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Scarenbecca Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
86
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 17.4%


Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek sour cherries.

(Beer added by: aerozeppl on 12-19-2010)
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with a dark red body that is almost purple until held to the light and the thinnest ring around the edge that shows there is a slight amount of carbonation present.

Cherry, lemon, oak, and funky musty yeast. A little cherry pie like.

Plenty of tartness and cherry flavor to make me happy. Slight mustiness.

No perceivable carbonation on the tongue. Ends dry.

Worth a try if you love lambic based beers even though it carries a hefty price tag.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 17:19:07 | More by MattSweatshirt
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

at 27 bucks a bottle, small bottle, this has better be as good as it is right? right. fortunately, it is. one of the most interesting cherry beers ive had, thanks to claystation for this purchase and share. dark pink in color, not too clear, with zero head, the beer appears still like much of the stuff from hanssens does. incredible nose here, layers of funk far beyond lactic lambic sourness, although that is definitely there in robust proportion. i also get a mustiness, a basement dankness, a peculiar old man funk, its long lasting, mouth watering, and covering the whole range of my senses. the cherries give some pucker, but hardly a lick of sweetness to the smell, while the yeasty weirdness carries the beat. the flavor is much the same, but unlike most krieks or lambics generally, this one isnt concentrated to the front of my tongue. it covers the whole of my palate, dry, tart, cherry heavy, and tickling, without any carbonation at all. a thin body lets the flavors do the work, and the cherry is so different, not sweet or floral, but tart and acidic, i love it. drinks a bit slow with all the sourness and complexity, but its not nearly as acidic and the nose lets on. a world class example of the kriek style, but not a beer i could ever really afford to buy. an amazing glass though, very special beer. if fruited sours are your go, find this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 16:30:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

bottle thanks to Tim at beer study. snifter.

pours a dark murky red with a slight head. lots of cherries on the nose. slight sourness. taste is very tart and tastes like cherry pie . slightly sour...its tart jammy cherry pie. mild bodied with mild carbonation.

overall recommended, but pricy.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 18:45:34 | More by Axnjxn
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby color in Cantillon wine glass. Absolutely still.

Smell is acidic with lots of fruit character.

Taste is tangy cherry. Not as puckeringly sour as others in this style. Good fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly.

Overall this was a nice example of the style. Not overpoweringly sour and lots of cherry flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 01:06:16 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml. No bottled on date. Served in a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright ruby red color with no head. Completely still. Body is hazy.

Smell: Cherry, oak, some light sour funk.

Taste: Same s the aroma. Sour pie cherries, oak, musty funk, and hay. Overall funk is character is pretty mild.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied. Slick mouthfeel. Zero carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: This was a bit of a disappointment. It's lacking in the funk department, which by itself isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the beer lacks the intense fruit character I was hoping would fill that void. With that said, it's still a good beer, but definitely not worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 01:38:57 | More by Jonada
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into wine glass. No pop to the cork...ruby red color..no head.
Really amazing tart super cherry aroma...smells so funky
Perfectly tart and sour cherry flavor..although a bit over sweet and almost artificial cherry but still amazing. Its an amazing brew overall. Not quite as good as cantillon kriek but still nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 04:54:38 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Amalak

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. It is red, basically opaque, there's a bit of lit that comes through, but so limited. There isn't much of a head or lacing.

S. The scent is very, very strong...almost B.O. Cherry and some of a malt.

T/M. It is very sharp. There's a cherry taste that is intense. It is extremely crisp and carbonated. It is strong. High alcohol.

O. For what it is, it is very solid. For the style, it gives me what they advertise. It is extremely expensive ($18 for a 375 ml bottle; I've seen for 30-40 at a bar) so you have to want it. But it is tasty and is high quality. Kriek isn't a style I like, as cherry is a terrible taste, but this is done quite well.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 04:50:30 | More by Amalak
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Bo for opening this one.

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with no head or lacing whatsoever.

S: Nice aromas of cherry and raspberry, a bit of sourness and some funk/barnyard aroma.

T: Quite tasty with heavy fruit flavors. They cherry dominates, but there is a bit of raspberry and stone fruit underneath. The funk is a bit more present as well, mustier than the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but sort of on the thick side of medium bodied.

O: It was good, but not worth the hefty price tag slapped on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 15:43:12 | More by mdaschaf
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle that my cousin scored for $11 which is surely a misprice. Blood red color and no head whatsoever. Aroma is thick cherries. Flavor is solid cherries both sour cherries and a cherry pie flavor. Oddly no funk and almost no tartness according to my tongue. Overall a very fruity kriek but this is no better than a regular hanssens kriek with polish cherries and I didn't really pickup any cinnamon notes that supposedly come along with the schaerbeekse cherries. This beer is certainly not worth the normal $23 price tag and frankly isn't worth half the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 21:10:10 | More by ArrogantB
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep red color lambic with a small bubbly head with no retention or lacing. Aroma of tart notes of cherry with loads of barnyard notes. Taste is also dominated by tart notes of cherries though not as much sour notes or acidity as I was expecting. There is quite a bit of barnyard notes with some funky notes. Body is full with limited filtration and almost no carbonation. Interesting though not something I would need to have on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 18:49:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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warnerry

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - No pop when the cork comes out. Yep, completely still, but a still a beautiful ruby color.

