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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A sour brown kriek made with Michigan sour cherries aged in oak barrels for over 2 years with a roselare yeast culture.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mgmcewen (1) - USA - MAY 15, 2014 does not count
Delicious dark red pour with heavy aroma of sour cherries. Notes of toasted coconut and marzipan on top of a classic Belgian tartness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fishonmyplane (438) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2014
A bold update on the kriek lambic style. Very sour with plenty of funk and dry cherry flavor. Pleasant aroma and delightful palate. Slightly fizzy. Brilliantly crafted.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
UPDATED: APR 2, 2013 A 2010 vintage bomber at Jerry’s. Murky apple cider color, with scan white head / Elegant, bretty, turning orchard fruit and dried cherry nose / Light to medium body, traces of sweetness but moderately sour and acidic, woody astringency, with excellent balance and lightly bitter finish / Flavors of dried cherries, leather, oak, caramel, apple, horse blanket, manure / Outstanding.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brandonbrew (24) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Appearance- Pours a hazy and murky copper-bronze. A little bit lighter than the color of a standard brown beer bottle. A thin off white/light khaki colored head that for the most part fades fairly quickly. A small bit of head creates a circle in the glass around the edge that stays on and provides a slight lacing during the drink. Aroma- Malt sweetness and cherries are the first aromas I notice. Light vinegar and lactic sourness followed by hints of oaky vanilla. A slight breadiness on the nose. Taste- Upfront on the taste is cherry and a perfect amount of subtle malt sweetness. The Brett flavor works well with those 2 providing an almost brown sugar flavor (not brown sugar sweetness). Near the end I pick up an acidic red wine/sherry flavor. Not really the flavor I would get from an oxidized beer, but a true wine/sherry flavor. A vinegar and oak finish rounds out the sip. Overall- This is the first beer (besides my own) that reminds me of the old Liefmans Goudenband spirit. This beer is full of great balance. Even though there are tastes and aromas that come out first, Goose Island has done a fantastic job of keeping them all in check. There is not really one of the major components that vastly overshadows another. Usually I like to cellar a beer for sometime, but I believe this is one that you drink shortly after the release. The balance is so perfect, I think cellaring would turn a fantastic beer into just a good beer. To sum it up, this is an awesome beer that is very easy drinking, but somehow remains complex. I would recommend this beer to a novice or an experienced craft beer lover.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
teorn88 (1923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours a clear ruby colur with a small beige head. Aroma is cherries, sour, wood, red wine, basement. Taste is similar, with cherries, wood, blasamic vinegar, dust. Definitely sour, almost mouth puckering. Finish is acidic and full of red berries. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall, this really smells and taste like a sort of blend of Rodenbach Grand Cru and a Kriek. Amazing, truly amazing.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Sample courtesy of D Leon at the JRHB meeting. Poured a murky brown with red highlights, very slight hint of a head. Aroma is absolutely amazing, cherry, hints of caramel, a bit of vanilla, and maybe some oak. Could sniff this all night. Flavor is essentially a match to the nose, maybe not quite as bold, but this is a beautiful beer. One of the best I have had in ages. It is going to be hard to find a bottle of this, but I’ll give it a whack.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomas15 (685) - USA - JAN 19, 2013
Aroma is distinctly acidic vinous cherry with ample funk and some dryness. Dark brown with a garnet red hue and tan head. Aroma also continues to suggest other fruits. Apricots and peaches come through in the acidity. Taste is refreshingly light, light but noticeable carbonation, really perfect in that respect. Sour with cherry andp acidic and vinous aspects. Definitely some barrel in play. I gotta say that this is top notch.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RussianDragon (467) - - APR 30, 2014
2014 vintage on tap at Church Key. Pours a clear maroon with lacing, minimal head. Aroma is cherry, vanilla oak and bright sour tang. Flavor is same with classic Belgian oud bruin tartness. Bright finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2009
LAST of 42 beers at GTMW, 8-8-09. Finally, a Goose Island sample here. Very beautiful Belgian-Flemish style sour ale. Smell is everything I’ve been trained to expect in a sour beer, tart fruits like cherries and plums in the background. Not much head, but I’ve sloshed the glass around. I’ve been tasting a few sour ales here, they just pile up at the front of my throat after a while and say "We’re going down; I don’t care what the h--- your throat has to say. This one cuts right through all of that sensory clutter and shouts out "Brettanomyces ahoy!"

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9101) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Reddish brown pour, tan head. Aroma is tart cherries, some light yeast, fruity. Flavor is tart, fruity, malty, damn fine beer. thanks to dcschiller!!!!


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