Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse KriekDrie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek
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814 Ratings
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse KriekDrie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rastacouere on 05-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
250
Ratings:
814
pDev:
7.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at 3F for 9 euro, into a wine glass; Bottled 4/25/11

A - Pours a clear deep garnet with one and a half fingers of pink foam.

S - Big aroma of tart cherries complemented with some must, but not very heavy must. A faint amount of oak. Pretty straightforward, but smells great.

T - Again, big tart cherry , but there is more musty funk in the taste than what I got from the aroma. Quite tart indeed, but not at all acetic. Earthy funk brings a mild bitterness. A bit of lemon in the finish. Extremely tasty.

M - Light and crisp with low carbonation. Tart throughout, but some bitterness creeps in on the finish.

O - Very tasty kriek. The flavors from the fruit are very nice. I enjoyed this more than the regular 3F Oude Kriek. Wish it were cheaper (and easier to find) in the US...

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Photo of gtermi
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MDDMD
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy light red color with a pale pink head and no significant lacing

S-tart cherry, funk, hints of oak

T-sour cherry, earthy funk, light oak, slight vinegar

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and puckering

O-a delicious kriek lambic, convinced this is the only style of cherry beer that I like

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Photo of williamjbauer
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of CTJman
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of trevorpost
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anteater
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of M_chav
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of popery
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 28-04-2010

A: Pours a beautiful sunset red-orange with no head to speak of. Not even bubbles coat the top

S: Funk, tart cherries, oak, and yeast all mingle together to make quite an impressive smell for a sour fruit lambic

T: The barnyard funk hits first, but is quickly overtaken by notes of oak and tart cherries. Neither slam hard, but together make an amazing, slightly complex beer. No sweetness present to balance the sour out, but it isn't really necessary as the oak and cherries do the job

M: Light-medium body with moderate carbonation

O: The only thing I can seriously slam this on is the price tag, although the style can vaguely justify it. This beer does an amazing job balancing everything out, especially considering there isn't really that sweetness that you get in some lambics. Definitely seek this out if you can afford it

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Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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!

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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.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
5/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

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Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of tom10101
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

bottle on the list at DBA in Manhattan. This is a dark bloody ruby/cherry red looking brew with an off-white/pink head of foam that dies down eventually to a thin sheet. Aromas of sharp acidic funk, cherries, barnyard, horse blanket, and rolls royce. Taste is similar, super funky, tart, astringent, sour, apple cider vinegar, cherries and more. Mouthfeel is spritzy and effervescent, drinkability is great. A classic lambic, one of the best fruit lambics out there.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml green flask bottle with a thumbed cork held in place by a wire cage and red steel cap. Simple main label with the new US- Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen label, which is a reddish-pink in nature to accentuate it from the Geuze. Labeled as Shaerbeekse Kriek and listed at 6%. Bottling Date is 01 March 2005.

Appearance: Pulled Rhubarb tones pummel a russet dark plum with a swirling purple tinged dark red body. Gorgeous flamingo pink head sits sizzling above this fine looking Kriek. Head retention is good; the conditioning is classically spritzy with a softly dissolved ….

Nose: Tart, but not as tart as I recall. Wood, Oak and dark skinned Cherries litter the nasal passageway. Some light farmyard tones but they are minimal, this one has a defined dark skinned Shaerbeekse Cherry odor that sits nicely in and amongst the lambic dryness.

Taste: Chilled, straight from the fridge it felt a little mild, almost relaxed at first. This one needs some warmth to express itself properly. Once it reaches ambient conditions the Shaerbeekse Cherries really shine through, the oak aspects rise in the middle. The back end is dry, has a light sourness, litters the teeth enamel with cherry skins and finishes with a trademark Drie Fonteinen ending, in so much as it is acidic but not overtly so. This may take some time to develop and grow you, but that is the beauty of this Kriek, it creeps up on you.

Mouthfeel: The organic conditioning feels almost perfect. The zesty carbonation blends and melds with a solid lambic base that has woody elements which lend a stiff backbone.

Drinkability: Perfectly balanced, this is a solid deep and truly satisfying Kriek. It is far from heavy on the Cherries, like say a Cantillon Lou Pepe, this is more of Session Kriek that I could manage many of.

Overall: A damn fine Kriek, serve it very lightly chilled to get the best and the difference that the Shaerbeekse Cherries will be very apparent then. This is well worthy of a purchase, but at $17/$18 a bottle unfortunately this will never be a staple in my fridge, in fact I would go so far as to say that the bottle I purchased at Somerville Supersaver in NJ and lugged West and then shared with BA’s Davo and Erica before the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival will probably be the only one I ever buy in the US. It was a pleasure to revisit this marvelous Kriek, it is indeed one of the better traditional Krieks out there, but it is just too damn expensive to drink in the US, sadly. Maybe I’ll snag one more bottle to stash away, I have a feeling that this one will age nicely.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 814 ratings
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