Oude Schaarbeekse Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 78
Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep magenta with no head; nose is pomegranate, deep woody Balsamic, touch of funk, and Luden’s cherry cough drops; big berry hit up front followed by a second hit of cherry skin + pit, some acid, and mild earth; crisp. A bit dirty hit when the yeast dregs go in.

4.25 4.75 4 4 4.25

Cherry redux. Low on funk - no horse or cheese - just all tartness. The eponymous variety of cherry does give interesting fruit layers. And some leather at the end makes me wonder if this needed time. Regardless, it sure is cherry, but I want more Brett.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a gorgeous dark red with very little head. Nose is insane level of raspberries and cherries. Some oak and vanilla as well. Really amazing. Taste is mouth puckering sour up front. Bright fruit - cherries all the way. Some barnyard funk, tartness. This is such an amazing beer. Mouthfeel is dry and fairly light, but the aftertaste lingers for a very long time.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy red/purple color, quarter finger purple head, messy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Cherries, wine, grapes. Nice.

T: Sour, cherries, juicy, wine grapes. Very good!

F: Light bodied, extremely drinkable and refreshing.

O: Another great fruit lambic.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is so polarising.
The taste is THUMP - full of cherries (and plums and blackberries!), so lingering, so intense. Quite dry.
But it's also flat.
And it's not quite sour enough - but maybe it needs time in the bottle.
Very drinkable.
The jury is out!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most intense kriek I've had.

It looks like a nice Pinot Noir, with its burgundy body. No head

Then it remains quite vinous with a pungent black cherry character, very fruit forward with a sourness to balance the whole thing. This is a classy beer

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pink head. Raspberry ruby red color.

Vinegar and acidity. So sour and tart. Mouth puckering. Classic hanssens sourness. Vinegar and some brett funk. Cherries are there but hard to get past the sour. Very tough to drink.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle I purchased for $15 (on sale!). Tons of cherries on the nose, cinnamon, fantastic. Flavor is a lot of cherry, its heavy fruit and its delicious. My only probably is the acidity level. It is a touch too sour for me and like most Hanssens it is too acetic for me.

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Photo of bobv
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour yields a skimpy 1/16inch light pink head over a deep reddish purple body with no lacing. Cherry like you read about on the nose and palate. I repeat, cherry, cherry, cherry! Wow! So much cherry on the finish as well. Good feel and overall, could be the most cherrific beer I've ever had!

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Photo of moose1980
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, cherry-colored with a thin, pink head that fades fast. Bright cherry and almond aromas; the almond is so distinct, it could almost be described as a slightly funky amaretto with a cherry kick. Taste is immensely sour upfront - cherries, raspberries - but with a surprise mid-ending very much like Kalamata olives soaked in brine. It works, though it is intense. Puckering at first, with the ending more dry, giving it a vinous quality.
Overall, nice, if somewhat higher in complexity than drinkability.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle. Pours a deep red. Smells of intense cherry and a touch of vinegar. Very acidic smelling. A bit of lemon. Tastes immensely sour. Sour cherries and sour vinegar. Some oak and then more sour vinegar and lemon in the finish. Way too sour for me. Overwhelms every other flavor with sourness.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, cork and caged. Bottled March 2015. Served in a tumbler glass.

Pours a darker reddish body, the slightest pink hue, one finger white head, slightest carbonation, not a ton of retention. Not much lacing. Smells of tart cherry skin, cherry flesh, leathery funk, wheat, a big bite of acetic acidity. Geez. Definitely big on the aromas. Flavour is even better, with a nice big acetic acidity, cherry skin and flesh. Leather, touch of citrus and funk. It's an intense, super tasty fruited lambic with a ton of cherry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation despite the relatively minimal head on the pour, sour cherries on the finish. A mouthpuckering lambic with tons of sour cherry. It's similar to the 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek in the amount of tart cherry, although it brings quite a bit more tartness to the table.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep red body with no head. Smells and tastes of cherries, vanilla, almonds, and oak. The sourness is pretty big with this sour. I would say almost an 8 out of 10. Medium bodied beer with low yet adequate carbonation level. It has a dry finish as well. This is probably my favorite offering from Hanssens to date.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby, blood hued body with a thin cap that rapidly fades to nil. Grand aroma of cherries, huge vanilla presence, oak. The flavor brings additional notes of pie dough, butter (positive attribute), cherry pie. Medium high acidity with low carbonation. Delicious.

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Photo of rjp217
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful deep blood red color on this. Head dissipates quickly. No lace. Aroma is initial cherry with an array of berries such as raspberry that catches you nicely. Taste is big time acidity up front with cherry juice on the finish. Pretty dribkable despite the puckering factor. This on par with many of the great sour cherry beers out there. Definitely pick this one up.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich almond, vanilla, clove, and cherries. Citrus, raspberries, oak, funk, wet hay as well. A touch of acetic acid in the nose, perhaps. Very rich cherry aroma dominates. Strawberries.

Pours murky maroon red (perhaps needed to settle longer). Virtually no carbonation. Just a hint of bubbles around the glass.

Crazy acidity. So very tart. Cranberries for sure. Even tannic like. Most of the acidity seems to come from the cherries as it is sharper than lactic but not as offensive as acetic. As I get somewhat adjusted to the acidity, sweeter fruit character comes out as well as tart, funky lambic. Raspberries, strawberries, mineral, oak, and lemons.

