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:
810
Reviews:
250
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
7.97%
 
 
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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pinkish red with a surprisingly, for the style, mildly small white foam head. Maybe an inch or so. Long lasting white foam crust.

Smells like oak, interestingly tart cherries ... almost more of what I would expect from a berry lambic versus a kriek ... and ... more oak. Also that lemon/vinous zestiness that characterizes fonteinen brews, and good sours in general.

I'm surprised by how oak/lemon/vinous forward the brew is. The cherries are there, adding a pungent tartness that avoids any hint of the medicinal awful sweetness that bad krieks possess, but I wouldn't say they are the highlight of this beer. They enhance, rather than dominate.

Interesting, very good.

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Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date March 22nd 2006.

Cloudy opaque menstral red...ugh. Pink carbonated head with clinging bubbles along the sides of the glass.

Wonderful soft cherry aromas with a hint of funk and nice tartness. Some berry accents with a light fruity evervesence that brings out a nice malty character with a hint of oak.

Light bodied with a decent puckering quality, fruity and full of delicious cherry flavor. Wood tannins with a hint of funk and barnyardy qualities. Finish is moderate with good amounts of carbonation.

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Photo of grub
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. bottled 22 march 2006. sampled march 23/08.

pours deep red with a small very fine pink head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. smells much like the oude gueuze just before it. lemon. malt vinegar. crackers. grain. white bread. light sour cherry.

taste is great. wow, that's sour! intense, lingering sourness. sour cherries for days, then gueuze sourness to follow. lemon. bit of grapefruit. hints of cinnamon and brown sugar. leather. tobacco. horse blanket. touch of orange. vanilla. raw oak. bit earthy. sourness and more sourness. no trace of any sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. incredibly dry. very find medium carbonation level. fairly light body.

drinkability is good. nice balance, but the sourness causes it to be a sipper. i find myself taking a sip and then shaking my head as the intense puckering sourness takes over, then slowly subsides. i'm really enjoying it. the bottle was a touch pricey, but i'd happily get this one again.

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Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle vintage 2008 from K&L generously shared by alfrantzell. Thanks a lot, Arne! This is one of the more difficult names to spell, as evidenced by the fact that it's spelled differently on BA vs. RB. Both sites do agree, however, that it's a damn fine beer, and I also agree with this assessment.

Pours a deep, clear crimson color with a decent pink head that bubbles away fairly quickly.

Aroma is loads of tart cherries, oak, and funkiness, including my favorite aroma: horseblanket. It's like they took an old blanket off the dirtiest, sweatiest horse in the barn and threw it right into the fermenter. I love it.

Flavor is also really awesome and heavy on the cherry. Somewhat sour with brett and lacto/pedio. Very earthy and oaky. More funky horseblanket and definite hints of other cloths used to cover various livestock and zoo creatures, whatever those may be.

Dry, acidic, and lively on the palate. Medium body. Exactly to style on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good but not quite outstanding. Overall though, this beer is outstanding. Easily one of the better fruit lambics out there.

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Photo of rarbring
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010. The beer is clouded bright red, a small pink head, no lacing but curtains.

The smell is very intriguing, or really pungent, old stable and manure. Very bretty!

The taste is much fresher than the smell, apple vinegar, some cherry and red ripe berries.

Medium high carbonation, a fresh feeling, a complex body, and a dry finish.

So far the most complex kriek I've tried, very demanding.

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Photo of chickenm
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Crosling
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 mL. Lovely color, pinkish/orange color wiht a light pink head. Good nose of lambic and cherries. Phenomenal cherry fruit character, natural, pure, juicy and lingering on the palate. Mouth feel seems a bit off. Awfully outstanding still, but not my favorite of 3F.

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Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
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 jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split with the wife to accompany a nice pasta dinner. Served in our Cantillon wine glass looking glasses.

The beer looks good in the glass. It's a plum color with ruby, crimson, pink, and brown touches to it. This is a very nice, deep color. There are few signs of life here - the beer looks rather still with just a film of head on top. But that's par for the course with 3F beers, so I'm cool with it. There is also just a touch of noticeable carbonation which relieves me that this beer hasn't turned flat.

