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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
ďKriekĒ means cherry, and weíve made this Belgian-style ale our own by using Door County cherry juice and some Wisconsin organic malts. Beginning with a clear cherry top note, earthiness Ė funk, wet hay --and tartness become more pronounced with each sip, as do the Brett and lactic acid cultures. At 5%, this is a refreshing session beer that pairs well with foods.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2016 From the Sprecher Outlet. Labeled as the 25th Anniversary Kreik Lambic. Sour with somewhat sweet cherry flavor. Not super complex and some cough syrupy flavors. Not bad just not great. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Tasted on 9/6/11 from a 12oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods Green Hills, this is labeled as the 25th anniversary "Kriek Lambic". Pours light red with a thick, smooth, pink head that slowly recedes to a thin but even layer of lace. The nose is sour with some barnyard funk, and a good amount of sweet/tart cherries. There is also a very strange hand lotion and plastic aroma underlying. The flavor is quite sour, with the cherry flavor much subdued from the nose, and the same lotion/plastic on the back of the palate. The body is light with super lively, fizzy carbonation, and a short sour and plastic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pitt1014 (7) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2011 does not count
Bottle. Pink white foamy head, nice red/amber pour. Light tart cherry aroma. Sour cherry to start, light vinegar taste, then flavor drops off. Short finish, fizzy light mouthfeel. Good beer, simple and tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9662) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Tap at the Sprecher tour/reserve tasting. Deep red pour with a foamy pink head. Yeast and cherry on the nose. Smooth and slightly astringent body. Tart and sweet cherry taste, with some yeast, and some carbonation. Paired with a benedictine cheese.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2011
(bottle) Pours a hazy dark red color with a towering soapy pink head that retains quite well and leaves some sparse lacing. Aroma is not as sweet I had expected (what with seeing cherry juice on the label and all) but it has a nice basal funk on the nose with an abundant amount of cherry. Has a bit of an artificial quality to it, but for the most part it smells like the real deal. Little scent of hay in here too that reminds me of a county fair, and is a nice little nuance. Flavor falls flat, but the mouthfeel is anything but. Whatís here is a little dry crushed cherry-flavored vitamins, a faint sourness which could pass for cherry skin, and some dialed back sweetness. Mouthfeel is certainly fizzy, but has somewhat of a creaminess to it as well. Overall this is not a bad beer as itís refreshing enough, but the underwhelming flavor and overabundant carbonation detracted from the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2011
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Bottle: The aroma is a musty and dusty blend of sour cherries and light funk. It pours a slightly hazy brownish-orange with a small pinkish off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by slightly thicker ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick light dose of sour cherry. The finish has light lemon, mustiness, and funk. Light bodied with high prickly carbonation. Overall, okay and somewhat refreshing, but the prickly carbonation is really distracting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3558) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Light cherry red color with a pink bubbly head that vanishes quickly. Aroma of cherry, vinegar, and earthiness. Tart cherry flavor with vinegar and earthiness. Carbonation dies off as beer warms. Very dry. This was a very good beer. I did not expect this quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trancecyclist (50) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Not sure why the overall ratings for this beer are so low. This is decidedly the best US-brewed kriek Iíve had (New Glarusí is close, but a bit too sweet) Iíve had. And thatís not damning with faint praise. Sampled from a 12-oz bottle at the Old Eagle Tavern, an excellent beer bar in Manayunk, the trendy neighborhood of Philadelphia. Carbonation is a bit low for this style, but the fruit flavor is strong, and this is a very d-r-y beer for a fruit ale. Not a Lindemannís-style kriek. The cherry flavor is pronounced. I really thought it was an excellent kriek and will seek it out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2011
8/17/11. 22oz bomber labeled as 25th Anniversary Kriek. Really nice ruby red pour with a small fizzy white head thatís gone instantly with no lacing at all. Light but pleasant tart cherry aroma with a hint of pie spice. Watery cherry flavor like juice mixed with club soda, as well as a touch of metal. Wildly overcarbonated with giant bubbles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (6071) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
(12oz bottle) cloudy bright red with a lasting white pink tinged head. Nose of artificial cherry, tart and vinegary. Taste is dry, grainy, vinegary, fake cherry and leather. Bit tart in the finish, dry and grainy.

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