Schaarbeekse Kriek
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #8
ABV:
6%
Score:
98
Ranked #229
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 7.37%
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
908
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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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Reviews by PetitChouffe:
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PetitChouffe from Washington

5/5  rDev +11.6%

Nov 23, 2011
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm happy to enjoy this bottle of Kriek shortly after trying the same brewer's Oud Kriek just a few days ago. Much of this review is the comparison of the two.

As stated with the Oud Krik, this beer opens with less flare tha expected- only light pressure forces the cork out of the bottle and with a slight pop. The pour delivers a deep redish, pinkish, purpleish concoction that releases a loosely knit head that billows to the top of the glass, allowing only a 3/4 pour into the chalice. Lacing very well, the beer struggles to hold it's foamstance above the lightness of the sourness and astringent brew.

Strong aromas of vineous cherries, red wines, lactic vinegar notes and with a strength that waters the mouth, squints the eyes, puckers the lips, and causes light sweating. Earthy tones of barnyard, aged and wine-soaked oak, and musty cork notes show the power and complexity of the wild yeasts.

The clean lactic character leaves just enough malt flavor to showcase the rare Shaerbeekse cherries well. Supportive flavors of lemons, lines, crabapples, grapes, and under-rippened berries provide much complexity in the backdrop. Very clean tastes that begin to leave the earthy, musty tones to the aromas, and not transfering deep into the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is sharp, acidic, and pleasantly astringent without becomming grainy. The weight of the malts is the only slight buffer from the extreme tartness of the beer. The second pour from the 750 became much smoother and richer textured with the inclusion of the sediment.

This beer seems younger or greener than the Oud Kriek. The Shaerbeekse cherries may be a more tart version of those used in the Oud Kriek, or perhaps I have a new bottle that is less aged. Regardless, the comparisons are so slight that I might not recognize them if not having both within the same week. Fresher, more tart, and with an overall vibrant quality, I may give the slight edge to the Shaerbeekse version.

Jun 17, 2009
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Ineedabeerhere from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.6%

Nov 14, 2011
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IKR from California

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling Date: April 28, 2010

Appearance: Slightly cloudy Violet-yellow color. Moderate light violet head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Mild funk and tart cherries.

Taste: Tart cherries come across upfront with a mild splash of funk. A healthy dose of genuine sour cherries comes across strongly. The tart cherries feature prominently in the finish. I also get a bit of leather notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied (for a lambic/wild ale) with a moderate level of carbonation which results in a satisfying mouthful.

Overall: It would be nice if I hated this, because it's pricey and something I can't justify buying often. No dice, it has a good flavor profile, the cherry notes come off as genuine not artificial, it looks good, and it has a pleasing mouth-feel.

Aug 05, 2012
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1424IpA from California

3.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's no Cantillion kriek and doesn't deserve to he mention in the same breath as far as I'm conserned. Not enough cherry,...

Jan 30, 2015
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a super cloudy red and pink color with a thin white cap that quickly died down and left mild lacing on the glass.

S: Strong, funky sour aromas of cherries in the nose.

T: Taste is sweet, tart and unripe red and sour cherries witha big Earthinees, barnyard and funk with a not of old spent oak spirals leaving a light old woodiness. Acidic tart, dry and lingering finish.

M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.

O: Very, very good. No major flaws.

Jul 15, 2012
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notchucknorris from California

4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby with a foamy slightly pink head.

S: Tart cherries with a ton of oak, jammy raspberry and cedar. I get a touch of cinnamon as well.

T: Loads of tart and unripe cherries and cherry pit. Lemon, some barnyard funk and a good touch of oak. Some tannins evident on the finish.

Sep 02, 2012
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HeadyTheElder from Louisiana

4/5  rDev -10.7%

Dec 23, 2013
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This was bottled 26 Apr, 2011.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark, almost purple, red with a 1/8” irregular head surrounded by a ring around the inside of the glass. The head soon recedes leaving the ring and a few isolated patches of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves behind lots of leggy lacing, most of which clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: When the bottle is opened the aroma of tart cherries is detectable almost immediately. The oak remains well behaved in the background and contributes a touch of wood and vanilla. The characteristic funk associated with the Brett has not yet emerged or taken over this beer.

Taste: The flavors are predicted well by the nose, with lots of tart cherry flavor (and a nice mouth pucker to go with it). Some woody oak and vanilla come in about midway through and there is a touch of sweetness to round things out before the finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the light, persistent carbonation leaves a gentle clean, crisp prickly feel. The finish is long and ends reasonably dry along with a persistent tart “pucker” in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a very nice beer to sip and enjoy. At the price of this bottle I’ll probably not be sampling this one very often, but I certainly intend to have it again. Everything here is clean and crisp and I can easily see why many prefer their fruit lambics on the young side before the Brett and funkiness take over. I also think that the variety of cherries used does differentiate this from Kriek’s made with other tart cherries. On the label it describes these cherries as being prized by the makers of Kriek. I understand that now and it isn’t hyperbole.

Jan 30, 2012
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ncaudle from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Jan 22, 2013
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Kimbo1318 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Dec 20, 2013
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Rothobinide from California

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 12, 2020
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enelson from Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.6%

Nov 16, 2011
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rowingbrewer from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle poured at cellar temp

this beer pours a purple reddish color with thin to barely there head. the smell is huge barnyard funk with a faint cherry note and some tart notes mixed in as well. the flavor follows suit with the funkiness taking the cake cherry flavor is all but gone, and there is a tart finish. the mouthfeel was thin and slightly acidic. overall a good beer, but would like to try fresh

Jun 29, 2011
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TJRoar from Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +6%

Nov 30, 2014
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esktime from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 20, 2019
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mrtomatohead49 from Georgia

4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aug 19, 2019
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slvrmon82 from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Apr 01, 2014
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arniepnminne from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Jan 26, 2013
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outoffocus from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Jun 01, 2014
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lonewolfcry from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Oct 20, 2013
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klipper from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 15, 2015
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nollie77 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6%

Apr 16, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Jan 02, 2012
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gueuzer from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

May 19, 2011
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