Monomoy Kriek
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Wild Ale
Ranked #562
Ranked #3,560
4.12 | pDev: 10.68%
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2013

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep red which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of sour cherries, oak, leather, and slight funk
T: Taste is sour cherries up front with some leather, oak, furniture polish and slight funk. Hints of caramel sweetness and light sourness with a slightly juicy cherry flavor. On the swallow there's more cherries, oak, leather, and light lingering funk with a little bit of a medicinal note on the back end.
M: This beer has a body which is on the lighter side of things. It teeters on being watery with a slightly slick feel. Carbonation is effervescent and slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity.
O: Overall this is a great beer. It has a really nice amount of complexity with all the flavors that you would expect to find in the style. The cherry addition is nice and it doesn't overshadow the base beer. I wouldn't mind trying this one a bit fresher.

Feb 04, 2020
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2010 vintage courtesy of Thirstybird. 750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a dull mahogany hue with a two inch, tight, pink tinged head. Copious tiny bubbles adhere to the bowl of the glass below the cap. Amazing nose reminiscent of a Flanders Oud bruin - hints of oak, cherries, lactose and cinnamon, as well as a suggestion of leather. Taste consistent with nose; however, a little more muted than suggested by the aromas. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a kiss of astringency. All and all, this beer has held up spectacularly. Very pleasant and drinkable with a modest complexity.

Sep 03, 2018
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a deep auburn red color with a white head.

Smell - The nose was rich with spicy cherry and light oak.

Taste - Rich tart cherry is at the front with a Rolaids inducing level of acidity. As the cherries fade, the oak becomes more present. Tart cherry skin lingers on the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - There was some tomato juice-like thickness here after the carbonation was diffused.

Overall - This was a little too acidic for me, but I still enjoyed it.

May 28, 2017
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine, creamy beige, one-inch froth lasts a few minutes, leaving no lace on a teku glass above a hazy garnet beer.

Fruity tartness dominates the cherry, while oak and vanilla play minor roles. Cough syrup is faintly detectible.

The flavor is powerfully tart with lots of oak and cherry. Sweetness is equally strong. A modest finish hardly touches the acidity.

This one has a medium to light body with high carbonation and a satin, dry texture. The alcohol is high, especially in the finish.

This would make a nice morning beer, or it could be served as an aperitif. The color and tartness match Thanksgiving cranberries.

Nov 29, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle.

Vintage 2013.

Thanks for the share Nate!

Appearance: deep red bodied beer with 2 fingers of dirty white head. Head quickly drops down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Tons of cherries. Lots of oak tannins. Smells like this is a pretty sour beer. Very inviting aroma.

Taste: Lots of sour and tart cherries. Hint of sweetness from malt. Vanilla and tannins. Moderate acetic sourness that is a 7.5 out of 10; for my tastes it is just the right amount of sourness without overdoing it. Long, lingering acidic and tannic finish to this beer which is just awesome.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This is masterfully carbonated; it has ample carbonation and it is not aggressive. A little better than a semi dry finish.

Overall: By far the best of "the Woods" series by Cisco and probably the best beer that I have had from Cisco. I am reviewing this beer as a flanders red because this is what the bottle specifically states, so this is not a wild ale. It is a two year old Nantucket Flemish-style red aged on whole sour cherries for 10 months in oak wine barrels according to the label. This one of the top 3 flanders red 's out there as far as I am concerned.

Mar 07, 2015
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skinny_mcginley from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge oak on the smell with some cherry and tartness as well. The taste follows but brings out more of the cherries. It's not so much tart as it is sour. If that makes any sense. Very good kriek though and more cherry flavor comes out as it warmed. A very solid beer from cisco.

