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3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Beersel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 763   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Made exclusively with wild Schaerbeekse cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2006
This was what I toasted the new year with. The nose was sweet cherries and musty wood. The flavor started off with a tart cherry flavor followed up with an incredibly complex finish with some sweet lemon, must, oak, and some other funky flavors. Some serious stuff here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2755) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2006
A very quiet entrance, almost silent. The pour was still, a few large glassy bubbles, nonexistant lace. Looks dead in my glass, hazy red, Hawiian punch like in appearence. Appears dissappointing. Gotta hve some carbonation, damn it! Nose of lightly tart cherries, wet leather and some lumbery notes. Body is med/light, moderately sour, puckering and dry. Cherrys, wood and a light astringency on the palate, bone dry. All the flavors seem really bland, muddled, just laying there. Body becomes more watery as the tasting progresses. Dry, fruity finish, nicely tart though. A serious dissappointment. The base is there but i,m not sure what happened? Bad bottle? Carbonation never took? I can see theres a tastey Kriek in there, but what happened? Gotta believe the lack of carbonation killed this baby, IMHO. Bummer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle bought in Minnesota, shared with Lumpy in Texas. Lambics don’t have the punch that they did when I first discovered them a few years ago, but this was still extremely enjoyable. A slightly woody note pierces the aroma, which is otherwise simultaneously musty and fresh, with a good yeastiness. A beautiful blend of cherry and funk, not enough over the top but extremely drinkable, despite being a little thin. Hazy red/purple with very little white head. Not at all disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 20, 2006
"Poured a red color with thin head which had a pink hue to it. Aroma was citrusy and some barnyard to it. Very tart flavor. It was after you stopped drinking it that you got an after after cherries. Was good."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle shared with Nuffield. Moderately acidic tartness, light geuze sourness, light cherry. Mildly thin, but no so much so that it loses it’s lambic characteristics. Good blend of horse, barn, cherry acids, and wheat. Slight tannins from the oak. Good lingering flavors that blend together on the finish. Very well crafted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Thanks to Tim for this. Nose has cherries, bretty oak, strawberries, lemon candy, yeast. Pinkish red body, off pink head. Cherry up front with oak, funky wheat, lemon, sour citrus candy. Funky slightly cherry soda finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Bottled March 1, 2005. Dark cherry red. Small, bubbly, light pink head. Nose is sour cherries, sour yeast, light sweetness, must. Simple but very nice. First taste is sweet cherry juice, that yields quickly to tartness. The sourness is not overpowering, cherries are the focus of the flavor. Sour flavor builds as it warms. Finish and aftertaste are dry and sour. Juice like body, a bit syrupy before the finish, I’d like more carbonation. Excellent kriek.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Sampled at the Milwaukee YEHa!05 courtesy of DenverLogan: Bright transparent ruby pour has a thin, lightly pink head. Tart sour cherry aroma has some funky barnyard and cheesy complexity. Body starts with a fresh, tart cherry and cranberry flavor with a nice cheesy yeasty presence and dry puckering finish. Not overly acidic, rather very drinkable and has great flavor. Big thanks to Logan for sharing and to slob for sending me a bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Thanks for sharing, Kevin. Poured with a dark red body that had a pink head. The aroma is tart with and dry with vinegar, hay and barnyard. Any fruits are very subtle. The taste is tart with lemons and some hay. There is also some cherries and a little rich leather in the finish. A well made and accessible lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Wildly red with a cute little pink head. This is even redder than Lindemans Kriek. Cherry pit aroma. Mellow, not overly bretty or acidic aroma. Sour aroma, but not aggressively so. This is extremely drinkable. Medium tart cherry pit flavor. Nowhere near the acid burn of cantillon. Great balance of fruit flavor, but in no way sweet, actually rather dry, but still fruit forward, yet without an overly agressive acid character. Dare I say subtle?

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