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Scarenbecca Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
86
very good

120 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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lowendfrequency

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 12.7 fl oz bottle poured into an Ithaca Beer Excelsior Tulip. Pours a deep ruby, fairly clear with absolutely no head. Completely still, this beer resembles a fine pinot noir in the glass. Quite the looker.

A complex aroma greets the nose with tart cherry and red wine vinegar taking the forefront. There is a pleasant skin and cherry stone meatiness backed with a distinct barnyard character. I could bury my nose in this glass for days.

Once the palette adjusts to the initial tartness, this beer is every bit as complex as the nose led me to believe. Dark cherries and stone fruits with plenty of tannins from the skins and pits. There is a semi-sweet character but the firm acidity only lets me perceive it in fleeting glimpses. Very wine-like with excellent oak balance.

The body is thin but still retains some substance. Appropriate for the style and stillness of this beer. Almost no perceivable alcohol.

This was an absolutely fantastic experience. Complex while well balanced, elegant and bold all at the same time. This drink truly blurs the distinction between the worlds of beer and wine. As much as I like to age my lambics, I feel that this beer is in it's prime and ready to drink. Hanssens won't even let this beer see the light of day until it's 3 years old. It would be a shame to overpower the delicate cherry with a sour bomb. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Totally.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 07:06:51 | More by lowendfrequency
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amccormi

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer was deep crimson (red seems too podunk of a discription). There was no head as it was pretty much still.

Aroma of cherry (duh), a touch of vanilla or almond, a hint of nutmeg, and a bit of barnyard funk annd lactic acid in the background.

Flavor of sich cherry and vanilla/almond dominate. There is sourness, but compared to other Hanssens beer it is subdued.

The mouthfeel was incredibly smooth and I will say hands down this is the best Kriek I will never buy again, unless I become very wealthy, which would be great. The cherry and the funk blecd so well to creat this smooth rich flavor with all the complexity you could ever need. It hits the style right on the head.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 04:33:42 | More by amccormi
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deep, dark, cherry red with virtually no head. just like all hanssens beers when young. i wanted this one to be quasi-fresh, so it looked just as expected. nose is acidic, sour cherry with a nice nuttiness rounding it out and some mild, earthy cobwebbiness. taste is beautifully balanced and wonderful. flavors are clean and pure, with jammy ripe-fruit sweetness on top of tart fruit and the cherry pit/nut adds an extra dimension. silky, slick mouthfeel that coats the palate before being lifted off by the tartness. just fantastic and very well done. another winner from the realest and most underrated lambic producer in the world.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 12:46:26 | More by timtim
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a still red with no head

The aroma is heavy on fresh tart cherry, attic dust, nuttiness, and garden dew.

The flavor is brilliantly soft and fresh cherry. I recently had the standard Hanssens Kreik and this is far superior. Just so much more subtle amd rounded and not as bracingly intense. Lots of dry oakiness and nutty earth as well. A fantastic kriek.

The body is still which hurts it a bit. Not sure if any carbonation will develop over time, but just a small amount of bubbles would be beneficial.

Overall I was very pleasenly surprised by this beer. The price is prohibitively outrageous but the flavor is spectacular. Definitely worth the extra cost over their regular kriek, but it would be hard to justify paying twice as much per ounce as a Lou Pepe Kriek again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:30:31 | More by alcstradamus
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emerge077

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 02:14:16 | More by emerge077
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
As expected this beer pours quite flat, though it does manage to scare up a bubble or two. The beer is a deep purple color that shows a lightly hazed, deep cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells musky, has a sort of musty foot note to it that hasn't quite gotten to rank levels, there are some definite plastic phenolic notes that mix in with a rustic animal like muskiness and it surprisingly doesn't really smell like cherries; there is a touch of tartness here, perhaps some cherry skin-like notes, but it doesn't have the bright cherry fruit character of 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek. It does have a touch of the floral character that the latter has with a touch of carnation and perhaps a touch of something like roses. As the beer warms up it becomes a bit more funky

The flavor is tart up front and it gets more tart with the cherry contribution as it rolls across the palate. It is near bone dry, but has a palate fullness to it from a certain viscous quality. The finish has a cherry flavor to it that reminds me of roses and cedar (of all things); the beer is definitely woody from the oak and it hints of a slight tannin character and astringency (which is likely muted by the lack of carbonation). The beer is very dry, yet it manages to have a cherry fruit character that comes through despite the lack of sweetness; flavors of cherry as well as a rich, though somehow not actually, fruitiness that is more floral than anything. As the beer warms up it picks up a hint of sweetness, which accentuates some more of the cherry flavors. The tartness here is contributed by a nice lactic note as well as a tartness from the cherries; it is not aggressive but just bracing and I definitely like it. I really like that this doesn't have the harsh acetic acidity that the two experimental Lambics had. The funkiness that is here provides some balance and complexity, which is really what this beer is all about; especially considering how integrated and soft the cherry character is. I am really enjoying this in the end, it is far better than the experimental Lambics from Hanssens.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:05:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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SammyDavisJrJrJr

