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.
rayaron (357) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. 2012 edition. Clear deep red with small pinkish head. Sweet aroma, cherry, some wood notes, earthy, floral. Very sour flavor, cherry, faint antibiotics hints, wild yeastiness, herbs, lemon, somewhat floral, hints of peach, very dry sour finish. Flat, medium-bodied. Interesting and very good.
Maakun (829) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle. Dark red, light cloudy, medium sized dark pink head. Sour red berries, hay, red cherries, cherry pits, light earthy. Taste is very tart with bitterness like biting on berry pits, light umami and dry bitter finish. Nice and complex kriek, very earthy but I'm quite enjoying it.
linusb (54) - SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried 2007 vs 2012 750ml. Strange enough the 2007 was more fruity than 2012?! 2012 was more funky. You can trave the beer very well through the years. Very nice beer indeed, but in this case I actually prefered the 2007.
VDuquerroux (400) - Airvault, FRANCE - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 75cL. Home. Alc. 6,5 % Vol. A dark red beer with a medium smoothy pink head. Medium retention. Aroma of cherry (real fruit), smoke, barnyard, wood. Medium to heavy sour, really dry. Only light sweet background from the fruits. Bony body, thin texture, fizzy carbonation, lasting dry finish. Overall, great balance between fruit and sourness. Really dry, but a feeling of intense cherry as well.
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 75cl, anno 2008, bb 02/2014, bottled oct 2009, # 24709 partagée avec Pierre T.
De couleur acajou sur un col rosâtre persistant sans être trop épais.
Arôme restitue, même avec 5 ans d’age, un bouquet généreux de griotte, on note très bien ce côté prenant de fruit noir accompagné d’un nez rustique ponctué de ce caractère typique de gueuze.
Palais reste également fort centré sur les griottes et cela malgré l’age, les signes d’atténuation du fruit sont encore faible. Effervescence reste moyenne avec un profil acidulé prenant mais sans être surfait. Note qcq résidus boisés qui donnent une pointe épicée à la bière.
ElManana (516) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red with no head. Aroma of cherries, vinegar, acid, bread. Taste is very sour, tart. Very dry finish. Simply too sour for me. Overwhelming.
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rooby tones, small white head. Aroma is quite tart, some red fruit and barnyard. Favor is dry, dominated by tart cherries. Quite nice beer.
Idiosynkrasie (4099) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 3, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle [6.5% abv]. Cloudy, dark red colour with small, frothy, collapsing, pinkish head. Sourish aroma, quite natural notes of sour cherries. Taste is tart, dry, notes of sour cherries. One-dimensional, definitely not appetisingly in a way. Not appealing to me.
eduardovl (964) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle poured in a chalice.
Forget about Lindemans Kriek or the Pecheresse, CuvÃ©e RenÃ© is a real Lambic-Kriek. It’s not sweet, first of all, actually, this is acid and dry. When poured, at first time, it has a medium rose head with small retention and no lacings. Subsequent doses have not much head anymore. The color is a dark red. Quite cloudy. Reminds wine. The smell is reeeeally Lambic. Fruity and acid as it should. Reminds grapes but it’s probably only cherry. The taste is also acid close to vinegar. Again, very fruity with this metallic end left by Lambics. Again, this is dry. Body is light and drinkability too. Good stuff to people that like wild acid beers.
[ BA Review @ 4/12/2011 ]
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Red Willow tap room... Deep red... Thin pink lacing... Soft horseblanket funk.. Soft fruits nose... Dark berries... Dry Cherry fruit... Long dry horseblanket funky finish