Belgian Style Kriek Ale | Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing

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Brewed by:
Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beaver13 on 07-03-2004

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of MLDucky
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of k3ve
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of blakelive784
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Coopersmith's in an oversized wine glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Presents a semi-transparent copper/amber color with no discernible head, though I think this is because they tried to fill the glass as full as possible.

S - Tart strawberries, bacterial funk, pleasant yeast, and other red fruit notes. It doesn't smell entirely sour. There's a bit of an oddly placed cidery note as well.

T - Crystal malt and hints of fresh fruit are countered nicely by the sourness of the beer. If you've got a craving for a nice tart and sour kriek, this'd be a good one. It's fruit forward, and probably more available to a wider audience. The yeast is a bit subdued, though.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, thick and completely flat. The mouthfeel doesn't seem tailored to the flavors, nor does it support them.

D - This is a good kriek, though it's a little boring. The price point is WAY too high.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Coopersmiths this afternoon before lunch. Poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering off white head. Nice tart aromas of sour cherry, oak and brett. On the palate, light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Tart, with flavors of pie cherries and oak.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What other style of Kriek is there other than Belgian? Arrived in a small unique glass (almost a flute glass) and was warm. Seemed maybe a bit warmer than room temp. Crystal clear with no head when it arrived.

The nose if more a tea than a beer. Some spiciness and a light cherry nose. To start there is a light tart aroma that hints at style but limited. Quickly some spicy herbal and earthy notes come out. More like a earl grey tea. There is a slight cherry note on the back end that mixes with a cherry and oaky note.

The taste is more on par. At first there is a sweeter almost kettle caramel flavor that comes out. But this is replaced with more of a complex cherry and earthy malt flavor. Kind of like an English amber gone sour. Hints of brett and more of an acidic tart flavor comes out. The cherries are subtle but noticeable with a more earthy taste.

The body is not as dry for style but makes up for it in complexity. Really unique earthiness overall. Would have really liked to see it colder and with carbonation.

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Photo of benito
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A: This pours a light cherry red with zero head and carbonation. Opaque and cloudy to boot.

S: A mix of cherry and oak.

T: Tart! This is very sour up front with a growing strength and sweet, fruity finish. Though, the sourness puckers on through in the aftertaste.

M: Great length, though it lacks some spritz. The result is a too homogenously smooth brew that washes out some of the complexity.

D: Very refreshing overall.

A daring and fun offering at Coopersmith's. Check this out if you get the chance!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coopersmith's Kriek poured a cloudy light brown with some reddish tinges. It was served in a brandy snifter and had a small white head that collared around the edge of the glass.

The aroma was sweet, tart cherries with some sour notes.

The taste was a smooth malt up front. It had some strong cola-like notes like the cola flavored candy sticks. Then it had some tangy cherry notes that were not overwhelming at all, and a yeasty aftertaste. It left a sour tanginess on the tongue. It was pretty full-bodied, much more so than was I was expecting from a fruit lambic.

Overall, I liked this, a little too cola-y though. This is one of my first forays into lambics, so I'm not sure how true to style it is.

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Belgian Style Kriek Ale from Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 8 ratings