Pailhead (4368) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
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.
alobar (2590) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
trancecyclist (41) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not sure why the overall ratings for this beer are so low. This is decidedly the best US-brewed kriek I’ve had (New Glarus’ is close, but a bit too sweet) I’ve had. And that’s 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 Lindemann’s-style kriek. The cherry flavor is pronounced. I really thought it was an excellent kriek and will seek it out again.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/17/11. 22oz bomber labeled as 25th Anniversary Kriek. Really nice ruby red pour with a small fizzy white head that’s 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.
thirdeye11 (5379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(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.
Butters (3661) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Candi apple red pour with large pink head. Great cherry tart nose. A little medicinal, and phenolic on the flavor. Tart biting finish. Not bad, but not exactly a good kriek lambic.
anders37 (15300) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish color with a small white head. Has a fruity sour tart cherry aroma. Sour tart fruity cherry flavor. Has a fruity sour tart cherry finish.
Drake (7845) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Bestway in Greensboro, NC and shared at the 5/7/11 DC Ratebeer gathering. Pours a hazy red-orange color with a medium sized frothy pink head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of tart, earthy and sweet notes with berries and Lifesavers candy. The taste is tart beres and an earthy, slightly vegetal finish. Medium bodied.
ryanfolty (1737) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Date: August 3, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Discount Liquor, Waukesha, WI Appearance: Translucent pinkish red and good amount of head with pinkish hue. Aroma: Sour cherry. Flavor: Consistent with aroma, some carbonation, light bodied and slightly dry finish, a little watery. Other: An interesting beer and I am glad I tried it, but a tad thin and watery for me.
Trev (1822) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber pink pour with a pinkish head.
aroma is cherry and horse blanket earthiness.
Flavour is wooly (it makes sense to me), prickly, tart. Bit woody.
I do get the olive in the finish as mentioned.