crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, deep red. Amazing aroma of cherries, malt, earth, wood. Not especially sour, but mildly tart on finish., rather earthy, pleasant, mellow cherry. Really enjoyable, but not the thing to go for if you are in a sour mood.
Geokkjer (6111) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of cherries, sour berries, some funk and almonds. Flavor is sour and somewhat sweet with some cherries, lemon and grapefruits. Medium body, average carbonation.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Poured into glass. Medium deep ruby red pour with a foamy light pink head. Smells a bit funky and cheesy, a bit of oak, and cherry skin. Taste is pretty funky and musty with cherry skin bitterness. Not as sour or lactic as I’d expect, but it’s enjoyable.
CanIHave4Beers (3399) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a beautiful deep red color with a big pale pink head the leaves lots of lacing on the glass.
The aroma sure smells like the real thing, very earthy and oaky with lots of sour cherry character. Sort of skunky in that "good" way... pungent and barnyardy...
The flavor is earthy without a ton of fruit character, some light bitterness... the sourness is well controlled & the beer is very dry. Briney and oaky... sort of all over the place, it reminds me of some of the very old bottles of lambic I’ve tried... so that’s sort of cool, but a lot of the brightness of fruit that gets expressed in the aroma is sort of lost in the shuffle here, it’s not as tart or balanced as a good kriek, really even an old bottle of good kriek ought to be.
It is on all accounts enjoyable.
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a tulip. Huge price on this ($13 for 12.7 oz), so it better be good.
3.5 A: Little gushing going on, but I was quick enough to not lose anything. Mildly hazed deep cherry red color. Big frothy pink head. Retention is decent and a few clumps of lacing are left behind.
4.0 S: Pretty good nose on this. Smells a lot, at its base, like some of the finer Belgian krieks in its rawness. Cherry opens the nose as the most potent aroma. Vinous grape underneath. Lots of funk that is mainly limited to the musty basement variety. Dry wood, sweat socks as well. As this isn’t very tart at all, this is definitely a funk forward kriek and those happen to be my favorite. Hay, dirt, and apple orchard. Light vanilla and oak.
3.0 T: While the nose gets by, and gets by well, with limited complexity, it really hurts the taste. Again this has basically no tartness or sourness, which I would have thought to be impossible when using cherries. Instead, you get a dry, dusty woodiness and musty basement funk. Moderate tannic astringency. Surprisingly little fruitiness - even the cherry doesn’t stand out much. Just a lot of one-dimensional funk. Not bad, but not good either.
3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation with a decent spritziness. Astringency lowers the smoothness a bit, but it’s okay overall.
3.0 D: Pretty mundane kriek. I could have almost bought a 3F Golden Blend for the same price. Mikkeller once again proves me to be an idiot for giving there mega-priced beers another chance.
Serving type: bottle
danlo (1348) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle. Lively foam-over, pours a bright red-ruby colour, frothy pink head that gradually diminishes leaving some lacing and aroma of tart cherry & lemon, barnyard. Taste is tart dark cherries, sour lemony and an earthy bitterness. Sharp, foamy mouthfeel, light bodied & highly carbonated with some acidity and a very dry finish. Quite drinkable.
Tide (1900) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brewdog shop. Hazy ruby red color, pink head. Sweet, sour taste with cherry, acidic notes, tart, earthy notes, lemon and herbs. A bit thin body, mostly just cherry combined with high acidity. Sour finish with cherry and lemon. Very nice lambic.
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7oz bottle. Pours lovely deep ruby red with a thick rose colored head. This bottle was a bit of a gusher so the head really lasted a long time. Aroma of bright cherry tartness, lemons and earthy barnyard funkiness. Taste is very sour and tart, as if this were mostly cherry skins and not the sweeter juice. Some predominant lactic acid notes. Finish is bright, tart and dry with the acid and cherries coming through. Not the best kriek out there, but certainley highly enjoyable.
mcberko (7443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375mL bottle, pours a pinkish ruby red with a medium beige head. Aroma of very tart cherries, mild funk, a little acidity, and a little wood. Flavour brings out very tart cherries, a little rotting character, medium acidity, and some oak. Quite tart, with a low acidic and fairly funky mouthfeel. I prefer the Spontanframboos, as the fruit here seems a bit more rotted. Decent stuff.
jkwood04 (4242) - Connecticut, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7oz bottle in a sampler. Pours amber/pink with a pink head. Aroma of cherries, a little vinegar, light malts, and some fruits and sourness. Flavor about the same with a weird fruity note. Average texture for the style. A decent beer.