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Kriek - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 48
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sarlacc83 on 11-18-2012

Early in the summer The Cherry Country delivers fresh picked Montmorency cherries from their orchard to our brewery. Our brewers immediately pack these tart red beauties into first and second use Kentucky bourbon casks before filling them with Enchanted, our open fermented Oud Bruin. Each autumn we blend three seasons from select barrels marrying fresh and mature cherry notes with gentle bourbon, oak, rich malt, and balancing acidity.
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 12
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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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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.

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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.

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Kriek from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
92 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.