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 didn’t. 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 (2994) - 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; it’s a good, sour cherry Belgian style beer.
BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, 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 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 (9237) - East Lansing, 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 (11105) - 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 (136) - 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 (6043) - 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.