Monomoy Kriek - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 99
Gots: 78 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jamie2dope on 07-09-2010

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Photo of abuliarose
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass, revealing beautiful cherry juice-colored body with a fast-dissipating pink head. Very, very pretty. Smells like an oud bruin with lots of meaty, funkalicious notes and sweet, vanilla-y oak notes over a soft cherry backbone. Very good smells.

Tastes like an oud bruin, very sour and meaty with an intense tartness that marries well with the cherry and oak flavors. The cherry flavor itself is a little canned or concentrated tasting, not as fresh as some krieks I can remember, and there is a latent metallic tinge to the flavor that may be a remnant of the oud bruin collective. Mouthfeel is a little grainy, a little tingly from the carbonation, and dry. Light to medium-bodied. Very drinkable but very flavorful.

Overall I really like it. I wish I had more to enjoy with some cheese.

Photo of jerrytodd
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

I get everything mentioned in Cisco's description - cherries, check. Wine barrel, check. Sour aging, check. All very well balanced. Excellent.

Photo of nilesschmidt
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Awesome sour

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a garnet red with a finger of tannish/pink colored head that recedes pretty quickly. Not much lacing but the rest of the beer makes up for it.

S- The nose on this bad boy is incredible! Starts out with rich oak from the barrel. Notes of rich almost cedar quality eminates from the glass. Assertive tartness and barnyard goaty funk blends in next with beautiful esters and acidity from the Brett and those crazy bugs that make wild beer so interesting. Gigantic tart cherry and rhubarb cobbler aromas on the finish with a crusty malt profile on the finish. The aroma is so well intergrated and each part complements the other with prosision and elegance.

T- flavor is tart and funky up front with big cherry pie and rhubarb cobbler. Crusty malt like baked pie crust explodes with an intense vineous note and big oak barrel. Finishs with beautiful flemish red like acidity, horseblanket funk and a bone driness with the oaky tart cherry lasting long into the aftertaste. This is beautiful it's one of those beers you hate to see gone.

MF- slick and smooth mouthfeel with a dry oaky finish. Heavier medium body with average carbonation.

D- delicious refeshing and complex. Hell yes this is drinkable.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark pink to light red color with a good sized off white head that recedes fairly quickly. The smell is cherries with some funkiness and a little bit of sourness to it. The taste is more sour than any of the other woods beers I have had. The cherries come through was well as some of the sourness. The mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. This is a great sour definitely the best of the woods series I have had so far.

Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A deep burgundy color with a small one finger head that fades quickly.

S- Tart cherries, oak, a hint of lemon and funk.

T- Sour cherries, tart lemons, some funk and oakiness. Well balanced.

M- Light to medium body, smooth, crisp, refreshing.

D- Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Solid sour and worth the money.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 7/17/11

Appearance: Light brown color with the hint of dark red, hazy - beige head, nice lacing

Smell: Simply great - sour, tart cherries, with a perfect amount of sweetness - more straight-up sour than funk - some subtle, yet nicely toasted malts in the background, as well as some wood

Taste: Also great - a superb amount of tartness - sour, but not puckering, this flavor profile is really about the tart - sweet cherries and cherry pits - some spices, including something that may be described as cinnamon - wood - some red wine-like characteristics - complex yet very clean tasting

Mouthfeel: Just about perfect - smooth, crisp, with a nice lingering sour juiciness - dry, too - nicely carbonated

Overall: A fantastic sipper

This was a great kriek. These Cisco Woods beers have such a surprising amount of complexity. I've never been disappointed. If I see this again at a reasonable price, I may buy more than one.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Goblet

No date on bottle but arrived in the store not to long ago

A- Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a less than a finger head that dissipates immediately leaving nothing on top of the beer or retention.

S- Sweet dark cherries with tons of funk and fruitiness from the yeast. Also has a nice woody character that gives off some sweet vanilla and must.

T- Up front the lactic sour and funk take over the mouth immediately drying it out creating a strong tart presence. After the bubbles settle on the tongue the sweet dark cherry flavors come out and combine nicely with the vanilla and oak. The more I drink it and get down the bottle, it reminds me and has the same flavors and tartness of eating an aged block of extra sharp cheddar cheese. Delicious

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that almost champagne like. The finish is wet but extremely tart and sour.

Overall of the Woods series this is definitely my favorite one. They kept it simple and made it extremely sour. Everything i love in a wild ale.

SkÅL!

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant - much obliged!

