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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 fthegiants
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
bottled Oct. 17, 08
A- This beer pours a dense crystal clear red body with a brown hue to it and a pink sherbert head that is bubbly and soon fades away. The carbonation is bright and fast tiny bubbles.

S- The light barnyard aroma has a bright earthy quality that grows followed by a dry jammy cherry note in the finish.

T- The dry light barnyard note has a slight watery taste before a full fruit flavor with a soft tartness come in to play. There is a light dark cherry note in the finish that takes on a slight jammy quality. The finish has notes of old wood and a light aspirin brett hint.

M- The light mouthfeel has no real astringency and a dry fizz in the finish.

O- The barnyard and cherry notes are nice but turn a bit watery as the beer opens up. The very soft tartness and not much depth make it a bit drap to drink the whole bottle.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of petermethot
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Great Lambic Summit

Depp ruby red in color with poofy spritzy pinkish hued head. First whiff is of tart cherry, progressing into many complex notes of red wine with hints of must and vinegar. First taste is of a tart, young, unrippened cherry, it backs into notes of funk, cranberry and merlot grapes. Slight boozy touch and warmth to it. Medium bodied, slick. A truly unique kriek with many charachteristics of a red wine.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on date of 28-04-2010. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a ruby red/purple color with a very small light pink head. Head retention is low, and there's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is tart cherries, barnyard funk, vinegar and some oak. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it's all tart cherries, funk, vinegar and oak. The sourness isn't overpowering at all, but it's a pretty good tasting brew. There's also a lingering tart finish. The beer just tastes better and better the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has medium/high carbonation and it's somewhat slick and very easy to drink. I think it's a pretty good overall brew, and it would be interesting to see how this one ages. My only complaint about this beer is the price at $33.99 a bottle. But even then I don't think I was ripped off for the price, and I would likely buy this again at the same or similar price if I come across it.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of greenspointexas
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C format; bottled April 26, 2011.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: deep dark red bodied beer with a full finger of white head. Head drops down to a thin ring. 3.75

Smell: slightly sweet but more so tart cherries and moderate oak notes. Musty and dusty signature Fonteinen funkiness. 4.5

Taste: Moderately tart cherries. Moderate funkiness that is musty and dusty just like how the nose smells. Earthy and oaky barrel notes; its also tannic with a touch of leather. A light, fruity, and slightly spicy yeast. Sweet tarts candies. Very balanced and complex. The finish is moderately tart cherries and red apple skin with loads of oak barrel. 4.5

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. The beer is a touch above semidry, but also that awesome mouthwatering quality too. Nice drinkable sour that not too tart. 4.75

Overall: This is a great Kreik! I really enjoyed it. It my favorite 3F Kriek that I have drank. The price tag is pretty hefty at $40 includuing tax. Great beer for a one time splurge. Its the most money that I have spent on a sour beer in 750 format. I can definately find alot of similiarites with the 3F Oude Kriek and Schaerbeekse Kriek. 4.50

2011 review score: 4.50

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Opened this up for my local tasting group on 10/15/2013!

750 C&C bottle with black foil over the C&C. Vintage 2010; bottled on April, 28, 2010.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: crimson rosey red bodied beer with a thin white cap that drops to a ring around the glass. 3.75

Smell: Cherry jolly rancher candies. Vinegar and acetic notes in the nose. Even more cherries in the nose! 4.25

Taste: This is really tart/sour! Cherry notes of course. Slight cheesy lacto funk. Raspberries and cherry skins are noticed in finish. On the high end of moderately tart in finish and even through out the beer. 4.5

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer almost medium body. Low carbonation levels almost moderately carbonated. This beer is somewhere between a semi dry and fully dry sour beer, but closer to the fully dry end of the spectrum. 4.5

Overall: One year makes a big difference with this 3F beer! I give the slight edge to the 2011 vintage of Schaerbeekse Kriek for its huge cherry flavor and its a bit better balanced, but truely love the dryness and higher level of sourness in the 2010 vintage. Either way it a world class Kriek! 4.25

2010 review score: 4.36

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be a fresh batch, bottled 17th Oct 2008, unlike the other bottles from 2005 that I've seen on occasion. At $38 a pop (thanks to Matt at Capone's), this is a rare treat, but given that I just had a great day at work, I feel like pampering myself.

