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Hidden Barrel Kriek | AC Golden Brewing Company

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Hidden Barrel KriekHidden Barrel Kriek

Brewed by:
AC Golden Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lambic-style beer aged in old French oak barrels with whole sour Montmorency cherries. Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and Brettanomyces were used.

Added by ChrisPro on 11-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 65
Photo of M_chav
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a children's Tylenol/burgundy red. quite beautiful.
Aroma is wood aged sour cherries, get wine barrel too but no bourbon.
Dang! awesome kriek, maybe one of my new favorites. Tons, Tons, Tons of cherries, lots of sour fruit that somehow finishes very easy, no residual sourness on the tongue. This is crazy delicious, I'm still not getting much if any of the bourbon barrels but gets a bit of the wine barrel feel.
Feel is great, perfect sour/massive fruit/smooth finish. The taste lingers on the tongue nicely
Overall this is great, I can appreciate a beer even if its not really my jam. I don't seek Krieks often but this one I just might.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.14/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Looks like grapefruit juice. Lightly pink orange. Small white head.

Smell - Musty cherries. Pale malt. Grainy and a very light acidity.

Taste - Quite sour. Really sour. Mild cherry. Not very rich or jammy cherry. Some pale malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's ok, but it's all sourness.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

750ml C&C bottle; batch 2.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Translucent light red bodied beer with thick white cap that drops to no head is short fashion.

Smell: very acidic and mild to moderate cherry aromas. No funk presence at all.

Taste: Just like the nose. Moderate levels of acidity almost high acidity; 8/10. Really nice pucker factor. Cherry and lemon notes. Little bit of oak barrel. No funk presence in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. A bit better than semi dry finish.

Overall: This is a fairly simple sour beer, but I have enjoyed every AC Golden sour that I have drank. The whole point of this beer is nice sour pucker and fruit presence.

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Photo of spoony
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle (Batch 2, brewed 6/13/12, bottled 11/18/13) into a wine glass.

A-A gentle pour (this thing is highly carbonated) produces one and one-half fingers of pink-tinted head. The pinkish-white foam sits around for more than two minutes before dropping to a cap. The beer is pinkish-golden in color and lighter in color than you might expect for a kriek.

S-The aroma is intense. There is a strong, musty barnyard funkiness, as well as a high level of lactic tartness. I smell lots of green apple in here, as well as some bread dough, but not as much cherry as you would expect for a kriek. The aroma is pleasing, but not for the faint of heart.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with big barnyard funk, bread dough, and a bit of oak, as well as sweet tart sourness of green apple and sour cherry. Once again, the cherry flavors are pretty subdued compared to many kriek style beers.

M-The body is medium in heft for the style with a slightly creamy, softer level of carbonation.

O-This is a well-done sour beer, but the cherries could be more prominent. Usually I would applaud the restrained approach, but maybe I've been converted by other AC beers like Framboise Noir, or something like Atrial, with their massive clean acidity and high levels of fruit flavor? I dunno, but this bottle just seemed a little short on cherry flavor.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

Review from notes, 6/7/14

Appearance: Pours a color that reminds me of nectarines, a cloudy, red-orange with some gold, some brown, and some pink around the edges - small, off-white head, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Sour and funky - cherry flesh and tart cherry skins - sourness is mostly lactic, with some damp funk - very tart and very funky overall - lots of oak and a general musty barrel aroma - some acidity and some vinegar as well, funkiness increases and diversifies as it warms

Taste: Sour cherry flesh and funk - very moist, damp, and musty tasting with a big dose of Lacto, Pedio, and Brett - nice level of tartness, reminiscent of Marciano cherries - chewy, damp, sour cherries and some damp oak - lingering tartness, minor puckering - lightly bready malts, kind of more like a Flanders Red than a traditional Kriek

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, very tart with an almost puckering finish, nice lingering effects

Overall: Moist, tart cherry funk

The cherry flavor here is big, but at times it is overshadowed by the straight-up funk. I feel like the cherries could have been emphasized more, but giving the bacteria center stage also works. I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 2. Brewed 6/13/12. Bottled 11/8/13.

