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.
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a clearish pink-purple red with a short lived pink head. Aroma is cherry, funky, oldish. Flavor is cherry, sour candies, woody. Finish is sour and tart. Some lingering fruit. Medium body, average carbonation.
mike_77 (3037) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Clear, deep red colour. No head. Aroma of sour cherries and vinegar. Flavour is very acidic with background hints of red fruit sweetness.
Hansen (6572) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby coloured, almost clear. Has a pink head, medium duration. Almond aroma, faint sweet cherrie notes. Cinnamon too. Acidic flavor, Citric acid.
Zita (4603) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
barnyard, almond and cherryes,red, clear, white foam, medium sourness, medium body, oily feel, fizzy, very sour finish.
Alengrin (1296) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Launched in 2007, it was about time that Lindemans, famed for its sweetened kriek, came up with a fully authentic ’oude’ version of it. Pale pinkish head, deep ruby red colour; very fruity aroma combining fresh sour cherries with ’malse’ lambic, hay, sherry, lemon zest, not too sulphuric; taste also quite soft for the style, evidently sour but not agressively so, bit sherryish, refreshing with sufficient fresh fruit, subduedly funky. A good stepping stone for those brave enough to venture into the world of oude kriek.
mikske79 (1105) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 7, 2014
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Veel te zuur voor mij, echt niet mijn stijl van kriek. maar sommige zullen dit misschien goed vinden
Straling (359) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2014
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Murky dark red colour with a strong cherry aroma. Taste is overly sour, almost cringing.
Sebilinz (479) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Red body with pink head. Aroma is fruity with cherries and some sourness. Taste is sour with cherries and hints of sweetness. Aftertaste is bitter with some sourness. Nice one.
aleigator (200) - 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 (577) - 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