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%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a snifter.

A: An opaque dark ruby red hue.
S: A slight hint of fruit.
T: Tart cherries. Almost tastes like fruit juice.
F: Tart with a very slight pull. Smooth with slight effervescence on the finish.
O: This is very good and super drinkable. Refreshing and deliciously tart.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tommyguz
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tpd975
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gunhaver for this one.

A: Pours a nice darker shade of reddish brown with some pink tones showing through. Small off white head no lace.

S: Wonderful aromas of dark tart cherries, with hints of sweet cherry candy and oak.

T: Taste is married to the aromas. Sweet and tart cherries, oak, and a touch of spice. Tasty as a hell I want my own growler of this one.

M: Medium in body, mild carbonation tasty... great.

D: A wonderful beer. I have heard great things about this one.... for good reason I may add.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.2/5  rDev -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).

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Photo of hopdog
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from Growler (on several occasions).

Poured a dark reddish / brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of light sour/tart cherries, woody and caramel. All around cherry pie filling. Tastes of sweet and tart cherries with some vanilla (mmmm, cherry pie with vanilla ice cream). Nice tart and light puckering finish.

Notes from 10/9/06

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Photo of BeerBucks
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lucular
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells and tastes like real, fresh sour cherries. Not too sweet at all, bursting with delicious berry flavor. I've been waiting a long time to try this and it was well worth the wait.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep, dark crimson with reddish brown highlights. Medium off-white purplish tinged head lasts long through the glass leaving nice lacing.

S-Tart cherries(really?) and a nice underlying sweetness with the suggestion of Belgian candi sugar and raisin/plum.

T-Tart cherries grab the tounge and NEVER let go! An underlying sweetnes keeps this from heading into Cantillon territory and keeps it crisp through and through. This is all about the cerries and nothing else.

M-Medium bodied and a bit syrupy but never cloying. The sharp, crsip tartness prevents that form happening.

D-A strong contender for all time favorite SGB seasonal offering....but then again so is RazzMerry and Pumpkin! I simply cannot get enough of this brew when it is available. I often have one or two and then start doing mixes with wahatever is on tap...like Kriek and Shade Mountain or Kriek/Stealth or....let my imagination run wild!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of philbe311
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Chaney
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Brad (ygtbsm94) for bringing a growler of this to a tasting.

I got another growler from SamuelJackson45 and got to try it again on a fresh palate!

A: Pours a dark, dark, yet semi-transparent red (crimson) color with about a half inch head that quickly dissipated.

S: Fresh cherries, with beet-sugar style sweetness and a tingle of nuttiness deep down.

T: It reminded me a New Glarus Belgian Wisconsin Red, but not nearly as tart. This was pretty much cherry pie in a glass. I'm still in awe of how they did this.

M: Lacing galore, sweet without being in your face, and the carbonation is nice and bubbly.

D: Who doesn't like cherries? This kind of brew is can easily approach cherry cough syrup territory. This one avoids that in spades!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of mdillon86
2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of Devman171
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Phoenix Kriek from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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