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Monomoy Kriek - Cisco Brewers Inc.

Monomoy KriekMonomoy Kriek

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 07-09-2010)
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District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL cork and caged Belgian-style bottle purchased at Cleveland Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW DC; 2013 vintage; drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - initial pour revealed reddish-amber coloration; low clarity (cannot see through); particulate matter (likely cherry bits) floating throughout; off-white/eggshell carbonation settles into a glass lacing; mild alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - mostly pungent tart character - horse blanket, hay/grassy and slight plastic; the fruit and malt notes are further back - cherries, dates and figs; don't get much oak of alcohol

T: 16/20 - matches the nose well, but, for me, there is much more cherry and stone fruits; the malt character develops with tart cherries and lots of funk that envelopes the palate; some alcohols; no hops; no detectable flaws for me

M: 4/5 - high carbonation - really pops the flavors; moderate body for an American wild ale

O: 9/10 - complex kriek from a brewery that hasn't been on my radar until now - definitely the best Cisco beer that I've ever had; my complaint are the general lack of wood character and the high price point for a 6-7% ABVer; however, this is worth hunting out in your hood or trading if they don 't - definitely will age well too!

TOTAL - 41/50

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:08:25 | More by MNishCT77
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Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml C&C bottle into a Hill Farmsstead stemmed tulip. Quick review. Vintage unknown. Not the most recent though. Opened with no pop.

Appearance- Burgundy wine. Great color, no head or bubbles

Smell- Cherry, oak, tabbacco, lemon. Earthy, oaky, fruity.

Taste- So much cherry and oak. Flanders red-esque. Tons of cherry, tabbacco, and oak. Really really nice.

Mouthfeel- Flat as can be. Medium body. Flat. Medium tartness.

Overall- This would be so incredible if it had any bit of carbonation. Oh well, it's still juicy and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:52:02 | More by Seanniek91
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3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged in cherries, over 2 years old.

You can tell its aged in oak right away. Really pleasant smell from this brew.

Reddish brown, with not alot of carbonation at all. A little bit of bubbles when it was first poured.

The cherries, oooh the cherries. So sour, so tart. Some serious sediment.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 18:08:40 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a murky reddish burgundy color with a whispy pink cap, some light bubbles but not much in the head retention department iof I recall.

S: A blend of dark and red cherries, with some lactic sting, Earthy notes and old wood

T: Initial sting and bite with a jab of unripe red cherries which tends to hang around but it seems to be a little flat on the palate. Taste buds continue to pickup some Earthiness, light must and old wood. A little bit of spice is noted as well. Finish is dry, a little sting and tart.

M: Light to medium bodied, I felt is was a little undercarbed perhaps. Cherries dominate the mouth as does the lactic tartness

O: Average.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 17:39:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks alex

Dark cherry color with pinkish hues. Thin head dissolves into a thin film with little lacing.

Fruit-forward with plenty of cherry in the nose. Slightly jammy, sweet and funky. Tart cherry skins and oak with slightly lactic tart and sour notes.

Sour cherry through and through. Acidic with fruit skins, oak and vinous notes. Acidic with light funk towards the finish with more sour cherry.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, crisp, dry and sticky on the tongue. Pretty straight forward cherry-driven sour here, drinkable and flavorful for an American take on the kriek.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 13:33:05 | More by xnicknj
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with a few friends, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is a burnt red color with a thin head. Its` nose has cherry, wood, vanilla, a nice tinge of sourness. The taste of this offering from Cisco is citrus, cherry, light vinegar and some wood. Mouthfeel of this interesting wild ale is medium, a bit sharp, some potent sour aspect that lingers on your palate. A very good beer that I was glad to have the opportunity to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 02:24:55 | More by mltobin
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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About ~two years old. Poured into Bruery tulips.

Barely raises 1/2 finger of caramel colored head. Brew is slightly fogged with either oxidation or yeast..

Cherries are strong, but cinnamon and nutmeg lie a close second. Smells tart, but it's TBD...

This is acid-reflux in a bottle... Tons of tart cherries, but not overly tart. Carbonation is perfect and light. Wet, slightly bitter, and without any heat. Cinnamon and other eclectic flavors take second stage to a strong palate of cherry flavor. Cherry is sweet without being over done, bitterness is more acidic then anything...

This brew rocks! Very balanced and relaxing. a nice representation of a well done cherry (sour) brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 03:29:30 | More by chugalug06
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened on 9/28-29/2012

Pours a pretty still hazy light brown color. Not much head at all (only a few bubbles) and no lacing. Similar to many wilds.

Smell is very funky. Sour cherries and typical funk are really all I'm getting here. Enjoying smell.

Taste is very good! Sour funkiness with cherries coming into play. Call me crazy but I taste hints of cinnamon. Not quite as sour as I'd like but I'm really into mouth puckering beers.

Could be more carbonated but not bad. Not a dry finish which I liked and the sourness does kind of tickle the tongue.

