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Felix Kriek

Formerly brewed at Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Bottled GBBF 2005. As Dan says the 1992 vintage in a 75cl bottle. A muddy reddy brown coloured beer with a nice cherry fruit aroma although the age was beginning to tell. The taste was much better with woody oaky sour notes. Some good cherry fruit notes. A very drinkable well brewed beer. ( (3.7)
1975 Vintage - Kulminator- Antwerpen - A dark red coloured beer with a high acidic fruity aroma. The taste is also puckeringly sour and fruity. Wouldnít necessarily have picked out cherry from amongst the general fruitiness. A touch of marzipan right at the end. Suprisingly I didnít find this showing its age as much as the 1992 vintage. Maybe itís in the keeping? ( (4.0). Rating is an avergae of the two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (4163) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
Bottle at GBBF 05. We had lots of discussion on this, as the bottle we had was a 1992 vintage of the oud kriek, brewed by a different manufacturer to later versions. By all accounts, this is the optimal version, and I certainly enjoyed it. Ruddy, sherry colouring, with a small head. Smells wonderful: sweet, cakey, icing sugar, fruity, marzipan, cherry. Flavour is all of the above, with a small lambic bump near the finish. Predominantly sweet, with only the one noticeable sour moment. Absolutely delicious. Good balance, good flavours. A real highlight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Almost pitch black, not much head and a little low in carbonation. Pronounced sour notes from the base beer. Strong cherry flavour but never overly sweet. Rather nice indeed. 070698

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11408) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2005
6% on the label. Bottled may 2000. Pink brown and red in the color. The red must have faded away somewhat over the years. Still very much a cherry aroma, cherry sweets especially. Also a cherry flavor, with some notes of walnut, amontillado sherry and wood. Lovely beer, sweet with a touch of citric sourness. Liefmans kriek was better 20 years ago or so, bit thisis (or was) still a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
diabel (1634) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle (3.5%)Deep red, murky body. Pink, creamy head, totally diminishing. Excellent lace. Sweet cherry aroma. Moderately sweet initial flavour. Moderately sweet, lightly sour flavour. Not bad. Fortunately the beer isnít a overall sweet-dominated beer, but still the sweetness is remarkably present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Small bottle, 3.5%: Red with a pink head. Cherry styrup aroma. Glazed cherry flavour with some sugary notes. Sweet yet suprisingly not cloying. Not bad. 6/3/6/3/12. Re-Rate: This is the original beer, at least 4 years old. Dark cloudy red-brown. Sweet cherrys throughout. A slight oxidised finish, but very tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
Little Bottle. At 3.5% ABV I think this may be a different beer from the original product. The bottle looks old, but it might have been a recent contract brewed bottle. Pours red with a thin pink head. The aroma is of slightly artifical cherry, but still nice. Flavour is sweet and extremely fruit but balanced. Compared to legions of commercial fruit beers nowadays this is a really quite nice balanced cherry beer, quite comparable to New Glarus Belgian Red. Wonderful and approachable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (30970) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
[Vintage 1992 - sampled 2004] A deep red beer with no head. The aroma is very powerful of cherries, but also with notes of alcohol and fermented fruit. The flavor is very sweet - with lots of cherries, almost artificial, but also notes of dust, but for a kriek not sour enough. I think it is over the top.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8659) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2004
This is STILL brewed somewhere FOR Clarysse Fluffy cyclamen head leaving little frilly lace; deep dark ruby beer, hazy. Terribly artificial sweet cherries nose, as some kersenbollen, cherrysweets I used to know when young. It smells sweet even for a long drink or cocktail - let alone a beer... Taste is definitely better. Light but unmistakably sourish edge wedges itself into the syrupy cherry-perfumed mass. Fruity in every aspect. Medium bodied, slick, not unlike cherry-kernel oils. For the sweet teeths amongst us, provided they donít inhale too much. At the end of its genuine Oudenaarde life, Felix kriek wasnít any better at Clarysse, but until the early eihties, it was a giant amongst flemish fruitbeers. Sadly, even my cellarís depleted of the real thing, today. Kulminator,....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonas (6177) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 Vintage 1975@Kulminator. Leathery aroma, sweet, light berries. Golden red, small floaties. Still quite fruity - cherries in spirits, leathery, nutty. Plenty of sweetness left. Smooth mouthfeel. Light horseblanket exhaling. Wonderfull. (rating from the older bottle) Bottled, vintage 1992 @ Akkurat Quite a bit cherry, citus,wood, a hint of blue cheese. Quite sweet, sugar and fruit Full oily body Sweet exit Bordaux color, no head.

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