RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
“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.

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anders37 (27284) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours a reddish color with a small white head. Has a fruity sour tart cherry aroma. Sour tart fruity cherry flavor. Has a fruity sour tart cherry finish.

Travlr (26299) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Bottle. Murky pink, almost a gusher but settles quickly. Aroma of sour moldy cherries. Taste is sweet cherry soda.

jtclockwork (17469) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Bottle at Max’s tasting. Pours pinkish red with pink head. Nose and taste of cherry juice, malt, light tartness and old cherries. Lighter medium body. Okay.

brokensail (16678) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle @ home. Hazed red pour with a pinkish-white head. Sour cherry pie nose. Some grass, a bit of spice, cherry candy, and lemon zest. The flavor is a lot of cherry pie. A bunch of lemon juice, some green apple, and cherry candy. A little sugary for my liking.

bhensonb (15861) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle from Guerde. Pours light cherry red with a pinkish head. Light cherry aroma. Definitely earth/sour lambic impact, and there’s a light amount of cherry. Finishes a little woody and sour.

Lubiere (14196) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
A pink burgundy kriek with a thick rosy frothy head. In aroma, a nice classic chery pulp with smooth lactic notes, smooth Brett, earthy. In mouth, a smooth cherry candy with light Certs notes, Brett, lactic and acetic acids, not too much, faint barnyard and cheese and finale, this one got better with age (about 2 years old).

Drake (14110) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Bestway in Greensboro, NC and shared at the 5/7/11 DC Ratebeer gathering. Pours a hazy red-orange color with a medium sized frothy pink head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of tart, earthy and sweet notes with berries and Lifesavers candy. The taste is tart beres and an earthy, slightly vegetal finish. Medium bodied.

crossovert (14038) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
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

BeerandBlues2 (13872) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
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.

bu11zeye (13239) - 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.

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