Fine reddish-hazed pink-headed Lambic with cap-cork setup, overpowering cherry aroma, and eye-squinting stone-fruited tartness best served with sherbet. Sour black cherries ripen dry oak undercurrent to tertiary barley-wheat spine. An obvious fruity crossover with its distinctive cherry soda spritz, ancillary citric brightness and sparkling champagne fizz.
Blending Frank Boon’s imported oak-aged Belgian cherries with raspy American hops, this enticing pinkish amber lambic-fermented creation rivals finest dessert beer from New Glarus. Tart medicinal cherry frontage given muted quince-grape seduction and ester-y grapefruit tang anticipated dry-spiced stone-fruited finish maintains.
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.
Strong medicinal cherry tartness will get eyes squinting in no time flat. Carbolic soda flow and baked apple souring stimulate the senses as well. Musty stone-fruited backdrop receives tinny oxidation. Novices may be wiser to try cheaper Sam Adams Cherry Wheat instead. But true Belgian ale lovers will enjoy its dessert beer styling.
Raspy copper penny-hued, pinkish-headed ‘kriek’ opens dry, tart, and bitter, compromising mellow stone-fruited splendor with phenol coarseness until tannic cherry souring and vinous white grape esters show appreciation. Fizzy champagne tingle seeps into woody oaken astringency of slow sipping cherry-pied aperitif.
Impossibly dry pinkish-headed golden-red lambic with persistent eye-squinting sourness, uncommon dry-smoked lemon tartness, and stinging limestone acidity hiding unripe white grape influence as tempestuous vinegar vulgarity and bitterest lemon lull overtake distant cherry tang. So imposingly tart only highly individualized tastes need apply. Try it with sharp cheese if you dare, though may cause heartburn if quaffed with spicy foods.
Eye-squinting white grape tartness, sour cherry pucker, and cork-like toil will clear out closed-minded simpler tastes that’d invert its high rating. Like a dry white wine aperitif, its leathery tannin acidity, cask-like oak nose, and grassy mouthfeel provide affirmative astringency amateurs will dismiss as vinegar.