77ships (5093) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled as Schaerbeekse kriekenlambic which I got confirmed is the same as this one. Bottled pure, no lambic added when bottling in order to carbonate because this would destroy the fruity flavours which explains the other Hanssens bottled fruit beers. Pours an incredible, deep ruby red with no head. Nose is intense pure, real kriek, like holding a plate in your hands, lots of pits as well, light herbs, nicely natural fruit tart,… amazing. Taste Is utterly incredible, pure kriek, taste, light Christmas herbs, lots of red wine & oodles of pits, red wine and strong tartness follow in the finish, quite sour and tart and nice added smidgon of acid. Completely flat, absolutely incredible – this should be sold in Belgium.
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells like funky sweet cherry pie. Tastes like mom’s cherry pie. What a fantastic beer.
bartlebier (2491) - 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.
Theis (14293) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Papsø’s. Cloudy deep reddish - white head. High cherry, lovely high sourness, wooden, lovely fruity, red berries, sourish cherry, dryness, citric, Fantastic aroma and a long lovely aftertaste.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle @ redlight redlight. Rich cherry aroma with a tart sourness on the nose. Pours a rich red with no head, no carbonation. Sour cherries, raspberries and sour strawberry with bitter fruit skin flavors with some crab apple notes in the flavor. Tart up front with a hint of sweetness followed by a very bitter fruit flavor, like cherry pits, followed by rutabaga and tart dry finish. The fruit flavor is intense and very rich with a great sourness, not over powering, but strong.
crossovert (8910) - Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not sure of the vintage. Corked and caged bottle.
It pours a slightly brownish red with no head whatsoever.
Smell is pretty good. Nice sour cherries, a little bit of that "bleach" scent, rinds, pits, w/e from the cherry, nice sourness though not too much, oak is there in the background. Smell is almost like a cherry orchard.
Only the vaguest hint of carbonation is in the mouthfeel. The flavor is fantastic. Nice sour/tart cherry punch, plenty of bugs for added sourness and some funk. It isn’t a sourfest but definitely a nice pucker with some lemon and green apple acidity. Oak again in background and it smooths it out a bit. The cherry flavor is one of the best I have encountered in a beer.
Simply put this is an epic beer for cherry and sour lovers.
AdamJackson (3493) - 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.
madsberg (10611) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Red coloured. Murky. Small off white head. Aroma of cherries, sourness, wood, leather. Flavour of cherries, intense sourness, leather, earth, barnyard, fart and the some. Full bodied. ends on an intense sourness and grapyness.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Wow, you guys are really not seeming to be wow’d by this one. Thank you to Kristina at WLV for opening this guy up (made my day). Pours the most gorgeous deep rich clear wine red, unbelievable color, pours completely flat (which is fine), the color is absolutely stunning though. What a great sour cherry aroma, nicely funked, bright, balanced, stingy, medium sweetness, the cherry aroma is very deep, fresh and lovely. Flavor follows, not entirely dry, not super sour or tart but matches the cherries very well, great cherry flavor, a little swayed towards the aceto side though, other than that very clean and delicious! Completely flat unfortunately but it really doesn’t detract from the flavor at all. Delicious.
marcus (7323) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours cherry red with a thin pink head and a strange but enticing fruit aroma. There is a very hearty and tasty cherry flavor that is distinctively Schaerbeek. Delightfully sour.