Tahoma Kriek - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 111
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 23.53%
Wants: 10
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

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Beer added by: jdense on 07-19-2011

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Funky, Phenolic, Cherries, Fruity

Brewed with local Rainier cherries, fermented with will brettanomyces, aged for over a year on cherries, and bottled conditioned. Golden, cloudy, a short-lived white lace that falls flat. Musty, funky, medicinal, wood in the nose. Creamy, medium-bodied, semi-sweet cherries, fruity, light tartness, suggestions of nectarines, tannic, oak, bready yeast, dry finish. More body than others within the style, with a unique fruity, cherry flavor that sets it apart.

STYLE: Fruit Lambic | ABV: 10.3% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #92 (Sep 2014)

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Photo of Hop_God
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This really helped me get into sours. It wasn't too sour and had a nice sweetness from the cherries which i think is a great way to enter into sours. Now i love tons of sour and funk, but i really appreciate what this beer did to help get me into the craze that is sours.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. Bottled 7/9/14. 10.3% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, funk, and cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry and funk 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 pretty good beer with a solid mix of sour cherry and funk characteristics, but I bet this one was better when fresher.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jakewatt135
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bottle labeled 2013

light amount of cherry in the aroma with some noticeable funk. light body with cherries and a nice belgian yeast/funk in the finish. would like to see this fresh to see if the fruit is more pronounced. nice beer

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Photo of riotontheroad
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

been waiting to drink this one. tonight just seemed like the night. aromas of strawberry/cherry milkshake fill the glass. the taste is tart with a noticeable wood presence. cherry finish is nice and long. love this beer, but it could stand to be a bit more sour

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a thin withe head that fades fast.

Smell. Tart cherries, some light woody funk and wheaty malts. Quite nice.

Taste. Dry brett and woody funk is what strikes me first, some sour and tart cherry. Pretty dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium/strong carbonation.

Overall. Not amazing but interesting enough to keep going back for another sip.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep apricot yellow and tropical mango looking, with quite a bit of snapping carbonation and fizz off the pour. No head or collar, but a nice barely noticeable middle column of carbonation in the middle, and a simple glow to it. Solid.

Great and fascinating aroma on this. Cake like vanilla and a big mix of soft juiced tart fruits of cherries, peaches, and apricots, a virtual smorgasborg in there. Creamy sensing like icing sugar a bit, but with a mild acid quality, even a bit of moderate funk and earth to match. I am really in love with this bouquet, smells like a treat you find in a bakery more than anything.

Palate though seems to come moderately with less fanfare and surprises. Banana to tropical punch fruit quality, with a big juiced finish. Moderate carbonation but with lots mushy fruit flavor in the mid palate, but has a little playful and tingly carbonation. Moderate acetic quality comes out nicely to cut through and let the tartness make it's presence.

Overall was expecting something wonderful, but was not totally let down. This is definitely one beer I would go back to and revisit again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

375 ml bottle.
Poured pale golden and hazy.
The smell is sour and not very promising, but this has a splendid tart and fruity taste. Would prefer a more clearly defined cherry note.
Nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Nice cherry fruit tartness and some complexity as it warms. Not as sour as I was hoping, a little too mellow. Overall, not sure if worth the pricetag of a $ per ounce.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 375ml bottle shared by Sasha - thanks. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy light reddish orange with a 1/4" thick white head which fades quickly and leaves spots of lace.

N: Brett funk, cherry skin and pits, rustic and earthy.

T: Tart and fruity with a sharp astringency.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Tart fruity, dry finish.

O: Enjoyed and would have again.

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Photo of jellikit
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orangish/amberish/tanish. Hazy. Little to no head.

S: acid. Vinegar. Slight fruit.

T: acidic, earthy, funky, lactic acid. There is actually cherry in the background.

M: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry. Sour.

O: good Brett beer. Funky and complex.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to my buddy rathakem for this unexpected surprise. Enjoyed from a double mountain snifter. Bottled 1/24/14

Brew poured pinkish orange with a thin bubbly , cap that was gone as quick as it formed. Nose is soft tart cherry. Taste matches. Really big acidic tartness, but not overly so and not plasticy or nail polish like. Easy drinker with prickly carbonation. Really nice vinous American kreik. The Brett is not noticeable at all. Body is just super smooth...gray sourness but without the pucker.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.4.14
Bottled 01/15/14

A - Pours a hazy light pink with a white head that is gone instantly.

S - Tart, vinous, cherry.

T - Tart, funky, cherry. Light and very nice.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Funky and tart with a light cherry kick to the teeth.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Less red than the Devil's Kriek. Deep amber. No real head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Cherry. Caramel. Acetic acidity. Vanilla fills out the rest of the smell.

Taste - Pretty sour. Sour cherry. Caramel maltiness, but it's astringent.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Strong sourness.

Overall - Better than the Devil's Kriek. Not a really complex sour, but good.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2012 vintage, bottled 1/15/14; ABV is listed at 8.4% on this bottle.

Appearance: pinkish-amber hue with a tiny touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head was champagne-like; pours very fizzily and quickly dissipates to nothing. Interesting!

Smell: very tart aroma with just a hint of cherry under-notes. Not bad, but relatively simple.

Taste: extremely tart right up front, which a cherry character that builds on the palate. It shows up more in the aftertaste than anything else, and really starts to come together with each successive sip. There's also a light caramel character which helps the cherry along. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: light body with a great big carbonation. Not creamy, per se, but bright and refreshing; perfect for this style.

Overall: this beer rubs me the right way. I could drink a cubic hectare of this, probably.

