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Scarenbecca Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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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

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Photo of warnerry
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Sean9689
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
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 Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Big thanks to daysinthewake for the assist. Served in a Hanssens "Gueuze-Kriek" tumbler.

Pours a bright, bright nearly blood red with a very short fizzy pink head that goes away almost immediately, hinting that this isn't going to have much carbonation.

The nose has some heavy cherry with cherry acidity and light earth. Touch of cherry pit. The flavor comes through stronger and brings a nice acidity that isn't way, way, way over the top like many of the other Hanssens beers that I've had. Behind the cherry and acidity is a bit of earth and very mild funk.

Body is light-medium with very low carbonation. Acidity is moderate and comparable to other authentic krieks, which is a warm welcome from Hanssens.

Overall, a pleasantly surprising beer that I plan to seek out again.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – A pleasing dark ruby red color, but surprisingly flat. No pop when I opened the cork, no head, and no lacing.

Smell – Sour cherries, with a stinky, funk.

Taste –Taste was ok; sour cherries and a hint of vinegar.

Mouthfeel – Flat, dry, with a sour bite. Funky sour aftertaste.

Drinkability – A bit flat for my liking. The cherry flavor wasn't my favorite from a lambic. And it was a touch more sour than I like.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I usually break down all the components separately, but this one is so disappointing. Expensive little bottle. Opened it up and and was worried - no pop. Yep, flat as a pancake. The color is fairly appealing - cooked cherries. Smell is a little sharp with some funk in there. Taste is down right watery, with the promise of something good buried in there somewhere. Overall, it's not worth even finishing.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.45/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

375mL bottle to stemless wine glass. $24 for the single. Sampled on 8/13/11.

A: The body is a dark shade of ruby with hints of a red. The color is beautiful and seductive, but that's the only thing going for it, at least from an appearance standpoint. No head, no lacing, no carbonation - this beer couldn't appear any more lifeless.

S: The cherry and oak aromas are satiating. Lightly vinous, lightly tannic. Cherry PEZ. Sourness is evident from the moment the cork is lifted.

T: One dimensional cherry flavor. As expected, a little sweet and a lot sour. Lightly acidic.

M: Medium to light body. Slick texture and zero carbonation. If given the right amount of effervescence, this beer could turn around quick, especially the bubbles elevated the flavors.

O: Just a bad investment. There's no other way to put it. Sure, there is a redeeming qualities to be had, but for the price [ESPECIALLY!] the consumer is owed a much better experience.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, glimmering ruby with virtually no head.

S: Aromas of tart cherries, must, balsamic vinegar, and barnyard funk fill the nose. This ale's scent is powerful, but not quite as complex as some lambics I've tried.

T: Notes of tart cherries, pomegranate, balsamic vinegar, must, barnyard funk, sea salt, and pickle brine wash across the palate. The finish is long, funky, and sour with cherry, vinegar, and barnyard notes.

M: Medium-to-full in body, very dry, and very firm. Carbonation is subtle, but present.

O: This is an excellent oude kriek that should be sharp and funky enough even for the most hardcore fan of sour ales. It is hands down one of the best Belgian lambics I've had in a long time.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark maroon in color and poured with no head.
S: There are very musty aromas in the nose along with strong smells of sour cherries.
T: Like the smell, strong flavors of sour cherries dominate the taste, which is very tart and has little if any acidity.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a slight amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very well balanced for the style.

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Photo of skibum69
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml shared with shadowane.

Pours a very dark cherry color with dark plum hues. Still with no head or lacing.

Sweet, funky aroma with lots of barnyard, horsey notes and sweet dark cherries. Slightly acetic with musty funk and vinous dark fruit. The fruit presence is strong with a ton of cherries.  So much so, I could even smell the pit of the fruit.

Tart and vinous with a very dry, puckering mouthfeel that has very little acidity. Nice and sour without being harsh with tons of earthy funk and vinous fruit.  More funky than anything with earthy hints of hay balanced by sweet dark fruit. Nice cherry flavor but not overly sweet.  Well balanced with elements of sweet, tart, dryness and funk. Lingering vinegar-y finish leaves me thirsting for more.  

Overall this was pretty good with lots of funk and sweet cherry flavor but it's a little thinner bodied than I prefer.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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 russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby red pour with no head, absolutely no head. Really reminds me of a deep red wine the way it pours.

S: Huge notes of tart cherries are balanced by tartness, acidity, and barnyard funk. The smell is deep and complex, but balanced well.

T: The taste is almost like drinking the juice from the jar of tart cherries. It is so fruity and delicious. Heavily sour to make up for the fruit taste. The first sip give you a big smack in the face with sour.

MF: It is really flat. From the cork literally just pulling out of the bottle, to the lack of bubbles and had on the pour, to the taste. A bit thin and lacking in this area, my only knock.

O: This was delicious, balanced, complex, and interesting. Really glad I splurged for it and picked it up.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a tasting glass at Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst. At $8 for 5oz, I think it's actually slightly cheaper than buying a bottle. Cool.

A: Still maroon liquid. No carbonation at all. Pretty boring, but I was expecting it.

S: Fantastic aroma of juicy sour cherries, oak, and clean grassy funk. Intense and terrific, with the fruit dominating without completely precluding complexity.

T: Follows the nose: ripe, sour cherries and bright, refreshingly clean funk. Delicious.

M: Still, smooth, fairly thick body. Sticky and chewy, which is a bit overbearing but does a decent job highlighting the major fruitiness. Not bad for being entirely uncarbonated.

O: This was a delicious beer, but be warned: the cherries are the star of the show, and if you're looking for the serious sourness and funk that Hanssens usually delivers then you'll be left disappointed. It's also rather overpriced; I'm glad I got to try a sample.

