Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rastacouere on 05-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
810
Reviews:
250
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
7.97%
 
 
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Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 4/25/11 poured into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. This brew pours a hazed color of deep beet red. About a finger of bright pink head forms across the top and slowly fades leaving some spots of lace clinging to the glass. The bubbles pop and fizz across the top and collect around the edge of the glass. A light swirl revives some bubble formation back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew has that classic Drie Fonteinen funk with lots of earthy tones and a bit of herbal aspect mixed with stinky cheese and diaper. Some pitted to rotten/over-ripen cherry character mixes with light notes of plastic and vinegar. Wet leather runs rapid throughout this brew with a little bit of mildew and old cork character.

The taste mirrors the aroma pretty much flawlessly but with more intense cherry character. The funky flavors of earth and wet leather are the first things noted with a slightly acidic note. Cherry flavoring runs throughout with a taste of pits and very mild oak to vanilla flavoring with a very light spiced touch of something almost like cinnamon. The cherries provide an added depth to the sour character of this brew and a pleasantly mild contrasting sweetness that is very natural tasting. Throughout the entire experience this brew never once came across being medicinal like some kriek's do.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. I wanted to tackle this offering with as fresh a bottle as possible to see how much fruited flavor was in one of these before it fades and the funk overtakes it. I was not disappointed in the least. I really enjoyed the natural flavoring of this brew and it was very easy drinking. At no point did I pick up on the 5% alcohol that was listed on the bottle.

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Photo of CSO
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 22 2006

A - Bright ruby with thin white/pinkish head that settles to a ring of foam.

S - Sour and tart with fresh cherry and spices. Earthy and musty. The fruit/spice combo reminds me a lot of the 2002 version of Unibroue's Quelque Chose.

T - Tart and spicy with fresh tart cherries, spices and earthy oak tannins. Some vinous wine like flavors are also present. Complex yet seems subtle for a fruit lambic.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with a slight tingle from the tartness and a dry lingering finish.

D - This reminds me of blending a lambic and quelque chose. Not as tart/sour as other lambics but extremely drinkable.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mothman. Bright red pour with a dark pink head. Slightly cloudy. Smells of fruit and funk, cherry and oak. Not as sweet as you might expect but rather a long drawn out over ripe cherry taste that ends with a subtle tartness. The taste to me leaves just a little to be desired. Light mouthfeel. Overall a really solid fruit lambic, my only wish is that it was a little cheaper to buy everyday.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep pink/red color with a finger of head and a ton of effervescent carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is tart and cobwebby with a decent amount of cherry sweetness peeking through.

The flavor starts with an initial burst of sour lemon and cherry sweetness. Underlying cobweb and dusty funk adds a layer of complexity. Some oak and bread crust are also present.

The body is medium and carbonation is at appropriate levels. This one drinks very nicely, never becoming overwhelming for the palate. Overall I am very impressed by the balance of this beer. Top quality kriek, for sure.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Green's in Atlanta, 750 caged and corked. I'd been thinking of trying this for a while, but It's hard to pull me away from the beautiful Cantillons that are available here. These style of beer are so pricey because of the ingredients, time to make and cellar the beers, and skill necessary to craft a fine lambic, that I can only afford to try a new one every now and again.

Pours an absolutely brilliant color of purplish red, like some exotic variety of blood. Transluscent with haze and fine suspended particles, but no protein coagulation. Nice head that is tinted pink. Absolutely magnificent in the glass with the light hitting it just right. The smell is sharply sour, but witth a touch of cream as well. Predominant component aroma is sour cherrries. Very little barnyard funk, but very nice zingy cherries. The taste is complex with cherrry sourness and unlike the aroma, quite a bit of funk. There are also some fairly pronounced phenolic notes, but these are fairly well integrated and fade a bit with the beer opening up. The cherrry flavors are very pure and sort of float over the other flavors in the glass. Still, its not a perfectly harmonious whole and although good, something is lacking a bit to bring it all together. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and a delight. Good drinkability, but the phenols and lack of totally integrated whole make it a bit challenging. I like this beer a good bit, just not quite as much as some of the Cantillon examples, or quite as much (as far as taste goes0 as I thought I might.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 bottle

A: Reddish rust colored with white head and a touch of lacing.

S:Very musty but in the best way possible. Hints of cherries right behind that. A little bit of funk in there as well. They are masters of blending so nothing really takes the lead.

T: Nice mix of cherries with a little bit of vinegar. The bottom of the bottle and the yeast made this beer super tart.

M: Very nice. A little thick for the style.

D: All day long. So good and easy to drink. They are one of those breweries that you see their beer you do not even think about it twice.

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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anatole
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
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