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Devil's Kriek - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

Devil's Kriek
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%

Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"We added a boatload of Bings from Matt's orchard to our Devil's Kitchen (along with some "unique cultures") and let 'em hang out together for a few months. The neon-raspberry colored result features a funky-sour backbone that's uniquely delicious."

Brewed with organic Pilsner and Munich malt, Perle hops, "unique cultures", and local cherries. 9+% ABV, 35 BU

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-18-2008)
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Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2012 Devil's Kriek, bottled 1/15/14, and clocking in at 8.5% ABV.

Appearance: rich, deep dark red hue with no haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured a finger of fizzy foam that dissipated pretty much instantly. That's not great, but that color -- so enticing!

Smell: rich cherry aroma with just the right amount of tartness. I'm a sucker for krieks, and this one is working for me.

Taste: starts off tart, then a mild funkitude becomes evident. Towards the end the cherries appear; not sweet, but very flavorful. Maybe not quite the complexity I would like, but overall quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and a fizzy, interesting mouthfeel. Not exactly creamy.

Overall: a tasty kriek which I, personally, find very satisfying and drinkable. I would look forward to having this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 21:33:48 | More by flagmantho
Photo of paul_db


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This review is for how it was served in a bottle.

I had a chance to try it tapped at the DM anniversary, and it was much better there.

The low carbo and appearance is attractive and gives you a very dark red cherry look.

Tasted the cherry's up front but the alcohol took over a bit. At first i thought that was the point for this drink, until i had it on tap.

Either way it's a solid drink but i preferred the tahoma kriek over this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 18:03:27 | More by paul_db
Photo of vkv822


3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
taster glass; from notes.

Dark cherry red with no head.

Lots of sweet cherry, blended with lactic sourness.

Medium bodied, mild fizzy-foamy carbonation.

A good kriek, as noted in other reviews, I would have liked an earthier, more solid base to tie the sweet and sour notes to.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 05:53:00 | More by vkv822
Photo of mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Apricot in color, low carbonation, medium-low clarity. Syrupy.

S: The bing is a unique cherry. Pronounced fruitiness (and not just cherry!) with a sharp lactic zing. The sweet/sour interplay in this beer gives it a slightly acetic edge which detracts from the fruit. It does have a slight solvent quality.

T: Bright bing cherry flavor with strong sourness. The booze is quite noticable, I think they could scale back the abv a few points. Dont get much brett character, which I think would help the strong flavors in this beer meld together. The cherry flavor is unique and huge, so points there.

M: This growler had gone a bit flat by the time I got it, a pretty syrupy beer for a 'kriek'.

An interesting beer featuring an interesting cherry.

Serving type: growler

01-06-2013 20:33:32 | More by mattsander
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy cranberry color with good carbonation and a reddish cap that hangs around for a bit

S: Wow. Cherries, hints of raspberry, some funk

T: Immediate attack of red cherries, a blackberry and raspberry for good measure, some light Earthiness, wood, funk, light booze and nice lockjaw bite on the end

M: Pretty acidic, lots of flavor, medium body, relentless pounding of fruits and a little booze sting

O: Very nice overall. I have had this numerous times. I think they hav really dialed this beer in since I first had this in 2011.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 11:17:51 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Rifugium


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Wow... I asked for a sampler, but she mistakenly gave me a full pour, and I'm glad she did. Served in a wine glass, this beer poured a bright red color, with a finger of foamy pink head that vanished within seconds before my very eyes. Aroma = cherries. Taste was of natural cherry juice, both sugary sweet and puckering tart, bouncing back and forth on the palate, with just a touch of the most tolerable funk. Where was the alcohol? Site says 9%, the chalkboard said 8.2%, but I sure didn't taste it. Be careful with this one, ladies. Medium-bodied and full of flavor, I'd say this is easily one of the best krieks I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 08:16:56 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Kegatron


3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom (Hood River, OR) on 8/28/11. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear ruby, with thin covering of bright-white head. This retains with a smallish amount of foamy edging, leaving back just a bit of sudsy spotty lace. The aroma smells of fresh cherries up front, which then gives way to a combo of earthy Bretty tartness and then a bit more of an acetic smelling sourness. Underlying sweet sugars sit underneath, helping prop up those notes of fruit and funk.

The taste is similar, with a blast of cherry tartness, which is buffeted by a wave of sweet sugary malt. Dry funky tartness hangs on the edges of the profile and then pulls into the back where more of an acidic character takes over. Tartness wins out in the end though, as this finishes with quite a puckering feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and VERY lively feeling up front, before more of a slippery feel takes over and give this more of a sleek creaminess in the mouth. This has a good feel that matches up well with all of that tartness/sourness.

