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New Belgium Lips of Faith Dark Kriek

Posted by jwpiper on February 22, 2009

Ever since my last trip to Belgium, I’ve been craving sour beers almost on a nightly basis. Unfortunately, the good ones are expensive here in the US. My last experience tasting a sour from New Belgium was actually a very pleasant surprise, so I thought I’d give their Kriek a try as well. I picked this up from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. Poured from a bomber at about 55 degrees into a Cantillon tulip glass.
Appearance
4
Nice dark ruby red color – reminiscent of bing cherries – with a 2cm dusty white head.
Smell
3.5
The aroma is sharp with sour impression. Some vinous qualities: with acidity and a woodsy character. A little bit of funk from the yeast.
Taste
2
The taste is substantially less sour than the aroma. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the beer, but the aroma got my hopes up a bit. This isn’t as complex as I had hoped and is clearly and ale and doesn’t have the funkiness of a good lambic kriek. The flavor of cherries is strong, too strong, and there’s isn’t the character which the pit adds to a good Belgian Kriek. The woodsy component is a bit musty and heavy and doesn’t seem to be well melded with the cherries. Some bready yeast on the finish.
Mouthfeel
4
A bit dry. Medium body.
Drinkability
2
The dryness helps, the alcohol isn’t strong, and there is plenty of complexity. Nonetheless this is starting to get a bit old partway through the first pour. I’d push through a 12oz, but the rest of this 22oz is going to make its way down the drain.
Overall
2.9
There is a good bit going on in this beer – the flavors just seem more competitive than cooperative. The dominant flat cherry flavor gets pretty old pretty fast. Not as good as I hoped based on a small sample of La Folie I had while at Alesmith one day.
Price
$8.50/22oz. I won’t be buying this again. There are much more pleasant sours out there which aren’t that much more expensive. I guess I can even think of some which are quite a bit better.
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Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek

Posted by jwpiper on February 5, 2009

I like to start my meals at In ‘t Spinnekopke with a lambic or gueuze and this night that would be a kriek from Drie Fonteinen, one of my favorite producers of sour beers. They also usually have the gueuze on tap, but I was in the mood for a kriek. It was poured from a 375ml bottle at about 40 degrees.
Appearance
4
Pours a rich burgundy red color, with a deep pink head which recedes leaving only a ring at the edge of the glass.
Smell
4.5
Mmmmm. an explosion in the room. So bright and sour. I can almost taste it and my mouth puckers even more than when I sip it. No surprise that sour cherries fill the nose.
Taste
4.5
Immediately lemony sour on the tongue. Then sour cherries. Som faint sour apple, maybe even hints of pears. Then cherries all over the middle with earthy, nutty notes coming in and floating through to a pleasant and surprisingly not overpowering sour finish. Another sip and the process continues all the way to the end of the bottle.
Mouthfeel
5
The dry mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation is perfectly paired with the flavor.
Drinkability
4.5
A brilliant apéritif as I’m using it tonight. This is a wonderfully drinkable, low ABV beer with more than enough intrigue to keep me going.
Overall
4.55
This is a wonderful beer, very light and playful. I’m not sure the Drie Fonteinen glasses do the beer justice, however.
Price
I don’t recall the price, unfortunately.

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