Color: Red gold, polished copper color with immediate but slow and oily legs.
Nose: Unmistakably kriek beer on the nose: Old school black cherry soda, ripe blackberries and ripe black mulberries. Grain dust, mold and cue chalk. Very dry... Dried sour cherries and dried cranberries, creme de cassis and rose petals... A rack full of second-hand wool sweaters in a thrift shop and cedar cigar boxes.
Palate: Apple skin, apple seeds and dry apple cider. Tart and warming.... Less kriek more plane lambic on the palate: Dr. Pepper, grape jelly and rooibos tea. Corn nuts, whole grain snacks and green apple hard candies. Root beer, cinnamon, allspice and sumac. Apple Strudel...
Finish: Long with a subtle tingling sensation on the tongue, almost fizzy: Toasted grains, beer foam and red berries.
Overall: I liked it... I was expecting that I would but in the end I really liked it. I know that I got excited earlier and might have focused a little too much on the notes added by the kriek cask but I assure you that you never doubt that it is an apple brandy from nose to finish. Despite of spending two long years in a kriek cask the spirit never got overpowered by it. I only wished that its texture was a little thicker but it is what it is. Not a deal breaker... Thanks to PM Spirits for making this post possible and sending me this sample. Like always all the tasting notes and opinions above are all my own.