Devil's Kriek - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 19
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of GabeBoise
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

A bit of cherry and a lot of brettanomyces.

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 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 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 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 JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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.


Photo of stephy1771
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great color. Bold cherry and strong sour. Refreshing!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Derek
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. I actually tried the at their brewpub and it was quite good... But almost 2 years in the bottle and wow! The funk has really come together and mellowed.

A great sipper for a rainy afternoon.

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 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 TIPKAI
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's okay...more like wine than ale. For the price $18.00 in California, I can do a lot better. Worth a try though

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 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.

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 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 roadhouse
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Photo of ccrida
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Devil's Kriek from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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