ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle graciously split by Lt. Capt. Thank you. Was looking very forward to this because NB is as good with sours as anyone in this country. Unfortunately their judgment can be just as bad. This one starts with a footy cherry aroma that never quite goes anywhere - kinda dank and fruity but just sits there in a grainy way, Color is a nice blood red. Flavor is more of the flavor - underdone. No wood notes or funk to speak of.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red pour with small pink head. Nose is cherry 7up, with some spice. Flavor is cherry, with a lot of carbination that stings the tongue with its sour finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10547) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear, heavily filtered, ruby with a small, pathetic, fizzy pinkish head, mostly diminishing with spare, if any, lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, caramel, cereal), light hop (herbs), average yeast (earth, musty) with notes of candied cherries and medicine. Light bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a sour finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and sourness. I beg to differ, but this ale has no Belgium origins, nor were fresh cherries anywhere near this beer, unless your daughter has been hanging around the brewery.
scoth (580) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear, vivid red, with a one-finger pink head, good lacing. Strong sour cherry aroma, with some biscuit, grass and light floral notes. Medium-light body, tart and zesty, lightly dry. Pronounced sour cherry flavor, lighter and more approachable than a traditional kriek, with some biscuit, spice and grass. Medium sour and lightly bitter aftertaste. Well balanced and well blended.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Papago. Pours like cranberry juice with a rosy pink head. Looks gorgeous. Smells of gym socks and tart cherries. Reminds me of IHOP cherry pancake topping in flavor, unfortunately, but has a soothing effect.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Liquor World, opened for pre-birthday celebrations. Pretty cranberry red, smallish white layer of bubbles. Buttery vanilla cake, old-fashioned cherry candy, thrift store wool sweaters. Lemon pepper sourness, menthol, bit of DMS, cherry liqueur finish. I like this, but I like the Boon part of this more than the New Belgium part, and it feels like the overall impact is sort of dampened, rather than augmented, by the blending.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22ozbomber, no date--however it is the Lips of Faith from í09. Also had on tap in July @ the brewery as well as a sample from a kind fellow that had a retired bottle two years ago. Pours a clear pinkish red with a 1 1/2 finger pink head, low retention. Aroma is loaded with cherry skins and cherry Juicy Juice with some light leather behind. Flavor continues with the only addition being alcohol--I donít recall this in the 12oz sample. Ah, this is reformulated almost 2% stronger. Whatever--it didnít improve because of this. Sourness peaked @ a 2-3, and it was only cherry tartness. Light carbonation with a medium body. Underwhelming, but not bad--just another meh from the Lips of Faith bombers--however I do enjoy this more than the Dark Kriek.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a distinct red color, but very light and clear with a small white head. Definitely a sour cherry aroma and a little lambic funk, but itís backed by a strange off aroma that I canít quite place. Surely from the lager, though. The flavor opens with a little cherry and tartness, but overall itís lost somewhere between sweet and tart. Itís an indistinct beer, rather unclear of what it wants to be. Itís a shame that NB couldnít have just brought over the Boon kriek, rebottled it, and sold it to us pure, because the lager doesnít seem to have much to add here aside from watering down the kriek.
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle pours a deep ruby red witha a tiny white head. Light cherry and sweetness i the nose. Flavor is fruity, lightly sour, medicinal, not very kriek like.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear, effervescent ruby-red color; thin pinkish head that soon fades to a light covering of bubbles; very bold coloring. Very pleasant cherry juice in the nose; on the sweet side, with a touch of vanilla oakiness and the suggestion of light tartness; not kriek-y, but engaging. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tart cherries and cherry juice upfront, followed by light toasty oak and a touch of warming alcohol coming through (just a touch) medium levels of acidity, slightly sharp carbonation; tasty for a fruit beer, lambic-like but more of a hybrid, not as dry as one might like. The cherry juice presence, throughout, is very nice, and hints at something like NG Belgian Red. Not quite there. Medium finish: cherries, light toasty grains, a hint of vanilla oak.