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:
808
Reviews:
250
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
7.97%
 
 
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Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of nerdboy19
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of biggied
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A somewhat hazy deep red and amber color, the head is kind of small, but its got a thin ring of lace around the glass, and stay throughout my sipping...

S: A very very good oak character, not an overpowering bit of oak, but smooth, and mellow, then the Kriek or cherry smell comes in, this isn't artificial at all, and you can tell. It finishes semi-tart in the nose, quite enticing for the taste...

T: What a beer, sour sour cherry flavor, tHe cherry is real, and reminds you of ripe red cherries, just overwhelming! Oak fills out the flavor as it leaves your mouth somewhat pucker but also looking for more...

M: This is perfectly carbonated, perfectly bodied, and begs to be had in moderation...

D: A great sour pucker!

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours the most brilliant bright red you could imagine with a small but tight pink head. The aroma is dirty laundry and dirty barnyard with some animal waste and hay in there for sure. There is plenty of intense cherry sourness in there throughout. The flavor is dominated by a strong sourness and lots of tart cherries. The beer is earthy and complex with light leathery notes and a very complimentary nuttiness. The palate is both full and well carbonated like a sparkling wine. Magnificent, an absolute masterpiece.

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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 BeerMeBrah
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YvesB
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Highbury09
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of paterlodie
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release 2005. Great presentation with beautifull red collored beer tiny pink head. Nose is magnificent too giving lots of cherrie carracter, cheese of aged hops and some of the finest funky geuzeaccents I've ever expierienced. Great sourness and slight oak note on a leather sadle there to complete this perfect nose. Taste is extraordinary also having finest sour cherrie, great dry carracter overal with good bretty horsesweat bathing is sour, slightly noticable alcoholic wheatymaltjuice. Yes this is something extraordinary fine. Maybe litle souredy and not 100% mellowed down but guess this one could rise to a 5 by a year of what age.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
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 CraftFan5
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of irishgurl4
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chose this baby as my special birthday beer and boy did it not disappoint! Aside from the awesomeness that is this beer, I think the highlights of drinking it were my parents each take a sip and watching their faces scrunch up in horror as to what they just drank. My dad proclaimed "that is NOT beer." Too funny ... Poured from a 750ml bottle dated October 17, 2008 into a champagne flute.

A: Pours a hazy deep pinkish purple with almost no head that fades to a patchy layer on top.

S: Tart, tart, tart. The acidity just hits the nose with a pungency that is just intoxicating. Some whiffs of vanilla and a light funk lingering in the background.

T: This is so worth the money I spent on this beer! Tart than slightly swet than tart. Heaven in a bottle. The oak comes through with a nice little spice and note of vanilla. The cherries contribute their tartness and add a beautiful depth of flavor.

M: Beautiful carbonation that feels crisp and tingly on the tongue. Nicely tart that if drank quickly could lead to the violated tastebud feeling but why would you drink this quickly?

D: Just wow, I'm blown away by this beer. It's tart and tingly and just absolutely amazing. I could drink this forever.

I have to give Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek a super uber nom noms! :D

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

Pours from 750ml black foil wrapped and caged and corked bottle(bottled March 22 2006) a hazy red with a 1 finger head of foam. Lots of nice lacing and I'm guessing that the head retention will be good.

The smell, which I noticed the very second that I popped to cork, is an explosion of sour cherries and spices with a side order of some yeast and earth. Love that nose!

The taste....ahhh! Big sour cherry notes with an ample and welcomed clove flavour, some earthy tones, more spices..the flavours never seem to end and man, what a joy to drink! I better slow down though so I can savour every drop. Yep, it's *that* good.

Nice medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation, it finishes with a super sour kick mixed with some more spice. Love it!

Bottom line: This is a great brew and, from my point of view, that's all I need to say. ;^)

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Photo of photomike
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated early 2005. Drunk as a celebratory bottle for my graduation from college, and there couldn't have been a better pick.

Pours an amazing looking deep, muddy ruby color with a tiny bit of head only coming out when poured super aggressively. What little head is there dissipates to a white ring that lasts for a long time. No lacing.

The aroma is made up of mountains of sour cherries. Real, natural cherries that makes this beer seem distinctly superior to the sweetened or syruped ones it shares a shelf with. A nice woody, earthy scent is detected as well, like a wet log in a forest after it rains. This scent is understated, though, and melds extremely well with the cherries.

Taste is incredible as well. Sour, but not overly so by any means, and incredibly dry. Cherries are obviously the star, but there is some nice spicy, lemony, earthy notes as well. Slightly tannic and vinuous. I think what makes this kriek so great is that the variety of flavors here come together so seamlessly that it can be easy to forget that so much is going on. Pay attention.

I was a little worried the mouthfeel on this one would be syrupy or too slick due to the visually low carbonation, but it wasn't. The tiny bubbles are plentiful and make for a nice, fizzy, effervescent feeling on your tongue that is just perfect. Medium bodied, with a dry finish.

