patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2017 kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: Phoenix Kriek
Mode: Hand Bottled
muddy brown, thin beige head, musty cherry aroma with a hint of woody cherry pit, big body, rich cherry flavor, starts sweet and then the tartness kicks in, nice bready yeastyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Very old rating found on a loose page while cleaning, possibly from 2010. Notes are from a tasting, possibly RB gathering in Grand Rapids - Reddish pour. It smells of cherries and spice (cinnamon, I think). The flavor is full of tart cherries along with some cinnamon. Very good. JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2017
Growler brought back by a friend. This one has been on my list for many years. Pours a clear cherry red with a thin beige head. Aroma of sweet cherry, sweet malt, very light caramel and slight Belgian esters. Sweet cherry and sweet malt flavor with slight tartness before a sweet and estery cherry finish. johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 18, 2016
On tap at the source, I liked it so much in my sampler that I ordered a glass afterwards.
Deep red with a pink tinged head. Huge tart cherry aroma and flavor. Reminds me a lot of New Glarus Belgian Red, very tasty. radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2016
At the July DC tasting. Poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. Aroma was light cherry, light toffee, caramel malts. Flavor was very light tart cherry juice. Cherry skins on the finish. A pretty tasty beer, refreshing surprisingly! Iphonephan (7476) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2016
From a bottle at the DC tasting July 10, 2016. Pours a clear deep amber with an off white head. Caramel aroma. Flavors of cherry and toffee. Sweet finish.
ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Growler shared 6/10/16. Definitely a very unexpected surprise, as I never ended up trying this stuff back in the day (that I remember). Good clarity to this black cherry liquid with some brighter hues on the edges. Pink-flecked, off-white head is initially large but fully falls to cover/ring rather quickly.GenDV138 (7828) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2016
Huge cherry nose has light glue, medicines, all sorts of phenols and definitely some wood/vegetal-like cherryskin notes. Despite the slight medicinal/phenolic character, which I believe is actually quite natural/authentic, it’s bursting with huge aromatics and bright fruit flavors but yet retains a funky, fermented/macerated feel to it as well. Honey and vanilla show through, from the malts, packing the aroma even more full. No alcohol or flaw.
Just like the 2 Roads Framboise Noir was ultra jammy, this thing is super medicinal, but in a mostly good way. Lots of cherry pit, cherry flesh and light cellar qualities, with huge black pepper phenols and a sweet, lightly syrupy at times (but for the engaging carbonation which helps clear it) texture. Definitely on the sweeter side of things, relative to Belgian fruit beers, much like New Glarus. But just like them, the fruit is done so well that it’s easy to forgive a lot.
4 oz pour on draft at City Tap House during the SAVOR Week event. Dark ruby red with light pinkish white head. Aromas of cherries, light tart notes. Tastes of cherries, spice, tart cherry juice, cherry pie filling. Medium body with a dry finish. Pretty tasty, like a tart and juicy cherry pie without the crust. solidfunk (9734) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Wonderfully executed. Ruby red pour with great head and lacing. Well executed cherry with light cutrus bretta. Sweet and tangy finish. Awesome drinkability here. You can taste the cherry skins and fruit of the berry here. Tap at city tap house. DandyWolfFloyd (1264) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Aroma - tart cherry, cherry pie like filling and associated sugary nature, some crumb and sugar.
Appearance - body is a hazy garnet. The head is a soft pink, and around 3/4" of an inch and settles slowly. Scattered lacing.
Taste - has a rich black cherry - you can taste the skin and flesh of the cherry - at the same time you can taste a rich pie filling like flavor. There is a tart quality to the cherries, some sugary crumb like flavor. This is essentially a cherry pie in a glass. Quite incredible.
Palate - medium bodied, sticky and slightly slick texture, average carbonation, tart and slightly alcoholic finish. Beerathon (1680) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
By far the best fruit beer I’ve ever had. Purple/red pour with thin head that dissipates quickly. Big cherry aroma and flavor, thirst quenching, tart not sour, sweet not cloying. Just perfect,