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Phoenix Kriek - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 100
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 ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

ClockworkOrange, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Hazy rose color with tiny CO2 streams slowly rising to the top. A 1 finger, creamy head with pink tones fades into a mild cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart cherries, cranberries, citrusy, with notes of melons, cider, and spice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a tart cherry standing out among the mix.
Mouthfeel is sticky, medium bodied, sweet tart, and apple cider sticking to the lips with a lingering on the middle of the tongue.

weeare138, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

The keg kicked after pouring just 20oz's (which I'm sampling at the moment) into my 64oz growler and they announced it was the only keg of kriek that they had for the night :(

Appearance: Pours a deep blood to burgandy with honey folds and a2 finger dirty brown red crown that shows good retention and lace. I guess the bartender served me a poorly poured glass off of the tap when I drank this at the brewpub. My own pour of the growler looks much better.

Smell: Lots of dark fruit like sweet cherries, tart cherries, red grapes, and perhaps plums, along with a hint of malt sweetness and a winter spice note.

Taste: Same as nose with a strong cherry over lightly sweet malt profile. It's almost black cherry like and manages to be quite pungent yet not medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Thicker side of medium and a bit low on carbonation but it works. Seems a touch thinner than it did on tap last night but that could just be my mind playing tricks on me.

Drinkability: My glass finished fairly quickly and I wanted more.

koopa, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Served in a goblet. Poured a clear rich ruby red color with pink hues, thin off-white head with good lacing. Smells of cinnamon and other spices, vanilla, cherries, and slight grassy hop notes. Tastes much like it smells, cinnamon and sugar up front with a solid tart cherry backbone, and an ever so slight hoppy finish that comes out more as it warms up. Medium in body with good carbonation, really tart with some spices thrown in. Another fantastic beer from Selins Grove, though I don't think I would want more than 1 in a sitting.

HopDerek, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Beerisheaven
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

Drank on Saturday at the brewpub and then again on Sunday from a growler that I took home with me. On a side note, a great beer festival at Selinsgrove on Sat. Put this on your calendar if you have never attended.

Poured from a growler into my Selinsgrove goblets.

A - Beautiful ruby/garnett red with a small head rising on top. Just looking at it you get the idea that this might be really good. Deep ruby color, just magnificent.

S/T - The natural thing to do is to compare this to the New Glarus Belgian Red. Whereas the red has a distinct cherry pie taste to me and is less tart, the Phoenix hits you with the wonderful smell and taste of cherries but a bit on the puckery side. Not sour by any means, but a little more tart and edgy than the Belg Red from NG. Just wonderful.

M - Very nice, nothing really noteworthy here. Good balance and carbonation.

D - Not something that I could drink all day long but it is an exceptional beer to have with dessert.

Selinsgrove rarely disappoints and this is an outstanding beer. I actually thought this was similar to their Framboise this year but with cherry instead of rasberry.

I can't wait for the fall and the pumpkin ale. If you are close, check out a wonderful pub that makes wonderful beers.

Beerisheaven, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Pours a beautiful, bright ruby red with a nice light pink head and good amounts of lacing.

S: Strong cherries. Good amount of sweetness with a bit of sourness in there, more likely from the cherries than from any critters. A bit of an earthiness to it as well.

T: Strong cherries and a bit of earthiness. Hints of some Christmas-type spices, but not too much. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Sweet without being too cloying. Had no idea this was 8% until I looked.

D: Very, very drinkable all around. Definitely rivals the fruit beers of New Glarus, and is near the top of my list. With that said, I think Selin's Framboise is better.

Thorpe429, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of orangesol
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.

orangesol, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of thain709
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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
Photo of cpetrone84
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Growler shared with me by Koopa at Captain Lawrence. Thanks Dennis!

A-pours a slightly hazed amber color with a white head that has hues of orange.

S-the nose is light, faint sweet cherry with some earthy notes, the sourness is light but present and enjoyable.

T-the sweet fruit is quite tasty and very enjoyable, sourness is again light but apparent and nicely integrated. The tartness of the cherry holds up in the back giving a great soft fruit balance.

M-smooth and crisp with a medium to full body that feels quite nice in the mouth. hint of driness in the finish.

D-this is a great fruit beer, it is straight forward ripe fruit balanced by a light tartness. very tasty and very well done. probably the best beer i sampled at CL and that includes the Duck Duck Gooze.

cpetrone84, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to both BAs who went out their way to try to get this to me - wish the Selin's Grove staff had been a little more informed, as it greatly would have reduced the confusion. Served in a FoBAB mini-pint glass.

