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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (32344) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2010
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden red with a small pink head. Aroma is distinct cherry, light butterish note coming through. Butterish cherry flavoured. Tap ran quite a bit before poured. Citric and almondish cherry fruity finish. Light sweetness.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Oddly enough, this fruit beer smells and tastes like a sweetened fruit juice blend, which one doesn’t hope for much when the word “Kriek” is used in the beer’s name...

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the orange-hued dark red.
-The finish is mildly tart and dusty.
-The body is rounder than expected from what I thought was going to be a Sour Ale or Fruit Lambic. The carbonation makes this an easy quaff though.
-Cherries and berries galore wind up coming out as cough syrup-like at times, even though they are well dried out in the end.

On tap at the brewpub.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2010
On tap at the brewpub 2/21/10: Pours a transparent dark ruby red with a well-lacing froth of pinkish head. Sweet, rich pure black cherries dominate the nose. Starts with good body and finely dissolved carabonation with some semi-sweet black cherry flavor and a touch of raspberry tartness before a smooth sweet tart finish. A nicely-balanced, flavorful and complex fruit beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6014) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Clear copper red color/ light pink head. Nice fruity raspberry, marionberry aromas. Rich frothy mouthfeel. Sweet flavor at first turns mildly tart with raspberry, cherry in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Cloudy purple with almost no head. Cinnamon cherry sugar and marrion berry aroma and taste with some sharp citrus notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4559) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
On tap. Pours a clear red with pink head. Raspberries, cherries, light sweet malt, and some sourness. Not to complex, and to sweet ’n’ fruity for my tastes.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Pours a murky pink with tons of chunky floaties and a bubbly creamy chunky pinkish white head. Aroma of mixed berries, mostly all berry aroma maybe a touch of wheat. Flavor of berries, wheat. Nice and dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Tap @ Breakwater. Pours a chunky pinkish purple with a bubbly off pink head. Big nose of sweet cherries, raspberries, and cotton candy. Quite sweet on the palate as well, slightly tart. Wish this brew had a little more bite to it, still pretty damn good though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
On tap at Breakwater. Opaque reddish brown with a one finger creamy pink head, fair retention. Aroma of sweet raspberries and cherries--more sweet than tart. Also a bit of toasted malts. Flavor adds some cinnamon and has stronger cherries, though lightly tart. Not too sweet, either. Bitterness was minimal, and sourness peaked at a 2 or so. Tastes nothing like the 6.9% the chalkboard claims. Medium body with light to moderate creamy carbonation. More like a fruit beer than a kriek, but not too bad. Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart own it, though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2009
San Diego Brewers Guild Fest 09: Nose was a little sloppy yet exhibited some berry essence. the appearance was an orgy of berriness...yogurt-like in thickness...smoothie-esque..and like purple mud. Flavors certainly bringing out the berries and the cherry...raspberry notes rejoicing everywhere...vividly cakey sometimes...body thick enough...berries coming through good....can’t find too many faults as a fruit beer. nicely done!


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