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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: weeare138 on 06-29-2007)
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Photo of ffejherb
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at SGB on 4/6/08.

A - Violet/plum-colored body with thin pink ring around the rim of the glass. Minimal carbonation.

S - Tart black cherry pie filling and berry fruit with a hint of vanilla and honey. Pomegranate? Touch of alcohol as the liquid warmed.

T - Black cherry sweetness and tartness with some vanilla notes and honey sweetness. Finish is quite bitter and akin to pomegranate fruit. Flavor is sweet, tart and bitter all in one.

M - Medium body with a fairly prickly, bubbly personality. Sticky mouthfeel with a tartness that makes the mouth pucker up. Pretty long-lasting bitterness with some sweetness on the tongue.

D - Finally got to try this much talked-about brew from SGB. More complex than I had anticipated. While I prefer the Razzmerry, this is also quite nice.

ffejherb, Apr 07, 2008
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!

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
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

MDDMD, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. I was very excited to get this one. Carbonation is always a concern of mine when dealing with a growler, but not this time, carbonation of this beer is high high high. Beer is red in color and completely clear. The head is what and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks great.

Aroma is a little weak. The provider of the growler warned us that this one was weaker than the other one he had opened a month ago even though they were kept cold. I can detect some cherries in there though. Even diminished the aroma is good.

Beer has a medium to low body. Overall light tasting. Good cherry flavor, nice sourness overall to the beer. Some good citric qualities throughout. Drinkability is high (I could have taken down this entire growler myself) and mouthfeel is great. The carbonation helps to carry the sour notes throughout the palate. I would love to try this on draft sometime.

drabmuh, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The couple really nailed this one. Reddish with lace and a whisp of head. Perfect sour cherry taste, amazing, as good or better than a Belgian kriek. Real cherry with krieks. Medium plus mouhfeel, and a bit of above average carbonation which doesn't detract. Would like another glass in a month. Very organic tasting like real fruit was squeezed in just last night.

Sammy, May 06, 2007
Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

DefenCorps, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

J

Jmoore50, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrallen34 for hooking me up with this.

A - Pours a deep ruby red/maroon with a small head that left some spots on it. Head receded into a nice ring. Nice looking beer.

S - Deep cherry smell on this and a little bit of wood. Smells very sweet, almost like a dessert.

T - This is a very impressive tasting beer. Huge deep cherry flavor, I almost get notes of chocolate, as in chocolate covered cherries. It's quite a bit like New Glarus WBR. Not tart at all, very candy sweet.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, very sticky. Goes down smoothly.

D - Pretty good, for something so sweet I was able to do a couple glasses out of the growler. Good stuff, great dessert beer, and a nice drinker regularly as well.

AgentZero, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep red/brown with a thick light pink head. Aroma is bready/yeasty with tart cherry. Flavor of tart cherry initially with cinnamon and pie crust followed by a sweet cherry finish. Nice and tart. Quite a good fruit beer (although personally I prefer the Selin's Grove Saison de Peche).

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Beerontwowheels
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Beerontwowheels, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of bbsaur
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

bbsaur, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

bum732, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of billyshears
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

billyshears, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

SocalKicks, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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

makeitavintage, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

MikeWard, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Jspriest, Aug 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Holland, Jul 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

akang, Jul 03, 2014
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.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 04, 2011
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.

akorsak, Jun 26, 2011
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!

Phatz, Oct 16, 2007
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.

womencantsail, Aug 08, 2010
Phoenix Kriek from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.