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Hanssens Scarenbecca Kriek

Brewed by Hanssens Artisanaal
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Dworp, Belgium


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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek sour cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 25, 2015
On tap at Belmont Station. A privilege to try on tap. I was told this was one of only four kegs that made it into the US. Aroma is quite dramatic and full. Bright and fruity, lots of cherry. Taste is quite sour. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5924) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Excellent. Sour cherry and big citrus. Lots of bretta. Tangy finish. Pours this red ruby fingernail polish cover. Thick and syrupy. Great stuff. Tap at Snallygaster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (4090) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Draft pour at Snallygaster shared by solidfunk, thanks! Hazy reddish color. Aromas of cherries, berries, vinegar. Tastes of big tart acidic notes, cherries and berries, vinegar. Light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (6083) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Draft at Snallygaster 2015. Thanks to solidfunk for getting the most expensive beer at the festival for all of us. Poured a cloudy, mostly deep ruby red color with a foamy pink head. Aroma was lots of tart cherry notes. Flavor was so mouth pucking it was hard to believe. Lots of tartness, wild funk notes. Almost too tart, but I’ll give it a bit of a pass, but be warned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (4978) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2015
On draft at Snallygaster 2015. Pours a murky red with a pink head. Aroma of tart cherry. Flavors of sour cherry and red grapes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
neepsntatties (1506) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2015
On tap at Belmont Station. Colour...did someone pour me a cherry based fruit smoothie?! Nose...holy crap! The second I got a wiff, my salivary glands started gleeking like crazy! Palate...well...my friend Jim from Reverend Nat’s was sitting near me and said that this was so sour it’d make my "face cave in!". He’s pretty close! Incredibly sour and massively tart, this kriek is unbelievable! The cherries are definitely there but the acetic aspect is sage of the stage, with this baby! Huge tart fruit and light notes of vanilla show on the back palate. Amazing kriek!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (4563) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2015
2011 draught at OEC SourFest, 8/15/15.
Deep, bright blood red cherry body has some darker violet notes and a small pink-flecked head that recedes to a ring rather quickly. Good clarity with some minimal haziness.
Sour cherries, of course, seem nicely woven in to the lambic acids and both strong lactic and malic acids are presented. After quite a bit of breathing and warming, there’s a very distinct, poignant note of almost red wine. Tough to nail down descriptively, perhaps intense cherry pit/cherry juice? It’s absolutely lovely and charming and adds just enough sweet/tart element to the already lush sourness and juiciness. Vanilla, cherry pulp, lime, band-aids, and fairly reserved funkiness all appear in some degree and no alcohol or flaws are noted. Very, very aromatic and sniffable.
Big cherry flavor is appropriately sour, well-attenuated and shows no sign of adulteration or cheap adjunct. Black pepper, malic acids and lactic acids all build on the palate, which has a tight carbonation and champagne-like mouthfeel. Some very minimal sugars help balance and fruit flavors mixed in nicely with the lambic character linger long on the finish. Quite sour, especially given the cherry addition, but right up my alley. Not as funky as the best Cantillon Krieks I’ve had, but certainly more flavorful, if somewhat less elegant than 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek. Whatever the case, this was in great condition and was absolutely delicious regardless of comparison.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (2977) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2015
2011 vi tage on tap at oec sour fest. Murky looking ruby red pour with minimal head. Aroma is ripe sweet cherries, light balsamic, cheese, lambic funk. Taste is nicely tart with jammy cherries. One of my favorite krieks ever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1419) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
2011 Bottle from capitol beer and taproom. Pours pink red with no head. Taste is very tart with a nice cherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1366) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Poured from a 375 ml bottle with no date. Aroma is moderately cherry forward, but neither jammy or juice-like, rather sour fruit. Medium light barnyard notes with a bit of a hay character. Light oak and acidity with a hint of citrus. Opened with only a slight hiss. Pours a slightly murky dark red with some light brownish hues and a very thin, almost non existent, white head that recedes quickly. No lacing and faint legs. Flavor is fairly acidic like most Hanssens lambics with a slight citrus note. Moderate cherry character, but not sweet at all. Some light barnyard notes with a hint of tropical fruit. Medium light oak character. I really like that the cherry isnt jammy or candy like. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, I really like the cherry character of the beer but I find the acidity a bit too overpowering to really bring out the finer points of the lambic. As your palate adjusts to the acidity you get more yeast characte rand oak, but its still tough.

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