Oude Kriek Hangeplukte Schaerbeekse Krieken
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #40
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4.31 | pDev: 6.73%
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Oude Kriek Hangeplukte Schaerbeekse KriekenOude Kriek Hangeplukte Schaerbeekse Krieken
Notes: Formerly Oude Schaarbeekse Kriek

First released during Toer de Geuze 2015. The Schaerbeekse Kriek is a blend of 75% young cherry lambic of the Schaarbeekse variety and 25% old lambic.This is in order to have a fermentation in the bottle, resulting in foam and CO2.
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark red to maroon with a short fuzzy off-white to dull pinkish head dying off to nothing.

Quite sour, even stingingly acetic, with balsamic notes that pummel the palate up front. Then, thankfully, but maybe too little too late, some gummy, chewy, juicy and plump Schaerbeekse, Luxardo-like cherry comes out really prominently mid-palate.

However, the cutting, fine carbonation sharpens the medium syrupy body in conjunction with the formidably sour acidity that only allows for a little bit of barrel char paired with a hint of nougat before the dry, sharply acidic swallow.

February 2016 bottling date.

Mar 29, 2020
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octortus from Canada

4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL Bottle. ABV 6.5%.
Appearance: Murky plum/boysenberry, Almost no head but there was some fizzy crackles, No collar remains.
Aroma: Huge cherry (skin, flesh, pit), Slightly tart, Plump dark berries (blueberry, blackberry), Slight funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Mouth puckering, Decent carbonation.
Flavour: Huge cherry (tart skin, sweet flesh, pit), Tart, Plump dark berries (blueberry, blackberry), Slight funk, If there is any cinnamon it is very slight on the finish.
Overall: You wanted cherry, right? You got lots of it. People may have wanted a bit more Lambic presence, and that may be warranted. However, this is a simple and fantastic Kriek.

Review: 150

Mar 09, 2020
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From March 2015. Some CO2 but poured mostly flat. Medium nose, deep almond and cherry. Taste is sharp bt very tart jam. Not as much maltiness as in 3F. Would like a bit more balance.

Feb 02, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: reddish purple with a very thin white head

Aroma: cherries, oak, some red wine

Taste: It's tart and sweet cherries, lots of cherries, some funk, oak, and red wine in the flavor.

Body/Overall: light to medium body.

Nov 11, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red color lambic with a large light red color head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of tart cherry notes with some sour and funky notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix of tart cherry notes with some funky ester, some oak and light residual sugar with some cherry pit notes also perceptible. Body is about average for style with good level of carbonation. Typical Hanssens lambic with some light acidity but enjoyable fruit presence.

Jul 29, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Francois for sharing this late 90s vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy vibrant cherry juice hue with a big off white head that fades to leave a halo.

S - Big aromas of super bright vibrant cherry juice and jam, light cinnamon, super fragrant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads and loads of tart cherries and cinnamon cherry pits. Incredibly tart and lightly sweet. Level upon level of cherries.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy nice bright acidity.

O - Overall this was a phenomenal beer and the cherries. Just phenomenal cherry juice and jam. Love this.

Serving Type: bottle

Jul 27, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Francois
Nice fizzy pink head, low to medium retention, light lacing, dark murky purple rosy color

Nose loads of cherry and juicy fruit, little plum, little tart, nice funk, little blueberry like

Taste tart cherry, super tart little funky, nice bright acidity, light sweet candy malt and cherry cough syrup like, juicy cherry, funky funky flemmy, light acidity finish

Mouth is med bod, medium lighter carb

Overall pretty nice, good tart cherry and juicy fruit, good funk and acidity, little flemmy and harsh

Jul 27, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

May 07, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Apr 13, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Mar 12, 2019
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heygeebee from Australia

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Dec 22, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Oct 21, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Aug 25, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Apr 15, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Nov 04, 2017
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moose1980 from Germany

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Mar 24, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Jul 26, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Jun 09, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Jun 08, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

May 01, 2016
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Apr 27, 2016
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sjccmd from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Apr 18, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -10%
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.

Apr 13, 2016
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champ103 from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Feb 07, 2016
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pagriley from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Feb 02, 2016
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 90 ratings