Jan 08, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow. ive been drinking some incredible beer lately, i mean, its been a heck of a run for me the last couple of weeks, being exposed to wonderful beers though trades, generous friends, festivals, and travel. its not often i am this saturated with new and fantastic beer. even in the midst of this streak of good beer fortune, this one stands out as something extremely special. ive liked the other woods beers, but this is next level. cherry in this is super forward and super ripe, the beer is dark dark red, red wine looking. it appears to be a flemish type red at its base, rather than a classic lambic that most kriek is, im fine with that, because the extra grain body and the vinegar pucker is fitting. cherries are both sour and sweet, really intense, and there is a highly tannic red wine character in here that fits its appearance like a glove. one of the more sour krieks i can think of, hanssens older krieks get super acidic, and this does the same thing, but the bigger grain base helps it last on the tongue forever. carbonation is fine, although it drops out with some temperature. some oaky funk to this too, one of the most flavorful beers ever, its just so so good, many thanks to my brother for finding this thing. these guys deserve a ton of credit for this woods series, its unrivaled in depth and complexity. love love love

Oct 22, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%

750ml of the 2013 vintage, thanks Joe! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 8/23/2014.

A- Medium amber-brown body. One finger white head that recedes into a thick collar with fair retention time, splotches of lacing. [3.50]

S- Sour cherries, slight sweet brown malt, lots of lactic acid and a bit of vinegar. Not particularly yogurty, but does have a bit of musty funk as well. [4.25]

F- Lots of lactic acid, vinegar and cherry tartness. Hints of oak and a small bit of toffee rounds it out. Tons of cherry skin on the finish. Nothing particularly funky or superbly complex, but there is a lot more fruit flavour in this beer than I had expected. And there is enough complexity to make it interesting. Very good stuff. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, just about the right amount of body for this beer. Well carbonated, a bit fizzly on the tongue, straddles the distance between dry and cloying. Very good stuff; as noted above there is a lot of cherry skin on the finish. [4.25]

O- Very good American wild with a lot of cherries. This isn't as complex as say, Supplication, but this is a very good American take on a Kriek. [4.25]

Final score:

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

Aug 23, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer Temple - Chicago
The beer pours a cloudy rust colored maroon that's thick with sediment and topped by a negligible, loose head. The nose is tart cherries followed by yeast, some grain, and minimal acetone. The taste is bright pie cherries upfront that transitions into a big malty and fruity yeast finish. It has a fantastic mouthfeel - juicy cherries, light carbonation a hint of chewy, medium-bodied yeast and malt sweetness that finishes semi-dry and is very drinkable. This beer is worth a try and I'm really interested in the other fruit variants out!

Aug 03, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cisco only makes shaker pints, and that's not an appropriate style of glassware for this beer, so I opted for a handy Odell bell tulip. Deep red-brown color with a slight haze, with a small cap of white head that receded to a sturdy collar, leaving moderate lacing on the glass. Some ugly yeast floaties in the glass, even with a careful pour. Lactic nose, vinegar and oak, cherries and red wine. Sour cherry taste, lacto, lemon, grape skins, fairly acidic, some hints of acetic acid, but not as much as detected in the aroma, some funk. About a 6.5-7/10 on the sourness scale. Medium body, lower-medium carbonation, tart mouthfeel. A nice beer overall. I honestly didn't know Cisco could make anything even remotely close to this.

Jun 20, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 label.

Into a Duvel tulip it pours a vibrant dark crimson. Crackling foam and a light haze, lots of active carbonation visible. The head disappears rapidly and there's no lace, otherwise the color is very nice.

Aroma has a cheesy funk to it, a slight minerality, acidic sour cherries; pits and all.

Moderately sour with a bracing acidity that scrubs the palate. Light tannins and cherry skin bitterness, juicy cherry flesh, bright acids. The Flemish red base brings a touch of acetic acid. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall this was a nice rendition, makes me wonder if it was inspired by Rodenbach Alexander.


May 17, 2014
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour this one cold! Huge pop and quickly bubbling out of the bottle even when chilled, nevermind warm.

This is quite fresh, despite 2013 listed on the bottle - just released really.

A: Pours a deep dark red. Cloudy, can barely see through it. Small tan head that sticks around decently enough. Decent head retention but nothing earth shattering. Almost no lacing at all.

S: Blast of sugary cherry candy and then a quick followup of sour cherries. Light tannic character.

