Phoenix Kriek - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 107
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Sammy on 05-06-2007

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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by wedgie9:
Photo of wedgie9
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a growler. Pours red amber with an average tan head that leaves minimal lace. Nose is tart kirsch with a hint of cinnamon, pie crust, and a slightly sour aroma. It smells almost like a fresh cherry pie. Flavor is very similar with baked cherries, cinnamon, good acidity and a nice tart and sour component. The body is medium but sticky with average carbonation and a nice long finish that is dominated by sour cherries and cinnamon spice. This beer is spectacular.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another ridiculous growler shared by MasterSki!

Pours a ruby red with a very, light pink head and ample lacing.

The smell is like the inside of a Hostess Cherry Pie. Very much more sweet/tart than sour. Smells absolutely amazing! It's almost an oven-fresh, cooling on the window sill type of smell.

Wow! The taste is even better! I'm now picking up a spiciness you would get from a crumble topping on a dutch apple pie. Slight cinnamon, allspice and crunchy oats. The cherries return as the beer warms... but for awhile, I get that mixed apple/cherry cobbler medley. I've never had something quite like this! Refreshing and a tiny bit sour. Exceptional!

I went back for another pour of this as it absolutely knocked my socks off! A perfect summer beer. Thanks to Alex for another amazing, hard-to-obtain beer!

Photo of ggaughan
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw that this was on tap recently and I knew that my wife was going to be passing through Selinsgrove to visit I a friend, I had to get a growler. Luckily she was down with the idea. The growler was filled Sunday afternoon and I first sampled this beer that evening.

Upon opening the growler I was greeted with a huge pop! These swing top growlers really work great.

The beer poured a dense, deep red color into my tulip glass with a nice pink frothy head. There is some really thick lacing down the sides of the glass and it, along with the head lasted awhile.

The nose this fine beer gives you a fresh rush of tart cherries that is very pleasing to the nose and will be even more pleasing to the taste buds. The taste is more of the same. Nice big fresh cherries that just lingers in the mouth and leaves a sweet and sour taste on my tongue that make you want more. There are also some citrus and peppery notes in this beer as well. Like northyorksammy mentioned in his review, this beer does have an organic taste to it which would fit the Selins Grove profile as they have a few organic beers that are really tastey. I am sad to report that my growler is almost empty but we will be back for more.

Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The couple really nailed this one. Reddish with lace and a whisp of head. Perfect sour cherry taste, amazing, as good or better than a Belgian kriek. Real cherry with krieks. Medium plus mouhfeel, and a bit of above average carbonation which doesn't detract. Would like another glass in a month. Very organic tasting like real fruit was squeezed in just last night.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Frank (Avalon68) for this one. Poured from a 64oz. growler into a Surly snifter. Shared with capra12 and schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

Phoenix kriek looks like your average fruit beer. Small, pastel colored pink head with little retention and a stunning red color. No lace. Nose is almost identical to New Glarus Belgian Red but with more fruit and less Luden's cough drops. Subtle but very enticing. Taste is exactly what I'd want from a fruit beer. Pure with some spicy notes. Cherry is super strong with some cinnamon in the middle and at the end. Nothing else. Spot on for the style. Feel is low to medium bodied and again, just like Belgian Red. Not as big a body but still smooth, oily, and filmy.

Definitely one of the top fruit beers I've had. I'd actually put this above the "fruit sister" offerings from New Glarus, which are really the benchmark of the style. A fantastic beer all around.

Photo of Kegatron
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep, clear ruby color with a thin, off-white (with a purplish tint) head. Retains well around the edges of the goblet and leaves some thin wisps of foam across the top that leaves some nice swathes of lace that slide down the sides. The aroma is dominant tones of both candied and tart cherries, vanilla and caramel sweetness, and a light sense of heat.

The taste is more vanilla and cinnamon notes up front that meld into a fantastic blast of cherry tartness and is then followed by a tingling hop bitterness. Finishes with a sticky mix of hops and tart bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy feel. There is a slight presence of heat but it's not really stinging in anyway, just adding a slight beef to the body.

One of my favorite seasonals at the SGB, this is more reminiscent of a New Glarus Fruit beer than a traditional sour Kriek. That's OK though, as it makes the beer much more accessible and drinkable while still being completely awesome. Get up there and try this stuff now!

Photo of likestoswallow
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand-bottle acquired via trade.

Pours an amber brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma is resplendent with ripe tart cherries. There is an elegant simplicity to this aroma, it is straightforward with no pretentiousness.

