Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles from Clark. Bottled 2-26-05. Deep brilliant red color, 1 finger pinkish head, fades to nothing fast. Aroma very funky, almost too funky, body/foot odorish in a way. Cherry is there but less than expected. Quick sour kick up front, fades to nothing quick. As it warms becomes very bland, almost flavorless, very dry. Nice beer, but let down, expected much more. .
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 375ml bottle ($8 for 375ml or $27 for 750ml...hmmm, let me think about it). bottled 2/1/05 (aged 2 years). pours a very dense beautiful glowing red color that’s a touch on the darker side with a very thin pink head around the rim. a beautiful kriek worthy of a 5 in appearance. nose has lots of oak, really funky, and loads of sour cherries. man considering the wonderful nose and appearance, the flavor just disappoints. a pretty one dimensional sour and anti-septic flavor. where’s the cherries? not sure. very tart, dry, and bland. perhaps some mild sour cherries near the end of finish toped off with a medicinal flavor. maybe this beer loses lots of cherry flavor at 2 years old. palate is a tad astringent and acidic. in the end, I got use to the medicinal qualities in this lambic and found it tasty nonetheless, not anything special though. 3.7.
5/7/08, 375ml bottled dec 2005. served in a 3 Fonteinen glass. pours ruby with thin white head. aroma is musty with cherry skins, and some vinegar. flavors are tart cherries, red apple skin, vinegar, and musty. short finish. med acidity and low carbonation. a decent kriek but still the goose egg of the 3 Fonteinen line up. 3.7.
mabjork (677) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Hazy red in colour. The aroma issour and fruity. The flavour again is sour, dry and lightly bitter. There is a dry aftertaste.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opulent safire in color with a rosy grey head and doily edges. Lovely raspberry kernels and balsamic oak liven the nose. Hardened pomegranate innards are revealed. Freesia cotton sheets cling to dew filled morning glories while caramelized beets meet buttery kernels. Lovely palate cleansing properties strike with pomme juice infused with tart lime sap. Waxy prominence is cleared by the clean sweeping power. Supple background carbonation hides in the soured plum crème brulee and cranberries stamped on by misty atmospheric presences. The balsam is a blessing. Puckering occurs where the wisdom teeth once resided. Raspberry and pommes creap tartly through to the clean finish with tart lavender lather in the end. Thanks for sharing, Sombeast!
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2007
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7oz bottle from Dec 2005. Mine says 6% ABV by the way, unlike the 5% listed on the site. Pours a bright ruby red/pink with a fizzy pink head. Aroma is sweet, yeasty cow dung on a pile of hay next to a horse in a barn. Sounds appetizing but is actually quite unpleasant. Interesting - yes, good - no. The taste is tart, sour cherries. Tastes better than the smell. Looks pretty, tastes nice, smells of dung. A combination that doesn’t work for me.
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red body with a little orange ray, big pink head; The finest, most elegant aroma that can be found in a kriek: very fine pit-like marzipan, clear and deep notes of sour cherry; The body has a perfect a little sharp carbonation, a very fine a little soft texture, lots of fruit acids, backed by a little both lactic and acetic acid; It finishes long, again with lots of elegance and a very balanced fruity acidity, again lots of fruity aromas, but also a very little hay and cowshed. Incredibly fine beer! Sometimes I wonder; why go true the hassle and cost of getting all the "crazy" Geuze/Lambic/Krieks when you can drink something as fine as this, that is so easily obtainable and cheap.
Brigadier (3230) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at Sombeast’s house
We kicked off the afternoon with an interesting choice - a 2005 vintage Oude Kriek. Normally I prefer to do lambics towards the end of the night but this turned out to be a good selection. Thanks to whomever provided it - I may have to seek out a few similar beers now.
Aroma / Appearance - The nose is very unusual for most beers but spot on for a fruit lambic. Sour cherries, funk and tanned leather complement the horseblanket aroma that pours forth from the glass. If you were not paying attention to that, you may mistake it for a dark colored fruit juice. It lacks any sort of head or carbonation within the cranberry colored body.
Flavor / Palate - A very sour sensation takes over the palate from the first sip. Raspberries and black cherries begin the drying sensation but it soon transforms into a taste that reminds one of a $15 bottle of red wine. This is a sipping beer that one should take their time with both to savor it and save the throat. I’m glad to have tried it - lambics as a style are slowly growing on me despite my aversion to brett.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Consumed at the Pewaukee tasting. Aroma a bit funky, barnyardy, definitely
sour, light raspberry aroma. Beautiful clear ruby color, little head. Flavor
very tart, dry. Finish is dry, tart, a tad astringent.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tart cherry and sour barnyard on the nose of this cherry soda red pour. Minimal white head. Very smooth sour taste with subtle cherry in the tail.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(03/2007. Draft at 3F resto in Beersel). Wow. Aromas of cherries and summertime. A deep ruby with no head to speak of. Only slightly spritzy, nearly flat with a flavor that transports one to the top of the tree where that one slightly underripe and sour cherry blends with the deep, red flavors warmed by countless hours in the sun. A relatively soft palate that is, well near perfect for what this is supposed to be. Someone told me they "missed" this batch ... too many cherries ... I refuse to believe it ... this was a beer that takes you somewhere (from a cold, dark, rainy evening to the top of the cherry tree in summer as a kid with the whole world spread out in front of you). Cheers.