kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark, opque, whispy head, sweet then tart cherry aroma, rich dark dry cherry flavor, evident big body malt base, no bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft: Blackened ruby. Ivory head of teeny bubbles rapidly dwindles. Subdued nose of cocoa, spent tealeaves, and irony cherrystones. Soft, lifeless carbonation with sharp pinpricks. Modestly tart with a delicate roast bedding emitting hints of cocoa, which muffles much of the tartness. Only the vaguest note of cherry flesh softens the chalky mineral aspects. Tartness gingerly proceeds, becoming a non-factor after the swallow. Albeit extremely subtle, moist tobacco and plump raisin flavors surface to lend more depth to the body as it ends wetly and huskily malty with an unpronounced tartness giving way to unsweetened chocolate-dusted roast longevity. They ruined a nice kriek by diluting it with a watery brown ale. Highly mundane and unadventurous.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, almost inseperable from black with no head. The aroma is very interesting. Strong wine notes with bits of tart cherries, lactic acid, sweet toffee, moderate smoke and a hint of cereal. Thick and sticky in the mouth. The flavor is a bit sweet but also slightly tart with a bit of acidity as well. This beer, given some deep alcohol-driven thought, is exactly what I would expect if Verhaeghe made a stout--itís that simple flemish brown style that is sweet and slightly sour, but itís also far to thick and sticky. Itís not to say that Iím not disappointed, but I donít think it deserves some of itís bashing. But then again, who the hell am I?
jaymobrown (1839) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Stopped in the Clyborn pub with M500 expecting to have a kriek on tap. When it arrived it looked like a porter or stout and tasted like anything but a kriek. It was sour, but not a cherry, fruit sour. Definitely a sour brown ale. In many ways it reminded me more of a mild red wine served cold. Even as it warmed there was little improvement. Disappointing.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 25, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Clybourn pub...Dark porter colored beer...musty, cherry aroma. Thin beer, not much going on for flavor but a slight lingering cherry skin tartness. Flat, thin, watery beer that fails to capture my imagination.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A cherry Brown Ale!~ Dark, dark brown with a thin tan head. Red wine nose, cherries are more obvious as it warms (served VERY cold). Watery thin. Some hints of oak in the flavor, vinous but not really "tart" as expected. i was expecting something along the lines of a lambic-style...hmmmm....