DrnkMcDermott (2870) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 Iíve been trained to expect in a sour beer, tart fruits like cherries and plums in the background. Not much head, but Iíve sloshed the glass around. Iíve been tasting a few sour ales here, they just pile up at the front of my throat after a while and say "Weíre going down; I donít care what the h--- your throat has to say. This one cuts right through all of that sensory clutter and shouts out "Brettanomyces ahoy!"
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 (1068) - 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 (44) - 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 (1407) - 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 (327) - 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 (2826) - 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 (22) - 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.
VsXsV (2635) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage. Hazy deep ruby liquid with small to medium off-white head. Aroma of cherries, almonds, light port wine, minerals, light funk, lemon and wood. Taste is very light sweet and medium sour with notes of light lemon, cherries and light wood. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really tasty.