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Scarenbecca Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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3.88/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek sour cherries.

Added by aerozeppl on 12-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,682
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
217
pDev:
14.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
As expected this beer pours quite flat, though it does manage to scare up a bubble or two. The beer is a deep purple color that shows a lightly hazed, deep cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells musky, has a sort of musty foot note to it that hasn't quite gotten to rank levels, there are some definite plastic phenolic notes that mix in with a rustic animal like muskiness and it surprisingly doesn't really smell like cherries; there is a touch of tartness here, perhaps some cherry skin-like notes, but it doesn't have the bright cherry fruit character of 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek. It does have a touch of the floral character that the latter has with a touch of carnation and perhaps a touch of something like roses. As the beer warms up it becomes a bit more funky

The flavor is tart up front and it gets more tart with the cherry contribution as it rolls across the palate. It is near bone dry, but has a palate fullness to it from a certain viscous quality. The finish has a cherry flavor to it that reminds me of roses and cedar (of all things); the beer is definitely woody from the oak and it hints of a slight tannin character and astringency (which is likely muted by the lack of carbonation). The beer is very dry, yet it manages to have a cherry fruit character that comes through despite the lack of sweetness; flavors of cherry as well as a rich, though somehow not actually, fruitiness that is more floral than anything. As the beer warms up it picks up a hint of sweetness, which accentuates some more of the cherry flavors. The tartness here is contributed by a nice lactic note as well as a tartness from the cherries; it is not aggressive but just bracing and I definitely like it. I really like that this doesn't have the harsh acetic acidity that the two experimental Lambics had. The funkiness that is here provides some balance and complexity, which is really what this beer is all about; especially considering how integrated and soft the cherry character is. I am really enjoying this in the end, it is far better than the experimental Lambics from Hanssens.

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Photo of warnerry
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - No pop when the cork comes out. Yep, completely still, but a still a beautiful ruby color.

S - Cherry is definitely the dominant aroma. Both sweet cherry and some nice tart notes. There is some slight funk, but it is definitely subdued for the style, especially for Hanssens. Maybe not that complex, but I thought it smelled delicious.

T - More tart than the nose would suggest. Very tart, in fact. Also a bit more funk in the taste that the aroma. There is a small amount of sweet cherry, but sour cherry definitely steals the show. Quite tasty and refreshing.

M - Completely flat, but pretty smooth and quite dry.

O - Despite the lack of carbonation, I thought this was very tasty, even more so than the regular Hanssens Kriek. Luckily for me, both the cashier and I were naive as to what this was supposed to cost, so I got it for the same price as a regular Hanssens offering. I don't know that I would pay the regular price for this, but it was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this new beer.

The beer pours a deep red color with no discernible head. The aroma is a great mix of cherries with a little bit of tartness and funk. There are no sugary, syrupy notes in the aroma. The lambic funk goes very well with the tart cherries.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a very heavy cherry presence with a little bit of funk. Still, with a beer that is this young, the cherry notes are overwhelming, but there is still a nice amount of sourness. I don't get too much oak or barrel aged notes in the flavor. There is no sweetness in the beer, which is very dry. Very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and almost completely flat. I think some carbonation would have helped the beer, but it was still very enjoyable. A nice, true Belgian lambic. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Dark ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.

Wonderful aroma consisting of bright, vibrant, fresh cherries and lots of stinging sourness.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, with the vibrant, tart cherry and sourness dominating the palette, though this beer has one of the driest finishes I've ever experienced.

Medium mouthful with high carbonation.

A delicious kriek. I would love to try this one again.

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Photo of valkyre65
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark ruby color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of mildly dry medium malts with tart and musty cherry and currant aromas. Also present are mild amounts of vanilla and oak.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Smooth medium malts up front are joined almost immediately by moderately tart cherry and currants. Midway through hints of funk come into play before slight vanilla pushes the funk aside. Very slight oak comes in near the end, fading into a moderately tart ending. Mouthfeel is good, with soft carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It’s not as complex as Cantillon’s Schaerbeekse offerings but it’s not terribly far behind. Worth a shot even at the steep price.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Bo for opening this one.

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with no head or lacing whatsoever.

S: Nice aromas of cherry and raspberry, a bit of sourness and some funk/barnyard aroma.

T: Quite tasty with heavy fruit flavors. They cherry dominates, but there is a bit of raspberry and stone fruit underneath. The funk is a bit more present as well, mustier than the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but sort of on the thick side of medium bodied.

