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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

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.

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Avg:
4.39
pDev:
14.12%
 
 
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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 jwc215
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 01 March 2005 - fresh for "at least ten years":

Pours reddish pink with a head that becomes a lasting thick swirling patch.

The smell is of fresh dark cherries, vanilla, oak and a vinuous, earthy - gueuze-like undertone.

The taste is of fresh dark cherries with vanilla, oak and a gueuze mustiness mixed in. It is well-balanced among sweet, tart and sour. Cherry-fruitiness becomes almost plum-like as it progresses. It finishes very dry.

The feel is creamy and full for style with a long lasting aftertaste.

A well-done lambic - cherries very real-tasting. Nice mix of lambic and gueuze. Good oaky touch. Pricey, but worth it as a special treat.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Dark deep ruby red/magenta color, frothy pink head, looks exotic and wonderful. Obviously tons of fruit went into this.

Nose has huge dry brett funk, sour cherries, really an intense fruit character, bright and acidic.

Taste is very tart, big sour cherry character again, not a lot of sweetness from the fruit but lots of fruit character, brettiness and dry funk. Amazing.

Puckering from the sourness, pretty good carbonation for a lambic, pretty drinkable despite the intense sourness.

Fantastic beer, wish it were still readily available off shelf.

9.4/10

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

Bottle purchased by me at a long-forgotten location. Dated March 22, 2006. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to some wisps and a thick collar, leaving behind a few stray splotches of lace. Hazy dark red with a touch of orange to it.

S - Aroma is stellar. Massive amounts of delicious Schaerbeekse cherries, some light vanilla, lactic acidity, mushroom and earthy funk, and a touch of acidity as the beer warms up. I'm shocked by how present the fruit is after five and a half years. This was comparable with Dirty Horse for best-smelling cherry beers I've encountered.

T - The taste isn't quite on the same transcendent plane as the aroma, but it's still quite excellent, marrying tart cherry with earthy funk, some dry oak, a bit of leathery brett, green apple skins, and some musty attic. It's got that great aged lambic character to it, but the intense fruitiness has mellowed out leaving mostly acidity and tartness behind.

M - Medium body, with a dry and tannic finish, and a sticky juice-like character. Carbonation was lower than I anticipated - this could have used a touch more spritz to it. I'm wondering if the synthetic cork contributed to the modest amount of bubbles.

D - If this weren't so expensive I'd buy it regularly. That being said it's similar in price to Lou Pepe Kriek, arguably superior, and is much easier to find (until people wise up and start hoarding, of course). I'm curious if I'll ever have the patience to let this sit on my shelf for five years again.

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

Had the 2005 version recently, my original review was for the 2009. It much improves with age.

There is more bitterness and sourness, its better incorporated into the overall beer. Its just a better beer. The flavors pop more, its not sweet, there is no aftertaste. Several years on this beer is a good thing.

Beer is dark red, forms a head of small pink bubbles that leaves some but not a lot of lacing on the glass. Its dark and hazy, looks great.

Aroma is pretty sour, almost ammonium in aroma, a very slight tinge of something bad. Overall, pretty good with one bad note.

Beer is quite sour, lots of lactic and some citric. Acetic is lesser but is still there. The cherries are not as forward as I would have wanted. I think the off aroma I was smelling was actually the cherry flavor. Second taste, not as tart as I want it to be, its like a big red gueze with a fruity aftertaste. Interesting.

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

Thanks to a friend for bringing this back from the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Oude kriek? How about old funky kriek. The cherries are just barely in here. Sure, the appearance is a hazy red with a short pink head (that quickly disappears). The aroma is big on horseblanket, leather, fresh garden, herbal tea. The flavor has more lemon peel and lime with a drop of cherry sugar candy. The finish is tart farmhouse funk.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Bottled 10/17/08.

The beer pours a dark red color with a white head. The aroma is cherry, oak, vanilla, tartness and funk. The flavor is strong cherry with vanilla, oak and tartness. The beer is very dry and is pretty funky. Very drinkable and very well done. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to oglmcdgl for sharing the bottle. I believe this is a 2005 bottle. Poured in some wine glasses.

A- Schaerbeekse Kriek is a slight cherry color with pink spots depending on light. Not much in terms of head or even a small cap, but some faint off white with red bubbles pop off at the top. A nice looking kriek all and all.

S- Beekse smells like cherries that spent some time in a special oak barrel. This gives off a tart and pleasant nose depending if you like the style. Some funk, some barnyard, yet nothing too extreme. Almost winelike in nature. A great smelling kriek all in all.

