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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Thanks to Eyedrinkale for sharing this.

Poured dark effervescent pink with a light pink head. Aroma is sweet and tart cherries wrapped in a blanket of lambic funk. Very tart wild cherry flavor with sour blanket goodness; wild, earthy, woody. As Mike so eloquently put it, like eating a wild sour cherry with the stem still attached. Intriguing and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
Cloudy cranberry red body with a ring of white lace. Excellent aroma of sour cherries with a dose of funk. Excellent funky flavor of sour cherries with a lot of dust and cobwebs. The palate is light and dusty, the carbonation is soft. Excellent, Drei Fonteinen’s Oude Kriek is very good but not excellent, this one however is amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Opened at the Logan ratebeer gathering during the 2005 GABF, bottle sent to me by my Summer Santa, thanks for allowing me to share:

Rose hued with a light fizzy pink head. The aroma has notes of cherry, light brett and funky yeast esters, iron and minerals, and a touch of oak. The taste has a brisk cherry flavor with supporting barnyard brett character but not nearly the sour beer of a Cantillion. Some undertones of vanilla and oak as well as a splash of herbal bitterness. The feel is quite light and lively, very refreshing. I love it, a more approchable high quality Kriek. Can’t wait for another bottle to arrive this month in trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (10913) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 16, 2005
2005 vintage, thanks to Per - opaque dark redish colour with absolutely no foam; deep aroma of black cherries with notes of vinegar and haye; oily with a good malt body; a robust acidity appears before a long and moderately dry aftertaste of cherries and rhubarb - a little lack of complexitiy prevents this beer to be relly great

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 Vintage 2003. Apparence irréprochable, brouillée et mi-opaque, belle couleur rosée allant vers le rouge. Mousse tachetée de rose persiste éternellement à recouvrir le fin liquide. Arômes moyennement tartrique, sauvage et citronné mettant en vedette la pureté du fruit. Moyennement tartrique en bouche, acidité limitée, cerises sûres sont toujours dans la mire et entourées de jeune cuir, de notes boisées et citronnées. La finale est sèche et les saveurs nous quittent rapidement. Texture soyeuse et veloutée, fine carbonatation.

Une version 2004 s’avère légèrement moins complexe à l’année précédente et dont la carbonatation est excessivement piquante, volant ainsi les nuances des saveurs. Est-ce que le temps arrangera les choses ?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Ruby red. Dense rose-hued pad of foam. Airy phenols, cherry stones, straw, and cedar aromatics. Delicately bretty, irony, and musty. Fluffy and airy on the palate. Fresh, jammy cherries are balanced by an oak and brett-induced briskness. Sharp but relatively understated acidity. Leather and scratchy mineral textures trigger a faint medicinal twinge. Finishes oaky dry, chalky, and rustically interwoven with herbs and straw flavored malt as cherry stones contribute more sound firmness. Not terribly complex, but a wonderfully pure Kriek.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2005
2003 vintage sampled at Logan’s RateBeer tasting. Major thanks to BBB63. Hazy, dull cherry body and an effervescent white head with a subtle pink tone. Aroma of musty sour cherries, horse blanket and faded leather. Acidity is high but not sharp or overpowering and balanced by some low to medium bitterness. This is an outstanding, quenching, wild, and pleasing kriek and another stunner from Drie Fonteinen. Easily my favorite fruit lambic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Poured a hazy, red color with a small, off white / pink head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart cherry, light sweetness, barnyard, and vanilla. Taste was balanced nicely, cherries, leather, some nice tartness, lots of vanilla oak, and finishing acidic. Sweet cherries balanced out the crisp sourness, I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2677) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2005
(75 cl bottle 5% ABV) Red colour, no head. Juicy cherry aroma. Very little carbonation. Clean, sourish cherry flavour. Cherry stone bitter finish. Well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
Pours red with a pink head. Strong jerry aroma dominates. Flavour is a wonderful balance of sweet sugar and incredibly juicy cherries. Lovely berrie notes too. So juicy and tart, yet clean in flavour. Wonderful!

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