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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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722 Ratings
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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 435
Gots: 197 | 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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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

THECPJ, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

dirtylou, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -10.3%

drummermattie02, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

chippo33, May 16, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

xnicknj, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

Pours from 750ml black foil wrapped and caged and corked bottle(bottled March 22 2006) a hazy red with a 1 finger head of foam. Lots of nice lacing and I'm guessing that the head retention will be good.

The smell, which I noticed the very second that I popped to cork, is an explosion of sour cherries and spices with a side order of some yeast and earth. Love that nose!

The taste....ahhh! Big sour cherry notes with an ample and welcomed clove flavour, some earthy tones, more spices..the flavours never seem to end and man, what a joy to drink! I better slow down though so I can savour every drop. Yep, it's *that* good.

Nice medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation, it finishes with a super sour kick mixed with some more spice. Love it!

Bottom line: This is a great brew and, from my point of view, that's all I need to say. ;^)

Bitterbill, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bosse for this fine beer.

75cl corked bottle into a tulip, bottled 01-02-2005.

Pours a super dark purple with hints of pink, very dark for a kriek. A very light pink head, almost looks white rises about a finger and fades quickly to only about a cl of pink cover. Good lacing. Lots of floaties in the beer...The aroma is really nice and balanced. A lot of tart horse blanket balanced really nice with the cherries, easy sniffer that makes you really want to drink it...Taste is close to the aroma, light sourness throughout balanaced by some tart cherries. Its really not strong enough either way for me to great, should be more tart or sweeter.

This is decent, but nothing special, not worth pursuing wildly.

jrallen34, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Evil_Pidde, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on date of 28-04-2010. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a ruby red/purple color with a very small light pink head. Head retention is low, and there's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is tart cherries, barnyard funk, vinegar and some oak. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it's all tart cherries, funk, vinegar and oak. The sourness isn't overpowering at all, but it's a pretty good tasting brew. There's also a lingering tart finish. The beer just tastes better and better the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has medium/high carbonation and it's somewhat slick and very easy to drink. I think it's a pretty good overall brew, and it would be interesting to see how this one ages. My only complaint about this beer is the price at $33.99 a bottle. But even then I don't think I was ripped off for the price, and I would likely buy this again at the same or similar price if I come across it.

bluejacket74, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -10.3%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes... That expensive bottle that always just sits on the shelves. Split with my doppelganger this past weekend! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured ruby red with a half finger pinkish white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacint throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour cherry, cherry, and BIG funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, BIG funk, earth, and cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The guys at GBX warned me that this wouldn't be what I expected it to be. I must say, they were completely correct on this fact. If you are looking for something with pucker-power, this is not the beer for you. This one was more of a fruity funkiness brew. It was really well done however, and quite enjoyable. Definitely glad I finally decided to shell out the dough on this one. Might be buying more in the future to see what that funky note does with time in the cellar based on this first taste.

thagr81us, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -10.3%

AgentZero, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Duff27, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be a fresh batch, bottled 17th Oct 2008, unlike the other bottles from 2005 that I've seen on occasion. At $38 a pop (thanks to Matt at Capone's), this is a rare treat, but given that I just had a great day at work, I feel like pampering myself.

Initially clear, the pour rapidly turns hazy with a beautiful reddish cherry color, almost red raspberry-like. There a dense pink head that rises really well before falling off to a disk, leaving some lace.

The nose is just outstanding. This beer does to cherries what Hommage did to raspberries. Bright and vibrant with a lot of cherry character along with the big funk character with horseblanket, wet hay, a mild cheese character and a lot of musty attic. Cherry character is fruity and tart, with the sweetness being low. Acidity is moderate, but really, the cherry character is incredible, fruity and sour dark cherries haven't been used better. With exposure, the combination of dark cherries and leather brings to mind cocoa as well. Just outstanding.

