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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Photo of potownbill
1.7/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was absolutely, totally, flat. Zero carbonation. I was worried when the cork was very easy to pull out. I am not going to give this one another chance, because I spent over $20.00 for this, even though the other reviewers did not have the same problem. I bought this from a very reputable supplier, so I don't think the problem was there. Refrigerated it as soon as I got home.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks Dabe!

A: Pours a murky, ruddy brown body with a small cap of light pink foam. It retains decently before collapsing into a thin collar. No lace.

S: Cherries, vanilla, oak, a touch of brown sugar, and acetic sourness. Reminds me much more of a Flanders Red than a wild ale.

T: More tart than sour, though there is a small acetic presence. Tart, dark cherry skins, brown sugar, vanilla, and a small metallicity to it that I didn't enjoy. Certainly not bad, and it's a vast improvement over the other two Cisco beers I've tried. If I'm comparing this against a wild ale, it's not in the same class as Supplication or even Temptation. As a Flanders Red it's pretty good, though.

M: A dry finish, accentuated by a touch of tannins in the finish. It works well against the vanilla and cherries.

D: Not worth the $22 price tag on the bottle, but it didn't offend.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium red-brown body, pinkish-white one cm head. Quickly receded, spotty lacing.

S: Tart cherries, earthy-oak, some vinous notes.

T: Like the nose, there is a bit of oak and vinous notes, but the cherries have taken a serious step back. Tartness is still there, but the depth of flavor is muted.

M: A bit thin and under-carbonated. Not particularly enjoyable.

D: While the nose and taste were respectable the weak body made drinking this somewhat of a chore.

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Photo of StormKing47
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with cmurren25, Jwiss22, JayW73 and Lane23 at a little tasting, have been interested in this one for some time and here's the breakdown...

A- A very nice looking brown color with a ruby/maroon hue. An interesting brown that I would have thought would have more of a deep red hue, but it was subtle and light. Has a good amount of carb with s steady stream of bubbles leading to a thin white head. Looks very subtle and unappealing for a wild ale.

S- An immediate rush of tart pie cherries with a nice subtle vanilla note to accompany the juicy, tart cherries. As it warms the musty, earthiness shows up with the great aromas of oak. A pleasant smell that is not overwhelming just clean and simple.

T- Similar to the smell there is a faint tart cherry taste in the beginning, but it's more of a bing cherry with some sweet, sugary syrup. As it warms it brings along a nice rush of oak, a slight mustiness and a nice, clean vanilla finish. Almost like a poorly done cherries and cream soda. It's very underwhelming and not as good as I would have thought from them.

M- Has a great syrupy and coating feel that is pushed along with a nice carb tingle. Also has a subtle puckering, but more of a tartness.

D- Not as much cherry or sourness as I would have liked, but it's definitely enjoyable and a little refreshing. Not really and heartburn inducing acidity so it's more of an approachable sour, but more in the realms of a sour with training wheels. Could have been a much better beer.

I wasn't let down by this one just not blown away. They definitely make better beers, but this is definitely worth a try!

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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 TWStandley
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored beer that is slightly red. Slightly pinkish head didn't stick around for very long.

s - Sweet cherries, with some good tart notes. Little bit of wood and vanilla from the wood.

T - Reminds me a little of cherry pie with some sweet, tart cherries and a bit of a syrupy taste. Some wood, although not as pronounced as the nose. Solid.

M - Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, it's not fantaastic, but straightforward and pleasant to drink. I'd definately partake again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head that moves quickly to the edges.

S - Sour cherries, apple, oranges.

T - Similar to the smells, but with a slight funk to it.

D - Thin, light, nice sour balance.

O - What a Kriek should be.

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Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a reddish / rustic brown with a tiny head

S - smells of cherries, brown sugar, vanilla, and raisins

T - starts off with some lightly acidic citric tones. These were pushed aside by some caramel malts accompanied by cinnamon, brown sugar, and other spices. Tart cherries round it out very nicely; there is also a bit of citrus sourness to accompany it.

M - light, spritzy mouthfeel with a modicum of carbonation - worked well for the style

D - Solid kreik style ale. Nice complexity all around and the cherries brought everything together really nicely. A bit pricy but worth the occasional splurge.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a nice red color with a moderate cloudiness and a short lived pink head.

S: Starts off with a good cherry pie sort of aroma and a fair amount of tartness. There is a hint of grass along with a fairly strong wet, oaky presence.

T: A pretty simple flavor to this beer. A mix of sweet and tart cherries with a big time cherry pie character. Again, the grass is there as is the strong oak background.

M: The body is light to medium with a nice crisp carbonation. Unfortunately, the finish on this is really short and sort of leaves you wanting more.

D: Not a bad beer at all. It's just a little simple and certainly lacking in the complexities of a true, traditional lambic beer.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours without head, but a very nice red color. Deep and hazy in the center, the side hint towards see-through.

S: It smells cloyingly sweet with some oak and booze underneath. The tart characteristics are there, but it just doesn't have enough to call this aroma balanced.

T: The taste is a bit light with an underlying tartness. The cherries, oak and other barrel treatments are noted, as is booze, but the overall taste just isn't that great for an American Wild. It's a lot like a Belgian Lambic, but just not quite there.

MF: Medium body without any carbonation. It is insanely drinkable, probably one of its redeeming qualities.

O: A really good beer, but just not quite on the top level. Pretty average in terms of American Wilds, I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rusty brown with no head, seems flat at pouring. Just a little bit of haze in here, but overall a nice color

S: Mostly sour lactic aroma, some cherry , a bit of funk and oak

T: This starts off with a nice sour bite. It is lactic and tart as I was expecting, maybe even only slightly more than I might have expected. This is a good thing, for some reason I thought this might let me down a little bit. The malt is very subdued as it should be. This is no Schaersbeekse lambic, but it is pretty good. Not bad at all for my first Cisco Woods series sour.

M: Very light and watery with no carbonation.

O: This is a decent Kriek. It has basically all of the things that I like in a Kriek, but is just a little flat. Just needs a little more complexity to take it to the next level, but otherwise the flavors are all good. Very drinkable

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear deep garnet color. Head is initially loose, puffy, and white. This fades fast to a thin ring of white. The aroma is cherry, graham cracker, pie crust, and hints of lemon and lactic acid. Not much barrel reaches my nose, nor funk. The flavor is much the same, not to say thats a bad thing. Citric and lactic tartness hit the tip of the tongue, sour cherry pie floods the mouth and is followed by sweet graham and pie crust. No funk however, and just faint vanilla created from the barrel. Even though this is well attenuated the mouthfeel is not thin, well bodied. Overall a good beer that lacks complexity in both the aroma and flavor department.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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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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Photo of KAP1356
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a nice purpleish/grape color, very nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, tangy, cherries, and some oak. The taste is malty, very slight sweetness, tangy, nice touch of cherries, with some oak notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew, but can be overwhelming.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of davey101
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Allowed to warm up a bit.

A - Dark brown/red body with a pinkish/brown head. Looks a lot like a Flanders red.

S - Cherries, oak, vanilla, and lactic acid. Fairly funky and sour aroma.

T - Sour cherries followed by vanilla rich oak. Tart and slightly mouth puckering. Really sweet and smooth. Carbonation is pretty low but it works for the style.

O - Another good beer from the woods series. It is very refreshing and I love the sweet cherry pie and rich oak flavors. A good interpretation of the flanders/oude bruin style.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/11/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark red color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, grapes, light malts and wild Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out with a nice sour bite of tart cherries and grapes followed by wild Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sour beer to drink for a long time.

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Monomoy Kriek from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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