Schaarbeekse Kriek
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #8
ABV:
6%
Score:
98
Ranked #232
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 7.37%
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
920
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Notes: 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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Sigmund from Norway

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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aleigator from Germany

5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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
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Vidblain from Minnesota

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

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
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a deep red color with a white head on top, the foam faded and just leave some bubbles around the edge of the glass. The smell of the beer smells a lot like what you'd expect from a traditional Kriek Lambic, musty earth and funky cherry on the nose. The taste follows the nose, good amount of cherry and acidic flavors in there. The feel is light bodied and clean, finished very dry. Overall and outstanding Lambic to say the least.

Jan 31, 2020
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TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

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

Complex and lovely. A top tier lambic. Try it if you get the opportunity. At a fair price, I would drink this as often as I could. Framboos and Hommage are a touch better, but this is in the conversation

Oct 26, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was a truly delicious and nicely dry and tart Lambic.

Look: dark red, slightly purple, with a one inch off-white head

Aroma: cherry, citrus, oak.

Taste: tart and dry cherry followed by a little bit of yeasty funk and oak barrel as well as delicious citrusy bitterness.

Body/Overall: light to medium body

Oct 24, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vibrant garnet with a thin, white, slightly pink blanket.

Smell is really strong funk, horse blanket and cherry.

Taste is really smooth cherry pie filling, fresh cherry skin, with light vanilla and cinnamon running in the background.

Very dry.

Sep 09, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Red wine colors drink.
S: Very, very strong kriek flavor.
T: A slow buildup into a strong kirek punch. Unlike other kriek beers in their ineup, it is very smooth and enjoyable.
O: Very grapey.
O: A strong and unique drie fonteinen bottle worth trying at least once.

Sep 07, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong base wood and yeast funk that allows the sweet cherry pie flavors: sweet cherry, vanilla, and acid, to brighten the finish in a rewarding way. Smell is musky funk forward with slight tart cherry, where taste is more balanced and gets the oak-funk interaction more. If you like your krieks really funky, this beer is for you!

Sep 30, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12/23/11 bottle date. Ten year expiry. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F fountain tumbler glass at t brug beertje.

Pours a maroon hazy body with a pink head that reduces moderate rate to leave a ring of retention.

Aromas are heavy cherry and lots of funk - cherry jam and old basement, sharp lactic. Just fantastic.

Taste is heavy on the cherries with a very balanced tartness, oak, yeast, funk, with a dry but flavorful berry follow through, finishing tart and fruity with light oak. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation and rich cherries.

Just fantastic- great for those who love heavy cherry flavor with a good amount of tartness and funk.

Apr 06, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 harvest.
Pours deep ruby with small pink head.
Aroma is really funky, sour cherries, lemon, tart,
Taste is sour cherries, bread, wet cellar, lemon, yeast,

Mar 29, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. There were two conflicting bottling dates. The original label has a bottled on date of 28th April 2010 whereas Moeder Lambic added a 2015 bottling label. Whatever research I could muster up shows that there does appear to be a 2015 bottling on 30th January 2015 out there (first since 2011). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy dark ruby red colour with a big three finger light pink head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving very sparse lacing.

Aroma: Very nice fruity cherry and strawberry with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Sour, tart, cherry and strawberry with some very light funk.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very nice and refreshing with great aromas. Unfortunately I have not tried the regular Oude Kriek though, so I cannot compare to that yet.

Aug 24, 2016
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Can_has_beer from Texas

4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely beautiful Kriek. Brick red pour, no head, perfume of earth, cherries, and blue cheese. As it opens up, aromas of tea tree and mint take over. I am humbled by this! The taste is earthy and tart, the fruit doesn't overwhelm.

Jun 06, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hearty pink liquid, amazing clarity, lighter pink substantial head. Aroma was drops heavy sour cherry notes, not dark cherry, bright red, bitter, powerful yet light cherry. Even with that amount, a legit +9 on the 1-10 scale, some oak still comes in.

Taste hits that 8 note on the scale, massive cherry drop only to be rivaled by LPK from Cantillon probably. Floats over the wheat. Was surprised when writing my review today to see this is now retired. Glad I got a few when I did, high ass price tag on these, but you're entitled to it on your birthday friend.

Feb 16, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to Francois for sharing. 2007 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark cherry juice hue with a thin head that faded immediately to leave thin thin wisps.

S - Aromas of dry tart cherries, light vanilla. Incredibly fragrant cherries and pits.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, incredibly dry cherries, just intense tasty cherry notes. Good funky musty basement. Really good, great tart cherry notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this beer was really excellent. Wonderful cherry notes, excellent tartness really well crafted. Holy cow.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 28, 2015
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

October 2008 Vintage. Strongly colored from the cherries but it has a murky, dark garnet color which isn't the most appetizing. Minimal carbonation and no real head or lacing. The cherries have surely mellowed over time but they're still very much present and seem to have a more earthy flavor, presumably from the addition of the Schaerbeekse cherries. Acidity is very strong and it's quite puckering at times but never gets over the top. A nice beer but it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

Nov 10, 2015
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scottfrie from California

4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 bottle into teku. Bottled 4/28/2010.

