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Scarenbecca Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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87
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 37 | 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 Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – A pleasing dark ruby red color, but surprisingly flat. No pop when I opened the cork, no head, and no lacing.

Smell – Sour cherries, with a stinky, funk.

Taste –Taste was ok; sour cherries and a hint of vinegar.

Mouthfeel – Flat, dry, with a sour bite. Funky sour aftertaste.

Drinkability – A bit flat for my liking. The cherry flavor wasn't my favorite from a lambic. And it was a touch more sour than I like.

Photo of cbgbslev
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Jonada
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml. No bottled on date. Served in a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright ruby red color with no head. Completely still. Body is hazy.

Smell: Cherry, oak, some light sour funk.

Taste: Same s the aroma. Sour pie cherries, oak, musty funk, and hay. Overall funk is character is pretty mild.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied. Slick mouthfeel. Zero carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: This was a bit of a disappointment. It's lacking in the funk department, which by itself isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the beer lacks the intense fruit character I was hoping would fill that void. With that said, it's still a good beer, but definitely not worth the price tag.

Photo of CoolEthan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -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 Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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 ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle that my cousin scored for $11 which is surely a misprice. Blood red color and no head whatsoever. Aroma is thick cherries. Flavor is solid cherries both sour cherries and a cherry pie flavor. Oddly no funk and almost no tartness according to my tongue. Overall a very fruity kriek but this is no better than a regular hanssens kriek with polish cherries and I didn't really pickup any cinnamon notes that supposedly come along with the schaerbeekse cherries. This beer is certainly not worth the normal $23 price tag and frankly isn't worth half the price tag.

Photo of Verecund
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle opened by BucketBoy on 12.31.2010. Thanks!

I didn't hear this one open - just a small twist and the cork was soundlessly out. A vigorous pour reveals a bright, blood red beer with sparse, large pink bubbles.

Nose is initially that of (sweet) maraschino cherry syrup with a citrus underbelly. The Hanssens bacterial funkiness, at least here and in Oudbeitje, is vinegar mixed with a certain mineral character.

It's tart without being overly acidic. The schaerbeek cherries are vibrant, making me think of cherry pie, but are more sweet than sour. There's a tiny bit of oak, but the lack of carbonation really quiets the funkiness of the bugs, rendering this kriek a bit one-note. Citric acid shows in the mid-palate, finishing slightly dryly, with some tannic / bitter fruit skin character.

The tricky part. It's almost completely flat. So far as I understand it, Hanssens' experimental cassis and framboise are unblended lambics, meant to be flat. But this, like the Oudbeitje, should have some carbonation. (Someone correct me via BM if I'm wrong here.) I almost want more acidity to balance the lack of carbonation.

All that aside, this has a nice balance of sweet/tart, pleasant citric acidity, and little funk, and my 6 oz. pour disappeared quickly.

Not as good as other schaerbeek beers I've had, and the price point, two dollars per ounce, borders on the absurd (though I know the cherries are hard to find). Pleased to have tried this.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%

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 hooliganlife
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 deschutes_fan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of scotv
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.