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Big Sky Kriek - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
61
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.37
pDev: 37.97%
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:
15 IBU

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-16-2009)
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5/5  rDev +111%

TimRasmussen, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +68.8%

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4/5  rDev +68.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +58.2%

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3.58/5  rDev +51.1%
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.

jnewton, Jan 30, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev +46.8%
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.

3/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Nov 16, 2009
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3.38/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light brown and pink ruby in color. It is heavily and effervescently carbonated. There is a short head of light brown foam that fizzes away.

The aroma is cherries and wood, vinous, leather, and oxidized red wine or sherry.

The taste is surprisingly massive like an old peppery strong red wine, with the alcohol quite apparent. The first sip is almost overwhelming. It drinks with a warming sensation in the throat. Subsequent sips moderate and the cherry comes to the forefront. After that first strange wave, the primary flavor is cherry. There is a pleasant woody note. The wine stays apparent, but more subtle.

It is well carbonated, but quite dry.

The taste is better than the aroma, and I quite like this (obviously there are better Belgian krieks, but this is quite pleasant). I don't know what that first strange wave of flavor was, perhaps it just needed to get some air into it.

cpolking, May 27, 2012
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3.26/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Thanks to podunkparte for gifting me this one.

Bottle # 1068/3600. 2010 vintage.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, cherry, vanilla, cardboard, and slight vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with cherry and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that really isn't as bad as I was expecting it to be based on its reputation.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +37.1%

danp14, Jul 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +37.1%

Agold, Dec 16, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you're looking for bottle 1703 of 3600 (2010), I am about to drink it. This cork was hard to get out, almost broke, so be careful. Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Furious carbonation in this one seen coming off the etch in the bottom of this glass. Head was large but fades instantly. Body is deep red brown.

S: Quite stinky. Not really sour, but more sulfuric, cabbage like. Some hit of cherry sweetness behind it.

T: Boozy, highly carbonated nice flavor up front almost quad like hot Belgian yeast flavors. One dimensional. There's also a fair amount of off flavor here.

M: Way too carbonated, even for this style.

D: I was actually getting used to the veggie flavors...this is not a drain pour. I also wouldn't consider this a good beer.

51mmz0rz, Jun 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

jheezee, Mar 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

Kaydogg, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

jamesburkhart, Jan 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

Zbeetleman, May 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

PacNWDad, Jul 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

TonyTalon, Oct 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

RWNewhouse, Jan 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +16%

drewone, Apr 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +16%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
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2.68/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

mychalg9, Aug 14, 2012
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2.6/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

atone315, Oct 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

EricCioe, Dec 22, 2011
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Big Sky Kriek from Big Sky Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.