TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2011
This ain’t what it was called on the board (Kuhnhenn Imperial Flanders Kriek), but it matches what I had. I think it was 8%. On tap at DDC, I think. Anyhow, it was really good. Dark mahogany red with almost no head. Nose and taste were similar, with cherry, cinnamon, kind of a mulled cider thing. Sweet, sour, spicy, the whole bit. Filled the mouth. Great! SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2005
Highly carbonated. Off white head. Caramel scented. Taste is very caramel and "stingy". Has a fruit kicker in the end. Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2005
Cloudy orange/amber, heavily carbonated, large full head which diminshed fairly quickly. Sweet cherry aroma, a slight sourness and spiciness, malt and yeast. Flavor was of sweet cherries, some tartenss, finishing with a sharp bitterness. Full, everywhere mouthfeel, with a lasting aftertate. Not sweet syrupy like some other fruit beers. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
Huge, strong, sour aroma explodes with cherries and some peppery spiciness. Hazy amber-rosé coloured body with shy white head that recedes to ring. Fair spiciness with a wonderful balance between the acidic, sour cherries and the sweet malts and a peppery note for accent. Medium-light, refreshing body with moderate carbonation. Tulip glass, just above fridge temp. Bottle enjoyed with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #29. Sampled in our motel room, joined by the locquacious and sagacious ClarkVV. 12 oz bottle. Translucent copper with just a bit of head...stunning fresh sour cherry aroma with light but memorable touches of pepper and vanilla -- New Glarus-level-fruit beer nose here, folks...sour fruit pulp tasted in the body, just slightly medicinal and acidic...juicy mouthfeel, slightly salty and mouthpuckering...excellent intro to this great brewery, thanks a million Clark!
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
A small off-white film covers the orange hue. An appearance that could use some work, but as soon as you take a whiff, that kind of minor details become meaningless. The aroma bursts with creamed cherries. This is New Glarus Belgian red level, though more sour. Strong woody and leafy characteristics, full and powerful nose. Beautiful moderate acidic level coats the mouth sides, leafy, woody. Unfortunately, the flavours fade away a bit too fast, because that acid bite will be missed. Delicious spicy fruits. Very clean, comfortable body, soft carbonation. Woah! These guys sure can brew. Thanks for sharing Clark! MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
A fantastic natural cherry aroma reminds of New Glarus fruit beer successes...The cherry flavor is rich, a little spicy and medecinal, and veers the beer towards quaffable drinkability more than the dessert-bound New Glaruses...Bright and lively is how I like my fruit beers, and this one delivers efficaciously...Thanks Clark for sharing this bottle!!... walleye (1101) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Thanks goes to Bret for sharing this with a few of us ratebeerians that gathered to get to know each other and to have a good time on 3/19/05. this makes number 400 and I like to have a Mich. beer at every 100. from the bottle poured a honey with a white head. aroma tart to sour cherries with a hint of alcohol. flavor got those tart cherries and a touch of yeast and malts like this one wish they would put it on tap or bottle more of it to sell ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 Huge thanks to Bret (Kuhnhenn) for opening a bottle of this for everyone to sample. Only a couple bottles of this are now left after Saturday. Bottle. 3/19/05. Brewed using forbidden fruit, it dosent have a real Belgian aroma, what it does have, is a fantastic, authentic Michigan sour cherry aroma. No truckloads of sugar were used in the making of this beer. Sparkling amber/rosy-peach tinged body, with a fizzy white head that quickly recedes to bubbles. Tart and dry aroma is even more pronounced in the tart and dry, yet real cherry flavor. A bit of yeast interaction with the sour cherries, very light malting and a crisp, tart finish with a nip of alcohol and spice. I wish I had a lot more of this stuff. Medium body, highly attenuated, moderate carbonation that quickly dies off as it breathes. jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2005
brewed with michigan tart cherries, according to the brewer. not enough cherry to warrant the ’fruit beer’ designation but not enough lambic-ness to warrant any belgian designation. mellow aroma and flavor of sour cherry but still dangerously balanced, considering the +8% that is explained. excellent beer, not over-the-top-fruit like many kuhnhenn beers.