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


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RATINGS: 782   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Schaarbeekse Kriek follows the same process of Oude Kriek. This Kriek is made exclusively with hand-picked local wild Schaarbeekse sour cherries.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sten (742) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2006
A beautiful dark-red coloured beer with almost no head. The aroma is just fantastic, the perfect balanced aroma. Very acidic but overwhelming good, almost perfection. The flavour is also good balanced and sour. A really good beer. The only down side is that it is quite expensive. (Corked bottle 75cl 5% alcohol in my version.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6379) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - my bottle. Im not certain of the vintage - I suspect 2005 or 2004. Poured slightly hazy ruby with a small white head. Funky, earthy, yeasty aroma with nice fresh tart cherry. Taste - the same, even more sour cherry, truly lovely - I dont do this justice, its funky, yeasty, the usual lambic terms that make non-fans shake their heads - simply put, very very nice. Thick, acidic mouthfeel, just simply wonderful, no matter the upset stomach Id have the next day, Id drink a whole one myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immerseel (1) - Oegstgeest, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2006 does not count
What I dont understand is that in only a few ratings the age of the Schaerbeekse kriek is mentioned. My rating is about the 2003 one. When it was still young (in 2003) it was typical geuze, with the taste and smell of soil and barn. Deep inside you could taste and smell the the dry and sour cherrymeat combined with the wood of the stone of the cherry. during 2004 and 2005 the smell and taste of the cherry was evolving into more smooth and more or less overruling the smell and taste of the soil and barn. And now in 2006 it has become a real smooth beer wich even geuze haters will finish a glass from. It has not lost its typical barn and soil smell, nor its acidic taste and cherry stone components, but the smell and tast of the poor cherrys have changed into a smooth wrapping of the typical geuze components. I still have a dozen of the 2003 to age or to trade, and a lot of the 2004 that will have to wait for a rating until next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5881) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2006
This bottled brew from Indianapolis, IN poured a small sized head of foamy mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a hazy purple colored body and no visible carbonation. The aroma was very strong of cherries. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish and had a strong cherry aftertaste. The bubbly tingly cherry flavor was very unidimensional all cherry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2006
tasted this for the first time following a sad sampling of new glarus belgian red... were talking day and night here! schaerbeekse is as delicious as glarus is a glaring mistake in belgian-style brewing. with the cherry firmly in the back of the brew, the tartness comes through bold but not too in-the-face that gets the tasebuds watering in a most pleasant manor. my two belgian friends who tried this with me and had never heard of it back home were impressed as well, in spite of the fact that its not their prefered style. a well-earned 99 rating to be sure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Opaque cherry-red, no head. Cherries, some spices (nice!) and minerals. The cherries do not completely take over the taste as in so many other Krieks. The acidity level is high enough to create a pleasant tartness but not so high that we make funny faces. A very good beer from a style Im not very found of. How high would I allow myself to rate a very good romantic comedy staring Meg Ryan 4 out of 5 at most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2006
Bottle. Red brownish in colour with a pink head. Big taste. Cherries and also a bit oaky and earthy. Maybe a weak hint of vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 Bottle. Pours a very dark red-brown body with a pinkish-white head. The aroma is quite big - sweet juicy cherries, some wheat, and then small waves of brett. Really juicy and acidic cherries - some active carbonation and slightly flowery. Balanced only a little bit by some cherry sweetness. The finish is a commingling of juicy sweetness and then stretches out to be long and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9208) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2012 re-rate, 28-April-2010 bottle: strong pedio nose with touches of bile, muted cherries and medium-low oak. strong acid and strong minerals, muted tart mashed cherry pulp with an equally-strong mineral / gravel / chalk finish. immensely dry. good but not great.

750ml bottle, vintage unknown
Consumed at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation, Opstal, May 2006

Very cloudy dark red and purple hue, with a light pink and purple head. Sweaty nose, perfumy and sweaty (like BO), with a strange raw grain and spoiled cherry aroma. First taste is raw, then a bit sour and caustic, but it mellows quickly into a more creamy, pasty perfumed cream, rose and cherry flavor. Finishes better than it begins.

Resampled twice in 2007 from 750ml bottles. Much more what I was expected, much more rich fruit and cherries, lightly sweet, but still a little weird. Better this time, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3033) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Poured a nice beautiful burgundy reddish color with a very thin pink head that yielded pretty good lacing. The aroma was citrusy-tart with the barnyard aromas in there. The flavor was tart, lots of funky lambic flavors going on. Only in the after after taste did I find the cherries, as they were very subtle, not overdone. Not much sweet about this beer and the cherries were underplayed, imo.

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