T: No sweet cherries here, this is a face-scrunching sour. I literally cringed at the first sip. Waves of very tasty but very sour cherries. It reminds me of Warheads from my childhood, except little to no sweetness to back it up. Not much else to mention, maybe a little oaky tannins in the finish but it's pretty much just sharp sour cherries from top to bottom.

M: Medium bodied, lower carbonation and very mouth-puckeringly sour.

O: Welp, not much to say other than that this is a very vibrant and sour cherry beer. Clean, crisp, refreshing and hits the tongue like a brick. Pretty simple and straightforward.

May 08, 2014
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MNishCT77 from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL cork and caged Belgian-style bottle purchased at Cleveland Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW DC; 2013 vintage; drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - initial pour revealed reddish-amber coloration; low clarity (cannot see through); particulate matter (likely cherry bits) floating throughout; off-white/eggshell carbonation settles into a glass lacing; mild alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - mostly pungent tart character - horse blanket, hay/grassy and slight plastic; the fruit and malt notes are further back - cherries, dates and figs; don't get much oak of alcohol

T: 16/20 - matches the nose well, but, for me, there is much more cherry and stone fruits; the malt character develops with tart cherries and lots of funk that envelopes the palate; some alcohols; no hops; no detectable flaws for me

M: 4/5 - high carbonation - really pops the flavors; moderate body for an American wild ale

O: 9/10 - complex kriek from a brewery that hasn't been on my radar until now - definitely the best Cisco beer that I've ever had; my complaint are the general lack of wood character and the high price point for a 6-7% ABVer; however, this is worth hunting out in your hood or trading if they don 't - definitely will age well too!

TOTAL - 41/50

Apr 05, 2014
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Seanniek91 from Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml C&C bottle into a Hill Farmsstead stemmed tulip. Quick review. Vintage unknown. Not the most recent though. Opened with no pop.

Appearance- Burgundy wine. Great color, no head or bubbles

Smell- Cherry, oak, tabbacco, lemon. Earthy, oaky, fruity.

Taste- So much cherry and oak. Flanders red-esque. Tons of cherry, tabbacco, and oak. Really really nice.

Mouthfeel- Flat as can be. Medium body. Flat. Medium tartness.

Overall- This would be so incredible if it had any bit of carbonation. Oh well, it's still juicy and tasty.

Mar 21, 2014
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TWStandley from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Poured into my

Poured a slightly opaque red color with minimal head.

Smells extremely tart. Cherries dominate the smell, of course.

Taste is extremely sour. Dare I say...too sour? Wish it was balanced with a bit more sweetness.

Mouthfeel is PUCKERING.

Overall a decent brew but not sure my palate was ready for it.

Dec 27, 2013
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davewlfpckfan29 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged in cherries, over 2 years old.

You can tell its aged in oak right away. Really pleasant smell from this brew.

Reddish brown, with not alot of carbonation at all. A little bit of bubbles when it was first poured.

The cherries, oooh the cherries. So sour, so tart. Some serious sediment.

Mar 26, 2013
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a murky reddish burgundy color with a whispy pink cap, some light bubbles but not much in the head retention department iof I recall.

S: A blend of dark and red cherries, with some lactic sting, Earthy notes and old wood

T: Initial sting and bite with a jab of unripe red cherries which tends to hang around but it seems to be a little flat on the palate. Taste buds continue to pickup some Earthiness, light must and old wood. A little bit of spice is noted as well. Finish is dry, a little sting and tart.

M: Light to medium bodied, I felt is was a little undercarbed perhaps. Cherries dominate the mouth as does the lactic tartness

O: Average.

Jan 07, 2013
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks alex

Dark cherry color with pinkish hues. Thin head dissolves into a thin film with little lacing.

Fruit-forward with plenty of cherry in the nose. Slightly jammy, sweet and funky. Tart cherry skins and oak with slightly lactic tart and sour notes.

Sour cherry through and through. Acidic with fruit skins, oak and vinous notes. Acidic with light funk towards the finish with more sour cherry.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, crisp, dry and sticky on the tongue. Pretty straight forward cherry-driven sour here, drinkable and flavorful for an American take on the kriek.

