FlacoAlto (4100) - 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.
JefVerstraete (2427) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Bottle 123/200. Red colour, light pink foam. Lively carbonation. Very fruity, a lot of cherries. Sour and tart, dry finish. Well balanced. Very good Kriek.
markextrae (2743) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared at a ’bzart tasting’ with a few colleagues, poured a nice dark red colour in the beginning of the bottle, with a nice dark pink /red unstable head. dark sweet cherries, cherrie pie, grains, sour cherries, raspberries, nice lively carbonated, red grapes, oak, bit spice, reminds me of a bit of a sweeter version of the oud beersel kriek, thank god we where with a lot of people who paid for this tasting. i don’t get the price tag of the 2 series of bzart. very nice beers. but it’s not that they are way and way better as their regular geuze and kriek beers.
Habanero (3569) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours clear red with a small pale pink head. Aroma of cherries, brett, horseblanket and caramel notes. Medium bodied, watery to oily texture and average carbonation. Slightly sour flavor that ends up dry and tart. A very nice Kriek.
AdamChandler (4049) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked this up in Belgium last year. Enjoyed split 2 ways @ 40 Degrees F and allowed to warm.
A - Looks like a crimson / maroon red with a slightly red 4 finger head that fades to 1 finger and sticks around. Cork popped in a similar way to champagne.
S - The nose is nice. Sweet cherry pie, cloves, brown sugar, tart and oak with a bit of grape juice.
T - The taste is surprisingly very good. Reminds me a lot of better done back sweetened kriek Lambiek or just a sweeter version of Oud Beersel Kriek. Tart and sweet finish lingers for a while
M - Mouthfeel is huge, very champagne like it’s a nice explosion of flavor and very dense mouthfeel. Interesting
O - For the price I paid in Belgium, I may buy this again but at prices we see here in USA, it’s just not worth it.
Luk_ (238) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Magnum. Pours a beautiful red with thick pale red foam. Aroma is deep cherry with Brown sugar and light funk. Taste is cherry, vinegar and light citirc tartness, High carbonation. Decent.
77ships (6512) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
1500 ml. bottle / magnum sampled @ Pure Apricot Tasting. A pricy affair. Thank you! Vibrant red, rich tad sweeter kriek real fruit expression with nice yoghurt sourness, very lively drink. Nice but not really worth it. Nice presentation but once again this is too much dough for presentation.
PriorL (2906) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Magnum at tasting.
APPEARANCE: clear red beer, small unstable reddish head.
NOSE: sour, nice cherries.
TASTE: sour, nice, cherries, champagne like!
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours ruby body with a small pink head. Aroma of cherry, yogurt, berries, and horseblanket. Flavor of cherries, lacto, raspberries, vanilla, and oak with a dry finish.
Minderbinder (2955) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very nice dark pink with high frothy slightly pinkish/white head. Aroma is of lots of cherries, berries, sugar. Taste is of cherries, nice fruits, some acidity, sourness, funk, sweet. Palate: Light-medium body. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: Very serious kriek. Tasty, nice body (heavier that usual).
czar (6511) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
magnum shared by julienhuxley, thanks bro. pours hazy/cloudy bright red with a frothy purplish head demonstrating very good retention and lacing. fresh ripened cherries and its sassy-sweet meat, fresh cinnamon, light and well integrated acidity - blend of lactic, citric and closing with acetic notes in an almost american fashion, red wine, nicely astringent, grass and pepper. bright if not prickly champagne-like carbonation, light to medium body - feels just a tad heavy, sweetish and astringent zinfande-ish tart finish. very tasty - yet this concotion seemed more american than its american attemps on a kriek, ref. bullfrog le roar grrrz kriek. enjoyed!