PhillyBeer2112 (2884) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Wow, and I mean wow. I've been pretty lucky lately picking up some truly oustanding Belgian ales. Nice looking beer, (I used a fluted pilsner for this, started out fairly cool around 45 deg, finished it before it hit 55 deg). Appearance is rather complex, showing different colors from different angles and lighting conditions. Mainly, it was a pure amber that glowed with a cherry red tone (yes I believe it did glow). The head was full and fizzy like champagne, and was tinted pink. Lively effervescence rising through the beer. Aroma was intense and appetizing, with sour cherry, musty possibly horseblanket or leather notes. Flavor was equally intense but the carbonation carried it down nicely. Tart cherry with a dry puckering finish, with an earthy funkiness providing contrast and balance. No bitterness, and it works - it finishes like champagne, dry and a little tart with little aftertaste. I never thought I'd be doing this with a fruit beer, but I loved this beer and can't think of a thing that should be changed about it, so....a 5 it is. Luckylucy667 (41) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Very cherry aroma, duh! Very carbonated with thin white head. Taste of dry rye bread with cherries all in. Extremely dry oak sherry like finish with some macadamia and vanilla popping in. Excellent. aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 WOW a world classic the brewers art is very easy to see in this almost perfect lambic. Very well balanced almost too well balanced, tart cherry elixir of the gods. LaserShow1974 (4) - - JAN 1, 2012 does not count
Everything a sour ale should be. Effervescent on the tongue, tart in the back of the throat. Deep complex flavor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2003
definitely a magenta (maybe fuschia) color with a fluffy pink thick frothy head..looks like a damn thing of cotton candy! aroma is of fresh asphalt and tar (not jeff), and a little bit of landfill with some mustiness. whoa! flavor is unbelievable tart for a fruit lambic with a nice backbone of the cherries. i DEFINITELY should have purchased more of this.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
10/19/03: bottle. macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2005
whiffs of barrel, earth, dark cherry to the nose with additional hints of smelly cheese. stunning pour which was full of a rocky cranberry-pink froth. body is that of a cranberry-rouge colour. medium to light lacing hugs my glass. hints of cherry sweetness follow a nice tart mouth feel of kriek goodness. there is also a suggestion of cinnamon. finish is acidic & dry. after trying this kriek, i honestly feel that i need to re-rate some of the other krieks that i have had in the past. this one is far superior to brands which add concentrated syrup.
I know that there are folks in Belgium trying to resuruct this brewery. I found a bottle at Toronado in San Francisco last week. It is an amazing beer; a beautiful red color with a pink head and so sour that it makes you pucker. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Rerate: Bottle huge thanks to Mes&sim bottled in 2001, from the origonal brewery. I had decided to make diner for pauline, which i do most nite, but decided something different tonite. I knew there was a pile of old fkiek in my cellar and decided to do something with it. So a trip to lidl and i decided to make some fajita’s but with a slight differance, kriek fajita’s! So 1 red, green and yellow pepper and a super large onion cut into strips and placed to the side, 500g of chicken also cut into thin strips. Heat oil in pan, add chicken till almost cooked through, add inoin for a min then add peppers, stir-fry for 2 mins before seasoning with cajun spice and a few other things to taste. Right at the death add about 100ml of kriek and serve a min later, My god what a smell the cajun kriek is amazing! Pour the rest of the bottle into a decent belgiun glass it has a large punk head, better than even i expected for being 7 years old. Aroma is like yee haa, loads of lambic funk and rounded sharp yeastyness with the cherry adding the right amounf of fruity sweetness. Taste is outstanding, one of the best in beer, the dry yeasty tart fuck with the cherry character just more than subtle adding more than just cherry ness to it, i could do this for a long time, like this finished and i was upset. I’ll not be able to get another bottle from the origional brewery for a good year or two if at all. A masterpieice and something all krieks are trying to be! No#62. I keep thinking im rating beers to highly these days and feel i should be takling poiints off, but the beers on this trip just blew me away. Aroma is sour, oaked, light cherryness, with a red wine vinigar coming in. Taste is very similar with a kind of sweet and sour cherryness dominating, red wine is also having a part to play, with a dry finish. Another excellent lambic from the trip. GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Nice raspberry color with a white head. Very sour! Very Lambic! Very flavorful, sweatsocks with a cherry/green apple finish. Tastes similar to Boston Beerworks Cherry Bomb in some ways. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Poured a deep ruby red color with a small white head with what looked like cherry chunks. Funky aroma with loads of tart cherries. Flavors are very tart cherries, huge barnyard funk, and a dry oaky finish. Everything about this beer was incredible. Side note: compared 2 vintages each from different brewers. Rated older version.