I didn’t find this super complex or anything but it definitely brought the goods for those looking for a decent sour fix. I’d love to see this one put into a barrel, as some vanilla and oak would really round this one out nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 16:28:34 | More by Kegatron
Photo of illidurit


3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours a deep clear copper-ruby with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma has got a nice mix of sweet and sour cherry notes with a malty background. Flavor is sour cherry cola, slight brown malts, and a touch of dusty musty brett. A very good American flanders -not too sweet.

Serving type: growler

09-07-2011 07:11:33 | More by illidurit
Photo of trevorjn06


3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cherry red that is quite clear. One inch of loose, pink head settles quickly.

Aroma is aidic and bright with fresh cherry, lactic and acetic acids, a slight nuttiness and a nice overall fruitiness.

Taste is very mild malts and bright fruits upfront with lots of cherry, this moves into sharped acidity, huge Bing cherry. The finish is dry, tart and slightly solventy (ethyl acetate) with a lingering cherry and sour flavor. Definitely makes your salivary glands act up.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium/high carbonation and a slight (but pleasant) astringency.

Overall a very good kriek other than a bit too much solventy/acetone from ethyl acetate.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 02:39:23 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of grittybrews


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a vivid ruby into a pint glass with a finger of bright white head. Like red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting! Somewhat gentle aroma of tart cherry, slight funk, and a little honey.

Lowish carbonation and a light but slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Unlike the balanced and subtle Rainier Kriek, this one is all tart cherry up front. Quite puckering, with just a little sweetness and funk in the background that get overpowered by the sourness.

Finishes dry and alcohol is well-hidden. Really tasty, but I preferred the Rainier Kriek in all departments other than looks.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 02:18:38 | More by grittybrews
Photo of dgilks


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear ruby red colour with no head. As expected and a truly stunning colour.

Mildly tart aroma with a nice dose of barnyard funk. Quite fruity whith the cherry really showing off. Good.

Big punchy tartness which supports the really good Bing cherry flavour. Lots of great fruit with just a hint of funk. Really, really good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

One of the better sours I’ve had in recent times. Really big, fresh fruit flavour despite 13 months of aging.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 10:42:02 | More by dgilks
Photo of boMD


4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just want to point out the the 2010 version of this is very different from the 2009 and 2008 versions. A lot more fruit was used, and the base beer was a brown ale oppose to a Belgian blond. Also, according to Double Mountain, it came in at 8.3% with 15 IBUs. Stats that are a little different from prior batches.

Just got a pour at the Double Mountain tasting room. With about six months on the keg, it's tasting pretty killer. For $8 a ten ounce, it ought to be though.

Poured deep brown with red/pink highlights and a pink head that dissipated immediately. Aroma had sour fruit, dark black cherries, and brown sugar.

Tasted of candied sugars, plump tart fruit, and black cherries. The sourness resembled vinegar and created a puckering quality. Malts were there and created a nice graininess with some notes of oak, vanilla, and good tannins. Finished with a wild yeast funkiness that gave off tastes similar to chlorine, sulfur, and mild acetone.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 18:22:56 | More by boMD
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Buckeyeboy and Inflatablechair were cool enough gents to stop in at Double Mountain and secure a tap-filled Grolsch bottle... Badass.... I will call this a growler.... and thanks to the folks at Double Mountain too!!

Pours with only a thin collar ... the brew is a deep dark red.. sorta like a sorta turbid red wine...

The nose just screams sweet cherries... only a lite funk to let you know this isn't "just a fruit beer".

Flavor shows the obvious cherries... very nice abundant fruit... not really "acetic", but there are traces of minor vinegar that makes it pretty interesting.. the "funk" is sorta a dry dusty brett character that seems to get pummeled by the cherries.... Body was heavier than expected with a lite carbonation..

I really liked this one... I would be stoked to have a few nice glasses from tap...

Thanks Jeremy and Sam... I owe you for this one.


Serving type: growler

08-02-2010 07:32:29 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of jdense


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Puckerfest, Belmont Station 7.9.2010, $6 for a 25cl pour into Delirium Tremens small snifter.

Deep reddish purple opaque body, no head to speak of, thin ring around outside of glass with an interesting geyser of carbonation in the middle. Dark stone fruit in the nose, cherries, with a bit of funk, horseblanket, no noticeable hop aromas. Tart cherries dominate the taste with a good dose of sourness, more tart than sour, no hops to speak of. Mouthfeel is medium-light, a bit sticky due to the sweetness, minimal effervescence leading to a dry attenuated finish. This is one exceptionally tasty concoction, while I didn't do the 2009 version (due to comments of a BA I trust) this is well worth seeking out. Other than Cascade's Sang Noir (a world classic) this is one of the best Oregon brewed sours I've had. It might have benefited from a bit more barrel aging, but this tastes damn good right now.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 17:33:28 | More by jdense
Photo of squaremile


