HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Logan for sharing this one! It pours a beautiful red with a pink head and lacing. The nose is of sweet cherries, cinnamon, wood and earth notes. The flavor is a very balanced marriage of sweet cherry, acidity, wood, and earth. One of the most well balanced and refreshing beers I have ever had. Spot on! I’m very happy I was able to enjoy it with a group of friends new and old! Thanks again Logan!
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2010 Bottle (2007): The aroma consists of sour/tartness, barnyard, vinous notes, and cherries. It pours a transparent orangish-red with a minimal pinkish head that quickly fades to a very fine ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts moderately tart lemon along with some faint vinous notes. The finish has light-moderate cherry, light vanilla, a hint of vinegar, and just of touch of oak. The cherry flavors balance perfectly with the tartness. Light-medium bodied with minimal carbonation.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured a nice, murky dark rose with a small light pink head. Clouds of fine yeast swirrled around the glass like pale pink clouds. Lovely. Aromas included cherries, roses, sour apples and rose hips. The flavor was amazing, fading from tingly sour to lightly bitter in an average-length finish. The palate was nice. The body was light-to-medium with a velvety texture and lively carbonation. What a treat!
Ratman197 (13100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle poured a ruby red with a small pink head. Aromas of sour cherries. Palate was light bodied and tart. Flavors of sour cherries with a dry, tart finish.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Eyedrinkale for sharing this.
Poured dark effervescent pink with a light pink head. Aroma is sweet and tart cherries wrapped in a blanket of lambic funk. Very tart wild cherry flavor with sour blanket goodness; wild, earthy, woody. As Mike so eloquently put it, like eating a wild sour cherry with the stem still attached. Intriguing and delicious.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy cranberry red body with a ring of white lace. Excellent aroma of sour cherries with a dose of funk. Excellent funky flavor of sour cherries with a lot of dust and cobwebs. The palate is light and dusty, the carbonation is soft. Excellent, Drei Fonteinen’s Oude Kriek is very good but not excellent, this one however is amazing.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opened at the Logan ratebeer gathering during the 2005 GABF, bottle sent to me by my Summer Santa, thanks for allowing me to share:
Rose hued with a light fizzy pink head. The aroma has notes of cherry, light brett and funky yeast esters, iron and minerals, and a touch of oak. The taste has a brisk cherry flavor with supporting barnyard brett character but not nearly the sour beer of a Cantillion. Some undertones of vanilla and oak as well as a splash of herbal bitterness. The feel is quite light and lively, very refreshing. I love it, a more approchable high quality Kriek. Can’t wait for another bottle to arrive this month in trade.
Bov (11866) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 vintage, thanks to Per - opaque dark redish colour with absolutely no foam; deep aroma of black cherries with notes of vinegar and haye; oily with a good malt body; a robust acidity appears before a long and moderately dry aftertaste of cherries and rhubarb - a little lack of complexitiy prevents this beer to be relly great
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 Vintage 2003. Apparence irréprochable, brouillée et mi-opaque, belle couleur rosée allant vers le rouge. Mousse tachetée de rose persiste éternellement à recouvrir le fin liquide. Arômes moyennement tartrique, sauvage et citronné mettant en vedette la pureté du fruit. Moyennement tartrique en bouche, acidité limitée, cerises sûres sont toujours dans la mire et entourées de jeune cuir, de notes boisées et citronnées. La finale est sèche et les saveurs nous quittent rapidement. Texture soyeuse et veloutée, fine carbonatation.
Une version 2004 s’avère légèrement moins complexe à l’année précédente et dont la carbonatation est excessivement piquante, volant ainsi les nuances des saveurs. Est-ce que le temps arrangera les choses ?
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby red. Dense rose-hued pad of foam. Airy phenols, cherry stones, straw, and cedar aromatics. Delicately bretty, irony, and musty. Fluffy and airy on the palate. Fresh, jammy cherries are balanced by an oak and brett-induced briskness. Sharp but relatively understated acidity. Leather and scratchy mineral textures trigger a faint medicinal twinge. Finishes oaky dry, chalky, and rustically interwoven with herbs and straw flavored malt as cherry stones contribute more sound firmness. Not terribly complex, but a wonderfully pure Kriek.