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Big Sky Kriek - Big Sky Brewing Company

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27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 57
Avg: 2.23
pDev: 40.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

15 IBU
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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 57
Reviews by zhanson88:
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2.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle 2836/3600. Vintage 2010.

Appearance: Pours a murky ruby color with about a half inch of off white head. Very little retention, and no lacing at all. Not bad looking, but not really that appealing either.

Smell: Very oaky, lots of vanilla, and lots of cherry scents. The cherry smells sickly sweet, and the overall scent is not appealing.

Taste: Strong, sweet cherry flavors initially. Oak and vanilla follows. There's a lot of alcohol heat on the back end - I can tell this beer is 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is heavy for the style with not enough carbonation. It adds to the cloying nature of this beer. Overall, I was not a fan of this offering. Way too sweet. I couldn't finish much of it.

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1/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of ehammond1
1.78/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5


Sour Fest 2012
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Hazy dark brown and ruby in color with low carbonation. This looks oily and doesn't leave much mess down the glass.

Heavy vegetable aroma, with some earth and mud, along with what I guess is cherry, but I don't think I would have called it that unknowingly. There's some distinct gourd and dirt characters, as well.

The flavor is no better than the aroma, and in truth, it's hardly drinkable. Vegetable forward flavors with some metal and earth, along with a strange acid note. Why in the world is this 10%? There's good amounts of booze notes in here also.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

San Diego's tap water is exponentially more drinkable than this vile concoction.

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Photo of danp14
3.25/5  rDev +45.7%

Photo of Photekut
3/5  rDev +34.5%

Photo of jheezee
3/5  rDev +34.5%

Photo of blearbeer
3.75/5  rDev +68.2%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
2.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #26 of 180 provided by Jake65 at the Friday the 13th tasting..

Slightly cloudy reddish amber brew.. lite pink tinge to a descent head.

Aroma is fruity and woody... a little hot alcohol.. but the cherries and the tannic wood elements play first and second fiddle.

I know this is barrel aged, but are they used barrels? I get a little winey aspect that could easily be mistaken for the cherries.. sweet cherries essence is sorta dried out by some oakey tannic elements... the body is a bit on the thicker side.. and the carbonation may be a tad light for a beer this heavy.

Glad I got to try this.. hopefully, I will get to again soon.. but for now, I think it is a good experiment now that Montana is allowed to brew bigger beers, but this is no where near a traditional Kriek and should probably not even have the word on the label, even if it is used tongue in cheek.

Overall.... a pretty good beer and a good base for Big Sky to really run with and continue to improve upon.


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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.27/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of cnbrown313
1.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle for $12.99.

A - Pours a reddish brown color with very little carbonation. Looks almost like a warm apple cider in a glass, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

S - Yikes... the smell is quite offensive! It smells like either something got infected or went wrong in the bottle. It has a strongly acidic smell.

T - At first the taste isn't too bad, although it never tastes like a Kriek should. At first it tastes a little bit like wood and cherry, but that is followed by a rotten, acidic taste. The aftertaste is like a combination of rotten onions and dirty dishwater. I couldn't make it thorough one glass of this.

M - The mouthfeel was medium, and normal for the style. But it was also lacking most of the carbonation.

O - Avoid, if at all possible...

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Photo of Kaydogg
3/5  rDev +34.5%

Photo of SageO
1.25/5  rDev -43.9%

Photo of atone315
2.5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Bobbydigi
1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of KHM
1/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.71/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

thanks to TATURBO for sharinging this beer. Thanks Chris.

Vintage 2010; bottle 874 of 3600.

reviewed from notes taken on 7/17/12.

Appearance: hazy red bodied beer with a white cap drops quickly to no head at all.

Smell: Big vinegar and tart cherries. Hints of earthy oak and sweet vanilla. This beer seriously smell wonderful.

Taste: Wooooh. What happened here? This beer does not tast anything like ut smells. Really sweet cherries with not a hint of sour notes. Little bit of oak barrel is in there. Has a vegital aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. Little bit of booze and its a touch cloyingly sweet.

Overall: This was a bit of a wierd beer. The nose tells you that this beer will be delicous then you taste it and its just not what you would expect, caught me off guard.

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1/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of sweemzander
1.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

750mL corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a murky blood red color. Some white bubbles formed.

(S)- A spicy cherry & dry oak profile. Hints at a sweaty sock coming through.

(T)- Again, a very spicy/zesty cherry oak. Again, a bit funky, but in a bad sewer water thing.

(M)- A decent carbonation level. Quite disjointed and not sure what it wants to be. It even feels a bit hot ABV + booze.

(O)- Not sure of what to give this since it is just a bit too odd and disjointed to be something really cohesive and complete, let alone giving it the name "Kriek." Not even close.

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2.75/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of womencantsail
1.64/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer is terrible. Reddish color with a nice murkiness and a small head. Aroma is just bad. A bit of bile along with onions to start things off. A mild fruit/cherry character followed by a heavy dose of celery. Tastes like pruno/cheap wine with a little bit of cherry. A very strong vegetable character which is far from pleasing. Bah.

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3/5  rDev +34.5%

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2.5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mychalg9
2.75/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bought this on a whim for $14. Take that for what it's worth.

Decided to break it out on Saturday night to share with my brother. He didn't know what the style was supposed to taste like, so I guess it had that going for it.

It looked ok in the glass, and smelled decent even, a bit tart with some cherry and oak. The taste actually starts out decent on the front end: sour/tart cherries with some oak, but it turns south halfway through all the way to the finish. I don't really know what happened, it just drops off a cliff into sub-mediocrity. The mouthfeel was the only redeeming factor I guess, it was decently carbonated and left my mouth "feeling" happy, at least. I warmed up to drinking it (possibly because of the high alcohol) and managed to finish the bottle (my half at least), so it wasn't a total loss seeing that I got a bit of enjoyment out of drinking it. I wouldn't buy it again I don't think unless it cost considerably less (and by that I mean the $1 dollar bin). I usually like Big Sky's beers but this one didn't impress me at all.

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3.56/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Chicago IL)
Bottle 18 of 180

In memory of Bruce Abrahms, who gave this bottle to my wife not 48 hours ago. Poured well with a good head which quickly dissipated. Dark amber in color, with a hint of blood orange color, and very cloudy. A little cherry and tannins from the wine barrel aging in the smell. Some effervescence in the mouth. Very nice round mouthcoating. Slight cherry bitterness in the taste with a sweet Belgian note to mellow it out.

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Big Sky Kriek from Big Sky Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.