Monomoy Kriek - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 326
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 95
Gots: 78 | FT: 8
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 tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1305th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml C/C

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to Twstandley for this one

App- A ruddy brown/red crimson beer with a good bit of density. No head really formed and maybe left a couple dots of cling.

Smell- A huge aromatic vinegar and sour cherry comes first. A large amount of oak comes next with a bit of lactic acid. A bit earthy as well.

Taste- This is what I love in a sour with cherries. Boom! Straight to the point. Lactic, Sour, Cherry, Oak. Thats it. Its well balanced between these flavors and hits it hard. Damn tasty.

Mouth- A bit of a fuller medium body. A medium complex carbonation with a lot of residual cherry and oak on the finish.

Drink- A very good wild ale. More of a wild vs. kriek and I enjoyed it very much. Thanks to Tom for the trade on this one. Would love another one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rusty brown with no head, seems flat at pouring. Just a little bit of haze in here, but overall a nice color

S: Mostly sour lactic aroma, some cherry , a bit of funk and oak

T: This starts off with a nice sour bite. It is lactic and tart as I was expecting, maybe even only slightly more than I might have expected. This is a good thing, for some reason I thought this might let me down a little bit. The malt is very subdued as it should be. This is no Schaersbeekse lambic, but it is pretty good. Not bad at all for my first Cisco Woods series sour.

M: Very light and watery with no carbonation.

O: This is a decent Kriek. It has basically all of the things that I like in a Kriek, but is just a little flat. Just needs a little more complexity to take it to the next level, but otherwise the flavors are all good. Very drinkable

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours without head, but a very nice red color. Deep and hazy in the center, the side hint towards see-through.

S: It smells cloyingly sweet with some oak and booze underneath. The tart characteristics are there, but it just doesn't have enough to call this aroma balanced.

T: The taste is a bit light with an underlying tartness. The cherries, oak and other barrel treatments are noted, as is booze, but the overall taste just isn't that great for an American Wild. It's a lot like a Belgian Lambic, but just not quite there.

MF: Medium body without any carbonation. It is insanely drinkable, probably one of its redeeming qualities.

O: A really good beer, but just not quite on the top level. Pretty average in terms of American Wilds, I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of potownbill
1.7/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was absolutely, totally, flat. Zero carbonation. I was worried when the cork was very easy to pull out. I am not going to give this one another chance, because I spent over $20.00 for this, even though the other reviewers did not have the same problem. I bought this from a very reputable supplier, so I don't think the problem was there. Refrigerated it as soon as I got home.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured ruby red with a half finger bone white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, funk, wood, subtle sour, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, cherry, fruit, earth, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The cherry definitely made a very nice presence on this one. I really like how the tart aspect took over and avoided the sour. Made this one very enjoyable. A definite must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of kmatlack
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a large red wine glass. When unwinding the cage, it broke. Yeah, that wasnt a pain in the ass.

A- Aggressive pour renders a half finger pink-orange head that sits on top of a cloudy dark pink beer. Surprising amount of head retention from a great looking creamy froth. No real lacing as the beer is drank.

S- Smells of strong vinegar, lactic acid, sour apples, cherries, lemon peel. Plenty of funk on the nose, especially as the beer warms. Plenty of oak presence as well.

T- Sweet and sour on the front palate, lots of sour cherries, lemon, funk. Mid palate, the carbonation masks the beer but the sour cherries are still present. On the back end, there is a lingering bitterness with lots of green apple peels and sour cherries.

M- Prickly carbonation, almost creamy mouthfeel, no abv present.

O- First beer from Cisco Brewers and i have to say, i am impressed. Looking forward to trying some more offerings from them.

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Photo of philbe311
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - No real head to speak of... The pour yields nothing more than a very thin veil of lace with a slight crescent shape worth of foam on one side of the glass... No retention... Small carbonation which is sluggish to moderate paced climbs along the sides of the pour... The color is a deep rich ruby red...

S - Raspberries.... Tart... Light vinegar notes... Some woody oak characteristics... Good complexity... Very appealing...

T - The wood and oak notes dominate but never over power... Some faint vanilla... Fruity... Mostly raspberries... Some strawberry notes as well... Just a kiss of brown sugar on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Very limited carbonation... A bit syrupy... Just a touch of puckering... Smooth... Sleek... The finish has a touch of dryness...

D - Surprisingly quaffable... I could make this bomber disappear real quickly... Very refined... Fairly simplistic, but yet rather complex at the same time... Very good, but not great stuff...

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of davey101
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.


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Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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).

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.09/5  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.

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Monomoy Kriek from Cisco Brewers Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.