Le Roar Grrrz Kriek
Bullfrog Brewery

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #35
ABV:
6%
Score:
97
Ranked #484
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 8.11%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
207
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Photo of grover37
2.97/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

750ml bottled 3/2/16, drank at home May 2020 with Lisa. Paid way too much for this at $42 I think at CBC in DC.

This is really bad. Big acetic nose - not much but vinegar, might be some sour blackberry in there. Flavor is a bit better but still has a pretty biting acetic finish. It's pretty embarrassing that people freaked out over these beers not that long ago.

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grover37 from District of Columbia, May 17, 2020
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3.04/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Looks like cranberry juice with minimal head, retention, or lacing.

S: A tart wine and lactic aroma. One note with little in the way of a cherry aroma.

T: Mostly dry, a little tart, a little fly. Kind of weaker and lacking interest.

F: Bite is from sourness more than the carbonation. It’s a bit dull and flat. Medium weight otherwise.

O: I was less than blown away by the raspberry version but with hundreds of ratings and a 4.44 average I expected a sure bet here. Do me I have had far better and more interesting sours and this fell flat and lame. Don’t understand the hype here. My last Le Roar.

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, May 09, 2020
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma has sweet wood and vanilla notes with fruit preserve juice. Taste is tart and really woody with a background vanilla sweetness. Bitter cherry pit bitterness. Light body with medium carbonation. A bit acetic and harsh but overall it's pretty interesting.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Dec 08, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep plum, light bubbly head. Aroma has some smooth wood tannin, vine, sour cherry, yeast funk. Taste is well-balanced, not abrasively sour, good expression from the cherry flavor, more oak tannin. Very well done

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, May 18, 2018
Photo of moose1980
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clearer and lighter in color than the other fruited versions. Cherries come through nicely in both aroma and taste, even ending with a pleasant cinnamon-like kick. After having heard this had zero Kriek characteristics, that may have lowered my expectations. This was really enjoyable and way, way better than the other ones, though I've yet to have the Framboise. Low carb like the others, but doesn't hinder the beer overall.

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moose1980 from Germany, Feb 25, 2018
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4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Le Roar Grrrz Teku glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a clementine orange hazy amber body with a two finger white head that sticks around for a while, reducing to a white ring and leaving little lacing.

Aromas are heavy on the oak - lots of wood here, musty basement, funky yeast, overripe oranges, citrus, grapefruit, vinegar, light cherries. This smells amazing.

Taste matches the nose quite well which is really nice - tons of oak and barrel present, light cherries, funky yeast, musty wood, finishing with grapefruit and tart sour citrus. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation.

A great Wild ale. My only complaint is there isn't much cherry here. Great Gueuze character though.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Apr 18, 2017
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3.19/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Really, really disappointed in this after all the hype (and what I gave up to get it). Fairly average wild ale, with minimal kriek presence, not much body to speak of, and overall not something I'd want to pay shelf price for, let alone stand in line all night to acquire.

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yankeepride from New York, Mar 19, 2016
Photo of rudzud
3.39/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Andy for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy strawberry hue with a thin white head that fades to leave a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of light cherries, plastic, Light acid.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of cherry notes, flesh and skin. Plastic galore. The cherry is nice, but the plastic is really dominant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, rather abrasive finish.

O - Overall there was just loads of plastic notes here. The cherry was weak too, very unfortunate. .

Serving type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Dec 27, 2015
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3.46/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Andy
Light fizzy head raises quickly but also fades quickly, light lacing, carrot orange color.

Nose decent sour funk, acidic, tart fruit like, little phenolic burnt plastic, little yeasty funky.

Taste brings mild cherry, candy tart sour cherry, light funk, mild phenols again, little bitter skin and mild burnt plastic touch again, little herbal hop or something, green cherry stem, sticky flemmy finish more bitterness, stem like and cherry tart flemmy acidic thing.

Mouth is med bod, flemmy sticky mild acidic, decent carb.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Dec 27, 2015
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4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottle 795/1104. Bottled 10/22/14.

Pours a murky light reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, cherry, funk, earth, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, cherry, funk, earth, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great mix of sour cherry and funk characteristics.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Jul 28, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap. Quite good. Has the transluscent tone of a nut brown. Smels of the tartness creep up. The sourness carries the malt and sediment tastes with it perfectly. Great fizzy carbonation. Not too overdone. Great brew.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle of batch 2. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a slightly darker copper-reddish body, one finger white head with fair bit of retention and lacing. Thin, minimal film. Smells of generic astringency, a fair bit of overripe cherry skin, leather, oak, must. A bit of lemon as well. Minerals. Flavour is similarly astringent especially on the backend; a mild-moderate amount of cherry fruit comes across here. Some oak and leather, hay. Nothing too complicated. Again, the astringency makes this a different experience than I was hoping. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, fair bit of carbonation, but nothing all that special in terms of depth. Overall, not a particularly complex cherry sour; the batch 1 is probably far more interesting in terms of how robust the 1-2-3 year blends are.

