Tahoma Kriek
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #694
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,995
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 11.25%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
139
From:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  12
Gots
  23
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes: Blonde ale prior to the addition of Rainier cherries from the Columbia River Gorge. Our two house yeast strains are blended with Brettanomyces lambicus, and are allowed free reign for a year on the fruit to develop its complex character. Pie cherry, kiwi jam, and summer farmhouse take the lead, giving way to a juicy, refreshingly tart finish.

11 IBU
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Photo of woemad
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour at Nectar, in Kendall Yards, Spokane, for $7.

Opaque and apricot in appearance, with the fastest disappearing head I have ever seen.

Rainier cherries used here, so the aroma isn't as straightforward as most Krieks. I get cherry, orange and even a little grapefruit in the nose. The Brett is also present and accounted for, but it's a little restrained.

Again, like in the nose, the flavor is not typical for the style but is more complex. Lighter and citrusy up front, rather lemony, with a tart, slightly vinegary taste from the Brett, and finishing with a gentle bitterness, but things don't really get cherryish until the aftertaste.

Quite light bodied, slightly juicy mouthfeel.

I think I'd really dig this on a warm day, not when it's about 35 degrees outside and raining. By and large, Double Mountain tends not to blow me away, but maybe I've been drinking the wrong beers from them.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 version, bottled on date says 7/9/14. I was a bit worried this might have sat too long, but it actually came out terrific. Had a mellow tart bite with the cherries rather muted until the very end on your tongue. Is a bit higher ABV at 10.3 than this is listed at currently.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2017 vintage. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a small foamy off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leather/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leather/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light leather/musty funk/vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tart/sour/spiciness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and body body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.9%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; dangerously smooth and fairly crisp to drink for the big ABV, with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic/tannic. Amazing balance of big juicy/jammy cherries and Brett/Bacteria complexity; with great clean pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2017 vintage on tap at their brewery! i have never seen a kriek so pale, this is blonde with just the faintest pink hue to it through the haze, maybe a lighter colored cherry was used, not sure there, but its delightful beer, very sour, but very interesting at the same time, still yet to have a beer from these guys that i havent really liked! not much head here, and a strong white vinegar sourness rising up in the nose. the fruit seems subservient to the acidity, and i get as much lemony lactic character as i do cherry, but the cherry i get is tangy as well, some white wine notes here too, and less funk than anticipated, more bacterial than wild to me. the alcohol is crazy well hidden here, even though its real acidic, its also quite dry and light in body, no trace of it being this strong at all, wow. the cherry comes out a little more in the flavor, and more and more as it warms, but its never as intense as many krieks out there, and the cherry is just another element of a relatively complex beer, not necessarily the driver of it. some light peach notes here too, white wine, lots of tannins, and even a belgian ester here at the end. maybe too sour to drink a whole lot of, in fact, definitely so, but a very tasty beer and a real different type of kriek than i am used to.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light straw yellow color, with light tints of orange, with a very small head, and no lacing.

This smells like stone fruit, orange, and lemon- not like the typical cherries you're probably used to, as this uses Rainier cherries. There's also a light bitter spice, and some lemony funk.

This is a really cool use of a really cool cherry varietal. It doesn't taste much like traditional cherry flavor, there's more stone fruit and lemon here, with a bit of grapefruit and orange-y funk as well, with some funky brine flavors as well, and a touch of oak. This is really fun.

This is light bodied, spritzy and drinkable, with a crisp and sparkling level of carbonation. It's clearly well built and brewed.

This brewery seems to really have a handle on fruited American-style lambic-esque beers.

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Photo of stevoj
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
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 +17.6%
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 +0.7%
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 +2.9%
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%
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 -5.4%
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 +5.9%
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 -8.8%
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 +3.9%

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 +16.1%

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 -1.5%
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 +2.2%
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 -10.8%

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 -1%

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 +4.2%
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 -3.9%
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 +4.2%
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 +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.4.14
2012
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 -14.2%
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 -1.2%
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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Tahoma Kriek from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 139 ratings