KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 2011 750 mL bottle into a tulip.
There is a soft ’pop’ as the cork is released, and the pour into my glass has an energetic level of carbonation. The beer itself is a hazy dark pink rapsberry color throughout, with a few resplendent bubbles visibly rising from the bottom of glass. A gentle off-white head relaxes to a ring around the edge for most of the glass.
A robust cherry aroma is not overly strong but is definitely the most noticeable aroma. At first the cherries seem sweet and creamy, but there is a slightly sharp tartness that adds a little bit of an edge. Lemony lambic notes, tannic cherry skin, and some oaky red wine notes. As it warms the farmyard funk comes through, although it is not dominant by any means.
The Schaerbeekse cherries come through immediately. Once the fruit base is set, the tartness starts to build, bringing in notes of lemon and oak, and a bit of tannic vinous fruit. The lambic in the form of lactic acidity and the sweet cherries play off of each other for the majority of the sip. Just a bit of Bretty funk adds a background complexity. There is a mineral note in the finish.
As compared to some other fruit lambics, this has a somewhat richer body and creamier nature. The carbonation is smooth and gentle as opposed to crisp, which makes it feel undercarbonated at times. In reality, it is simply more of a subtle carbonation to go along with its subtle flavor. Even though it is tart and sour, I do not sense that it is overly acidic.
I enjoyed drinking this Kriek for sure. My fruit lambic preference goes to Cantillon, but this is a serious lambic.
Abijen (2197) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 versie. Oranje roze ondoorzichtig bier zonder kraag. Ruikt framboos, zuur, fruitig. Smaakt fruitig, framboos, tarted, goed zuur.
King_Alex_II (791) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy red color with little foam. The smell is very cheery intense. The taste has an awesome combination of fruitiness and sourness without the aggressive touch. Sour staying aftertaste. Awesome beer.
anstei (531) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - SEP 19, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Zwanze Day Zurich. Oh boy, what a kriek. Lots of cherry, just the roght balance of tart, sour, and crispy. Very smooth and easy to drink, too.
SinH4 (1399) - Garching, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2015 At Zwanze Day 2015 at Erzbierschof, shared with anstei and others. Dark purple color with hardly any head. Aroma is complex, not too aggressive, fruity, sour cherries, nice bitter almonds aroma. Taste is dark and complex, sour cherries, stone/almonds, wood. Fantastic complexity. Cream foamy carbonation. Dry sour finish. Worth the wait, and probably the best beer I’ve ever had.
jkwood04 (4963) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle (2010) in a tulip. Pours deep pink with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of sourness, strong cherries, a good amount of oak, some light funk, light malts, and some more fruitiness. Flavor the same with a great blend of the strong cherries and sourness and oak and funk. Average texture. A great beer.
biggsbowler (569) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle ’11 - pours dark deep red. Lots of sour cherries smells plus lemon zest, grassy. Cherries are slightly faded but nice lemon tartness.
beermaris (197) - LATVIA - MAY 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great strong aroma. Veryvsour, hoeever aftertaste a bit mildrr. Rich palete. To sour, however a very good beer
Alusmamuts (1164) - LATVIA - MAY 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle if 2010. Red hazy with small pink head. Excellent cherry aroma. Sour, for the first feeling too sour, cherry taste, but an excellent long lasting cherry aftertaste.
Dr_Fellini (984) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a clear ruby red color with a pinkish head. Aroma is dry, big sour cherry. Same in the flavor. huge sour that lingers into the finish. Excellent.
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) Clear red colour with frothy, pinkish white head. Fruity, sourish nose with red fruit, cherries, almonds, citrus, aromas of barnyard and stable. Fruity, tart taste with notes of sour cherries, red fruit, almonds, pink grapefruit, sour grapes, cellar, a touch of rhubarb and a fresh, dry tart finish with a slight tannin sourness. Medium body, bone dry. Very fresh and tasty with a lovely sourness. The kriek against which all others are measured. Lovely stuff!