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Scarenbecca Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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very good

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.06%
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 Axnjxn
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 John_M
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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 StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of HopHead84
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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 russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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 rowingbrewer
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nniicckkww
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a chalice. No head or lacing. Still. Slightest bubbles appear if you tilt the glass and hold it up to the light. Deep ruby purple color. Just a bit of haze. Aroma of sour cherries, acid and funk.

Very sour with the first sip. Lots of cherries. Delicious. The most cherriest beer I've encountered. Just the right amount of wet hay/barnyard funk to make this beer interesting. The finish is dry and crisp and mouth-puckering. Grassy. Again, cherries. Yum. The sourness is less perceptible as you drink on. Very balanced yet aggressive at the same time.

Drinkability gets hit because it's $26 a bottle. Delicious beer and the best still beer I've ever had. I still think that some carbonation would make this brew epic.

My wife LOVED the cherry flavor. Big ups to her as I returned home after work with a surprise in the fridge: this beer accompanied by two bottles of 3F Oude Kriek. I have the best wife ever!!!

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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 ktrillionaire
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed with beersack in honor of his good grades in law school.

A - The pour is near-still, and is a deep red hue, akin to pomegranate juice or red wine. The look is menacing, at any rate, which is appropriate given the malicious level of sourness which is wrought upon the palate.

S - The aroma is much more faint than the taste, offering mostly fresh tart cherry notes, some oak, and a big dose of minerals (vitamins, actually.)

T - The taste first washes across the palate and expresses intense notes of cherry fruitiness; this appreciation is quickly obliterated by Hanssens' hallmark face-crushing sourness. Not that its a bad thing. If I wanted mellow, I wouldn't be grabbing Hanssens. I cannot say what kind of acidity it is, but it doesn't strike me as acetic or lactic, instead more likely tartaric, fumaric, citric, or malic acid; something akin to War Heads candy, though it retains a high degree of real fruit flavor. Oak is not particularly notable here for me, except for in a drying tannic sense, and the focus is generally split between the vibrancy of the cherries and the puckering pungency of the tart flavor.

M - Much more lively of a mouthfeel than the appearance might suggest. Good stuff, replete with a dry long dry finish.

O - Quite sour. Expensive, too. Overall, this is a very good beer that does not reach the highest of heights, but is not terribly far off either. I can see people being thrown off by 1. pricetag 2. pungency 3. low/no carbonation. I am not bothered by any of those things.

Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
87 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.