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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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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4.1
trancecyclist (50) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Not sure why the overall ratings for this beer are so low. This is decidedly the best US-brewed kriek I’ve had (New Glarus’ is close, but a bit too sweet) I’ve had. And that’s not damning with faint praise. Sampled from a 12-oz bottle at the Old Eagle Tavern, an excellent beer bar in Manayunk, the trendy neighborhood of Philadelphia. Carbonation is a bit low for this style, but the fruit flavor is strong, and this is a very d-r-y beer for a fruit ale. Not a Lindemann’s-style kriek. The cherry flavor is pronounced. I really thought it was an excellent kriek and will seek it out again.

4.1
joet (2664) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2012
lactic sour aromas, black cherry, almond, clove, brett emerging as it warms, non capric -- mostly hay/farm, very dry. clean and wonderful. Truly impressive.

4
BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Pink color with white head. Door county cherries in the aroma. Very cherry pie flavor. Solid!

4
IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
12 oz bottle from Ledgers labeled 25 Kreik Lambic. Nose is sharp tart note, a little horsewblanket, light cherries, and lots of yeast, murky raspberry red with a big pink head that laces heavily and lasts quite a while. Flavor is sour and bretty with hints of cherries, but mostly lots of tartness. Really quite sour, bretty, and good.

3.9
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Bottle picked up at Woodman’s in Madison. Pours a pinkish red, on the paler side. Pink head. Nose is lightly tart and reminiscent of a drier Belgian Red. Soft cherry tartness and some wheat malt comes through. Clean and crisp. On tasting, light acidity that is reinforced by the cherries. Tart through the finish with great cherry flavor. Pretty nice stuff here. Good change of pace from Belgian Red.

3.9
Lemke10 (995) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Pours a dark red color that leaves a red rose color head. Scent is rather strong of cherry as it says on the bottle it is brewed with Door County cherry juice. It has a little heavier texture than a normal lambic but the taste isn’t as tart as most lambics. It perhaps drinks a little to fast and much like some alcoholic cherry juice. A nice sweet fruit beer from Sprecher as part of their 25th Anniversary series. Something nice to try but there are better Lambics on the market.

3.9
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Had at Autumn Brew Review 2013, bottle from 2010, nice cherry tart aroma, taste is similar, enjoyed this one quite a bit.

3.8
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
12 oz bottle from ledgers. It pours a hazy reddish pink color with an off white head. The aroma is surprisingly complex with cherry, funk and a nice mineral quality. The flavor is a bit more mild than the aroma with more funk and subdued cherry notes. Pretty well balanced between sweet cherries and sour funk. I was shocked by this one. Very good sour punch with significant cherry character without any hints of solvents or vinegar. Pretty damn good for $2.34 a bottle. I wish there was more.

3.7
DrnkMcDermott (3141) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Tasted from a growler at Dark Lord Day, where the guy said it was "Sour Cherry Kriek." Bright reddish body, a little bit of brown. A pink foamy head. Decently sour cherry smell. Lot of sour cherry to the taste. Not much more to add; it’s a good, sour cherry Belgian style beer.


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