Tahoma Kriek | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Tahoma KriekTahoma Kriek

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

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of stevoj
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale, hazy golden pour. Instant big, airy head fades fast. Tart, fruity nose. Sweet, but not necessarily strong cherry essences. Taste also builds on the tartness. I guess the Rainier cherries lend their own character to this, making it more of a straight up a sour than the traditional kriek.

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Photo of ERbeerdrinker
4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazingly good kriek. Had it on draft from the brewery. Better than the Devils kriek, which was also great. Wish I could have sampled different vintages

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was two different beasts! First, did a decant pour which was brilliantly clear pale yellow, with an aroma full of sour cherries and lacto sourness. The taste was acidic with a dominant cherry tartness, and a soda like carbonation with no head or retention. Then poured the rest, and it became a cloudy orange juice looking beer, and a sweet cherry flavor and sone spice decided to show their faces. Wonderfully complex. Cheers!

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas and Jenny for this one!
Pale gold with a spotty edge of lace, lightly hazy.
Big stonefruit aroma, peach and apricot, Rainier cherry, not your typical robitussin cherry from the usual suspects. Something a bit different and unique that works here.

Taste is nicely tart, acidic and tannic with noticeable cherry skin and pulpy stonefruit. Crisp and juicy, stimulates the salivary glands into overdrive. Overall it's really unique, Rainier is an interesting cherry variety.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look : Lemon drop colored, 100% opaque

Smell : Slight Brett yeast, not much else going on here

Taste : Kick to the face. Sour Bretted yeast with hints of pineapple, black cherry, and raisin.

Feel : Creamy, largely carbonated, ends puckered

Overall : My favorite beer from these guys. Great Lambic.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Funky, Phenolic, Cherries, Fruity

Brewed with local Rainier cherries, fermented with will brettanomyces, aged for over a year on cherries, and bottled conditioned. Golden, cloudy, a short-lived white lace that falls flat. Musty, funky, medicinal, wood in the nose. Creamy, medium-bodied, semi-sweet cherries, fruity, light tartness, suggestions of nectarines, tannic, oak, bready yeast, dry finish. More body than others within the style, with a unique fruity, cherry flavor that sets it apart.

STYLE: Fruit Lambic | ABV: 10.3% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #92 (Sep 2014)

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Photo of Hop_God
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This really helped me get into sours. It wasn't too sour and had a nice sweetness from the cherries which i think is a great way to enter into sours. Now i love tons of sour and funk, but i really appreciate what this beer did to help get me into the craze that is sours.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. Bottled 7/9/14. 10.3% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, funk, and cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry and funk 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 a pretty good beer with a solid mix of sour cherry and funk characteristics, but I bet this one was better when fresher.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jakewatt135
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

bottle labeled 2013

light amount of cherry in the aroma with some noticeable funk. light body with cherries and a nice belgian yeast/funk in the finish. would like to see this fresh to see if the fruit is more pronounced. nice beer

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Photo of riotontheroad
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

been waiting to drink this one. tonight just seemed like the night. aromas of strawberry/cherry milkshake fill the glass. the taste is tart with a noticeable wood presence. cherry finish is nice and long. love this beer, but it could stand to be a bit more sour

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a thin withe head that fades fast.

Smell. Tart cherries, some light woody funk and wheaty malts. Quite nice.

Taste. Dry brett and woody funk is what strikes me first, some sour and tart cherry. Pretty dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium/strong carbonation.

Overall. Not amazing but interesting enough to keep going back for another sip.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep apricot yellow and tropical mango looking, with quite a bit of snapping carbonation and fizz off the pour. No head or collar, but a nice barely noticeable middle column of carbonation in the middle, and a simple glow to it. Solid.

Great and fascinating aroma on this. Cake like vanilla and a big mix of soft juiced tart fruits of cherries, peaches, and apricots, a virtual smorgasborg in there. Creamy sensing like icing sugar a bit, but with a mild acid quality, even a bit of moderate funk and earth to match. I am really in love with this bouquet, smells like a treat you find in a bakery more than anything.

Palate though seems to come moderately with less fanfare and surprises. Banana to tropical punch fruit quality, with a big juiced finish. Moderate carbonation but with lots mushy fruit flavor in the mid palate, but has a little playful and tingly carbonation. Moderate acetic quality comes out nicely to cut through and let the tartness make it's presence.

Overall was expecting something wonderful, but was not totally let down. This is definitely one beer I would go back to and revisit again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

375 ml bottle.
Poured pale golden and hazy.
The smell is sour and not very promising, but this has a splendid tart and fruity taste. Would prefer a more clearly defined cherry note.
Nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Nice cherry fruit tartness and some complexity as it warms. Not as sour as I was hoping, a little too mellow. Overall, not sure if worth the pricetag of a $ per ounce.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 375ml bottle shared by Sasha - thanks. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy light reddish orange with a 1/4" thick white head which fades quickly and leaves spots of lace.

