DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with whaleman, thanks David!) Well, this pours pink-red in color and fully cloudy, not too far away from looking like red grapefruit juice. The pink-white head pours to over an inch in height and takes several minutes to settle to a thin layer, and while doing so, is leaving a curtain of very decorative lace on the glass. The highly aromatic nose is wonderful, tart cherries bursting forth to pleasure my olfactory senses. Unfortunately, the flavor doesnít deliver on the promise of the aroma. Yes, the beer starts off with plenty of tart cherry, but as soon as I swallow the beer, the aftertaste turns bitter, metallic and slightly grainy. Personally, I think that has to be from the "New Belgium Ale" they blend into the kriek, and it ruins what starts out to be a really nice cherry beer. Carbonation is lively and with the tanginess, is quite refreshing on the palate. Body is light-medium, but it finishes quite watery. Boy, talk about a beer falling apart at the end. Looks great, smells wonderful, tastes pretty good too, but the finish is terrible. Such a shame.
Zamboni42 (10) - USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Explosive. Very sour cherry flavor, but not too sweet. ALmost comes across as more of a cider than a beer, only with cherry flavor. When drinking it I could never quite connect the flavor to the word "beer", but that shouldnít negate the fantastic flavor. Big and interesting.
dwyerpg (4567) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells and looks quite nice. And wow is the cherry flavor noticeable. More ciderish than beerlike, but thatís ok. Pretty sour brew, but can be enjoyed in moderation.
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted several times at brewery. The first time, it had a heavy buttery flavor that made it taste like cherries and buttered popcorn. However, the subsequent times have been much smoother with the pleasantly assertive cherry flavor and nose. Awesome clear red color and head. I hope this continues to be made for a long time to come.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
By the pint. Delightful reddish color and an slightly red head. Smells of sour, cherries. Tastes of cherries, and not in that disgustingly sweet way. These cherries are good, this beer is sour and dry and quenches a thirst on a hot summer day. Wish i could get this one were i live.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brewer kicks butt. Nice subtle cherries are kept in check by weak malts, rounding out in a nice fruity flavor that goes perfect after a hard day doing whatever. Nice floral aftertaste keeps it from being toooo sweet.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
body is cloudy, rusty, ruddish color. short foamy off-white head, faintly pink. aroma is a mild sour cherry. flavor is mildly sour, and fainter cherry. sweet malt is there, did they blend with fat tire? finish is dryish. unique blend, I do like it. I love 50/50 blends of many sorts. many raters are comparing this to kreik lambics, which this is not, itís a fuit beer. thin layer of lacing all up the glass. thanks BBB63!
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím not huge on lambics, but this seems to have everything in the right places for a kriek - attractive, deep red color - very musty aroma, with juicy cherries, lots of yeast - quite sour, but not as mouth puckering as other lambics Iíve had - a very woody character, lots of yeast again - kind of a thin finish, but still the mouth stays watering.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I picked this up when I visited Devner for the 03 GABF.
Clear, cherry red. If you are quick enough to catch it, there is a pink head.
This thing smells real good. Tart cherries.
The tast is hard for me to handle. The cherry is there, but the sour hit me like a ton of bricks. I just donít care too much for it.
Light to medium body. Lack of carbonatoin give the preception of a fuller body.
This beer may be for some people, but not me.
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, this is one rich flavored beer. Reminds me of eating cheery sours when I was a kid ícept this is sweet. Very very cherry flavored. Too much so for me. Some beer flavor wouldíve been nice.