I could drink this pretty much indefinitely I think, but this is one you'll want to take your time with. An all-around spectacular beer that really blew me away.

Almost definitely the best kriek I've ever had, and probably the best lambic as well.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kenito799
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into wine glasses. Bottling date 1 march 2005, "good for at least ten years after bottling date"

Beautiful bright raspberry color, soft carbonation, no head retention. Intense sour cherry aroma, intoxicating.

Light fresh tart, fizzy in the mouth, so succulent, so tangy, such a classic dry lambic with pure, delicious expression of fruit; no sweetness to speak of. Initial sharpness softens and mellows as this amazing creation changes and develops in the glass. A treat. Had this once before at Hop Devil Grill in Manhattan; compares very favorably with Cantillon Kriek. One of those brews that will beguile beer and wine drinkers alike.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, rich raspberry with a silky pink head.

Nose has tart wild cherries, oak, red wine and farmyard funk.

Very sour, lots os funk, cherries and wood.

Crisp clean body is nicely carbonated. Dry, acidic finish.

Very nice lambic, but not really worth the price over the Oud Kriek.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andy for sharing this one with me! Poured into a chalice. Bright deep red on this one with no head. Some tiny bubbles shoot up the body of this one.

Pretty straight forward aroma here. Nice tart cherry aroma here with a nice cellar must to it. Really a well done balance of tart and sweet here. Mellow cherry flavors with a sweet flavor and tart finish. Really dry cherry skin flavor with a bit of vanilla and oak.

The feel is this is great. Perfectly light body with soft carbonation. When it comes down ot it I really wonder if it gets better than this. A real treat here.

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Photo of kitch
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. There were two conflicting bottling dates. The original label has a bottled on date of 28th April 2010 whereas Moeder Lambic added a 2015 bottling label. Whatever research I could muster up shows that there does appear to be a 2015 bottling on 30th January 2015 out there (first since 2011). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy dark ruby red colour with a big three finger light pink head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving very sparse lacing.

Aroma: Very nice fruity cherry and strawberry with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Sour, tart, cherry and strawberry with some very light funk.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very nice and refreshing with great aromas. Unfortunately I have not tried the regular Oude Kriek though, so I cannot compare to that yet.

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

Beautiful dark pink pour with great clarity and a big frothy lighter shade of pink head to it. A work of art. Massive sour aroma, possibly the most I've ever come across. Damn. Delivers on the cherry aroma as well, could be bigger, comes with some oak to round it out, just another amazing sense experience. Stays away from what is often undesireable funk aroma and just goes heavy on the sour.

Heavily sour, acidic, big time cherry delivery, yet a light body, not syrupy or anywhere near being overly sweet. If you're all about sour and cherries, this is your beer. Discernably better than the cherry stuff from Cantillon, who makes nothing but excellent stuff. Its not just cherry though, the acidic and light body makes me think some lemon and lime have a role up in here. These shaerbeekse cherries really seem way more tart than any other kind.

Great dry mouthfeel, sourness never fades, good at any temperature. Amazing stuff at a high price tag, but definitely worthy on special occasions.

EDIT: The last bottle I had could have used a tad more carbonation, still lovely, but had to change the 4.85 score it was. We'll see if it rises back to the top, still have plenty of bottles on hand.

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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 rodbeermunch
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hearty pink liquid, amazing clarity, lighter pink substantial head. Aroma was drops heavy sour cherry notes, not dark cherry, bright red, bitter, powerful yet light cherry. Even with that amount, a legit +9 on the 1-10 scale, some oak still comes in.

Taste hits that 8 note on the scale, massive cherry drop only to be rivaled by LPK from Cantillon probably. Floats over the wheat. Was surprised when writing my review today to see this is now retired. Glad I got a few when I did, high ass price tag on these, but you're entitled to it on your birthday friend.

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

Bottled on October 17, 2008.

Pours a hazy pink-purple color, with a reddish tint. A fizzy pink-purple head is produced, but doesn't last long and doesn't leave any lacing.

Sour cherries, oak, and a bit of musty funk. The oak is much stronger than I though, and in combination with the musty funk, it's almost hard to pick out the cherries. These cherries are incredibly sour and mouthwatering. I know I just said it's hard to pick them out, but the way it blends with the other aromas I'm beginning to think this is perfect.

The taste is to die for. Everything you hope for in a Kriek and more. Starts out with an acidic sour cherry character, which is quickly mellowed by the earthy oak character. Finishes dry with a musty funk, and has an aftertaste of more sour cherries. It's like they scripted this and it's playing out on my palate to perfection. Easily, far and away, the best tasting Kriek (of any kind) I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium in body, with a crisp carbonatoin and a sharp acidic bite. Lingering sour cherry and oak aftertaste. Drinkability is fantastic, I can't imagine an easier drinking lambic.

Overall, I was expecting this to be good but not this good. I was floored by this, and if not for the price tag I would buy a lot of this to stock up.

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.39 out of 5 based on 808 ratings.
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