anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First one to rate! Shared with fellow ratebeer friend. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherries, wood, earthy, and very subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherries, tart, wood, and an earthy note. It had a light feel on the palate with medium to low carbination. The flavor profile on this one was shooting hgh on cherries. Really good sour cherries. Right on the money for balance between sourness from brew to sourness from the cherries. Super crisp and flavor stayed with me for a while. Great brew at night or great beer for a hot day. Awesome!!!!!
charule (2057) - 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 (1652) - 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 (7132) - 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 (1687) - Pouring Bus, 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 (6762) - 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 (6865) - 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 (5079) - 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.
Iphonephan (5541) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at the RateBeer mini tasting in Dec 2015. Pours a hazy gold with an off white head. Tart nose. Flavors of kerosene, Sour vinous finish.
Travlr (19481) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2015
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle courtesy of bytemesis, thank you sir! Cloudy golden color with a slight reddish tint, flat. Aroma of medicinal cherry. Taste is very tart, acetic, medicinal. Maybe this was a good beer at one point, hard to tell. But now itís a drain pour.
marcus (8593) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dirty blonde with no head and a malty cherry aroma. There is a pleasant candy-like cherry flavor with an oak finish. Tastes like a kriek, but doesnít look like it. Nice variation.