HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, - AUG 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler, shared by IPFreely with ... many of us. Thanks, Tim!! Clear refractive deep ruby pour with an average diminishing off-white creamy head (looks lovely). The aroma is quick restrained - lightly herbal, black cherries in syrup, not quite medicinal, I donít know how to describe it positively, which is what it was - very nice, not boozy at all. The taste ... black cherry liqueur (my father would love this) - moderate alcohol, hardly any bitterness - simple, but hell, I love black cherry. Thick, syrupy, moderately boozy, plenty of cherry linger here, it would be very sour, but it seems sweetened - unique, definitely - I really liked it, but didnít quite love it, just a hint of medicinal sharpness in the aftertaste.
HonusWagner (1638) - 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.
artmcd8 (1920) - 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 (3830) - 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 (1669) - 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 (1012) - 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.
Clownoisseur (325) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler courtesy of Bvdubn, thanks Brenton! Pours a deep ruby red, pink hues. A surprisingly lively one-finger white head that settled into nice lacing. A bit of leg to this one as well. Aromas are just loaded with cherries, as many of the reviews have said. It still canít be stressed enough how loaded this beer is with cherries! Other aromas may include a musty ester, light brown sugar and more cherries! The taste has an upfront tartness flash...but that quickly fades into a rich, full-bodied cherry pie filling. There is not much tartness to speak of after that....maybe hints of funk towards the back end...and as it warms. Itís more of a "tang" in my book. "Traditional" is another word that comes to mind when thinking of the flavor....but how do you describe what "traditional" tastes like?! I donít know either, but this beer has that element. Even after 2 full pours, the sweetness never became overbearing. Slightly sticky in mouthfeel and semi-dry in character. The finish was more of a fade as the cherry pie lingered. Paired well with cheese curds and chocolates. Definitely worth seeking out.
jtclockwork (9864) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared by Victor at Monday Night Tasting. Pours pinkish red. Nose/taste of cherry pie, crust and light tartness/brown sugar. Medium/full bodied.
hickboyg8 (9) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A beautiful beer that will make you re-evaluate what a good fruit beer should be, and if you find a strait up Kreik to be too bittersweet you always Half it up with a stout.
merc7186 (2329) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Reddish Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Sour Cherries, Mild Yeast
T: Sour Cherries. (Tastes exactly like pie cherries)
M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Semi Tart, Semi Sweet
Overall, this is exactly what is says, sour pie cherry ale...perfect.
blipp (6495) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared by JRedmond. Deep reddish with an off white head. Big cherry jammy notes, almost woody, with light grainy notes, and a long sweet natural cherry finish. Not quite candy sweet, not at all cloying or anything like that. Really damn good.