MadIndian (2713) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SJ. Definite tart / sour notes of cherry, but none of it is overbearing. Some charred malts. Interesting flavor. Not bad.
Alengrin (4069) - BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
One of the latest additions to the Petrus range, a catch-all brand under which De Brabandere tries to gather every basic Belgian beer style they did not brew traditionally, resulting in a bunch of mostly completely unrelated beers. This is the kriek in this range, though it is not called a kriek on the label. Based on Petrus Dubbel Bruin with some Petrus Aged Pale and then there are, of course, the so-called ’added cherries’. Off-pink, dense, lacing head over a bright ruby red beer. Aroma of (a lot of) sugared cherry juice and red jam, cassis, caramel, red beetroot (colorant?), candi sugar. Sweet, sugary onset, cherry jam and cherry bonbons, light mouthfeel on a caramelly malt basis, grenadine-like sweetness continues well into the finish, a bit sticky but still ’bearably’ so, with a light, dull and even somewhat lemonade-like sourishness and a faint and brief echo of deafened, earthy hops. I expected a sour ale, perhaps not as dry and sour cherry-like as e.g. De Ranke Kriek, but at least less sweet than what I got. Still, if I’m honest and despite not liking sweet fruit beers, this one still feels relatively ’natural’ and has retained its beery main character under all that sweetness; I had way worse in this style. Belongs to the new league of top-fermented sweet red beers based on (usually dark) Belgian ales, so I think this is best compared to Kasteelbier Rouge, Delirium Red, La Gauloise Fruits Rouge, Corsendonck Rousse and the like - and in that specific context, this is quite alright and even above most of its peers. That being said, making a kriek of pure Petrus Aged Pale with actual sour cherries instead of sweet ones would have been a much better idea, instead of blandly trying to cash in on this high strength, top-fermented, sweet red beer trend.
Zymurgeist2 (1623) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle to wine glass. Garnet and clear. Minor red head. Sweet and sour combine nicely with moderate high sourness.
DocLock (9238) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours turbid ruby with 2-finger, khaki head. Nose is heavy cherry, raspberry, earthy tartness. Tastes semi sweet, with big notes of cherry, raspberry, and some earthy notes. Well hidden alcohol. This one is great.
chucklemation (1171) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bright red with a thin white head. Aroma is cherries and vanilla. Flavor is cherries. A little bit tart, but mostly sweet. Simple, but I like it.
DutchDrebus (5380) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Red colour with a amall beige head. Smells sourish, fruity, cherry peel, cherry, oak. Tastes sourish, cherry, fruity, oak, nice. Medium body, soft carbo.
ttoadee (1155) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
reddish brown pour, small tan head. Nose is cherries. Sweet. Middle is more sweet cherry, medium bodied malt. Finish is carbonated, slight taste of cherry pits, slightly medicinal. Eh.
bobroman (714) - Torun, POLAND - SEP 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 14.09.15. Intensive aroma of cherry wine. Small head disappearing to ring. Clear dark ruby colour. Sweet cherry taste with delicate acidity. Malty caramel backbone almost unnoticeable. Sweetness, sourness and a bit of well-hidden alcoholic bitterness in aftertaste.
majkelr (327) - Lębork, POLAND - SEP 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromat wiśniowy, wiśniówka. W smaku słodki likier wiśniowy z kwaskowym posmakiem.
floydian1 (1296) - FNQ, Australia, - SEP 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (11.2 fl.oz). Clear dark red-brown with a medium pink-white head that stabilises to a firm film. Nose offers plenty of fresh cherries with background marzipan, candy floss and faint red wine vinegary notes. Taste is candied cherry sweetness with those subtle sour notes at coming through mid palate before a sweet finish. ABV is well hidden. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Needs more sourness for me - blend it with Petrus Aged Pale to achieve this.