Devil's Cuvee Kriek
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #20
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,086
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 5.39%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
30
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Devil's Cuvee KriekDevil's Cuvee Kriek
Notes: We are proud to release the Devil’s Cuvee Kriek, an oak barrel aged Devil’s Kriek Belgian style sour ale brewed with cherries. This labor intensive sour ale has been quoted as ‘the best version yet’ by beer bloggers and inciting cries of ‘damn that’s good!’ from across the bar. You can now get in on the barrel aged goodness at the Double Mountain taproom, throughout the Northwest, and parts of Southern California.

Description: Carefully selected Devil’s Kriek from 2014 aged on Hood River Valley Bing and Vann cherries was given extra time in new French Oak barrels and blended with a small portion of next year’s Kriek. It’s time in the oak gave it more depth and wisdom, and ripened the fruit imparting a sherry and dry red wine character. The blend brings some youth and vivacity of the fruit to the table. With this beer we pay homage to the traditions set before us, and welcome the future ahead.

12 IBU
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 30 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottling

Appearance: Pours a tawny-tinged ruby color with a one finger mauve head; the retention was not great nor was there much lacing

Smell: Tart black cherry and Rhone red wine tones; oaky with a hint of vanilla

Taste: Black cherry forward with tart tones and Rhone red wine flavors building; oaky and tannic, through the middle; the finish brings a lot of mineral complexities with vanilla and a hint of Port

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: An outstanding Kriek that brings a lot of complexity

Thanks, philhyde, for the opportunity

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle

Pours hazy ruddy brown, dark scarlet tint. White ring for a head.

Smells of rich tart cherry, oak, hints of scotch.

Flavor is of rich tart cherry, oak, wine and wine tannins, nondescript spirits, and very dry apple cider vinegar.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

Exquisite. Rich, nuanced, tart and slow-drinking. Very worth trying if you can get it. I'll remember this one fondly.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.76/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle cellared at 55deg. Slight oxidation on nose and taste. Cherries have mellowed out to perfection. Very complex oaky character. One of the best American Flanders Red out there.

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Photo of degueulasse
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This sour pours a dark mahogany color with a large, fluffy head. It doesn't have much of a smell, though the acidity does hit the nostrils a bit. It tastes like black cherry, but there is an oaty flavor underlying it that makes this a bit better than the average sour, and the mouthfeel has a delectable warmth from the acidity, carbonation, and sourness.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 Batch from the bottle.

This deep purple liquid is full of dark and tart cherries in both aroma and taste. It is wonderfully backed by solid doses of oak and red wine and a sharp acidity, but not too puckering of a sour. Just right in fact. A real treat to sip and savor. A proper review will be in my future. Cheers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly murky dark brownish-red, with a small head, and no lacing. '15 vintage.

This smells predominantly of fleshy and sour cherry, with dry tannic red wine, some oak, sherry, port, and some vanilla.

The couple years of aging has done this one very well- as there is a killer creamy smoothness, and absolutely no sign of the shockingly high ABV for the style. The cherries are still super prominent, two years later, with lots of barrel- red wine, sherry and port all make an appearance, with some slightly spicy oak, and just the slightest hint of vanilla. This goes down so easily.

This is medium bodied, fairly full bodied, with a good level of carbonation, and a high level of drinkability.

This one exceeded basically of my expectations. It's an absolutely killer sour, and one of the best cherry beers made in the United States.

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Photo of John_M
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station during puckerfest. This was served on day two of the event, and while there were a number of outstanding beers on tap, this was the best I tried.

The beer pours a somewhat murky, reddish dark brown color, with good head retention and lacing. The nose is so complex and attractive in this beer... I pick up light vanilla, considerable wine, cherries, and hints of chocolate and sherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the light sour on the finish playing off so well with the other flavor elements. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the finish is long and lightly sour. Drinkability is exceptional, with nary a sign of heat or heaviness from the 9% abv.

Very, very impressive. Tried side by side with the Tahoma Kriek, The latter was pretty good, but this was a show stopper.

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Devil's Cuvee Kriek from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 30 ratings