The flavor shows more tart cherries, cherry pit, and plenty of mouth-puckering sour cherries. This kinda reminds me of Cantillion Blabaer in its approach, Phoenix does for cherries what Blabaer does for blueberries, very elegant.

The palate is silky smooth, the finish is long and tart.

Its hard to believe this is an American brew and not one of the great Euros. Selins Grove has done it right. Great quaff. Try it.

Photo of BOLTZ7555
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler acquired via trade with tgncc...THANKS TOM!!! Rusty penny/burnt tangerine pour with crimson highlights and a rather sizable eggshell head that left a spot or two inside the glass. Aroma begins subtle but develops significantly as it warms. Nose shows apple, cinnamon, tart cherry skin, lemon zest, and brown sugar. Dangerously drinkable and quite surprised by the 8% ABV. Lots of fruit, cherry, cinnamon spice, buttermilk biscuit, toffee, and honey. Amazing combination of sweet and sour. Tart finish. This was a FANTASTIC beer. Totally lived up to the hype. AMAZING!!!

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled last Sunday, 19-Jun. Happy father's day indeed, seeing this on tap at the brewpub.

A: The ale looks like a glass of black cherry juice, dark with a distinct reddish hue. The darkness leaves the ale opaque. A half finger of white head rustled up on pour but quickly disappeared.

S: Cherries, cherries and more cherries. Sweet with a subtle natural variation, the ale sings. Very sweet but not cloying. An amazing nose, sweet and firm but all cherry and sugars.

T: Each sip is cherry pie, the sweet cherries and crusty bread. The cherries are the centerpiece, spicy with a few stray sour flavors. Biscuit provides the crusty side, paling against the cherries though. Spices, some cinnamon and brown sugar and vanilla, add to the festivities. Drying at times, the finish leaves juicy cherry remnants to marinate in my mouth.

M: The spicy base and cherries are nice. My only complaint is that the sweetness is very filling, making this growler a challenge. Don't get me wrong, I'm up for it. A treat and well worth the higher price tag.

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Alex for busting out this growler over the weekend.
Review transcribed from notes.

Deep reddish brown, hazed with suspended granular yeast sediment. The head fizzled off fast, leaving a seemingly still, glassy surface. Looked and smelled like cherry juice. The empty glass had a little funk to it, but the beer itself was straight up cherry juice.

Flavor is all cherry too, not especially complex and a bit one dimensional. A mild tartness, maybe 2.5/10 on the sour scale. Dry in the end, preceded by some natural sweetness from the fruit. Slight hint of alcohol at room temperature, but no evidence when cold. Feel was a bit thin and juice-like, needed more carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, and overall refreshing. More of a cherry beer than Kriek.

Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand bottle from a leaky growler courtesy of the awesome Steasy66. Cheers, bruh!

Appearance. Pours a murky, rusty red-amber. Topped with an absolutely massive, billowy khaki head that takes a good while to settle.

Smell. Dark juicy cherry, faint bit of dusty yeast reminiscent of NG. Cherries smell pretty real and ripe.

Taste. Very intense cherry juice, and a ton of it. Juicy and sour, just the right amount of sweetness that the fruit would have. There's a hint of cinnamon and almond, but this one is all about the cherry. No booze detected, dangerous.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, strong carbonation.

Overall. Wow, stellar fruit beer. Always seems weird to call some north american cherry beer a kriek, but when it's this tasty who the fuck cares! Killin' it, Ryan.

Photo of philbe311
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Not much more than a fingers worth of late to develop light khaki colored froth head... Minimal retention as this one quickly fades away leaving a lopsided splotchy veil lace and an ultra thin collar... The color is a mix of ruby red and medium brown... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble rising randomly on occasion... A wee bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Bright vibrant bing cherries... A whiff of vanilla nicely accents the cherries... There is a bit of brown sugar as well... This all sits atop a surprisingly thick malt base comprised of biscuit and pie crust... Very nice...

T - Sweet cherries and vanilla... Vanilla and sweet cherries... A hint of brown sugar... The pie crust and biscuit are present as well... The cherriness continues to intensify on the finish at which time there is a very light tart and salty presence that emerges as well... Excellent depth and complexity...

M - Medium bodied... Light yet robust... Limited carbonation... A bit sticky... Smooth... A wee bit chewy...