Pours a hazy reddish-tan color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart and ripe cherries backed by medium malts and hints of spiciness from the oak. All the aromas are very crisp and stood in stark contrast to a De Cam Lambiek we had earlier.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Medium and nondescript malt flavors kick things off and are quickly overtaken by loads of tart bright cherry flavors with very slight hints of medicinal flavors. Slight amounts of spiciness reminiscent of French Oak come into play midway through the sip. The oaky spiciness and solidly tart cherries carry through to a crisp and moderately tart finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was impressed with this beer as I have been with most of the Cisco Woods series. An unexpected showcase for oak. Well worth a shot.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Random week nights at wisconsinality's house are always fun. Usually we walk through his cellar and he lets me pick out any bottles I want to crack. This one caught my eye right away.

A: Dark blood red hue. Just a tiny hint of dirty white/pink head. No lace left behind.

S: Pure oak barrel soaked cherries. Sweet and tart balance perfectly. Hints of vanilla and pie crust. Reminds me of a less powerful LP kriek.

T: Awesome tart cherry flavor. Mild wood, pie crust, vanilla and oak.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

D: This was an absolute surprise gem. Super flavorful and a joy to drink. I will be looking for bottles of this myself. Thanks Kiley.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruddy brown. Head if off-white. Thin vestiges of lacing. Head dissipates quickly. Carbonation is lively, but not crazy,

Smell: Oak. Loads of cherry, both tart and sweet. Malts run on the sweet side, but it's quickly tempered by a sharp, tart sourness. Faint hints of toasted malt. I'm also getting a nice burst of sweet cinnamon, which is unexpected to say the least.

Taste: Loads of cherry, some sweetness from the malts, and oak, lots of oak. Cinnamon comes through the back, but works as a nice spicy compliment to the fruit flavor, and the slightly toasted and caramel malts. Hints of biscuit. Warms to some seriously tart cherry and oak magic. the cinnamon sits throughout. Everything ends up blending wonderfully after a bit of warming and produces a complex sour that gives way to a balancing sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Oak smooths the whole thing out. Faint hints of carbonation from time to time. Heavier than I've encountered with the style, but still delicious. It's definitely a sip and savor kind of beer.

Overall: A great American Wild. Loads of flavor and a solid use of cherry. Well worth drinking now or throwing down for a bit of age.

Photo of benpopper
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep dark red with one finger of off white head that quickly dissipates but leaves a ring at the edge of the glass without any lacing.

Smells of deep fruit. Not quite cherries, but darker. That deep fruit smell is surrounded by a sour funky smell that melds nicely together.

Surprisingly, the first thing I taste is the funkyness. Dank, basement type wonderful that gets sour and tart. The oak and deep fruit come out right with it though and make for a wonderful combination of flavors.

Feels good drinking too getting a lot of depth from the barrel. Not over the top sour and medium carbonation lend to a great feeling drink.

Overall, I am very very happy I have another bottle of this!

Photo of nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark reddish brown a pinkish brown head

S- Sour cherries, a tad of acetic acid, a little funk, some vanilla a fantastic cherry nose

T- Tart cherries bite the palate right away and lead to vanilla, oak, some tannins, puckering sourness that sucks out the saliva. Incredible complexity.

M- Medium bodied, nice medium carbonation, dry, puckering

D- Another fantastic sour from Cisco, I love the tart cherry nose and the tart cherry taste. Worth trying if you enjoy tart cherry sours that are big on fruit.

Photo of craytonic
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this one subsequent to Cherry Woods. This brewery is on the up and up!

Appearance: Pour is a very nice glowing mahogany-ruby, well carbonated with about a 1" off-white head.

Smell: Light funk and sourness with tart cherries, oak and vanilla.

Taste: Similar to the smell, light funk and lemon acidic sourness, followed closely by tart cherries, oak and vanilla with some honey suckle on the finish and vinegar underneath. It does taste a bit young.

Mouthfeel: Very well done, smooth; a bit light though, I feel the tannins from the cherry skins could have given this a bit more oomph as my only real complaint about this beer is that it is a bit thin/watery.

Drinkability: Goes down very easy; it is my believe that some of these newer American Wild Ale producers like Cisco, Captain Lawrence, Upland, etc are really starting to shine and are surpassing some of the old guard like Russian River that has mostly stood still as time passes them by. I wish I could get this stuff locally, will definitely visit the brewery next time I am in Nantucket.

