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Scarenbecca Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.87/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle. No date indicated.

Absolutely beautiful bright red color. Little pink head that dissipates to the rim of the glass. Slightly hazed beer. Head laces glass on every sip.

Smells of raw wood and tart cherries. Mixed with piercing wild yeast character. Vinegar in the smell but it really doesn't bother me. Very enticing.

I honestly didn't know what to think about this beer at first. My palate took several sips to adjust to the flavors.

Intense tart cherries and oak. Slightly sweet tasting, but still maintaining desired dry mouthfeel. Very mildly carbonation. Wood barrel flavor is blended in perfectly. Tame presence of wheat left over. Tartness is puckering but not scorching or unpleasant. Leaves a wonderful cherry essence and coating of tannin after the sip. Wild yeast and bacteria flavors are chameleon like and change as I sip on.

Amazingly balanced. I enjoyed every sip. Everyone enjoyed every sip and desired more. Super good lambic.

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Photo of lowendfrequency
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 12.7 fl oz bottle poured into an Ithaca Beer Excelsior Tulip. Pours a deep ruby, fairly clear with absolutely no head. Completely still, this beer resembles a fine pinot noir in the glass. Quite the looker.

A complex aroma greets the nose with tart cherry and red wine vinegar taking the forefront. There is a pleasant skin and cherry stone meatiness backed with a distinct barnyard character. I could bury my nose in this glass for days.

Once the palette adjusts to the initial tartness, this beer is every bit as complex as the nose led me to believe. Dark cherries and stone fruits with plenty of tannins from the skins and pits. There is a semi-sweet character but the firm acidity only lets me perceive it in fleeting glimpses. Very wine-like with excellent oak balance.

The body is thin but still retains some substance. Appropriate for the style and stillness of this beer. Almost no perceivable alcohol.

This was an absolutely fantastic experience. Complex while well balanced, elegant and bold all at the same time. This drink truly blurs the distinction between the worlds of beer and wine. As much as I like to age my lambics, I feel that this beer is in it's prime and ready to drink. Hanssens won't even let this beer see the light of day until it's 3 years old. It would be a shame to overpower the delicate cherry with a sour bomb. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Totally.

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4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deep, dark, cherry red with virtually no head. just like all hanssens beers when young. i wanted this one to be quasi-fresh, so it looked just as expected. nose is acidic, sour cherry with a nice nuttiness rounding it out and some mild, earthy cobwebbiness. taste is beautifully balanced and wonderful. flavors are clean and pure, with jammy ripe-fruit sweetness on top of tart fruit and the cherry pit/nut adds an extra dimension. silky, slick mouthfeel that coats the palate before being lifted off by the tartness. just fantastic and very well done. another winner from the realest and most underrated lambic producer in the world.

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4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer was deep crimson (red seems too podunk of a discription). There was no head as it was pretty much still.

Aroma of cherry (duh), a touch of vanilla or almond, a hint of nutmeg, and a bit of barnyard funk annd lactic acid in the background.

Flavor of sich cherry and vanilla/almond dominate. There is sourness, but compared to other Hanssens beer it is subdued.

The mouthfeel was incredibly smooth and I will say hands down this is the best Kriek I will never buy again, unless I become very wealthy, which would be great. The cherry and the funk blecd so well to creat this smooth rich flavor with all the complexity you could ever need. It hits the style right on the head.

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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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4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a still red with no head

The aroma is heavy on fresh tart cherry, attic dust, nuttiness, and garden dew.

The flavor is brilliantly soft and fresh cherry. I recently had the standard Hanssens Kreik and this is far superior. Just so much more subtle amd rounded and not as bracingly intense. Lots of dry oakiness and nutty earth as well. A fantastic kriek.

The body is still which hurts it a bit. Not sure if any carbonation will develop over time, but just a small amount of bubbles would be beneficial.

Overall I was very pleasenly surprised by this beer. The price is prohibitively outrageous but the flavor is spectacular. Definitely worth the extra cost over their regular kriek, but it would be hard to justify paying twice as much per ounce as a Lou Pepe Kriek again.

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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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