TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft on tap at Fountainhead (Chicago, IL).
Pours a rich ruby hue, healthy glow and gentle haze. Firm glowing reddish fruit punch hues match a frothy tannish brown head with some ruby red notes. Frothy and lingering, laces ok. Aromas are sour cherries and vinegar. Firm lactic acid, sourness. Lemons, cherry skins, sour berries and fruit punch is quite pleasant. Touches of wet malts, sweetness. Potent sour fruit punch vibe with a firm strong lactic and vinegar notes. Initial is medium bodied offering impressive sour cherries up front, raspberries and lemons mix liberally. Lactic acid, flashes of vinegar, some gentle oak. Touches of sweetness try to find their way, but a firmly if not potent sour front and middle do their job. Some mellow red wine elements, more fruity, with sour grapes, touches of metallic twangs into the backend with lactic acid, gentle funk and almost a crusty pie element into the back as it picks up a bit of sweetness.really lingering sour cherry and berry elements with lemons. Really nice and sour, yet not overwhelming or harsh. Rich sour fruit. Well done and a treat to have on tap in Chicago as acidity starts to coat the esophagus and burn a bit. Nice. Linger sour cherry lemonade. Perhaps a touch harsh at times especially further in, but a very nice beer. Assertive sourness yet with some substance.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours reddish with a small, off-white head. Tart aroma of cherries and medium malts. Great tart cherry flavor with hints of caramel and oak. Slightly funky and dry finish.
GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tart, acidic cherry aromas. Tart cherry pie and spice flavors. Overall pretty impressive sour.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 9/20/2011. Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a tulip.
Monomoy Kriek has a fairly clear cranberry color; it has a faded look to it. Soft off white lace remains from a small head.
Sour cherry and just a little bit of funk create the aroma.
The flavor starts off with a little bit of maraschino cherry sweetness, but the flavor quickly turns sour. Just the slightest bit of barnyard funk at the end.
This is tart and sour enough to get my lips to pucker. It is fairly acidic, with a light to medium carbonation wrapped up in a medium body.
This was good although it lacked the complexity to bring it into the same category of some of the great Krieks.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with GT2. Pour is murkey red with a good off-white head, good retention/some lace. Aroma of orange sherbet, cherry, funk, vanilla. Taste is moderately sour, cherry, lightly acetic, citrus. Palate is lighter, soft, creamy, sour finish.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL thanks to a generous trader on BA. Pours a clear deeper garnet with a medium, tan (?) head. Quick retention. Nose is sweet maraschino cherry with mild acetic sourness. Juicy and dessert like- baked cherry pie. Taste is tangy, herbal, not really acetic, mildly sour, decently tart. Palate is thin, hibiscus tea like, quite refreshing. Long, pretty mouth puckering finish with no acetobacter heat. Quite nice. In between a heavy dessert kriek and very light, tangy, refreshing kriek. Well done as always from these brewers. Stick to sours!
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A very tart cherry beer. Very good even if a bit too vinegary
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when
The look: Burgundy body topped by a pink ring of foam
In long: Nose is mostly tart cherries and red wine barrels. Iím pretty certain that no red-wine barrels were used for this beer but it really smelled like vinous oak. Taste has plenty of cherries upfront with a character that is somewhere between tart cherries and maraschino cherries. Lacto funk and acidity, oak. Very acidic and tart and unfortunately also some vinegar. Full juicy body with a smooth carbonation. Lots of good things in this beer, overall I liked it, but it is a bit too vinegary for me to rate it as excellent. At around $20 the price-tag can be a turn-off but I personally donít care, Iím gonna party like its $19.99!!!
Pailhead (6278) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of lots of cherry (sweet and tart) along with a touch of vanilla. It pours a transparent brownish-orange with a minimal off-white head that quickly fades to a ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of sweet cherry. The finish turns to tart cherry, sour lemon, cinnamon, and vanilla.
nuplastikk (5615) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle split at DC tasting..thanks Gene! Murky red-brown. Thin non-head laces the glass. Cloyingly sour. Light oak. Solid natural cherry taste. Well balanced for a sour, not test tuby, with a thick juicy undertone. Right on.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark chestnut pour with some crimson and garnet highlights sparkling in the body. Small eggshell head. Aroma of tart cherry and plum skin, slight vanilla and oak, and an abundance of cinnamon-dipped apples. This one was reminiscent of Selinís Grove Phoenix Kriek but with a lot more pucker. Kind of a balsamic quality in there as well. Tasty.