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 05:31:03 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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largadeer

California

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:19:31 | More by largadeer
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popery

California

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 8/7/11. Pours a hazy, bright, deep red with absolutely no head. The beer is dead flat. Probably an 8/10 on the pucker scale. It’s nice and sour. The aroma is mostly sour cherries mixed with a decent dose of barnyard funk. It’s not a super complex aroma, but I like it. Taste is big sour cherries. Tried this right before NG Raspberry Tart, and I’ll take the Scarenbecca over that, any day of the week. This is a very nice sour cherry lambic, and I’d love to try it against 3F’s, some time.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 23:01:57 | More by popery
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djmichaelk

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from Whole Foods in Tampa, into a snifter. Drinking with a few cheeses, including aged parmesan, 5-year-old gouda, and some brie.

A -Pours a beautiful translucent cherry-red. Just a touch of cloudiness, but other than that it's fairly clear. No head or signs of carbonation, which is expected for an unblended lambic.

S - Unsurprisingly, tart cherries dominate. Elements of funky cheese, balsamic vinegar. Just a bit of sweetness lurks in the background.

T - The flavor falls just a bit short of the nose, but is still excellent. Very sour cherry, notes of vinegar and lactic acid. The oak is subtle, but it's there. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma might lead you to believe -- this is the antithesis of those artificially sweetened lambics that you see in most bars. The cheeses definitely bring the funkiness out and give it more depth.

M - Those who review this beer poorly based on a lack of carbonation should keep in mind that this style is generally expected to be still. It's reasonably full and round, with a medium dry finish. It drinks much like a glass of wine.

O - This is an excellent beer, and highly recommended. The price may scare some off, but if you can afford it it's worth the plunge, at least once.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 14:19:32 | More by djmichaelk
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours the deepest and darkest crimson to almost plum color I have ever seen in this style. Despite a vigorous pour, just some transparent bubbles formed. Tiny bits of lace however did form afterwards.

(S)- A lovely rich combination of tart cherry, mild funky (lactic) oak, a kiss of an oaky vanilla. Finishes lightly acidic. The funk really brings it home; turns a subtle cheese/mushroom smell as it warms.

(T)- A nice acidic tart bite in the middle. Finishes with rich bits of cherry tartness and dry oak. Cleaner taste than the finish of the smell led me to believe, but the lactic acidity opening up is nice.

(M)- Just about flat, though the hefty acidity helps. A clean finish, though the opening and middle palate is very nice. This has a good sourness without being over the top as well.

(D)- If this had just a bit more carbonation to it, it really would benefit this immensely, however, everything else is really on point. Ridiculously expensive for a bottle of this. For just a few more dollars, you could buy a bottle of Lou Pepe. This one does offer a nice experience though, but this is far too expensive per ounce for a repeat purchase.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:51:58 | More by sweemzander
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glid02

Georgia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 16:25:03 | More by glid02
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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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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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark rose color with no head retention or lacing. The beer is completely still.

The nose is outrageous, but I love how the cherry and raspberry dominate the sour, barnyard funk. This beer doesn't smell nearly as disgusting as I was expecting. On the palate, this is such a complex beer. The sour barnyard funk is up front and personal, but there is a considerable amount of sweet fruit as well (though the sour dominates). Also, this beer has a considerable wine component to the flavor profile that is intriguing. Acidity seems very high, with a biting, tingling component. I also get a hint of salt as well (though it's subtle). Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a long, smooth, sour funk finish. As for drinkability, this isn't drinkable at all. It's a nasty, sour, barnyard funk infused beer that should be poured down the drain rather than aged in innocent, inoffensive oak barrels. Disgusting... and yet, very, very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:11:17 | More by johnmichaelsen
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HopHead84

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/28/2011

375ml bottle purchased for $11.99.

Poured into a snifter. Bottle opens with a feeble pop.

A: Pours out flat with tiny fast fading bubbles that quickly settle to nothing. The beer is burgundy with some transparency.

S: Sweet and sour cherries remind me of cherry pie. Oak is evident with a little vanilla. Musty cherry skins accompany barnyard notes and a little leather. The fruit smells fantastic.