Photo of Pahn
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Removing the very tight cork yields no gushing at all. Free pour yields a 1/3 inch frothy white head that dissipates quickly to a small froth ring around the glass. Pours a semi-translucent dark somewhat brownish red (looks like the color of a cherry, actually), and leaves occasional spots and streaks of lacing.

Smell: Sour cherries, along with some oak and vanilla. Just a touch of vinegar smell. Bit of funk underneath. As the beer warms, some sweet pastry smells come out. The overall character of the smell is hard to describe with particulars as above... it's sort of smooth and inviting. It's very nice.

Taste: Oak, tart cherry, creamy, juicy, and sour. Very straightforward, but very delicious. The bottle says you'll taste "the idea of cherry"... I'll buy it. There's a nice oaky funk underneath as well. Dry finish, with the 6.7% ABV well-hidden.

As the beer warms, it becomes a lot fuller flavored; it fills the mouth with disparate flavor sensations, all of them good and all of them contributing to a well-balanced whole. Lots of puckering sourness at first along with distinct cherry notes, vanilla, oaky creaminess rounding out the flavor, tangy funk moving through everything, with a very dry finish. These flavors, deep as they are, stay pretty constant, only smoothing out into a much more balanced, consistent whole as the beer warms. It's all very refreshing, intriguing, and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation, lots of puckering sourness, dry finish.

Drinkability: Bold flavors that stay in balance without getting dulled, tons of refreshment, low alcohol influence despite a high ABV; nothing here inhibits drinkability. I'm not going to say "no" to this beer.

Monomoy Kriek is a very direct, good beer, with a simple, well-conceived conceit: age a good Flander's red on sour cherries. The result delivers all the flavors you'd expect if such a beer sounds like a good idea to you. Like most American wild ales, it's a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for with this one.

Photo of Damian
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from 1 pt., 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle
Served in a tulip

Slightly hazed, rusty-brown in appearance. The liquid was topped by a thin, frothy film of tan colored bubbles which quickly faded to a lasting ring.

The aroma was fantastically oaky and potent. Sour cherry notes came through strong. Tart, funky and somewhat acidic with a trailing, brown sugar-like sweetness. Hints of balsamic vinegar and vanilla appeared as well.

The flavor profile was a nice mix of sour cherry tartness, oak and fruity sweetness. Balsamic vinger notes were apparent. Some brown sugar too. Oaky and woody on the finish. Tannic and dry. Slightly steely. Lemon notes lingered in the aftertaste.

My one complaint about this beer was the mouthfeel. The body was medium for the style but the lack of carbonation made the liquid seem watery and flaccid.

Monomoy Kriek drank like a dream. This beer was enjoyable in the dead of winter but would be a fantastically refreshing treat at any time of year.

Cisco Brewers have really stepped to the plate with their Woods series. Lady of the Woods was fantastic and this beer was nearly as good. Despite the high pricepoint, I would definitely love to revisit this in the future.

Photo of chugalug06
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Julios today. The label describes it as follows: "2 year old Nantucket Flemish-style Red aged on sour cherries for 10 months." Initially I figured that this was just their Cherry Woods with a new name, but based on the info I received from the beer guy at Julios, the ABV, and overall character it appears to be a whole new brew we have here. It pours out a hazed dark pink, with a single finger of white heading. Smell is of sweet cherries, pie crust, and just a small hint of the barnyard. The funk comes through more in the flavor, starting off with lots of tart cherry becoming more sweet in the middle, and then ending on a more dry champagne likeness. I do not know how they do it, but Cisco seems to nail the pie crust taste with a few of their beers (Grey Lady would be another example). This element works really well with the sourness here. Mouthfeel is crisp, sour and refreshing, especially good for hot weather. Cisco is doing a bang up job with their Woods series of beers. I am very much looking forward to what they come up with next. Cheers

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow. ive been drinking some incredible beer lately, i mean, its been a heck of a run for me the last couple of weeks, being exposed to wonderful beers though trades, generous friends, festivals, and travel. its not often i am this saturated with new and fantastic beer. even in the midst of this streak of good beer fortune, this one stands out as something extremely special. ive liked the other woods beers, but this is next level. cherry in this is super forward and super ripe, the beer is dark dark red, red wine looking. it appears to be a flemish type red at its base, rather than a classic lambic that most kriek is, im fine with that, because the extra grain body and the vinegar pucker is fitting. cherries are both sour and sweet, really intense, and there is a highly tannic red wine character in here that fits its appearance like a glove. one of the more sour krieks i can think of, hanssens older krieks get super acidic, and this does the same thing, but the bigger grain base helps it last on the tongue forever. carbonation is fine, although it drops out with some temperature. some oaky funk to this too, one of the most flavorful beers ever, its just so so good, many thanks to my brother for finding this thing. these guys deserve a ton of credit for this woods series, its unrivaled in depth and complexity. love love love

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle.

