | More by Viggo
4.78/5 rDev +7.2%
Beautiful dark pink pour with great clarity and a big frothy lighter shade of pink head to it. A work of art. Massive sour aroma, possibly the most I've ever come across. Damn. Delivers on the cherry aroma as well, could be bigger, comes with some oak to round it out, just another amazing sense experience. Stays away from what is often undesireable funk aroma and just goes heavy on the sour.
Heavily sour, acidic, big time cherry delivery, yet a light body, not syrupy or anywhere near being overly sweet. If you're all about sour and cherries, this is your beer. Discernably better than the cherry stuff from Cantillon, who makes nothing but excellent stuff. Its not just cherry though, the acidic and light body makes me think some lemon and lime have a role up in here. These shaerbeekse cherries really seem way more tart than any other kind.
Great dry mouthfeel, sourness never fades, good at any temperature. Amazing stuff at a high price tag, but definitely worthy on special occasions.
EDIT: The last bottle I had could have used a tad more carbonation, still lovely, but had to change the 4.85 score it was. We'll see if it rises back to the top, still have plenty of bottles on hand.
06-29-2011 18:12:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5 rDev +1.6%
2008 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a darker red color, much like an actual cherry. A thin, pink, bubbly head was there for the pour and then all but disappeared soon after.
The aroma is like a sour cherry pie. I get a pretty strong sour, tartness mixing with the fruity cherry flavors. A little bit of a funky, musty flavor is there and I get a little bit of vanilla as well. Great aroma overall, I love the fresh cherry flavor it had.
The taste shows a lot of tart and sourness to it. The cherries come out more in the finish along with a strong dry tartness. A little more funky, musty flavor is there in the finish as well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it was a great beer. I love cherries so I've been looking forward to trying this one for a while. The tart, sour cherries were really great in it. Pretty awesome beer to sip on this new Year's Eve.
01-01-2012 03:28:44 | More by billab914
3.16/5 rDev -29.1%
Intense Red sampled during the RBWG-2014 in Asheville.
Brilliant ruby red color; clear, with a thin, semi-durable, top coat.
Aroma: Moderately funky; slightly fruity.
Flavor: As usual for style, this tastes much better than it smells, and it is much fruitier. Cherries, raspberries, and vague soft fruits in a moderately tart mix. Fairly intense, as promised.
02-15-2014 00:21:37 | More by chinchill
4.47/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a deep and dark ruby color with a half-finger pink head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving almost no lacing.
Smells of full and tart cherries more than anything with solid amounts of grassy funk. As the beer warms the aromas skew more tart the tart side of things, even more so than it already is, and influences from the barrels come into play with slight amounts of vanilla.
Tastes very good. Tart cherry flavors tempered by earthy and musty funk. The tartness increases near the end of the sip and ends with a tart and lactic finish. As the beer warms the little bit of sweetness that was present in the front end of the sip diminishes and mild hints of vanilla come into play.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smoother than average thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall this is one of the crisper smelling sours I've had in a while and the way it opens up as it warms is very nice. Well worth a shot.
03-12-2010 03:51:08 | More by glid02
4.05/5 rDev -9.2%
2006 vintage. 750ml bottle received in a trade with rhinos00 and consumed on 12/21/2009 in a snifter. The beer pours an effulgent and beautiful dark pinkish red with a two finger pink white head. Retention is good. The beer looks great.
The nose is a nice blend of fruit and Brett, which is at a moderate level and imparts notes of horse blanket, merlinean cobweb crystal caves, and barnyard. The cherries aren't as pronounced as I was expecting, but they're still blatant. I detect oak and low acetic character.
The flavor is of tart and lightly lactic cherries with a balancing acidity. Brett imparts a slight mustiness, a touch of wet blanket, and wet leather. The finish is dry and tannic, with notes of oak and a lingering cherry acidity. Again, I was expecting a bit more fruit flavor in this.
I suppose I'll need to try a fresher batch. The beer didn't quite meet my expectations, but I admit that they were high. It was still quite enjoyable and I wouldn't hesitate to try it again. I had no trouble drinking the bottle.
12-21-2009 08:13:06 | More by HopHead84
4.15/5 rDev -7%
I pulled the trigger on the big bottle. 750ml poured into a Russian River Belgian Stemmed glass.
Bottled 28 April, 2010.
A - Pours a clear, Koolaid red with only a few white bubbles then they are gone.
S - Super tart and funky smelling. Sour with some slight cherry tones.
T - Tart and funky fruit, very slight cherry finish.
D - Lower carbonation, light body. Sour and tart throughout.
O - Soft and light, but super tart.
12-18-2011 05:04:46 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.47/5 rDev +0.2%
I had this on cask at the 3 Fonteinen lambic room, served by Lydie and consumed in the sunlight on a spring day. As it happens Armand was steeping young lambic in cherries while I was there, moving lambics from the barrels to vat to truck to another nearby site for the cherries. So I got to witness parts of the process, very lucky!
This was dark red color, clearish with a pink foam. The aroma is sour cherries, barely anything sweet in there. I've had some very sweet krieks this week, Cantillon Cuvee Moeder in particular, but Schaerbeekse is another animal. Very sour and smells like cherry skins/pits.
The taste is not as sour as I'd have guessed, but it does have some lactic strength. I actually think the cherries are responsible for some of the tart character, at least it seemed that way. A very good match of fruit and lambic, this was a nice surprise on cask.
04-10-2011 09:14:10 | More by TurdFurgison
4.51/5 rDev +1.1%
750ml bottle - Delirium cafe
I astutely noted that they actually gave us the wrong beer - the 25 Euro Schaerbeekse Kriek instead of the 13 Euro Oude Kriek. Jackpot.
The label was molded and eroding - the beer was deep garnet and as tart as advertised. This kriek uses tarter cherries than the Oude Kriek which was pretty transparent. I preferred the 7-year old Oude Kriek and its decadent finish, but this was a nice treat as well. Tart, notes of balsamic, enamel decaying bite.
08-31-2013 20:47:25 | More by dirtylou
4.05/5 rDev -9.2%
2010 - 750mL bottle poured into wine glass - big thanks to BullRuth for sharing with my girfriend and I.
Pours a clear cherry red with some slight amber tones, and a little pinkish, champagne-like head fades out pretty quickly.
Plenty of funk right up front in the nose with tart cherries and fruit, alongside a hint of bitterness and faint alcohol.
Very sour cherry splash up front with some dark fruit sweetness. Dry phenols and lactic tartness dominate the flavors for most of the profile, although some light citrus and bitterness balance most of it out. Finishes with a bit of warm sweetness and more dry tart.
Lighter body, nice carbonation, some dry and sticky feels but plenty of bubbliness which invigorates the sense. Drinks easy throughout the entire serving. The tartness is fairly aggressive, but still enjoyable, and this goes down pretty smooth for the most part.
11-24-2010 23:21:01 | More by xnicknj
4.01/5 rDev -10.1%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 bottle.
Appearance - Red body. Not much of a head, but there wasn't much of a pop when the cork came out.
Smell - Still has a strong cherry flavor. Less of the Drie Fonteinen signature funk. More of a lemony acidity. Hefty oak to it.
Taste - Lemon sourness up front. Cherry flavor isn't sweet. More dry and wine like. Finishes very dry and oaky.
Mouthfeel - Mild sourness. Much more dry than sour. Low carbonation, but that could be age. Mistiness does indicate its age though.
Overall - Lacking the Drie Fonteinen complexity, but that cherry flavor is very nice. That's the point I guess.
03-03-2013 02:57:19 | More by Alieniloquium
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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