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For many years we’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day at New Belgium Brewing by creating a special small batch beer for our family and friends. These beers tend to be a little funky, fruitful and straight from the heart. This year we decided to share the love. New Belgium Brewing’s Dark Kriek is a limited edition Belgian kriek or cherry beer. Much darker than a traditional kriek with a dash of sour cherry up front, our Dark Kriek is actually a blend of two beers. We start with a light, dry, tannic beer aged two years in oak barrels and combine this with a heavier, dark ale and cherries to create one smooth cherry blast of love.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Dark red with a thin off-white head. Strong sour cherry aroma. Sour flavor with a sour finish. Dark malt comes out when the sours chills out on the finish. Interesting, but you may want to share this one (750 ml is a lot).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"pours a red tinged brown, light on the head. medium to thin bodied, with a pleasant aroma that you have to work a little too hard to find,which is a bit of a setback, but then the flavor was just so good that i forgot about the beers other shortcomings. Similar to the aroma, but no longer so subtle. Complex flavor of tart and then sweet cherries, a touch of chocolate, and a touch of oak, all over a nice malty brown ale. well done. i’m not sure i like it more or less than Lindeman’s Kriek (and definitely not as much as a New Glarus Belgian Red) due to the lesser aroma and body, but the flavor was great and it’s a very enjoyable brew."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3031) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle at Ryan and Jodi’s with friends. Pour is deep brown with a light red tint and frothy tan head - decent lacing. Caramelly, toffee, brown sugar, tart cherries, ligh oxidation, bread, and wood in the aroma. Taste is sour cherries, raspberry skins, caramel, bread, light cardboard, and brown sugar with a lightly sour finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Seems to have held up decently.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
22oz bottle - This beer was really a pleasure to consume, even though the surroundings of consuming it was a letdown (a Raiders loss). The aroma starts things off with a great balance of wood, sweet cherries, tart/acidicness and something close to sparkling wine. Flavor pulls off a crazy-good combination of chocolate covered cherries, vinegar, raspberry yogurt, light leather and toffee. Insanely well balanced. A bit on the pricey side, but don’t pass it up if you can find it. Well, well worth the $$$.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9193) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
Subdued cherry kriek. Pink with pink lace. Unsweetned taste. Stll some palate erasing. Thanks Americo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2732) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Pours a clear copper red from the bottle with no real head or lacing. Aroma is sour fruits, with a nice sweet malt backbone. Taste is lacking compared to aroma, more of the fruitiness than the sour qualities. Not too bad, but wish the flavor lived up to the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3379) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Pours a clear amber/ruby with a lt tan head. Aroma is nice sweet cherry. Flavor follows suit with nice refreshing tartness. Mouthfeel is light with a tart finish that has some cherry but begs for more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2012
2009 bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. Thanks! JetsonFest II. Cloudy, a touch reddish brown appearance with a tan head. Smells pretty goopy, old caramel malty, toffee, light fruity, fairly sweet aroma. A bit off-putting, possibly showing its age. The cherry fruitiness comes through more in the flavor along with some tartness but there’s still some less desirable flavors of old caramel and molasses. Not horrible, but I remember this being a lot better when I had it 2-3 years ago fairly fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (7271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, 2009, thanks Amy! Dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, cherry some hints of earth and grass, very interesting, no tartness. Taste is big molasses, some slight caramel, toffee, hints of caramel, some hints of cherry juice, slight tartness, finishing fairly sweet but dry and with a hint of tartness. Past its prime but interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16860) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
21st August 2009
Clear red-brown beer. Neutral to slightly crisp palate, a little dry. Very light tart cherry well blended with even malt. Some very subtle woodiness. Not bad, well joined up and goes down easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3033) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle shared by BenC - Pours ruby red with a thin tan head. Has some dry red wine on the nose, with ripe black cherries, vanilla and light, mellow oak. Taste is more wood-forward, with big malt that’s lightly milky sour. The cherry is a bit more subdued, but still the big overripe black cherry. Smooth all the way around. Fluffy and soft--really nice.

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