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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 05-06-2007

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137
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
13.63%
 
 
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Photo of mdfb79
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

orangesol sent me a growler of this. Thank you, Nate.

Pouring a dark reddish mahogany with nice reddish highlights. There's a dense, tan head with great retention and nice lacing. The nose has an outstanding fruit character. Rich, ripe tart cherries with a definite baking spice character (allspice or nutmeg?) . This is a wonderful expression of pure fruit.
The palate opens with a blend of sweetness and tartness, with a ton of fruit flavor. Ripe, tart cherries with a full berry palate. There's a definite cherry skin like chewy tannin character. Along with the tannins, there's a touch of allspice on the finish. Not as sweet as the New Glarus Belgian Red, this has a moderate sweetness without the intense puree character that the BR has. A touch sweet on the finish, this has some tartness as well. Medium-light in body with soft carbonation, I really like the mouthfeel. Excellent stuff, I can see drinking a ton of this. Thank you again, Nate!

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think when Selins Grove uses the word Kriek they meant the Dutch definition for a specific cherry, not necessarily the sour cherry lambic. This is not a sour Kriek, but is accurately described as a fruit beer. To really dumb it down, its like a sweet fermented cherry juice.

The appearance is a beautiful ruby red with a dark pink fluffy head. Not much clarity, but a beautiful color non the less.

The smell is of the sweetest cherries with a small hint of vinegar tartness. It has lots of sweetness in it that starts the salivating. Just a great tart cherry smell that reminds me of a cherry jam or jelly.

Thankfully the taste is not as overbearingly sweet as I imagined it to be. It has a great cherry jam flavor, no artificial flavors here at all. Not very complex, but for a fruit beer it is crafted beautifully. Towards the end of the growler I was getting some syrup and sugary notes, but nothing overbearing.

The beer has a great gravity and great carbonation with it. Overall a treat. A great dessert beer if there ever was one.

J

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

Thanks to a very generous BA in Pennsylvania for sending me growler.

A: The pour is a dark red color with some light haziness. The head is fluffy and off-white.

S: Tons of sweet and mildly tart pie cherries in the nose. A hint of chocolate, surprisingly, and a nice spiced character.

T: The flavor is so nearly like New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, but not as cloying. Again, tons of dark cherries that have a nice sweet flavor with hints of tartness. A nice nutmeg and all-spice flavor that is different, but enjoyable.

M: The body is medium with perhaps a slight tendency toward syrup due to the low carbonation.

D: Overall, I really enjoyed this. Like I said, similar to the Wisconsin Belgian Red but easier to drink.

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Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Ray.

Beer poured out with a fair amount of carbonation. It looked a bit like an actual kriek, minus the darker head on it. The smell reminds me of a cherry cinnamon apple pie with maybe even nutmeg. Taste seemed to follow through with the aroma with a brilliant tart black cherry flavor coming though.

I enjoyed this one a lot. It was never cloyingly sweet, even after a few glasses. It's actually refreshing and has a thin mouthfeel. I find this to be head and shoulders above Belgian Red and just a bit better than Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Growler thanks to MasterSki poured into a red wine glass. Thanks again, Alex!

A-Pours a muddled dark pink rose with subtle eggshell colored head.

S-Alex hit it right: Straight up cherry juice, though I picked up hints of apple as well as some clove.

T-Wow! Such a unique tart cherry flavor that overpowers just about any other aspect of the beer. However, I was really getting a ton of biscuit and spice and felt like I was drinking pureed cherry pie. Just plain awesome.

M-Relatively full-bodied, mild carbonation, but I was fine with that from the growler. This left a buttery slick finish on my tongue, which only accentuated my impression of liquid cherry pie.

O-Well, this is by no means a kriek, but there is some subtle sourness and that sounds so much better than "cherry beer." This was easily one of the best fruit beers I've had and would drink a whole growler of this easily.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Alex for busting out this growler over the weekend.
Review transcribed from notes.

Deep reddish brown, hazed with suspended granular yeast sediment. The head fizzled off fast, leaving a seemingly still, glassy surface. Looked and smelled like cherry juice. The empty glass had a little funk to it, but the beer itself was straight up cherry juice.

