paulvanpelt (678) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2017 Fin (11067) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, - OCT 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Cafe de Bontekoe, Leiden, Thursday 4th October 2012 Pours blood red with a girly pink head. Sweet, sickly cherry nose, which is replicated in the mouth. Much too sweet but to be fair there is a sour tang underneath the sweetness. It is certainly cherry flavoured but more cherry syrup than sour cherry. Despite this it is a beer that still has some redeeming features, and I still like the look. A6 A5 T5 P3 Ov10 2.9
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2017 Rood bier, licht roze kraag. Aroma van kersen (joh...) en veel te zoet naar mijn smaak. Kriek is toch niks voor mij. ShaughnDolèzal (17) - - OCT 26, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2017 bottle at home
sweet as aspected. better than belle vue and the other more popular brands, it has good tart cherry aroma and a nice acidic touch. nice pink foamy head, retention not that great. tricksta_p (5360) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2017
Bottle from Speciaalbierpakket. Aroma is sweet cherry, sugar, syrup, with some tart cherry. Flavour is mildly tart and very sugary sweet, enough to give me a toothache. Body is medium. Predictably way too sweet. Yves (3179) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2017
Shared with wim and Tim at bierfestival molen Oost. Pink colored beer with small pinkish head and no carbonation. Nice full cherry fruited aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is cherry fruited sweet with some sour hints in the background. nathanvc (798) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2017
Pours clear deep red with a lasting pink head. The aroma contains cherry, sugar and almond. It tastes heavy sweet and very light sour with a long finish. Sticky/syrupy and watery in texture, soft carbonation. Made me think of the Lindemans Kriek for a while but that one had more Lambic qualities.
DJoer (1291) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2016
Medium rouge redish coloured head, red deep coloured body, fruity cherry candy sour smell, medium carbonation low bitter sweet sour fruity cherrie candy taste SVD (2270) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2016
Sample, Red beer, small head. Aroma is cherry/kriek/Red Fruit. Taste is the same, sweet with some sourness. average. thewolf (12946) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2016
harrisoni (19548) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2016
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Pours murky brownish red with a medium, staying creamy pinkish head. Aroma has bubblegum cherry, marzipan, sugar. Medium carbonation, light oily and fairly fat mouthfeel. Flavour is very sweet, candy-like cherry, marzipan, sugar. Rather sticky finish. Close to a soda pop.
On tap at De Bonte Koe Leiden. Deep red lasting pink head. Children cherry sweets sweet harmless enough default sweet fruit score Alengrin (5893) - BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2016
The sweet ’kriek’ from Wilderen, made with lambic from the Omer Vander Ghinste brewery (why didn’t they keep the simple name ’Bockor’?), so a Western Flemish variant of lambic. Bubbly, moussy, pale pink, lightly lacing head, slowly dissipating in the middle; cristal clear, deep vermillion red robe with ruby hue. Aroma almost one-sidedly dominated by sweet red candy (those horrible ’poepegatjes’ or something red from Haribo), heavily sugared industrial cherry jam, soda pop, soap, a faint whiff of slurry pit which fortunately quickly fades to as good as nothing, stewed apple and even a hint of wood tannins deeply buried underneath, but very, very faintly so. Sugary sweet onset, a lot of overripe sweet cherries (the ’natural’ side of it) along with cloying red candy sweetness (the ’industrial’ side), sticking to the teeth. Carbo remains altogether soft (perhaps some more fizziness could distract from that awful red candy sugar sweetness in this case), resulting in a slick, sticky mouthfeel; some vague hints of soapy wheat and very vaguely bready barley remain recognizable underneath, but the red candy sweetness keeps drowning any attempt from other components to stick their heads up. Ends expectedly cloying and sweet too, with a mild sourish touch which reminds me a lot more of ascorbic acid (soda pop, in other words) than of lambic. Surely some of Bockor’s lambic - its ’lambic status’ being a bit doubtful as it is - has been used here, but I’m guessing it has been mixed with Wilderen Goud or another bland ale and then expertly made unrecognizable with not just the cherry juice, but a truckload of sugar and ascorbic acid, in an attempt to create something along the lines of Vander Ghinste’s own Kriek Max, thus trying to surf on the latter’s commercial success in a more local setting. Sticky cherry candy in liquid form - Wilderen has always aimed at the wider, uneducated audience and this approach clearly does not do the Belgian (or even Limburg) beer culture any good. This brewery is about making money with clichés that will not shock the average Belgian consumer more than anything else. I never trusted them and this red candy beer obviously will not make me change my mind about them.