Scarenbecca Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 41 | FT: 7
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a murky dark red with a foamy reddish-tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, cherry, earth, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, earth, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the smell has slightly better sour cherry aspects in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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 metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one and Arne for the harassment.

A: The beer pours dark red color with no bubbles or head.

S: Nice black cherry aroma with a mild funk and sourness. Some straw and grass with a mild lemon/lactic sourness. Light wood to the aroma, but overall sort of subtle.

T: More tartness than you would expect from the nose. Nice cherry flavor. Slight cherry pie flavor with a nice sourness, too. Some grass, lemon, and a slightly musty oak note.

M: Medium in body with little to no carbonation.

O: Quite a nice beer. Unfortunately, it's just too bad that it's so expensive.

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A small pop when I pulled the cork out, it pours a very dark...very dark red that almost looks black. A bit of foam here that has a decidedly reddish tint to it.

The smell is very sour, sour cherries and vinegar mixed with some oak barreling vanilla notes but that is pushed way to the back. I'm surprised I noticed it.

Super wine like flavours going on with tannins jumping out at me. The cherry tartness is very tasty, don't get a lot of vinegar at all, some oak vanilla, super tart in the finish.

Medium bodied with SOME carbonation, light it being.

Hey, guess what? I dig this. Another enjoyable brew from Hanssens.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 champ103
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: No pop as I remove the cork. Pours an opaque cherry red color with a tiny bubbly head that fizzles to nothing.
S: Acidic cherries, vinegar, light oak. A bit of that signature Hanssens funk, but not as big as other examples I have had from them.
T: At first the acidic character is pretty strong, but seems to diminish with each sip. Tannin like oak and cherry skins. Light earthy funk as well.
M/D: A light body that is almost completely flat. Which makes this really lifeless. Because you don't get much relief from the acidic cherries, this is really one noted and a little slow to sip on.

I enjoy the tannin like oak, and acidic cherries with a bit of skin. Though there is not much else. With the flat carbonation there is no relief, and that is all you get. Because of the price, and there are much better examples, not something I am reaching for often. Though once in a while, this is enjoyable.

Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
87 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.