Monomoy Kriek - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5
Tonight I am going to be using one of my favorite glasses in the cabinet, my Dogfish Head goblet which is perfect just about every occasion. I pulled the large champagne bottle out of the fridge and proceeded to unwrap the wire cage and wrangle the cork out. Thankfully I didn't need to get my pliers to finish the job and the cork slipped out fairly easily and heard a generous pop while the carbonation gasses floated out. I decided to tilt my glass fairly hard to make sure there wasn't a overflow of head and it poured beautifully. When I was done I was left with absolutely no head at all, it looks as still as wine with no carbonation bubbles. As I hold my glass up to the light it appears to be deep red almost ruby with some purple tones thrown in. A fair amount of haziness and there is no light passing through the murky ale. As I give a quick swirl the viscosity appears to be pretty light and only leaving slight legs that go away quickly.
Huge amounts of cherry pie right off the start followed by lots of tartness. Some barnyard funky, musty, wet basement aromas that are from all the brett and other creatures that bring this beer alive. Oak and some red wine vinaigrette really are shining through the middle with some other slight acidy flavors which are puckering my nostrils. There is no hop presence here and something that is floral and sweet in the finish which is refreshing.
Wow, this is sharp and bitey on the palate with a explosion of cherries. The lactic sourness is very present and curls my tongue up a little bit. Lots of musty funk which is surprisingly good and adds lots of complexity. I don't want to forget the oak because it is very present and rounds out the flavors and adds some slight vanilla and earthy spice. My only complaint is that the carbonation is lacking and I really wish there was something to make this a little bit prickly. In the finish there is a little bit of cherry cough medicine taste that is lingering around and as the glass gets warmer it fades away thankfully.
Overall this was a great sour beer and I really wish I had another bottle to hang on to. Although the carbonation was lacking the flavors were spot on in my opinion and had lots of complexity. This beer drinks easy and doesn't over curdle my stomach like most sours do after a few minutes. This is a very respectable beer and I would say if you get a chance to get one go for it because this is one of the better offerings from Cisco. Maybe the only fallback of this beer is that is has a steep price tag of $25 so choose wisely.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2011 21:18:56 | More by Bmoyer0301
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3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cisco only makes shaker pints, and that's not an appropriate style of glassware for this beer, so I opted for a handy Odell bell tulip. Deep red-brown color with a slight haze, with a small cap of white head that receded to a sturdy collar, leaving moderate lacing on the glass. Some ugly yeast floaties in the glass, even with a careful pour. Lactic nose, vinegar and oak, cherries and red wine. Sour cherry taste, lacto, lemon, grape skins, fairly acidic, some hints of acetic acid, but not as much as detected in the aroma, some funk. About a 6.5-7/10 on the sourness scale. Medium body, lower-medium carbonation, tart mouthfeel. A nice beer overall. I honestly didn't know Cisco could make anything even remotely close to this.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 00:02:26 | More by Rifugium
Monomoy Kriek from Cisco Brewers Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.