Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kriek 2

Welcome to Kriek Tuesday #2

On this fine Tuesday, I’d like to share with you a 750ml bottle of ECHT KRIEKENBIER from Brouwerij Verhaeghe.

I must begin by telling you that I’ve had this beer before. About a year ago, I purchased a 4 pack of this beer in 12 oz bottles. I didn’t care for it as much as the Kriek and other sour beers that I was drinking at the time, so I’m excited about trying it again. I’ve been more of a pale / IPA kick lately, and have certainly expanded my palate by investigating RUM as a premium beverage in the last year.

When I opened the bottle and made the initial pour, I thought, “Well there is the smell I’ve been looking for!”

A cherry funk with some serious grain background. Not really a malt, but just grain Twang! The aroma is reminiscent of a cherry urinal cake... But in a good way!

Color is red. I love the color of a Kriek. They just look so warm and inviting. This is so much better than last week’s bottle! 

The pour, and consequently the mouthfeel is thin. I don’t know why I need to say that, because it is so typical of the style, and not a flaw at all!  The head barely poured and dissipated very quickly due to the thin body.

The initial sip is tangy and mildly astringent but cleansing. I wish I were eating something greasy with this. Duck or pulled pork... And bread. A slice of thin, crusty italian bread with some salty, mildly greasy Luau Pig? Oh Hell Yes.

Mildly sour, not really puckering, but much stronger than the Sam Adams. The fruit is solid and forward, but has none of that crappy canned cherry juice flavor. You couldn’t simulate this with a Blue Moon and a packet of cherry juice concentrate. This is good. Much better than I remembered. This is not the most complex of sour beers, but enjoyable none the less!

There is a mild floral character... Lavender maybe??? that is barely noticeable as the beer pours over the back of the tongue on it’s way down.

There really is no finish to this beer. It’s really crisp and tasty, almost like an apple cider but it leaves your mouth all cleaned out and ready for either more beer OR food.

I LOVE what I do!
Life crept in right in on the middle of my tasting session, and 2/3 of the beer sat in front of my computer for 2 hours before I could return to it. Normally this would put a beer in the sink for me, but I figured “What the Hell!” and I poured another glass!  Guess what! It’s still pretty damn good! Actually, it didn’t hurt it at all. The finish is now a bit more tart! The cherry lingers on the roof of the mouth for a swallow or two, and flavor now crawls up the from the back of your nose and gets right into your nasal passage where you do most of your tasting anyway!

I would give this beer to anyone looking to try a fruit beer, and I’d give it to anyone looking to try a sour beer. I would serve this to wine drinkers, and I would serve this to wine COOLER drinkers.

I must admit, I didn’t like this the first time I had it in a smaller bottle. But this particular 750 really came through. I will be getting another, if it’s like this one... I’ve got a keeper!

You may love it, you may hate it, but it certainly ranks “Worth a try” on the Kahuna Scale of 1-10!


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