ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared 6/10/16. Definitely a very unexpected surprise, as I never ended up trying this stuff back in the day (that I remember). Good clarity to this black cherry liquid with some brighter hues on the edges. Pink-flecked, off-white head is initially large but fully falls to cover/ring rather quickly.
Huge cherry nose has light glue, medicines, all sorts of phenols and definitely some wood/vegetal-like cherryskin notes. Despite the slight medicinal/phenolic character, which I believe is actually quite natural/authentic, it’s bursting with huge aromatics and bright fruit flavors but yet retains a funky, fermented/macerated feel to it as well. Honey and vanilla show through, from the malts, packing the aroma even more full. No alcohol or flaw.
Just like the 2 Roads Framboise Noir was ultra jammy, this thing is super medicinal, but in a mostly good way. Lots of cherry pit, cherry flesh and light cellar qualities, with huge black pepper phenols and a sweet, lightly syrupy at times (but for the engaging carbonation which helps clear it) texture. Definitely on the sweeter side of things, relative to Belgian fruit beers, much like New Glarus. But just like them, the fruit is done so well that it’s easy to forgive a lot.
GenDV138 (5502) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4 oz pour on draft at City Tap House during the SAVOR Week event. Dark ruby red with light pinkish white head. Aromas of cherries, light tart notes. Tastes of cherries, spice, tart cherry juice, cherry pie filling. Medium body with a dry finish. Pretty tasty, like a tart and juicy cherry pie without the crust.
solidfunk (7003) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderfully executed. Ruby red pour with great head and lacing. Well executed cherry with light cutrus bretta. Sweet and tangy finish. Awesome drinkability here. You can taste the cherry skins and fruit of the berry here. Tap at city tap house.
DandyWolfFloyd (1007) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma - tart cherry, cherry pie like filling and associated sugary nature, some crumb and sugar.
Appearance - body is a hazy garnet. The head is a soft pink, and around 3/4" of an inch and settles slowly. Scattered lacing.
Taste - has a rich black cherry - you can taste the skin and flesh of the cherry - at the same time you can taste a rich pie filling like flavor. There is a tart quality to the cherries, some sugary crumb like flavor. This is essentially a cherry pie in a glass. Quite incredible.
Palate - medium bodied, sticky and slightly slick texture, average carbonation, tart and slightly alcoholic finish.
Beerathon (1682) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
By far the best fruit beer I’ve ever had. Purple/red pour with thin head that dissipates quickly. Big cherry aroma and flavor, thirst quenching, tart not sour, sweet not cloying. Just perfect,
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing beer loaded with sweet cherries and a bit of tartness. I really love Wisconsin Belgian Red and this beer is every bit its equal.
Art (2999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy purple red without much head. Jammy fruity cherry aroma. Hints of earthiness in the aroma. Taste is sweet with a slight cherry tartness. More of a New a Glarus style fruit beer than a kriek. Flavors of cinnamon apple sauce come through in the retro-nasal taste. Unique and delicious.
bytemesis (6295) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler with huge thanks to Bvdubn! Pours cloudy ruby red, some chestnut. Smallish pink head that has some staying power if you pour a little vigorously and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy tart cherry, probably the most obvious cherry I have ever smelled in a beer before. Some caramel notes as well. Flavor is medium sweet, balanced by a light tartness, very very cherry, and real cherry too, no jolly rancher crap. Tastes like whole cherries, including pits and skins. Surprisingly full rich body, creamy mouthfeel. This is a very nice, ummm, beer.
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a murky deep red with medium, dense pink head. Aroma is pungent cherry, light grain, caramel. Slight tartness but finishes pretty sweet. Tons of cherry flavor.
Steasy66 (1115) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler that leaked. Ruby color, almost no head, looks flat. Aroma of jammy cherry, a bit lactic funky, but its faint. Flavor, well, this is certainly not a kriek in the traditional sense but I had been warned. Jammy tart cherry, very thick, very little carb. All in all, misnamed, but solid beer.