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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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“Kriek” means cherry, and we’ve 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 – 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (5618) - Burnsville, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1150) - St. Paul, 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. What’s 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 it’s refreshing enough, but the underwhelming flavor and overabundant carbonation detracted from the experience.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4418) - Brownstown, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2623) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trancecyclist (41) - 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 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, 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 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5394) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3686) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (15588) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
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.


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