S - Cherry is definitely the dominant aroma. Both sweet cherry and some nice tart notes. There is some slight funk, but it is definitely subdued for the style, especially for Hanssens. Maybe not that complex, but I thought it smelled delicious.

T - More tart than the nose would suggest. Very tart, in fact. Also a bit more funk in the taste that the aroma. There is a small amount of sweet cherry, but sour cherry definitely steals the show. Quite tasty and refreshing.

M - Completely flat, but pretty smooth and quite dry.

O - Despite the lack of carbonation, I thought this was very tasty, even more so than the regular Hanssens Kriek. Luckily for me, both the cashier and I were naive as to what this was supposed to cost, so I got it for the same price as a regular Hanssens offering. I don't know that I would pay the regular price for this, but it was pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 23:02:02 | More by warnerry
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at WLV Liquors and poured into Narke tulips (one for me, one for the fiance).

A - Pours ruby red, flat, ultra-thin collar.

S - Tart/sour cherries right up front, barnyard, maybe a touch of sweetness from the cherries, pretty sharp tartness. Has some complexity, actually more then I thought it would have.

T - Similar to the nose, perhaps a bit more one-dimensional. Tart/sour cherries, oak, barn, funk, vinegar, cherry skins dipped in balsamic. No real sweetness like I picked up in the nose, just lots of cherries notes and funk. Finish is all cherries with a tart kick.

M - Light body, no carbonation, dry puckering finish.

O - Good, nothing crazy here and (I don't normally say this) for the price, a bit too expensive. I would rather have Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek for $10 (or so) more with double the beer. I wouldn't probably buy this again, based on price alone, but I would have it again if offered up by someone else.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 02:43:34 | More by Sean9689
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle. No date indicated.

Absolutely beautiful bright red color. Little pink head that dissipates to the rim of the glass. Slightly hazed beer. Head laces glass on every sip.

Smells of raw wood and tart cherries. Mixed with piercing wild yeast character. Vinegar in the smell but it really doesn't bother me. Very enticing.

I honestly didn't know what to think about this beer at first. My palate took several sips to adjust to the flavors.

Intense tart cherries and oak. Slightly sweet tasting, but still maintaining desired dry mouthfeel. Very mildly carbonation. Wood barrel flavor is blended in perfectly. Tame presence of wheat left over. Tartness is puckering but not scorching or unpleasant. Leaves a wonderful cherry essence and coating of tannin after the sip. Wild yeast and bacteria flavors are chameleon like and change as I sip on.

Amazingly balanced. I enjoyed every sip. Everyone enjoyed every sip and desired more. Super good lambic.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 22:04:41 | More by mlazzaro
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Big thanks to daysinthewake for the assist. Served in a Hanssens "Gueuze-Kriek" tumbler.

Pours a bright, bright nearly blood red with a very short fizzy pink head that goes away almost immediately, hinting that this isn't going to have much carbonation.

The nose has some heavy cherry with cherry acidity and light earth. Touch of cherry pit. The flavor comes through stronger and brings a nice acidity that isn't way, way, way over the top like many of the other Hanssens beers that I've had. Behind the cherry and acidity is a bit of earth and very mild funk.

Body is light-medium with very low carbonation. Acidity is moderate and comparable to other authentic krieks, which is a warm welcome from Hanssens.

Overall, a pleasantly surprising beer that I plan to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:01:45 | More by Thorpe429
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – A pleasing dark ruby red color, but surprisingly flat. No pop when I opened the cork, no head, and no lacing.

Smell – Sour cherries, with a stinky, funk.

Taste –Taste was ok; sour cherries and a hint of vinegar.

Mouthfeel – Flat, dry, with a sour bite. Funky sour aftertaste.

Drinkability – A bit flat for my liking. The cherry flavor wasn't my favorite from a lambic. And it was a touch more sour than I like.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 07:41:05 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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srandycarter

California

3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I usually break down all the components separately, but this one is so disappointing. Expensive little bottle. Opened it up and and was worried - no pop. Yep, flat as a pancake. The color is fairly appealing - cooked cherries. Smell is a little sharp with some funk in there. Taste is down right watery, with the promise of something good buried in there somewhere. Overall, it's not worth even finishing.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 07:06:14 | More by srandycarter
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

375mL bottle to stemless wine glass. $24 for the single. Sampled on 8/13/11.

A: The body is a dark shade of ruby with hints of a red. The color is beautiful and seductive, but that's the only thing going for it, at least from an appearance standpoint. No head, no lacing, no carbonation - this beer couldn't appear any more lifeless.

S: The cherry and oak aromas are satiating. Lightly vinous, lightly tannic. Cherry PEZ. Sourness is evident from the moment the cork is lifted.

T: One dimensional cherry flavor. As expected, a little sweet and a lot sour. Lightly acidic.

M: Medium to light body. Slick texture and zero carbonation. If given the right amount of effervescence, this beer could turn around quick, especially the bubbles elevated the flavors.

