Devil's Kriek | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Devil's KriekDevil's Kriek

Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"We added a boatload of Bings from Matt's orchard to our Devil's Kitchen (along with some "unique cultures") and let 'em hang out together for a few months. The neon-raspberry colored result features a funky-sour backbone that's uniquely delicious."

Brewed with organic Pilsner and Munich malt, Perle hops, "unique cultures", and local cherries. 9+% ABV, 35 BU

Added by ccrida on 07-18-2008

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cherries, Tart, Vinous, Dry

Brewed with local bing cherries, fermented with will brettanomyces, aged for over a year on cherries, and bottled conditioned. Pours a gorgeous red beer, slightly cloudy, with pink-stained lacing. Musty nose, cherry meat, hints of wood, and soft spices. Super tart and acidic. Gets the glands going. Crisp, quick carbonation Lemony smack, sour cherries, tannic, oaky, vinous, dry, medicinal undertones, woody finish. Bone dry. A damn fine Kriek, but let a breathe a bit before consuming to allow the heavy phenolics to subside.

STYLE: Fruit Lambic | ABV: 9.3% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #92 (Sep 2014)

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of riotontheroad
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

A bit of cherry and a lot of brettanomyces.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright red. Small white head. Uneven collar.

Smell - Cherry. Vanilla. Some caramel and a little acidity.

Taste - Mildly sour. Cherry. Sweet cherry up front. A little vinegary after that. More tart in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Astringent. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Pretty flavorful, but not really dynamic enough.

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3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom (Hood River, OR) on 8/28/11. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear ruby, with thin covering of bright-white head. This retains with a smallish amount of foamy edging, leaving back just a bit of sudsy spotty lace. The aroma smells of fresh cherries up front, which then gives way to a combo of earthy Bretty tartness and then a bit more of an acetic smelling sourness. Underlying sweet sugars sit underneath, helping prop up those notes of fruit and funk.

The taste is similar, with a blast of cherry tartness, which is buffeted by a wave of sweet sugary malt. Dry funky tartness hangs on the edges of the profile and then pulls into the back where more of an acidic character takes over. Tartness wins out in the end though, as this finishes with quite a puckering feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and VERY lively feeling up front, before more of a slippery feel takes over and give this more of a sleek creaminess in the mouth. This has a good feel that matches up well with all of that tartness/sourness.

I didn’t find this super complex or anything but it definitely brought the goods for those looking for a decent sour fix. I’d love to see this one put into a barrel, as some vanilla and oak would really round this one out nicely.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jellikit
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: mostly red. With brown hues. Very hazy. No head.

S: not much. Very little sweetness. Acid notes.

T: mellow fruitiness followed by tart/sour.

M: high carbonation. Dry. Tart.

O: good sour. Pretty basic. But good. Will try again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-Duvel glass. 2013 vintage consumed 12.11.15.

A: Beautiful burgundy coloring has a solid, quick paced effervesce within. The head is slight, a leathery tan color, skim covering, and quickly dissipates.

S: The aroma is moderately strong, with a burst of tart, fruity cherries. Hints of leather saddle, barley, and a dry funk follows.

T: Tart cherries are abundant for flavor, with a b beautiful level of soothing tartness. Spicy, dry tart funk belgian yeastiness, dry cherry skins, fruity sourness.

M: Nice syrupy consistency and thickness per style with a slippery texture. Tart with a good feel of carbonation keeps things lively.

O: Overall was unaware this was a 2013 vintage when bought, but kinda happy it turned out this way. The aging seemed to make this very smooth with a perfect level of sourness and drinkability factor. Been getting more and more into sours and this is a very approachable beer for the novice and intermediate sour drinker. I'm sure the more experienced sour drinkers will complain about the lacking sour intensity level of this, muck akin to hop heads who bring up a lack of tongue smacking hop ibus in most mid-level ipas, but I like to see a trade off of flavor, complexity along with drinkability factor. The abv% of 9.3 is finely hidden, feeling perfect for a single serving. A great price entry per style, flavorful, good balance and level of sourness, very good drinkability makes for an easy A beer by style.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy deep red with a touch of orange. One finger of frothy off white head with a little bit of pink. Looks pretty much like a kriek!

Smell. Nice juicy sour cherries with a little bit of that nice cinnamon/almond. Smells like a kriek! So far a winner.

Taste. Tart cherry but not in a big juicy way. Still nice though. A bit of dry brett and musty funk is there, fairly dry finish. Doesn't taste quite like a traditional kriek but not too shabs.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. I wasn't really expecting a classic belgian kriek here, but the look and smell did get my hopes up a bit. Not quite, but a decent brew for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A deep cherry to orange red body, with lots of noticeable fast carbonation to be seen. Lots of snapping fizz off the pour, with a very quick dissoliving thin pink head. No collar and some watery character. Quite light looking.

Aroma heads towards a good tart cherry fruit and some malt dough and bakery density. Moderate acid and not hinting too much to vinegar, giving a hint of fruit sweetness ever so slightly. Pretty good.

Palate comes interestingly enough, but seems to lapse much of the interesting yeasty character of the style. Good tart cherry through a fairly solid body, if a little thin. Very well masked alcohol as well which seems surprising as there doesn't appear to be much depth to this. Fleeting aftertaste of fruit, with a bit of club soda and mineral finish. Warmth brings some more diverse menthol like character to the cherry which adds a nice touch.

Overall not too bad, grows on you after a bit.

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Devil's Kriek from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 183 ratings