A - Pours with a half-finger of pink-tinged foam, that eventually settles to a thin collar and a touch of haze. Not a ton in the way of lacing. The body is cherry-red color with some orange-brown notes as well. Hazy, but not totally opaque, with some slow-moving bubbles in there.

S - Cherry juice. That's pretty much it. I think there's some beer in the periphery, but this smells like straight-up pressed cherries (i.e. the unsweetened juice in the organic section - not the cough syrup-esque flavor). Thankfully not overly saccharine, and with a touch of tart bite to it.

T - Again, we've got straight-up cherries. Maybe some lightly toasted grain as well. There seems to be a bit of spice character that evokes pie, but I'm not sure if I'm just projecting here. Incredibly juice-like, but with "no sugar added" (this has been converted to alcohol by enterprising yeast).

M - Dry, tart finish - just like real fruit. Not overly sticky. Medium body with light but active carbonation. No discernible alcohol.

D - I liked this, but not quite as much as the Framboise. I had two small (8oz) glasses, and then hit up the growler again later. It never gets cloying, which is pleasant and I was shocked by the 6.5%. Feels less diabetic than Belgian Red. However, I wish Selin's Grove would do away with the "Kriek" in the title as its a real misnomer - if you're expecting sourness look elsewhere.

MasterSki, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of younger35
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!

younger35, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of philbe311
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%

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...

philbe311, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of wedgie9
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.

wedgie9, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Sean9689
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

Growler shared by Alex (Masterski) into FoBaB tasting glass.

A - Pours a dark cherry red color, light fizzy cream colored head, small ring and some light bubbles remain on top.

S - Cherries (obv), tart/sour (cherries again), spice, graham cracker crust. Very nice!

T - Sour/tart cherries, sweet cherries, call it anyway you want, lots of cherries. Not overpowering, just right, yum. Some spice on the finish that sticks with you.

M - Light, slight carbonation, dry(ish) finish.

D - I like this better when compared to the New Glarus fruit beers. Easy to drink for the style and if you're into fruit beers, it's a must-try.

Sean9689, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Hojaminbag, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

callmemickey, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
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.

Tucquan, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%

Big thanks to stakem for sending this one out!

Poured into LA tulip. Glad I found out this one isn't a kreik because it isn't brewed with wild yeast. So rating this as a fruit beer.

Pours about a finger of light pink hued khaki head. Fades to a thick ring. Doesn't leave hardly any lace. Color is a hazed dark cherry red with a slight brown hue to it.

Aroma: Cherries and then some. There is a nice oak flavor here that adds a layer I really enjoy. The cherries are mellow and not tart/sour. Very clean and earthy. Mainly just a lot of fruits, but very well done.

Taste: Reminds me a bit of WI Belgian Red. The cherries are slightly tart here, but barely. Very fresh and earthy. Has some light yeast flavors. It does have some spice flavors that I didn't pick up in the nose which add a nice layer to the cherries. Not too sour or tart, but sweet in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and slightly tart. Pretty refreshing feel to it. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a cherry candy flavored aftertaste, slightly dry but clean.

Overall, I am very impressed with this one. I am already getting towards the end of my second glass and not getting sick of it. Very drinkable. One of the best fruit beers I have had. I am very glad I got to try this one.

mothman, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
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.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%

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
Photo of ggaughan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

When I saw that this was on tap recently and I knew that my wife was going to be passing through Selinsgrove to visit I a friend, I had to get a growler. Luckily she was down with the idea. The growler was filled Sunday afternoon and I first sampled this beer that evening.

Upon opening the growler I was greeted with a huge pop! These swing top growlers really work great.

The beer poured a dense, deep red color into my tulip glass with a nice pink frothy head. There is some really thick lacing down the sides of the glass and it, along with the head lasted awhile.

The nose this fine beer gives you a fresh rush of tart cherries that is very pleasing to the nose and will be even more pleasing to the taste buds. The taste is more of the same. Nice big fresh cherries that just lingers in the mouth and leaves a sweet and sour taste on my tongue that make you want more. There are also some citrus and peppery notes in this beer as well. Like northyorksammy mentioned in his review, this beer does have an organic taste to it which would fit the Selins Grove profile as they have a few organic beers that are really tastey. I am sad to report that my growler is almost empty but we will be back for more.

ggaughan, May 08, 2007
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Jul 29, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

BeerBucks, Jun 20, 2013
Phoenix Kriek from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.