D - Insanely quaffable... An outstanding dessert beer with several port like qualities... This growler will disappear with ease... It's amazing to consider that a tiny little brew pub in central PA turns out such outstanding Belgian fruit beers... Outstanding and highly recommended... Much more than the sum of its outstanding parts...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Miver (handbottle): Poured a deep clear reddish color ale with some limited carbonation (due to the handbottling). Aroma of sour cheery with some light cough syrup notes. Taste is a nice mix between some sour cherry with some notes of oak and tart and some limited sweetness. I was slightly disappointed by the cough syrup notes that I could pick-up through the tasting. Nice body with no apparent alcohol. Well done but I could do without the cough syrup. Makes me want to take a road trip and taste the beer on site.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was seriously bowled over with joy to be able to land this one. It first crossed my radar I want to say about a month ago and I knew this was going to be a hard pull for me. Whenever something is draft or growler only it lands a bit of difficulty, but not to be deterred, the wonderful Avalon came through for me again. This growler was kept cold until 08/25/2009 when I had the time to fully enjoy it. Poured into multiple pint glasses, it was all but destroyed last night saving for one pint I am saving for my Mother in law as she is a big fan of the style.
 
Appearance 5 - Perfect. End of story. Ruby red tinted brown in color with an enormous head of pinkish foam that came up to at least three inches over the top of the glass. Just an enormously good pour. The head settled down in a few minutes but it never really got much lower then about an inch and a half, and that was even pushing it, this thing was seriously a beast. Tons of sticky lace coating he sides and just an enormous overall look to it. To say I was impressed would again be another understatement.
 
Aroma 5 - Like tart cherry pie, or as close as you could get to it. Simply sublime. Rich notes of tart cherries, hints of almost currant, touches of raspberries and a nice bit of spice balanced in to it. Warming brings out a subtle sweetness that nearly knocks me out for the count.
 
Taste 4.5 - Such a warm and open flavor. Coating would be another great word for it. I just kept going back and back again and again, I really just could not get enough of this one.  Each sips more and more complex. Rich cherry flavor, touches of light cinnamon, a boozy note as it warms, with a really huge fruit profile. Unstoppable with its flavor, this was just literally outstanding in nearly every way possible. As it comes up near room temperature the subtle notes of warm brown sugar mixes with a tart, sour cherry to produce such a wonderfully complex flavor I am beside myself. Fades out slowly to just a touch of dry sour notes as it finishes.
 
Feel 5 - Again perfect. From the first frothy sips I took that tickled the nose from the copious head of foam on top, to the last, well carbonated drops that roll across the tongue letting you pull every last drop of flavor from this perfect, perfect beverage.
 
Drinkability 5 - Outstanding, this is 8%, not possible. I was getting through this faster then most IPA's and it never really felt like it caught up with me at all. Outstanding in every possible way. I was beyond impressed here, I was mesmerized.
 
Overall how are people not freaking over this one? One of the best examples of the style I have ever had, easily top 3 fruit beers I have ever had. This was just outstanding. If it were bottled I would have a cellar full of it. Just that good and worth every single sip. Please go get this one, you will not regret it.

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this one, Barry. Phoenix Kriek pours a turbid cherry red, the color of black cherry skins. A tall two finger head rises and quickly settles to a thin blanket, which shows nice retention. The aroma is bursting with fresh, ripe cherries. There's not much actual beer character to this one, it's all fruit with a hint of spice (allspice and nutmeg, perhaps). The taste follows suit; the cherry character is massive and completely overwhelms any trace of malt, but it exhibits plenty of depth in itself. It's sweet, but not overly - the finish dries the palate slightly, and there's a light tartness, making this easy to quaff. Delicious stuff, it's reminiscent of Belgian Red from New Glarus, but not nearly as syrupy sweet.

Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy rose color with tiny CO2 streams slowly rising to the top. A 1 finger, creamy head with pink tones fades into a mild cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart cherries, cranberries, citrusy, with notes of melons, cider, and spice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a tart cherry standing out among the mix.
Mouthfeel is sticky, medium bodied, sweet tart, and apple cider sticking to the lips with a lingering on the middle of the tongue.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to chase2634 for this. Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber mahogany color. Just a small touch of carbonation. Seems like the growler didn't keep it's seal.

4.5 S: A deep mixture of cherry. Sweet, prime of the ripe black cherry. Tart, hard red cherry. A touch of booze, but not hot. More like a the way a cheap, overly sweet brandy is boozy. This is a lot like NG BR, but the fruit isn't as in-your-face powerful and thus allows the base beer to also be discernable. The malts give a neutral sweetness and are grainy overall. Quite nice.

4.5 T: Taste is naturally dominated by cherry. The sweet fruitiness outweighs the tart by a good margin. I would liken it to a cherry pie made from cans. Intense cherry throughout, which covalesce to produce a light medicinal vibe. A slight tart bite on finish. Again, grainy malts. Light nutmeg spiciness. Very good.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Surprisingly, the carbonation is adequate. Rich and slightly chewy, the way this beer should be.

