DanielBrown (3628) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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
bierkoning (9829) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 isn’t a overall sweet-dominated beer, but still the sweetness is remarkably present.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[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.
JorisPPattyn (7717) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 don’t inhale too much. At the end of its genuine Oudenaarde life, Felix kriek wasn’t any better at Clarysse, but until the early eihties, it was a giant amongst flemish fruitbeers. Sadly, even my cellar’s depleted of the real thing, today. Kulminator,....
jonas (5477) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
Bordaux color, no head.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage bottle ????.
Pours a foamy light tan head on a hazy amber body with an orange glow. Mostly sweet fruity aroma with some sourness behind the sweetness. Lots of cherry and some grapefruit tones. Fresh and well balanced. Quite full and heavy flavor. Malt, cherry, peach, grapefruit and slightly woody. Good sourness but not tart. A nice example of a Flemish Sour Ale. I wish I knew the age!?