Brooklyn Jong Kriek - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.23/5 rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Climbing on the back of the spectacular Local 2- extra age, extra micro-flora, added fruit and added care nestles the beer firmly in a cocoon. From which, this marvelous Belgian-inspired Kriek emerges.
Darker than expected, the beer's dark Belgian tendencies show through immediately. Deep garnet with mauve and tawny rust low lights gives the hazy ale a mysterious austere. Its incredible malt structure allows the ale to retain a remarkable sandy foam stance while trickling with spotty lace despite its bracingly acidic grip.
Tangy-sweet aromas build as the beer breathes- starting with the scent of pulled candy, berries, obvious cherries, but also fig, date, raisin, prune and plumb. Its fruit-cake underpinnings balance with cinnamon, rum spice and peppercorn. But here comes its vinous and drunken wood character that overshaddows the classic ale underneath as the wild yeast claims the beer.
Its early taste soothes the palate with hard candy flavors and sweeter dark stone fruit. But its black cherry flavors pull from the berry, date and plumb and pull with it its sour tang. Sharp red wine and balsamic dissolve the malt sweetness and introduce musty notes of cellar and weathered oak. Curing leather, sea brine, crabapple, fresh-cracked peppercorn and lime peels pang away at the finish while its powdery funk is realized.
Its medium-light body seems more substantial than most of the style, but that extra weight provides the balance to the acidity and astringency that is much needed. Balancing much like Flanders Red Ale, the sweetness is retained until the late finish where malt evaporates and the sourness provides the palate-stripping quality that make Kriek so refreshing.
As that 10+ percent is felt nowhere- the deceptive ale couldn't survive the ultra-dry character of less powerful ale of its style. Its high complexity and welcome balance are simply sublime.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 19:06:10 | More by BEERchitect
Brooklyn Jong Kriek from Brooklyn Brewery
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