TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at the Reserve Tasting at the brewery (Glendale, WI). Pours a rich ruby pink hue, fiery edges, just a touch of haze with a frothy pinkish dulled head that dies to a film, laces ok. A small film after it dies down. Rich ruby red pink grapefruit juice glow. Aromas are rich tart cherries and lactic acid, gentle oak, yogurt, and tart and sour cherries and lemons. Firm sourness on the nose is lively and enjoyable, as it settles more funky horse blanket with straw, a touch of manure. Really nice surprising nose. Initial is lighter bodied, initial is a bit sweet and tart mixing, with lactic acid in smaller mellow qualities, gentle lactic yogurt, decent sourness dies down, firm funky barnyard. A bit underbodied and undercarbonated, the nose had such promise. Middle offers gentle tart cherries, no residual sweetness to get cloying, firm funk as opposed to sourness lingers on the palate, gentle sweetness of cherry, bread, and mellow touches of dryness. Overall, this isnít a world beater.. But it surprised me. Solid beer with a firm wild influence. Iíd buy more of this to pass around, keep, open with friends. Mellow sweetness returns into the way backend. Firm, solid. Liked it. Itís not a world class example of sour or lambic beers, but standing on itís own as an American sour interpretation, itís pretty nice.
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, courtesy Ughsmash. This one poured a clear, bright dark red color with a pink hue and topped by thousands of bubbles that form a small head. As the bubbles recede there isnít much lace left behind. The aroma is pretty nice showing bright, tart cherries and other sweet-tart red berries, some earthiness from the yeast, and a touch of bretty funk. There is also a bit of lactic sourness in there too. The flavor follows and shows more of the tart cherries and sweet red berries with a hint of earthiness and brett funk in the background. It definitely smelled like it was going to be sour, but the residual sugars from the cherries and juice seemed to keep that in check. Also there wasnít much from the brett to dry things or other lactic presence to add in the sourness. Medium bodied and well attenuated with good carbonation that leads to a tart cherry finish. This avoided the medicinal and artificial flavors that a lot of fruit beers fall prey to so that was a big plus. I didnít have high hopes for this, but it surprised me with the fresh cherry flavor. Pretty good stuff as a fruit beer, but it is definitely not a lambic.
beastiefan2k (2194) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle shared by mreusch poured into a tulip glass. This was a fun beer. It does not taste sweet or have an artificial flavor. Both great positives. On the other hand, there is not much here that I would associate with a lambic. I have no idea how this was made but I donít any brett or wild yeasts. There is a nice tartness but I think it is all from the juice used. Itís well attenuated to leave a tart cherry flavor with no sweetness or artificial mess. If there are wild cultures added to this the bottle did not pick up a lot of the character. Light and sparkling on the cheeks. I see this being changed to a fruit beer eventually. Thanks for sharing this Matt, cool stuff.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle shared by mreusch. The pour is a ruby copper, light hazed, with a smallish light pink head. The aroma is a bit soapy initially, though clears quickly to cilantro, and tart cherry fruit. The taste is cherry skin, not much fruit sweetness, a touch of barnyard, belgian yeast, and a dry mineral finish. The palate is medium bodied, finishes dry. Fun and interesting beer, thanks for sharing this one Matt.
IrishBoy (3686) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Ledgers labeled 25 Kreik Lambic. Nose is sharp tart note, a little horsewblanket, light cherries, and lots of yeast, murky raspberry red with a big pink head that laces heavily and lasts quite a while. Flavor is sour and bretty with hints of cherries, but mostly lots of tartness. Really quite sour, bretty, and good.
jmagnus87 (2029) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Binnyís poured into a shaker. Pours a cloudy light red with about 2 fingers of frothy pink head. Aroma is sour cherry and a little earthy leather. Taste is heavy sour and light sweet. Lots of sour green apple with a good bit of cherry and earth. A little Band-Aid in the aftertaste. Light bodied with a thin texture. Fizzy carbonation and a long sour finish. Overall, not bad. Could use a little less Brett. Iíll finish this bottle but wonít be buying it again.
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Murky pink, almost a gusher but settles quickly. Aroma of sour moldy cherries. Taste is sweet cherry soda.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2011
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz bottle thanks to 17thfloor for sharing. Pours an odd red pink color with a small pinkish white froth. Aroma is strong Brett note with lots of candied cherries very sweet and sharp funkiness. Flavor is just as weird lots of that sweet candied fake cherry notes, plastic and funky with a strange tartness. All kinds of odd with a sharp carbonation. So so weird
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2011
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2012 25th Anniversary Bottle. I can sum this up really, really quickly... Cherry-Orval-Kool-Aid! Yup,thatíll do it.... brett heavy, dry cherry cough medicine, which is a new one for me, gritty like a cherry chewable Flinstone vitamin... tastes exactly like those little fís. Leather, horseblanket, but o so chalky. Someone at Sprecher clearly doesnít know what a lambic is.... actually aroma is the same as a cherry kids vitamin. Needs improvement.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish orange with an off white head. Funky and earthy aroma with some light cherry fruitiness. The flavor has a good balance of funk and cherry, with some light earthy notes. Pretty good.