Scarenbecca Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 166
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 40 | FT: 7
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: aerozeppl on 12-19-2010

Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek sour cherries.
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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (906 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet.

A: The cork practically fell out of the bottle. No carbonation, none whatsoever. Despite that it pours an incredible deep crimson that shows off some hazy tendrils when swirled.

S: Vinegar and sour cherries. When it warmed, I picked up a bit of Traverse City cherry pie filling...sweet and spicy with a fantastic tang.

T: The taste virtually mirrors the smell for the most part. I was able to pick up on a nice damp oak flavor as well as some fresh lemon.

M: Felt quite full. More than likely due to the lack of carbonation. The sour acidity does its' part to add some life into this and the result is wonderful in its' dryness with a hint of tartness.

D: Overall a very drinkable lambic. It displays restraint as opposed to face melting sourness. The price made this a one and done for me. (869 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - No pop when the cork comes out. Yep, completely still, but a still a beautiful ruby color.

S - Cherry is definitely the dominant aroma. Both sweet cherry and some nice tart notes. There is some slight funk, but it is definitely subdued for the style, especially for Hanssens. Maybe not that complex, but I thought it smelled delicious.

T - More tart than the nose would suggest. Very tart, in fact. Also a bit more funk in the taste that the aroma. There is a small amount of sweet cherry, but sour cherry definitely steals the show. Quite tasty and refreshing.

M - Completely flat, but pretty smooth and quite dry.

O - Despite the lack of carbonation, I thought this was very tasty, even more so than the regular Hanssens Kriek. Luckily for me, both the cashier and I were naive as to what this was supposed to cost, so I got it for the same price as a regular Hanssens offering. I don't know that I would pay the regular price for this, but it was pretty enjoyable. (975 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into wine glass. No pop to the cork...ruby red color..no head.
Really amazing tart super cherry aroma...smells so funky
Perfectly tart and sour cherry flavor..although a bit over sweet and almost artificial cherry but still amazing. Its an amazing brew overall. Not quite as good as cantillon kriek but still nice. (328 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderately sour. Lots of cherry aroma and flavor. Cherry quality dries over time. Tons of woody, earthy, leafy notes. Flat feel. Slightly watery. Overall, very good but there are better krieks in my opinion. (209 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby color in Cantillon wine glass. Absolutely still.

Smell is acidic with lots of fruit character.

Taste is tangy cherry. Not as puckeringly sour as others in this style. Good fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly.

Overall this was a nice example of the style. Not overpoweringly sour and lots of cherry flavor. (325 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass. Vigorous pour, but I couldn't form a head. Just a line of off white bubbles right at the edge of the glass along the surface. Beer is a dark red, purplish, and cloudy, with very minimal and fine carbonation visible at the glass. Some light lacing that quickly slides right back to the surface.

Nose is pungent red wine vinegar, some sour cherry, but more the skins than the fruit. Fairly strong oak presence on the nose, mingling with some light earthy barn yard funk.

Taking a sip, flavors are a bit surprising. It's not as tart as I was hoping for, more fruity cherries with just a bit of tartness similar to eating a bit of the skin. Sweeter than I was expecting, lots of juicy red cherries and red berries. A light oak tannin and cherry seed flavor on the tongue after swallowing.

Medium bodied and slight syrupy from being almost flat. Fairly easy to drink since this kriek isn't very sour. Perhaps this bottle is too fresh and it needs a few more years since I believe this beer was just released. (1,053 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours deep burnt red, almost amber. A very tiny amount of carbonation. Legs from barrel aging.

Aroma of rich juicy cherries. Musty funk and a surprising hint of alcohol. Lemons and hay, but mostly straight up cherries. There is a richness perhaps from the cherries that is almost meaty (not a autolyzed yeast meaty).

Prominently sour at first with rich cherry flavor and woody funk. Quite tannic. Sourness builds over time, which is usually the opposite with me and other sour beers. Oak and a hint of oxidation, but in a complimentary way.

Virtually no carbonation, but in this case, it doesn't really detract. Sourness, tannins, and rich cherries fill the palette. (669 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep blood red body. Only a few bubbles here and there. Looks like a Hanssens--still as wine.

S: Sour cherries, light fresh oak, and the slightest bit of wet hay.

T: Intense sour cherries. Highly acidic. Wine like tannins and some mild fresh oak. A bit of must.

M: Completely still--but I don’t think it hurts the beer at all. I know this will be a hang up for some though.

