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 Sam’s 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 (6070) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, 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 (6970) - 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 isn’t 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 it’s 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 doesn’t really distract. Needs more of a woody oak presence. Not bad. One of the better American efforts at the style.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Frugal MacDoogal. Pours a murkey red with a pale pink head. Aroma of cherries and brett. Lighter side of medium bodied with a fine carbonation. Flavor of pale belgian malts and cherry juice, with a dry and moderately sour finish. Not much residual sweetness left. The brett character is there, but this is a little thin in texture, and the cherry juice gives off a cough drop like medicinal character that really distracts from the overall beer. Kudos for using brett. Next time lets add some body and use real cherries.
FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2011
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Um, this one was drain pour for me. Reddish pour with a huge pink head. Lots of floaters and bits a cherry skin. A little too much even found a little bugger in there. Not that protein is bad but they could’v strained this or something. Nevettheless I gave it a shot. tastes of moldy cherries and metal with a little cherry cough syrup mixed in. Pass on this one.
Suttree (5041) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours bright Red, with a pinkish head. Slightly cloudy. Aroma is cherry and some funky notes. The cherry aroma is fairly fresh, but I did get a slight artificial note. Flavor is cherry, cough syrup, some tart lemony notes, and some funky, barnyardy notes. My bottle said 25th anniversary 1985 - 2010, so I assume this had a little age on it.
madvike (2666) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from nuplastikk...thanks Greg! - Pours hazy red with some nasty sediment that I really should have left in the bottle. Very little head to speak of. The aroma is better than I though it’d be: dry, lightly funky cherry, with some cheesy barnyard and light band-aid. Not terribly tart or pungent. The taste is a little off--cherry is still there, but it tastes more artificial than natural. Cough drops, plastic, a bit of tart funk on the dry, medicinal finish. Decent carbonation, but the just isn’t anything terribly interesting about this beer. I do, however, appreciate the attempt, and I’ll throw one of these in the cellar to see what two years will do to it.
NachlamSie (2730) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bearden Beer Market. This is a ridiculous red hue, it doesn’t really look like beer. I’m pleasantly surprised by the aroma. Lots of genuine lambic goodness is present in the way of barnyard, cheese, vinegar and a tasteful amount of cherry too. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. The cherry character is quite natural and not overwhelming, I have no real complaints about that. The funkiness is good, but nowhere near the complexity one can expect from a classic Belgian Lambic. Still, this is a solid beer and one of the better American attempts I’ve tasted. I think the low score on the site is unwarranted. It’s a decent brew.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a faint pink head with a brown/red body. Aromas of very barnyard notes and some sour cherry. Flavor is not overly sour. Mostly a faint cherry, slight bite, sterile bandage, and some nastiness. Finish has some cherry notes and a little refried beans. Not very sour. It does get better as it breathes.