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Nickel Brook Oak-Aged Uniek Kriek - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Oak-Aged Uniek Kriek
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Ratings: 5
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: n/a
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Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 03-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by pootz:
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3.32/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle:

Decants a turbid reddish amber ale with a small tight cap that reduces to a ring but laces moderately well.

Aroma of wood, sour fruit, smoke, mustiness and cereals.

Tastes of tart fruit, dry, woody, some smoky rye tastes, finish is dry and the tartness gives way to a sourness and bittering...a real pucker maker...great!

Not a real Kriek but a kriek-like fruit ale with distinctive sourness and oak mellowing.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.63/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Kickoff Waterloo.

Poured into a nonic. A nice ruby-russet brew, good lacing and head retention.

Nose was very kriek-like, although considerably milder than the powerful Belgian fare. Sour cherries, oak wood, smoke, dark fruit.

A pretty fine stab at the style, tart enough to satisfy kriek fans who yearn for that puckery sour cherry flavor, but sweet enough to appeal to those who find traditional krieks overpowering. Notes of oak, smoke, tart cherries, a bit of vanilla. I found Cantillon and other Belgian authentic krieks to be just too much - this was the perfect balance of sour and sweet. Good carbonation, slightly creamy.

I've been liking the new direction Nickel Brook has been taking with its one-offs, which have a included a pretty decent pumpkin ale and cherry porter in recent months. This brew is no exception. Flavorful, tart, puckery, but very drinkable for a kriek knock-off. A great intruction to a style rarely seen in Canada. Despite its merits, about one pint is enough for me.

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3.43/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Coconut aroma, as I find in injected fruit drinks, sugary drink mixes. Reddish colour, with a little foaming head. Taste is a sour cherry, integrated with wood chips. Interesting.Above average mouthfeel, drinkable stuff. Unique.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy reddish brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and minimal retention. Aroma of sour cherries with light oak notes and a bigger malt backbone then expected. Taste is quite interesting with some lightly tart cherry and some subtle oak with a great dry caramel malt backbone. Full body with limited filtration and good carbonation. I must admit to having enjoyed that one quite a bit but more oak presence would have had complexity and made this even more enjoyable.

Photo of mrmanning
3.41/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml Bottle- A dirty deep crimson, the colour of dried blood. Nice tight off white cap on this one. Nose is of sour cherry, yeasty funk, some wood, sherry, some vanilla. Tastes of American oak (vanilla), some rose petal, sour cherry, a bit of raspberry bitterness, then a yeasty component and spice. Quite enjoyable and the oak aging certainly adds complexity to what was an already good beer. Dry and chalky finish is enjoyable too.

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Nickel Brook Oak-Aged Uniek Kriek from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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