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Kriek - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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87
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shumania on 08-11-2013)
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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a swing top bottle cap. A sticker is plastered over the top with what appears to be a handwritten "2014" indicating the vintage. Poured into a Belgian style tulip glass with an exaggerated flare at the rim of the glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Pours a bright pinkish-red hue, similar to what you'll see with those bleached and dyed maraschino cherries, but a little less saturated. The liquid is pretty translucent--no haze to speak of, and atop the body sits two fingers of airy white head that retains for a few seconds before quickly receding, leaving no discernible trace of lacing on the glass.

Smell (4.0) - Notes of bright acidity and lemon tartness are subtle against a more overt presence of red fruits and some woody tannins. Light cherry, cranberry and even raspberry all seem to make an appearance as I stick my nose down in the glass. There is a light grain presence, but it certainly prefers to remain in the background behind the pungent fruits and acidity and an everpresent funk. There is a slightly chemical quality to the aroma, but it's fleeting--sort of like that medicinal flavor that you'll sometimes get, but again, hard to pick out.

Taste (4.5) - Where the smell fell a little bit short, the taste more than makes up for it. The same acidic and fruit notes are again on display, but in a wonderfully blended way. Ripe cherry and cranberry are both up front, with what seems a little like cinnamon candies providing depth and complementary notes, but without really any sweetness to speak of. Some characteristics of granny smith and puckering citrus acidity are there to provide a biting foundation under the fruit. There is a finish that makes the oak known with some musty wood and hints of vanilla to take the edge of the acidity.

Feel (4.25) - Light bodied and moderate to full carbonation, with a certain effervescence that plays well with the biting acidity. Finish is very dry in spite of all the fruit presence.

Overall (4.5), I'm a little surprised to see that the overall rating for this beer isn't any higher. The beer I tasted seems entirely like something that could medal at GABF, and I would honestly put it right up there with other American-made kriek-style beers. Plus, you can't go wrong with a bottle that caps itself.

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Photo of nmann08
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a cloudy pink color, standard carbonation, but not alot of head. Very wispy and disappears quickly.

The nose is tart and fruity. Lots of cherry, raspberry, blackberry and yeast. I get zero barrel notes. The flavor is very tart cherries, funky, grain malt. Very acidic crisp finish.

Overall, this left me wondering what this beer tasted like before two years in a barrel. This is as average as a fruit lambic can be. A good attempt, but still a long way off from the top tier.

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3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lovely rosé color with champagne bubbles streaming in the Petrus goblet. Aroma of cider fermenting with a whiff of vinegar.

Quite tart and definitely in the sour category. The flavors are quite clean. some hints of fruit Quite sippable despite the acidity. Interesting oily and sharp mouthfeel.

Thanks to Jason for this one. From the 750 ml swing-top purchased in Tucson.

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Kriek from Santa Fe Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.