T- Great stuff. Sour cherry juice with some yeast in the distance plus some barnyard tart and somewhat sour taste. Getting some sour grapes giving off a vinious edge with just a hint of vinegar again very faint. Oak from the barrel and just a boatload of sour cherry. Am I in heaven?

M- Not overly carbonated but you can tell it's there. Some acidity from lambic style plus some tartness. This one is a pucker for sure but nothing I cant handle. A sharp crispness on the tounge but a bunch of flavor. A nice dry finish, this is a kriek to remember.

D- One to share with friends, no way I could polish off a bottle of this. Low in abv and high in flavor but not too harsh on the palete, im quite liking this offering from Fonteinen. Would drink again, im just not sure if i will be able to find it again.

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Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

July 2007 Bottle Date; Sampled March 2010, lightly chilled at approximately 60*F / 15*C.
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, pink hued, darkly off-white colored head. The beer is a deep red color with hints of plum and purple to it. When held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear bright red hue, and interestingly enough, it shows lots of bubbles that are slowly moving up through this beer, struggling as if this is a viscous brew. The aroma smells of light urea and sharp lactic acid up front. This is followed by phenolic, slightly medicinal notes that have a hint of a plastic edge to them, but there is also a funky, musty, moldy quality to the aroma as well. Tannic cherry skin aromatics as well as some perfume like cherry pulp fruitiness adds to the complexity, but remain subtle compared to the other notes. As the beer warms, complex cherry aromatics become more noticeable, as does a deeper, rustic, farm-yard funkiness.

Definitely somewhat thick feeling, but not nearly as much as the slowly rising carbonation suggested. There is a deep, complex, rich, expressive cherry flavor to this beer despite it being quite dry. The fruit and some phenolic notes mix to suggest a touch of children's aspirin-like flavors in the finish. A chewy, flavorful, cherry-skin note adds tannic astringency as well as concentrated cherry notes to the lingering finish. This has a nice light sourness, at least for this sour-head, as I wouldn't describe it as a hard lambic. The acidity seems predominantly a smooth mix of fermentation derived lactic acid and acidity from the tart cherries. I really like the rich, palate coating texture that this has, despite being well carbonated it has a creaminess to it that is quite nice; this is really just such a lush beer that is quite exquisite for numerous reasons. Lambic funkiness adds light urea notes, musty cob-web flavors and some medicinal notes to the finish. As the beer warms a floral cherry flavor, as well as a hint of sweetness become more noticeable.

This is a very nice beer that is aging extremely gracefully; the lush texture, incredibly smooth, but ample acidity, rich cherry flavors and stunning visual presentation are among the highlights of this beer. The aroma could certainly be more complex, especially expressively fruity (but fruit aromatics are so easily lost with age). It is quite impressive how rich and toothsome that the cherry flavors are despite this beer being quite dry; this really speaks to the quality of the cherries used to make this beer. Damn, I definitely wish I had a case of these in the cellar; this beer blows the Hommage I just had out of the water by a long-shot. If I really had to complain I could wish for a bit more acidity and some more Brettanomyces funkiness, but really that is just being greedy.

Sampled 2001
4.3
4/4.5/4.5/4/4
It uses the same type of cherries as the draft version (Schaerbeek), but that is where the similarity ends. The bottled version is dry, sour and has a bit of cherry in the nose. It is definitely not sweet and the cherry is not too apparent in the flavor. The Kriek is the typical deep red color and was quite tasty. Of course there is the Lambic flavor present to balance and enhance the subtle cherry flavor.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Green's in Atlanta, 750 caged and corked. I'd been thinking of trying this for a while, but It's hard to pull me away from the beautiful Cantillons that are available here. These style of beer are so pricey because of the ingredients, time to make and cellar the beers, and skill necessary to craft a fine lambic, that I can only afford to try a new one every now and again.

Pours an absolutely brilliant color of purplish red, like some exotic variety of blood. Transluscent with haze and fine suspended particles, but no protein coagulation. Nice head that is tinted pink. Absolutely magnificent in the glass with the light hitting it just right. The smell is sharply sour, but witth a touch of cream as well. Predominant component aroma is sour cherrries. Very little barnyard funk, but very nice zingy cherries. The taste is complex with cherrry sourness and unlike the aroma, quite a bit of funk. There are also some fairly pronounced phenolic notes, but these are fairly well integrated and fade a bit with the beer opening up. The cherrry flavors are very pure and sort of float over the other flavors in the glass. Still, its not a perfectly harmonious whole and although good, something is lacking a bit to bring it all together. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and a delight. Good drinkability, but the phenols and lack of totally integrated whole make it a bit challenging. I like this beer a good bit, just not quite as much as some of the Cantillon examples, or quite as much (as far as taste goes0 as I thought I might.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. 750ml bottle received in a trade with rhinos00 and consumed on 12/21/2009 in a snifter. The beer pours an effulgent and beautiful dark pinkish red with a two finger pink white head. Retention is good. The beer looks great.

