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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
208
Reviews:
76
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
14.8%
 
 
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14
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44
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Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BallsDeep
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cultclassic89
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This review is definitely going to come off as biased. Reviewed 7/12/15, not sure of the bottle date, but seemed to be a bit older.

Bright red appearance, no carb. Really pretty.

Smells like soft cherry juice with a bit of funk. Very enticing.

Taste is fantastic, wonderful balance of sweet and tart cherry, funk, slight oak. Almost mead like.

No carbonation, which I think most people won't enjoy, but I love it. Very much like mead.

I think as a beer, it doesn't get the rating it deserves due to being still. If it was a cherry mead done by Schramm's, it would be getting rave reviews.

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Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 CB2maltygoodness
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 rowingbrewer
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of straightlambic
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nniicckkww
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a chalice. No head or lacing. Still. Slightest bubbles appear if you tilt the glass and hold it up to the light. Deep ruby purple color. Just a bit of haze. Aroma of sour cherries, acid and funk.

Very sour with the first sip. Lots of cherries. Delicious. The most cherriest beer I've encountered. Just the right amount of wet hay/barnyard funk to make this beer interesting. The finish is dry and crisp and mouth-puckering. Grassy. Again, cherries. Yum. The sourness is less perceptible as you drink on. Very balanced yet aggressive at the same time.

Drinkability gets hit because it's $26 a bottle. Delicious beer and the best still beer I've ever had. I still think that some carbonation would make this brew epic.

My wife LOVED the cherry flavor. Big ups to her as I returned home after work with a surprise in the fridge: this beer accompanied by two bottles of 3F Oude Kriek. I have the best wife ever!!!

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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 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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A small pop when I pulled the cork out, it pours a very dark...very dark red that almost looks black. A bit of foam here that has a decidedly reddish tint to it.

The smell is very sour, sour cherries and vinegar mixed with some oak barreling vanilla notes but that is pushed way to the back. I'm surprised I noticed it.

Super wine like flavours going on with tannins jumping out at me. The cherry tartness is very tasty, don't get a lot of vinegar at all, some oak vanilla, super tart in the finish.

Medium bodied with SOME carbonation, light it being.

Hey, guess what? I dig this. Another enjoyable brew from Hanssens.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

JustinA1 popped this one open last night. Thanks dawg.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: No head - looks utterly flat. That flaw aside, the body's gorgeous: deep burgundy with light murkiness. No head means no lacing. I wonder if it's normally like this.

Smell: Red and black cherries all over the place! Jammy, earthy, and decidedly sour. I want to say I get lemonade (I get lemonade in a lot of sour lambics), but maybe not; this smells like pure cherry through and through. Awesome!

Taste: Black cherry, lemon juice, and that's about it. Pure kriek. Intensely sour with hardly any earthy or funky undertones. As with the aroma, this is excellent!

Mouthfeel: Pretty flat and thin without much character. Very sour, but also very watery.

Overall: Great taste and aroma, but the carbonation needs to be reworked. Could be more complex, but I like that this is such a pure kriek. Get some!

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Photo of DrBier
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet.

A: The cork practically fell out of the bottle. No carbonation, none whatsoever. Despite that it pours an incredible deep crimson that shows off some hazy tendrils when swirled.

S: Vinegar and sour cherries. When it warmed, I picked up a bit of Traverse City cherry pie filling...sweet and spicy with a fantastic tang.

T: The taste virtually mirrors the smell for the most part. I was able to pick up on a nice damp oak flavor as well as some fresh lemon.

M: Felt quite full. More than likely due to the lack of carbonation. The sour acidity does its' part to add some life into this and the result is wonderful in its' dryness with a hint of tartness.

D: Overall a very drinkable lambic. It displays restraint as opposed to face melting sourness. The price made this a one and done for me.

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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 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 Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours a gorgeous cherry red to fuschia colour. No head, no bubbles, still.

S: Light notes of horse blanket mixed with some satisfying direct cherry notes. Slightly sweet character.

T: Sour cherries for days dancing in lactic acidity. Jammy at times, sweet finish, but quite complex. Minimal funk, the fruit is to the forefont and stays there.

M: Tart, jammy, with no carbonation. Flat, but the acidity gives it some body although the lack of carbonation makes it flabby at points.

D: An interesting kriek and the first one I have ever had made from the legendary Schaerbeek cherries. In the end, too expensive for what you get, but as a lambic and beer it's very well done.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
3.92 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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