esp0r (1716) - NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Ruby red, pink head. Smells of funk, cherries, barnyard, complex and fruity. Light sweet, tart cherries, medium sour kick, nice berry flavors, quite dry from the brett treatment. A very nice Kriek. 3F never let me down it seems
Tstamba (198) - Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle to a tulip. Acquired at HF in September last year, finally popping the cork. Deep clear ruby red color. Pink head quickly disappears. Sour cherry and hay pasture aroma. Tart cherry and barnyard funk... Amazing flavor!!!
1FastSTi (3271) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a deep red body with a deep pink head. The aroma is sour cherry and musky tobacco. The flavor is sour cherry and tart malt. Tart and delicious.
drfabulous (3565) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle. Cherry red in color and taste. Slight barnyard aroma and taste. Followed by some cherry syrup. Very nice.
DrewFace (413) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark ruby red color, clear, with pink head. Big funky, barnyard aroma with berry and cherries. Tart, funky, horse blanket, cherry flavor.
Clownoisseur (89) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch red with fine carbonation, quickly vanishing head, minimal lacing...if a fine ring around the glass. Aroma is tart, musty cherries. Taste is more tart cherry, some vinous notes, vinegar and funk. Very nice and dry finish.
JStax (2567) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a deep red with a pinkish head of foam. Aroma is all ripe, sour cherries. Reminds me a lot of cherry pie filling. Sour and dry and fruity. Cherries in this are very good.
Arve_Christian (2670) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On bottle from Beerplanet. Be. Dark red almost purple color, some foam. Immediate and intense cherries. Medium/ full body & medium complexity . Good sourness & some bitterness- wonderful balance. Very enjoyable
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ClarkVV (3760) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 375mL bottled 11/13/2012, drunk on 1/21/14.
Deep neon-garnet tinted cote du rhone-colored body is topped by a cranberry flecked, cream-white head. Slow to recede. High clarity, very light on bubbles. Lees en bouteille.
Lightly tart black cherry notes are meaty, fresh and as authentic as can be. Just a brush of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, as cherries run deep but lead to a clear horsecrap note (sulphur, very light) that is tremendously endearing. "Ahhhh, this one was going splendidly until I got to the notes of horse poop...then it really got good!" How I ever came to enjoy smelling farm animal poop in my beer, Iíll never know. Anywyas, this stuff is fantastic, if a bit reserved. The cherries are done magnificantly, but I could see getting a little crazier, bacteria-wise. That being said, young krieks are very cherry-dominated and you canít ask for a wealth of funk this early. Iíd be surprised if this one dosent develop plenty of character over the next few+ years.
Acetone and lactic acid are bright and eye-opening on first sip. The hard sourness, outdoing even the fresh malic acids from the cherries, is a bit shocking from 3F. That being said, I donít know why Iím shocked, I havent had a 3F lambic in a long, long time (6 years...). Unfortunately, the body immediately gives way to a watery texture and bit of thinness. The palate adjusts quickly to the sourness, which seems to evaporate as the beer breathes and warms. Tart, tooth-cleaning acids and plentiful unripe lime flavor are robed in tart cherry and finish with a malic/acetic "sweetness" (relative to the sourness the yeast imparts). Stunning flavor, canít find much fault with that. The body, however, you can. I certainly donít mind that the body is thin and watery, as it just makes it more sessionable. Unfortunately, I didnt win the lottery, so I canít drink this as a session beer. So yes, would prefer a good deal more carbonation up front and barring that, just a more supple body to really carry the flavor. Great though and gave me goosebumps (seriously) from this being my first 3F in 6 or 7 years.
tastybeer (1572) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep ruby red pour, pink head. Decent retention/no lace. Aroma of cherry, funk, dust, barrel. Taste is lightly tart, cherry, medicinal, vinous, light mineral, light funk. Palate is soft, coating, sweet/tart cherry finish.