Overall I definitely enjoyed this brew! For an off the shelf american wild it was great and is definitely going to be my new "go to" when I'm in need of a sour fix.

Well done Cisco!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 06:31:55 | More by Pete27lax
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quite the sour ale. The nose fortells it and the flavor is certainly following suit. At first it seemed just a sour punch in the mouth. But the cherries show through nicely with well placed wood tones. Not bringing the biggest pile of complexity, but it's a nice drinker. However, if you don't like sours, you will definitely not like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 04:20:47 | More by RblWthACoz
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, ruby-highlighted brown coloring with no head of any sort on the surface. Aromas are tart and rich cherry in the forefront, with some tangy and sour tones throughout and a base of woody and earthy blends. Enticing nose. Flavors are initially smooth, with a slightly roasted and earthy tone that transitions into a slick, slightly tart and smoked dark cherry sweetness. Not as "in your face" sour and lock-jaw tart as some Krieks tend to get, making it much more drinkable for the average beer-goer. The aftertaste is light, with currant and cherry tang. Slick, quick finish with a slight tart and dry feeling left behind. Very smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 03:36:45 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Lindeman's flute...

A - Pours a nice dark-cherry red color with very obvious carbonation. Slightly cloudy and a small fizzy pinkish head forming before quickly receding to a cap.

S - Strong aromas of tart cherries comes first followed by a nice presence of oak wood. The cherries come through sweet and tart and remind me slightly of cherry pie. The oak adds an earthiness to the aroma

T - The taste is strong with cherry pie flavors of tart and sweet cherries. Like the nose, the oak flavors give this an earthy, almost dry favor.

M - This is a lighter beer with a moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and slightly dry.

O - Nice cherry forward beer. It comes across as a one note kind of beer, but the favors and the style all make for a refreshing cherry beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 14:31:06 | More by KAP1356
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear garnet red in color with some light hints of haziness as the beer warms. The beer has a minimal beige head that reduces to the thinnest two tiny patches of bubbles at the edges of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Very funky in the nose with lots of sour cherries and oak/wood from the barrel aging.

T: Huge flavor of sour cherries along with substantial notes of oak and moderate amounts of funkiness. Very enjoyable.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light dryness.

O: Quite enjoyable and tasty - I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. I could sip on this one all afternoon long.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 13:08:42 | More by dbrauneis
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy garnet in color and poured with a small off white head that completely died down, leaving only a few bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has light to moderately strong aromas of sour cherries and oak.
T: The beer has flavors of sour cherries and oak from the barrel aging process. The sourness is not that overpowering.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite tart on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Some hints of dryness are also noticeable.
O: This is a very nice wild ale. It has a good amount of sourness and tartness, but neither of these are overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 21:54:55 | More by metter98
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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.25

Cisco Monomoy Kriek. No freshness date. $21.99 for the pleasure. Enjoyed side-by-side with Jolly Pumpkin La Roja.

Tiny hiss after removing the cork. Scarlet color. Glugs into the glass with no effervescence. Just a few forced bubbles that gravitated to the outside of the surface; about as many bubbles as would be formed from force-pouring grape juice.

Wine-y aromas full of aromas of oak barrel and tart cherries. Has a tannic nose with lots of woody notes and fresh fruit skins. Pithy lemon aromas fall by the wayside to light sweetness. Hints of vanilla powder.

Taste follows the nose. Lightly sour with lots of vinous notes. Tannic without the bitterness, and with a showy and juicy fruit character. A little bit of 'close-to-the-rind' honeydew melon flesh, lemon, sour cherries, lively oak, white vinegar, and rooibos. Finishes pretty tart and showing some of the alcohol.

A little stinging in the back of the throat upon the swallow. Medium-full body with a syrupy feel to it. All of this, and hardly evidence of any carbonation at all. Almost completely flat.

Excellent kriek/wild ale. Prominent barrel quality, exponential complexity, and enough funk to make it comparable to big-time Belgian fruit lambics. Will have to secure another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 03:09:36 | More by thecheapies
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle shared by Lubiere - thanks!

Appearance – Slightly hazy copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, vinegar, cherries, caramel, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste ripe cherries mixed with caramel and lemons. There is also some vinegar flavour mixed with a hint of chocolate and a bit of a woodiness. At times the beer reminded me of a cherry blossom chocolate candy or even just a chocolate covered maraschino cherry to some extent. It end with a tart yet slightly sweet cherry aftertaste.

Overall – An excellent beer that does a great job of showcasing cherries while not tasting too over the top. I find most of the Kriek's to have too much of a artificial flavour, this one didn't have that at all. The bottle rings in at 22$ which is a bit pricey, but it would be nice to have for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 13:48:08 | More by spinrsx
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

Pours a deep ruby color with no head whatsoever. No lacing, just some small bubbles around the edges.

Huge nose of balsamic, oak, lactic sugar sweetness, and tart cherries. There is a decent balance of sweet and sour on the nose.

