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Scarenbecca Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
87
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 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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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

Thorpe429, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

metter98, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Texasfan549, Aug 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

kjkinsey, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

womencantsail, Jun 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ygtbsm94, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
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.

GRG1313, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

SocalKicks, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Jan 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

Gueuzedude, Mar 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +8%

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.

Halcyondays, Jan 30, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

corby112, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dbrauneis, Jan 09, 2012
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Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
87 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.