Vintage 2013.

Thanks for the share Nate!

Appearance: deep red bodied beer with 2 fingers of dirty white head. Head quickly drops down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Tons of cherries. Lots of oak tannins. Smells like this is a pretty sour beer. Very inviting aroma.

Taste: Lots of sour and tart cherries. Hint of sweetness from malt. Vanilla and tannins. Moderate acetic sourness that is a 7.5 out of 10; for my tastes it is just the right amount of sourness without overdoing it. Long, lingering acidic and tannic finish to this beer which is just awesome.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This is masterfully carbonated; it has ample carbonation and it is not aggressive. A little better than a semi dry finish.

Overall: By far the best of "the Woods" series by Cisco and probably the best beer that I have had from Cisco. I am reviewing this beer as a flanders red because this is what the bottle specifically states, so this is not a wild ale. It is a two year old Nantucket Flemish-style red aged on whole sour cherries for 10 months in oak wine barrels according to the label. This one of the top 3 flanders red 's out there as far as I am concerned.

Photo of jgasparine
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 12/31/2010- reviewed from notes.

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin pinkish-tan head, which receded to a haze layer and a collar over a completely opaque, well-carbonated, ruddy, rusty brown body.

S- Aroma is rich with tart wheat, tremendous tart cherries, and some mild oak lactones. A very rich nose overall.

T- Wow. It starts out with a tremendous flavor of fresh-picked cherries, and is quickly overwhelmed with some lactic and acetic sourness, with a touch of brett. It is completely dried-out in the finish, with an echo of almondy cherry pits and a very mild acetic quality.

M- Mouthfeel is thin. Moderately carbonated- the carbonation is a bit prickly, which is a bit of a detractor, but does not ruin the experience. High astringency.

Overall- A very well crafted wild ale. Dynamic and very palatable. I would reach for this again!

Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to SneezyAchew for this one. Served in a wine glass over dinner with friends.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin ring, leaving minimal lace. Dark ruby red color that is slightly transparent when held to the light.

S - Lots of sour cherries, tropical brett notes, vanilla, a yeast malt backbone, and some light funkiness. One of the few American Wilds I've had from the Northeast that doesn't smell like the same starter packet. Actually smells like a kriek!

T - The taste is more tart and less funky. Nice notes of oak, vanilla, and acetic acid mingle with unsweetened cherry juice. Finishes with light pucker. Not quite as good as the aroma, but still one of the better cherry-laden American Wilds. It's a 4.25 so I bumped up the appearance score to compensate.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry, tannic finish. No obvious alcohol (nor should there be at only 6.7%).

D - I could drink one of these on my own if it weren't for the price. Reminds me a little of on-tap Cantillon Kriek (NOT the bottles), which is quite high praise. I'd definitely have this one again.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.34/5  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.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for this killer brew.

Bomber split into tulip.

A- A deep prune red, small head and little lacing left on the side of the glass. There is a slight haze to it as well.

S- Big whiff of cherry pie, Luden's cough drops and some graham cracker. There is also a nice amount of oak to it as well.

T- Tart cherries greet the tongue immediately. There is some nice oak notes and a little bit of sweetness. Reminds me of a more sour Belgian Red.

M- Lighter bodied with a mellow carbonation and a nice tartness. Dry on the finish.

D- I am glad I traded for this beer. Great flavors and a nice balance with some good tartness. Can't wait to have another bottle in my possession.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-light brown center with bright red edges and a light tan colored head that is somewhat creamy in appearance.

S-light oak up front with some slightly sweet vanilla, fleshy ripe cherries in the nose, maybe a hint of medicinal flavor with notes of sourness and a light acidity.

T-the taste is solid following the nose. the oak is very subtle and provides notes of sugary vanilla. there are lots of fleshy cherries, decent bit of sourness and a touch of acidity in the back. the medicinal flavors seem to have gone away and this has some great robust flavors.

M-lively grainy feel, very prickly on the throat with strong carbonation and rather dry finish.

D-this is extremely drinkable. not overly complex but very nice flavors, the oak imparts subtlety and vanilla, the vanilla may be a hint sweet, the cherries are sour and bright and there is just a touch of acidity to it with the nice dry finish. solid stuff.

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Monomoy Kriek from Cisco Brewers Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.