Flavor is all cherry too, not especially complex and a bit one dimensional. A mild tartness, maybe 2.5/10 on the sour scale. Dry in the end, preceded by some natural sweetness from the fruit. Slight hint of alcohol at room temperature, but no evidence when cold. Feel was a bit thin and juice-like, needed more carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, and overall refreshing. More of a cherry beer than Kriek.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another ridiculous growler shared by MasterSki!

Pours a ruby red with a very, light pink head and ample lacing.

The smell is like the inside of a Hostess Cherry Pie. Very much more sweet/tart than sour. Smells absolutely amazing! It's almost an oven-fresh, cooling on the window sill type of smell.

Wow! The taste is even better! I'm now picking up a spiciness you would get from a crumble topping on a dutch apple pie. Slight cinnamon, allspice and crunchy oats. The cherries return as the beer warms... but for awhile, I get that mixed apple/cherry cobbler medley. I've never had something quite like this! Refreshing and a tiny bit sour. Exceptional!

I went back for another pour of this as it absolutely knocked my socks off! A perfect summer beer. Thanks to Alex for another amazing, hard-to-obtain beer!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Dave for sharing this growler. Poured into my ccb tulip.

A: Pours a very dark almost blood red color. A nice finger of fluffy slightly pink head appears then fades to a thin rim. Leaves some sticky lace.

A: Sweet and tart cherries all the way with hints of raspberries, graham crackers, and strawberries. Really just like a can of cherry pie filling.

T: Cherry explosion in my mouth! Sweet syrupy cherry juice, with notes of citrus hops, raspberries, and sweet malts. The brew finishes tart and dry.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: drinkability is a touch lower due to the overpowering sweetness, but I could have a couple of glasses. Overall this is a soild brew, and one I wouldn't mind having as a dessert beer. Skal.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting with Agent Zero.

Growler into my Narke tulip.

The beer pours a dark plum/marroon, with a light tope head that doesn't raise much, not a ton going on here...The aroma is super sweet, lots of sweet cherries that have a candy/medicinal quality. Light tartness. Its pretty nice, could use a little more tartness to even it out better...The taste is sweet light tart but good, after awhile a little too sweet, its almost sticky like candy. Again with a litlte more tartness this would be great...The feel is really nice, almost stickyness in the mouth....It starts out easy to drink, but after a glass overwhelmed by sweetness. Good thing I split this with three people. This is good for a glass but thats it.

Overall, this is a really good, a total fruit beer not much of a lambic quality at all. Very similar to NG Belgian Red. I would recommend this for any fruit beer fans.

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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 AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrallen34 for hooking me up with this.

A - Pours a deep ruby red/maroon with a small head that left some spots on it. Head receded into a nice ring. Nice looking beer.

S - Deep cherry smell on this and a little bit of wood. Smells very sweet, almost like a dessert.

T - This is a very impressive tasting beer. Huge deep cherry flavor, I almost get notes of chocolate, as in chocolate covered cherries. It's quite a bit like New Glarus WBR. Not tart at all, very candy sweet.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, very sticky. Goes down smoothly.

D - Pretty good, for something so sweet I was able to do a couple glasses out of the growler. Good stuff, great dessert beer, and a nice drinker regularly as well.

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Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 callmemickey
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. I was very excited to get this one. Carbonation is always a concern of mine when dealing with a growler, but not this time, carbonation of this beer is high high high. Beer is red in color and completely clear. The head is what and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks great.

Aroma is a little weak. The provider of the growler warned us that this one was weaker than the other one he had opened a month ago even though they were kept cold. I can detect some cherries in there though. Even diminished the aroma is good.

Beer has a medium to low body. Overall light tasting. Good cherry flavor, nice sourness overall to the beer. Some good citric qualities throughout. Drinkability is high (I could have taken down this entire growler myself) and mouthfeel is great. The carbonation helps to carry the sour notes throughout the palate. I would love to try this on draft sometime.

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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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