hopdog (11071) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle. Poured a cloudy reddish tinted color with a smaller sized off white head. Cherry, wood/oak, some funkiness and a tart finish.
gripweed57 (1303) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle. Pours a translucent dark red color with a small pink head that disappearsesty quickly. Slightly funky cherry aroma. Big zesty funkaliscous sour cherry flavor upfront. Tart and fruity with a noteable alcohol prescence. Obvious Brett nuances. Hints of sourdough bread, dark fruit, goat cheese and lemon pepper seasoning. Unlike many Belgian Kriek beers, this has a lot more alcohol punch. Complex and interesting.
BillWyce (959) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 bottle. Pours clear amber with a touch of red and lots of bubbling along the glass. Small, thin off-white head with a touch of pink that disappeared quickly. Aroma of yeast funk mixed with tart cherry. Medium body, oily. Long finish with a light astringency to the finish. Lactic sour note up front, followed by tart cherry. Some yeast funk returns at the back.
airrick2003 (851) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: pours with a tiny peach head that quickly dissipates, the beer is a very maroon to orange to brown color, so cloudy you canít see thru the glass Aroma: has a subtle Aroma, cherry, egg, Taste: assertive sourness, funky, cherry, Palate: soft carbonation, heavy mouthfeel, sour aftertaste Overall: delicious, hides the abv shockingly well, has a very full warm feel to it, sour but not intensely so compared to some sours, this was a 2014 bottled 6/29/15 rated on 12/16/15 Another rating of 2013 version bottled on 7/9/14 tasted on 12/16/15: possibly a bit darker in color with a bit more cherry on the aroma, maybe a bit more bitter
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle
The final bottle of the tasting took things in a different direction with a Pacific Northwest take on the sour cherry beer. More of an American version than a true kriek, it tastes a bit like an amped up Flanders red ale with a local flair. If you like moderately sour beers that have nice depth pick up a bottle despite the price tag.
Aroma / Appearance - A reddish cloudy body shimmers at it soaks up all the light like a sponge. Mild funk, cherries, and middle of the road chocolate all filter through a creamy gentle head that provides some contrast to the darker core.
Flavor / Palate - Cherries, chocolate, and a gentle sourness tingle as they cross the plane of the tongue. The harshness doesnít go into either vinegar territory (like a Belgian kriek) or sweet territory (like Belgian Red) but falls somewhere in the vein of the Bing cherries that constitute most of its profile. In fact if you were to puree a batch of them it might taste similar. Personally Iíd rather have the bag fresh from the local farmerís market but this wasnít a total disappointment.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours murky and blood-red with light brown highlights. The fruity aroma features raspberries and cherries, accompanied by less significant notes of damp-oak funkiness, milk chocolate and acetone. Full-bodied and thick with adequate carbonation. Tastes like a blend of old, sour, dry red wines accompanied by rumors of chocolate and caramel. Finishes tart and toasty. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours brown with red hues and minimal white head. Aroma is cherry, wild funk, lacto, fruity. Taste is sour throughout, crisp, med bodied, med carbonation. Overall, really nice.
DSG (11279) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Shibolet home-brewery. Thanks Josh. 2013 bottle, 9.3%. Hazy red with orange hues. Nice sour aroma with cherries, some funk, a bit of marzipan. Sweetish and tart flavor with cherries, caramel, funk, earth, cobwebs, and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied. Nice.
ben4321 (5490) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 375ml bottle from Sparrow - Downtown, 11/10/15, Labeled as 2013
Aroma: The aroma is wood and funk, cherry, cranberry fruitiness comes through as well
Appearance: It pours a completely clear cranberry juice color with no head or lacing
Flavor: Decent flavor of wood and sourness, fruity too, but more woody than fruity
Palate: Has a solid enough mouthfeel, somewhat fizzy carbonation, slightly dry close
Decent one overall. Nothing too exciting here, just a solid, woody and fruity sour. Not much more to say beyond that.
vyvvy (5470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub - Pours deep red with a white pinkish head. The aroma has dark cherries, vinegar, some fruit flesh and is pretty rich for a sour ale. It has a medium / full body that is lush and has soft carbonation. The flavor starts with tart cherries, mild vinegar, lots of rich malt, spice and some earthiness. The finish has lots of cherries. Nice.