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Monomoy Kriek - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 98
Gots: 74 | FT: 7
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 angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev +9%

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.

angrybabboon, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of OBIrish24
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

mantissa, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

jwelsh, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

PEIhop, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

KHM, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

nh2032, Nov 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

imperialking, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

basilcrow, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

bauermj, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

AleWatcher, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

BelgianDip, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Fairly clear cranberry color; it has a faded look to it. Soft off white lace remains from a small head.

Smell: Sour cherry, just a little bit of funk.

Taste: The flavor starts off with a little bit of maraschino cherry sweetness, but the flavor quickly turns sour. Just the slightest bit of barnyard funk at the end.

Mouthfeel: This is tart and sour enough to get my lips to pucker. It is fairly acidic, with a light to medium carbonation wrapped up in a medium body.

Overall: This was good although it lacked the complexity to bring it into the same category of some of the great ones.

KickInTheChalice, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.43/5  rDev +8%

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.

Goblinmunkey7, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

birchstick, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

rfgetz, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

rowingbrewer, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Tschnab, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of davey101
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

davey101, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

billab914, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.47/5  rDev +9%

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.


Arenbeer, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

AgentZero, Jul 11, 2011
Monomoy Kriek from Cisco Brewers Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.