RobertDale (3399) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Hopfest 2014. Comes a clear red with a small pink head. Aroma of fruit and funk. Taste is tart cherries, fruit, funk, and wood. Very easy to drink. Enjoyed this one.
ineedbeer (698) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle courtesy of daknole.
Aroma is fairly fruity with a moderately strong cherry character. Light oak note with a slight medicinal phenolic character. Medium light acidity. Light juiciness.
Pours a slightly cloudy red with pinkish orange highlights. Slightly off white, pinkish head that is slightly thin and quickly recedes to the edges where it lingers. No lacing and faint legs.
Flavor has a light sweetness and moderately strong cherry character. Medium acidity with hints of Brett character but not the classic barnyard Brett. Doesn’t have the medicinal phenolic character that the aroma had. Cherry flavor is also fairly fresh and juicy.
Mouthfeel Is medium light bodied to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall it’s a pretty good Kriek with a lot of cherry character. A nice medium light acidity with a light Brett character. I wish it had a more complex Brett character though and its a bit too fruity for my preferences. One of the better American Krieks though. A pretty nice beer.
JustDrinkIt (258) - Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful bright red color with light pink head. Aroma is huge cherry pie and some sour notes. Flavor is more pie filling, tart cherries, and cranberry.
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red pour with a white head. The aroma has some nice cherry notes as well as some biscuit malt and alight bit of funk. The flavor is similar. I get some cherries and a light bit of tartness as well as some oak and some sweet brown sugar. Juicy tasting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml flip top) clear medium crimson, off white bubbles. Nose of Brett, sour cherries, vinegar that detracts. Taste of sour cherry, vinegar, pie filling, wet wood, neat beer but certainly has a few flaws.
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 swingtop bottle courtesy of a daknole trade. Thanks, Dak. Pours a nice deep reddish crimson glow, fruit punch, some darkness in the middle, a gentle haze moves to a darker but transparent deep berry reddish glow on the edges and bottom. A frothy subtly pink white head dies to a small filmy layer, loose lacing. Well carbonated. Aromas are distinct cherryskin, gentle sweetness, a more spritzy and sour appeal really takes over. Some fruit punch, lemony lactic life and raspberry pulp scoots in. Some gentle oak, red wine, but more fruit and black cherry, firm sour presence. I wouldn’t call it complex, but enjoyable. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, a touch of girth in the middle. Cherryskin, raspberry, fleshy blackcherry, a bit of boysenberry, more black raspberry. Nice, fairly seedy. The sourness, it hits quickly. Not overdone, a firmly carbonated body kinda provides some synergy. Firmer lactic life, lemony and sour. The middle offers a but more pulpy fruit, raspberry is seedy, making this Kriek not JUST a flat out cherry sour. Not medicinal feeling, some nice complexity of fruit but for some subtle barrel, gentle sweetness working in it’s fairly approachable. Not overly sour, nice lactic elements mix with sour berries, black cherry. A gentle Balsamic wash is subtle. Backend is tart, berry and cherryskin, a bit tannic with some gentle oak, touches of Bslasamic vinegar is subtle. The fruit element, fairly rich up front, taapers off back here. Displays more barrel, skin, a touch of vanilla and some gentle Bslamic elements. Carbonation again is firm. Finish is nice, a bit more muted. The nose is fairly potent, the fruit plays quite nice up front and into the middle, drying up and giving a good dose of oak into the backend, touches of red wine. Not as complex as one might expect, but pretty agreeable, good drinker, really nice fruit presence. Nice.
Ratman197 (9664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml swing top bottle poured a clear garnet with a small lingering pinkish head. Aromas of sour cherry, cookie and spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of sour cherry, bread and light spice with a crisp dry tart lingering cherry finish.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moderate tartness. Sweet pie cherries combine with moderately tart lemons. Nice balance between the two flavors. Light vinegar notes as well and they really add some complexity to this beer. I don’t think that I would change a thing.
brokensail (10744) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Richard’s tasting. Great bright red pour with a pink head. Sweet cherry pie, spice, and lemon zest. Tart cherry, some hints of red wine vinegar, and oak. Flavor is sweet cherry pie up front. Lemon zest, cherry skin, and some red wine vinegar. Notes of oak and grass.
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL. Pours a clear, beautiful pink with lower white foam. Nose is juicy, sweet raspberry. Taste is juicy, mild spicy acetic, raspberry. Moderately salty, acetic. But actually everything is soft and approachable. Much better than expected with restrained acetic especially given Santa Fe’s track record.