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Tahoma Kriek - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

28 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 108
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
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: jdense on 07-19-2011

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews by BeerOnTheWall:
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4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on a recent visit to Portland (took a road trip up the Columbia River Gorge to Hood River one of the days I was there). This is apparently based off of their award winning Devil's Kreik recipe. On tap it was outstanding...so I picked up a growler to bring home.

Poured from 2 day old growler into a Chimay chalice.

Hazy light golden color with a very slight head that dissipates quickly. Really? This is a Kreik? No ruby red tinges...no dark colors to speak of. I'm interested at this point...the simple fact that this pours and looks like a Belgian blonde while calling itself a Kreik has me curious.

WOW! Sweet Tarts, white wine, lemon zest, toasted marshmallow, and a little barnyard funk. The 10% ABV is there, but does not burn the nose like you would expect. I love the way this smells and am getting a little excited now.

Above average tartness (even for a sour) right up front. Think sharp citrus mixed with sugar. Not the subtle cherry tart that you would expect from most Kreiks. The white Ranier cherries used in this seem to have set it apart from other beers in this style. There is a nice, subtle, mushroom earthieness + caramelized sugar that helps balance the beer on the mid-palate. The finish is tartley clean with some dusty funk as you breathe out. 10% abv is no where to be found...no solvent-like heat to turn you off. Impressive!

Low carbonation with a medium-light body. Everything that is expected for the style is there.

Overall I am really impressed with this beer. It's not a typical Kreik, but it is a wild fermented beer w/cherries added to secondary...so a Kreik it is. As with most sours, you must like the style if you are to enjoy it. But...if you like sours, this is on my top 5 of MUST TRY! There is a clear skill at work in the crafting of this beer. From the interesting use of white cherries to the perfect balance to the hidden abv...this is truly a beer to be appreciated. Once more the Pacific Northwest has impressed me! (1,979 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
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) (611 characters)

Photo of dimitrov
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chossboss
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%

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. (199 characters)

Photo of acurtis
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of riotontheroad
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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 (261 characters)

Photo of GabeBoise
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Lots of brettanomyces funk. No cherry or fruity overtones. Sweaty horse all the way. Not a fan. (95 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of jason_nwx
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jellikit
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of KCBeerNerd
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,170 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

RB

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.

3.5/4/4/3.5/4.5 (813 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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