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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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798
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
14.12%
 
 
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Photo of MDDMD
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy light red color with a pale pink head and no significant lacing

S-tart cherry, funk, hints of oak

T-sour cherry, earthy funk, light oak, slight vinegar

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and puckering

O-a delicious kriek lambic, convinced this is the only style of cherry beer that I like

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby with a foamy slightly pink head.

S: Tart cherries with a ton of oak, jammy raspberry and cedar. I get a touch of cinnamon as well.

T: Loads of tart and unripe cherries and cherry pit. Lemon, some barnyard funk and a good touch of oak. Some tannins evident on the finish.

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

A: beautiful red, translucent, decent head that keeps replenishing

S: tart cherry, some sweetness, vinous smell

T: very deliciously sour with tinges of cherry, wine-like flavors, and a huge tart aftertaste.

M: good amount of carbonation keeping it light and refreshing. Could age one and still have some great carbonation. Body is pretty dry and light.

O: beautiful beer, sour and wonderful in all ways. After tasting it, the sourness overwhelms the cherry.

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

600th review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750 Ml C/C & Foil Wrapped
Bottled 4/28/10

When it doubt pinky out.
Split with GuruDel

App- When the beer pours its a muted red/pink/purple color. A lovely head actually forms. Nice to see a carbontated $35 bottle of beer. A one finger quick to disspate head on it.

Smell- When a brewery puts a certain ingredient on the label I expect certain things. This did not let me down on the nose at all. Very cherry aromatics with the sour, funk, tart and sweet.

Taste- As I mentioned with the above comment. I expect certain flavors to shin more than others and this did in spades. It was cherry, tart, funk and a little vinegar like to it. Just very well done and tasty.

Mouth- Light bodied, high carbed, tingly cherry, vinegar and sour on the aftertaste.

Drink- I wanted to go big for #600 and I have seen this at two bars and I never pulled the trigger due to $, so when a friend of mine had this at his shop I had to pounce on it. So glad I did. It was true to its nature and tasty. Id have it again in a heartbeat.

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

The man with the plan brought this over to share a couple weeks back. Cheers dude! The label reads "Kriek van Schaerbeekse Krieken," which is the same as this. If the two entries ever get merged, I figure it's safer to add the review here.

From a 750 into a tasting glass.
Bottled 18 January 2003

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking pink head with half decent retention. Body is a maroon red color with no real carbonation evident. Head recedes to a bubbly half wisp but eventually vanishes all together. Really nice color on this one.

SMELL: Light cherries on the nose still, with sour lemon and funky barnyard aromas. Slightly acidic as well.

TASTE: Sour lemon, sour cherries and a bit acidic up front, moving into a lovely finish of cherry and raspberry flavor, peppery notes, sour lemon, herbal flavors and a slight bit of acidity. Really nice after twelve years in the bottle.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down nicely with a hint of acidity at the swallow and finishes dry but not overly puckering. Wonderful feel as well.

OVERALL: Excellent stuff. This one has softened out really nicely and the flavors work great as a whole. The slight touch of acidity is well measured as well. Lots of character and we all really enjoyed drinking this one. Thanks again for hanging out man!

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Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

March 2006 bottle.

A: Pinkish red rhubarb color with a pretty nice light pink head. Head retention is good this brew has tons of carbonation its downright spritzy.

S: Nince and tart. Wood, oak and black cherries consume the nose. Some light barnyard funk but nothing over the top. Nice and funky cherries.

Taste: One splash across the tongue and this one lets you know its for real. Tons of spritz with a rush of deep dark tart cherries. The oak aspects rise in the middle and the finish is very dry. Acid and barnyard funk are there in such a nice way. If you are looking for a panty waist fruity girly girls kriek this is not it. Think Gueuze meets Kriek and this is the result.

Mouthfeel: Champagne meets beer, in a way that can not be expressed.

Overall: A real nice drinking beer. Shared it with a wine loving buddy of mine and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Tons of flavor with an insane amount of spritz. The tartness of this one makes it extra special. If this is their Kriek, I can't wait to try their Gueuze that I have in the fridge.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/7/08. Bottle (label said March 22, 2006). Pours a deep ruby red with a quickly dissipating pink head. Aroma of tart fruit and sourness. Taste of tart cherries, cherry pie, pie crust, and a little touch of cinnamon. Delicious! Not too sour (which is a plus for me). My favorite lambic to date! 8/4/9/4/17 (4.2/5)

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

750ml bottle. Tasted side x side with the Kriek.

