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

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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Made exclusively with wild Schaerbeekse cherries.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
afrantzell (39) - The Court of the Crimson King, California, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Mfielden on BA says that no beer is perfect, that they approach perfection asymptotically. Apparently he has never had Schaerbeekse Kriek.

At first there isnít much to it - cherries, wood, cherry pits, lactic acid, and musk. But it fills the mouth without being heavy. Itís fruit forward but not sweet. It is in fact perfectly balanced.

I bought multiple bottles to confirm. Each expressed the same delicate funk, the same full figured fruit, the same balance. One last bottle awaits me in the cellar, but it wonít wait long. Who would have thought perfection would be pink.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2004
Bottle. This is the real deal. My favourite fruit lambic to date. I still have the taste in my mouth, even after 3 weeks since trying it. This is sour as usual, but more balanced than most. Subtle juicy, cherry sweetness, i can taste some fleshy cherry in here, but its not sweet, very dry. Of course theirs the standard earthy cheesy barnyardy aromas, flavours, but this just seemed to have something else, but iím really not sure what it was. This beer is so juicy, puckering, but not overly so, like so many lambic beers can be. Really amazing. Perfect mouthfeel, just the right dose of refreshing sourness.

4.9
   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.

4.9
   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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Thanks to Logan for sharing this one! It pours a beautiful red with a pink head and lacing. The nose is of sweet cherries, cinnamon, wood and earth notes. The flavor is a very balanced marriage of sweet cherry, acidity, wood, and earth. One of the most well balanced and refreshing beers I have ever had. Spot on! Iím very happy I was able to enjoy it with a group of friends new and old! Thanks again Logan!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle. Well.. kriek just doesnít get much better than this. Thereís a cartload of funk to pair with the amazing cherries in this beer. To me, this epitomizes kriek. Tastes just like the countryside. Brilliant.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - APR 15, 2011
Bottled April 28, 2010. Tasted April 15, 2011. Wonderful aroma that means only one thing... LAMBIC! Casual aromas that waft up from the glass are wonderful fruity cherry vapors. When you smell deeply thought, the lambic aroma hits you in and teleports you right to Beersel. I drift between the aromas of chewy cherry and wonderfully sour lambic. I almost hate the fact I have to stop smelling it to actually drink it. Almost... Murky red brown color with a head that disappeared long before I was done smelling it. Smooooooooth... Wow! Almost nothing up front. Then the sourness creeps up on you. Then the cherry arrives at the party. Clean and dry. No puckering, no bitterness, no astringency, just pure lambic loveliness that is almost understated. The cherry is very subtle, unlike the syrup infused krieks. I will have to drink it sooner the next time it is available to enjoy more cherry flavor. Still, this is not a brute of a lambic like some others, it is very refined and subdued instead of in-your-face. I really wish I was drinking this in Beersel at some cafe. Make no mistake, I enjoy those in-your-face, Iím a real lambic and Iím going to kick your ass with my lambicness, kind of lambics, but this one is gentle and easy drinking. I just wish it had a touch more cherry flavor. But wtf, Armand Debelder is the master so Iím going to bow to his mastery and say this is perfectly balanced. Which of course it is.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
_angst_ (2583) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2011
Sampled @ SBWF on September 29. Pours deep red with a small white head. Smell is sour with cherries and some complex yeasty notes. Taste is very sour with a subtle bitterness and tartness and is incredibly complex. Thereís some vinegar and lots of sour cherries. Iíve had this several times now and Iím pretty sure this is the perfect beer!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JorisPPattyn (7808) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2003
Ultra-superb indescribable deep red colour; good dense pink head. There is also an ultra-flunky deposit at the end. Concentrated cherry aroma, full as nothing else but the bursting of a fresh, ripe sour cherry in one's teeth. Superb-tart taste, concentrated full-cherry flavour, neither sweet, neither outspoken acidity. There is a lambic underbuild, but is definitely subjugated to the all-conquering fruit flavours. All the above doesn't prevent it from a quite vicious acid-burn. Full fruity mouthfeel. Armand wanted this to be a flash from the past - and that's what it is. Now that real Schaarbeekse (in fact, virtually wild) krieken are getting rare and not commercially available anymore, he proved that if one really wants, one can make true tradition alive once more.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2003
Bottled at SBF 2003. Dark pinot noir red colour. Hazy. Spicy aroma with acidic spicy cherry tones. Acicid flavor with spices, cinnamon and olives. Acicid finish. This is a top ten beer. The balance between the spicy wild grown Scharbeek cherries and the acidic lambic of Armand Denbelder is prefect. This is as close to a fine pinot noir you get by using cherries and beer. You would think that the difference between the regularly used Slovenian sour cherries and the original Scharbeek ones shouldnīt be that big, but itīs huge. Armand for this got hold of 900 kg of cherries. This one is rare. If you see it, buy it.


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