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

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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek sour cherries.

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4.9
77ships (11051) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2013
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.

4.7
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Smells like funky sweet cherry pie. Tastes like mom’s cherry pie. What a fantastic beer.

4.7
bartlebier (4123) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2015
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.

4.6
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 30, 2012
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.

4.5
redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2010
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.

4.5
crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2012
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.


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