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.

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250
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
7.97%
 
 
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in October 2008. Consumed 03.15.2010.

A: Pours a bright ruby red with a nice light pink head that eventually settles into a nice ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Lots of cherries alongside a little bit of sweetness. The cherry component of this one has held up quite well over the year-and-a-half since it was bottled. Behind the cherry is a little bit of lactic acid alongside some oak. The cherry definitely takes the center stage, which diminishes what could otherwise be a fairly complex lambic.

T: Again, lots of cherries upfront. Here, however, the oak and lactic sourness come more into play. As Drie Fonteinen intended, there is no acetic acid in this one, leaving the lactic and cherry to play off one another nicely, with just the slightest touch of oak in the background.

M: Thin and refreshing with moderate carbonation. More acidic on my tongue than cheeks and throat, but a very nice mouthfeel nonetheless. Not super-sour, but also not terribly sweet.

D: Low abv with a near-perfect level of lactic sourness. This is one to be savored, but one that I could easily knock back a few of.

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Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Intense Red sampled during the RBWG-2014 in Asheville.

Brilliant ruby red color; clear, with a thin, semi-durable, top coat.

Aroma: Moderately funky; slightly fruity.

Flavor: As usual for style, this tastes much better than it smells, and it is much fruitier. Cherries, raspberries, and vague soft fruits in a moderately tart mix. Fairly intense, as promised.

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tai4ji2x for sharing this with me as I probably wouldn't buy one myself. Bottle labelled as Oct, 2008.

A: Light fizzy head fades instantly as if it were just mocking me that it was even really there, like my old friend Drop Dead Fred. Some light coming through on the reddish maroon darker colored slightly clear slightly hazy looking beer.

N: Lots of sour cherry, a nice cherry aroma too, a little funk, the sour kind and not barnyard. Touch of raspberry too actually, followed by a touch of oak and vanilla.

T: Very sour, some tangy flavors, a little balsamic vinegar, fizzy, sour cherry quite a bit. A little sour funk again but that has a touch of barnyard funk with it this time. Very dry, with a little oak. Juicy dry cherry (yes, I wrote that correctly). It has a nice cherry taste, which is not quite that bold bolotin cherry, this is a little juicier and more sour and sweet.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Lingering sour cherry, very sour and tangy especially on the finish, a touch of balsamic vinegar taste as well. Dry, very dry, with a touch of yeasty flavor and more funk, this time a combination of sour fruit funk and barnyard. A little bitterness seems to come from the yeast and funk as well.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Photo of billab914
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a darker red color, much like an actual cherry. A thin, pink, bubbly head was there for the pour and then all but disappeared soon after.

The aroma is like a sour cherry pie. I get a pretty strong sour, tartness mixing with the fruity cherry flavors. A little bit of a funky, musty flavor is there and I get a little bit of vanilla as well. Great aroma overall, I love the fresh cherry flavor it had.

The taste shows a lot of tart and sourness to it. The cherries come out more in the finish along with a strong dry tartness. A little more funky, musty flavor is there in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it was a great beer. I love cherries so I've been looking forward to trying this one for a while. The tart, sour cherries were really great in it. Pretty awesome beer to sip on this new Year's Eve.

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Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nearly no head. Very light spotty lace. The color of the broth is bright cherry red with mildest of chill hazes. After a few minutes, there is no head and no lace.

Sour cherry aroma.

Extremely, lip-puckeringly sour. Extreme through the finish. Short aftertaste. Surprisingly little cherry flavor and absolutely no sweetness. Not your typical Kriek. Full bodied for the style with a low carbonation level.

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a wonderful way to celebrate review #1200. I had been hunting this one down forever and even once I got it I saved this for th last couple of months, just to make sure I would have it for a nice occasion. Well last night i noticed it was review #1200 time, so I opened this one up. Very nice 750ml corked, caged, and black wrapped. Vintage 2005 bottle was served at cellar temp in an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 09/10/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich dark pink color coming out of the bottle. Lots of cloudiness and haze, with a decent amount of sediment as well. A smallish layer of white fizz came up over the top and settled down nicely into a thin veil that covered the rest of the glass, with little in the way of carbonation.

The aroma was to die for. Rich, decadent, extremely tart cherries ruled the day here. Lots of funky brett aromas that really just kept coming and coming up over the top of the glass. Some light, almost vinous like quality as it warmed, but still, the major attraction here was the huge amount of funkiness. The flavor carried this point over very well. Lots of of tart cherries rolling across the tongue immediatly upon taking a sip. Rich, with a huge sour profile that both puckered the lips and shreddded the taste buds. Long lasting, dry, and bitterly sour finish topped off what was an extremely enjoyable sipper. Light, airy feel on this one only served to enhance the flavor and really make it pop so to speak. A wonderful expeirence here for sure.

Overall this was excellent. Easily one of the best I have ever had in the style and well worth its reputation and ranking. I would have no issue at all with getting this one again any day. Really a top notch beer and something that any fan of sours really needs to give a try.

