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3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

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

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RATINGS: 751   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Made exclusively with wild Schaerbeekse cherries.


KickInChalice's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Poured from a 2011 750 mL bottle into a tulip. There is a soft ’pop’ as the cork is released, and the pour into my glass has an energetic level of carbonation. The beer itself is a hazy dark pink rapsberry color throughout, with a few resplendent bubbles visibly rising from the bottom of glass. A gentle off-white head relaxes to a ring around the edge for most of the glass. A robust cherry aroma is not overly strong but is definitely the most noticeable aroma. At first the cherries seem sweet and creamy, but there is a slightly sharp tartness that adds a little bit of an edge. Lemony lambic notes, tannic cherry skin, and some oaky red wine notes. As it warms the farmyard funk comes through, although it is not dominant by any means. The Schaerbeekse cherries come through immediately. Once the fruit base is set, the tartness starts to build, bringing in notes of lemon and oak, and a bit of tannic vinous fruit. The lambic in the form of lactic acidity and the sweet cherries play off of each other for the majority of the sip. Just a bit of Bretty funk adds a background complexity. There is a mineral note in the finish. As compared to some other fruit lambics, this has a somewhat richer body and creamier nature. The carbonation is smooth and gentle as opposed to crisp, which makes it feel undercarbonated at times. In reality, it is simply more of a subtle carbonation to go along with its subtle flavor. Even though it is tart and sour, I do not sense that it is overly acidic. I enjoyed drinking this Kriek for sure. My fruit lambic preference goes to Cantillon, but this is a serious lambic.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (485) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle ’11 - pours dark deep red. Lots of sour cherries smells plus lemon zest, grassy. Cherries are slightly faded but nice lemon tartness.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermaris (52) - - MAY 2, 2015
Great strong aroma. Veryvsour, hoeever aftertaste a bit mildrr. Rich palete. To sour, however a very good beer

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alusmamuts (836) - LATVIA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle if 2010. Red hazy with small pink head. Excellent cherry aroma. Sour, for the first feeling too sour, cherry taste, but an excellent long lasting cherry aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (770) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a clear ruby red color with a pinkish head. Aroma is dry, big sour cherry. Same in the flavor. huge sour that lingers into the finish. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Svesse (6844) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2015
(Bottle) Clear red colour with frothy, pinkish white head. Fruity, sourish nose with red fruit, cherries, almonds, citrus, aromas of barnyard and stable. Fruity, tart taste with notes of sour cherries, red fruit, almonds, pink grapefruit, sour grapes, cellar, a touch of rhubarb and a fresh, dry tart finish with a slight tannin sourness. Medium body, bone dry. Very fresh and tasty with a lovely sourness. The kriek against which all others are measured. Lovely stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (4971) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
Bottle at Chriso easter tasting. Many thanks to Bruce for this one. Deep purple pink / orange coloured pour with a fine head. Aroma is tart raspberry sharp fruity, Musty. Flavour is composed of sharp raspeberry, cherry, sharp, Palate is crisp sharp, tart fruit, uber dry, crisp, tart fruit. I like this.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPagan5 (101) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Dark red garnet hazy pour, bread day vyeast show through big cherry aroma and flavor. Lively carbonation brings out all the mentioned above. Great cherry crisp tart finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3107) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle, shared at Rose Red. Pours a clear dark pinkish beer with a medium sized, light pink head. Aroma of cherries, Brett, red fruits and a typical 3 Fonteinen touch. Flavor is very tarty, a lot of fruits, bit of wood and it has a very dry mouthfeel and finish. Nice stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - DEC 25, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (1864) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2014
shared 2010 bottle with a friend at moeder lambic. poured a hazy dark red colour with a nice pink-ish head. sour cherries, tart, citrus, horse blanket, red wine notice, real tart bomb! boy this was lovely! i wanted to try this one for a long time! and it was even better as i was expecting! amazing!


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