A: Pours a deep cranberry juice red with a minimal soft white head that faded into a lasting collar.
S: Musty attic, damp basement, and old oak barrel are prominent. The cherry adds a mellow sugary sweetness with tannic notes of cherry pits and skins. Mild cheesiness, faint tartness.
T: Sweeter, juicier, and fruitier than I expected from the nose. Cherries are fruit juice-like, but not cloying. The musty wood and light wheat base follow, with flavors of honey and earth in the finish. The tartness is very mild with just a kiss of bright acid. Flavors remind me of wildflower honey. Slight grape. Wheat and interesting yeast profile come through more as the beer reaches room temp.
M: Medium-light body, smooth and slick mouthfeel with a slight amount of gritty tannins. Drying finish, low acidity, low carbonation.
O: Four and a half years old has done this well. Not as tart or funky as I expected, but very woody with an interesting floral honey sweetness. Very delicious.

Feb 09, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The man with the plan brought this over to share a couple weeks back. Cheers dude! The label reads "Kriek van Schaerbeekse Krieken," which is the same as this. If the two entries ever get merged, I figure it's safer to add the review here.

From a 750 into a tasting glass.
Bottled 18 January 2003

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking pink head with half decent retention. Body is a maroon red color with no real carbonation evident. Head recedes to a bubbly half wisp but eventually vanishes all together. Really nice color on this one.

SMELL: Light cherries on the nose still, with sour lemon and funky barnyard aromas. Slightly acidic as well.

TASTE: Sour lemon, sour cherries and a bit acidic up front, moving into a lovely finish of cherry and raspberry flavor, peppery notes, sour lemon, herbal flavors and a slight bit of acidity. Really nice after twelve years in the bottle.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down nicely with a hint of acidity at the swallow and finishes dry but not overly puckering. Wonderful feel as well.

OVERALL: Excellent stuff. This one has softened out really nicely and the flavors work great as a whole. The slight touch of acidity is well measured as well. Lots of character and we all really enjoyed drinking this one. Thanks again for hanging out man!

Jan 31, 2015
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iong516 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

Nov 21, 2014
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JonahNW from California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

Oct 31, 2014
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mlhyatt from Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%

750 ml poured into a tulip glass.

A- a beautiful deep intense red with a tall pink head that keeps a thick outside lace. A truly beautiful looking ale.

S- seeet cherries, raspberries, and peaches. A very rich funk that instantly makes your cheeks pucker. There is also a slight smell of cough medicine but not as poignant.

T- follows the nose exactly. The taste is sweet and sour. Sweet cherries and raspberries. Then the sour sits in. Completely taking over the taste buds. The medicinal taste is definitely present on the back end but it isn't bad.

M- sour as hell! Probably the most sour beer I've had. Full bodied as well.

O- a delicious beer. Sweet and sour and overall just amazibg beer. Can't think of anything that would make it better for the style.

Sep 01, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces very little head; just a thin pink cap that fades quickly to a collar. The beer is raspberry in color and slightly cloudy. Nothing spectacular to look at, but it suits the style.

S-The aroma on this older (2011) bottle is subdued compared to some lambics, but I still smell a good bit of sour cherry. Other scents include champagne, cider vinegar, and a light dose of earthy, barnyard funk. Acidity is moderate to low for the style.

T-The taste is flush with clean acidity, as well as some mostly-dry oaky funk, and more of that lovely sweet/sour cherry taste. It is very balanced and impresses with its focus rather than outright sourness or fruit flavors.

M-The feel is slightly heavier than some lambic style beers with an assertive but smooth carbonation that really compliments the flavor. Perhaps the best "feeling" lambic I have ever had.

O-What a great beer. It sounds stupid, but the smell and flavor are so simple and clean that the beer almost becomes more complex as I try to locate all the little subtle aromas and nuances that make this beer taste so good. Unlike some true Belgian lambics, I found this beer to be approachable, as well, i.e., not hugely sour or funky or hard to appreciate. The mouthfeel is also nearly perfect for the style.

Jul 22, 2014
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JulioH from Florida

4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SOUR

Great sour beer, one to be shared.

Pours a nice reddish black beer. Has very little bubbles, yet it is carbonated. Smell is of berries, cherries, etc. Taste is very tart, vinegary. It is not a thick beer, it is medium bodied. Taste remains in your mouth, as well as aroma.

Jun 21, 2014
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Jun 10, 2014
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6%
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.

Jun 02, 2014
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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 920 ratings