Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse KriekDrie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek
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4.46 w/ 813 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
Ranking:
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Reviews:
250
Ratings:
813
Liked:
798
Avg:
4.46/5
pDev:
7.62%
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Ratings: 813 |  Reviews: 250
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 Agold
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter

A- pours a dark purplish/red. No head at all. Yay for lambic!

S- the aroma is a huge blast of cherries, almost suffocating me. It's amazing

T- the cherry flavor I'm getting out of this is intense, coming off both sweet and sour at the same time

M- body is rather thin, as most lambics are

O- this is fantastic. If only it cost less than $35 a bottle....

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Photo of KevdoggNasty
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of cburns48
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -10.3%

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 AshleyMiller
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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 CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 26, 2011 - Poured into some Goose Island stemware. Beautiful cherry red body with a thin layer of pink foam. Musty barnyard brett and lightly soured cherries on the nose. Wet hay and a bit of cheese. The flavor is filled with dry, tart, cherries and light, earthy, malt in the background. The cherries in this are excellent. The body is smooth and creamy with a nice tart/sour kick. Light, spritzy bubbles. Slightly more acidic than I remember the regular Oude Kriek being. Overall, this is pretty tasty stuff. I personally like it more than the Oude Kriek, but probably still prefer Cantillon’s Kriek, especially with the $28 price tag on this bottle.

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Photo of bthomas
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of jsilva
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MaltaIndia
3.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bright red beer with a fast disappearing pink head. It didn't really leave anything on the sides.

The aroma is sweet with strong cherry, some of it a little too candy like, but it's okay.

The flavor is sour with some moderate cherry notes - a nice flavor, but nothing particularly great.

Highly drinkable, but a little too sweet without requisite complexity.

A decent kriek, but I've had better ones.

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Photo of RodneyX
3.33/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep red color, no head. Nice looking, but not great. Rich smell of sour and cherries, vinegar, and oak. There is some earth tones, but the cherries are the focus. Plenty of cherry, lemon, strawberry seeds, wood, vinegar. There is a lot of acetobacter. Quite dry. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Long tart finish. A touch of astringency, very fine carbonation, maybe a little too much so it's kind of distracting. A good beer, but not quite as good as I was expecting. Annoyed I paid as much for it as I did.

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Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottling date 2010, April 28
Served in a wine glass

The beer poured a gorgeous, crystal clear raspberry color. A small, short-lived cap of light pink bubbles topped the liquid. The body bore a striking resemblance to a rose wine.

The nose was equal parts funk/must and sour cherry notes. Lots of barnyard character. Wet hay and damp earth were both apparent. Musty with a strong cellar-like quality. Quite complex and intense.

The taste was a bit more sharp and straightforward than the nose. Tart lemon notes were most noticeable. Quite citric and acidic. Musty, damp and funky. Some vinegar came through on the back end. The bone-dry, oaky finish was super crisp and tart. Slightly tannic. The big letdown however was that there was no discernible cherry flavor.

The beer was medium bodied for the style with a fine yet spritzy effervescence. Snappy and crisp. The liquid turned smooth and creamy once it settled on my palate.

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek was far more tart and funky than I was anticipating it to be. I really wish my bottle was a bit fresher so that I could have perhaps tasted some of those iconic Schaerbeekse cherries. This was enjoyable but definitely not worth the steep ($38) price tag.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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

750 ml bottle, bottled April 26, 2011, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep red cherry color, with a thin layer of fluffy pink head.

S- Huge sour cherry aroma, tartness is mild, some musty yeast and oak.

T- Powerful tartness up front, layered underneath it is a lot of sour cherry pie flavors and some funky yeast with a bit of oak.

M- Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, has a crisp feel with some puckering from the sourness.

O- An excellent kriek, every bit as good as Cantillon kriek, the flavors are simple but done extremely well. It's a pricey beer but is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

159th Review
Bottle to Fantôme snifter

From notes. I've enjoyed this a couple of times, but this review comes courtesy of Knownfactor bringing this to a tasting...thanks Matt!

A: Hazy, dull strawberry. A few bubbles for the head on medium pour.

S: Mostly tart cherrie with hints of oak, yeast, and must. Touch of sweetness as well. Nice!

T: Brisk sour/tartness up-front with mellow oak and light funk towards the back-end. Not overly complex, but just right.

M: Medium bodied with almost no carbonation.

O: A very refreshing and crisp beer. The tart/sourness is wonderfully balanced with the sweetness, which makes this quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Soonami
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage and bottled in April, courtesy of thagr81us. Thanks for picking this up for me Calton.

This beer pours a red raspberry bright red in color with a slight white lacing around my snifter. The nose is incredibly sour, acidic, funky, earthy, and has some yeast to it. It's probably the most sour nose of an beer not named Cantillon. This one is pretty sour. It's so sour that you can't get much cherry, or perhaps I should say any traditional cherry or a cherry pie/cobbler. It's almost pure acid. It's also a little vinous. I like it, it just isn't overly complex. It can't be. It drinks lighter in body with moderate carbonation. This is a really nice Kriek and I've had it before. 2005s are insane right now but I feel this is in its awkward teenage stage, at just under two years old.

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Beer rating: 98.2% out of 100 with 813 ratings
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