jsquire (3693) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2012 bottle. For those of you following along, you know I donít like sours. Some I can drink, like this one, "enjoy drinking" is not an accurate description. "Able to appreciate and willing to finish" is more accurate. This pours a muddy brown color out of the bottle with a very quick, fizzy beige head. Nose of sour cherries, red wine, and wet forest floor. The more I drink of this the more Iím willing to drink of it. The flavor is mostly sour cherries with a funky yeast and lots of moldy earth. I get the red wine barrel and lots of tannins. I also get some blood and old nickels. I guess by the end of the bottle you could say I liked this beer. But I still donít like sours.
IPagan5 (101) - San Marcos, California, USA - APR 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great cherry and floral notes. Some funk and oak, pretty cherry and some sour dough bread. Very tart and crisp on back end.
beertholomeus (1111) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a burnt caramel color with fizzy white head. Tart, funk, sugar and fruit aroma and flavors. Light body and average carbonation. Tart and fruit finish.
bg80 (47) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On bottle. Nice sour funky aroma. Deep cloudy reddish brown color with a little brown head, good fizz, no lacing. Classic mix of cherry sour and a little funk for depth. Nothing fancy, just a great Flemish red, with a crisp bite. Delicious.
Emeister84 (1449) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of funky, tart berries, vinegar, wine. Putrid light brown, minimal lasting head. Dry, sharp, tart, vinegar-like. Light-medium bodied.
zickbeer_ye (335) - Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aromas of sweet tart fresh cherries and light red wine. light white bubbly head and light brown opaque body. flavors of fresh tart cherry and wild yeast some minor wime notes. Very well balanced sweet and sour flavor. Crisp tart and refreshing on the palate.
jbruner (2853) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle, pours a murky copper with minimal bubbly off-white head. Aroma of funky sour fruit, awesome nose, fruity and musky. Taste falls a little short of the nose, but still really nice, slight sweetness, light carbonation, solid sour.
KoRoBeNiKi (63) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle from Cafe Nadery Goose Island Takeover 2015.
Aroma/smell: Cherries, wine, spice, floral notes, caramel, vinegar, a bit of oak but not too much. No trace of alcohol, pleasant.
Appearance: Orange/gold with a white head, light and floaty, almost looks like wine-like.
Taste: Tart sour cherries with a wine/vinous note in the back, background reminds me of some Rosť wines but more subtle. Tartness is never overpowering, refreshing end, no alcohol. Always a bit of sweet with some tartness but the tartness is more pronounced. Similar notes to the aroma but a bit more balanced. Almost seemed like it was going to be too tart.
Very refreshing and extremely easy to drink.
Appearance: 8.3/10 rounded down Aroma: 7.8/10 rounded up Taste: 9.5/10, rounded up, Palate 9.7/10, rounded up. total, 27/30, 4.5/5
If this happens to be the best American Sour Cherry Kriek and it happens to be just OK compared to the best, I canít wait to try even better versions from other breweries. For now, I love this...a lot. Canít wait to try the good Cantillon/etc.
AndrewGunnison (8) - - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
vinous, kinda bloody, black cherry and prune juice, firmly sour, compelling if not exactly delicious
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle (2012 vintage) into a tulip. From notes.
A: Pours a dark brown color, and surprisingly, itís somewhat clear. Thereís an off-white colored head thatís less than a finger, and even worse, retains poorly. The clarity helps give it some aesthetic appeal, though.
S: Sour cherries. The cherries havenít faded away entirely with age, either. Unfortunately, there isnít much else, but the singular note provided is so wonderful that I donít care.
T: The palate is first hit with some cherry sweetness. A tart bite quickly envelops the tongue shortly after, yet shows enough restraint not to overwhelm the flavor profile. The finish is nice and tannic. While lacking depth, it displays its few notes well enough to be quite enjoyable.
M: This is superbly clean for the style. Because itís so dry and well carbonated, it makes it very easy to drink. Hell, Iíll even call it chuggable. Oak tannins donít dry it out to the point of excessive harshness, either.
O: Too simple to be a world-class offering, but this still hits the sour taste buds like a champ. I imagine this would be more balanced (read: more cherry-forward) fresh; Iíd certainly buy it again to find out.