Poured a dark and cloudy reddish color with a smaller sized reddish/pinkish head. Aromas of cherries, yeast, and woody. Tastes of cherries, woody, fruity, funky, and some citrus. Had a very nice sour and tart finish.

Notes from and tasted on 12/12/05.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into goblet on 11/14/08. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing!

A - This kriek poured a cloudy, sparsely carbonated cherry-colored body with one-finger off-white bubbly head that diminished into a thin ring of retention and left spotty lacing.

S - Ridiculously sour cherry aroma that borders on medicinal. Almost has the scent of mild paint thinner or magic markers.

T - Opens with a blast of cherry tartness akin to cough syrup that encompasses the palate immediately. A hint of vanilla adds some sweetness to the pot, while some woody notes provide a slight dryness to the overall flavor.

M - Light to medium body with thin, syrupy texture that is very tart and sour on the tongue. Surprisingly, this kriek has very soft, almost flat carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish.

D - This is sour, but not over the top, despite the fairly strong initial aroma. While it does possess a slightly medicinal quality, it also has a pretty smooth body and a bold sour cherry tartness.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 28-04-2010

A: Pours a beautiful sunset red-orange with no head to speak of. Not even bubbles coat the top

S: Funk, tart cherries, oak, and yeast all mingle together to make quite an impressive smell for a sour fruit lambic

T: The barnyard funk hits first, but is quickly overtaken by notes of oak and tart cherries. Neither slam hard, but together make an amazing, slightly complex beer. No sweetness present to balance the sour out, but it isn't really necessary as the oak and cherries do the job

M: Light-medium body with moderate carbonation

O: The only thing I can seriously slam this on is the price tag, although the style can vaguely justify it. This beer does an amazing job balancing everything out, especially considering there isn't really that sweetness that you get in some lambics. Definitely seek this out if you can afford it

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A generous pour from a 750 ml bottle thanks to FooFa

A-Hazy, bright cherry red with a small off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lacing.

S-Bold and bright sour cherries with that background magic marker scent.

T-Sour cherry tartness initially with a bit of sweetness coming in backside. A touch of dry oakiness in the finsih.

M-Medium-light body with a nice drying finish and a bit of biting tartness.

D-Nice,bold sour cherry tartness but not out of control...like Cantillon Kriek. This is a bit less extreme but no less drinkable. A lambic you can have a glassful and sit and enjoy.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2008 750ml bottle into tulips, shared with my girlfriend, at The Publican. Celebrating my 29th birthday so why the heck not.

A - Pours a beautiful dark ruby red color with a pinkish/white colored head which fizzes out quicky leaving a thin cap and some random bubbles here and there.

S - Tart/sour, lot of cherries, raspberry, funky barnyard, horseblanket. The cherries are so pronounced here, it's just wonderful. Sometimes sweet, sometimes tart...always excellent.

T - Very much like the nose, funky, tart cherries, sweet berries. All around, very well done. Outstanding, in fact. This is only going to get better. The funk, cherries, and slight sweetness are perfect.

M - Light, smooth, refreshing. Slight fizzy carbonation, but doesn't tickle. Dry finish.

D - We easily finished the bottle and we both wanted more. This is going to be a classic in due time. Stock up now if it's near you.

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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 thecheapies
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek. Bottled April 28, 2010.

Almost perfectly clear. A beautiful raspberry red-pink with a surprisingly soaring off-white head of almost an inch. Left a thick ring and surface foam. Looks marvelous.

Rather tart cherry, light acetic acid, sour peach, oak, red currant, and some light funk. Pretty bright, in a refreshing way, but not as bright as Cantillon Kriek.

Zapping sour cherry and underripe berry tartness with high citric acidity. Musty funk notes are somewhat savory and mushroom-y. Representation of old lemon juice through the style of sourness exemplified. Very oaky, as well, which marries beautifully with the berry and lemon notes.

Excellent tartness on the palate makes a thinner-than-medium body of brew almost slippery. Slippery? Yeah, it slips right down the ol' gullet. Smooth, after all. Carbonation is spot-on; lively and jumpy.

Tasted alonside '10 Cantillon Kriek, '08 Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait, and '07 Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek. Ranked among the bottom two.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Bottled on 01 March 2005

A: Pours an excellent oxblood/dark raspberry color. Small pink head. Very hazy and cloudy.

S: Succulent tart cherry and oak. maybe a slight touch of yeast?

