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Monomoy Kriek - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Monomoy KriekMonomoy Kriek

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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 96
Gots: 73 | FT: 6
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

04-17-2011 13:29:03 | More by Sammy
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

05-19-2012 23:15:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-18-2012 05:52:57 | More by djrn2
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

12-19-2010 23:50:37 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

07-30-2012 13:10:48 | More by nmann08
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

06-30-2012 21:54:55 | More by metter98
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

06-30-2012 01:32:37 | More by acurtis
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

11-16-2010 02:07:20 | More by womencantsail
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-15-2012 19:06:40 | More by kjkinsey
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-16-2012 16:15:52 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

02-11-2012 09:43:01 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-10-2013 00:05:58 | More by spycow
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

01-09-2013 21:28:54 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%

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.


05-17-2014 19:13:22 | More by emerge077
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-18-2011 22:39:26 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

10-29-2010 22:35:31 | More by largadeer
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-14-2014 07:00:20 | More by SocalKicks
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

08-31-2012 04:20:47 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

04-15-2012 22:09:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

01-26-2011 16:18:54 | More by MasterSki
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

12-19-2010 21:49:52 | More by drabmuh
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

06-20-2014 00:02:26 | More by Rifugium
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

08-16-2010 05:56:14 | More by Mora2000
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

12-16-2010 20:34:58 | More by mdfb79
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-08-2014 01:43:19 | More by XmnwildX12
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Monomoy Kriek from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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