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CooperSmiths Belgian Style Kriek Ale
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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Kriek ale is a Belgian style beer that is naturally fermented with wild yeast then aged in wood barrels with cherries. The yeast contributes a very tart character. The wood and cherries add depth and piquancy to the flavor and aroma. 6.7% ABV


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2008
On tap at the berwery. Poured a nice deep red with a faint white head. A very strong almost over powering cherry taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Pours a deep cherry red color with a white head. Aroma is cherries, brett, oak, tart fruit, and some funk. Flavor is cherry, oak, brett, tart fruit, slightly spicy, and a sweet cherry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Waiter INSISTED he bring me a taster bc it was a "weird" beer and I prob wouldn’t like it. Ha! I liked it enough to get a glass. Well done! Nose is predominantly tart, sour cherries - with a backdrop of wood and a touch of cobweb funk. Flavor was spot on with the balance concept...mild brett marries sour cherries and a nice oak presence and a mellowing sweet character. a bit of a vinegar dressing amidst it all. This doesn’t drown your senses in mouth puckering fortitude, but is gracefully drinkable while maintaining a flavor profile that doesn’t come off like a cheap imitation. It might have been a bit more enjoyable with a better flowing carbonation as it ran a bit still. I dig this - very well done indeed, especially considering my expectations.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
On tap at the brewpub on 10/14/07: Clear bright ruby red pour has a thin ring of pinkish head. Aroma of sweet and tart cherries with a slightly medicinal character and faint woody oak. Starts with a mild cherry fructose sweetness giving way to bigger, tarter, mildly earthy notes and a puckering dry and tart finish. Fairly complex and authentic, a nice kriek.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Tap @ CooperSmiths: Poured a cleer deep cherry red color with an off-white head. Tart leathery funk aroma. Strong but not crazy (cause I like the stank). Nice sour cherries. The flavor was yeasty and woody with cherry flesh and stones. Fairly acidic in the thorat. Light to medium bodied. Smooth mouthfeel. This was the best they had to offer on this visit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Date: 10/14/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

clear blood red, scant head, nice tart cherry aroma, rich cherry flavor, big tartness, nice woody character adds balance, a touch of sweetness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Draft Reddened peach. Fine of-white ring of head. Lovely sour-pie cherry aromas with muted brett notes. Slightly musty with hints of peach skin, cherry stones, and fresh straw. Brisk carbonation. Juicy body. Initial bracing tartness is doused with vanilla-infused cake notes. Vividly bouncy and fluffy straw-tinged malts contribute ample complementary sweetness. Harsh brett does a fine job cutting the balancing the slickness. Juicy and supple cherry flavors saturate the core. Delicate vanillin sweetness enhances the straw notes beautifully. Finishes immensely succulent with a tight tannic sting which is then quelled by a savory swirl of ripe malt and vanilla. Overall, the aroma is a tad simple (not enough funk to match the one-dimensional cherry aromatics) but still pretty enticing. Flavor showcases some lovely malt depth, but this would benefit from more phenols. The cherries, which are admittedly quite juicy, do lack a bit of brightness as well. Very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Head is mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark reddish-amber (tiny bits of cherry residue evident). Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cherry syrup, cask wood, celery/vegetation, hint of balsamic vinegar. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Not quite as complex and enticing as the Oud Bruin, but you can tell they went through all the trouble to make this as authentic as possible. In the same vicinity as Rodenbach Alexander, just not as sexy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Draught at the brewery. Beer is a hazy, exotic, medium copper-cherry-brown color with a small, white, frothy, mostly diminishing head. Lots of large, fibrous particulates—cherry bits? First impression on the nose is that this is more like a FSA than a Lambic. There isn’t much spontaneous-smelling about this. The aroma is malty with light-to-moderate notes of toasted grain, black tea, alfalfa; Hoppy with light notes of chamomile, straw, light-to-moderate notes of tart lemon zest; Yeasty with a trace of basement—just enough to ground the rest of the zingy nose. Miscellaneous notes include moderate fresh cherry, moderate oak, candi sugar. The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, moderately acidic with a long, lasting, dry, moderately acidic, sweet finish. Cinnamon and apple pie spice retros. The body is medium, the texture is watery-verging-on velvety and the carbonation is softer than average.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Ah, another fine sour beer from Coopersmiths! Pours clear copper, moderate beige head. Light sour aroma. Taste is remarkably like the great Oud Bruin, athough a bit toned down especially in the deparment of oak flavors. Nice mild sour cherry taste all over, great acidity and tart bite. Slightly yeasty. Long fruity, sour finish. Good stuff for sure.


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