Nickel Brook Uniek Kriek - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Uniek Kriek
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Ratings: 7
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: n/a
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Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viggo on 09-29-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by liamt07:
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3.11/5  rDev n/a
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask for C'est What's Fall Festival. Half pint.

Pours one of the ugliest colours one could ever imagine in a beer, an ugly and muddy reddish brown. Opaque with no lace and no head to speak of. This is just about as dirty as it gets, save the dreaded American Light Lager. Nose is an interesting mix of nuts, nectarines, strawberries, raspberries and cherries. Taste is somewhat similar with alot of cherry and raspberry evident, definite tartness. Nuttiness is still here somewhat and plays off the berries to give me a flavour reminiscent of a Christmas cake my mother used to make when I was younger. Horrible description but the only thing that came to mind at the time. Definite sourness at the end of every sip, with some moderate carbonation. Drinkability hindered by some subpar mediocre flavour and how aesthetically offputting this is.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo during Cask Days. I think a bit unfairly rated because of its unsuccessful launch at C'est what. Wafting cherry fragrance, a red appearance with good head. I think some injection, but a good full mouthfeel. A constructed above-average fruit beer, and one of the more interesting ones at the entire Festival.

Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper-amber, light tan head, very little retention, slight lace.

S: Bubble gum esters, sour cherry, light breadyness.

T: Cherry bubblegum, slight tartness, lightly bready, light spicing & bitterness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation, smooth, slight acidity.

D: Good drinkability.

Not exactly an authentic kriek, but a good brew.

Photo of Viggo
3.26/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at C'est What? Festival of Small Brewers. Labelled as a kriek.

Pours a hazy red/pinkish colour, thin off white head, decent lace, settles to a thin layer, looks okay. Smell is lightly sour, tons of fruit, bread, wheat, not very much aroma. Taste is sour berries, caramel, fruits, wheat, sugars, bit more fruit. Mouthfeel is weak, thin body, high carbonation. Not too bad for a fruit beer, but not much of a kriek. Decent effort though on a style nobody does here anyways.

Photo of pootz
3.58/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the fermenter a few days before racking:

I think this brewer is onto something making a well hopped unfiltered ale fermented with pure sour cherries...has the sour pucker of a unsweetened cherry sour ale without all the hassles of dealing with lacto bacillus

Appearance: clouded amber with a pink tinge to it...massive frothy cap lasts and laces

Aroma: tart, fruity a tad musty-sourness..good nose for a non lambic.

Flavor: Devoid of sweetness...tart verging on sour, light mustiness and some wood, sharp hopping and a grainy malt undertone...finish is puckering like a unsweetened fruit lambic

This is a really decent fruit beer that is relatively successful in mimicking a sour ale kriek...certainly more cost effective than Liefmans and saves you coping with that sickening Belgian candi sugar sweetness....this is a sour ale drinkers domestic quaff.

I think I’d buy this if it was a regular rotating offering from this brewer

Photo of cyrenaica
3.2/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz draught
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on January 10, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a nice red colour with a creamy, pinkish head. The aroma was slightly hoppy with cherry tones. The mouthfeel was creamy, medium-bodied with high carbonation. The flavour was definitely strong on the sour cherries.

Photo of bobsy
3.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm re-reviewing this based on my experience at the bar last night. I had the kriek in fall, and had been really impressed with the smoothness of its taste, and it cherry bubblegum flavour. I thought it was definitely a unique brew. To follow up my excellent chocolate porter at volo, I decided to finish the night with a half of the kriek. The barman asked me if I was sure, made a face, and poured me a sample. While this was not the same beer I enjoyed in fall it does seem to have more of a true lambic character.

The aroma is dialled back and sharper, while the flavour dispenses of the bubblegum for a cherry tartness. It really wasn't all that bad, but it was not what I expected based on my previous experience, and I would have hoped to see some consistency between batches. My guess is that the brewer did not like the original and tweaked the recipe, because this beer meets the style guidelines more than its predecessor.

Original review: Half pint at the C'est What? fall festival of beers. Strong bubblegum notes in the aroma take me back to my childhood. Smooth creamy taste with a mild sour note, and once again that bubblegum. Extremely well-balanced, and the best beer I had at the fest, which came as a great surprise.
A: 3, S: 4, T: 4.5, M: 4, D: 4.5

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Nickel Brook Uniek Kriek from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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