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Phoenix Kriek - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 104
Gots: 1 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: weeare138 on 06-29-2007)
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Photo of Sean9689
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Alex (Masterski) into FoBaB tasting glass.

A - Pours a dark cherry red color, light fizzy cream colored head, small ring and some light bubbles remain on top.

S - Cherries (obv), tart/sour (cherries again), spice, graham cracker crust. Very nice!

T - Sour/tart cherries, sweet cherries, call it anyway you want, lots of cherries. Not overpowering, just right, yum. Some spice on the finish that sticks with you.

M - Light, slight carbonation, dry(ish) finish.

D - I like this better when compared to the New Glarus fruit beers. Easy to drink for the style and if you're into fruit beers, it's a must-try.

Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky, dark red color with 1 inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart cherries and dark fruits, as well as spices.

t - Tastes of sweet cherries, tart dark fruits, spices, and fruity malts. Not too sweet or sour.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a very good fruit beer; it reminded me of Belgian Red a lot. Lots of sweet and tart cherries and dark fruits, I would love to get some more of this. Insanely easy to drink as well.

Photo of philbe311
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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 orangesol
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I just happened to be going to the Brewpub when they announced that this years batch was going on. Lucky me!! Served on-tap into a goblet.

A - Pours ruby red with a thick, creamy, one finger tall pink head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - The aroma is very sweet. Smells of tart cherries, candied sugar, light spice, and some pie crust dryness toward the end. A bit dull at first but once it warmed up there is no doubt what is in this one.

T - Starts off with a nice dose of candied sweetness quickly being enveloped by the tart cherries that permeate every inch of this beer. Some vanilla, light spice, and graham cracker crust lend a bit of contrast but this one really is all about the cherries. Finish is a mix of dryness and candied sugar sweetness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, dry, feel with plenty of lingering sweetness in the finish.

O - This truly is one of the best desert beers out there. It has so much rich flavor but it never gets to the point of being overwhelming. Easily one of the best fruit beers.

Photo of thain709
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Served with a ruby red body that had a little bit of clarity to it...the head was an off white color and it dissipated very quickly to just a small, thin ring...not much lacing was left

S - Both sweet and tart cherries overwhelm the nose...it seems each whiff brings one or the other...as the beer has a chance to warm, aromas of freshly baked cherry crumb pie come to mind

T - Again, each sip brings something different to the table...one sip you will get a sweet, ripe cherry and another sip will bring a dark yet tart cherry...the flavors are definitely cherry dominated...just like the nose, as the beer has a chance to warm other flavors take over...the beer becomes more like cherry pie...a baked crust, provided by the malts, comes out and mixes with some subtle spices like cinnamon and nutmeg

M - Medium bodied...sometimes a little heavy...sweet and tart with pie filling spices as the beer warms

O - This beer was awesome from start to finish...absolutely one of the best beers that I've had from SGB...I'm not a fan of cherry crumb pie, but I could drink this anytime!

Photo of cpetrone84
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared with me by Koopa at Captain Lawrence. Thanks Dennis!

A-pours a slightly hazed amber color with a white head that has hues of orange.

S-the nose is light, faint sweet cherry with some earthy notes, the sourness is light but present and enjoyable.

T-the sweet fruit is quite tasty and very enjoyable, sourness is again light but apparent and nicely integrated. The tartness of the cherry holds up in the back giving a great soft fruit balance.

M-smooth and crisp with a medium to full body that feels quite nice in the mouth. hint of driness in the finish.

D-this is a great fruit beer, it is straight forward ripe fruit balanced by a light tartness. very tasty and very well done. probably the best beer i sampled at CL and that includes the Duck Duck Gooze.

Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to both BAs who went out their way to try to get this to me - wish the Selin's Grove staff had been a little more informed, as it greatly would have reduced the confusion. Served in a FoBAB mini-pint glass.

A - Pours with a half-finger of pink-tinged foam, that eventually settles to a thin collar and a touch of haze. Not a ton in the way of lacing. The body is cherry-red color with some orange-brown notes as well. Hazy, but not totally opaque, with some slow-moving bubbles in there.

S - Cherry juice. That's pretty much it. I think there's some beer in the periphery, but this smells like straight-up pressed cherries (i.e. the unsweetened juice in the organic section - not the cough syrup-esque flavor). Thankfully not overly saccharine, and with a touch of tart bite to it.

T - Again, we've got straight-up cherries. Maybe some lightly toasted grain as well. There seems to be a bit of spice character that evokes pie, but I'm not sure if I'm just projecting here. Incredibly juice-like, but with "no sugar added" (this has been converted to alcohol by enterprising yeast).

M - Dry, tart finish - just like real fruit. Not overly sticky. Medium body with light but active carbonation. No discernible alcohol.

D - I liked this, but not quite as much as the Framboise. I had two small (8oz) glasses, and then hit up the growler again later. It never gets cloying, which is pleasant and I was shocked by the 6.5%. Feels less diabetic than Belgian Red. However, I wish Selin's Grove would do away with the "Kriek" in the title as its a real misnomer - if you're expecting sourness look elsewhere.