T: Immediately piquant, puckeringly so, with a vibrant cherry presence and a moderate lactic sourness. Oak is evident midpalate, accompanied by earth, light barnyard characteristics, and a faint leather presence. The beer is pleasantly acetic, with evident tannins and a moderate citric acidity. Vinegar is light in the flavor. The cherry profile is stellar. The dry finish is increasingly acetic with matching citric notes; the beer ends with a mouth puckering cherry tartness.

M: Medium body with essentially no carbonation. I don't mind a flat lambic, but the overall experience would have been improved with carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and tannic.

Overall: A delicious kriek, but carbonation would have made this exceptional. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 16:11:24 | More by HopHead84
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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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nniicckkww

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a chalice. No head or lacing. Still. Slightest bubbles appear if you tilt the glass and hold it up to the light. Deep ruby purple color. Just a bit of haze. Aroma of sour cherries, acid and funk.

Very sour with the first sip. Lots of cherries. Delicious. The most cherriest beer I've encountered. Just the right amount of wet hay/barnyard funk to make this beer interesting. The finish is dry and crisp and mouth-puckering. Grassy. Again, cherries. Yum. The sourness is less perceptible as you drink on. Very balanced yet aggressive at the same time.

Drinkability gets hit because it's $26 a bottle. Delicious beer and the best still beer I've ever had. I still think that some carbonation would make this brew epic.

My wife LOVED the cherry flavor. Big ups to her as I returned home after work with a surprise in the fridge: this beer accompanied by two bottles of 3F Oude Kriek. I have the best wife ever!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 20:15:31 | More by nniicckkww
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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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ktrillionaire

Florida

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

Consumed with beersack in honor of his good grades in law school.

A - The pour is near-still, and is a deep red hue, akin to pomegranate juice or red wine. The look is menacing, at any rate, which is appropriate given the malicious level of sourness which is wrought upon the palate.

S - The aroma is much more faint than the taste, offering mostly fresh tart cherry notes, some oak, and a big dose of minerals (vitamins, actually.)

T - The taste first washes across the palate and expresses intense notes of cherry fruitiness; this appreciation is quickly obliterated by Hanssens' hallmark face-crushing sourness. Not that its a bad thing. If I wanted mellow, I wouldn't be grabbing Hanssens. I cannot say what kind of acidity it is, but it doesn't strike me as acetic or lactic, instead more likely tartaric, fumaric, citric, or malic acid; something akin to War Heads candy, though it retains a high degree of real fruit flavor. Oak is not particularly notable here for me, except for in a drying tannic sense, and the focus is generally split between the vibrancy of the cherries and the puckering pungency of the tart flavor.

M - Much more lively of a mouthfeel than the appearance might suggest. Good stuff, replete with a dry long dry finish.

O - Quite sour. Expensive, too. Overall, this is a very good beer that does not reach the highest of heights, but is not terribly far off either. I can see people being thrown off by 1. pricetag 2. pungency 3. low/no carbonation. I am not bothered by any of those things.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 04:00:25 | More by ktrillionaire
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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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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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Halcyondays

California

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours a gorgeous cherry red to fuschia colour. No head, no bubbles, still.

S: Light notes of horse blanket mixed with some satisfying direct cherry notes. Slightly sweet character.

T: Sour cherries for days dancing in lactic acidity. Jammy at times, sweet finish, but quite complex. Minimal funk, the fruit is to the forefont and stays there.

M: Tart, jammy, with no carbonation. Flat, but the acidity gives it some body although the lack of carbonation makes it flabby at points.

D: An interesting kriek and the first one I have ever had made from the legendary Schaerbeek cherries. In the end, too expensive for what you get, but as a lambic and beer it's very well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 23:10:25 | More by Halcyondays
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

JustinA1 popped this one open last night. Thanks dawg.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: No head - looks utterly flat. That flaw aside, the body's gorgeous: deep burgundy with light murkiness. No head means no lacing. I wonder if it's normally like this.

Smell: Red and black cherries all over the place! Jammy, earthy, and decidedly sour. I want to say I get lemonade (I get lemonade in a lot of sour lambics), but maybe not; this smells like pure cherry through and through. Awesome!

Taste: Black cherry, lemon juice, and that's about it. Pure kriek. Intensely sour with hardly any earthy or funky undertones. As with the aroma, this is excellent!

Mouthfeel: Pretty flat and thin without much character. Very sour, but also very watery.

Overall: Great taste and aroma, but the carbonation needs to be reworked. Could be more complex, but I like that this is such a pure kriek. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

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