Wow, I could smell this beer all day long. A wonderful bouquet of all the things I love about an authentic Kriek beer. A deep sour cherry note is so juicy that I would swear it was fresh if it wasn't for the funkiness that came to join the party. There is a ton of barnyard brett that gives some skunky and dirty smells, but they really work here. A hint of asprin and plastic work with the barnyard to make this a masterpiece. Some lactic acidity blurs the lines of cherry and sour vinegar. If you like the funk, George Clinton ain't got nothing on this beer. Just short of perfection - a bit more cherry on top would make this a 5.

I'm in heaven with the taste of this beer. Seriously, this is amazing. This is so smooth and refined, yet wild and outrageous at the same time. The flavor pops and has tons of sour cherry with a hint of lemon and oak. The funk adds layers of mustiness and barnyard but lets the cherry shine through. A long, sour lactic finish finally concedes to lingering wild notes of dirtiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation but nice fizz on the tongue. Without being sparkling, this feels alive. An authentic sour I could drink all day long without suffering from heartburn or loosing the enamel on my teeth. Just amazing business here!

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Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tclapper
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Chico1985
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/28/10 so a little over a year old. One of the first of many beers at an awesome tasting last weekend. Thanks to cbutova for sharing this pricey treat!

Pours murky magenta, pink head barely forms before fizzing away. Flecks left behind instead of lace.

Big lemon juice funkiness and sour cherry in the nose, great scent.

Sour, sweaty lemon funk, cherries and maybe raspberries, vinegar notes. Fruit is a bit more subtle in the taste than in the smell.

Nice, puckering, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Good.

A great sour, though as usual I wish the cherries were a bit stronger. Really nice funk though and very drinkable considering the style.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2008 vintage. I've missed every single bottle of this opened at tastings, except one where I got to enjoy the dregs (mmm... lambic dregs and the effect they have on my stomach!).

I was also beginning to think I am allergic to Cantillon based on a few unpleasant experienced recently, so I decided to take the plunge and open this. It helped me answer a few pressing questions:

1) Am I allergic to lambic in general, or just Cantillon?
2) Is this beer really worth $35 a bottle?
3) Is this the fruitiest beer largadeer has ever had, along with Fou' Foune, Hommage, and Lou Pepe Framboise 07?

A: Despite letting the beer sit, undisturbed, for days in the fridge and despite a careful pour, it winds up a very murky, dark raspberry red in my glass. There isn't much carbonation aside from a very thin collar at the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S: Beautiful, vibrant cherry. Wow, this is the fruitiest beer largadeer has ever smelled. I, on the other hand, find it remarkable but not mind-blowing. There isn't a lot of sourness on the nose; it's really tart cherry skins with a mild aroma of funk. A touch of wood with some spice (nutmeg?) to it.

T: From the way largadeer babbled about this being the fruitiest ____ he's ever had, I expect this to taste like cherry pie. It doesn't have the vibrancy I would expect; I guess the age has taken some of the fruit away. It doesn't have any pronounced bacterial character: not too much tartness or sourness. It's not dry. It is lightly funky and tannic in the finish, with an emphasis on the fruit. I get the feeling I would have enjoyed this more fresh, but I'm amazed at how balanced and well structured this beer is. No bracing sourness or any one dominating characteristic. Very enjoyable.

M: Great mouthfeel. The low carbonation makes it very soft. The flavors come out without too much acidity or tartness or sourness. Cherries are fading a bit, as I noted above.

D: I liked it, but at the risk of earning alfrantzell's wrath and being a target for Narke Xantus, Pt. II, I thought it wasn't worth $35. I will try it once more fresh and see if that changes my impression, but I can certainly say the price is not worth it for an aged bottle. On the plus side, I seem not to have any reactions to this beer, so maybe it's just Cantillon that bothers me.

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

Bottled 22 March 2006.

A: beautiful, deep burnt red color, clear, nice pink head
S: sharp but not sour, fruity, very nice moderate nose
T: wow!, dense taste, well-balanced with malt sourness, cherries and sour throughout but not overly sour like La Folie or Cantillon, classic beer with all the right flavors
M: quenching, no incredible pucker factor, mouth explodes with flavors of cherries, malt and sourness
D: drinkable, especially for a warm summer day

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Photo of WynnO
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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