Photo of younger35
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a growler of this gem from stakem and have been dying to try it. I LOVES me some Selin's Grove fruit beers and I'm shaking in anticipation. Drank from my New Glarus Weizen glass.
Appearance- Pours a dark crimson red with a bit of haze and a beautiful one finger dirty white creamy head. A nice cap and collar remain along with a random bit of spotty lacing.
Smell- A bit of lightly sweet cherry that's fruity and nice. Very pie filling like with a bit of spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon. Actually surprisingly spicy smelling the more whiffs I take. Not a wholly complex nose, just lots of cherries.
Taste- Nice light sweetness after my first sip with a big slap of cherry. A bit of random spice makes its way into the beer but I can't figure out if it's perceived or real. A bit of cinnamon and clove add that spice along with a touch of lemon rind. The cherry is so powerful and so strong. It lingers long into the finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with a nice light zip of carbonation. Great feel, perfect for the beer.
Drinkability- Damn good brewski here! The cherry is off the charts and has that perfect balance between tart and sweet. My one negative, it's not as good as New Glarus Belgium Red... and trust me, not a dig. Selin's Grove just firmly took a hold of my second favorite brewery in the country. Frick I love fruit beers! Thanks much Adam!

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

Drank on Saturday at the brewpub and then again on Sunday from a growler that I took home with me. On a side note, a great beer festival at Selinsgrove on Sat. Put this on your calendar if you have never attended.

Poured from a growler into my Selinsgrove goblets.

A - Beautiful ruby/garnett red with a small head rising on top. Just looking at it you get the idea that this might be really good. Deep ruby color, just magnificent.

S/T - The natural thing to do is to compare this to the New Glarus Belgian Red. Whereas the red has a distinct cherry pie taste to me and is less tart, the Phoenix hits you with the wonderful smell and taste of cherries but a bit on the puckery side. Not sour by any means, but a little more tart and edgy than the Belg Red from NG. Just wonderful.

M - Very nice, nothing really noteworthy here. Good balance and carbonation.

D - Not something that I could drink all day long but it is an exceptional beer to have with dessert.

Selinsgrove rarely disappoints and this is an outstanding beer. I actually thought this was similar to their Framboise this year but with cherry instead of rasberry.

I can't wait for the fall and the pumpkin ale. If you are close, check out a wonderful pub that makes wonderful beers.

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

The keg kicked after pouring just 20oz's (which I'm sampling at the moment) into my 64oz growler and they announced it was the only keg of kriek that they had for the night :(

Appearance: Pours a deep blood to burgandy with honey folds and a2 finger dirty brown red crown that shows good retention and lace. I guess the bartender served me a poorly poured glass off of the tap when I drank this at the brewpub. My own pour of the growler looks much better.

Smell: Lots of dark fruit like sweet cherries, tart cherries, red grapes, and perhaps plums, along with a hint of malt sweetness and a winter spice note.

Taste: Same as nose with a strong cherry over lightly sweet malt profile. It's almost black cherry like and manages to be quite pungent yet not medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Thicker side of medium and a bit low on carbonation but it works. Seems a touch thinner than it did on tap last night but that could just be my mind playing tricks on me.

Drinkability: My glass finished fairly quickly and I wanted more.

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

Served in a goblet. Poured a clear rich ruby red color with pink hues, thin off-white head with good lacing. Smells of cinnamon and other spices, vanilla, cherries, and slight grassy hop notes. Tastes much like it smells, cinnamon and sugar up front with a solid tart cherry backbone, and an ever so slight hoppy finish that comes out more as it warms up. Medium in body with good carbonation, really tart with some spices thrown in. Another fantastic beer from Selins Grove, though I don't think I would want more than 1 in a sitting.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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 akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Phatz
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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 womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a very generous BA in Pennsylvania for sending me growler.

A: The pour is a dark red color with some light haziness. The head is fluffy and off-white.

S: Tons of sweet and mildly tart pie cherries in the nose. A hint of chocolate, surprisingly, and a nice spiced character.

T: The flavor is so nearly like New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, but not as cloying. Again, tons of dark cherries that have a nice sweet flavor with hints of tartness. A nice nutmeg and all-spice flavor that is different, but enjoyable.

M: The body is medium with perhaps a slight tendency toward syrup due to the low carbonation.

D: Overall, I really enjoyed this. Like I said, similar to the Wisconsin Belgian Red but easier to drink.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewpub. Arrived in a tulip glass a beautiful deep purple/red color with about two fingers of pinkish tan, fluffy foam. Aromas of dark, sour cherries, baking spices, as well as some pleasant sweet and sour notes. Tastes of tart, sour cherries and a slight hint of pepper and cinnamon. The tartness gives way to a pleasant cherry sweetness that rushes over the tongue. Somewhat full in body as well as a little crisp and dry with a mild alcohol burn. A notch or two above medium in carbonation. This is a chewy beer, and rightfully so since SGBC does not filter any of their beers. A really excellent offering.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Phoenix Kriek from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.