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Devil's Kriek - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
90
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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 20
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 07-18-2008

"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
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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 33
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 version on tap at Growler Guys Portland... of course I just had to try it.

The pours a rose red color with amber highlights. There's not a lot of lacing or much head retention in this beer, but for all that, this is very nice looking beer. On the nose, there's considerable fruit, wine and light sour going on. I don't know if this beer was actually aged in wine barrels (I tend to doubt, based on the BA description), but the sour and fruit blend seemed to impart that kind of aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I get the impression that times has mellowed both the sour and the fruit component in this beer. There's some light vanilla and lime as well on the palate, but the sour cherry and sour funk component seemed to dominate the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is really the only place where one can tell this abv. is up there a bit in this beer, as otherwise, there's really no sense of the 9% alcohol in the flavor profile. However, there's a fullness on the palate that I attribute to the fairly high abv. in this beer. Drinkability is pretty good, especially if you're a fan of sours (it was close to being too sour for me, but was still enjoyable).

Interesting beer. Would like to try a fresh version of this beer to compare it to this.

Photo of GabeBoise
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

A bit of cherry and a lot of brettanomyces.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Bottled 7/9/14. 9.3% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky dark crimson with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with cherry, earth, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with the Brett adding a nice element of funk to go along with the sour cherry qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of robertthomas
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Pours hazy.

Smells great.

Tastes good.

Feels effervescent.

Overall: Great beer but not the best I've had at that price point.

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy deep red with a touch of orange. One finger of frothy off white head with a little bit of pink. Looks pretty much like a kriek!

Smell. Nice juicy sour cherries with a little bit of that nice cinnamon/almond. Smells like a kriek! So far a winner.

Taste. Tart cherry but not in a big juicy way. Still nice though. A bit of dry brett and musty funk is there, fairly dry finish. Doesn't taste quite like a traditional kriek but not too shabs.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. I wasn't really expecting a classic belgian kriek here, but the look and smell did get my hopes up a bit. Not quite, but a decent brew for sure.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A deep cherry to orange red body, with lots of noticeable fast carbonation to be seen. Lots of snapping fizz off the pour, with a very quick dissoliving thin pink head. No collar and some watery character. Quite light looking.

Aroma heads towards a good tart cherry fruit and some malt dough and bakery density. Moderate acid and not hinting too much to vinegar, giving a hint of fruit sweetness ever so slightly. Pretty good.

Palate comes interestingly enough, but seems to lapse much of the interesting yeasty character of the style. Good tart cherry through a fairly solid body, if a little thin. Very well masked alcohol as well which seems surprising as there doesn't appear to be much depth to this. Fleeting aftertaste of fruit, with a bit of club soda and mineral finish. Warmth brings some more diverse menthol like character to the cherry which adds a nice touch.

Overall not too bad, grows on you after a bit.

Photo of SlothB77
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holds its own versus anything Cascade has to offer. The tart cherry pops.

Photo of jellikit
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: mostly red. With brown hues. Very hazy. No head.

S: not much. Very little sweetness. Acid notes.

T: mellow fruitiness followed by tart/sour.

M: high carbonation. Dry. Tart.

O: good sour. Pretty basic. But good. Will try again.

Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

bottled 1/15/14, brewed in 2012

Pours a small fizzy head that fades almost instantly, typical sour, bright cherry red but dark and murky color.

NOse brings tons of cherry, a nice kriek like cherry, little sour cherry note and tartness, little sweet syrupyness, mild funky sour note, Pretty basic.

Taste is also a bit lighter than expected, well at least not really too complex, some cherry, not a ton of cherry, sour cherry note, little dank funk, little sweet syrupy and cherry coffee syrup, little boozy too, tangy and acidic. Finish is a bit syrupy, bit booze warmth too, little more sour cherry and tangy, sticky.

Mouth is med bod, mild acid note, light booze warmth, lighter carb.

Overall eh, not bad, but nothing special. Bit too boozy and not enough carb, fairly basic and meh but not bad. 375

Photo of rudzud
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice light light hazy red kriek hue with thin wisps and nice halo.

S - Aromas of well, kriek, light cherries, faint funk. Not that complex.

T - Taste is rather boozy, faint cherries. Nice kriek notes, boozy, cherry pit, light funk, not that sour, not hot booze either just noticeable.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated though still heavy and boozy.

O - Overall this beer was solid, average, wish there was more more cherries though.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another surprise from rathakem, enjoyed from my double mountain snifter immediately following a bottle of tahoma kreik. Also bottled on 1/15/14

Brew pours a richer more rose red than the tahoma but also has a quickly gone cap of bubbles. The nose is a richer more ripe dark cherry and more appetizing than the tahoma, but has the same superb balance without any of the negative odors that might be associated with a kreik. The flavor is also more robust and rich ripe cherry, but without the vinous qualities found in the tahoma. Prickly carb and an easy drinker, like deep cherry soda.rich and flavorful with a deep dark cherry core, but not as vinous as the tahoma which came off a bit more accessible and well rounded.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 3.2.14
Bottled 01/15/14

A - Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a very small tan head that is gone instantly.

S - Tart and sweet cherry.

T - Subtle and soft cherry, stems. No tartness on the tongue.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Solid flavors, mild but tartness and funk is lost. I did enjoy it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright red. Small white head. Uneven collar.

Smell - Cherry. Vanilla. Some caramel and a little acidity.

Taste - Mildly sour. Cherry. Sweet cherry up front. A little vinegary after that. More tart in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Astringent. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Pretty flavorful, but not really dynamic enough.

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of paul_db
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of vkv822
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of mattsander
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of trevorjn06
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of grittybrews
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of dgilks
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of boMD
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Devil's Kriek from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.