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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Area Two Kriek by Area Two Experimental Brewing

November, 2019
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
5 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Kriek by Area Two Experimental Brewing​ was judged as a Fruit Lambic (17F) with cherry (aka Kriek). A nice, well-balanced cherry aroma mingles nicely with acidity and citrus sourness. The cherry aroma is rich and full like pie cherries, not at all candy-like or artificial. The color is a deep rose, and there is no head and very little effervescence. The flavor is similar to the aroma: a blend of rich, deeply fruity cherry and a blend of lemon and grapefruit citrus. There are subtle hints of vanilla and woody pith, perhaps an artifact of the fruit stone or wood aging. The cherry flavor holds its own, and has a nice zing from the sourness and acidity. These balance well together and come across as quite refreshing and even a little zippy. Though the carbonation does not express well in the appearance, it is present in the mouthfeel. The body is medium. Overall, this is a very refreshing beer that is definitively sour and fruity with a citrus tang. The balance of flavors is quite enjoyable.