Scarenbecca Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Reviews by SammyDavisJrJrJr:
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
Wow, man does this one have a price tag! But it's hard to beat these well made foreign sours, and I guess I'll pay what I have to. Into the Saison Dupont Tumbler...
A - Blood red with almost no head. Kinda low-frills actually.
S - Huge cherry aroma here, no surprise, with a nice twang of bacterial acidity. I'm not really getting a whole lot else in this aroma, but the depth of the cherry flavors really is striking: Sharp cherry acidity, deep dark fruit sweetness, I swear I can smell that slight dryness of the rind in here too.
T - The flavors mirror the aroma for the most part, only much more focus on the sharp acidity in the mouth. Dry honey-like sweetness here too. Very assertive, but I don't think I'll need a antacid... yet...
M - Very low carbonation, so an unblended lambic it is. Silky mouthfeel helps balance out the prickly feel on the tongue from the acidity.
D - I have to knock the score down a bit, due to the price, but for my money, this is every bit as great of a lambic as anything I've had from Cantillon or 3 Fonteinen. Sharp acidity and big cherry flavor, but still feel like I can taste the lambic underneath. Glad I dropped the money on this one, a great way to spend the night.
01-03-2011 05:31:03 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
06-29-2012 23:02:02 | More by warnerry
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Big thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this new beer.
The beer pours a deep red color with no discernible head. The aroma is a great mix of cherries with a little bit of tartness and funk. There are no sugary, syrupy notes in the aroma. The lambic funk goes very well with the tart cherries.
The flavor is also very nice. I get a very heavy cherry presence with a little bit of funk. Still, with a beer that is this young, the cherry notes are overwhelming, but there is still a nice amount of sourness. I don't get too much oak or barrel aged notes in the flavor. There is no sweetness in the beer, which is very dry. Very easy to drink.
Medium mouthfeel and almost completely flat. I think some carbonation would have helped the beer, but it was still very enjoyable. A nice, true Belgian lambic. Glad I got to try this one.
01-11-2011 05:54:14 | More by Mora2000
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Best Damn Sour Fest
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.
11-07-2011 02:40:15 | More by ehammond1
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a hazy dark ruby color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.
Smells of mildly dry medium malts with tart and musty cherry and currant aromas. Also present are mild amounts of vanilla and oak.
Tastes more robust than it smells. Smooth medium malts up front are joined almost immediately by moderately tart cherry and currants. Midway through hints of funk come into play before slight vanilla pushes the funk aside. Very slight oak comes in near the end, fading into a moderately tart ending. Mouthfeel is good, with soft carbonation.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It’s not as complex as Cantillon’s Schaerbeekse offerings but it’s not terribly far behind. Worth a shot even at the steep price.
08-25-2011 16:25:03 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
11-03-2012 15:43:12 | More by mdaschaf
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
09-01-2011 01:48:00 | More by hooliganlife
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured blood red with a very very minimal slight pink head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, slight sour, and slight tart. It had a light feel on the palate with no real carbonation to speak of. Overall this one might have been flat when I had it, but the flavor on it was still quite nice. In my opinion, the flavor was nicer than the aroma for sure. This one is worth trying if you are a lambic/gueze fan, but I wouldn't make this one my first of the style.
01-17-2011 16:06:34 | More by thagr81us
2.63/5 rDev -32%
This may be my craziest rating. High in appearance and in smell and low in test, mouthfeel and drinkability.
Pours a clear medium deep cranberry red with no head but very nice looking.
Nose is initially a "gray smoke" quality, almost like the smoke from putting out a fire with water, that then develops a bit of an oak barrel nose. Goes to a white bread toast with hints of fruit. Layered, complex and appealing nose.
Mouthfeel is without carbonation; has a big sour character but without any discernable fruit or style and definitely needs more acid for my taste.
Not much "character" or flavor profile but there are undertones of sour cherry. There is a citric/sour character that you want to like but it just misses and is just lacking in most elements. Not real appealing any respect and no something that is inviting to drink.
Some carbonation would have assisted this one. Just not one you want to drink. Finish is simple citric sour with no brightness.
