13% ABV, 375 ml.
This beer is not pouring at Kriekfest but that doesn’t stop me from reviewing all the cherry beers I can get my hands on. Trinity in Colorado Springs is a super solid saison-smith. Evidently their strength is in the lighter side of the sandbox—both in terms of flavor and alcohol content (TPS Report is a great example at just under 5% ABV yet no shortage of yeast-driven funk or refreshment). Pappy Legba clobbers in at 13% and packs a fusel wallop. Moreover: where are those sour pie cherries they allegedly added? This is bottle conditioned and poured mostly foam. Once it began to dissipate, the beer was amber—no hint of red or even pink—and could be said to possess a tinge of unripe strawberry but certainly not cherry. The label copy even suggests this belongs in the kriek camp, but even though this bottle was purchased several months ago at Belmont Station here in Portland, krieks and beers at higher gravity tend to finish up nicely. If I ever get around to a Kumquatfest, I'd be happy to bring in their 6.4% "Menacing Kumquat." As mentioned, this one’s not going to be featured at the fest.