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Big Sky Kriek - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
61
poor

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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2.75/5  rDev +16%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -26.2%

Cyclone8, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +68.8%

JMIPro, Mar 02, 2014
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1.95/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Presentation- I bought a bottle to try at my local bottle shop because I love a good sour.

Appearance- Light brown in color with a white head that dissipated quickly, the head that was there had lots of yeast coating it.

Smell- Extreme vinegar, I really couldn't even smell any cherry. It reminded me of a sour brown.

Taste- The flavor was more like a sour brown as well except more of a vinegar flavor. I didn't pick up any cherry.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel reminded me of when you eat way to many salt and vinegar chips and your tongue starts to hurt.

Drinkability- Drinkablility was difficult. Like I said I am a fan of sours and lambic but this missed the mark with both.

BowserBrewing, Jun 20, 2013
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1.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL corked and caged bottle (0033/3600)
2010 vintage, poured into tulip

A: deep red; with slight, off white head that dissipates quickly; quick swirl leaves a slick coating on walls of glass

S: tart cherries, mild oak, spices, vinegar

T: same as nose up front; then things fall apart, cloying, acidic sweetness and pepper, then cough syrup, then vegetal aftertaste

M: medium carb, slick, hot (EtOH)

O: starts well with cherry and oak balance, but jumps off a cliff quickly; reminds me of a hombrewed cherry wine my sister-in-law made; sad day because I love Big Sky

pryopen, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +58.2%

blearbeer, Jun 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

Zbeetleman, May 16, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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2.75/5  rDev +16%

drewone, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of superspak
2.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottle 315 of 3600, 2010 vintage. Pours lightly cloudy red orange color with a 1-2 finger frothy pink head with horrible retention, that reduces to nothing very quickly. No lacing on the glass, and a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart cherry, cherry skin, oak, red wine, light vinegar, hay, funk, earth, pepper, clove, and earthy yeast spiciness. Pretty decent aromas with ok balance and complexity of fruit and barrel notes. Taste of lightly tart cherry, cherry skin, oak, red wine, light vinegar, hay, light funk, earth, pepper, clove, and earthy yeast esters. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light tart cherry, red wine, oak, cherry skin, light vinegar, clove, earth, hay, and earthy yeast esters on the finish for a while. Fairly decent flavor with ok balance and complexity of fruity and barrel notes; with a fair amount of cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very syrupy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is a bit unpleasant. Alcohol is moderately well hidden with a moderate warming present after the finish. This is very difficult to drink; have to take very tiny sips. Overall this is a pretty unpleasant Kriek. Decent flavor balance and complexity of barrel and fruit character; but very hard to drink with the alcohol and mouthfeel. I think they would have been better off doing a lower gravity fruit beer for this one. Drain poured the rest.

superspak, Mar 14, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 28, 2013
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1/5  rDev -57.8%

pmoney, Jan 21, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -26.2%

beertunes, Jan 11, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -26.2%

MDF1IBetty, Nov 24, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -47.3%

SageO, Nov 11, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

atone315, Oct 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

TonyTalon, Oct 29, 2012
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1.35/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

2010 vintage, Bottle 3453/3600

Pours a dark ruby red color with a half finger off-white head that immediately disappears without any lacing.

Syrupy medicinal aroma with subtle oak and vinous fruit. The barrel character is faint and the nose is dominated by sweet cherry juice. Light spice presence but not much else going on expect cherry cough syrup.

Medium bodied with more carbonation than the appearance suggests. Metallic with strong zesty spicy, herbal/medicinal cough syrup, artificial cherry juice and burning hot alcohol in the finish. The barrel presence is non existent without a trace of oak or red wine. All peppery spice, cough syrup, artificial cherry flavoring and hot booze. Really harsh and very difficult to drink. I could only a few ounces before dumping it.

corby112, Oct 23, 2012
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2.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured this at a good temperature with an average sized, light tan, fizzy head that immediately disppeared and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy apricot with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is totally dominated by yeast, then hints of cherry, oak, malt. Flavor is cherry, oak, carbonic tang in a not so appealing blend. Body and carbonation are ok. Bad burps. Finish is long with a kind of mediciney cherry, oak, and boozy. Don't know if I'll finish it.

drpimento, Sep 28, 2012
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1.65/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

sweemzander, Sep 26, 2012
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1.9/5  rDev -19.8%
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...

cnbrown313, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of dubinsky
1.13/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I really have no desire to review this crappy beer but want to make sure that no one else has the same experience I had. This beer is undrinkable. it pours a murky brown color, smells rotten and tastes awful. Enough said. I can't imagine they released a beer that was so bad knowingly. Something must of happened in the bottle. stay clear of this one.

dubinsky, Aug 22, 2012
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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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3.25/5  rDev +37.1%

danp14, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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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Big Sky Kriek from Big Sky Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.