Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 Sean9689
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2008 750ml bottle into tulips, shared with my girlfriend, at The Publican. Celebrating my 29th birthday so why the heck not.

A - Pours a beautiful dark ruby red color with a pinkish/white colored head which fizzes out quicky leaving a thin cap and some random bubbles here and there.

S - Tart/sour, lot of cherries, raspberry, funky barnyard, horseblanket. The cherries are so pronounced here, it's just wonderful. Sometimes sweet, sometimes tart...always excellent.

T - Very much like the nose, funky, tart cherries, sweet berries. All around, very well done. Outstanding, in fact. This is only going to get better. The funk, cherries, and slight sweetness are perfect.

M - Light, smooth, refreshing. Slight fizzy carbonation, but doesn't tickle. Dry finish.

D - We easily finished the bottle and we both wanted more. This is going to be a classic in due time. Stock up now if it's near you.

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Photo of halo3one
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ehammond1
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Dark ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.

An incredible combination consisting of incredibly powerful, stinging sourness, plump and juicy cherries, and earthy oak. Everything is in balance yet powerful, all at once. Perfect.

The flavor too is just phenomenal. The cherries are vibrant and tart, the sourness is consistent and strong from sip to swallow. This is lip puckering stuff here! Phenomenal.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A truly special beer. One of my favorites.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Poured from a foiled, corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Like wearing Addidas pants with Nike sneakers... Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger frothy pink head with low retention. Beer is a dark, semi-clear ruby. Lacing is non-existant but with decent legs. Slightly above average due to the color.

Nose is tart cherry, some cobweb and hay funk. Some yeasty sharpness. Not overly funky or cheesy but with a robust fruit aroma. Nice.

Opens tart cherry, some yeasty spiciness. More big semi-sweet cherry notes towards the middle. Cobweb, wet hay, and barnyard funk. Yeasty fruit throughout. Some light bitterness. Cinnamon and oak notes towards the end. Finish is tart cherry puree with some band-aid taste. Really fruit forward, funky, and tart. Exceptional.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Light but lively in the mouth and some bubbles going down. Dry finish with a puckering and dry, lingering aftertaste. Really accents the flavor well.

While its not the most impressive looking or smelling fruit lambic, Schaerbeekse Kriek is definitely among the most fruit forward and tastiest. Probably one of, if not the most impressive widely available lambic out there now. Fresh vintages take almost completely blow away the competition in my opinion. Worth the hefty price tag.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of thecheapies
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek. Bottled April 28, 2010.

Almost perfectly clear. A beautiful raspberry red-pink with a surprisingly soaring off-white head of almost an inch. Left a thick ring and surface foam. Looks marvelous.

Rather tart cherry, light acetic acid, sour peach, oak, red currant, and some light funk. Pretty bright, in a refreshing way, but not as bright as Cantillon Kriek.

Zapping sour cherry and underripe berry tartness with high citric acidity. Musty funk notes are somewhat savory and mushroom-y. Representation of old lemon juice through the style of sourness exemplified. Very oaky, as well, which marries beautifully with the berry and lemon notes.

Excellent tartness on the palate makes a thinner-than-medium body of brew almost slippery. Slippery? Yeah, it slips right down the ol' gullet. Smooth, after all. Carbonation is spot-on; lively and jumpy.

Tasted alonside '10 Cantillon Kriek, '08 Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait, and '07 Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek. Ranked among the bottom two.

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Photo of Burt
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Exiled
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of nrbw23
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy reddish color with an almost pinkish colored head. Head diminished into a thin ring of retention and left spotty lacing.

S- Smells of sour cherries and a bit of pale malts. Not too much else.

T- A nice blast of cherries with a hint of vanilla. A bit of wood in there too.

M- Light in body and fairly low in carbonation.

D- Based on the way it looked I thought I was in deep trouble, but I could probably drink this one on my own even though it doesn't seem like a beer to me.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Beervana
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Bottled on 01 March 2005

A: Pours an excellent oxblood/dark raspberry color. Small pink head. Very hazy and cloudy.

S: Succulent tart cherry and oak. maybe a slight touch of yeast?

T: Tart and sour fresh cherry flavors. Earthy oakiness. Juicy and bitter with a touch of spicy yeast.

M: Tart and peppery. Dry astringency in the finish keeps the sourness from being overpowering. Sticky fruitiness coats everything in the mouth.

D: A year ago I never would've thought something tart and sour could be considered even remotely refreshing. I guess that proves our palates are always evolving. This is awesome!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of spoony
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of kbuzz
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of thewimperoo
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bobsy
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've read the Drie Fonteinen are getting out of the brewing business, transferring some of their operations to Boon and focusing on blending and distilling. What this means for this beer is unclear, but I have also heard that it was unlikely to be continued anyway. Too bad. This pricey 2005 vintage was bought in Buffalo. Oddly enough, myself and ritzkiss bought our bottles at the same time from the same store, but his was a 2006.

Pours a slightly hazed cherry with a pinkish head that drops to a fine film and then fades away. A few spots of lace stick to the side of the glass. The aroma passes me by at first, but when you start digging there's some good complexity. Obviously there's cherry in there, and its present with its skins and pits. However, what really adds depth is a nice dose of brett, which provides strong notes of barnyard, leather, musty cobweb filled rooms and all that's good about wild yeast strains.

Tart cherries upfront give a good dose of sourness. There's a lot of cherry skin character to them, as if they were slightly short of being ripe. The funk lingers at the edges and gives off barnyard and leather again, while there's some wood detectable as well. Low sugar content keeps this one dry. Its slightly musty and unkempt, but I dig it. The body is pretty decent, fairly light with a soft carbonation and a drying finish.

Not a bad fruit lambic, and its got some nice complexity in the nose and flavour, but I'm not sure its worth the hefty price tag. In fact, I'd say that Drie Fonteinen's regular kriek is preferable to this one. Hopefully that one is still going to be produced at Boon.

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Photo of ScottP
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kiki3drt292
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, 8 oz sample. This brew pours a deep ruby color with absolutely no head. Clarity is moderately clear, and there is no carbonation at all. Good looking cherry lambic. This one smells of lots of sourness, with a light kiss of cherry. There is a big mustyness in there as well. This one defintately is not focused on the fruit, with a very nice sour and musty. I can't wait to see what the flavor does with this one. Taking a sip, I get nice mild sourness, accentuated by very spicey oak tannin and fruity cherry. The sourness is mild, just enough to balance the fruity cherry. This one is not heavy in flavor, but the subtlty of it really accentuates the fruity notes. I really like it. Feel is moderate with a minimal carbonation. It is only slightly puckering on the sides of the tongue, so it really keeps this one drinking very easy. I really like this one. I think the flavors are really well balanced, with a really nice spicey tannin and cherry in the aftertaste. I could probably drink this one all night. Very good show.

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Photo of thebigredone
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jwat
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.39 out of 5 based on 810 ratings.
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