Dec 27, 2012
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with a few friends, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is a burnt red color with a thin head. Its` nose has cherry, wood, vanilla, a nice tinge of sourness. The taste of this offering from Cisco is citrus, cherry, light vinegar and some wood. Mouthfeel of this interesting wild ale is medium, a bit sharp, some potent sour aspect that lingers on your palate. A very good beer that I was glad to have the opportunity to try.

Oct 07, 2012
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chugalug06 from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About ~two years old. Poured into Bruery tulips.

Barely raises 1/2 finger of caramel colored head. Brew is slightly fogged with either oxidation or yeast..

Cherries are strong, but cinnamon and nutmeg lie a close second. Smells tart, but it's TBD...

This is acid-reflux in a bottle... Tons of tart cherries, but not overly tart. Carbonation is perfect and light. Wet, slightly bitter, and without any heat. Cinnamon and other eclectic flavors take second stage to a strong palate of cherry flavor. Cherry is sweet without being over done, bitterness is more acidic then anything...

This brew rocks! Very balanced and relaxing. a nice representation of a well done cherry (sour) brew. Highly recommended.

Oct 02, 2012
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Pete27lax from New York

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened on 9/28-29/2012

Pours a pretty still hazy light brown color. Not much head at all (only a few bubbles) and no lacing. Similar to many wilds.

Smell is very funky. Sour cherries and typical funk are really all I'm getting here. Enjoying smell.

Taste is very good! Sour funkiness with cherries coming into play. Call me crazy but I taste hints of cinnamon. Not quite as sour as I'd like but I'm really into mouth puckering beers.

Could be more carbonated but not bad. Not a dry finish which I liked and the sourness does kind of tickle the tongue.

Overall I definitely enjoyed this brew! For an off the shelf american wild it was great and is definitely going to be my new "go to" when I'm in need of a sour fix.

Well done Cisco!

Sep 29, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quite the sour ale. The nose fortells it and the flavor is certainly following suit. At first it seemed just a sour punch in the mouth. But the cherries show through nicely with well placed wood tones. Not bringing the biggest pile of complexity, but it's a nice drinker. However, if you don't like sours, you will definitely not like this beer.

Aug 31, 2012
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, ruby-highlighted brown coloring with no head of any sort on the surface. Aromas are tart and rich cherry in the forefront, with some tangy and sour tones throughout and a base of woody and earthy blends. Enticing nose. Flavors are initially smooth, with a slightly roasted and earthy tone that transitions into a slick, slightly tart and smoked dark cherry sweetness. Not as "in your face" sour and lock-jaw tart as some Krieks tend to get, making it much more drinkable for the average beer-goer. The aftertaste is light, with currant and cherry tang. Slick, quick finish with a slight tart and dry feeling left behind. Very smooth and tasty.

Aug 19, 2012
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KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Lindeman's flute...

A - Pours a nice dark-cherry red color with very obvious carbonation. Slightly cloudy and a small fizzy pinkish head forming before quickly receding to a cap.

S - Strong aromas of tart cherries comes first followed by a nice presence of oak wood. The cherries come through sweet and tart and remind me slightly of cherry pie. The oak adds an earthiness to the aroma

T - The taste is strong with cherry pie flavors of tart and sweet cherries. Like the nose, the oak flavors give this an earthy, almost dry favor.

M - This is a lighter beer with a moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and slightly dry.

O - Nice cherry forward beer. It comes across as a one note kind of beer, but the favors and the style all make for a refreshing cherry beer.

Jul 01, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear garnet red in color with some light hints of haziness as the beer warms. The beer has a minimal beige head that reduces to the thinnest two tiny patches of bubbles at the edges of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Very funky in the nose with lots of sour cherries and oak/wood from the barrel aging.

T: Huge flavor of sour cherries along with substantial notes of oak and moderate amounts of funkiness. Very enjoyable.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light dryness.

O: Quite enjoyable and tasty - I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. I could sip on this one all afternoon long.

Jul 01, 2012
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