AdamJackson (3432) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 11, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 Batch from Toer de Gueuze, bottle enjoyed with 77Ships and others @ Hanssens. Great weather, nice day. it was 16 Euro for 75CLs no limit for take-away. Label says "hand picked" and is brighter than previous batches
Color is the deepest, darkest red I’ve ever seen...bits of purple. Aroma is delicate, balanced, light tartness and an explosion of a ’cherry smoothie’ for me. not that overly sweet either. The taste is explosive. No acetic sour tastes, no phenols, no plastic. Cherry juice, 18-24 month lambic, juicy, and a lot of wood. The amount of cherries must be approaching 30% volumes (300g p/L). Good mouthfeel but might need more time in the bottle. Honestly, I should have grabbed a few more of these. An exceptional batch. juicy, not acidic, not too sour a friend with us who had not bought bottles, tasted this and then bought 6! :)
OLD RATING, Late-2013
There are so few reviews of this beer because it runs $25 on shelves for a 375ML. I buy it when I can. Finall took notes at Fuj’s epic Gueuzapalooza fest last weekend aside other Schaerbeek cherry lambics. Dark blood red appearance. Nose is gigantic. So much fruitiness, jammy with a touch of funk. This beer stands out among the rest, even beside LP Kriek. The 3F Schaerbeek Krek wins hands down but this is a close second. Lots of cherry, oak and woody funk. wet hay with tight cherry jelly.
bartlebier (2483) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As "Oude Kriek - Handgeplukte Schaerbeekse Krieken." Fresh 37,5cl bottle from source during TdG, brewed/bottled Jan 2015. Gorgous deep pink to mauve, meaty flat pour. Aroma is equally enticing: fresh sweet, fruitflesh-bellied cherries (morellos) lying out on a sun-dappled deep plate, fresh yoghurt, delicate mace spice (NL. foelie) and nutmeg as in spekuloos, sweet almond, fresh tart cherry juice. The lambiek funk here provides some contour to draw out the natural fruit flavours, not taking center stage. Thick, suave, near-meaty mouthfeel giving delicious presence to the fragrant deeppink sweet cherry, while again a spicy spekuloos/Spekulatius crumble doused with nutmeg and cinnamon substory runs underneath the main cherry event. Nothing short of spectacular, yet earthy and natural tasting. Just the right abv as well. Worth harvesting those ever rarer Schaerbeekse krieken - and occasionally paying its ever heavier ransom whenever it pops up in its native region - which is disgracefully seldom.
diabel (1622) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red body. Small head. Strong sour cherry flavour. Great fruit sourness,lightly yoghurt. Extremely well balanced.
Ernesto987 (4450) - Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle thank to Norm, thin and strong cherry flavor, moderate lambic farm funk, no carb, tasty, the cherries take on different nuances throughout warming. neat but way overpriced.
markextrae (1894) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
New 75cl batch. Poured a deep red colour with a pink head. Aroma is bursting with sour tart cherries. Wheat, citrus, grains, tart, lemon zest, Some framboise, bit of a weak mouthfeel. Taste is less tart compared to the aroma. But enjoyable
50belair (2877) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the brewery. Opaque garnet pour with a fkeeting pinkish/off white head. Big cherry bouquet. Tart cherries dominate with mild sour funk backbeats. A healthy dose of oak and malty sweetness. Good body and mouthfeel.
kraddel (4499) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage looking label. Glad I found this ( in the US )
Pours dark , unclear red , no head amazing cherry scent . Sweeter than the regular.
Taste is sharp sour . Bit wattery , but with a whole lot of cherry goodness ! Intense sour, almost like Oudbeitje . Cherry is actually in the back , while the taste itself is thin . The fact that it doesnt have any carbonation doesnt help ;)
slowrunner77 (6722) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like the style and like this type of cherry. Only had a sample of this so hard to compare it favorably to the regular kriek I’ve had larger portions of. Quite tart and oaky. Medium sour, and body. Quite fruity.
Bill Becker (511) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
38cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2010, thx alot to Pieter for bringing this over!, complex sour Kriek, sour/fruity and slightly woody, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet expensive!