4.5 D: To make a good fruit beer, the brewer needs to really commit to the fruit. This does just that. Perfect beer for the cherry lover who wants a break from Belgian Red.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Ray.

Beer poured out with a fair amount of carbonation. It looked a bit like an actual kriek, minus the darker head on it. The smell reminds me of a cherry cinnamon apple pie with maybe even nutmeg. Taste seemed to follow through with the aroma with a brilliant tart black cherry flavor coming though.

I enjoyed this one a lot. It was never cloyingly sweet, even after a few glasses. It's actually refreshing and has a thin mouthfeel. I find this to be head and shoulders above Belgian Red and just a bit better than Raspberry Tart.

Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand bottled and shared by weeare138.

In the line up of sours we had this Kriek was not very sour. It is fruity and a bit candy like. I like it though. It reminded me more of New Galaurs fruit beers that Hanssens Oude Kriek though it certainly falls in the middle.

Appearance: pour an attractive dark read color with pink edges that show through in the hue of the head as well.

Smell: Cherry candy fruity with a wood attribute and a touch of caramel.

Taste: I was getting more Jolly Rancher candy and apples, than harsh lactic sour notes. To me it is a bit on the sweet side but if I were Selin's Grove I would find that a safer route to go as well. There are other red fruits and berries and a and certainly a tart element though this is one my wife would drink next to her Lindemans.

Mouthfeel: Sugary. A bit too much so for my personal preference but it is certainly not bad. Smooth and full.

Drinkability: I believe for thew person who like there Lambic sweet, like my wife, this would be a drinkable beer. Personally I prefer them a bit more sour.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of ChrisPro
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to MasterSki poured into a red wine glass. Thanks again, Alex!

A-Pours a muddled dark pink rose with subtle eggshell colored head.

S-Alex hit it right: Straight up cherry juice, though I picked up hints of apple as well as some clove.

T-Wow! Such a unique tart cherry flavor that overpowers just about any other aspect of the beer. However, I was really getting a ton of biscuit and spice and felt like I was drinking pureed cherry pie. Just plain awesome.

M-Relatively full-bodied, mild carbonation, but I was fine with that from the growler. This left a buttery slick finish on my tongue, which only accentuated my impression of liquid cherry pie.

O-Well, this is by no means a kriek, but there is some subtle sourness and that sounds so much better than "cherry beer." This was easily one of the best fruit beers I've had and would drink a whole growler of this easily.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep ruby color with about one finger of white fluffy head that didn't last long.

The scent is dominant of sweet cherries, some notes of sweet sugar.

The taste is of sweet cherries at first but then turns to tart as it finishes. There is also a notable presence of biscuity malt and vanilla that makes this taste like cherry pie.

Medium body, smooth and a little sticky, moderate carbonation.

This was a delicious beer, full of flavor and well balanced. I would definitely go for this again.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful, bright ruby red with a nice light pink head and good amounts of lacing.

S: Strong cherries. Good amount of sweetness with a bit of sourness in there, more likely from the cherries than from any critters. A bit of an earthiness to it as well.

T: Strong cherries and a bit of earthiness. Hints of some Christmas-type spices, but not too much. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Sweet without being too cloying. Had no idea this was 8% until I looked.

D: Very, very drinkable all around. Definitely rivals the fruit beers of New Glarus, and is near the top of my list. With that said, I think Selin's Framboise is better.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby red appearance with an off white head...excellent lacing. Sour cherry taste with a light spice. Mild drying in the mouth with a medium feel. This is very drinkable for the style. Very tasty but I must say that I prefer WI Belgian Red if I had to choose based on the style.

Photo of Rifugium
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Easily my favorite brew from SG. Wow. They call it a kriek, but their description clearly says that it is not a lambic, but instead something closer to a Flanders sour.

Poured a deep reddish-mahogany, moderately hazy but still mostly see-through; a small layer of bubbles that quickly reduced to a ringlet. Aroma of freshly squeezed/crushed black cherries, mixed with honey and mead. Taste simply blew me away...pure, full-blown cherry pie, more sweet and pulpy than tart, and I could swear I even tasted the doughy crust; afterthoughts of nutmeg. Smooth mouthfeel, on the heavier side of medium bodied, chewy, and really just awesome from start to finish.

Photo of hopdog
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from Growler (on several occasions).

Poured a dark reddish / brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of light sour/tart cherries, woody and caramel. All around cherry pie filling. Tastes of sweet and tart cherries with some vanilla (mmmm, cherry pie with vanilla ice cream). Nice tart and light puckering finish.

Notes from 10/9/06

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Phoenix Kriek from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.