dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Of all the sweet fruit lambics brewed in belgium, this must be the best. It is a burgandy coloured beer with almost no head or carbonation. The aroma is rich in sweet cherries as is the flavour. In fact, I could only describe this beer as a mouth full of sour cherries but with a very complex gueuze base and enough sweetness to appeal to the bellevue/lindeman drikers. This was the most refreshing beer I had in belgium and if I was to go back, I would consecrate one day to sit on their patio and drink this all fn day. As Joris said, this is nearing perfection, especially in terms of drinkability.
JorisPPattyn (7312) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
For all clarity, this is the unblended, unsweetened version, also available on draught at the restaurant. Deep-deep burgundy, with bright red "éclat", no head. Nose of cherries, cherries, ch.. and vanilla. Taste like an explosion of freshly pressed fruit(juice). Then some wood, and an estery, alcoholic difference with real fruitjuice. Very woody finish. Tart, like some sour cherries (=krieken), plucked from the tree. Chewy. In the palate there is still some woodiness, but it suddenly disappears. Nearing perfection. One cannot get enough of this. Unlike one's stomach lining...
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught (ZBF06): Bloody red with a glowing pink head. Almond, cherries and marzipan in the nose. Lovely sweet cherries balanced with tart rotting grapes. Juicy, wonderful stuff that I could drink all day long (though probably get heartburn!).
thebeertourist (4271) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draught at the brewery. Dark ruby red with a great fine-bubbled pink-purple head. Woody lambik shines through the cherry aroma. Wonderful lemony lambik with mellow cherry and almonds flavours. Balanced with quite a dry woody finish. Smooth and medium-bodied. Can a kriekenlambik get better than this?
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2006 Draught@Københavnske Øldage. Wow, Jeppe’s stand at the beerfestival was amazing. This was such a good beer and probably my favurite at the festival. No carbonation. Sour, acidic nose, with some sour cherry, blood orange and acidic tomato, slightly balsamic aswell. Palate was lovely, no carbonation, but with such a juicy acdity which made me want more and more. This was a gem.
omhper (17478) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 This rating is for the "Sweet Kriekenlambic", 6.5%. Sampled from cask at Akkurat, Stockholm.
It’s supposedly made from unblended lambic and schaarbeekse cherries, and is marginally sweetened.
Deep clear red. Aroma of ripe cherrues and vinegar. Sweet and woody, full of wonderful balsamic schaarbeekse cherries. Low carbonation, but the mouthfeel is fresh, lively and sparkling. Grape stone finish with a bit too much sweetness. Mindboggingly tasty.
Additional rating for the "Dry Kriekenlambic", 6.5%. Sampled from cask at Akkurat, Stockholm.
The same magnificent cherry aroma as the sweetened version, but this is significantly drier and more acidic. On paper this is something I like, but instead it doesn’t carry the wonderful flavour of the schaarbeekse cherries as well as the sweetened version. The mouthfeel is still as soft and sparkling, and I still regard this version as ultra-superb, just a tad less wonderful than the sweetened one. (10/5/9/5/17)
reakt (948) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2010 Draught @ WSF. Blood red with no head. Faint aroma of cherries and hay, a tad medicinal. Tastes much like biting into a black cherry, strong and slightly bitter. Good but I prefer the Oude Kriek (6,5,8,3,17)
Fresh from the barrel @ 3 Font, poured by the man himself. Deep red with a thin ring of short lived bubbles clinging to the outside of the glass. Nose was soooo cherry but Armand explained this was made from Polish cherries and if they had been Scharbeekse it would have been 10 times more intense. Flavor was simply cherries in a glass with a little wood and lambic funk. Nothing over the top, neither too acidic nor bland, just clean and refreshing. Heaven in a glass...
shoulderbroken (1145) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Beautiful rich red/pinky purple colour with a massive pink frothy head of tiny bubbles which disappears slowly. Aroma is big cherries, bit of lavender slightly funkiness and a bit sweet too. Taste is slight cherry sourness initially and then mellowing into big fruitiness. Low carbonation but tingly on the tongue. Light bodied but very drinkable. This is a very special beer.
traPISSED (91) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 1, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glass at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. This was fantastic!! Bright cloudy ruby colour with a pink 2 finger head that stayed around even though the beer was essentially flat. I must admit that I love the lack of carbonation as it gives this beer a wonderfully smooth creamy texture. There was lots and lots of funk here along with the smokey cherry stones. The flavour was almonds and cherries that were very fresh. Great beer
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drie Fonteinen has in fact two different versions. One sweetened and only available on tap at the restaurant at the brewery. And one unsweetened also available in a bottle. This rating is the unsweetened one on tap at the brewery! Light tart and oak, cherry aroma. Red/pink colour, large pink head, lots of bubbles. Light sweet, light sour and you taste the overaged hops slightly in the background. Sour and bitter finish, long but not intense.