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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
A barrel aged sour cherry Belgian blonde.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Autonetics1969 (1) - - NOV 18, 2015 does not count
My brother shared this bottle of Kriek with me. It came in a 750 ml champagne bottle with a red wax top and a wine looking simple label. It was labeled a sour cherry Belgian blonde. My brother suggested I join this site as he is somewhat of an introvert and he mentioned the exchanges on this site, with ratings and all, were quite entertaining. He is an engineer and somewhat of a wallflower so I was hesitant. He immediately directed me to this brew and instructed me to review the ratings. I must admit it was entertaining to say the least. Phillycraft hit the nail on the head, this cherry slut is taking a beating. A beating behind the school yard by a bunch of nerds shellacking a cute cheerleader transferred from a private school for ruining the curve in AP calculus. This brew as huge in cherry aroma and big in cherry flavor. The theme from the aristocracy, it is artificial. I have enjoyed cherry NyQuil, cherry vodka, and Almanac brewery, Jolly Pumpkin and many others. Artificial is not a bad deScriptor as my girlfriend has artificial mammary glands, and I think they are wonderful, and a Miss June states that many others do too. So for the beer the so called artificial character, no wired medicinal character, mostly cherry sourness and some tartness. It was somewhat reminiscent of a cherry sweet tart that reminded me of childhood. I do believe that rates that gave this non deScript term were more offended that it was scoring better than some of their clique brews. For example Reynolds314 even had a neat 5 point business plan that he thought there was some money making hedge fund conspiracy. Some seem to be overly preoccupied with "fake" or "influenced" ratings than to give deScriptors of the brew. Just rate it! I thought it had some vinegar notes but not too out to f balance for style, and the crisp tartness really shined through. For Reynolds and you unsuspecting beer geeks, I feel slightly sorry for you. Not that you were duped but you have spent so much time rating beer, 2900 plus ratings, equivalent of approximately 10.2 days of your life. Those of you should have spent more time learning how to navigate web sites. Let me enlighten you. This sight has a tab called highest raters. Click on it and you may get a better synopsis of the rating you are hoping for. On the other hand, folks like me, new to site, would rather see what a newbie might like. I know Pliny is good. I want to see who took the time early on to rate something they enjoyed, not a bunch of dork lemmings explaining to me how they loved stone fruit and mango in their Pliney. I found this brew did have the deScriptor of manure, aromatic indols. I like it in lambics and other brews as long as it is not distracting. This brew did not have that distraction. A friend of mine loves Simcoe XXIPAs due to the typical cat piss character. She loves loves it, however I do not. This brew was earthy manure and barnyard, great. I really had to enjoy Adnielsen telling folks to fornicate with themselves. He does not seem to understand that sites like this earn revenue by getting traffic. Berating and chastising raters discourages the folks from revisiting. If only you, 10,000 plus raters, who wasted 35 days of your life, were the only credible sources, then this site would not exist, and you may have nothing to bitch about. Adnielsen, spend some time away from RB and spend some time learning English, so you can have a more extensive vocabulary. Then, you can come back and give some real constructive criticism. I do believe that the owners of this site love this brewery as it brings them traffic. As for manufactures pushing their product, why not? This brings more traffic and more raters. With the addition of raters we all get a better standard deviation. For those of you who that rate for 35 plus days, it is a measure used to quantify the amount of variation or dispersion of a set of data values. Back to beer, it does have a lean tart lactic sourness, with some wheat character complemented by the aforementioned barnyard aromatic indols. It has a light mouthfeel and body with nice prickling champagne like carbonation. Some oak is evident and the cherries dominate. For those "Hate Homers" "Shill Slashers" and "Troll Trackers", which I am none of, my rating will not count. The Bayesian statistic scale they use here works well, so do not fret. Side note: bantering about beer on sites like this and Yelp is like having sex without an orgasm. With that in mind, I will go have a few more Up a Krieks and appreciate the natural and artificial traits of greatness of both my girlfriend and the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
This little cherry slut is taking a whipping. Bottle shared by that son of a bitch Dad. Notes of blue sweet tart, cherry pixie stick, and cherry yum yum. Black cherry almond. As a beer its shit, but its reminds me of my childhood.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle @ Steve_0’s house, thanks to Stephen. This is god tier garbage and all the homers that ranked this highly should be ashamed of themselves. Pours a murky orangish red appearance with a cream colored head. Smells like a strawberry juice box with some stomach acid. Twangy, sweet, gooey, and strawberry flavored. Awful fruit beer. If the owners of this brewery have been homering them up, fuck them. This is awful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is slightly hazy Amber with a small white head and ok lacing. Juice box, artificial cherries, light vomit, bread, and stale malty aroma. Taste is sweet cherry juice, kool aid, biscuit, stale bread, and salt with a lightly tart finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Not good at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Minderbinder (2793) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle 750ml. Pours hazy copper/light brown with no serious head. Aroma is of Cherry Halls TM, cool-aid, artificial fruits. Taste is of cherries, sugar, acidity, sourness. Artificial. Palate: Light body, soft carbonation. Overall: Feels very artificial. Not a quality, nor a classy beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mathieuc (2484) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2015
Pours a hazy+ golden with a thin white head that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is of cough syrup, cherry, kool-aid. Taste is of gummies, tart cherries and maraschino ones too. Some sucralose, kind of reminescent of these sweetened Lindemans. Not quite as sweet, though, and feeling a little less artificial. Moderate body and carbonation, juicy mouthfeel. Obviously this isn’t an oude kriek but I thought it was still interesting enough. I would pick this one up again before any Chapeau (Exotic, ugh) or Lindemans..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
czar (6211) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2015
pours cloudy copper with a small white cap, no retention. maraschino cherries - artificial; light to medium acidity; antibiotics, spicy red maltiness, candies, strawberries, decent flora, spices, white pepper. moderate carbonation, light body - oily; tart and woodsy-spicy finish. weak kriek - and miles away from a kriek- but not really offensive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tom10101 (4243) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle (750 ml). Hazy reddish-orange with a small white head leaving little lacing. Aroma is intensely of maraschino cherries an there’s not much else that can shine through it. Taste is heavily sugary with a ton of maraschino cherries and herbal notes. Medium body. Medium body. Sugar syrup mouthfeel. This is finally starting to get the ratings it deserves. Like a poor-man (but really expensive) sweetened Kriek.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JulienHuxley (4637) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle shared. Hazy murky brown tan head with white head. Aroma is fucking awful, insanely medicinal, halls cough drops, cherry blossoms, cherry antibiotics, bad. Taste is slightly better, cherry candle, maraschino cherry. Palate is med bodied, sticky, light carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
joeneugs (4592) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 17, 2015
2011 750 ml. bottle. It pours a rather cloudy light reddish purple color with no head, just a few large bubbles. The aroma is like sweet cherry Sucrets with some very mild funk and cereal grains. Very sweet smelling like Kool-Aid. The flavor is sadly worse. Melted down cherry Sucrets with a very dirty water profile. Flat and sweet with a faint hint of florals. Thankfully theres no major acetic acid or ethyl acetate in this one. Medium to strong lactic acid in the finish. Just a below average sour all around from the artificial, medicinal cherry aroma to the Kool-Aid like flavor. Not truly putrid though and Ive had worse sours, but not too many. I would avoid this one.

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