FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 Bottle year; Conditioning date of 11/2011; degorgement date of 12/2012; Bottle 092/200; Sampled April 2013
A soft pour into my New Belgium tulip ends up with a finger of beer and the rest foam; the head is pink tinged, and pale in color. The beer is a nice, cherry red color that shows a clear, gold tinged, ripe red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of floral cherries, tart lactic acidity, earthy cherry skins, some hay like and cracker like grain notes. Light phenolic notes seem to accentuated the cherry flavors, and there is maybe a hint of Band-Aid™ here.
The beer is quite dry, extremely effervescent, and has a floral flavor to it that intermingles with phenolic notes that lean towards, but aren’t quite plastic like. Very light bodied, at least with all the carbonation scrubbing the palate clean; very much champagne like in its texture. Sour and tart, this is lactic in its acidity, but gains much of the sourness from the cherries as well. This has quite a tannic finish that is contributed mostly by cherry skin and pits, but also seems to have a touch of oak structure to it. This has quite a bit of chewy cherry flavors to it while still remaining dry, though there is a touch of sweetness that is accentuated by the cherry flavors, but really makes this have a juicy, cherry pulp flavor to it.
If you try and drink this straight after a pour it literally explodes in your mouth; beer has more body than champagne, and it doesn’t quite pair as well with extreme levels of carbonation like the latter does, but still a minute of smelling the beer and it is at an effervescent for a beer level. In the end this is quite nice, but it seems a bit simplistic in its cherry focus; I would have liked for more, funky, base Lambic like notes to come through here. I do like the concept though, the Champagne conditioning leaves a brilliant, bright tasting beer from the first to the last pour.
BVery (5127) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at WTWBA. Clear pink red pour with a white head. Sweet and tart cherry. Yeast. Oh my, this is fantastic.
thewolf (10532) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bought @ De Hopduvel, Gent. Pours lovely clear deep red with a medium, staying, frothy, off-white head. Aroma has mild cherry, funk, citrus. Medium carbonation, fine dry and light creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has super tartness, fruity, cherries, black currants, lovely elegance. Long warming finish. Simply lovely.
Martinus (2520) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruby red colour, light pink head. Aroma of vanilla, chreery, quite fruity, bit of funk. Somewhat sweet flavour, sour, lactic acid, cherry, fruit sour and vanilla. Lots of carbo, more balanced carbo than the kriekenlambic though. Finish cherry, fruit, raisins and dates. Great beer!
(From 75cL bottle @ ZZT-ish VIII / BBT I. Thanks for sharing, Countbeer!)
Countbeer (3649) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very big light white pink ish airy foamy head on top of a clear dark rose/pink colored beer.
Aromas of wood, cherry, wild yeast, vanilla. Lovely!
Flavour is delicious sour, cherries, wood, older hops, sour, light sweet, wilder yeast, delicious another beer I am just really enjoying. This is even better than the Kriekenlambiek.
Aftertaste is lots of cherry and sourness with a yeasty tones and light dry.
Low to medium carbo, soft creamy mouthfeel, medium to fuller body and a creamy texture. Lovely! Lovely!
DutchDrebus (3072) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ZZT8:BBT1. Ruby to copper colour with a big pink head that doesn’t last. Smells red fruits, sourish, slightly dusty. Tastes sour, very fruity, cherry, red fruits. Lovely. Medium body, full carbo.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bright red, thin white ring after huge overcarbonated head. Heavy cherry citrus nose, light clay and arsenic hints. Papery water flavor, pithy with earth through rhubarb pie finish. Sticky, distractingly high carbonation.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Darkguardian at his birthday bash. Pinkish red pour with a pinkish head. Mild cherry aromas. Sweet cherry notes. Mild acidity and tartness. Below average mouthfeel and body.
Huhzubendah (2159) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1.5L bottle shared by Travlr. Thanks Gene!
The beer is ruby red with a big head even after a gentle pour. Lots of bubbles. Aroma of authentic Belgian kriek. Sour cherries, oak, funk. All about the cherries here. Easy drinking. Fizzy on the palate with more carbonation than is customary for this style. Due to the large bottle, I was able to go back for a few pours of this. A really solid beer. Not my favorite kriek by any means, but certainly genuine and solid. Definitely worth trying.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Travlr: pours an effervescent bright ruby with a large froth of pink head. Has a fresh fruity cherry nose with some light funk and vinous oak. Starts with good carbonation and smooth light malty sweetness with some sweet fruity notes and oaky complexity before a drier puckering finish. True to style and enjoyable.
Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the source during Tour de Geuze 2013, number 17 of 240, shared at GT2’s going-away tasting. Huge pop, but not a gusher. Beautiful clear ruby red and royal purple color, massive pink head that settles slowly, solid lacing. Aroma of slightly sour and dusty cherries, subtle citrus. Taste is slightly sharp, sour berries and dark fruit. Very high carbonation is really the only detractor, and even that is slight.