Virtually uncarbonated, but the acidity provides enough liveliness on the palate for sure. Light bodied, somewhat tannic. Acidity is sharp and lingers on the palate, but still less acetic than even the regular kriek.

Certainly unique. I do enjoy the rich cherry aroma, and was surprised how tart it was without being too heavy on the acetic side.

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Photo of teromous
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: March 2015

Appearance: Opaque with dark hues of red and purple giving it the appearance of cranberry juice. A short film of light purple bubbles appear when pouring but no head ever develops. The color of the Kriek is very beautiful. Despite the lack of head as the glass is tilted some very minor lacing develops as small bubbles cling to the glass.

Aroma: There is a sour aroma very characteristic to the Lambic style and not unique to the cherry fruit. A bit of sweet aroma is also there which does remind me of a fruit syrup. There is a very faint sweet cherry aroma.

Taste: Puckering sourness right out of the gate. There is a large hit of raspberry up front. This beer is all sourness. A bit of a ripe strawberry flavor surfaces as well. There is a bit of a Merlot flavor as well. It's not an extremely deep beer but it has a nice fruity overtone.

Mouthfeel: It is a very dry beer. Bone dry. There is a strong tartness and a bit of what seems like a chalky character in the aftertaste.

Overall: It really is what you expect out of a Kriek. It does tend to lack a bit of depth and complexity but overall it is well done and as a fruity tart Kriek it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of champ103
3.64/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March 2015. This differs from the "Scarenbecca Kriek" because Oude lambiek is basically blended right before bottling.

A: Pours a near opaque ruby red color. The tinniest of white/pink foam forms that sticks around as a small cap throughout.
S: Intensely of dark sour cherries. Very acidic with a touch of vanilla and even oak. Funky cheesy, intense all the way, but still really enjoyable.
T: Like the nose, the cherry sour and acidity is up front an intense. So much so, hardly anything else comes through, accept a tannin quality. That is probably a mixture of the cherries and oak barrels.
M/O: A light body that has almost no carbonation. A bit dirty, brash, and tannin like. This is fairly one noted, so there is nothing to counter the acidic puckering. The intense sourness makes for a really slow sipper.

As much as I have enjoyed rediscovering the Hanssens offerings, this does not resinate with me as much as some of the others. While it is enjoyable, just to intense and one noted. Interesting to try, but not sure this is something I will get over the others sitting on the shelf right now.

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Photo of pagriley
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red, like a red wine
Huge cherries with layers of funk and tart acid
More of the same on the palate with just a hunt of sweetness
Moderate to lower carb for the style

Stunning - really good must find more!

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Photo of emerge077
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is more or less a blend of the Oude Kriek and Scarenbecca that debuted in 2015.

Deep scarlet crimson color, intense and saturated. Thin layer of audibly crackling froth, pinkish color, quickly settling. After a few minutes it's fairly placid with a few clinging bubbles around the edges.

Aroma is intense and rich, bursting with dark cherries and a light acidity. Peripheral Brett funk.
Taste is intense puckering and juicy, mouthwatering sour cherries that have a nice depth of flavor. Dry tannic finish.
Light carbonation though it's certainly present, this is intentional and traditional.

Overall this is a fantastic blend using Schaerbeek cherries which lend depth and intensity.
Also a bit more affordable than Scarenbecca, which exclusively uses Schaerbeek cherries.

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Photo of nectarofthehops
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a great example of a solid sour beer that isn't too hard to get your hands on *cough*Cantillon*cough* and won't break the bank. Super vibrant red color and bubbles to match. I've always enjoyed the offerings from Hanssens and this one was no different.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Intense, dark pink color with a slightly pink, thin foam. Aroma has some mellow earthy funk and tart cherry notes. Taste starts fruity up-front, quite sour but not really mouth puckering. You also get the underlying earthy, barnyard notes which are present but not as harsh as in other lambics. Body is quite soft for the style but I like it. Overall it's a really good fruit lambic. I had it one year old but maybe if it was fresher I would have enjoyed it even more.

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Photo of aleigator
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens schaerbeekse kriek '15 release

Pours a dark ruby color, with a fizzy, decent head.

Tastes quite complex while remaining its refreshing impact, with utmost sour cherries.

Tastes of ripe sour cherries with its stone qualities being overly visible, among glue and tart funk. Utmost fruity, while featuring a distinct fermented note of young wine, with cherries remaining on top. Cherries are tart and rich at the same time, very pleasant and juicy.

Offers a well pronounced sourness in the taste, together with soddled malts and a good amount of funky jogurt. Cherry skin is very prominent, almost a bit leathery, wrapped up by dust and fermented fruit pulp. Finishes sweeter among a very prominent sourness, revealing notes of ripe cherries and a long lasting, slick acidity.

Very sour on the palate, while enhancing the beers fruitiness throughout. On top of that sour foundation settles cherry in all its possible layers, remaining a distinct sour refreshment.

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Photo of kappldav123
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

75cl bottle at home. Looks really, really good. Beer in the glass deep red, small head. Light sourish-fruity aroma. Starts mild, soft sourish, more and more fruity like cherries, more and more sourish without being too intense. Light bitter background. Finish sour and fruity. Surprisingly drinkable. This is an awesome beer. Love to finish that bottle.

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