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Scarenbecca Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
87
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

kaelingirl, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Jonada
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Jonada, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of CoolEthan
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

CoolEthan, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

bluejacket74, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

ArrogantB, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Verecund
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Verecund, Jan 01, 2011
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!

jcartamdg, Aug 06, 2011
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 hooliganlife
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

hooliganlife, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of deschutes_fan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

deschutes_fan, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ygtbsm94, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

scotv, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

SocalKicks, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

FullObs, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Sean9689, May 02, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

bobv, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

akang, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

thagr81us, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Amalak, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of skibum69
3.88/5  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

skibum69, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

jwinship83, Jan 16, 2011
Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
87 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.