Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 vintage, 375ml, consumed in July 2010. Courtesy 4.4-40. Pours a lightly hazy crimson to blood red color. A small, smooth blanket of pinkish-white foam forms at the head and displays good retention. Wet spots wash down the glass, returning to the body and leaving no dry lace behind. The aroma is well balanced, showing a light, dusty, bretty barrel funk over a rainbow of cherry varietals, from sweet and dark to light and acidic. Flavors follow suit, again coming across sweet-tart with fleshy dark cherry and softly tannic skins, all with a nod to aging barnyard wood and farmhouse dust. Sour acidity is there, but itís kept well in check at this age (though I expect that it would continue to funk/sour up). Medium-light in body, with minimal, smooth carbonation and a semi-dry feel, the palate concludes with a bright, acidic bite. Damn fine beer here....though itíll probably be even better in a couple of years.
craftycarl21 (2302) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle at íT Brugs Beertje. Cloudy ruby pour with a decent sized pink head. Aroma holds tart and black cherries, along with a touch of dry hay and wheat- laid back, but beautiful. Flavor is fantastic; thick, rich, dark cherry skins, and some notes of the German delicacy Kaiserschmarn. Massages the palate, and finishes sweet. Absolutely delicious.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
So much drier and more complex than the regular kriek. Dry bretty horseblanket, leather and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium sour. Very nice.
imdownthepub (11664) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, 250ml at Olivers Belgisch Bier Cafe, Leiden. Rose red with pink head. Tasted in comparison with the Kasteel. More carbonated and with a cherry cordial type flavour, a little synthetic, but the cherry does show through. Pretty reasonable.
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to someone at sourfest. Pours with a red body and a white head. Aroma of must, cork, cellar and cherries. Taste is acidic, dry, attic, sour cherries. A bit of acetic. Very acidic and dry. Good!
oldrtybastrd (3265) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby red beer with a cherry and wood aroma. Light bitter, dry and sour taste. Very nice mild cherry taste. Dry tart finish. A very good kriek.
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 Vintage bottle, at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst; July 2010
The beer pours from the bottle with a deep red, brilliantly clear color. The head is a pink, frothy, initially two-finger thick head. This smells of berries, a complex, jam-like cherry flesh and rich cherry skin aromatics. There are some sharp woody mushroom notes, a cherry acidity as well as some notes of childrenís aspirin. It is interesting how fast the huge cherry aromatics disappear; the nose is still all about the cherry notes, but it is not nearly as pungent as when this was first poured.
The beer tastes sweet up front, then tart and it finishes with a complex, chewy, cherry skin fruit character. There is a fizzy, carbonic acid bite to this beer that helps to lighten up the texture; it still has a certain chewiness to it, at least for a Lambic, though it is not in any way heavy. The acidity is tart, not aggressively sour, but still enough that I can feel it in my stomach; it is actually somewhat soft, but some cherry acid notes make it not entirely soft and it has a sort of interesting dichotomy between the Lactic and cherry acid notes.
This is quite nice, I definitely prefer a bit more funkiness and complexity in my Lambics, but this definitely gets the job done. It is very quaffable, though perhaps just a touch heavier than I prefer.
LilBeerDoctor (3543) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle. Pours a deep red with a thick pink head. Aroma of light funk, smelly diaper, perhaps a hint of fruit. Flavor has much more sweet cherry fruitiness and a tart cherry finish. Very tasty and drinkable, I really enjoyed this one.
MrChopin (3727) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste thanks to Sara
í08 375ml bottle. Murky red, thin pink head. Acidic nose of sweat, cherry, lemon, and light leather. Flavor is far sweeter, lots of cherry and lemon with little acidity, rather some biscuit and light barn. Not as much balance in the taste as the aroma, the sweetness from the cherry particularly overdone. Carbonation is a bit low as well, though in conjunction with the syrupy-sweet cherry in the flavor. A bit of pit rounds out the profile on this one, and Iím left wishing there was more funk and less sweetness. Perhaps it was too young?
cpetrone84 (1733) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this one at our most recent tasting. 2008 Vintage.
A-pours a dark hazy pink color. the head is white with pink coloring on it.
S-the nose is quite strong, lots of oak with a touch of vanilla. a touch of earthy funk to it, light acidity, notes of cherries and grapes.
T-sour cherries up front, the oak takes over, light note of vanilla behind. earthy funk, a touch of balsamic, acidity, cherries and sour grapes.
M-very nice body, medium with a good syrupy feel, smooth and creamy with a ton of carb and a nice crisp, slightly dry finish.
D-this is a very tasty brew, nice amounts of acidity and sourness with a ton of sweetness. the oak is more in the nose, lighter in the flavor with a good presence.