Initially clear, the pour rapidly turns hazy with a beautiful reddish cherry color, almost red raspberry-like. There a dense pink head that rises really well before falling off to a disk, leaving some lace.

The nose is just outstanding. This beer does to cherries what Hommage did to raspberries. Bright and vibrant with a lot of cherry character along with the big funk character with horseblanket, wet hay, a mild cheese character and a lot of musty attic. Cherry character is fruity and tart, with the sweetness being low. Acidity is moderate, but really, the cherry character is incredible, fruity and sour dark cherries haven't been used better. With exposure, the combination of dark cherries and leather brings to mind cocoa as well. Just outstanding.

Sharp and acidic up front with a lot of cherry skin character, along with the tannins, there's a mild leathery character as well. Tart cherries dominate the palate, with a subdued fruity sweetness. The funk really comes into its own in the mid-palate, with the leather, the barnyard and horseblanket prominent. Drying on the finish with a lot of cherry sourness and cherry-like acidity, this is quite magnificent. The body is medium-light, and perfect actually 'cos it provides a structure to carry the puckering sourness. Carbonation is on the higher side, and the finish is exceptionally good, long lasting with a combination of funk and cherry tartness. I'm going to be sad when this is gone. Easily the best kriek I've had.

**Edit 10 June 2010. I got to try this at The Great Lambic Summit in Philly, side by side with the 2007 Lou Pepe Kriek. While I preferred the Lou Pepe, the Schaerbeekse was almost as excellent as I remembered it being. The fruit character of the SK is more explosive, a touch funkier, maybe a touch solventy. Certainly more leathery and a little more tannic as well.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

A- Dark pink with some yeast chunks (optional) floating around randomly throughout. Small fizzy head builds up but dies down quite quickly.

S- Nice sour cherry pie. Brettanomyces funk is laced throughout lending a good level of "funk". Mostly just a sour cherry bomb. A definite wine grape and vinegar note as well.

T- Once again mostly a huge cherry bomb. I really like the level of sour in this, especially in the finish, perfect for the big fruit flavor. Nice vinous wine grape, vinegar and oak notes as well.

MF- Very thin body with high carbonation and the obvious cheek puckering sour.

The finish of this is superb. The cherry, wine, vinegar and vinous notes combine to form a great flavor.

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Photo of egrace84
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of RomanW70. Served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured the color of pommegranate juice; murky with no head. Nose was sour fruit and cherries. Taste follows nose, but but not as sour as suggested by the nose; some acidity is detected in the mouth. Mouthfeel was light and lively; not too much carbonation, but some astringency is present towards the finish. Easy drinking and well balanced. I'm not overly familiar with the style, but I found this quite pleasant to drink with a tolerable amount of sourness; quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

750 ml bottle shared with grub.

Pours a clear dark orange/red, thin off white head forms, touch of pink, settles to a thin ring, few lace spots. Smell is intense, tons of sourness, oak, very woody, earth, cherries, very acidic and tart, horseblanket, crazy. Taste is similar, nice fruitiness and cherries, very acidic, lots of oak, tannic, sour/tart finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium bodied, light burning, acidic.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I pulled the trigger on the big bottle. 750ml poured into a Russian River Belgian Stemmed glass.

Bottled 28 April, 2010.

A - Pours a clear, Koolaid red with only a few white bubbles then they are gone.

S - Super tart and funky smelling. Sour with some slight cherry tones.

T - Tart and funky fruit, very slight cherry finish.

D - Lower carbonation, light body. Sour and tart throughout.

O - Soft and light, but super tart.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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