The nose is a nice blend of fruit and Brett, which is at a moderate level and imparts notes of horse blanket, merlinean cobweb crystal caves, and barnyard. The cherries aren't as pronounced as I was expecting, but they're still blatant. I detect oak and low acetic character.

The flavor is of tart and lightly lactic cherries with a balancing acidity. Brett imparts a slight mustiness, a touch of wet blanket, and wet leather. The finish is dry and tannic, with notes of oak and a lingering cherry acidity. Again, I was expecting a bit more fruit flavor in this.

I suppose I'll need to try a fresher batch. The beer didn't quite meet my expectations, but I admit that they were high. It was still quite enjoyable and I wouldn't hesitate to try it again. I had no trouble drinking the bottle.

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Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 1, 2005...
Appears a pink toned copper with a mild white cap that slowly faded into a mild head and collar. Scattered bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious tart cherries, rhubarb, vanilla, slight vinegar, raisins, and oak.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with standout vanilla, oak, and cherries.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, tart, lip smacking, funky, and addictive.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Belgium from Bier Tempel in Brussels.

750ml corked and caged green bottle uncorks with minimal effort with a loud socking thunk. Pours a dirty, muddled red-pink colour, with a frothing and fizzling head of rose that effervesces to nothing, like a glass of soda. Light body, very little to it. Apart from the colour, I'm not overly impressed.

Nose is organic and funky, with slightly acidic medicinal cherry overtones. Quite brightly flavoured, but also deeply husky and pongy, like a good lambic should be. Not bad.

Taste is clean, vinous and acidic, with pleasantly tart lambic sourness that cleaves its way through the palate. The kriek character merely tones the acidity—it doesn't add any sweetness of true fruit essence. Finish is lingering and slightly bitter with cherry pip and stalk characters. Crisp and biting feel, although the tingle comes exclusively from the acidity, not at all from the now dormant carbonation.

Not a bad kriek, and a pretty bright and unapologetically acidic one. It doesn't have a great deal of complexity, and the rampant acidity makes me consider it a little unbalanced, but it's a respectable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of corby112
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby red color with a very thin redish pink/off-white head that quickly dissipates without a trace of lacing.

Tart, lactic sour aroma that has a massive amount of sweet dark tart cherries. There's also some funky earthy oak along with some candy sugar.

Tart, puckering medium body that is pretty sweet and not very acidic. Soft carbonation up front with some slight funk, earthy oak and vanilla. The cherries are very prominent, providing an extremely fresh, sweet juicy fruit flavor which is an excellent balance to the funky tart sourness. I'm also picking up a slight nut presence that adds to the earthy character. Dry finish. This beer is very complex, well balanced and insanely drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a super cloudy red and pink color with a thin white cap that quickly died down and left mild lacing on the glass.

S: Strong, funky sour aromas of cherries in the nose.

T: Taste is sweet, tart and unripe red and sour cherries witha big Earthinees, barnyard and funk with a not of old spent oak spirals leaving a light old woodiness. Acidic tart, dry and lingering finish.

M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.

O: Very, very good. No major flaws.

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Photo of rudzud
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to Francois for sharing. 2007 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark cherry juice hue with a thin head that faded immediately to leave thin thin wisps.

S - Aromas of dry tart cherries, light vanilla. Incredibly fragrant cherries and pits.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, incredibly dry cherries, just intense tasty cherry notes. Good funky musty basement. Really good, great tart cherry notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this beer was really excellent. Wonderful cherry notes, excellent tartness really well crafted. Holy cow.

Serving type: bottle

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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 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 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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Photo of sweemzander
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Oct. 17, 2008 bottled date.

(A)- Pours one of the darkest colored reds I have ever seen in a Kriek before. Produced a nice cap of pink froth that stuck around for awhile. Plenty of lace left behind.

(S)- A richer aroma. Very funky with tons of tart cherries. Dry and oaky too.

(T)- A nice cherry tartness and oak. Not overly funky or sour, but a solid straightforward tart and cherry oak tartness.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. I like the profile of tart cherry and oak, but sadly this is fairly straightforward and basic; a solid feel, but nothing fancy.

(D)- Overall, it is a solid fruit lambic. There are better ones out there especially considering the $$ it costs for one of these. Nonetheless, this is very easy drinking and enjoyable; just wish it had something more to offer considering the higher price tag this demands on the shelves.

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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 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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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 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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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.
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