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Kriek des Jacobins

May, 2016

Kriek des Jacobins



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Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

The beer pours a nice, ruby red color with deep clarity, and a slightly pink fizzy head sits atop and dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is quite nice and inviting with some sour cherry, and a slight lactic sourness coming in second. There are background hints of nuts and some dark soil, which may be a low level of Brettanomyces. It may not sound that great, but it really works. The cherry aroma is not bright and fresh so I believe this beer has some age on it, but I don’t pick up any oxidation. The malt is light and grainy and very difficult to pick out, but it’s there. The hops are nonexistent, as I would expect for the style. The flavor is tart with a dry finish, and the cherry is quite evident, but again doesn’t come across as fresh, which is OK for the style. There is a restrained sweetness that prevents this beer from being overly tart and dry, and it complements the cherry well. The malt in the flavor is also hard to pick apart, just like in the aroma, but you can tell it’s there. The balance between the fruit and the beer itself is very well done and really sets this beer apart. There is a mild bitterness in the finish that washes away fairly quickly. The beer is light-bodied, highly carbonated, and it has a very slight creamy edge to it. For a Kriek, this beer is great because unlike most commercial Kriek I’ve had, this one is not overly sweet, but rather tart, crisp and dry. That is a very refreshing change and well appreciated.