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Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Pale golden, no head.

Sweet Rainier cherries upfront blends into sour, slightly Lacto backing.

Medium body, foamy mild carbonation.

While they were both good beers, I did prefer this version over the Devil's Kriek, as I thought this example of cherry sweetness melded better with the sour/tart components.

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Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on growler with thanks to beerific. Very good sour. Unfortunately, it’s too big for its own good and, probably because of that, there’s a light buttery note. Good sour cherries with a distinctive taste from the Rainiers. Light gold with a little head. Lots of lemon flavor. Strong pucker. Medium body for a sour. A bit of funk complexity but it’s mostly just a lacto sour cherry. Good beer, but it suffers from its strength, a fairly common problem for American sours.

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Photo of harrymel
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap @ Uber in Seattle.

It's a turbid toasted grain color with some fine white foam atop. Looks thick. Nose is strait up rainier cherries, bubble gum, straw and a hint of lacto character. Expecting this one to be limited tart and a bit too sweet - although I love Rainier cherries so that wouldn't be an issue. I stand correct, the beer is nicely tart with a good pepper punch to it and slight heat from the alcohol. I like how the rainier remains distinguished in the flavors alongside a nice lactic sourness. The beer is full bodied for the style with a lower carbonation, off dry and refreshing. A really nice beer I'm glad I have had the chance to give it a go. Gotta be careful with a 9% ABV packed in there.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Paper notes... Inflateablechair hooked this one up... Pours a slightly hazed yellow.. spotty lacing with a short lived head.

Nose is real cherry aromas with a bit of pink bubblegum phenols... nice lactic sour profile melds great with the cherries... fantastic fresh yellow sweet cherry notes...

Is this one "barrel aged".. not sure.. but the fruits are up front clearing the way for plenty of sour bits... more "tart than sour" with warmth... bits of almond... maybe even vanilla.

Body is a touch thick... carbonation is a little too light.... but this is a fantastic brew for somebody who really likes Rainier cherries.. no real "funk" ever shows, instead it is a lactic master with bunches of fruit in every sip.

Thanks Sam!! Very cool... I want to try and make a Rainier Cherry kriek.


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Photo of Elimination
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a sort of white whale to me. The thought of a Belgian golden base a bunch of rainier cherries and Bret makes me tingle

Look of a hazy pale yellow. Thin as hell lacing with a great gold hue

Smell of the strongest sour cherry you will ever smell. Strong tart pie like character. Amazing

Taste is the mouth puckering gOodness of cherry plum with a sweat Belgian funk

This beer is great and if you find it and love sours. Go for it

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Photo of Mahlik
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Double Mountain taproom. Poured into a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a hazy pear color with a one-finger bubbly white head. Head dissipates almost immediately. No lacing whatsoever. This beer has a cider-like appearance.

S - A fruity tartness of pears and sour cherries. Funky Brett and faint oak notes. A slight grassy aroma floats in the background. Nothing really dominates.

T - The funky barnyard notes from the Brett come out more in the taste. The sour cherries come through in the middle. An lactic sourness finishes off the sip.

M - Light body with plenty of carbonation that creates a tingling sensation on the tongue. A slight sting from the alcohol could be felt but overall, the alcohol is well hidden. Finishes crisp and somewhat dry. A small amount of tartness sticks around in the aftertaste.

O - While I didn't think this beer was superior to many other krieks/sours, I had no problem enjoying a couple of them while at the taproom. A little unusual for a kriek but still very enjoyable. I am glad to see a smaller brewery such as Double Mountain being creative and brewing differnet styles other than the standard IPA, pale ale and stout.

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Photo of illidurit
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours a pure gold color, strange for a kriek until you remember it’s made with Rainier cherries. Small fizzy white head conveys a solid acidity. Aroma is floral/ perfumey in its cherry character with a solid lactic tartness. Flavor is a little more ambiguous. I don’t get a lot of cherry, maybe a little fruity sweetness but it’s not explicitly cherry-like. The sourness is similarly not related to the natural tartness of cherries, but rather a straight-up lemony sour note with a nice graininess. Big lactic character with an almost kefir-like finish. Very drinkable, no indication that this is 9%. A pleasant surprise from a brewery I had never heard of.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice straw yellow color with light carbonation and a nice white little cap

S: Like a lemon head candy. Sour, lemon, a little booze

T: Huge sour lemon presnce, with hay, grass and just the right amount of sourness. Excellent!

M: Nice, medium light to medium body, sour for sure

O: Excellent and among the best and a gret rep of the style

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Photo of grittybrews
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy pale gold into a pint glass with a thin film of white head. Tart aroma of cherries with a hint of sweet caramel.

Slightly below average carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel. Huge flavors of tart rainier cherry, lemon, and a nice mix of honey sweetness and slight funk.

Really well-balanced sour. I love the use of the Rainier cherries rather than the Bing. Very tart but finishes quite dry and light, making it easy to come back for more (the alcohol is extremely well-hidden).

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Photo of dgilks
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw colour with no head. A little disappointing.

Mildly fruity with a touch of funk. Moderately tart aroma. Not that amazing and it feels like the Rainier cherries are a little lost.

Great sharp tartness without being vinegary. Decent fruit flavour also comes through with a bit of funk. No hint of the 10% alcohol. Really nice but not as well crafted as the Devil’s Kriek.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Just a little puckering.

A solid sour ale with good flavour. I feel like the aroma could have been bigger and the fruit flavour more pronounced but on the whole I enjoyed it.

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Tahoma Kriek from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.