Central City Brewing – Sour II Barrel Aged Kriek Sour

Central City Brewing – Sour II Barrel Aged Kriek Sour


4 out of 5
3.75 out of 5
4 out of 5
3.75 out of 5


3.9 out of 5


  • Type: Fruit Beer, Sour Ale
  • Brand: Central City Brewers & Distillers
  • Release Date: July 18, 2016
  • Pros:

    Rich and complex beer that delivers some prominent sour cherry notes

  • Cons:

    Acidity is higher than desired but this will tone down with age

  • Conclusion:

    Nicely complex beer that offers a lot to enjoy now but will surely become better in a year or more

Central City Brewing Sour II Kriek Sour BottleCentral City Brewing – Sour II Barrel Aged Kriek Sour Review

At long last, Central City Brewing has followed up the release of their Barrel Aged Sour Brown Ale with the Barrel Aged Kriek Sour, made with cherries. The beer pours from the 750mL bottle a deep ruby colour with two fingers of tan head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving no lacing behind on the glass. Aromas of leather and cherries are initially dominant, followed closely by oak tones, and some balsamic vinegar and earthy notes.  In the mouth the beer is woody and presents some sweetness. Flavours of cherries accompany some apple cider vinegar acidity and mix with notes of vanilla, sour cherry, rich malts and some jammy fruit tones. The beer has a medium body that is somewhat surprising given the complexity in flavours, but finishes fairly dry.  Drinkable now, this beer will surely improve with age.

Alcohol – 10.8%
IBU – 17
Size – 750mL

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  1. Mike
    Mike 7 September, 2016, 11:10

    Garyand the team did a great job with this release! I look forward to finding out what sour III turns out to be!

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    • Jeremy Nemanishen
      Jeremy Nemanishen Author 11 September, 2016, 21:00

      I had some again at Great Canadian Beer Fest and am still impressed. Still feel it needs more time, but it’s definitely got a good base to build upon.

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