Sharp and acidic up front with a lot of cherry skin character, along with the tannins, there's a mild leathery character as well. Tart cherries dominate the palate, with a subdued fruity sweetness. The funk really comes into its own in the mid-palate, with the leather, the barnyard and horseblanket prominent. Drying on the finish with a lot of cherry sourness and cherry-like acidity, this is quite magnificent. The body is medium-light, and perfect actually 'cos it provides a structure to carry the puckering sourness. Carbonation is on the higher side, and the finish is exceptionally good, long lasting with a combination of funk and cherry tartness. I'm going to be sad when this is gone. Easily the best kriek I've had.

**Edit 10 June 2010. I got to try this at The Great Lambic Summit in Philly, side by side with the 2007 Lou Pepe Kriek. While I preferred the Lou Pepe, the Schaerbeekse was almost as excellent as I remembered it being. The fruit character of the SK is more explosive, a touch funkier, maybe a touch solventy. Certainly more leathery and a little more tannic as well.

DefenCorps, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy bright red colour with no head. Actually quite cloudy. Good.

Nicely funky aroma with a tart edge. Very sour cherries. Good.

A complex balance of soured cherry and funk. Very lightly bitter although that may be astringency. I quite like this.

Medium light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good and not overly puckering.

A balanced yet tart Kriek. Good cherry flavour and quite nice on the whole though it doesn't blow me away.

dgilks, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

WOLFGANG, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date: 4/26/2011

A: Pours an absolutely stunning and vibrant cherry red color. Pretty much opaque red. A two finger pink head rises, and gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Some light lace. An absolute looker.
S: Right up front is the cherries. Slightly tart, slightly sweet. An amazing vanilla and oak aroma. Everything is so clean here.
T: Quite a bit more mouth puckering sourness and acidic flavor than in the nose. Though still amazing. Tart cherries, with enough vanilla sweetness to counter that. Big oak and wood flavors. Certainly some funk. Though the acidic character covers it up. Not the funk bomb I thought it was going to be. More of an amazingly clean, crisp, and sour lambic. Love it.
M/D: A medium body and perfect carbonation. Crisp, effervescent and amazingly clean. So easy and enjoyable to drink. It will be a shame when the bottle is gone.

What amazes me about this is how clean and crisp all the nuances are. All without the huge funky, cheesyness of some other versions. Not that that is bad at all, just different. Here the acidic/sour fruits and barrel character being the hole show. World class, and one of my favorite lambics.

champ103, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Gobzilla, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated October 17, 2008.

Pours a deep murky cranberry with a short-lived fizzy pink head that recedes immediately and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is full of tart cherries and a little bit of brown sugar. There is a hefty lactic acid component alongside more subtle oak and brett notes.

The cherries are also big up front on palate but are immediately swept away by the oaky tannins and earthy funk. The sugar and cherries are still there but the tartness is a little more pronounced.

The mouthfeel is dry, almost feels like a wine on the palate with the fruity tartness and oak mixing together.

This is a fantastic beer and one that I have taken for granted as it sits on the shelf while the Cnatillon flies off next to it. Big fan.

gford217, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

eawolff99, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

kscaldef, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage and bottled in April, courtesy of thagr81us. Thanks for picking this up for me Calton.

This beer pours a red raspberry bright red in color with a slight white lacing around my snifter. The nose is incredibly sour, acidic, funky, earthy, and has some yeast to it. It's probably the most sour nose of an beer not named Cantillon. This one is pretty sour. It's so sour that you can't get much cherry, or perhaps I should say any traditional cherry or a cherry pie/cobbler. It's almost pure acid. It's also a little vinous. I like it, it just isn't overly complex. It can't be. It drinks lighter in body with moderate carbonation. This is a really nice Kriek and I've had it before. 2005s are insane right now but I feel this is in its awkward teenage stage, at just under two years old.

aasher, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip wine glass. Opaque cherry red with a huge head the color of strawberry ice cream.

Smell is mostly sweet, with ripe cherry and strawberry aromas.

Notes of sour cherry and unripe strawberry, brett, sour raspberry lemonade, a lactic bite. Sweet dark cherries balance out all the sourness and funkiness. Delicious.

Extreme tartness dries the mouth and the carbonation is very appropriate. If you like sour, it's very easy to finish off an entire bottle. Great lambic.

illidurit, Jul 12, 2007
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
99 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.