Monomoy Kriek | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Monomoy KriekMonomoy Kriek

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jamie2dope on 07-09-2010

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Reviews by Bmoyer0301:
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5


Tonight I am going to be using one of my favorite glasses in the cabinet, my Dogfish Head goblet which is perfect just about every occasion. I pulled the large champagne bottle out of the fridge and proceeded to unwrap the wire cage and wrangle the cork out. Thankfully I didn't need to get my pliers to finish the job and the cork slipped out fairly easily and heard a generous pop while the carbonation gasses floated out. I decided to tilt my glass fairly hard to make sure there wasn't a overflow of head and it poured beautifully. When I was done I was left with absolutely no head at all, it looks as still as wine with no carbonation bubbles. As I hold my glass up to the light it appears to be deep red almost ruby with some purple tones thrown in. A fair amount of haziness and there is no light passing through the murky ale. As I give a quick swirl the viscosity appears to be pretty light and only leaving slight legs that go away quickly.


Huge amounts of cherry pie right off the start followed by lots of tartness. Some barnyard funky, musty, wet basement aromas that are from all the brett and other creatures that bring this beer alive. Oak and some red wine vinaigrette really are shining through the middle with some other slight acidy flavors which are puckering my nostrils. There is no hop presence here and something that is floral and sweet in the finish which is refreshing.


Wow, this is sharp and bitey on the palate with a explosion of cherries. The lactic sourness is very present and curls my tongue up a little bit. Lots of musty funk which is surprisingly good and adds lots of complexity. I don't want to forget the oak because it is very present and rounds out the flavors and adds some slight vanilla and earthy spice. My only complaint is that the carbonation is lacking and I really wish there was something to make this a little bit prickly. In the finish there is a little bit of cherry cough medicine taste that is lingering around and as the glass gets warmer it fades away thankfully.


Overall this was a great sour beer and I really wish I had another bottle to hang on to. Although the carbonation was lacking the flavors were spot on in my opinion and had lots of complexity. This beer drinks easy and doesn't over curdle my stomach like most sours do after a few minutes. This is a very respectable beer and I would say if you get a chance to get one go for it because this is one of the better offerings from Cisco. Maybe the only fallback of this beer is that is has a steep price tag of $25 so choose wisely.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a rusty red color with a white head. The aroma is strong cherries, oak and vanilla. The flavor is exactly what I expected after smelling the beer. I get a lot of tart cherries with some oak and vanilla notes. Very drinkable and very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant - much obliged!

Pours a hazy reddish-tan color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart and ripe cherries backed by medium malts and hints of spiciness from the oak. All the aromas are very crisp and stood in stark contrast to a De Cam Lambiek we had earlier.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Medium and nondescript malt flavors kick things off and are quickly overtaken by loads of tart bright cherry flavors with very slight hints of medicinal flavors. Slight amounts of spiciness reminiscent of French Oak come into play midway through the sip. The oaky spiciness and solidly tart cherries carry through to a crisp and moderately tart finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was impressed with this beer as I have been with most of the Cisco Woods series. An unexpected showcase for oak. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of OBIrish24
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but not outstanding kriek, perhaps needs some ageing to take some edge off.
Pours reddish colour with good amount of head. Strong aromas of bleach and cherry. Full mouthfeel but the boldness also includes carbonation that I would have liked to be softer. Not sweet at all, its straight up dry cherry in your face, more of a sipper over a couple of hours, still great flavours if you like tartness.
Thanks M.P.

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Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No head, reddish-amber body.

Nose is of some spice and cherry pie.

Quite tart on the start and finish, which is accompanied by spice. Cherry is easy to get wrong, but this nails it. Trace of oak. Faintest hint of bitter leafy greens.

Mouthfeel is not super thick, but not too thin either.

Really worthwhile kriek-- remarkable spice character. Not sure what this would do in time, but it's darn good fresh.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Duchess oversize wine glass. Shared with schen9303.

A: Pours a .5 finger coarse white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a stunning, clear blood ruby red. Lacing is spotty and with little cling.

S: Nose is abundantly oaky. Tart, and sweet with notes of cherry, wood, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Aromatic and appropriate but lacking a certain funkiness.

T: Opens sweet cherry and syrup. Juicy but a bit watery. Tart builds towards he middle but is subtle and not enough to cover the cherry juice flavor. Woody in the back and dries out as it lingers on the palate. Finish is sweet and a bit cinnamony. Aftertaste is oaky and dry.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and coarse on the palate. Tingly going down. Finish is dry and aftertaste lingers just a bit.

D: A slightly above average AWA, Monomoy kriek's flavor tapers out as it warms. Becomes a bit too watery on the palate. Also, not really sour. The tartness kind of fights with the sweetness and fruit flavor the whole way through. Not bad though and worth a try.

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Photo of leschkie
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of RAlmeida77
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice and an Ithaca tulip. No bottle date.

Appearance - Ruby red body that gets cloudier as I pour it. Dark, like an oud bruin, but still with a bright pink luster to it. Big head that limits the amount I can pour into the tulip.

Smell - Musty and acidic smelling. Sour cherries and a hint of funk. A touch oaky, perhaps in a slight vanilla smell in the background.

Taste - Acidic, but not quite puckering until the finish. Cherries come through, as does the malt. Not sweet, though, just a touch of malt. Oak and vanilla in the finish, which turns quite sour and dry.

Mouthfeel - Tannic and dry, to the point that it makes my teeth hurt. Makes it a bit tough to drink.

Overall - A nice sour with appealing oak notes. Like an oud bruin with cherries. It's tasty and has a good depth to it, but not mind-blowing.

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Monomoy Kriek from Cisco Brewers Inc.
4.11 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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