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Phoenix Kriek - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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115 Ratings
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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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3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance 4
It is a bit difficult to discern the appearance of Phoenix Kriek in this dark pub. It seems to be red with a finger of sticky pink head. The head does coat the side of my glass wonderfully.

Aroma 3.5
The aroma is very sweet and wheaty, wine-like. I get the cherries in the sweetness, but neither the fruit not the tartness take the aroma over. As the beer warmed, the cherries came out in a big way, suggesting it was a bit too cold right off the tap.

Taste 4
This is an assault of tart cherries. It definitely hasn't soured, instead it takes its main taste straight from the cherries themselves. It's like a cherry wheat beer on absolute steroids. Don't confuse this with the cherry sodas that sometimes invade this style, however it also isn't tart like the best Belgian krieks. Likening it to cherry pie isn't too far off, actually.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability 2
The Phoenix has a medium body with a lower than average carbonation. The sweetness lingers and keeps your palate, leaving it interested enough to continuously take sips. The syrup-like tendencies of the body, combined with the sweetness, really started to wear on me.

Value 3
This set me back $6.50 for a pint, but was only $27 for a 64oz growler fill. Not a bad price point at all, and the growler should fit the bill at an upcoming barbecue nicely.

Overall 3
I wanted this to blow me away, and it didn't. It's good, probably the best Kriek made in PA, but it can't hold a candle to some if the better krieks on the market. Either way, I'm glad I finally got the chance to try this elusive beer!

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3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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

Not sure why the word kriek is in the name of this beerl:

Pour is an opaque royal purple-amber. Enormous head that conquers the glass.

Smell: Sweet, sweet cherries and apple butter. Not funky or sour. Also some sort of off aroma.

Taste: Again, the sweet cherries dominate. A bit syrupy. Like cherry pie made with canned cherries.

Mouthfeel: O bit over carbonated, similar to drinking soda pop.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Named Phoenix Kriek

Growler sampled approximately 1 week after being filled, May 2007
Pours with an opaque, quite hazy, dark purple, yet still cherry red color. The pour from the growler easily summons forth a three-finger thick, pinkish, light tan colored head. The aroma is quite cherry driven; chewy-cherry skin notes lend a fullness to the dominant sweet cherry candy-like nose. The aroma really reminds me of the cherry character in a well made batch of cherry ice-cream. My guess is that these are not sour cherries, but they still smell fairly enticing in this beer.

The beer is lightly sweet up front, but thankfully not sticky or syrup-like in texture or sweetness. There is a nice level of tartness here, though not to the level of a Lambic. The chewy cherry skin character from the aroma is in the flavor, though not quite as prominent as in the nose. There seems to be a hint of plastic phenolics character that is lying just underneath the surface here; it is just barely noticeable though. This beer is very cherry focused, somewhat similar (perhaps even inspired by) to New Glarus Belgian Red, though I don’t think it is quite as sweet, nor as tannic & chewy as that beer. The beer is fairly well carbonated, which adds a touch of zesty prickly character. This helps to lighten the thick chewy character a bit. I do like that this beer is fairly thick & rich; it makes it sort of like a dessert, but not necessarily a sweet one.

This is quite a nice beer, I would love to see this fermented more towards the Lambic side of the spectrum, but that would ruin the hearty desert quality of this beer.

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3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Thorpe429 for the hook-up.

The comparison to New Glarus' Belgian Red is inevitable, so here it goes: they look, smell, taste, feel and drink very similar; they are not, however, exactly the same, nor are they clones of one another, they are brethren.

A - It pours a deep crimson with an off-white head that recedes into a wispy cap.

S - Super-delicious desert aromatics arise; I am getting vivid impressions of sugar-glazed cherry-filled jelly donuts. I can think of nothing else.

T - The taste is again of cherry-filled jelly donuts, but it is not quite as compelling or vivid as the aroma. There is a very high sweetness, and perhaps not enough balancing tartness in the dynamic.

M - Comparing this brew to NGBR, I prefer this in mouthfeel; it is less sticky and yet a bit more viscous.

D - Good stuff, though I couldn't drink 64oz of it in one sitting, so I started blending it with a growler of Boy King as well as various CCB beers (Zhukov!). It is awesome blending beer.

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

Thanks to my buddy Dave for sharing this growler. Poured into my ccb tulip.

A: Pours a very dark almost blood red color. A nice finger of fluffy slightly pink head appears then fades to a thin rim. Leaves some sticky lace.

A: Sweet and tart cherries all the way with hints of raspberries, graham crackers, and strawberries. Really just like a can of cherry pie filling.

T: Cherry explosion in my mouth! Sweet syrupy cherry juice, with notes of citrus hops, raspberries, and sweet malts. The brew finishes tart and dry.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: drinkability is a touch lower due to the overpowering sweetness, but I could have a couple of glasses. Overall this is a soild brew, and one I wouldn't mind having as a dessert beer. Skal.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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 JohannBock
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this to start off a wonderful night at the Selin's Grove Brewery. Served in a 14 oz goblet.

A: Deep cherry red. No head at all when it got to me maybe just a little bit around the edges of the glass.

S: Smells strongly of fresh cherries, almost as if they had just been crushed in front of me.

T: If you didn't guess that it tasted strongly of cherries then you haven't been reading the first part of this. Cherries, cherries, cherries. It almost doesn't taste like a beer until the very end when you get just a little bit of bite on the back of your tongue. You could have told me that it was cherry juice though and I wouldn't have been surprised. Different than anything I've had before but very tasty for sure.

M: A bit syrupy. Big in your mouth though but I wasn't a huge fan of the syrup feel it had.

O: This was my first attempt at a Kriek and I was very happy. Not something that I would drink all of the time but I would definitely go back to it if I were in the mood. Highly recommended.

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