ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed 12/31/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for the unavailable in ’Murrca surprise! Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night’s Skins/Cowboys game.
A: Pours a dark plum color with a shit ton of ugly sediment floating about. The head is an awful looking lavender film floating on top of the brew with big bubbles and general ugliness.
S: Very earthy, to the point of being ’dirty’ smelling, almost even fungal. Light cherries and acetic tartness comes through in a timid manner.
T: It’s far more tart in the flavor profile. This one starts with cherries briefly - then BOOM! Acetic, vinegary sourness bombards the palate - I’d reckon the balance is 85% tart, 15% sweet cherries. More of the earthy qualities from the aroma appear later on to finish the brew off. Shame it came after three excellent gueuzes, because this one really spoke to my sour tastebuds very well. It just couldn’t measure up regardless.
But compared to the fruity, Arbor Mist-esque (artificial) sugar bombs Lindemans is wont to creating, this is a damn godsend.
M: Not as dry as the gueuzes I just sampled - but just as tannic, if not moreso. As such, it comes across a little harshly. If anything, aging this should give it a more delicate subtlety to the palate qualities.
O: I love the sourness this is providing. If I didn’t just have a trio of quality gueuzes, this would probably score a little higher, as unfair as it sounds. A year of age should round out some of its rough edges a touch.
aleigator (174) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big, dense, pink head, which vanishes very fast. Has a dark, ruby red, vinous cherry color.
Brett defined barnyard aromas, full of fruit flavor, with an earthy oak wrapping. Cherry aroma melts together with funky tartness in the nose, promising a fantastic, complex dryness.
Tastes of musty, leathery malts with ripe, sweet cherries in the beginning, unfolding an incredible depth of fruitiness on the palate, as also the cherry-stones seem to add to the taste, contributing hints of almond and additional breadiness. Acidity then becomes recognizable, at first turning the cherries jounger, more sour, then adding a chewy, dry sourness, which still leaves a spot for the soft oakie cherries on the palate. Includes a very convincing complexity, both, fruits and funky sourness are intense, they pair together perfectly, resulting in a dry, enjoyable melange. This also applies for the aftertaste, although the tartness is growing, the longer it lingers on the palate. Nonetheless I found it astonishing to be able to detect cherries at that stage. Overall this is very fruity, without forgetting to add a huge amount of tart sourness to the beer, which tastes very fullfilling, as it exceeded my expectations of a well done Kriek.
koleminer20 (542) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the Ashley’s Rare & Vintage Beer TasteFest on June 07. The pour is a great deep ruby, with a wonderfully light pink head that fades down moderately quickly. The lace doesn’t really exist. The aroma is big, sour and cherry. I love it. There is a little woodiness, and the lambic is definitely popping through. The flavor is much more sour (not a bad thing) and achieves a great balance with the fruitiness. The mouth feel is thin, but the carbonation makes it feel much thicker. The aftertaste is tart, sour cherry, and I am a big fan
jonnyguns (878) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2014
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Was quite drunk when had this but I can remember the aroma was just wrong. Smelt like horse blanket and urine. Taste wasn’t much better either. Couldn’t finish.
Pailhead (4607) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of a moderate tart and lightly sweet cherries mixed with baby diapers, lemon, and faint must. It pours a hazy reddish-orange with a small pinkish head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of tart and let sweet cherry. The finish has moderate sour lemon, must, and faint cork. It’s light bodied with moderate carbonation.
maneliquor (2995) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours dark blood red with a small browny head. Nose is shocking. It smells like a horse has taken a dump on a hay stack then rubbed itself in it. Not enjoying the aroma at all. Taste is moderately better as it isn’t so intensely ’horse hitty’ and the tarty cherry notes take over a little but it still isn’t exactly pleasing stuff. Not my kind of sour at all. Maybe the bottle was off? But it’s a sour so it should be ’horse blankety’ or something? Who knows. Horse shit is all I know
andregoncalves (1321) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAY 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle thanks to ruigo. Color is dark rose. Head is thin and rosih. High acidity. Bitterness is high. Sourness is medium to high. Sweetness is not that high. Wood, fruity and cherry aroma and flavour.
alexsdad06 (5263) - Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by phaleslu. Pours a hazy reddish purple color with a small pinkish head. The aroma and flavor have tart cherry, oak, funk, musty character, some acidity, base gueuze character with some prickly mouthfeel. Solid.
Metalchopz (2199) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part of a SAQ private import. Pours a hazy red colour with particles floating around. The head is pink-red coloured, fizzing away quickly and with no lacing at all. Aromas of cherries, wood and sourness. The sourness is more present in the taste lasting the hold way. The cherry taste is kind of hidden, but the wood is still there. Hint of plastic in the flavours. Bottled June 7th 2011 with a best before date of June 2017. 2010 edition and No. 05108 written on label. Not a bad Kriek, but nothing exceptional.
kingstoni (1437) - FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear deep red color with a minimal head. Dry and slightly sour aroma of lambic and cherry. Very acidic taste, mostly dry finish.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
AdamJackson (2348) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at delirium. murky red, nose is cherry, corn, passionfruit, celery. Taste is deep, earthy not too tart, lemon zest and peach with obvious cherry notes. best kriek from Lindemans but not worth finding again.