3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer more than the numbers show. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Pours a deep ruby red, like a glass of red wine. In fact I've never seen a beer as wine appearing as this. Smell is a bit off for me, funk, locker room, and some tart cherry dominate. Taste is really nice. Good sour punch (7/10 on pucker-meter), deep cheery flavors, sweet cherry pie (Warrant style), and some funk made it up. Mouthfeel was medium-heavy. Fatigue set in after a glass. WAY better than the 09.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 05:19:23 | More by squaremile
Photo of djbreezy


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the 2009 and 2010 vintages side by side at Belmont Station

appearance - the 2010 is dark ruby red while the 2009 is lightened up with some orange, not much head or retention on either

smell - fresh cherries on the 2010 nose, much more funk on the 2009, some oak characters

taste - cherries on both, 2010 very tart, 2009 more complex, subdued, I personally liked the 2010 better for freshness, completely different beers however

mouthfeel - mouthfeel was similar on both, fairly big body, sufficient carbonation

drinkability - 2009 is much more of a sipping beer, the 2010 was easier to polish off due to it's dessert like qualities that will be familiar for sour drinkers, 2009 is much more subtle and complex

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 13:46:36 | More by djbreezy
Photo of spointon


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the Double Mountain brewpub, served in a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear, striking, bright red color with a 1/2" white head. The head dropped to a skim very quickly but was easily renewed.

S= The smell was controlled sour funk, cherry, and a general sweetness. Light alcohol but nothing overpowering.

T= Much like the smell, with a big but balanced sourness, sweet/tart cherry note, horsey funk, and a small alcohol bite. Really a study in sweetness and tartness. Quite delicious. Finished dry with a bit of puckering tartness.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a significant carbonation crispness and refreshing feel.

D= This was crazy drinkable and a real treat. Totally balanced between sour and sweet, with a very refreshing finish that completely hides the big ABV. Highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 07:08:50 | More by spointon
Photo of roadhouse


4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap tonight at the brewpub right before they closed, luckily we made it in. It's rare to find a sour ale on tap at a brewpub, no less a great one.

This one came out looking a brilliant red, definitely the most wondrous red I've ever seen in a beer. A thin white head was present but kept dissipating.

The aroma was a wonderful mix of Bretty horse blanket and the general funkiness that I just can't define. Cherries aren't very dominant, it was more of a very slight sweet aroma that added to the complexity.

The flavor was even better. Lots of funkiness overall horse blanket being the most prominent to me. Cherries themselves were again subdued. There was a slight sweetness perhaps since they were Bing cherries, but their flavor isn't really all that prominent and translates more to a delicious refreshing sour twang that complements the bretty funk perfectly.

Mouthfeel was excellent as well, on the lighter side of medium but just very smooth and refreshing. So drinkable. This one really just blew me away.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 06:54:34 | More by roadhouse
Photo of RedDiamond


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Mountain goes to considerable length to produce this soured cherry ale, blending three different batches and using Brettanomyces yeast and 600 pounds of Bing cherries harvested from the brewer's orchard. The resulting brew is then aged for a full year and served at the Taproom in 12-oz. goblets.
Few Northwest brewers attempt beers of such complex nature. Fewer still achieve this degree of artistry.

Devil's Kriek is luminous burgundy with a tart, fruited fragrance and taste. My guess is that its character is enhanced by fermentation agents other than the Brett; perhaps something in the lacto- family. The sourness is potent but tempered by age. The residual sweetness is minimal. And the cherry basket is complex and inviting.

A great ale worthy of the best sour reds anywhere. Try it with some Hood River cherries served at the bar in a pint glass for one dollar.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 21:53:49 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of ccrida


3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Double Mountain's Kriek was made by aging a batch of the Devil's Kitchen on hundreds of pounds of local cherries for several months. This was the last keg of the first batch at Belmont Station's Puckerfest, but I understand they plan on bottling a second batch, with a retooled recipe, released around Christmas.
Served in a LaChouffe tulip, Devil's Kriek is a bright, deep red, like oxblood, but translucent, with a surprisingly thin white collar in spite of the huge, heady pour. Really crazy color!

Smell is very much cherries, but not sweet, with a slightly funky, lactic acidity.

Taste is cherry, strong malt, not to sweet, a bit boozy. Not nearly as cherry tasting as it looks, nor very sour or tart, it mainly drinks like a fruity strong ale. I'd much prefer less malt body and more funk for the next batch!

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and thick. Perhaps the bugs would have thinned this out over time. I hope that Winter batch is already fermenting!

Drinkability is pretty good, but I agree it needs reworked. I think they biggest thing is more time for more funk. I was more impressed when I had some of my buddies at the brewpub this spring, but that was a great day so it could have just been my mood.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2008 20:53:27 | More by ccrida
Devil's Kriek from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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