Monomoy Kriek - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BA SCORE
91
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324 Ratings
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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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but not outstanding kriek, perhaps needs some ageing to take some edge off.
Pours reddish colour with good amount of head. Strong aromas of bleach and cherry. Full mouthfeel but the boldness also includes carbonation that I would have liked to be softer. Not sweet at all, its straight up dry cherry in your face, more of a sipper over a couple of hours, still great flavours if you like tartness.
Thanks M.P.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for opening up this bottle at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.

Pours a nice, dark red color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing as it makes its way down. The nose brings a really great cherry presence plus a bit of tartness from the same. A bit of light oak and funk are there beside a nice sour presence. The taste is of tart cherries, light funky characteristics, some oak, and a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation and a good amount of acid all around. Drinks quite well; I really enjoyed this brew.

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 largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by dabecassis. Thanks.

Appearance: The body has a cherry skin hue, the head more pinkish. It's moderately hazy, and the head doesn't stick around very long.

Aroma: Fleshy and sweet cherries. There's a mildly tartness, but very reserved acidity on the nose. The cherry character is vibrant and very enjoyable.

Taste/mouthfeel: It's fairly sharp on the tongue, dominated by tart cherries and lactic sourness with a touch of acetic acid. Carbonation is very lively. There's some pleasant cherry skin astringency in the finish, but not much oak. I had low expectations for this beer after trying a few other mediocre Cisco sours, but this one is surprisingly good.

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 label.

Into a Duvel tulip it pours a vibrant dark crimson. Crackling foam and a light haze, lots of active carbonation visible. The head disappears rapidly and there's no lace, otherwise the color is very nice.

Aroma has a cheesy funk to it, a slight minerality, acidic sour cherries; pits and all.

Moderately sour with a bracing acidity that scrubs the palate. Light tannins and cherry skin bitterness, juicy cherry flesh, bright acids. The Flemish red base brings a touch of acetic acid. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall this was a nice rendition, makes me wonder if it was possibly inspired by Rodenbach Alexander.

#3700

Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a nice red color with a moderate cloudiness and a short lived pink head.

S: Starts off with a good cherry pie sort of aroma and a fair amount of tartness. There is a hint of grass along with a fairly strong wet, oaky presence.

T: A pretty simple flavor to this beer. A mix of sweet and tart cherries with a big time cherry pie character. Again, the grass is there as is the strong oak background.

M: The body is light to medium with a nice crisp carbonation. Unfortunately, the finish on this is really short and sort of leaves you wanting more.

D: Not a bad beer at all. It's just a little simple and certainly lacking in the complexities of a true, traditional lambic beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  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.

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 mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/12/10 notes. Brought to a local tasting.

a - pours a dark ruby red with one inch of white head and light carb evident

s - Smells of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, funk, oak, and a tiny bit of vanilla as well. Not super funky, just a hint, but the sour cherries are still very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, dark fruits, funk, and oak. Again, not super funky or sour, but enjoyable.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty crisp body.

d - Overall I enjoyed this sour quite a bit. While it is not overally funky or sour, it has a great nose and is pretty easy to drink. I thought it was better than Cisco's Dark Woods, and pretty on par with their Cherry Woods, maybe a notch below.

Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan, thanks. I have been generally unimpressed with the wilds coming out of this brewery.

Beer is dark red with a white head and low carbonation.

Beer smells like oak and funk with some tart cherries in there.

Beer tastes like sour cherries and oak. Lots of nice brett character on the midpalate of the beer. The finish is tart and funky. I like it. The body is light and has some nice carbonation on the palate. This is probably the best sour I've had from this place so far.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a rusty red color with a white head. The aroma is strong cherries, oak and vanilla. The flavor is exactly what I expected after smelling the beer. I get a lot of tart cherries with some oak and vanilla notes. Very drinkable and very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

A: This beer pours a deep ruby hue with a quarter inch of white head that leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: Really fabulous aroma of tart cherries and some funk.

T: A very tasty brew, with flavors of oak, tart cherries, and funk.

M: Acetic and a bit biting, in the best possible way. The mouthfeel is otherwise light.

D: A very tasty beer. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. Dark cherry in color with a thin white head clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a good sour funk to it. The cherries really come out nicely and add some fruity, sweet notes. Just a little bit of an acidic bite to it. I get a little of the woody, oak but it's pretty well hidden behind the cherries. The sour, tart, sweet cherries are really good in it though.

The taste shows more of a sweetness to it at first. Midway is where the sour and tart cherries really start to come out. By the finish it turns more sour and funky with the fruity cherries showing a lot of tartness to them. A little oak comes through in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a delicious beer. I love cherries so this one was right up my alley. The cherries were very flavorful and showed sweet, tart and sour characteristics at different times which really did it for me. Really loved this beer overall.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice and an Ithaca tulip. No bottle date.

Appearance - Ruby red body that gets cloudier as I pour it. Dark, like an oud bruin, but still with a bright pink luster to it. Big head that limits the amount I can pour into the tulip.

Smell - Musty and acidic smelling. Sour cherries and a hint of funk. A touch oaky, perhaps in a slight vanilla smell in the background.

Taste - Acidic, but not quite puckering until the finish. Cherries come through, as does the malt. Not sweet, though, just a touch of malt. Oak and vanilla in the finish, which turns quite sour and dry.

Mouthfeel - Tannic and dry, to the point that it makes my teeth hurt. Makes it a bit tough to drink.

Overall - A nice sour with appealing oak notes. Like an oud bruin with cherries. It's tasty and has a good depth to it, but not mind-blowing.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a nice purpleish/grape color, very nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, tangy, cherries, and some oak. The taste is malty, very slight sweetness, tangy, nice touch of cherries, with some oak notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew, but can be overwhelming.

Photo of kscaldef
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AlexFields for this one

A: not much head poured at fridge temp. Gorgeous ruby red color

S: good pure cherry note and some acidity. Gets the mouth watering.

T: Earthy cherry flavor, with nice woody notes. Good balance of sourness with a bit of sweet. Warming up, there's some minerality, a hint of apricot.

M: Nice carbonation and palate cleansing acidity.

O: Really glad I got a chance to taste this. Very drinkable and great with food.

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head that moves quickly to the edges.

S - Sour cherries, apple, oranges.

T - Similar to the smells, but with a slight funk to it.

D - Thin, light, nice sour balance.

O - What a Kriek should be.

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