4 Hands brews a lot of beer. That statement's not aimed solely at their quantity but also the diversity of the beers they brew. They release a LOT of beers each year. With the Triple IPA "Courage" being released in January, February brings us something completely different in Kriek.
I'll let the folks at 4 Hands tell you a little more about this beer:
Kriek is our variation of the classic Belgian style. This beer was aged in Cabernet barrels for 2 years with sweet cherries and a blend of wild yeast and bacteria. Kriek has a bold cherry aroma with hints of oak and a strong tart finish. This 7.3% ABV beer pours pink in color with a thin white head.
Below you'll find our thoughts on this beer but if you'd rather take your word for it, Kriek is being released at the brewery on Sunday, 2/12 at noon.
|Brewery||4 Hands Brewing Company|
|Location||St. Louis, MO|
|Distribution Info||Brewery release at noon on 2/12. Limited distro to stores soon after.|
|A tart funk and sweet cherry miture comes leaping from your glass as you pour the 500 ml bottle. There's some dry oak and although Cabernet is a dry wine, the wine character is sweet as well. There's familiarity behind it all because it really does smell quite similar to a sour cherry candy.|
|The soft pink beer becomes rose colored as it fills out your glass. What begins as a bright white sparkling head quickly recedes to a thin white cap on top of the beer. The beer is also able to be seen through when held up to the light.|
|Where to start! The moment the beer hits your tongue, its tartness makes itself known. It's got a very, very big fruit presence with those cherries front and center. As it moves back on your tongue, the barrel aging shows itself as the flavors transition smoothly from fruit to red wine. The final lingering flavors are from the yeast and are subtle fruity and funky flavors which again, are brand new from the other tastes found throughout the beer. The aftertaste brings a small bit of black currant in the dry finish.|
|The carbonation is medium and the body is just below medium. While it feels light as it's in your mouth, it definitely coats your tongue as you drink it.|
This beer has literally been years in the making. For the past two years, this beer has been sampled until the brewery felt it was time to release. For what it's worth, I think they were right. It's easy to drink and while it's sour, it's not going to be off-putting to folks that haven't found their taste for that style yet. The other thing I appreciated is that it's not gonna give you acid reflux because it's not THAT sour so you could drink a bit of it and not get a stomach ache. At 7.3% you couldn't taste the alcohol so be warned. This would be a nice one to pop open in lieu of a bottle of wine when you're looking to just relax with a bottle and chat.