T: Tart and sour fresh cherry flavors. Earthy oakiness. Juicy and bitter with a touch of spicy yeast.

M: Tart and peppery. Dry astringency in the finish keeps the sourness from being overpowering. Sticky fruitiness coats everything in the mouth.

D: A year ago I never would've thought something tart and sour could be considered even remotely refreshing. I guess that proves our palates are always evolving. This is awesome!

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely beautiful Kriek. Brick red pour, no head, perfume of earth, cherries, and blue cheese. As it opens up, aromas of tea tree and mint take over. I am humbled by this! The taste is earthy and tart, the fruit doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy reddish color with an almost pinkish colored head. Head diminished into a thin ring of retention and left spotty lacing.

S- Smells of sour cherries and a bit of pale malts. Not too much else.

T- A nice blast of cherries with a hint of vanilla. A bit of wood in there too.

M- Light in body and fairly low in carbonation.

D- Based on the way it looked I thought I was in deep trouble, but I could probably drink this one on my own even though it doesn't seem like a beer to me.

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Photo of bobsy
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've read the Drie Fonteinen are getting out of the brewing business, transferring some of their operations to Boon and focusing on blending and distilling. What this means for this beer is unclear, but I have also heard that it was unlikely to be continued anyway. Too bad. This pricey 2005 vintage was bought in Buffalo. Oddly enough, myself and ritzkiss bought our bottles at the same time from the same store, but his was a 2006.

Pours a slightly hazed cherry with a pinkish head that drops to a fine film and then fades away. A few spots of lace stick to the side of the glass. The aroma passes me by at first, but when you start digging there's some good complexity. Obviously there's cherry in there, and its present with its skins and pits. However, what really adds depth is a nice dose of brett, which provides strong notes of barnyard, leather, musty cobweb filled rooms and all that's good about wild yeast strains.

Tart cherries upfront give a good dose of sourness. There's a lot of cherry skin character to them, as if they were slightly short of being ripe. The funk lingers at the edges and gives off barnyard and leather again, while there's some wood detectable as well. Low sugar content keeps this one dry. Its slightly musty and unkempt, but I dig it. The body is pretty decent, fairly light with a soft carbonation and a drying finish.

Not a bad fruit lambic, and its got some nice complexity in the nose and flavour, but I'm not sure its worth the hefty price tag. In fact, I'd say that Drie Fonteinen's regular kriek is preferable to this one. Hopefully that one is still going to be produced at Boon.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, 8 oz sample. This brew pours a deep ruby color with absolutely no head. Clarity is moderately clear, and there is no carbonation at all. Good looking cherry lambic. This one smells of lots of sourness, with a light kiss of cherry. There is a big mustyness in there as well. This one defintately is not focused on the fruit, with a very nice sour and musty. I can't wait to see what the flavor does with this one. Taking a sip, I get nice mild sourness, accentuated by very spicey oak tannin and fruity cherry. The sourness is mild, just enough to balance the fruity cherry. This one is not heavy in flavor, but the subtlty of it really accentuates the fruity notes. I really like it. Feel is moderate with a minimal carbonation. It is only slightly puckering on the sides of the tongue, so it really keeps this one drinking very easy. I really like this one. I think the flavors are really well balanced, with a really nice spicey tannin and cherry in the aftertaste. I could probably drink this one all night. Very good show.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Poured from a foiled, corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Like wearing Addidas pants with Nike sneakers... Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger frothy pink head with low retention. Beer is a dark, semi-clear ruby. Lacing is non-existant but with decent legs. Slightly above average due to the color.

Nose is tart cherry, some cobweb and hay funk. Some yeasty sharpness. Not overly funky or cheesy but with a robust fruit aroma. Nice.

Opens tart cherry, some yeasty spiciness. More big semi-sweet cherry notes towards the middle. Cobweb, wet hay, and barnyard funk. Yeasty fruit throughout. Some light bitterness. Cinnamon and oak notes towards the end. Finish is tart cherry puree with some band-aid taste. Really fruit forward, funky, and tart. Exceptional.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Light but lively in the mouth and some bubbles going down. Dry finish with a puckering and dry, lingering aftertaste. Really accents the flavor well.

While its not the most impressive looking or smelling fruit lambic, Schaerbeekse Kriek is definitely among the most fruit forward and tastiest. Probably one of, if not the most impressive widely available lambic out there now. Fresh vintages take almost completely blow away the competition in my opinion. Worth the hefty price tag.

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