Pours a murky light whitish-red with a foamy reddish-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, cherry, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, earth, 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 good beer with nice sour cherry qualities all around.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i will keep on buying these because they are all so darn good, but the prices are through the roof on them. over 20 bucks for this kriek, and as good as it is, its not that much different from other great krieks, and frankly probably isn't worth what they get for it. i think the is the opposite of framboise noir in the sense of originality and ability to stand out, that beer was one of a kind, and this, while being exceptional, is less distinctive. bright pink in color, but can't hold a head, and looks still, although it does have a little prickle on it. the nose could not be more sour, its mouthwatering and painful at the same time. its so lactic heavy that it comes at the expense of any real fruit nose. i get a slight medicinal cherry vibe, but its bacterial funk and oak way out in front. this is batch 2 by the way, which is apparently quite a bit more intense than the first go around, but i missed out on that release. the flavor starts in the jaw line, sharp and caustic acidity bombard the palate, tongue and teeth and throat and guts, none are safe from the intensity of this. the good part is that is sort of fades out softly, and you taste the beer mostly after the swallow. the cherry is indeed there, not super intense, and probably not quite on the level of the cantillon or 3f examples, but its excellent kriek, quite authentic, but maybe a touch more sour than it has to be to convey what its trying to convey. fruit is tart and ripe, authentic, but subtle too. oak mellows it only some, ads the acidity is really the takeaway for me, downright insane when it warms up. overall a really great beer to come from colorado, and from coors essentially. its overpriced, and not to the awesomeness of framboise noir, but absolutely worth trying, and probably cellaring for a bit as well.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comparing this to 3F seasonal kriek. This is batch 2 that just came out, never had batch 1

A- Grapefruit juice looking, medium head pink in color. No legs on lacing.

S- Upfront is lacto/brett funk, but not cheesy style funk. Not barnyard funk, rather simple funk. The cherries are present past this. Cherries are more present in the taste.

T- Watery (takes place on my palate where the 3F funk would be), lots of cherry juice, then some bland funk. I can't say barnyard or cheesy funk because it is not there; it is more like this brewery does not have the 100+ years of experience with bacteria to master the funk. Kinda watery void funk.

M- 1/2 champagne like bubbles that pop all around your mouth that prevent the initial taste of the beer. The carb is not an issue as it quickly dissolves. A bit thin, but not too much of an issue.

O- This one is almost there, just some perfections with bacteria and this one is 4.5+. The amount of cherry juice is more than expected though. AC Golden is doing good things, and if they could hang on to a good head brewer who focuses on Belgian bacteria use, they could do better things. Framboise Noir was almost perfection, but that head brewer has left.

**Edited taste up 0.25 because the last 1/3 bottle was perfectly sour with lots of cherry juice. Tasty

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barnyard and sheeps butt on the nose. Musty and stanky as hell.

Strawberry red color. With quickly dissipating head.

Don't let the nose distract you from the taste. Tart but balanced berry notes on the tongue.

If you're a sour lover, this is top notch. AC Golden is making some ridiculous small batch stuff and this is no different. This is a super hard beer to get a hold of and I'm glad I got one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of forgetfu. Pours a red-caramel color with a short off-white head. Nose has cherries and a bit of earth. Mild bread. A bit similar to a Flanders base in terms of the malt. Light sourness through the finish. Flavor has a good cherry skin flavor. Surprisingly fairly good. Body is medium. Average carbonation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by forgetfu. Thanks Bill.

The beer is mildly hazy and appears a brown color with crimson highlights. The aroma brings oak, tart cherries, light sweetness. Hints of vanilla in the flavor. Cherries are present throughout with a subtle balsamic or possibly red wine note. Interesting. A balance of sweet and tart with a bit of an acetic vinegar burn in the finish. A tasty beer, though not in the same conversation as the premier examples of the style. Surprising, coming from a macro brewing company.

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Photo of craytonic
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by forgetfu; many thanks

Appearance: brown-pink pour, a bit muddled

Smell: Tart cherries, lactic acid, balsamic vinegar, vanilla, oak

Taste: Similar, tart cherries, vanilla and oak. Could use a touch of funk/wild

Mouthfeel - light body, good carbonation

Overall: decent beer, I prefer la folie or terroir by new belgium and find them very similar.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks forgetfu. Served in a snifter. Beer is brownish and hazy with a lazy head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is tart cherries, mildly lactic, a little balsamic vinegar too.

Beer is light in body with a little burn from the carbonation, the cherries show up mostly in tartness. This is like a Flanders beer, very similar in my opinion. Decent, not great but I'd definitely try it again on draft.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FoBaB 2011.

A - Beautiful medium pink with a nice one fingered pastel pink head. Pretty light froth with little lacing.

S - Nice tart cherry, some biscuit, vanilla and lemon. A hint of hay

T - Very nice balanced sweet vanilla and tart cherry. There's a nice breadiness that works well.

M - perfect carbonation, not too puckering and quite light. No alcohol present at all.

O - Had multiple pours of this throughout the night and this was easily one of the best sours at FoBaB this year and undoubtedly the biggest surprise of the night. Fantastic beer.

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Hidden Barrel Kriek from AC Golden Brewing Company
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