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

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2005
(RBESG05, 750ml bottle) Pink head atop a red-pink body. Aroma is mild sweet, tart/sour cherry. Taste is mild sweet, cherry, tart, sour, with just enough sweetness to offset the sourness. Light body with light acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4353) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle bought and kindly shared by Kook at Plan B during RBESG 05 pub crawl. Bright red, with a good pink head. Tart aroma of shifting sour cherry. Super sour initially, then even more on the finish. Cherry flavour is not massive in my opinion, overtaken by a very fizzy, sourness. Very long finish. Excellent Lambic, but I think I prefer DF’s standard Kriek.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Great looking red beer with a bubbly pink head. Aroma is tart cherries, sponge, cinnamon and wood. Taste is both tart and sweet, acidic and sour cherries. This is as good of a Belgian beer that Ive ever had. Remarkable. Thanks Clark for sharing this rare gem.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (6459) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2005
Bottle, at Plan B, Copenhagen. Beautiful red colour, pink head. Delightful cherry aroma. Sour cherry flavour on a funky background. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Undefined (46) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2005
Very red color, almost thick, cherries, wood and acid in large amounts, just one of the best beers i have tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (25643) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClarkVV (5538) - 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 it’s 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 I’m 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 don’t 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

   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.

   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 Deliah’s 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.

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