Acidic up front, loads of sweet balsamic vinegar with a lactic sugar sweetness. The sour really comes out in the finish. Tart cherries and a touch of clean malt.

Light body, clean and smooth. Borderline lush, but the acidity takes over a bit. The finish is dry and sour.

A welcome surprise from Cisco. A well-balanced kriek with loads of puckering sour and sweetness. Solid.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 02:26:47 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly traditional, well-made kriek with a noticeable oak character. My bottle was, fortunately, lightly but adequately carbonated and while a bit thin, had an appropriate mouthfeel for the style. It pours a clouded, dark red, slightly brownish color with a decent little tan head that settles down slowly. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma is what you’d expect for this style; lots of tart cherries, a nice woodiness, some sweetness and a hint of vinegar. The flavor pretty much follows suit; middle-of-the-road sourness and tartness from the cherry mingled with vinegar and oak. Somewhat musty and funky, with medium sweetness and light acidity. Seems pretty well-balanced, again with a more prominent oak character than other krieks I’ve tried. Glad I gave this one a shot after almost being scared off by talk of uncarbonated bottles. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 03:46:21 | More by tobelerone
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1305th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml C/C

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to Twstandley for this one

App- A ruddy brown/red crimson beer with a good bit of density. No head really formed and maybe left a couple dots of cling.

Smell- A huge aromatic vinegar and sour cherry comes first. A large amount of oak comes next with a bit of lactic acid. A bit earthy as well.

Taste- This is what I love in a sour with cherries. Boom! Straight to the point. Lactic, Sour, Cherry, Oak. Thats it. Its well balanced between these flavors and hits it hard. Damn tasty.

Mouth- A bit of a fuller medium body. A medium complex carbonation with a lot of residual cherry and oak on the finish.

Drink- A very good wild ale. More of a wild vs. kriek and I enjoyed it very much. Thanks to Tom for the trade on this one. Would love another one.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 23:11:48 | More by FosterJM
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of FosterJM.

Pours a murky crimson brown with a khaki head that fades to wisps of lace on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour cherries, funk, and slight vinegar. Taste is the same with a woody and dry finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good straight forward sour cherry beer with a better taste than smell in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 23:15:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rusty brown with no head, seems flat at pouring. Just a little bit of haze in here, but overall a nice color

S: Mostly sour lactic aroma, some cherry , a bit of funk and oak

T: This starts off with a nice sour bite. It is lactic and tart as I was expecting, maybe even only slightly more than I might have expected. This is a good thing, for some reason I thought this might let me down a little bit. The malt is very subdued as it should be. This is no Schaersbeekse lambic, but it is pretty good. Not bad at all for my first Cisco Woods series sour.

M: Very light and watery with no carbonation.

O: This is a decent Kriek. It has basically all of the things that I like in a Kriek, but is just a little flat. Just needs a little more complexity to take it to the next level, but otherwise the flavors are all good. Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:22:39 | More by alpinebryant
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No head, reddish-amber body.

Nose is of some spice and cherry pie.

Quite tart on the start and finish, which is accompanied by spice. Cherry is easy to get wrong, but this nails it. Trace of oak. Faintest hint of bitter leafy greens.

Mouthfeel is not super thick, but not too thin either.

Really worthwhile kriek-- remarkable spice character. Not sure what this would do in time, but it's darn good fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:29:11 | More by zaphodchak
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours without head, but a very nice red color. Deep and hazy in the center, the side hint towards see-through.

S: It smells cloyingly sweet with some oak and booze underneath. The tart characteristics are there, but it just doesn't have enough to call this aroma balanced.

T: The taste is a bit light with an underlying tartness. The cherries, oak and other barrel treatments are noted, as is booze, but the overall taste just isn't that great for an American Wild. It's a lot like a Belgian Lambic, but just not quite there.

MF: Medium body without any carbonation. It is insanely drinkable, probably one of its redeeming qualities.

O: A really good beer, but just not quite on the top level. Pretty average in terms of American Wilds, I was expecting a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 03:34:53 | More by russwbeck
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New York

1.7/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was absolutely, totally, flat. Zero carbonation. I was worried when the cork was very easy to pull out. I am not going to give this one another chance, because I spent over $20.00 for this, even though the other reviewers did not have the same problem. I bought this from a very reputable supplier, so I don't think the problem was there. Refrigerated it as soon as I got home.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 22:51:20 | More by potownbill
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/11/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark red color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, grapes, light malts and wild Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out with a nice sour bite of tart cherries and grapes followed by wild Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sour beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 22:09:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured ruby red with a half finger bone white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, funk, wood, subtle sour, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, cherry, fruit, earth, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The cherry definitely made a very nice presence on this one. I really like how the tart aspect took over and avoided the sour. Made this one very enjoyable. A definite must try if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:34:20 | More by thagr81us
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Monomoy Kriek from Cisco Brewers Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.