LinusStick (2701) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not the best lambic in the world but still an incredible beer. Aroma was oddly very weak. A slight vinegar aroma with dust and grain. Pour was a beautiful deep red with a one finger pink head and a ton of sediment. Taste was delicious and sour. Cherry, vinegar and and a dustiness that is hard to describe. Slightly yeasty and notes of white bread. Nice strong prickly carbonation. Leaves the mouth sour. As far as lambics go, itís sub par. As far as beer goes, itís delicious
TURDFERGUSON (3753) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep pinkish red with a small white head. Nose has cherry, leather, barnyard. Flavor is a little watery, lots of carbonation, some cherry, some tartness. Not very complex and definitely low on the acidity, but one of the better "American fruit lambics" I have had.
emacgee (3747) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky bright ruby pink one finger of foamy pink head. Nose is nice enough, tart earthy cherry notes with some barnyard character and hints of acidity. Tart and acidic flavor with some cherry, little bit more phenolic than Iíd like. Dry and effervescent palate.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Light red color with a small, fizzy head. Big dusty and woody aroma. Lots of brett going on. Not very complex though. A little bit of pie cherry as well. The flavor has a touch of cherry sweetness but is overall pretty dry and lightly tart. Sourness is almost completely absent. The brett took off here, but lactic acid production certainly didnít. Relatively tasty and easy-drinking but feels like a unrealized stab at the style. Hopefully they give it another go and get some more lactic acid production.
DrnkMcDermott (2717) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from a growler at Dark Lord Day, where the guy said it was "Sour Cherry Kriek." Bright reddish body, a little bit of brown. A pink foamy head. Decently sour cherry smell. Lot of sour cherry to the taste. Not much more to add; itís a good, sour cherry Belgian style beer.
BeerandBlues2 (8496) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by dkachur. Pours clear ruby with an average, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw, biscuit), average esters (floral), and average esters (fruity) with notes of berries and bandaids. Flavor is average malt (hay, straw, biscuit), average esters (floral), and average esters (fruity) with notes of berries and bandaids. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth, and a dry finish.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours beautiful hazy pink with lots of floaters, likely cherry skins and yeast. Lovely white head. Nose is great: dark cherries and skins. Tart oak. Barnyard funk and a hint of rubber. Taste starts off similar bit quickly turns watery, perhaps because of the over-carbonation. Wish it tasted as great as it smells.
arminjewell (5149) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours slightly hazy pinkish red with thin dissipating white head. Aroma is some sweet cherry, band-aid, medicinal notes, with hints of sweat and salt. Taste is like cherry kids cough syrup, some slighty cherry, medicine, some weird earth and salt notes, finishing bitter from the lively carbonation. Wow, this is really not what I expected, but it really is artificial and has nasty off flavors. No thanks.
crossovert (5644) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 12 oz twist off (not sure about that, especially if it is ageable for a long time).
It is probably the best looking fruit beer I have seen to date along with Cantillon St. Lamvinus, in fact the look nearly identical, but this oen has a beautiful rosy pink head that billows atop the pink/magenta/red colored ale.
The smell is surprising, it really has a sharp bit of acidity that makes you cringe on the first few whiffs. It smells pretty funky actually. There is some barnyard, lemon, grapeskin, an almost vanilla like oak note, and of course door county cherry juice which is a scent I am very familiar with. It almost smells like sour vanilla cherry cream.
The flavor is just spot on for a door county cherry beer. It has loads of tart acidity, but it isnít super sour. It really reminds me of door county cherry juice with an ample amount of lemon juice, oak, vanilla, and barley thrown in. There is a subtle spiciness as well. It kind of reminds me if you mixed Rosie with Wisconsin Belgian Red, it is fantastic.
I think if you let it age the sourness would intensify and it would be awesome.
Who knew Sprecher could brew such fabulous beers. For a 25 year old brewery they are seemingly finally jumping of the deep end with some unique styles in the last few years, some flops, and some hits. IT is the least artificial cherry beer out there, and there will be dimbos coming in here and fretting over itís lack of sourness, but get over it, it is a fantastic fruit beer. It is all about the tartness with door county cherries.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-10-2011 03:51:01
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle labeled Kriek Lambic. Hazy pinkish coral body with a small pink head. Aroma of tart cherries, funky barnyard and cave aged Swiss cheese. Taste is tart and funky, a bit acidic. Lots of sour cherries. A hint of band-aid creeps in toward the finish but doesnít really distract. Needs more of a woody oak presence. Not bad. One of the better American efforts at the style.