That1Guy (2051) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice kriek. New Belgium should get rid of their shite beers and just stick with lambics and sours. Fruity and tart, with a nice cherry presence. Very light bodied, almost like a dry white wine, and at 8%, the alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden Pretty tasty.
nickd717 (3623) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Whole Foods in Los Altos. Red in color with a light pink head. Aroma is tart cherries, funk, and butter. Flavor is cherries - tart but not as much as other krieks, funk, and buttered popcorn. Yes, buttered popcorn. Not exactly the flavor most brewers aim for in a kriek. Not too bad tasting overall, but that flavor is a little odd. Body medium to light. Overall, my girlfriend liked it and I thought it was ok. Everyone else...not so much.
blutt59 (6228) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle, cough syrup red with pink foam, aroma of light cherry, pastry, flavors of weak sour cherry, strawberry jello, weak finish
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma is of sweat, cherries, butter, and is more or less unpleasant all the way through unless you really strain your senses to only take in the cherry notes. Scrizz says bile, I would tend to agree. Pours bright juicy red with a pinkish bubbly head. The flavor is full of buttery diacetyl, sweat, funk - in a bad way and nice cherry notes. The cherry flavor comes through on the mid to back palate and is the best part of the beer(which is why I am giving it a 4 in aroma and 5 in flavor). If it just tasted like the cherries it would be great, instead they went and fucked it up by blending it with some shit ass beer. Easy to drink if it tasted good. Really I usually like and finish most everything I drink, even Bud Light during a softball game, but this one I could not finish. Ughh.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, acquired in Washington. Juice like red pour, looks watery, with no head. Aroma is a little sour cherries, not much depth. Flavor is the same, watery like cranberry juice, with light sourness and medicinal / herbal elements as well. Not very "fresh" tasting fruit.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pinkish hue, pinky white head. Sweet bile aroma, like you followed someone in the bathroom after they ate the wrong berries in the wild. Wow. Sweet, gross, cough syrup, but amazingly drinkable though I don’t like it. I don’t even understand it.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle/ Pours light fizzy red, with a light pink head that dissipates quickly. Taste is initially really sweet cherry, with little tartness or bitterness to balance. As it warms, it picks up some more nuances of sourness and old leather, but still a little sweet. Not as good as the "Dark Kriek’ version, but pretty decent @ cellar temp.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured a slightly hazy reddish brown hued amber with a nice foamy head that settled nicely and left light lacing. A deep aroma of tart cherries with some light malt and oakiness.
Taste is sharply tart at the start, with sour cherries dominating the taste, which then mellows in the middle, and ends with a little tart kick. Finishes rather dry with a moderatel bitterness. Very balanced nothing to overpowering.
jstraw (1944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark rose with light, creamy pink head / Mild nose of fermented cherries / Medium body, mildly tart and creamy, with good balance and finish / Flavors of fermented cherries, strawberries, and cream, with oak and brett notes / Good enough, but young and simple.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bomber. Pours a clear pink, strange, and settles out to a cranberry color with a white/pink fine small froth 3.5. Aroma reminds me a bit of their Dark Kriek, cherries, pie crust, grainy, pool water, some tartness and acidity, again, the aroma is a bit at odds. Can totally smell the boon kriek in there (which I also had recently). Bah... I bet I could make this at home... blend some NB with some Boon... done. This beer is not as good as Boon Kriek and probably not as good as the NB beer by itself either. I have the same issues here as I had with the Dark Kriek. The increased alcohol is dull on the tongue, grainy, earthy, some off-putting bitterness, pool-water, some tartness but lighter cherry flavor, some light pie-crust/yeast, not too terribly sweet. Medium/light bodied with softer but nice fizzy carbonation, not sticky, lightly syrupy in the finish, alcohol numbs the tongue a bit. I really dig the idea, but the point is to make a beer greater than the sum of its parts not worse... Nice looking bottle though. This is the kind of beer that makes me angry.