ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - APR 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 37.5 cl. bottle, nicely wrapped in red and white paper. Corked and caged. Best before January 2014... Cork stamped February ’04. Served in Duvel tulip.
Beautiful brownish red. Nice, pinkish head. Impressive, slightly tart cherry aroma. Gorgeously full, and very ’natural’ cherry taste. Clearly the genuine article (as should be the case when the brewery adds 13 kg. cherries per 100 liters). Slight sweetness on top of solid, pleasantly sour base. Nicely balanced. Pleasant, full mouthfeel.
A highly impressive kriek.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-brown beer with foamy tan head. Sour cherries and vinegar - but not medicinal. Slight edge to the cherry flavour but not much....could be a little more sour. Pleasant but as a sour ale goes I'd like it more complex and...well...sour.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish colour with a nose of cherries and balsalmic vinegar. Flavour is fruity and sour with a long dry cherry finish.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong, sweet cherry overpowers the nose. Dark-brown mahogany with ruby highlights and slight haze. Fizzy head recedes competely. Immediately sour in the mouth, followed by some sweetness and then a lasting tartness in the finish. Not enough malt character apparent. Cherry flavour slightly cloying. Thick mouthfeel, slightly sticky perhaps due to low carbonation level. A bit simple - not enough complexity in the battle between sweet and sour. Definitely lacking carbonation. Bottle (green - cork date 2002/07). Marked 5.5% ABV.
bluevegie (3042) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my second Liefmans and so far they are worth paying the price, though my preference is the goudenband. This beer was cherry red in colour with a large frothy off white head that lasted the distance. Aroma was of cherries but not that strong. Taste of guess what? cherries! also some slight ginger. Not that sour but still very drinkable.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours maroonish red wine colored, with a good light brown head. Very strong cherry aroma. Tastes of cherry, with a nice tartness. Finishes tart, with a little cherry sweetness at the end. A very good kriek. Not my favorite style, but as raters we must compare apples to apples and cherries to cherries, if you will.
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy burgundy/red coloured body with a light tan head. Sweet/tart cherry aroma with little else. Sweet cherry taste ending in a pleasant tartness. Overall, a good beer, but not spectacular. I sampled this beer on draught at L'Enfant in Washington, D.C. on 05-March-2004.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle: Pours murky red-brown with a large light brown head. Aroma of sweet cherrys dominates, though theres a slight woody smell there too. Very sweet cherry start with a tart, acidic finish. Almost some bitterness there too? Smooth mouthfeel, thin-medium body. Nice beer, but a little less complex than the frambozenbier.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet and sour nose, hazy rust color, low tight head. Sugary sweet cherry body with a slightly astringent end. Good transitions for sure, but maybe not sour enough. Good starter for someone looking to get into kriek beer.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml. Murky, ruddy brown with a salmon-pink medium lasting head. Huge cherry aroma, sweet and sour, with hints of almond. Black cherry flavor, very sour and acidic, medium body. Nice, highly drinkable sour ale but lacking the complexity of Rodenbach or New Glarus.