N: Brett funk, cherry skin and pits, rustic and earthy.

T: Tart and fruity with a sharp astringency.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Tart fruity, dry finish.

O: Enjoyed and would have again.

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Photo of jellikit
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orangish/amberish/tanish. Hazy. Little to no head.

S: acid. Vinegar. Slight fruit.

T: acidic, earthy, funky, lactic acid. There is actually cherry in the background.

M: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry. Sour.

O: good Brett beer. Funky and complex.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to my buddy rathakem for this unexpected surprise. Enjoyed from a double mountain snifter. Bottled 1/24/14

Brew poured pinkish orange with a thin bubbly , cap that was gone as quick as it formed. Nose is soft tart cherry. Taste matches. Really big acidic tartness, but not overly so and not plasticy or nail polish like. Easy drinker with prickly carbonation. Really nice vinous American kreik. The Brett is not noticeable at all. Body is just super smooth...gray sourness but without the pucker.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.4.14
Bottled 01/15/14

A - Pours a hazy light pink with a white head that is gone instantly.

S - Tart, vinous, cherry.

T - Tart, funky, cherry. Light and very nice.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Funky and tart with a light cherry kick to the teeth.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Less red than the Devil's Kriek. Deep amber. No real head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Cherry. Caramel. Acetic acidity. Vanilla fills out the rest of the smell.

Taste - Pretty sour. Sour cherry. Caramel maltiness, but it's astringent.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Strong sourness.

Overall - Better than the Devil's Kriek. Not a really complex sour, but good.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2012 vintage, bottled 1/15/14; ABV is listed at 8.4% on this bottle.

Appearance: pinkish-amber hue with a tiny touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head was champagne-like; pours very fizzily and quickly dissipates to nothing. Interesting!

Smell: very tart aroma with just a hint of cherry under-notes. Not bad, but relatively simple.

Taste: extremely tart right up front, which a cherry character that builds on the palate. It shows up more in the aftertaste than anything else, and really starts to come together with each successive sip. There's also a light caramel character which helps the cherry along. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: light body with a great big carbonation. Not creamy, per se, but bright and refreshing; perfect for this style.

Overall: this beer rubs me the right way. I could drink a cubic hectare of this, probably.

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Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
taster glass; from notes.

Pale golden, no head.

Sweet Rainier cherries upfront blends into sour, slightly Lacto backing.

Medium body, foamy mild carbonation.

While they were both good beers, I did prefer this version over the Devil's Kriek, as I thought this example of cherry sweetness melded better with the sour/tart components.

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Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on growler with thanks to beerific. Very good sour. Unfortunately, it’s too big for its own good and, probably because of that, there’s a light buttery note. Good sour cherries with a distinctive taste from the Rainiers. Light gold with a little head. Lots of lemon flavor. Strong pucker. Medium body for a sour. A bit of funk complexity but it’s mostly just a lacto sour cherry. Good beer, but it suffers from its strength, a fairly common problem for American sours.

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Photo of harrymel
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap @ Uber in Seattle.

It's a turbid toasted grain color with some fine white foam atop. Looks thick. Nose is strait up rainier cherries, bubble gum, straw and a hint of lacto character. Expecting this one to be limited tart and a bit too sweet - although I love Rainier cherries so that wouldn't be an issue. I stand correct, the beer is nicely tart with a good pepper punch to it and slight heat from the alcohol. I like how the rainier remains distinguished in the flavors alongside a nice lactic sourness. The beer is full bodied for the style with a lower carbonation, off dry and refreshing. A really nice beer I'm glad I have had the chance to give it a go. Gotta be careful with a 9% ABV packed in there.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Paper notes... Inflateablechair hooked this one up... Pours a slightly hazed yellow.. spotty lacing with a short lived head.

Nose is real cherry aromas with a bit of pink bubblegum phenols... nice lactic sour profile melds great with the cherries... fantastic fresh yellow sweet cherry notes...

Is this one "barrel aged".. not sure.. but the fruits are up front clearing the way for plenty of sour bits... more "tart than sour" with warmth... bits of almond... maybe even vanilla.

Body is a touch thick... carbonation is a little too light.... but this is a fantastic brew for somebody who really likes Rainier cherries.. no real "funk" ever shows, instead it is a lactic master with bunches of fruit in every sip.

Thanks Sam!! Very cool... I want to try and make a Rainier Cherry kriek.


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Photo of Elimination
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a sort of white whale to me. The thought of a Belgian golden base a bunch of rainier cherries and Bret makes me tingle

Look of a hazy pale yellow. Thin as hell lacing with a great gold hue

Smell of the strongest sour cherry you will ever smell. Strong tart pie like character. Amazing

Taste is the mouth puckering gOodness of cherry plum with a sweat Belgian funk

This beer is great and if you find it and love sours. Go for it

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Tahoma Kriek from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
4.07 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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