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Le Roar Grrrz Kriek - Bullfrog Brewery

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Le Roar Grrrz Kriek
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 96
Gots: 15 | FT: 4
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jbuddle on 07-31-2013

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 9
Photo of cpetrone84
4.09/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a beautiful dark ruby red, clear, tight pink head and lots of it. Nose has some leathery brett, earthy tones, and a really nice cherry note. Flavor is better than the cantillon, it is leathery brett, earthy, notes of lambic musk, awesome cherry notes, extremely clean and moderately sour in the finish. Dry finish, gentle carbonation, smooth feel.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #230.

Appearance - Bright pink body. Deep red when there's a lot in the glass. Light pink head that lasts forever. Thick collar and great retention.

Smell - Lightly metallic. Cherry. Not very juicy aroma, but cherry. Lemon. Dry grass and wood.

Taste - Cherry is a bit sweeter. Quickly dries out. Woody. Lemony tartness. Doesn't quite have the complexity of the base Le Roar.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - This disappoints just a little bit after drinking the regular Le Roar. Still a great kriek.

Photo of stakem
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer trading hysteria hasnt event settled from this beer's first release and here we are getting a chance to sample batch 2 of Grrrz Kriek on tap. Served in a snifter, the brew appears a clouded pink color with a white head that fades slow leaving patchy to stringy lace on the glass.

The smell is filled with notes that are cherry, pitted and earthen. Very natural smelling of fruit with a kiss of something almost like cinnamon added to further drive home the suggestion of a cherry pie scent. Some lemony lactic tartness is also present adding to the overall brightness of this beer.

The taste is tart with plenty of natural sour cherry flavoring but well balanced with notes of earth, cherry pits and slight herbal accent. A hint of oak is present towards the back and like the aroma, has a soft spicy aspect like cinnamon. There is some tannins present that adds to a sharp feel to this brew.

This is light bodied with modest carbonation. A very well crafted beer that I just cannot speak highly enough of. As far as krieks go, this is up there with the best of them having a wonderful balance of wild character tempered by barrel nuance and fruit addition. The drinkability is downright crushable. Far and away this is my favorite of the Grrrz variations. Its no wonder this beer is so highly coveted, if I had spare bottles I would drink them all.

Photo of jbwimer
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a small bottle share a couple weeks ago. Haven't got around to reviewing, but here we are. Reviewing from notes taken at the share. This was Evan's bottle. Thank you, sir!

A- Deep, clean, ruby red. Lush, pink head that dies rather quickly. Some spotty lacing.

S- MASSive cherry aroma, especially on the initial pour. That recedes a bit to let some faint oak and mild funk play into the mix. Cherries are on display here, though. Can also tell this will be sour from the aroma.

T- Pow. Sour cherries right off the bat, then fades to sweet cherries and some mild funk. Decently dry finish that has a bit of oak to it. A quietly complex beer with different waves of flavor that make you pay attention. Lovely.

M- Medium mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

Nothing not to love about this beer. A puckeringly sour, juicy offering from Bullfrog that did not disappoint in the slightest. These guys, when they do sours well, they're world class.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A big thanks to Frank for this one. 750ml unlabeled corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dazzling clear, deep red. Pink foamy head with moderate stick. Spotty lace. A really intense color. Excellent!

Nose is plastic, hay, wood, foam, cobweb funk, and sweet cherries. Real aromatic.

Opens sweet and tart cherries. Foamy and oaky in the middle with notes of hay and moss. More fruit in the middle with a end that is puckering fruit and funky cobweb. Sweet and tart fruity aftertaste. Really juicy and funky.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down sparkling. Puckering finish with a filmy aftertaste. Exactly what I want.

A really excellent sour that rivals any other cherry-based American Wild Ale.

Photo of orangesol
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Bainbridge Street Barrel House 1st Anniversary Party as well as from a bottle a few months back.

