Le Roar Grrrz Kriek | Bullfrog Brewery

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Le Roar Grrrz KriekLe Roar Grrrz Kriek

Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of yankeepride
3.19/5  rDev -24.8%
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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Photo of rudzud
3.39/5  rDev -20%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of brother_rebus
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +3.8%
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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Photo of huddyball
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.19/5  rDev -24.8%
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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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of Jonada
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of TampaRainman
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +4.5%
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 +9.7%
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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Photo of jbwimer
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.62/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of orangesol
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of corby112
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Nate at the brewpub.

Pours a bright ruby red color with golden copper edges and a 1.5 finger, pinkish-white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Some spotty lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with strong acetic acid and sour acidity along with oak tannins, lactic funk, juicy sour cherries and subtle toasted oak. Some vanilla bean and red wine character as well along with heavy barnyard funk and horseblanket. The fruit presence stands out as it warms giving off hints of cherry juice, fleshy skins and earthy pits.

Full body with very dry and acidic sourness countered by sweet, fleshy cherry, lactic funk, musty bugs and barrel. Dry toasted oak along with vinous red wine notes, notably dark grape, sour cherry, current, strawberry and other dark fruits. This is countered by acetic sourness, lactic funk, musty bugs and dry oak. Decent amount of lingering acetic vinegar in the bone dry finish that leaves me drooling for more. Complex yet very well balanced. One of the better American attempts at duplicating a lambic flavor profile.

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Photo of joel66
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for bringing this one Mike

unlabeled pre release bottle shared at our 7/27/13 tasting

Once poured, this was one of the best looking beers i have seen. I will second Josh in that it reminded me of being a kid drinking fruit punch, only it packed more punch.. da da da

No head or lacing to be found. Smell of under ripe cherry skin. The smell was underwhelming, and didnt do the appearance or taste any justice.

Flavor of ripe sweet cherries with a mild acidity. Bright citrus with a bit of lemony funk. Extremely well balanced flavor of fruit and sourness. I want a bottle to age for a few yrs to see how the funk developes.

Overall, really happy to have tried this pre bottle release. Probably the youngest kriek I have had to date and it exceeded my expectations of what an american brewery making belgian lambic/krieks can do

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Photo of jbuddle
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Mike for bringing this along with the regular Roar Grrrz , as it was an excellent beer to try alongside it's base (I assume?). Poured from the bottle, which has silver marker indicating "Le Roar Grrrz Kriek 6/2013" (no label) - into a tasting glass 7-27-13.

The first thing you notice is an extremely deep, intense red flowing from the bottle into the glass which looks so bright and vivid that it's akin to Hawaiian Punch. Suffice to say, this kriek looks incredible. Head settles to a wisp of lace and a patch in the center of the glass.

A bit of funk and sharp citrus over a light cherry and dark fruit background, but a slightly disappointing aroma considering the appearance. A bright punch of acidity and cherry tannin, with some clawing lemony citrus takes the front of the palate by storm, but really washes away quite cleanly. The flavors of the base and added fruit are not quite complementary (yet), and feel a bit at odds with the lemony citrus competing with the dark cherry fruit. Significant oak. Finishes almost strangely clean. Refreshing and light, fairly light carbonation but I'm told this was very recently bottled (silver marker on bottle says 6/2013).

Overall, a very interesting and young kriek. I think very good things will come in time when all of those flavors harmonize a bit more. Very cool to try so young.

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Le Roar Grrrz Kriek from Bullfrog Brewery
4.24 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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