deyholla (9635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2009
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Poured dark red with minimal head. Aroma was full of cherry notes, reminded me a bit of kool-aid. Flavor followed up the aroma with a kool-aid like flavor. Wasn’t really tart and wasn’t really sweet, kind of watered down. Seemed to be situated between a sweet kriek and a sour kriek. I really didn’t enjoy it.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7555 – thanks Big J! Pours clear maroon with a 2 finger foamy pink head that leaves spotty lacing. The nose is cherry candy coughdrops I ate as a kid. The taste is cherry skins, lemon peel and a weird medicinal finish. Medium prickly mouthfeel. Everything is fine but the finish. That loses style points for me. Thanks for the bottle J!
j12601 (9075) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Where the Wild Beers are event. Pours a clear kool-aid red with touches of white head. Cherries, light isopropyl, vinegar, and acid. Medium body, light cherry, light sour and lactic. Finishes with some crisp tartness.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 On tap at the brewery on 7/18/09 as part of Lips of Faith series. Pours a bright red with a beautiful pink head. Cherry aroma with hints of lavendar and lily with a touch of bread. Great amount of sourness that doesn’t leave your cheeks tired from puckering. Incredible sweet cherry aftertaste. This is a great kriek!
BOLTZ7555 (3003) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Magenta pour with a light pink head that left nothing in terms of lacing. Aroma is Bing cherries, lemon zest, and a little funky sourness. Flavor is somewhat medicinal (Luden’s cough drops) with cherry Jolly Rancher pucker, vanilla, oak, and light barnyard. A little thin...not bad and highly drinkable for the style.
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle split with my girlfriend and purchased from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a bright juice red, small pink head that dissipates quickly and leaves faint film on the corners of the glass, very minimal lacing. Aromas are a touch sweet and tart cherries, a touch of lambic goodness with faint dry and wild feeling. Largely, tame cherry light on flavor fairly light bodied with small tartness, a bit of light dryness, oaky qualities, wet wood. A touch tangy, this is ok, and I’m happy it’s not a cloying sweet bomb, the sweetest part being a bit in the coating it leaves. But, it’s a bit underbodied and underflavored. Forgetful, largely. Ok.
AmEricanbrew (6607) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brilliant copper/red color with a pink head. Mild vanilla and cherry aromas. Smooth medium body. Rich cherry cream pie flavors with pickled cherries, rich vanilla, sweet bready malts and some wood. Very nice cherry essence here. Draft@ Brouwers.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Gorgeous clear ruby-red without much head but lots of carbonation. Sweet and sour aroma, mild cherry fruitiness. Flavor is a bit disappointing. Pretty bland, with only the subtlest hint of sourness. Light alcohol presence. Good mouthfeel, thick for the style. The aftertaste is dominated by oak.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours red/pink and clear with a thin pink head. Lightly sour aroma with cherry in the nose. The flavor isn’t overpowering, a little bit of cherry, little sour. Interesting, but nothing incredible.
bleeng (1651) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Very red, clear, with no head-beautiful color. I had the original version but took no notes. I will compare from memory. This one has a very sweet, cherry, medicinal nose. Taste: Bitter, not a sweet as the nose, a bit astringent, very carbonated, with a subtle wood flavor. A bit cloying. I remember the original being much lighter on the palate and very easy to drink. There were more subtle flavors in the original. This is not the same beer by far. I can drink this but would not go out of my way for it. Hard to rate as there are some good qualities here-but this is not anywhere near a world class Kriek. The original-I sought after wildly and cried for days after my last bottle was gone.