Review: Corsendonk Dubbel Kriek

I picked up a bottle of Corsendonk's Dubbel Kriek at the Quality Beer Store in Winnipeg a year or two ago but was too stubborn to review it until now. The beer's best before date is February 1, 2020 so I'm sampling it with only days to spare.

Corsendonk Dubbel Kriek is described as a fruity beer of high density. Visually, Corsendonk Dubbel Kriek has a characteristic brown-purple color and a beautiful foam. On the nose and palate, this is the fragrance juice and natural cherry flavor, dominates this round cherry and sweet beer. Smells of bouquet of red and black fruits, tastes of the ripened cherries give this beer its full, slightly sweet taste. 8.7% ABV

Appearance: This Dubbel Kriek pours a thick caramel dark brown ale with a bit of a cherry reddish hue to it. The head is a thick yellowish-beige that gradually diminishes to leave behind a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma: At first I get a Halls cherry lozenge aroma from it which makes me feel like "uhhh am I going to get sick soon?" But then I smelled it again and it's sweet and tart cherry, a bit of cherry liqueur, a tad bit of breadiness, and the cherry comes back again to give it a bit of a cherry Jolly Rancher at the end. Quite sweet.

Taste: Very sweet cherry, like the aroma. The cherry is reminding me of candy more than anything, so there's a lot of sugar in this beer.. and sugar is in the ingredients, but just in other languages than English. Reminds me of Jolly Ranchers again, but with a slight bit more of a tartness and a bit of a Belgian-like bite to it that's giving off a moderate doughiness to it at the end. The aftertaste is sugary and a hint of cherry at the very end.

Overall Thoughts: The tasting notes basically describe it. Very candy-like for a Kriek style beer. I was expecting it to be a decently tart cherry beer, it has a hint of tartness but it's mostly sugary sweet candy-like cherry. Interesting to try but definitely not for everyone, but I could easily drink this down on a hot summer day if I was offered this instead of a malt-based cooler.. but at 8.7% ABV, it's easy to get tipsy off it, eep!

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