cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11/12/03. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, enjoyed in a tasting at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 11/12/03. Whispy white head, edges of light tannish-pink. Opaque, pink amber body. Nice appearance, but that's not the incredible thing about this beer-- the nose is simply one of the best aromas I've ever had the pleasure to smell. If it were socially acceptable, I'd just sit around all night taking this beer in through the nose! Cherry pie. Very rich cherry and some tart cranberry in the nose, but mostly just soft, decadent cherry pie with wonderful strength and warmth. Flavor is tart cherry again, like a pie (someone said McDonald's cherry pie, but I can't be sure since I've never had it-- still, it sounded like a compliment coming from that guy). Flavor is slightly bready, full-on pie giving you a bit of the crust. Finish is very, very smooth but not quite long enough. Fantastic while it's there, but not quite enough to push it over the top. The aroma makes this beer, and everything else is just a pleasureful accompaniment to that outstanding start.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
While I liked this, I never expected such high ratings for it. It was a pinkish amber color with bubbles, white head. Like a sparkling rosé wine. Definite cherry aroma and flavor. Was, to me, like drinking cherry soda. Very good but not spectacular as others seem to think it.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful clear ruby color with a medium white head that slowly fades away. Aroma is purely sour cherries. Excellent mouth feel. Brilliant cherry flavor. Has a slight sourness and finishes quite dry. What a wonderful creation. Thanks to captaincougar for this one.
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 I really like the wax-top style. Beautiful, beautiful appearance, like fruit puree so rich in color and substance. Wonderful aroma...wonderful flavor... I won't belavor the point, except to say that I wish it had been more sour. Oh, it was wonderful. Only I was coming down with the stomach flu...what an awful night I had. Big thanks to Joe K for bringing back a bottle from Wisconsin. (rating 19 Dec 2003: 9-5-7-4-18) // Re-rate 20 Aug 04: 9-5-9-3-17...same score, I guess, but seemingly better than I remembered. Lots of Ludens!
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004 I have been staring at this bottle for over a week now, willing it to open itself for me; for clumsy human hands to break the seal would surely have done irreparable harm to this delicate monster. Yeah, right. I over got my cold and thought, "Tonight's the night!" Pours a fine, small head, with continuing effervesence in the smallest bubbles I've ever seen. Looks like cherry juice; nothing spectacular. Smells. . .like cherry mountain pie on a cold night/huddled 'round a fire/home-canned bing cherries/and a dollop of sugar. Also smells faintly woody (campfire), vanilla ice cream (from the camp store), and a bit medicinal (Mom, I scraped my knee). Now that smelling this has caused me to relive portions of my childhood, I drink. Light in the mouth, but not too fizzily aggressive. Bursts of cherriness batter my brain. Little malt detectable. Finish is slightly spicy and quite tart. Leaves a stickiness but no sweetness 'round my lips. This is truly remarkable but too much for my brain to handle tonight. Capped with a wine capper and back into the fridge it goes. Next morning, I discover an added bonus: this stuff simply rocks with Christmas cookies for breakfast! My number one-hundred and a HUGE thanks to David P.!
motelpogo (6956) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
i cleaned my room the other day for the first time in 6 months and found my notes from tasting this a while back with duff and eczematic (the machine). plenty of marzipan, some oak and vanilla. faint tomato juice in the finish balances perfectly. even better than my own schitt kriek
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
smells like cherry sour balls, amber with a pink head, super sweet cherriness, sour and awesome, a nice compliment to thanksgiving
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2004 Poured a copper, amber color with a small slightly off white head. Aroma of sweet fresh cherries. Taste is sour cherries, alittle yeast, but the cherries are extremely fresh! Hey, I may need another one of these
JK (4603) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of sweet cherries and yeast. Red with lots of bubbles but no head. Flavor is of cherry, malt, and yeast. Finish is dry. Outstanding.
myerstrmn (1) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
First tried this at GABF. Went back at least a dozen times to make sure it was as good as I thought. Yup! Amazing Belgian Kriek