Cheers!

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!
Shared by khazaduhm and served in Captain Lawrence tulip.

Looks like Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus. Looks like red maraschino cherry juice. Like cherry grenadine. There is no carbonation at all-- it is completely flat. For $26 per 375 ml, I was expecting at least a little carbonation-- and I could handle missing some bubbles if the flavor made up for it...

My personal thought is this: if you're going to release a beer that's flat, mention it on the label. This is a style that generally DOES have carbonation, so when a flat batch arises, don't try to get away with something and sell it as though it came out perfectly. Own up to it. The customers will respect you more.
We did open 2 bottles of this, and I have since opened a third-- all were flat.

The smell is cherries... Very sweet. Just a hint of tartness. No real sour notes to speak of. The cherries aren't bad--- but they aren't enough here. This is way too much like drinking cherry juice and not enough like drinking a lambic from a professional brewery.
The taste is boring. Just sweet cherries. A slight tart bite, but again, not sour.
Overall-- meh. I won't be buying this beer ever again. Not worth the $13 per bottle that the regular Hansen's lineup costs, let alone double that!

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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 popery
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 8/7/11. Pours a hazy, bright, deep red with absolutely no head. The beer is dead flat. Probably an 8/10 on the pucker scale. It’s nice and sour. The aroma is mostly sour cherries mixed with a decent dose of barnyard funk. It’s not a super complex aroma, but I like it. Taste is big sour cherries. Tried this right before NG Raspberry Tart, and I’ll take the Scarenbecca over that, any day of the week. This is a very nice sour cherry lambic, and I’d love to try it against 3F’s, some time.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

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Photo of jsanford
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle poured into a Geuze glass.

A - Pours a completely still burgundy. No bubbles at all. I know many of the Hanssens offerings have low carbonation, but geez...
S - Big aromas of high-quality cherry, oak, brown sugar, and vanilla. Very nice, not quite as "bright" as the Cantillion or Boon offerings. Funk is definitely there, slightly cheesy.
T - Lots of tart cherry pie flavors, with a touch of that cheese funk, brown sugar, leather, and oak. Very smooth and drinkable, this is missing much of that acid burn finish I get from a lot of other Krieks (my reflux certainly is happy about this!).
M - The flat carbonation certainly hurts this for me. I'm well aware that not all Lambics need sharp, "spritzy" carbonation, but a little would have went a long ways for me here. Medium-bodied with a pretty slick mouth-feel.
O - Glad I tried it but definitely not worth the $25 I paid, especially when the 3F Schaerbeek Lambic runs about 7 bucks more for a 750. Just sayin.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/28/2011

375ml bottle purchased for $11.99.

Poured into a snifter. Bottle opens with a feeble pop.

A: Pours out flat with tiny fast fading bubbles that quickly settle to nothing. The beer is burgundy with some transparency.

S: Sweet and sour cherries remind me of cherry pie. Oak is evident with a little vanilla. Musty cherry skins accompany barnyard notes and a little leather. The fruit smells fantastic.

T: Immediately piquant, puckeringly so, with a vibrant cherry presence and a moderate lactic sourness. Oak is evident midpalate, accompanied by earth, light barnyard characteristics, and a faint leather presence. The beer is pleasantly acetic, with evident tannins and a moderate citric acidity. Vinegar is light in the flavor. The cherry profile is stellar. The dry finish is increasingly acetic with matching citric notes; the beer ends with a mouth puckering cherry tartness.

M: Medium body with essentially no carbonation. I don't mind a flat lambic, but the overall experience would have been improved with carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and tannic.

Overall: A delicious kriek, but carbonation would have made this exceptional. Recommended.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Beverage Warehouse Winooski. 375mL green glass cork & cage. No date to be found but the first to ever make it to VT.

Pours still and deep Gothic red. Nose is classic for a nice Kriek, deep dark cherries, oak, woodland floor, leaves, acetic acid, etc. Palate is bracingly sour with a shot of sweetness midpalate that fades on the finish. Super dark cherry flavor, then oak boards, then cherry skins, then earth. No carbonation at all. Finish is sweet rather than drying (not tannic).

Note: Nice, but super pricey which leaves me wondering why I paid $22 for this. Not as good as the Experimental Cassis in my book.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
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 amccormi
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed with beersack in honor of his good grades in law school.

A - The pour is near-still, and is a deep red hue, akin to pomegranate juice or red wine. The look is menacing, at any rate, which is appropriate given the malicious level of sourness which is wrought upon the palate.

S - The aroma is much more faint than the taste, offering mostly fresh tart cherry notes, some oak, and a big dose of minerals (vitamins, actually.)

T - The taste first washes across the palate and expresses intense notes of cherry fruitiness; this appreciation is quickly obliterated by Hanssens' hallmark face-crushing sourness. Not that its a bad thing. If I wanted mellow, I wouldn't be grabbing Hanssens. I cannot say what kind of acidity it is, but it doesn't strike me as acetic or lactic, instead more likely tartaric, fumaric, citric, or malic acid; something akin to War Heads candy, though it retains a high degree of real fruit flavor. Oak is not particularly notable here for me, except for in a drying tannic sense, and the focus is generally split between the vibrancy of the cherries and the puckering pungency of the tart flavor.

M - Much more lively of a mouthfeel than the appearance might suggest. Good stuff, replete with a dry long dry finish.

O - Quite sour. Expensive, too. Overall, this is a very good beer that does not reach the highest of heights, but is not terribly far off either. I can see people being thrown off by 1. pricetag 2. pungency 3. low/no carbonation. I am not bothered by any of those things.

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Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.
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