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Phoenix Kriek - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 103
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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

bigfnjoe, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

DeutschesBier, Jun 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.6%

brez8791, Jun 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

mdillon86, May 26, 2013
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!

russwbeck, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

bum732, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

NearTheGrove, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Holland, Jul 23, 2012
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.

TCgoalie, Jun 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

StarryNight74, Jun 25, 2012
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!

thain709, Jun 19, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

BeerCon5, May 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

sideshowe, May 25, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Rifugium, May 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

ten1965, May 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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aasher, Feb 09, 2012
Phoenix Kriek from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.