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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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Photo of Rutager
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Hojaminbag
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Phoenix Kriek has a deep red colored body with a light red head. Fair retention leads to a few bits of lacing here and there.

The aroma is packed with cherries that showcase both sweetness and tartness. The aroma is basically just cherry juice, but it is delightful; not sugary or cloying, just the suggestion of fresh pressed cherries.

The flavor really focuses on the cherry flavors also. Fresh pressed cherries provide fair amounts of sweetness and tartness to go along with the cherry flavors. The sweetness is nowhere near cloying, and the tartness is a natural cherry type of tartness, and has nothing to do with wild yeast. Underneath the cherry there is just a touch of light malt, but it is barely noticeable.

This beer has some prickly carbonation, but a fairly big body. I like it, this beer could be a dessert.

The more I drink of this beer, the more I feel like I want more. At no point does it become syrupy or creamy. It is loaded with smooth, natural cherry flavors. It reminds me a bit of Wisconsin Belgian Red.

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of mdillon86
2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

Photo of Tucquan
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-07-31 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear ruby with a 1-finger head and mild lacing.

S - Mild cherry and grain

T - Wow. Big and bold. Sweet, tart, sour cherries. All the complexities one gets when biting into a perfect cherry. The long-lasting cherry flavor sits on the tongue forever and evolves. Dries out a bit.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Coats the mouth and lasts and lasts.

O - Just great. One of the best krieks.

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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
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.

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 bigfnjoe
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light to medium red color with a smallish off-white head and little lacing

S-light grain, light brown sugar, huge cherry nose with no significant tartness

T-big cherry flavor with mostly sweet and hint of sour cherry flavor, light grain and brown sugar in the background, like a fresh homemade cherry pie

F-medium body with light to moderate, carbonation, smooth

O-interesting beer, great cherry flavor, they call this a wild ale, but fruit beer seems to fit this better

Photo of sholland119
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Pours a ruby brown with a creamy, pink-tinged head. Great retention and lacing.

S-Sour cherry is the dominant aroma with a hint of cream.

T-Very rich creaminess with tart cherries and some vanilla.

M-Silky, light and creamy.

D-The best fruit beer I have ever had. Great flavors and mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

HV

Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

handbottle shared courtesy of Briank. Thanks man!
Pours rich dark red but clearish. Smell is straight tart dark red cherry juice all the way. Taste is much the same with vibrant, juicy sour cherry flavor. No funk or anything getting in the way of the delicious fresh cherry taste. Good stuff, and sweet an sour balancing to keep from being cloying. Thanks again!

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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 BeerBucks
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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 CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kbutler1
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of kramer on RB (thanks man!). Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger head. Head is slight tan and forms a nice little "coaster" on top as it settles. The aroma is very much ripe cherry and almost a wood like quality that I can't put my finger on. Not tart smelling by any means but more like sweet cherries. The taste is very nice; starting slightly tart and transitioning nicely to a sweet cherry flavor. Not too sweet though to be overpowering. Mouthfeel is light/medium. Very much a fruit beer as opposed to a true kriek. Very good. Right up there with New Glarus fruit beers which I am most familiar with. As for drinkability, I pretty much drank the whole growler in a day.

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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 callmemickey
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Selin's Grove

A: Deep blood red body. Large inch plus pinkish head. Good retention with gorgeous sheet-like lacing.

S: Dank cherries. Slightly sweet with a ton of tartness. Some other dark fruit notes are muted in the background. Warming spice notes as well.

T: Beautiful. A wonderful balance of sweet and tart. Since this isn't a true lambic, its a bit sweeter than something like a Cantillon Kriek. Despite the sweetness, it is not medicinal at all. Again warming spices like cinnamon are present in the background. Each sip is just a tad different than the sip before. Nice.

M: Medium to full bodied. Solid carbonation, but not to the point of fizzy. A little pucker and some nice lingering sweetness. Ultimately, a little thicker than I'd prefer.

D: An intense and tasty experience. Glad to be able to make the trek out to the pub and get a few glasses and growlers.

Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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 russwbeck
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!

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