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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
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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 ThirstyHerf
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cbgbslev
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of gcare02
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Urbancaver
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of SpillyBeers
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of skibum69
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this at the Beer Stein in Portland, my first experience with Hanssen product. I read some reviews here so knew what to expect.

The colour was a deep slightly cloudy red, there was zero head as expected and only the sound of the cork coming out of the bottle.

The smell definitely gave me some barnyard funk with a more subdued cherry aroma

The taste to me was definitely sour cherry with some funk but I found the metallic almost copper taste was almost overpowering the sour cherries. The tartness was satisfying as it turned on the saliva glands on the way by.

The mouth feel was very light, almost like water with virtually no viscosity and was slightly disappointing.

Overall I was hoping for something more at the $23 price point, but it won't turn me away from trying anything else I see from Hanssens

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 JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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!

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!

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 popery
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours cranberry red in color with no apparent carbonation. Aroma of cherries, some funk and some leather. Taste follows the nose but man this is a tart kriek in the best way possible. I really love the taste but the complete lack of carbonation is disappointing. I like this but even with some mild carbonation I would love this!

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 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 SFLpunk
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 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 amccormi
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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