Phoenix Kriek - Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev -6%
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.
08-04-2011 12:56:55 | More by JohannBock
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-31-2011 21:50:08 | More by DavoleBomb
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-31-2011 20:19:49 | More by Tucquan
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-04-2011 13:24:52 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.65/5 rDev +7.9%
Growler into multiple wine glasses shared with my wife. This brew appears a perfectly polished clear, deep ruby red color with a fizzy creamy pink tinted head that quickly dissolves to nothing. A light swirl releases some bubbles but not enough to recharge the head. A faint amount of tiny spotty lace clings to the glass.
The aroma of this brew is a deep combination of mixed types of cherries. A nice mixture of sweet, tart and earthy cherry scents are leaning towards the pitted aspect and overly ripe in nature. The collective smell of the cherries easily makes its way into medicinal territory. As the brew warms up, the solid cherry aroma gives way to some subtle spices like cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and faint clove.
The taste is deep cherry flavoring that covers the full spectrum of what you would experience while sitting and eating a bowl of fresh cherries. Some tastes are sweet, some tangy and tart others are deep and earthy to almost herbal. There is a pleasant spiced aspect to this brew that keeps it from being just an alcohol cherry juice brew. The spices come across to me like nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and clove. An earthy flavor and minor herbal bitterness contrasts the tartness and sweetness of the cherry flavor keeping everything in a pleasant balance. With so much cherry flavoring, it is hard for this brew not to come off medicinal in nature. It does at times remind me of luden's cough drops, however it is strikingly more enjoyable.
This brew is slightly heavier than medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. On tap this brew is lightly carbonated and as it transpires to the growler gets even lighter with the carb level. I dont know if I want to fault this brew for being too lightly carbonated as I think the light carbonation gives a much thicker feel that is very much reminiscent of the whole eating cherries experience that I get while I am drinking this. The alcohol is masterfully hidden here. I don't really have a sweet tooth for beers and I am not a huge fan of fruited beers, but there is just something about the Selinsgrove offerings that have me hooked. I absolutely hate paying $30 for a growler fill but honestly, after a glass of this I remember why I do it. At times, a couple of sniffs and sips suggest belgian yeast but it doesn't directly come off like that. I wish I knew Heather and Steve's secret for pulling this one off.
06-27-2011 03:22:04 | More by stakem
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-26-2011 21:26:50 | More by akorsak
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
06-21-2011 19:38:27 | More by orangesol
4.97/5 rDev +15.3%
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!!!
05-29-2011 06:13:28 | More by BOLTZ7555
District of Columbia
4.65/5 rDev +7.9%
Special thanks to Brad (ygtbsm94) for bringing a growler of this to a tasting.
I got another growler from SamuelJackson45 and got to try it again on a fresh palate!
A: Pours a dark, dark, yet semi-transparent red (crimson) color with about a half inch head that quickly dissipated.
S: Fresh cherries, with beet-sugar style sweetness and a tingle of nuttiness deep down.
T: It reminded me a New Glarus Belgian Wisconsin Red, but not nearly as tart. This was pretty much cherry pie in a glass. I'm still in awe of how they did this.
M: Lacing galore, sweet without being in your face, and the carbonation is nice and bubbly.
D: Who doesn't like cherries? This kind of brew is can easily approach cherry cough syrup territory. This one avoids that in spades!
11-07-2010 13:15:08 | More by Chaney
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
Growler shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!
A: Ruby hued with a gigantic tan head that coats the glass in lacing.
S: The aroma is more subtle than the taste. Scents include cherries, cherries, cherries with hints of cherry pie and cherries. Oh, yeah I almost forgot...cherries. It's really that simple.
T: Cherries, fresh from the tree. The beer is sweet but not cloying. This is without a doubt my favorite fruit beer that isn't sour. It's very drinkable and enjoyable. Other beers of this ilk often quickly become cloying and lose their appeal. Not the case with this well-crafted gem.
M: Smooth and tasty. Great carbonation level, especially from a growler.
D: Surprisingly easy to drink, as the beer has considerable sweetness. One would think the beer would become cloying, but it's just so tasty I keep going back for more.
11-06-2010 02:40:26 | More by Huhzubendah
3.98/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
11-02-2010 02:53:41 | More by ktrillionaire
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
09-27-2010 19:40:06 | More by wedgie9
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
09-07-2010 21:55:45 | More by mdfb79
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
08-20-2010 13:27:14 | More by kbutler1
4.18/5 rDev -3%
orangesol sent me a growler of this. Thank you, Nate.
Pouring a dark reddish mahogany with nice reddish highlights. There's a dense, tan head with great retention and nice lacing. The nose has an outstanding fruit character. Rich, ripe tart cherries with a definite baking spice character (allspice or nutmeg?) . This is a wonderful expression of pure fruit.
The palate opens with a blend of sweetness and tartness, with a ton of fruit flavor. Ripe, tart cherries with a full berry palate. There's a definite cherry skin like chewy tannin character. Along with the tannins, there's a touch of allspice on the finish. Not as sweet as the New Glarus Belgian Red, this has a moderate sweetness without the intense puree character that the BR has. A touch sweet on the finish, this has some tartness as well. Medium-light in body with soft carbonation, I really like the mouthfeel. Excellent stuff, I can see drinking a ton of this. Thank you again, Nate!
08-15-2010 00:06:54 | More by DefenCorps
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
I think when Selins Grove uses the word Kriek they meant the Dutch definition for a specific cherry, not necessarily the sour cherry lambic. This is not a sour Kriek, but is accurately described as a fruit beer. To really dumb it down, its like a sweet fermented cherry juice.
The appearance is a beautiful ruby red with a dark pink fluffy head. Not much clarity, but a beautiful color non the less.
The smell is of the sweetest cherries with a small hint of vinegar tartness. It has lots of sweetness in it that starts the salivating. Just a great tart cherry smell that reminds me of a cherry jam or jelly.
Thankfully the taste is not as overbearingly sweet as I imagined it to be. It has a great cherry jam flavor, no artificial flavors here at all. Not very complex, but for a fruit beer it is crafted beautifully. Towards the end of the growler I was getting some syrup and sugary notes, but nothing overbearing.
The beer has a great gravity and great carbonation with it. Overall a treat. A great dessert beer if there ever was one.
08-12-2010 21:49:20 | More by Jmoore50
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-08-2010 20:54:25 | More by womencantsail
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
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!
08-07-2010 00:50:51 | More by younger35
District of Columbia
3.75/5 rDev -13%
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.
08-03-2010 02:10:50 | More by craytonic
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
07-29-2010 17:49:35 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
07-29-2010 17:02:41 | More by largadeer
Phoenix Kriek from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.