shrubber85 (9135) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Sour cherry and the typical dry, musty lambic aroma. Dark red color wtih small film of a head. Initial cherry flavor with a crescendo of tartness. Finishes with the typical lambic musty and dry flavor. Dryness lasts long after swallowing. Sourness is well balanced - just enough without becoming too powerful. How I found this in the middle of Indiana Amish country Iíll never know.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Logan! Red-brown, slightly hazy body that leaves dusty legs. Sweet cherry aroma with raspberries and a bit of brown sugar. Great cherry flavor - natural, fresh fruit plus brett and lemon skin. A great kriek that has good complexity.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 750 ml bottle (2005 vintage) from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN, enjoyed all by my lonesome on New Yearís Eve 2005, my last new beer/rating of the year. Worth the heavy expectations? Well...Hazy deep red, the color of fresh uncongealed blood, with a surprisingly stable, vigorous pint head....deep sour barnyard at first, but ripe sweet cherries burst through like the sun through a dark fog and bringing with them hints of almond, green pepper and anise....as it warms, much more sweetness shows up and touches of sweet yellow apple appear.....on the palate, the licorice is up forward, the cherries are present but muted, more cherry skins than fruit, marzipan and light sourdough....the body is amazingly soft yet sharply, fully carbonated throughout, like a velvet glove cast in iron (apolgoies to Dan Clowes)....a stunning creation, simple and quaffable enough to drink every day were that possible, yet complex enough to fascinate every time. Goodbye 2005, hello 2006.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to DenverLogan for sharing this: Pours a dark pink red color. Aroma of wet hay, horseblanket, funk and sour. Flavor is more funk, sour cherries, lemon, wheat, the bubbles tickle your tongue with sour and sweet flavors.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wild cherries, slightly sour...well actually very sour with some nutty notes. Cloudy red with a thin, white head that fades. Flavor of cherries, sweet and sour at the same time. Some nutty maltish notes in there. Wild and interesting, I canít put my finger on these flavors. Wish I understood these better, but at least I am enjoying it. Dry with a nice mouthfeel. Thanks to DenverLogan and MrFacto for picking this one out.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Milwaukee YEHa!05, brought by DenverLogan. Red body, thin ring of off-white carbonation. Tart, sour cherry aroma, woody, musty, with the ever-present cheese rind notes. This is the closest to Cantillon Iíve smelled that isnít actually from that brewery. Nice sour woody bite, with tangy cherries that really develop nicely, moving beyond sourness to the tart, sweet bite of a cherry pie. Cheese rind and must were present and delicious. Not quie as sour as Cantillon but I picked up more fruit depth here than I typically do in a Kriek. Excellent.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RLB YEHA 05. Side by side with the oude kriek. This one is a very cloudy deep pink/red with almost no head and it just looks a lot thicker than the oude kriek. Lots of cherry in the aroma, sweetness, and a bit of the lacto funk and sourness but not nearly as much as the oude. Flavor is also much sweeter, with fresher cherry taste, fuller body, and a slightly tart finish but not nearly as sour as I had thought it was going to be. I like that it has a crapload of fruit flavor similar to the Lou Pepeís but perhaps even more cherry! This is one of my favorite Krieks.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light rudy color with a dissipating pink head. Barn dust and tart cherry aromas. A summer night at the farm after harvesting the oats comes to mind. Lightly earthy tart cherries with a mild acidity to ensure the sweetness doesnít overpower. Light wood and cherry liqueur linger in the finish. This begs for a summer night in the country.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy rosy-ruby in color with some unpredictable black particles resting near the bottom. Dusty slash marks cross the surface suffice for the head. Breathe the blissful memoir, my friend. Cherries are a given, imparting a sour and tart dimension like no other as it channels through the olfactory. At times, it courses through tart, acidic cranberry laterals and pipes green grape skin basking in lemon and lime juice. Aroma is prominently parallel to what the taste buds discover. Carbonation is toned down, making way for the tart cherry stream. A glimpse of vanilla and amaretto nougats is quickly interrupted, returning us to the tart vessel of cherries. Someone nearly took a vice grip to a plot of red raspberries and extracted the juice, aiding the sour, fruity acids that is never breeched by flagrant sugar implications. Seemingly dries out and sweeps across the palate, leaving a forlorning and misleading sugar sweetness sense that, in the finish, masks the true sour glory that the kriek played on my palate. Thanks for picking this one out of Loganís stash, MrFacto!
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to DenverLogan for this March 1, 2005 bottle. Pours to a deep gorgeous red body with a thin white head. The aroma is a very nice cherry. Woody and smooth. The flavor is very tart cherries and nice woodyness. Very delicate and good. The palate is tart and smooth. Nicely tart. A really good beer.