03-05-2011 06:39:53 | More by GRG1313
4.53/5 rDev +17.1%
Blood red crimson in the glass, virtually still... other than a few larger bubbles clustered on the surface. Tiny micro carbonation rises at the edges when swirled. A "barely there" cobwebby surface skim lasts for a second, then it's gone. Looks pretty much like red wine, and for an unblended Kriek that's intentional. Bottled straight from the barrels without young lambic or priming sugar = no carbonation. On purpose.
Cherry pie and pits, balsamic, horse stables, there's even some minor sweetness that triggers the cherry pie association.
Intense cherry flavor, juicy, very savory, sweet and tart, mellow feel. The sour level barely puckers, but it's a pleasant soft tartness that seems natural and integral to the small, sour Schaerbeek cherry. Rolling it around, the cherry intensity overwhelms much of the other nuances, but there is some tannic dryness in the finish from the oak barrel.
The stillness is traditional for an unblended lambic, and it's similar in body to Hanssens Experimental Cassis. Wine-like. Extremely savory, one to sip over the course of an hour. Worth the premium for the Schaerbeekse cherries, which are highly scarce and not cheap.
01-01-2011 02:14:16 | More by emerge077
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
12.7 ounce corked and caged bottle, no date on it. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy ruby red/purple color with no head at all. No lacing, either. Aroma is sweet and tart cherries, funk, and some oak. The taste is the same as the aroma, but not quite as nice. It's all cherries, funk and oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it feels flat with very low carbonation. It is pretty easy to drink. It's a decent enough brew, but it's certainly not worth the money I paid for this ($19.99 a bottle). Disappointing for the price.
07-09-2011 00:31:42 | More by bluejacket74
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
08-24-2012 18:49:24 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass. Vigorous pour, but I couldn't form a head. Just a line of off white bubbles right at the edge of the glass along the surface. Beer is a dark red, purplish, and cloudy, with very minimal and fine carbonation visible at the glass. Some light lacing that quickly slides right back to the surface.
Nose is pungent red wine vinegar, some sour cherry, but more the skins than the fruit. Fairly strong oak presence on the nose, mingling with some light earthy barn yard funk.
Taking a sip, flavors are a bit surprising. It's not as tart as I was hoping for, more fruity cherries with just a bit of tartness similar to eating a bit of the skin. Sweeter than I was expecting, lots of juicy red cherries and red berries. A light oak tannin and cherry seed flavor on the tongue after swallowing.
Medium bodied and slight syrupy from being almost flat. Fairly easy to drink since this kriek isn't very sour. Perhaps this bottle is too fresh and it needs a few more years since I believe this beer was just released.
02-21-2011 03:22:04 | More by nataku00
2.4/5 rDev -38%
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.
01-21-2012 15:58:20 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.3/5 rDev -14.7%
375ml bottle poured into a Geuze glass.
A - Pours a completely still burgundy. No bubbles at all. I know many of the Hanssens offerings have low carbonation, but geez...
S - Big aromas of high-quality cherry, oak, brown sugar, and vanilla. Very nice, not quite as "bright" as the Cantillion or Boon offerings. Funk is definitely there, slightly cheesy.
T - Lots of tart cherry pie flavors, with a touch of that cheese funk, brown sugar, leather, and oak. Very smooth and drinkable, this is missing much of that acid burn finish I get from a lot of other Krieks (my reflux certainly is happy about this!).
M - The flat carbonation certainly hurts this for me. I'm well aware that not all Lambics need sharp, "spritzy" carbonation, but a little would have went a long ways for me here. Medium-bodied with a pretty slick mouth-feel.
O - Glad I tried it but definitely not worth the $25 I paid, especially when the 3F Schaerbeek Lambic runs about 7 bucks more for a 750. Just sayin.
08-01-2011 02:47:07 | More by jsanford
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-13-2013 04:50:30 | More by Amalak
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
Thanks, Craig. 375ml bottle, no bottling date.
Bright crimson red, quite cloudy and nearly still; no head, only a collar. Tons of funk on the nose initially, followed by a bright cherry aroma that's sour, acidic and earthy. Mild ripe cherry sweetness is present beneath. Still on the palate, standard of Hanssens beers. There's a ton of sour cherry flavor here, very multi-dimensional fruitiness; juicy, acidic, semi-sweet and earthy. Nice cherry skin astringency in the finish. Wonderful stuff.
02-03-2011 04:19:31 | More by largadeer
Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
87 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.