Phoenix Kriek | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
selinsgrovebrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 05-06-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
137
Reviews:
69
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
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125
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2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

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3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance 4
It is a bit difficult to discern the appearance of Phoenix Kriek in this dark pub. It seems to be red with a finger of sticky pink head. The head does coat the side of my glass wonderfully.

Aroma 3.5
The aroma is very sweet and wheaty, wine-like. I get the cherries in the sweetness, but neither the fruit not the tartness take the aroma over. As the beer warmed, the cherries came out in a big way, suggesting it was a bit too cold right off the tap.

Taste 4
This is an assault of tart cherries. It definitely hasn't soured, instead it takes its main taste straight from the cherries themselves. It's like a cherry wheat beer on absolute steroids. Don't confuse this with the cherry sodas that sometimes invade this style, however it also isn't tart like the best Belgian krieks. Likening it to cherry pie isn't too far off, actually.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability 2
The Phoenix has a medium body with a lower than average carbonation. The sweetness lingers and keeps your palate, leaving it interested enough to continuously take sips. The syrup-like tendencies of the body, combined with the sweetness, really started to wear on me.

Value 3
This set me back $6.50 for a pint, but was only $27 for a 64oz growler fill. Not a bad price point at all, and the growler should fit the bill at an upcoming barbecue nicely.

Overall 3
I wanted this to blow me away, and it didn't. It's good, probably the best Kriek made in PA, but it can't hold a candle to some if the better krieks on the market. Either way, I'm glad I finally got the chance to try this elusive beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.69/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craytonic
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Miver (handbottle): Poured a deep clear reddish color ale with some limited carbonation (due to the handbottling). Aroma of sour cheery with some light cough syrup notes. Taste is a nice mix between some sour cherry with some notes of oak and tart and some limited sweetness. I was slightly disappointed by the cough syrup notes that I could pick-up through the tasting. Nice body with no apparent alcohol. Well done but I could do without the cough syrup. Makes me want to take a road trip and taste the beer on site.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is an extremely sweet version of a kriek. No tartness or sourness. Loaded with sweet cherry flavor that does not taste fake, it tastes very authentic. Not much else complexity or other flavors, just a huge cherry fruit beer, but it does that pretty well. A medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. It is a sipper, because it is pretty sweet. Still enjoyable and glad that I finally got to try this beer. It has been on my wants list for at least 3 years or longer. This is my first beer from Selin's Grove and look forward to visiting them this summer!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Named Phoenix Kriek

Growler sampled approximately 1 week after being filled, May 2007
Pours with an opaque, quite hazy, dark purple, yet still cherry red color. The pour from the growler easily summons forth a three-finger thick, pinkish, light tan colored head. The aroma is quite cherry driven; chewy-cherry skin notes lend a fullness to the dominant sweet cherry candy-like nose. The aroma really reminds me of the cherry character in a well made batch of cherry ice-cream. My guess is that these are not sour cherries, but they still smell fairly enticing in this beer.

The beer is lightly sweet up front, but thankfully not sticky or syrup-like in texture or sweetness. There is a nice level of tartness here, though not to the level of a Lambic. The chewy cherry skin character from the aroma is in the flavor, though not quite as prominent as in the nose. There seems to be a hint of plastic phenolics character that is lying just underneath the surface here; it is just barely noticeable though. This beer is very cherry focused, somewhat similar (perhaps even inspired by) to New Glarus Belgian Red, though I don’t think it is quite as sweet, nor as tannic & chewy as that beer. The beer is fairly well carbonated, which adds a touch of zesty prickly character. This helps to lighten the thick chewy character a bit. I do like that this beer is fairly thick & rich; it makes it sort of like a dessert, but not necessarily a sweet one.

This is quite a nice beer, I would love to see this fermented more towards the Lambic side of the spectrum, but that would ruin the hearty desert quality of this beer.

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3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red with very little head or visible carbonation. Nose is of large cherry notes and a bit of vanilla. Taste is very akin to cherry pie. Reminiscent of a New Glarus fruit beer as it warms up. Mouthfeel is lacking a bit, which is likely due to the lack of carbonation. Solid brew from these guys, even if the name is a bit misleading.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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Phoenix Kriek from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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