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Scarenbecca Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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87
very good

152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 42 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aerozeppl on 12-19-2010

Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek sour cherries.
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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.45/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!
Shared by khazaduhm and served in Captain Lawrence tulip.

Looks like Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus. Looks like red maraschino cherry juice. Like cherry grenadine. There is no carbonation at all-- it is completely flat. For $26 per 375 ml, I was expecting at least a little carbonation-- and I could handle missing some bubbles if the flavor made up for it...

My personal thought is this: if you're going to release a beer that's flat, mention it on the label. This is a style that generally DOES have carbonation, so when a flat batch arises, don't try to get away with something and sell it as though it came out perfectly. Own up to it. The customers will respect you more.
We did open 2 bottles of this, and I have since opened a third-- all were flat.

The smell is cherries... Very sweet. Just a hint of tartness. No real sour notes to speak of. The cherries aren't bad--- but they aren't enough here. This is way too much like drinking cherry juice and not enough like drinking a lambic from a professional brewery.
The taste is boring. Just sweet cherries. A slight tart bite, but again, not sour.
Overall-- meh. I won't be buying this beer ever again. Not worth the $13 per bottle that the regular Hansen's lineup costs, let alone double that!

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of jrallen34
2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bright, clear and dark blood red, stunning, but a a total lack of carbonation... the aroma is very light, the faintest hit of tart farm musk a little cherries, needs more going on, as it warms does become much muskier, not sweet enough or hefty enough... taste shows some nice tartness, almost makes me pucker, wine like, lots of oak, cherries show through in a sweet way, as this warms it becomes even sweeter tons of grape juice... weak mouthfeel, very flat finish... nothing I would get again.

Photo of UnknownKoger
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Like one of the reviewers down below, this is an odd review since it ranks high in a couple of categories, but low in others. I was really looking forward to this beer since I'm a fan of Hanssens Oude Gueuze. Also, this wasn't the cheapest bottle.

Uncaged and uncorked it, and there's no pop. Uhoh. Upon pouring, there is absolutely zero carbonation. Great. As a result, there was no head on this beer, but it seems there generally isn't according to the other reviews. The color is absolutely beautiful though. It looks like cherry juice.

Smell is interesting. You can definitely smell the tartness of the cherries and a little bit of sweet funk. And the taste? To me it was disappointing. It tasted like flat, over fermented cherry juice. I really tried to enjoy this beer but ultimately could not. Maybe if this was carbonated I might enjoy it some more, but there really wasn't much there to win me over.

I didn't feel like finishing the bottle, and it broke my heart to drainpour the last couple of ounces, but I really could not see myself finishing the bottle. Similarly, I can't see myself buying this beer again. Maybe I just had a bad bottle? I don't know

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3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Beverage Warehouse Winooski. 375mL green glass cork & cage. No date to be found but the first to ever make it to VT.

Pours still and deep Gothic red. Nose is classic for a nice Kriek, deep dark cherries, oak, woodland floor, leaves, acetic acid, etc. Palate is bracingly sour with a shot of sweetness midpalate that fades on the finish. Super dark cherry flavor, then oak boards, then cherry skins, then earth. No carbonation at all. Finish is sweet rather than drying (not tannic).

Note: Nice, but super pricey which leaves me wondering why I paid $22 for this. Not as good as the Experimental Cassis in my book.

Photo of jsanford
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of sirsteve42
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.