ThanksYeast (33) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW great black cherry aroma...filled up kitchen. Got as a two pack with a lambik. very crehhy up front. light bubbly champagne like carbonation that assisted in the cherry aroma. first sip was predominatly the sour from the sour brew, then the cherry came through in the end. reminds me more of sour cherry beer from the states and not so much the brett sour kreiks from over the pond. Great summer beer when hangin in the heat.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2016
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
[ bottle ][ 1oz ][ @Tasting ][ $ ? ][ snifter ][ 12.06.15 ]
Muddy cherry-brown, opaque and still. Brown sugar and cherry pie nose, very watery and sweet. Similarly watery sugar profile, light cherry is sticky all over, heavy acidity mid-late stings jowls, growing baking soda acridity in the thin finish, lasting sourness.
Art (2999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Straight cherry juice. Thatís about all I can say about this one. Not medicinal or anything but just straight sweet slightly tart fruit juice.
Beerman6686 (6116) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a pinkish yellow with a minimal white head. Aroma was of cherry juicy juice. Flavor the same, juicy juice, light medicinal, not really tart or a kriek at all.
charule (2108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Binnys. Poured yellow with min white head. Aroma weet cherry juice. Light carb med bod. Taste light sour good cherry
Bule (1721) - California, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a pale brown color with a slight redness. Fake cherry aroma. Fake cherry flavor. Mild sourness.
jredmond (7241) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Lambic Cave, November 14th, 2015 - a real treat indeed. Pours a soft pink body. nose is Leudens cough syrup, sour candies and melted cherry slurpee. Itís definitley fake cherry, but not an awful acidic mess that I was anticipating.
MacBoost (1727) - Penfield, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2015
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Kriek? No. This beer is worse than the unwashed ass of Rush Limbaugh after a night of vicodins and sloppy seconds with Charlie Sheenís HIV+ hooker cadre. Drinking this makes me want to go to my cellar and open up a "growler" of Area 51 with a reused Bruery cap and chug the entire thing. This is the worst attempt at a "kriek" that I have ever had. You should be ashamed of yourself for marketing this as a "kriek", you fucking community college dropouts. Jesus, fuck. Just stop trying to brew beer already. You are never going to achieve your dream of being bought out by AB-InBev and retiring to your Italian villa, so please just give up now. You are worse than pathetic, with your attempts to capitalize on the "sour" beer fad and your continuance to market your "unblended lambic" as #1 on rate beer. Fuck you, you are not fooling anyone who possesses even the simplest of palates.
solidfunk (7007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Up a Kriek is a unique work of oaky fake cherry that builds on a false interplay of craft beer rhetoric. First of all, Iíd like to point out that nobody can build on the academic work of such illustrious ratings as Phillycraft (11/14/2015), Reynolds314 (10/9/2015) and AdNielsonís update (11/14/2015). But hopefully this humble author can combine meta-survey of present literature with new research.
Method: Poured into a Chimay glass generously provided by distinguished (though sometimes grumpy on the topic of certain German asparagus varieties) D.C.-area rater Travlr. I canít comment directly on the specific detergent used in cleaning the glass, but based on previous uses of Travlrís well-provided kitchen, I can only assume the best quality. The bottle used in this tasting was provided, through Travlr (see rating at 12/6/2015) via bytemesis in the hopes of reaching an objective consensus in the scientific beer community.
The "UNBELIEVABLE CHEERY AROMA (sic.)" previously described by thegreat78 (05/22/2015) may rather be a stretch unless one is referring to certain breakfast cereal, in which case this humble reviewer doesnít know where to begin. The aroma is rather a little more artificial, as pointed out by bytemesis (08/29/2015) and GenDV138 (12/6/2015). Likewise, Iím not entirely sure the "artificial mammary glands" quoted in autonetics1969ís controversial update (11/15/2015) have much bearing in the taste of this beer, to be perfectly fair. Perhaps silicone mammary glands and cherries tend to be mutually exclusive? It isnít this humble authorís place to comment, but certainly popping open this cherry kriek seems more like the Phillycraftís eloquent summary about sluts "taking a whipping" (ibid.). In any case personal observation certainly shows a pink pour with some hazy coloring.
Conclusion: This author concurs with with lime and acidic elements mentioned by distinguished rater nimbleprop (12/7/2015) but doesnít entirely agree with the drain pour analogy made by aforementioned Travlr (ibid.). Indeed, the beer is a little watery (Nimbleprop: ibid.) but retains some decent cherry despite the whipping and slut shaming (Phillycraft: ibid.).
Future research suggestions:
Iím looking forward to endeavours currently in the works by distinguished scholars like MrChopin and (a man can only dream) 2pac.
nimbleprop (7096) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle, 2011 vintage, pours a muddy amber with no head. Looks terrible. Nose is interesting, a lot of fruit roll up, strawberry, bubblegum, a little acid. Flavor follows, strawberry soda, fruit roll up, a little lime/acid. I think this spent too much time in the bottle. Finishes watery.
GenDV138 (5503) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at the RateBeer DC Mini Tasting. Thanks Travlr/bytemesis! Hazy orange with off-white bubbles. Aromas of medicinal strawberry, like strawberry cough drops. Tastes of artificial cherry, funk, sort of buttery. Light body with a dry finish.