bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle shared by WeeHeavySD. poured medium read without much head. nice fresh cherry aroma. flavor had a nice tart fruity flavor. syrupy finish. nice.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear ruby with a inch-plus head of light pink. Retention is short-lived, and fizzles away leaving behind a placid surface and no lacework.
Aromatics are laced with tart cherry. Slightly acidic and plenty fruity.
The mouthfeel is light and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is low.
Cherries with a mild lactic twang on the pallet. An almost lemony hint under juicy cherries.
Alcohol is negligeble as well as hopping.
Finishes dry with lingering cherries.
Pretty straightforward with the cherries and mild sour note. Some funk and additional sourness would make the beer more complex and challenging.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle bonus from Flaco Alto, shared with bikesandbeer. Poured into a flute. Pours oddly dark red. with some sediment floating in it, there is also a bright white ring. Nose is cherry, unclear if oxidation has occured. Taste is sweet and tart and overall pretty, nice. Canít complain too much about it, it isnít the best by any means but its nice. Lingering cough syrupy feeling which isnít too unpleasent. Pretty nice, thanks Sebastian for the opportunity.
mmather (145) - Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very anticipated beer that was in my mind a disappointment (given the hype and the breweries involved). None the less, after a number of years in my cellar (hoping that it would get better or perhaps incredible), it basically is pretty similar to when it came out. That said, it still is a very nice beer with some beautful cherry aromas and flavors with a nice light brown ale-ish background to it. It is a very pleasant, yet not incredible beer.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1-4-08 bottle shared with fly and lb4lb - thanks to fly.
(Best by: March 04) Clear red with thin head. High cherry cough syrup smell. Strange cherry flavor that seems a bit "off". Palate is strange and perhaps was affected by drinking this after the best by date by about 4 years - just maybe a possibility. Overall, not horrible.
lb4lb (2563) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to fly, for sharing this beer with pint_size and me!
Rich maroon pour. Smell is a lovely aroma of sour cherry juice. Mild, but evident. Cherry juice like flavor is predominant, and the body feels a bit thin as there is no carbonation left. I didnít find htis harshly acidic or vinegary at all, but rather very smooth and mild, with subtle sweetness. For being about 3-4 years beyond the best by date, this was still very enjoyable, and Iím glad I was able to try this out.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, best by 23 Mar 04. I bought a few bottles of this while at GABF in 2003. I thought they were all gone, but i found one hiding at my parents house this summer. Pours ruby brown with no carbonation. Subdued sour cherry aroma, with brown sugar and spice; thereís also some sweet honey reminiscent of a mead. Malt , cherry and wood are the predominant flavors up front. Finishes with sweet cherry and cedar. I recall this being much sweeter when it was fresh; Iím not sure how i would have rated it 4 years ago, but itís fairly enjoyable now.
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle (reviewed 10 nov 07, bottle date says best by 23 mar 04). Stored in the fridge for ~3 yrs
Ap: 3 Clear, candy apple red, light bit of fizz, no head.
Ar: 9 Cherries up front, sour notes in the finish with a nice bit of horsey notes
Fl: 8 Fruity, acidic (sour), nice and smooth w/ great cherry character.
Pa: 3 Med body, light carb.
OA: 18 very nice Kriek. Not sure if the long ageing helped or detracted, but this is still very nice. Wish I had more -or- New Belgium would make more!!
RSRIZZO (1872) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this beer on 1/6/2004. Aroma is a dry cherry scent that seems somewhat wine like. Color bright red with ok carbonation and a this fine head. Taste tart and dry. Starting with a light/medium body it goes down with a fizzy feel. Finish come in with a gentle semi-sweet cherry taste that turns tart. in the end you are left with a fine dry wine feel. Great beer to sip on a warm summer day.
Derrick17 (10) - Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had this beer to toast at my wedding with. I thought the theme of two Aleís comming together was cool as I was getting married.
I love the bright cherry in this beer, and the smooth finnish. I got some of the last of it almost a year before our wedding and sat on it.