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Monomoy Kriek - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 97
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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 16:06:28 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of birchstick


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a reddish / rustic brown with a tiny head

S - smells of cherries, brown sugar, vanilla, and raisins

T - starts off with some lightly acidic citric tones. These were pushed aside by some caramel malts accompanied by cinnamon, brown sugar, and other spices. Tart cherries round it out very nicely; there is also a bit of citrus sourness to accompany it.

M - light, spritzy mouthfeel with a modicum of carbonation - worked well for the style

D - Solid kreik style ale. Nice complexity all around and the cherries brought everything together really nicely. A bit pricy but worth the occasional splurge.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 23:55:52 | More by birchstick
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty reddish tinted brown with surprisingly soft cap of medium sized white bubbles from the active carbonation. Little retention or lacing. Scent is a big rush of tart cherry and sour funk, ample wood notes with some shortbread like malts, mild notes of vinegar. First sip brings a rush of tart and sour notes before the actual flavor of cherry comes through, earthy and woody with mild funk, decent pie like notes of shortbread and vanilla. Lighter side of medium bodied, bubbly and lightly dry. Overall, good nose and flavor but lacking complexity and somewhat overpowered by the strong tartness.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 14:03:29 | More by rfgetz
Photo of rowingbrewer


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 11:49:39 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a hazy ruby color with a pink foam that dissipates pretty quickly.

S- funky sour cherries and wood are the main traits here, followed also by some wine qualities as well.

T- quite sour, vinuous, barnyard funk, green apple, tartness, cherries, and a kiss of sweetness.

O- My first experience with the Woods series, but I will have to try the others because this one was good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 06:45:21 | More by Tschnab
Photo of davey101


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Allowed to warm up a bit.

A - Dark brown/red body with a pinkish/brown head. Looks a lot like a Flanders red.

S - Cherries, oak, vanilla, and lactic acid. Fairly funky and sour aroma.

T - Sour cherries followed by vanilla rich oak. Tart and slightly mouth puckering. Really sweet and smooth. Carbonation is pretty low but it works for the style.

O - Another good beer from the woods series. It is very refreshing and I love the sweet cherry pie and rich oak flavors. A good interpretation of the flanders/oude bruin style.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:00:46 | More by davey101
Photo of billab914


4.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 21:45:13 | More by billab914
Photo of Arenbeer


4.47/5  rDev +9%
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.


Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 21:05:16 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of AgentZero


3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored beer that is slightly red. Slightly pinkish head didn't stick around for very long.

s - Sweet cherries, with some good tart notes. Little bit of wood and vanilla from the wood.

T - Reminds me a little of cherry pie with some sweet, tart cherries and a bit of a syrupy taste. Some wood, although not as pronounced as the nose. Solid.

M - Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, it's not fantaastic, but straightforward and pleasant to drink. I'd definately partake again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 19:39:48 | More by AgentZero
Photo of billshmeinke


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

Review from old notes.

Pours a hazy, dark ruby color. About a finger of off white ruby tinged head.

Lactic sour notes, with oak, vanilla and dark cherry, cherry pie even (just a hint though). Also some light notes of tobacco.

Taste almost exactly follows smell. Quite sour, some nice light tannins with jammy dark fruits. Nice mineral and earthy qualities too.

Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Good amount of acidity.

A really nice and vinous beer. However, it does remind me a bit of Supplication (which is not a bad thing at all).

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 22:06:37 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. corked and caged bomber bottle. Poured into my Portsmouth tulip glass.

Appearance: Amber to dark red in color. Pours a one finger beige head that leaves a nice lacing with each sip. A tad cloudy as no light penetrates the glass.

Aroma: Sweet cherries, vanilla, and a touch of a caramel note. Definitely some sour note is present, although not that forceful in the nose. Nice and fruit forward.

Taste: Sweet cherries and some lactic sourness are present upfront. Really nice fruit flavors throughout, and I am enjoying them more the farther I get down the glass. Some smooth vanilla and lemon notes on the finish. Nicely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and some nice carbonation. A little more carbonation wouldn't hurt but this drinks incredibly smooth.

Overall, an extremely refreshing and tasty wild ale. Not up there with some Belgian krieks like Cantillon, but certainly an incredibly refreshing and tasty replacement. Very fruit forward with some nice complexity. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 00:53:23 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of jgasparine


4.38/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 00:12:30 | More by jgasparine
Photo of Viciousknishs


4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 05:45:33 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of ptykozoon


4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Dirty pink, cap and some spotty lacing.

Acidic, strawberry, cherry, light oak, very fruit forward.

So much more restrained than the scents led me on to believe. Wet oak at the start mixed with cherries. Dry oak and sweetness on the finish. Simple, yet highly tasty.