O: Just a bad investment. There's no other way to put it. Sure, there is a redeeming qualities to be had, but for the price [ESPECIALLY!] the consumer is owed a much better experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 15:58:20 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, glimmering ruby with virtually no head.

S: Aromas of tart cherries, must, balsamic vinegar, and barnyard funk fill the nose. This ale's scent is powerful, but not quite as complex as some lambics I've tried.

T: Notes of tart cherries, pomegranate, balsamic vinegar, must, barnyard funk, sea salt, and pickle brine wash across the palate. The finish is long, funky, and sour with cherry, vinegar, and barnyard notes.

M: Medium-to-full in body, very dry, and very firm. Carbonation is subtle, but present.

O: This is an excellent oude kriek that should be sharp and funky enough even for the most hardcore fan of sour ales. It is hands down one of the best Belgian lambics I've had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 17:16:07 | More by mrfrancis
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark maroon in color and poured with no head.
S: There are very musty aromas in the nose along with strong smells of sour cherries.
T: Like the smell, strong flavors of sour cherries dominate the taste, which is very tart and has little if any acidity.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a slight amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very well balanced for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:37:16 | More by metter98
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skibum69

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this at the Beer Stein in Portland, my first experience with Hanssen product. I read some reviews here so knew what to expect.

The colour was a deep slightly cloudy red, there was zero head as expected and only the sound of the cork coming out of the bottle.

The smell definitely gave me some barnyard funk with a more subdued cherry aroma

The taste to me was definitely sour cherry with some funk but I found the metallic almost copper taste was almost overpowering the sour cherries. The tartness was satisfying as it turned on the saliva glands on the way by.

The mouth feel was very light, almost like water with virtually no viscosity and was slightly disappointing.

Overall I was hoping for something more at the $23 price point, but it won't turn me away from trying anything else I see from Hanssens

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:39:21 | More by skibum69
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml shared with shadowane.

Pours a very dark cherry color with dark plum hues. Still with no head or lacing.

Sweet, funky aroma with lots of barnyard, horsey notes and sweet dark cherries. Slightly acetic with musty funk and vinous dark fruit. The fruit presence is strong with a ton of cherries.  So much so, I could even smell the pit of the fruit.

Tart and vinous with a very dry, puckering mouthfeel that has very little acidity. Nice and sour without being harsh with tons of earthy funk and vinous fruit.  More funky than anything with earthy hints of hay balanced by sweet dark fruit. Nice cherry flavor but not overly sweet.  Well balanced with elements of sweet, tart, dryness and funk. Lingering vinegar-y finish leaves me thirsting for more.  

Overall this was pretty good with lots of funk and sweet cherry flavor but it's a little thinner bodied than I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 07:07:00 | More by corby112
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ehammond1


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Dark ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.

Wonderful aroma consisting of bright, vibrant, fresh cherries and lots of stinging sourness.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, with the vibrant, tart cherry and sourness dominating the palette, though this beer has one of the driest finishes I've ever experienced.

Medium mouthful with high carbonation.

A delicious kriek. I would love to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:40:15 | More by ehammond1
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby red pour with no head, absolutely no head. Really reminds me of a deep red wine the way it pours.

S: Huge notes of tart cherries are balanced by tartness, acidity, and barnyard funk. The smell is deep and complex, but balanced well.

T: The taste is almost like drinking the juice from the jar of tart cherries. It is so fruity and delicious. Heavily sour to make up for the fruit taste. The first sip give you a big smack in the face with sour.

MF: It is really flat. From the cork literally just pulling out of the bottle, to the lack of bubbles and had on the pour, to the taste. A bit thin and lacking in this area, my only knock.

O: This was delicious, balanced, complex, and interesting. Really glad I splurged for it and picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 18:07:40 | More by russwbeck
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a stemmed drie fonteinen glass

pours a deep ruby red. quite dark with hints of pink in the light. no head what so ever.

deep ripe fresh cherry. very light dry oak. not very complex but very nice cherry.

again, deep ripe cherry. very fresh tasting. barely sour up front with only a light sourness through the finish on the back of the tongue. very soft oak.

dead flat over all. it takes away from the flavor IMO.

good overall but NOT worth the $20 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:48:00 | More by hooliganlife
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a tasting glass at Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst. At $8 for 5oz, I think it's actually slightly cheaper than buying a bottle. Cool.

A: Still maroon liquid. No carbonation at all. Pretty boring, but I was expecting it.

S: Fantastic aroma of juicy sour cherries, oak, and clean grassy funk. Intense and terrific, with the fruit dominating without completely precluding complexity.

T: Follows the nose: ripe, sour cherries and bright, refreshingly clean funk. Delicious.

M: Still, smooth, fairly thick body. Sticky and chewy, which is a bit overbearing but does a decent job highlighting the major fruitiness. Not bad for being entirely uncarbonated.

O: This was a delicious beer, but be warned: the cherries are the star of the show, and if you're looking for the serious sourness and funk that Hanssens usually delivers then you'll be left disappointed. It's also rather overpriced; I'm glad I got to try a sample.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:12:14 | More by woosterbill
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Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
86 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.