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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a hazy ruby body with a small off-white head. Aroma of chemicals, vinyl seats, vinegar, greenness, and cherry. Flavor of cherry, herbs, and some medicinal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (3844) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Labeled as Kriek Lambic. Pours a clear pinkish orange color with a pink foamy head. Aroma is fruity cherries, slight band aid and must. Tart flavor with some sweet fruit and a salty finish. This is just a little sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
twindadplus2 (601) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Deep red with a small, fizzy pink head. Aroma is a lot of sweet cherries and spicy yeast. Flavor is reminiscent of cherry sweet tarts. Lots of cherry in there, pale malts and zesty yeast. Lively carbonation and a sweet, dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured surprisingly fiery medium reddish-amber with a short-lived beige head. The aroma picked up lots of sweeter cherries and an odd blend of almost buttery malts upfront with a bit of Belgian-y yeast and light biscuit notes behind.. sweet overall, with something off-putting that I really couldn’t put a taste bud on. The flavor found sweet cherry meat and sticky paler malts at the core.. lightly tart cherry skins, seltzer water-like carbonation, and light peppery yeast around.. finished much sweeter than tart on the finish, with more cherries and some welcome, tangy oak. Light-medium bodied and sweeter than I wanted on the palate.. overall it was drinkable, but too sweet and short on complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a bright, artificial looking pink-red with a bubbly non-head. The aroma is like mildly funky fruit punch. A pretty shitty beer from Sprecher, who wouldve thought? The taste is quite odd, this is the only "lambic" I’ve ever had that has odd, off buttery undertones. Not undrinkable, would almost fit in with some of the nonsense sugary Lambics that will cost you a dollar in Belgium. Really lacks any enjoyable cherry or sour flavors. An interesting experiment, with lackluster results.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Tims tasting. Light cherry 7 up color with tiny white head. Aroma was sour feet and bandaids with some strawberries. Mild cherry taste, oak, mild funk.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
12oz bottle. Rating #13. Bright cherry juice color with a light pink head. Light cherry aroma and a touch of butter. Light tartness and a bit of cherry. Not bad. (1459)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2011
12 oz bottle
I’d say this was absolutely horrible as most Sprecher products are but somehow it manages to exceed my low expectations. That isn’t to say it is good or I want to ever see it again. However it is not the worst thing to come out of the Milwaukee area. In fact it might be one of the best which is why Sprecher is a brewery to avoid.

Aroma / Appearance - The sluggish orange red body was lazy. Dirty white bubbles bobbed on the top like handfuls of sand. Cherry extract thinned with water results in the third runnings of the R&D lambic from New Glarus. In fact perhaps that is what happened here as even the second runnings would be better.

Flavor / Palate - Mildly sour this doesn’t have nearly as much tartness as a sour cherry "lambic" should. For Sprecher it is potent however. Mix soda water with a bottle of cherry extract and you will get the general feel of this beer. Bland and weak it is about what I expected. In some ways it even exceeds my expectations though with the bar set so low that wasn’t hard. I’d rather drink a mixture of Sprite and fruit punch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sherm1016 (1178) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2011
On draft at Sprecher Lake Geneva. Pours a ruby red with a thin white head. Aroma is cherry an slightly medicinal. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is tart cherry and slightly bitter. Has a hint of the traditional lambic flavor, but different. An ok beer, but not a great lambic style beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JK (4614) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2011
It smells like a zoo. Liteally, a zoo. Which might not be so bad for a lambic, but this one just doesn’t work. Red color and light cherry. Very light yeast and not sour at all. On one hand I want to congratulate any brewer for trying to do a lambic, but at the same time, it is important to put some effort in and get it right.

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