750ml bottle of batch 1. Served in a snifter glass 6/17/2016. Pours a medium reddish body, slight purple hue, one finger white head, good retention, plenty of lacing and collar. Smells of rich cherry puree, bright lemon citrus, mild funk, oak, fair amount of acetic acidity. Flavour is similar; dry lemon acidity gives a nice bite to the beer, a bit less of the cherry flavours but still plenty of it. Oak, tannins round things out. It's not noticeably funky, but is moderately acetic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly creamy but otherwise dry and refreshing. Held up well after Framboos 11 and A&T were consumed, so that should say something about the quality of the first batch.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Jul 18, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 2, Bottle 322. Big thanks to Joe for the bottle along with Berry. Pour is light pink colored, lots of bubbly white head. Aroma is very light on the cherry, some dusty funk, and a perfumey note I'm not into. Flavor is lacking cherry, and this is really more gueuze than kriek. A bit thin for me, and low on cherry and wheat/malt flavors. I suspect the Batch 1 was much better. As is, it's a decent lambic--and it's more lambic than any American beer I've had--but it just seems to be lacking a bit.

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BMMillsy from Florida, Jul 12, 2015
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4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks beautiful. Smells amazing (especially as it warms). Taste is a bit oak forward IMO, followed by sour cherries and funk. Feel is decent. Medium bodied and a bit dry. Overall a pretty decent fruited wild.

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huddyball from New Hampshire, Jun 13, 2015
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3.19/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

100% hype, as far as I can tell. Pale rusty-red color, hazy, with a small layer of whitish head, that fizzled out after a few minutes. Light aroma, lacto, cherry yogurt, grains. Light funk in the taste, cobwebby, slight cherry candy, low-medium tartness, dry oak, grain husks. Thin, watery mouthfeel, with a slightly acidic prickle, dry finish. Very weak for the style, very little complexity compared to other "krieks" and/or wilds/sours. Meh, I'll pass on this in the future.

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Rifugium from North Dakota, May 30, 2015
Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer offers a frontal assault of cherry flavor, with the fruit qualities even leaning towards watermelon. A tart beer throughout as a crackery malt hits in the middle along with a medium plus hay funk quality.

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dar482 from New York, May 26, 2015
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4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 release. 750 ml bottle dated 10/22/2014. #699 of 1104. Poured into a Cantillon lambic stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a dark red orange color with 1+ finger of an off white, almost pinkish head that settles to a ring and some wispy coating. Body is moderately hazy with fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Sour cherries, lots of barnyard funk, hay, lemon, toasted oak, musty basement

Taste: Whole sour cherries, funk, lemon, slight nuttiness, vanilla and oak. Sourness is medium. Fruit, funk and sourness are all integrated nicely.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat soft feel with medium gentle carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: Falls somewhat short of the hype as I would still prefer a regular Cantillon kriek to this, but it's definitely one of the better fruited American wild ales out there.

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Jonada from New Jersey, May 17, 2015
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4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottles purchased at Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA. I did not get enough.

This ones pours a slightly hazy cherry red, with a half inch head, and no real lacing. Looks really inviting and super fruity.

This one smells super wonderful, tons of earthy sour cherry, tons of funk, and a moderate level of sourness. Just packed with nice cherry aromas.

This might be the best American sour I've ever had. It just tastes perfect, honestly. It's a perfect mix of sour cherry, dirty funk, and nice tartness. The sourness level is fairly mild, about a 3 or 4 out of 10. It's melded well with tart cherry, not all that sweet, fairly earthy and tart. There's a bit of oak and leather as well, with some lemony acidity that's luckily pretty mild. This has a bit of a damp leather feel, also. On paper, damp leather doesn't sound at all appealing, but it works here.

This is light bodied, with a fairly dry mouthfeel, tart, and not very sweet or juicy. The carbonation level is moderate to low. So drinkable. Very easy to just down a bottle myself.

My first Grrrz, and I'm super impressed.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, May 12, 2015
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4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a beautiful dark ruby red, clear, tight pink head and lots of it. Nose has some leathery brett, earthy tones, and a really nice cherry note. Flavor is better than the cantillon, it is leathery brett, earthy, notes of lambic musk, awesome cherry notes, extremely clean and moderately sour in the finish. Dry finish, gentle carbonation, smooth feel.

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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania, Mar 28, 2015
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4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy pink, not heavily carbed.