O: Overall, a nice Hanssens offering that provides a deep fruit flavor that is reminiscent of wine. (486 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was recently released locally. No pop on the cork upon opening. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with no head or lacing to speak of. Some light bubbles do appear on the sides of the glass eventually. Aromas of sour cherry, lemon, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, brown sugar, toasted oak, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of sour cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, lemon, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, brown sugar, toasted oak, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Large amount of acidic/tannic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, lemon, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, brown sugar, toasted oak, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and malt flavors; with a good malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Zero carbonation and medium bodied; with an acidic and lightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice kriek lambic style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and malt flavors; and smooth to sip on with the moderately balanced acidity. Would have liked to see some carbonation to lighten up the mouthfeel a bit; but was still a very enjoyable offering. (1,713 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a little and incredibly highly priced 375ml corked and caged bottle drank out of my goose island reserve series wine glass.

A- the cork comes out without a sound and the beer inside is very still. its also a rich dark red colored body without any head on it at all. there also isnt any lacing left behind.

S- the nose is absolutely divine. it starts out with some mildly sour notes and barnyard funk that is quickly all but covered up by intense fresh cherry smell. this smells fantastic.

T- the taste starts out with some of the barnyard odor i picked up and some mildly acidic sourness. the sourness isnt nearly what i was expecting/hoping for. maybe because this is such a young bottle? after that the delicious fresh cherry i could smell comes back. very sweet.

M- the body is on the lighter side of medium and as i said before, completely still. there is no evidence of alcohol in here.

D- the beer was very good, but it costs too much. id rather have 2 750s of the original hanseens oude kriek than one of these. that being said, im glad i got the chance to drink this one and would love to have a shot at it on tap one day. probably the best smelling beer ive ever come across. (1,194 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with a dark red body that is almost purple until held to the light and the thinnest ring around the edge that shows there is a slight amount of carbonation present.

Cherry, lemon, oak, and funky musty yeast. A little cherry pie like.

Plenty of tartness and cherry flavor to make me happy. Slight mustiness.

No perceivable carbonation on the tongue. Ends dry.

Worth a try if you love lambic based beers even though it carries a hefty price tag. (466 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark crimson-purple pour, completely still

Smell: Tart cherries, light funk. Slighly sweet

Taste: Sour cherries with leather, light molasses, oak and light funk. Slightly sweet finish surprisingly. I am just not a fan of schaerbeek cherries I suppose. I'd go for the cantillon lou pepe or drie fonteinen schaerbeek kriek given the choice.

Mouthfeel: COmpletely still (381 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: pours a dark rose red color. Some bigger bubbles on the edges of the glass are the only head that is present. Little to no active carbonation, has a very flat look.

Smell: Tart cherries unsurprisingly jump out on the nose. A heavy dose of acidity lingers underneath the sprite tartness. Breathable oak isn't overly complex but does pair well with the cherries. Some sourness and funk hang on the back end.

Taste: The front is a surprisingly subtle cherry sweetness with some earthy, funky, malts. Then a huge wave of tartness and deep oak blast on to the palate and do not relinquish. Some interesting white grapes and acidic notes poke their way through.

Mouthfeel: Interesting transitions from a sweet, easy front to a palate punishing finish. Carbonation could be higher though, flat mouthfeel really gives the drinker no escape from the tartness.

Overall: Cool to try a rare beer, not quite that elite level of lambic but certainly quite good. A nice slow sipper on a dreary day. I wasn't crazy about the completely flat mouthfeel, but the complex cherry and oak characteristics make up for it. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. It is red, basically opaque, there's a bit of lit that comes through, but so limited. There isn't much of a head or lacing.

S. The scent is very, very strong...almost B.O. Cherry and some of a malt.

T/M. It is very sharp. There's a cherry taste that is intense. It is extremely crisp and carbonated. It is strong. High alcohol.

O. For what it is, it is very solid. For the style, it gives me what they advertise. It is extremely expensive ($18 for a 375 ml bottle; I've seen for 30-40 at a bar) so you have to want it. But it is tasty and is high quality. Kriek isn't a style I like, as cherry is a terrible taste, but this is done quite well. (649 characters)

Photo of skibum69
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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 (821 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at WLV Liquors and poured into Narke tulips (one for me, one for the fiance).

A - Pours ruby red, flat, ultra-thin collar.

S - Tart/sour cherries right up front, barnyard, maybe a touch of sweetness from the cherries, pretty sharp tartness. Has some complexity, actually more then I thought it would have.

T - Similar to the nose, perhaps a bit more one-dimensional. Tart/sour cherries, oak, barn, funk, vinegar, cherry skins dipped in balsamic. No real sweetness like I picked up in the nose, just lots of cherries notes and funk. Finish is all cherries with a tart kick.

M - Light body, no carbonation, dry puckering finish.

O - Good, nothing crazy here and (I don't normally say this) for the price, a bit too expensive. I would rather have Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek for $10 (or so) more with double the beer. I wouldn't probably buy this again, based on price alone, but I would have it again if offered up by someone else. (957 characters)

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Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.