O: It was good, but not worth the hefty price tag slapped on the bottle.

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Photo of Corkpuller
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of hooliganlife
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really a love it or hate it thing here, the bottle I had just sort of dutifully checked off the boxes without any one outstanding feature. Apparently there are rather still bottles of this out there, but mine easily had enough carbonation. Nice cherry presence on the nose, tart, some rubber/marker phenols at first blush but those cleared up within several minutes. Color is a lovely claret, zero head, clear with a careful pour but a ton of straight up Mississippi River-level silt at the bottom of the bottle. Palate is puckery cherries, really nice flavor, no cough syrup, super light oaky funk, a touch thin maybe, and an acidic/vinegary character that grows over time. That last part is what, pardon the pun, soured me on this one. A nice kriek, but that emergent stomach acid note leaves a sour (sorry, had to do it again) taste in your mouth.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, man does this one have a price tag! But it's hard to beat these well made foreign sours, and I guess I'll pay what I have to. Into the Saison Dupont Tumbler...

A - Blood red with almost no head. Kinda low-frills actually.

S - Huge cherry aroma here, no surprise, with a nice twang of bacterial acidity. I'm not really getting a whole lot else in this aroma, but the depth of the cherry flavors really is striking: Sharp cherry acidity, deep dark fruit sweetness, I swear I can smell that slight dryness of the rind in here too.

T - The flavors mirror the aroma for the most part, only much more focus on the sharp acidity in the mouth. Dry honey-like sweetness here too. Very assertive, but I don't think I'll need a antacid... yet...

M - Very low carbonation, so an unblended lambic it is. Silky mouthfeel helps balance out the prickly feel on the tongue from the acidity.

D - I have to knock the score down a bit, due to the price, but for my money, this is every bit as great of a lambic as anything I've had from Cantillon or 3 Fonteinen. Sharp acidity and big cherry flavor, but still feel like I can taste the lambic underneath. Glad I dropped the money on this one, a great way to spend the night.

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Photo of Highbury09
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of JamLand
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This may be my craziest rating. High in appearance and in smell and low in test, mouthfeel and drinkability.

Pours a clear medium deep cranberry red with no head but very nice looking.

Nose is initially a "gray smoke" quality, almost like the smoke from putting out a fire with water, that then develops a bit of an oak barrel nose. Goes to a white bread toast with hints of fruit. Layered, complex and appealing nose.

Mouthfeel is without carbonation; has a big sour character but without any discernable fruit or style and definitely needs more acid for my taste.

Not much "character" or flavor profile but there are undertones of sour cherry. There is a citric/sour character that you want to like but it just misses and is just lacking in most elements. Not real appealing any respect and no something that is inviting to drink.

Some carbonation would have assisted this one. Just not one you want to drink. Finish is simple citric sour with no brightness.

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Photo of Shaymus
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blood red crimson in the glass, virtually still... other than a few larger bubbles clustered on the surface. Tiny micro carbonation rises at the edges when swirled. A "barely there" cobwebby surface skim lasts for a second, then it's gone. Looks pretty much like red wine, and for an unblended Kriek that's intentional. Bottled straight from the barrels without young lambic or priming sugar = no carbonation. On purpose. Do vintners dump their wine when it's flat? No. This beer is as close to cherry wine that you can get. To everyone faulting this beer for being uncarbonated, your ignorance is showing.

Kriekenbier is a virtually extinct style that used to be found in lambic cafes around the Pajottenland region. Local farmers would add their cherry harvest to barrels of straight unblended lambic which was served on draft in the cafes. As a re-creation of a rare historical style, it's quite amazing.

Cherry pie and pits, balsamic, horse stables, there's even some minor sweetness that triggers the cherry pie association.

Intense cherry flavor, juicy, very savory, sweet and tart, mellow feel. The sour level barely puckers, but it's a pleasant soft tartness that seems natural and integral to the small, sour Schaerbeek cherry. Rolling it around, the cherry intensity overwhelms much of the other nuances, but there is some tannic dryness in the finish from the oak barrel.

The stillness is traditional for an unblended lambic, and it's similar in body to Hanssens Experimental Cassis. Wine-like. Extremely savory, one to sip over the course of an hour. Worth the premium for the wild Schaerbeekse cherries, which are highly scarce and not cheap.

2017: On draft this was mind-blowing. Rich fruit with heaps of complexity, dark cherry and almond/cinnamon from the pits. Very intense and concentrated flavors.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  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.

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Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 217 ratings
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