On tap at Growler & Gill, subtly smoked chocolate-covered cherry tartness gains dry lemon pucker to increase sour profile of half-interesting Kriek lambic/ smoked porter blend. Rhubarb-caked dark cherry sourness increases above mild peat-smoked earthiness and bitter Blackstrap molasses sinew, leaving distant raspberry piquancy in its wake.
On tap at Taphouse 15, salt-licked sour lambic with eye-grabbing pinkish rose hue brings lemon-limed acidity and oaken vanilla tannins to tart Montmorency cherry resolve. Aggressive Belgian kriek!
On tap at Ambulance, resilient bourbon-aged Belgian quad serenely integrates kriek-styled oaken cherry sourness with candi-sugared dried fruiting that charmingly contrasts lactic brettanomyces yeast influence and vinous white grape esters above musty barnyard leathering. Gentle bourbon warmth nearly fades but sour cherry pucker never falters.
Assertive Flanders Red-like kriek utilizes Bing cherries to elevate mouth-puckering sour ale tendency. Lactic brettanomyces leathering (and musty horse-blanketed barnyard acridity) affects oaken red cherry souring and hard-candied Royal Crown cherry tartness while lemon-juiced Balsamic vinegaring increases acidic nature.
Fantastic Belgian Kriek gains sour-fruited Flanders Red Ale influence by blending tart Bing cherry sweetness with champagne-fizzed oaken cherry tartness and medicinal cherry-candied astringency. Lightly acidic green grape tannins and puckered cranberry sourness contrast ripe red apple juicing and subtle strawberry sensation beneath rosé-wined cherry serenade.
Durable oak vat-aged lambic spreads loads of sweet ‘n sour cherry tartness above lemony green apple pucker, vinous green grape acidity, sparkling champagne spritz and raspy strawberry-raspberry conflux. Light grassy hop bittering validates dry oaken cherry midst. Cherry-wined rosé, pink moscato, riesling and white merlot illusions deepen candied cherry conviction.
Only true sour heads will appreciate spontaneously fermented pink-headed garnet-bodied lambic. Pungent mouth-puckering cherry vinaigrette bittering and sour lemon-limed acidity dominate ultra-dry gueuze-like Belgian. Leathery green grape tannins and tart oaken cherry musk pick up mildewed cellar mustiness. Tertiary crabapple, cranberry and raspberry rasp adds further sourness. Brash sour ale complements sea crustacean and shellfish.
Debatable cherry-soured American Wild Ale with Flemish Red Ale leanings (and labeled a Belgian kriek) lacks efficient carbolic nature but scores points as a brettanomyces-laden Sour Ale. Aged in oak barrels, its tart cherry pucker gets underscored by cork-y cider dryness, vinous green grape tannins, raspberry vinaigrette musk and frisky white-peppered snip. Leathery farmhouse funk saddles oaken cherry theme.
One of brewers’ most popular and well-integrated sour ales, remarkable Belgian-styled Flanders red ale retains soft-flowing tannic bitterness as well as sweet fruit tartness and fermented lactic acidity. Oak barrel-aged cherry sourness retrieves musty Sauvignon-Cabernet warmth and vanilla-spiced cranberry-raspberry wisp crowding loud carbolic fizz. Sweet cider and rhubarb cherry pie illusions fill the middle as grassy horse-blanket earthiness parches vinegary white grape pucker at the backend. Nutmeg-clove add depth and overall acidity level never overwhelms.
Fantastic Kriek-like red ale retains perfect sweet ‘n’ sour cherry pie essence. Exquisite red-black cherry juiciness informs secondary sharp-tongued green apple tartness and strawberry-papaya-kiwi-melon tropicalia topping syrupy candi-sugared malting usurped by soda-like hop spritz. Though peculiar to behold translucent garnet-hued pink-headed ale pouring from green bottle, stylistically it’s second only to New Glarus Raspberry Tart and Lindeman’s Framboise.