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Lee Kriek - de Garde Brewing

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 43
Gots: 8 | FT: 4
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de Garde Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: anteater on 06-28-2014

A sour red ale aged in a blend of rye bourbon and red wine barrels, with a refermentation in barrels on Oregon grown Montmorency Cherries. Spicy oak and yeast character with bright tart cherry notes and a complex finish.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 2
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4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a brandy snifter 2/24/2015.

A- Darker reddish-pink body, half finger white head that lingers in a thick collar for a while. Nice lacing.

S- Cherries, oak, tannins, funk, lactate, caramel. The cherries come across very, very well here. This reminds me a lot of Cantillon Kriek, except of course this comes without the trademark Cantillon funk. The cherries here are very similarly tart and the lactobacillus seems to add in a bit more of a thinner tartness. Smells good!

F- Cherries, of course stand out the most. There's a tannin presence here contributing a bit of oak, leather and a bit of dark fruit; I didn't know at the time what barrels these were aged in, but I assumed red wine and I was right. However, now that I've looked at the full description, I don't taste any contribution from the rye whiskey; I believe it is hidden well behind all of the tart cherry and tannins. There is a mild sweet caramel malt presence as well. A mild-moderate amount of funk, a fair bit of lactobacillus. Solid, decent complexity, but it does smell a bit better than it tastes.

M- Medium bodied, not thin or thick at all. Very easy to drink, but also very easy to sip on and enjoy in its complexity.

O- Very nice AWA, not the best but in terms of cherry AWAs, this is pretty good. I would recommend trying Funk Factory Door Kriek with this one.

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3.95/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Reddish brown body. Medium off-white head.

Smell - It's not a strong cherry, but it's there. More toasty malt and some sharp acidity. Sharp fresh oak.

Taste - Much stronger cherry. Sour cherry, but very strong sour pie cherry. A little bit of that caramel malt, but none of the toastiness. Becomes a bit vinegary.

Mouthfeel - Strong sourness. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I was optimistic when I smelled it, because I thought it would be an interesting take. Instead it turned out to be a very strong and simple cherry sour.

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Lee Kriek from de Garde Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.