nearbeer (4053) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks gottalottaibu! Aroma of tart cherry, oak and must. Flavor is a nice blend of the same. Light-medium body is acidic-dry, tingly and not too fizzy.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12.7oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. SB 38 on the cork. Pours a cloudy ruby with a snowstorm of sediment and an average size pinkish-white head. Friggin’ lovely aroma with lots of tart cherries, horse-blanket funky yeast and wood. Flavour of tart cherries, funky yeast and some sweetness. Well carbonated. Fantastic stuff!
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (375ml - green corked & caged). Shared with blankboy and garthicus. "SB 38" on the cork. Hazy amberish-ruby pour, decent white fizzy-foaming head. Smell - ah, that’s the shit! - sour funky lemon, sour cherry, yeasty funky goodness. Taste - again, funky sour goodness, nice bitterness, more cherry than lemon. Simple, lively acidic-sour mouthfeel, long sour cherry finish ... Not incredible, but damned good.
garthicus (2777) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks a million to HogTownHarry for sharing with Blankboy and I. SB 38 on cork. Appearance: Strawberry daiquiri with small fibrous flecks. Aroma: Sour, cherries, yeast, sourness again. Flavour: Ahh, cherries, sourness, some sweetness too. Lovely. A nice sour finish. Delicious.
Borup (7135) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep red colour with a nice red head. Aroma and flavour of cherry with some sourness.
GreenWall (54) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
After a nail-biting battle with the cork, the beer poured a surprisingly clear dark red with a thick, pink head. It let us know right away that this was a real lambic - off the pour it gave a strong hit of brettanomyces leather and barnyard, with a tart, lactic backbone. Unlike most beers calling themselves kriek, this one didn’t hit us over the head with cherry candy flavouring. The flavour offered up some sour cherry notes, along with a woody (cherry-stone?) bitterness and a bracing lactic acidity. It felt a lot like biting a lemon; your mouth can’t help but pucker a bit. The wonderful lambic funk dissipated pretty quickly, but came back in full force whenever we refreshed our glasses. This isn’t the funkiest bottle out there, but it’s a boon to any lambic drinker stuck in North America.
jkwalking05 (4149) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep rubywith a decent sized pink head. Aroma is tart cherry pie and earth. Flavor is slightly sweet and sour with a slight hint of cherries and oak. Dry.
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage 2000. Rubin red with no head. Sour vinegear aroma and flavour. Acid and dry with some woody notes.
Travlr (15065) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A much better beer than the regular kriek. Sour and musty, more like a traditional gueuze. Not much sweetness here, just flavor.
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, SB 46 on cork. The best by date has faded. Pours a clear ruby color with a nice pink head that quickly falls off to a thin pink foam ring around the top of the beer. Huge funky sour cherry aroma. Flavor is sour, dry, candied cherry with a subtle funky earthiness. Finish is tart cherry and some sour apple at the very end. Very nice and refreshing.