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1vertical:
In Belgium, they utilize a specific cherry variety for additions to the Kriek style beers.
Since I have no hope of obtaining any of this particular variety,
What is available in the US, that approximates this cherry closely?
Oregon fruit puree?
Michigan Sour Pie cherries?

gail:
I've heard Balaton cherries are a close approximation.  A web search will turn up sources; Ken Schramm reports on one farm in Michigan near Traverse City that will ship them:  http://www.michiganbalatoncherries.com/ordering.htm
Combining Balatons and North Star reportedly gives a very good color and flavor.  In my experience, Montmorency cherries make great pie but are not great by themselves when fermented (need to be mixed with a darker, sweeter cherry in my opinion).

Gail

dbeechum:
I assume you're talking Schaarbeek Cherries. Sadly, they don't even grow enough of those in Belgium anymore and its a rare Kriek that uses them exclusively.

uthristy:
Good stuff if you can find some  ;)

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/3-fonteinen-schaerbeekse-kriek/24383/
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2216/17647

dbeechum:
And that's the precise one I wass thinking about. Beautiful beer.

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