S: Lacto, bready, crushed sweet tarts. Faintly plastic.

T: Cherry lacto. Bright acidity. Fantome-y finish.

O: Solid beer. Review is from 2015 version; rating is combination of 2014 (4.38) and 2015 (4.0).

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #230.

Appearance - Bright pink body. Deep red when there's a lot in the glass. Light pink head that lasts forever. Thick collar and great retention.

Smell - Lightly metallic. Cherry. Not very juicy aroma, but cherry. Lemon. Dry grass and wood.

Taste - Cherry is a bit sweeter. Quickly dries out. Woody. Lemony tartness. Doesn't quite have the complexity of the base Le Roar.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - This disappoints just a little bit after drinking the regular Le Roar. Still a great kriek.

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Photo of stakem
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer trading hysteria hasnt event settled from this beer's first release and here we are getting a chance to sample batch 2 of Grrrz Kriek on tap. Served in a snifter, the brew appears a clouded pink color with a white head that fades slow leaving patchy to stringy lace on the glass.

The smell is filled with notes that are cherry, pitted and earthen. Very natural smelling of fruit with a kiss of something almost like cinnamon added to further drive home the suggestion of a cherry pie scent. Some lemony lactic tartness is also present adding to the overall brightness of this beer.

The taste is tart with plenty of natural sour cherry flavoring but well balanced with notes of earth, cherry pits and slight herbal accent. A hint of oak is present towards the back and like the aroma, has a soft spicy aspect like cinnamon. There is some tannins present that adds to a sharp feel to this brew.

This is light bodied with modest carbonation. A very well crafted beer that I just cannot speak highly enough of. As far as krieks go, this is up there with the best of them having a wonderful balance of wild character tempered by barrel nuance and fruit addition. The drinkability is downright crushable. Far and away this is my favorite of the Grrrz variations. Its no wonder this beer is so highly coveted, if I had spare bottles I would drink them all.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Sep 26, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a small bottle share a couple weeks ago. Haven't got around to reviewing, but here we are. Reviewing from notes taken at the share. This was Evan's bottle. Thank you, sir!

A- Deep, clean, ruby red. Lush, pink head that dies rather quickly. Some spotty lacing.

S- MASSive cherry aroma, especially on the initial pour. That recedes a bit to let some faint oak and mild funk play into the mix. Cherries are on display here, though. Can also tell this will be sour from the aroma.

T- Pow. Sour cherries right off the bat, then fades to sweet cherries and some mild funk. Decently dry finish that has a bit of oak to it. A quietly complex beer with different waves of flavor that make you pay attention. Lovely.

M- Medium mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

Nothing not to love about this beer. A puckeringly sour, juicy offering from Bullfrog that did not disappoint in the slightest. These guys, when they do sours well, they're world class.

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jbwimer from Kansas, Aug 13, 2014
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4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A big thanks to Frank for this one. 750ml unlabeled corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dazzling clear, deep red. Pink foamy head with moderate stick. Spotty lace. A really intense color. Excellent!

Nose is plastic, hay, wood, foam, cobweb funk, and sweet cherries. Real aromatic.

Opens sweet and tart cherries. Foamy and oaky in the middle with notes of hay and moss. More fruit in the middle with a end that is puckering fruit and funky cobweb. Sweet and tart fruity aftertaste. Really juicy and funky.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down sparkling. Puckering finish with a filmy aftertaste. Exactly what I want.

A really excellent sour that rivals any other cherry-based American Wild Ale.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Nov 28, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Bainbridge Street Barrel House 1st Anniversary Party as well as from a bottle a few months back.

A - Pours ruby red with a fluffy one and a half finger tall pink head, dissipating down to a light film around the edges of the glass, leaving spotty trails of lace down the sides of the glass. Really nice looking beer.

S - Smells of tart sour cherries, damp basement must, bit of barnyard funk, woody oak, earthy minerals and some nice sourness. You can really pick out the individual parts making this one up.

T - Starts off just like the nose. Lots of tart sour cherries up front quickly giving way to the musty funk blend from the yeast and a quick hit of tart sourness. Hints of oak, some citric fruit and the earthy minerals help round it all out. Finish is tart with a decent amount of dryness, lingering after each sip.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tart, dry feel with a good amount of fruit throughout.

O - An excellent Kriek. You can really taste the Cantillon must and Drie Fonteinen funk from the yeast and they combine really well with the cherries. Last time I had it the cherries were losing out to the stronger yeast, I am glad to see some extra time has evened things out. Can't wait to get my hands on some bottles of this one, it's going to age with the best of them.

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orangesol from Pennsylvania, Nov 06, 2013
Le Roar Grrrz Kriek from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 207 ratings