A - Pours ruby red with a fluffy one and a half finger tall pink head, dissipating down to a light film around the edges of the glass, leaving spotty trails of lace down the sides of the glass. Really nice looking beer.

S - Smells of tart sour cherries, damp basement must, bit of barnyard funk, woody oak, earthy minerals and some nice sourness. You can really pick out the individual parts making this one up.

T - Starts off just like the nose. Lots of tart sour cherries up front quickly giving way to the musty funk blend from the yeast and a quick hit of tart sourness. Hints of oak, some citric fruit and the earthy minerals help round it all out. Finish is tart with a decent amount of dryness, lingering after each sip.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tart, dry feel with a good amount of fruit throughout.

O - An excellent Kriek. You can really taste the Cantillon must and Drie Fonteinen funk from the yeast and they combine really well with the cherries. Last time I had it the cherries were losing out to the stronger yeast, I am glad to see some extra time has evened things out. Can't wait to get my hands on some bottles of this one, it's going to age with the best of them.

Photo of corby112
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Nate at the brewpub.

Pours a bright ruby red color with golden copper edges and a 1.5 finger, pinkish-white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Some spotty lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with strong acetic acid and sour acidity along with oak tannins, lactic funk, juicy sour cherries and subtle toasted oak. Some vanilla bean and red wine character as well along with heavy barnyard funk and horseblanket. The fruit presence stands out as it warms giving off hints of cherry juice, fleshy skins and earthy pits.

Full body with very dry and acidic sourness countered by sweet, fleshy cherry, lactic funk, musty bugs and barrel. Dry toasted oak along with vinous red wine notes, notably dark grape, sour cherry, current, strawberry and other dark fruits. This is countered by acetic sourness, lactic funk, musty bugs and dry oak. Decent amount of lingering acetic vinegar in the bone dry finish that leaves me drooling for more. Complex yet very well balanced. One of the better American attempts at duplicating a lambic flavor profile.

Photo of joel66
4.23/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for bringing this one Mike

unlabeled pre release bottle shared at our 7/27/13 tasting

Once poured, this was one of the best looking beers i have seen. I will second Josh in that it reminded me of being a kid drinking fruit punch, only it packed more punch.. da da da

No head or lacing to be found. Smell of under ripe cherry skin. The smell was underwhelming, and didnt do the appearance or taste any justice.

Flavor of ripe sweet cherries with a mild acidity. Bright citrus with a bit of lemony funk. Extremely well balanced flavor of fruit and sourness. I want a bottle to age for a few yrs to see how the funk developes.

Overall, really happy to have tried this pre bottle release. Probably the youngest kriek I have had to date and it exceeded my expectations of what an american brewery making belgian lambic/krieks can do

Photo of jbuddle
4.23/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Mike for bringing this along with the regular Roar Grrrz , as it was an excellent beer to try alongside it's base (I assume?). Poured from the bottle, which has silver marker indicating "Le Roar Grrrz Kriek 6/2013" (no label) - into a tasting glass 7-27-13.

The first thing you notice is an extremely deep, intense red flowing from the bottle into the glass which looks so bright and vivid that it's akin to Hawaiian Punch. Suffice to say, this kriek looks incredible. Head settles to a wisp of lace and a patch in the center of the glass.

A bit of funk and sharp citrus over a light cherry and dark fruit background, but a slightly disappointing aroma considering the appearance. A bright punch of acidity and cherry tannin, with some clawing lemony citrus takes the front of the palate by storm, but really washes away quite cleanly. The flavors of the base and added fruit are not quite complementary (yet), and feel a bit at odds with the lemony citrus competing with the dark cherry fruit. Significant oak. Finishes almost strangely clean. Refreshing and light, fairly light carbonation but I'm told this was very recently bottled (silver marker on bottle says 6/2013).

Overall, a very interesting and young kriek. I think very good things will come in time when all of those flavors harmonize a bit more. Very cool to try so young.

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Le Roar Grrrz Kriek from Bullfrog Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.