Light, sweet finish. Very good.

A damn good kriek/wild. This is a must try, there are a shortage of good sours in the states, seems like Russian River gets all the credit but this brewery has got it down. Impressed, keeping my eye on these guys.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 15:30:18 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of benpopper


4.43/5  rDev +8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 02:18:27 | More by benpopper
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 04:38:39 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of kscaldef


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:26:25 | More by kscaldef
Photo of woosterbill


4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip, sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release. Thanks to whoever shared this?

A: Murky red-brown body with a thin layer of off-white head. Not bad.

S: Sweet + sour cherries; light brett funk. Vanilla and caramel. Amazing.

T: Sour lactic funk, followed by sweet cherry. Simple and very, very tasty.

M: Slick, smooth, and soft.

O: This was another great beer, but its place as the sweetest and least complex of the Woods series kept it from completely winning me over. There's certainly something to be said for doing one thing really, really well (viz. NG Belgian Red), but as good as Monomoy is at deliver a mix of sweet cherry and sour acidity, I really wanted more depth of funkiness or oakiness to balance out the fruit and sugar. I'd love to try it side-by-side with Cherry Woods to see how they compare.


Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 13:59:10 | More by woosterbill
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, ruby red color with a light white head. The nose is full of cherries, sour notes, funky notes. The beer is full of very sour cherries, notes of oak, and some funk. The finish is acidic. The body is light and carbonation is low. A nice sipper. The beer is kinda pricey but it is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 01:46:48 | More by bonkers
Photo of BeerMaverick


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Meg and Kev for this awesome beer!

A - Appears amber in color with about a half inch of head and little to no retention. No lacing present on the pint glass. Akin to Dr. Pepper in appearance!

S - Believe it or not...ketchup! Yes this beer smells like ketchup to me and my girlfriend haha. A tinge of red wine is present within this facet as well.

T - This is really where this beer is a winner for a mere 6.7% abv. This American Wild Ale "Aged in Oak Barrels" stays close to its title. The oak aged flavor is ever present and dramatically at that. Being a wild ale, the wild yeast's habitat clearly had some thought put into it because this beer is extremely distinct from other wild ales that I've had...it resembles red wine in taste, which is unheard of in my experience.

M - The aftertaste is lingering in a way that only red wine can provide. At 6.7% there isn't much to mask, but the wild yeasts more than adequately handle the task.

O - This beer is extraordinarily different from any other beer I've had. I would only recommend this to the adventurous palate that also has a taste for red wine. Thanks again Meg and Kev!!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 00:51:30 | More by BeerMaverick
Photo of sweemzander


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

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Thanks to AleLovinRuskie for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a deep and dark crimson red color. Produced a nice foamy cap of an off-white head. Decent retention.

(S)- A really nice oaky dry funk with a mountain of sweet, almost candied cherries with bits of vanilla. Some good sourness behind it all.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice dry oaky mellow funk with an overall really nice acidic cherry fruit profile. Finishes dry as well; overall the oak nuances work well in this.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. An overall great feel to it of acidity, oak, and fruit. Not an over-the-top sourness, but one that works and fits well in the overall spectrum of the beer.

(D)- A great wild ale. A great overall feel and balance to it. This bottle did not last long.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 17:15:20 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 13:29:03 | More by Sammy
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The brew pours a deep amber-auburn hue and is capped with a filmy wisp of bubbles.

S - The nose is straight cherry. Judging by the nose alone, I wouldn't be surprised if this was a lot like NG Belgian Red (it isn't). As I get into the brew, the cherry notes gain complexity, offering sweet, tart and funky tones. Oak is showing up in a mostly earthy way. A nice effervescence suggests mineral malt notes and some spiciness from the yeast (there is real beer under those cherries.)

T - The taste follows the nose in offering a huge amount of dynamic cherry flavor: sweet, sour and funky. An wood, there seems to be a good does of earthy wood, more than discernible in the nose. There is also a very nice base beer underneath, which seems along the lines of BSPA if I had to guess, delivering grain and mineral notes and spicy yeast flavor, all of which is 95% obliterated by cherries.

M - Nice effervescence and dry finish.

O - Better than expected (or hoped for). I would definitely drink more of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 13:02:22 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of trappistlover


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

(750ml bottle courtesy of LarryG!!). Pours red-brown with off-white head. Aroma has cherry, apple-cinammon and some funk. Taste is mostly tart. Medium bodied with dry finish. This is a very nice beer and exceed expectations. Thanks Larry! Stupid that I have to have 250 char.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:24:23 | More by trappistlover
Photo of beerwolf77


4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 01:48:17 | More by beerwolf77
Monomoy Kriek from Cisco Brewers Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.