Kriek | Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Early in the summer The Cherry Country delivers fresh picked Montmorency cherries from their orchard to our brewery. Our brewers immediately pack these tart red beauties into first and second use Kentucky bourbon casks before filling them with Enchanted, our open fermented Oud Bruin. Each autumn we blend three seasons from select barrels marrying fresh and mature cherry notes with gentle bourbon, oak, rich malt, and balancing acidity.

Added by Sarlacc83 on 11-18-2012

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Reviews by bhyndthebottle:
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, beermongers in Portland

A bourbon-barrel aged kriek is a risky proposition - the bourbon has the potential to overpower the fruit and zing of a nice kriek. New Glarus nailed one, but they work with cherries better than anyone in the business. The block 15 effort was a little wonky - kind of buttery, bourbon provides some complexity but the clash of direction this beer were not appealing.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle. Deep amber. A bit of reddish flecks. Deep caramel aroma. Deep cherry. Oak. Taste is strong oak and bitterness. Tart cherry. Bitter. Caramel malt. Medium body. Low carbonation. Heavy malt, oak, and a deep cherry flavor. I expected something fresher, I guess.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage, 500 ml bottle poured into glass.

Wow. This beer explodes on the nose. Vanilla and cherry dominates with some oak and hints of bourbon. Smell lingers for days.

Appearance is ruddy brown, with gentle pour the beer has all kinds of ruby tones.

Taste is outstanding. Vanilla notes woven throughout the tart montmorency cherries and nice oak backbone. Tart but not overly sour, extremely dry. World Class. Nothing much like it really.

Can't say enough good things about the Block 15 barrel program lately. This might be better than the more popular Super Nebula variants. Need more!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured a reddish-mahogany color, glassy, but mostly translucent, with a fizzy white head that disappeared almost completely, leaving a few stray bubbles behind. In the nose, a big acidic bite, some lacto, some acetic acid, notes of cherry candy, oak, hints of astringency. This was quite tart up front, somewhat acetic, cherry and oak; as promised in the nose, some astringency here, but nothing unbearable; crusty bready malts, somewhat boozy, but I really didn't pick up anything in the way of a bourbon taste. Some barrel, but not much bourbon, if any at all. Body was light-medium, mouthfeel was a bit slick almost like a semi-flat soda, with a sticky finish. Pretty good overall, but not great. Glad to try it though for sure.

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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Rathakem for this Block 15 beer!

375ml bottle with pressure cap.

poured into Block 15 tulip glass.

Appearance: crimison red bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head that slowely fizzeles down to a thin ring around the tulip.

Smell: acidic and tart cherries. oak barrel with a hint of bourbon sweetness almost has a maple syrup smell to it as well. smells a little boozey as well.

Taste: Strong tart cherries and cranberries; this beer is really way more tart that I expected it to be. Its also acidic and a slight hint of vinegar is notable. A little more boozey that I expected as well. Oak barrel and vanilla notes hiding in the background. Slight earthy funk. Also has a vinous quality like a red wine and getting some subtle floral notes. Sweet malt backbone is detected and seems to contrast the tartness. Did notice some off flavors in this beer, both acetone and cardboard. Very minor and not really distracting towards the overall flavor profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with carbonation thats on the high end of moderate. Really prickly and aggressive carbonation in this beer. Its got a dry finish that accentuates the tartness of this beer nicely.

Overall: Another great wild ale by Block 15. They accomplish what they set out to do with this beer. A solid kriek with a very nice pucker factor. The bourbon barrels lend just the right amount of barrel influence and nice little kick of bourbon. Great complexity in this beer. The balance was okay, it seemed the entire time I was drinking this beer that the sweet and the sour were constantly fighting each other.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 bottle on 1/20/2012. Have a few left!

A: Being colorblind, i thought this looked purplish...not much head.
S:Tart, with a little bit of tart. I catch a little bit of oak as well.
T: Starts tart and finishes tart. Oak and cherries throughout.
M: Medium body, very refreshing, a nice bit of sourness, but not over the top.
O: A wonderful sour beer. I think it will age very well. I enjoyed this beer and look forward to the three I have left to see how they age.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Kriek from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 73 ratings