Schaarbeekse Kriek
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #8
Ranked #266
4.47 | pDev: 7.38%
May 01, 2022
May 24, 2004
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Notes: Newer labels include "Oogst" (harvest). Older labels exclude "Oogst."

3 Fonteinen Schaarbeekse Kriek is the result of macerating local hand-picked Schaarbeekse cherries on young traditional lambic for at least one year, in a proportion of one kilo of sour cherries per liter of lambic. The cherry lambic is then blended with young lambic and bottles, after which our famous Schaarbeekse Kriek matures for another year at least in the bottle. Refined and with evolution in the glass. Natural fruit, no juice, syrup or sugars added. Unfiltered and unpasteurised.
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4.3 by StoutSnob40 from California on May 01, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

750ml brown bottle, caged and corked. Label has bottling date of '08/26/2020', with best before date of '10/26/2040'.

Notes on label: "For this Schaarbeekse Kriek, we macerated locally grown and manually harvested sour cherries for almost fourteen months in wooden barrels, with both one-year and two-year old lambik. The final fruit intensity is about 318 grams of Schaarbeekse per litre of finished Schaarbeekse Kriek. The average age of this beer upon release will be at least two-and-a-half years."

Clear, cherry red colored body. Fizzy head quickly disappeared. No lacing.
Aroma is cherry, funk and oak. Funk is more leather and tobacco like. Indications of sourness but the oak gives off an old wood fibe.
Taste is quite sour, each sip leaves the mouth dry. There is a sour cherry flavor that still gives off a brief hint of fruit sweetness. At this time the funk flavor is showing less than what is in the nose, but remains in the leather and tobacco expression. Has quite a bit of oak tannins, especially on the exhale of the breath and in the released air from the stomach.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Very good fruited lambic, although could likely increase more complexity and funk expression with bottle aging.

Apr 16, 2022
4.46 by jrenihan from Canada (ON) on Apr 03, 2022
4.5 by paulish from New York on Mar 02, 2022
4.54 by ellswrth from Oregon on Dec 25, 2021
4.51 by Jkolls from Ohio on Nov 07, 2021
4.65 by bouncepass from California on Nov 04, 2021
4.53 by santig0nzalez from Paraguay on Oct 20, 2021
4.33 by mltobin from Connecticut on Oct 16, 2021
4.84 by JAWS from New York on May 23, 2021
4.33 by buking21 from Massachusetts on May 11, 2021
4.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Mar 20, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

Bottle, at Plan B, Copenhagen. Beautiful red colour, pink head. Delightful cherry aroma. Sour cherry flavour on a funky background. A very good kriek lambic.

Mar 18, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jheimbigner from Washington


Great cherry character throughout. Have another bottle and will update my review when that gets cracked

Mar 18, 2021
4.5 by tblack4d from Georgia on Jan 21, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by steverx8 from England

Bottled date 07/08/19 Assemblage 99 Quite simply wonderful. I don’t have words to describe properly but every aspect of this is brilliant

Jan 16, 2021
4.74 by imyourhero21 from California on Jan 14, 2021
3.89 by EasternIsh from California on Jan 12, 2021
4.63 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2021
4.44 by teepeevee from Finland on Jan 03, 2021
4.46 by paresis from Massachusetts on Jan 02, 2021
4.75 by GABrew from Georgia on Nov 30, 2020
4.46 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Nov 08, 2020
4.24 by vfgccp from New York on Nov 07, 2020
4.67 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Oct 30, 2020
4.5 by David_Menendez from Pennsylvania on Oct 03, 2020
4.48 by moltch from Massachusetts on Sep 20, 2020
4.48 by PDXAmbassador from Florida on Sep 16, 2020
4.44 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania on Jul 11, 2020
4.38 by Hopelessly0 from California on Jun 14, 2020
4.39 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on May 17, 2020
4.5 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
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5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by aleigator from Germany

Pours glowing red in color with a foamy white head, receeding to a fluffy, small head.

This smells of candided cherries, inheriting an utmost fruity and flowery composition, together with a lusciously fruit ripeness. Got a marzipan peak to it, revealing toasted cherry piths, as well as a subtle, funky leatheriness. The nose on this is simply phenomenal, revealing an intriguing complexity which is hard to find in a beer.

Has a soft, vivid carbonation, which leads to a great refreshment in this light bodied, smooth drinking beer.

This tastes of an initial, complex funkiness consisting of green apples, blue cheese and old basement, blended together with some additional leather, complimenting the uprising cherry fruitiness in this. The fruits got an intense ripe- and sweetness to them, featuring the unique marzipan flavor from the nose, as well as a gentle, subtle smokiness. Finishes rich and juicy with an underlying, balancing tartness, toasted cherry piths among a stony mineral quality, entagled into wet hay and lime zest, creating a refreshing, long lasting aftertaste.

This is a perfect Kriek to me. The cherries in this work their magic in an astonishing way, they‘re incredibly prominent and complex, at the same time this drinks easy and simply enjoyable. The mouthfeel is velvet, yet sparkling during the finish, the funk is there too, together with a very well working tartness, which makes this quite unique, as far as cherries can define a beer.

Apr 19, 2020
5 by Devman171 from Maryland on Mar 23, 2020
4.25 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Mar 22, 2020
4.25 by Desp59 from Pennsylvania on Mar 07, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Vidblain from Minnesota

Season 17|18 Blend No. 53 - drank July 8th, 2019. This was the very first bottle I've seen someone sabre, in the flesh. It was terrifying.

Quite pungently sour and tart, plenty of cherry, lots of oak. Very funky.

Feb 24, 2020
4.34 by Eziel from Ohio on Feb 17, 2020
4.5 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Feb 16, 2020
4.53 by edthehead from New York on Feb 15, 2020
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