Kriek - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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Reviews by mroberts1204:
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3.33/5 rDev -20.1%
on-tap, beermongers in Portland
A bourbon-barrel aged kriek is a risky proposition - the bourbon has the potential to overpower the fruit and zing of a nice kriek. New Glarus nailed one, but they work with cherries better than anyone in the business. The block 15 effort was a little wonky - kind of buttery, bourbon provides some complexity but the clash of direction this beer were not appealing.
07-08-2013 22:00:45 | More by dirtylou
3.7/5 rDev -11.3%
Poured a reddish-mahogany color, glassy, but mostly translucent, with a fizzy white head that disappeared almost completely, leaving a few stray bubbles behind. In the nose, a big acidic bite, some lacto, some acetic acid, notes of cherry candy, oak, hints of astringency. This was quite tart up front, somewhat acetic, cherry and oak; as promised in the nose, some astringency here, but nothing unbearable; crusty bready malts, somewhat boozy, but I really didn't pick up anything in the way of a bourbon taste. Some barrel, but not much bourbon, if any at all. Body was light-medium, mouthfeel was a bit slick almost like a semi-flat soda, with a sticky finish. Pretty good overall, but not great. Glad to try it though for sure.
08-23-2014 00:07:41 | More by Rifugium
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
Huge thanks to Rathakem for this Block 15 beer!
375ml bottle with pressure cap.
poured into Block 15 tulip glass.
Appearance: crimison red bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head that slowely fizzeles down to a thin ring around the tulip.
Smell: acidic and tart cherries. oak barrel with a hint of bourbon sweetness almost has a maple syrup smell to it as well. smells a little boozey as well.
Taste: Strong tart cherries and cranberries; this beer is really way more tart that I expected it to be. Its also acidic and a slight hint of vinegar is notable. A little more boozey that I expected as well. Oak barrel and vanilla notes hiding in the background. Slight earthy funk. Also has a vinous quality like a red wine and getting some subtle floral notes. Sweet malt backbone is detected and seems to contrast the tartness. Did notice some off flavors in this beer, both acetone and cardboard. Very minor and not really distracting towards the overall flavor profile of this beer.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with carbonation thats on the high end of moderate. Really prickly and aggressive carbonation in this beer. Its got a dry finish that accentuates the tartness of this beer nicely.
Overall: Another great wild ale by Block 15. They accomplish what they set out to do with this beer. A solid kriek with a very nice pucker factor. The bourbon barrels lend just the right amount of barrel influence and nice little kick of bourbon. Great complexity in this beer. The balance was okay, it seemed the entire time I was drinking this beer that the sweet and the sour were constantly fighting each other.
05-11-2013 12:25:15 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.61/5 rDev +10.6%
375 bottle on 1/20/2012. Have a few left!
A: Being colorblind, i thought this looked purplish...not much head.
S:Tart, with a little bit of tart. I catch a little bit of oak as well.
T: Starts tart and finishes tart. Oak and cherries throughout.
M: Medium body, very refreshing, a nice bit of sourness, but not over the top.
O: A wonderful sour beer. I think it will age very well. I enjoyed this beer and look forward to the three I have left to see how they age.
01-21-2013 02:50:16 | More by cbrunpc
4.21/5 rDev +1%
Bottle served at 50 degrees into a tulip glass
Easy pour yields a large, billowy head that settles fast leaving almost no trace of any remaining head. Color is an extremely dark brown/red.
Smells like tart cherries with a touch of sweetness. Not noticing much from an barrel aging, there might be a slight oakiness, but that could just be bacause I know it BA.
Very tart up front. As you swallow it remains tart but there is the barrel program at work...notice a boozy burn on the way down, it's kinda nice.
Very dry in the mouth. Carbonation is low, but it doesn't really hurt it.
Overall, it is a unique beer. At first I was off put by it. I drank a little and waited to do the review after a while to really 'get' it. It's not my favorite, but it is solid.
04-21-2013 02:11:29 | More by DaveHack
4.41/5 rDev +5.8%
Bottle opened on 1.30.13
Thanks again Seth.
Kriek aged in Bourbon barrels
A - Pours a dark burgundy brown with a fizzy tan head that is gone very quickly.
S - Cherry, oak, borbon, vanilla.
T - Tart cherry, then some warm vanilla-bourbon, and some subtle oak.
D - Decent carbonaton with a medium body.
O -Kriek with a bourbon chaser. Nice take without the usual sweetness.
01-31-2013 06:24:13 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
once again, big thanks to Rathakem for the Block 15 hookup. enjoyed from my block 15 snifter.
a - brew poured a deep crimson that revealed itself to have a bit of a watery look when held to the light but settled like black cherry in the glass. there was a thin fizzy head that came with the pour but it fizzed away within minutes leaving some fizzy pockets along the rim of the surface and thin soda like bubble skin patches.
s - fairly big cherry only tamed back by bourbon which imparts some raw oak bourbon phenols along the lines of say founders' dirty bastard...but the fruit dominates. fairly lush and ripe...juicy even. the bourbon is just a nice twist and for the most part complimentary. nice tartness...more flanders than wild. bottle says the base is an oud bruin. really nice.
t - taste leads with cherry. then you slipped the booze then finishes with a fairly well rounded oud bruin/flanders with a puckering tart tail off. really quite nice. the cherry again dominates and is rather tart.
m - body is fairly thin and a little watery. carbonation is prickly on the finish, but on the swallow is rather smooth. tart and dry.
o - overall, i dug it. the feel was a bit off for me...tart and dry on the finish. nice flavor...the bourbon compliments the base beer nicely, but the star is the cherry. ripe cherry.
04-20-2013 03:39:33 | More by cosmicevan
Kriek from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
91 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.