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Brewed by 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 741   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Made exclusively with wild Schaerbeekse cherries.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy red coloured with a pink head. Acidic aroma of barnyard, wood and fruits. Acidic flavour with lots of fruits and wood.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 2004 bottle shared with Eyedrinkale on 8/5/2005. Thanks so much for the bottle Jacob, this kicked ass!
Pours the most lovely of cherry reds, with some strawberry-yellowish notes on the edges. Resembles a ripening sour cherry quite nicely, with the yellow to orange to red colors. Mountains of head rise up and is well-retained. Foamy and pinkish-white, with plenty of lacing as it recedes. Needless to say, it is unfiltered. The aroma promises good things to come, with a delicious light acid and tart cherry juice combination, backed by hints of dry vanilla and cask wood. The cherries are rich, yet dry and tart. And then the flavor. . .Oh good lord, this is something else!! As much as I appreciate and love Cantillon kriek, I think this one just took over my number one spot for favorite fruit lambic. An easy 10 for flavor, for me, as it is just perfectly balanced between pure, fresh, real tart cherries, dry and puckering, and a wonderful light malt that adds the perfect amount of balance, in sort of a honey and vanilla creme sort of way. The tartness is strong, but not quite as puckering as an old Cantillon kriek. Granted, these are very different beers, so itís not really right to compare them. But wow, such fresh, boisterous cherry flavors with light funky-cheesy barnyard flavors. I really like the use of these young, sour cherries versus a more black/sweeter cherry. Such an exquisite balance between sweet and tart, sour and drinkable. If I had access to more of these bottles, I fear I wouldnt be drinking much else as a session beer.
This is one lambic Iím glad I have drank young, I couldnt bare to see any of this magnificent cherry flavor recede with age. Wow, cheers to Mr. Debelder. If the 3F Framboos is better than this then god help me when I try that one. So this is why Joris likes 3F so much. . . .
2003 bottle at GABF party. A darker, more tannic and almost sweeter smelling beer. Funkier and with more cherry pulp smell and less bright, tart cherry juice. The flavor was significantly less bright and tart than the 2004 bottle. I mistook it for just the plain kriek version. Still a wonderful beer, and I donít imagine there to be any significant difference in quality, I just think this beer is best drunk as young as possible to capture the boisterous, tart, fresh cherry acids.
2005 bottle The odd things about this one is that it, when fresh was EXTREMELY tart, pungent, sour, acidic. I daresay, almost too much so? Just a bit overdone, I guess and without the dainty, delicate brightness of the 2004 batch. So, hoping that it would meld in to what the 2004 became after a year (near-perfect), I tried it again on 8/27/06 thanks to Tiggmtl. Wow. Almost slightly chalky, very weak sourness. The fruit has really gone South. Seems like a lot of the wheat smoothness shows through. No real flaws, just WAY too reserved. Just sort of there, unfortunately. Hopefully that was just an off bottle. Will try it again soon, no doubt. 8/5/7/4/15

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2005
Opaquedark red colour, small pink bubbly foam. Fresh, elegant, fruity and complex aroma of mature cherries, vanilla, wood and red currant. Fruity, fat and well-balanced flavour of black cherries, , wood, gooseberries and yoghurt. Long fruity and natural aftertaste of black cherries. One of the best Krieks around.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2005
2005 Lambic Festival at Deliahís Chicago (sample of a 2003, 750 mL bottle): Fuzzy, muddy raspberry colored with a consistent pink head. Musty, almost dirty aroma with only the faintest hint of fruit. Outrageous combination of flavours, an internal struggle between barnyard manure and roasted black cherry skins. Nicely carbonated and curiously interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle - This was my 600th rating and at the same time a bottle in honour of my Master of Science thesis, that I just finished the day I drunk this one.
It has a clear, red body, with a pink, rocky/frothy head that diminishes mostly. It has a good lace. Nose of sour cherries and a quite dry white wine. Medium acidic, lightly sweet initial flavour. Moderately sour finish. A lovely flavour, fine well-balanced. But maybe needs some more ageing, because it tasted quite fresh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Opaque, hazy purple with a big, pink head. Cheesy, slightly fruity aroma of tart cherries, wine grapes, leather, blue cheese, wet hay and some distinct brettanomyces. The body is a bit thin, but the spritzy carbonation help the flavors move along. More cherry in the flavor than the nose and the cheese drops out some, but this is probably a bit sweet. Tasty and enjoy, a true treat.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Bottle 05/04/04 thanks to Richlikebeer. The big thing I got from this was cheese, nose and taste. But, that said, as it warmed I found vague hints of cherry. A very different Brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2005
very sexy dark pink color, pink foamy head. sour tart cheesey aroma. a little musty too. very high carbonation. tangy & tart flavor. not much fruit, which was what I was hoping for. acidic and sour, dry finish. Iíve never had a Schaarbeekse cherry, but I wanted the cherry to be stronger. big thanks to Richlikebeer for getting this from my favorite country - Belgium!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Bottle 05/04/04 thanks to Richlikebeer. Cloudy dark pink color with a light pink head. Never understood when people say a beer smells like cheese, now I know. Aroma was musty cheese and sour fruit. Did not detect cherries in the aroma. Flavor was very faint sour cherry, more cheese and some oak. Very dry finish. Good, but I liked their Oude Gueuze much better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
bottle courtesy of BierKonig, shared at the Jimmack Invitational...a cloudy pink and effervescent body with a large amount of fizzy white head. aroma is cherries as expected, but also rather thick with sourness and cheese tones.flavor was very bitter, with the cherries actually being rather muted, in a sweet/sout kind of way. finish is very dry, almost making me more thirsty, and the sourness keeps coming. i would have liked a little more cherry flavor or other sweetness to balance this a little more.


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