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Photo of atrocity
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/15/12 notes. Big, big thanks to ahalloin for sharing this one; thanks Tony. A beer I've never had purely due to the price tag. 750ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 04/26/11.

a - Pours a deep purple-red color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a great kriek.

s - Smells of sour cherries, brett, funky, earthy notes, spices, yeast, and oak. Very nice, close to a 4.5.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, sour dark fruits, spices, brett, oak, earthy, musty, funky notes, and some Belgian yeast. Tarter than the nose and a big step up to me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, very nice for a kriek.

o - Overall this is another great kriek from Drie Fonteinen. Is it better than their normal kriek? Probably by a little bit, but when you consider how much more expensive this one is, I don't know if it is worthh the price, certainly not often. The difference between this and their normal kriek is not as wide a gap as it is between their Oude Gueuze and Oude Gueuze Vitnage, so personally I'd rather buy 2-3 bottles of the normal Kriek for the same amount of money. Definitely a good beer though.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a deep, dark blood red color with some tiny carbonation bubbles emanating from the center of the glass.

S: A great sour cherry aroma along with some wonderful oak notes. The funk has a nice mustiness and even a bit of the popular horse blanket.

T: Again, the cherries are the star. There is also a nice dryness from the oak and (presumably) from the cherry skins. The sourness is not as intense as usual for a lambic, but the wet blanket funk is very noticeable.

M: A nice medium body (on the full side for a lambic, actually) with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I'm glad to have finally been able to give this lambic a try. Great cherry and funk to this one, and I'd drink it again any day.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to ThoreauLikeaGirl and her friend for bringing this beer along tonight to drink during the premiere of Season 4 of "Breaking Bad".

From the bottle: "Made only with malt, wheat, hops, water, and whole ripe cherries, entirely spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts. A rare, completely natural, traditional lambic beer, with no added sugars, syrups, artificial colors or flavors. For ages, very rare Schaerbeek cherries have been prized by brewers for the deep rich color and flavor they give to Kriek beer."; "For decades, Armand Debelder has worked as a Gueuze blender - just as his father did - mixing young and old lambics from other lambic brewers to create the classic beer of Belgium. Armand has recently begun brewing his own lambics. The Drie Fonteinen beers are among the very few traditional and authentic Gueuzes and Lambics being made in Belgium today."

No head to speak of. Color was a cloudy raspberry red. Nose smelled of oak and cherries. I was reminded of some of the better homemade wines my uncle made while we were out in the Bay Area. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial cherry tartness on the tongue, followed by a pleasant oakiness. Finish was tart, but not puckeringly so, very cherry, underlain by oak. l like Drie Fonteinen and this was another shining example of their beers.

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Photo of orangesol
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to foofaa for bringing this one to ffej of july. Not sure of the year but definitely a recent vintage. Served alongside an original 2003 Drie Fonteinen Kriek.

A - Pours bright ruby red with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh sour cherries, wet oak, musty basement funk and a bit of sugary sweetness. The cherries dominate the nose from start to finish.

T - This one is sour cherries through and through. Hints of musty basement, barnyard funk, bit of sugar and plenty of oak offer some some contrast but the cherries are never far from the front. Finish is dry, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Smooth body with a ton of flavor and moderate carbonation. Tart feel with a touch of sweetness, pretty dry toward the end of each sip.

O - This is what I am looking for when I want a true kriek. The cherries are intense yet the sour funk keeps them in check. This bottle reminds me that I need more of these asap.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Popped this cork to celebrate my recent promotion. Here's hoping it was worth the considerable investment. It pours a cloudy tawny-rose topped by a few fingers of pink-tinted white foam. The nose comprises tart cherry, light cobweb, vanilla, light caramel (very akin to caramel corn), dank oak, lactic acid, lemon zest, and a twist of ruby red grapefruit. The taste brings in more of the same, though the lactic acid and sour citrus notes seem to cloud the cherries out a bit. A touch of white wine vinegar is tossed into the mix as well, just to liven things up a bit. It's surprising that the tartness isn't more powerful, especially considering the effect it had on the back of my teeth. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, rather sticky finish. Overall, a very nice lambic, though it's hard to really enjoy it for an extended period of time (without experiencing some negative side effect of the sourness). Though I feel the cherries were talked-up a bit too much, I'd gladly take another glass, but I doubt I'd shell out the $35+ for it very often in the future.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 bottle.

Appearance - Red body. Not much of a head, but there wasn't much of a pop when the cork came out.

Smell - Still has a strong cherry flavor. Less of the Drie Fonteinen signature funk. More of a lemony acidity. Hefty oak to it.

Taste - Lemon sourness up front. Cherry flavor isn't sweet. More dry and wine like. Finishes very dry and oaky.

Mouthfeel - Mild sourness. Much more dry than sour. Low carbonation, but that could be age. Mistiness does indicate its age though.

Overall - Lacking the Drie Fonteinen complexity, but that cherry flavor is very nice. That's the point I guess.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage shared at Brad's tasting on Saturday.

Bang! Thar she blows! The first thing I noticed about this beer was that it blew up all over Brad's kitchen. We hastily got the remainder of the bottle into our tasting glasses.

3F Schaerbeekse Kriek pours a very rich and beautiful shade of red with a huge head that fades rather quickly and leaves no trace of lacing behind. Very tart cherry scents fill the olfactory senses from several feet away. There is a great funkiness to this beer that has developed over the six years it spent in the cellar. The taste is musty and sour with tart cherries - truly delicious. The mouthfeel is very nice, with mild acidity present in the finish. There was still plenty of fruit present after six years. I recommend aging this great fruit lambic, as it will only get better.

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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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