Monomoy Kriek | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Monomoy KriekMonomoy Kriek

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Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. corked and caged bomber bottle. Poured into my Portsmouth tulip glass.

Appearance: Amber to dark red in color. Pours a one finger beige head that leaves a nice lacing with each sip. A tad cloudy as no light penetrates the glass.

Aroma: Sweet cherries, vanilla, and a touch of a caramel note. Definitely some sour note is present, although not that forceful in the nose. Nice and fruit forward.

Taste: Sweet cherries and some lactic sourness are present upfront. Really nice fruit flavors throughout, and I am enjoying them more the farther I get down the glass. Some smooth vanilla and lemon notes on the finish. Nicely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and some nice carbonation. A little more carbonation wouldn't hurt but this drinks incredibly smooth.

Overall, an extremely refreshing and tasty wild ale. Not up there with some Belgian krieks like Cantillon, but certainly an incredibly refreshing and tasty replacement. Very fruit forward with some nice complexity. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 12/31/2010- reviewed from notes.

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin pinkish-tan head, which receded to a haze layer and a collar over a completely opaque, well-carbonated, ruddy, rusty brown body.

S- Aroma is rich with tart wheat, tremendous tart cherries, and some mild oak lactones. A very rich nose overall.

T- Wow. It starts out with a tremendous flavor of fresh-picked cherries, and is quickly overwhelmed with some lactic and acetic sourness, with a touch of brett. It is completely dried-out in the finish, with an echo of almondy cherry pits and a very mild acetic quality.

M- Mouthfeel is thin. Moderately carbonated- the carbonation is a bit prickly, which is a bit of a detractor, but does not ruin the experience. High astringency.

Overall- A very well crafted wild ale. Dynamic and very palatable. I would reach for this again!

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a garnet red with a finger of tannish/pink colored head that recedes pretty quickly. Not much lacing but the rest of the beer makes up for it.

S- The nose on this bad boy is incredible! Starts out with rich oak from the barrel. Notes of rich almost cedar quality eminates from the glass. Assertive tartness and barnyard goaty funk blends in next with beautiful esters and acidity from the Brett and those crazy bugs that make wild beer so interesting. Gigantic tart cherry and rhubarb cobbler aromas on the finish with a crusty malt profile on the finish. The aroma is so well intergrated and each part complements the other with prosision and elegance.

T- flavor is tart and funky up front with big cherry pie and rhubarb cobbler. Crusty malt like baked pie crust explodes with an intense vineous note and big oak barrel. Finishs with beautiful flemish red like acidity, horseblanket funk and a bone driness with the oaky tart cherry lasting long into the aftertaste. This is beautiful it's one of those beers you hate to see gone.

MF- slick and smooth mouthfeel with a dry oaky finish. Heavier medium body with average carbonation.

D- delicious refeshing and complex. Hell yes this is drinkable.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Dirty pink, cap and some spotty lacing.

Acidic, strawberry, cherry, light oak, very fruit forward.

So much more restrained than the scents led me on to believe. Wet oak at the start mixed with cherries. Dry oak and sweetness on the finish. Simple, yet highly tasty.

Light, sweet finish. Very good.

A damn good kriek/wild. This is a must try, there are a shortage of good sours in the states, seems like Russian River gets all the credit but this brewery has got it down. Impressed, keeping my eye on these guys.

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

Pours out a deep dark red with one finger of off white head that quickly dissipates but leaves a ring at the edge of the glass without any lacing.

Smells of deep fruit. Not quite cherries, but darker. That deep fruit smell is surrounded by a sour funky smell that melds nicely together.

Surprisingly, the first thing I taste is the funkyness. Dank, basement type wonderful that gets sour and tart. The oak and deep fruit come out right with it though and make for a wonderful combination of flavors.

Feels good drinking too getting a lot of depth from the barrel. Not over the top sour and medium carbonation lend to a great feeling drink.

Overall, I am very very happy I have another bottle of this!

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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 kscaldef
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AlexFields for this one

A: not much head poured at fridge temp. Gorgeous ruby red color

S: good pure cherry note and some acidity. Gets the mouth watering.

T: Earthy cherry flavor, with nice woody notes. Good balance of sourness with a bit of sweet. Warming up, there's some minerality, a hint of apricot.

M: Nice carbonation and palate cleansing acidity.

O: Really glad I got a chance to taste this. Very drinkable and great with food.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip, sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release. Thanks to whoever shared this?

A: Murky red-brown body with a thin layer of off-white head. Not bad.

S: Sweet + sour cherries; light brett funk. Vanilla and caramel. Amazing.

T: Sour lactic funk, followed by sweet cherry. Simple and very, very tasty.

M: Slick, smooth, and soft.

O: This was another great beer, but its place as the sweetest and least complex of the Woods series kept it from completely winning me over. There's certainly something to be said for doing one thing really, really well (viz. NG Belgian Red), but as good as Monomoy is at deliver a mix of sweet cherry and sour acidity, I really wanted more depth of funkiness or oakiness to balance out the fruit and sugar. I'd love to try it side-by-side with Cherry Woods to see how they compare.


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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, ruby red color with a light white head. The nose is full of cherries, sour notes, funky notes. The beer is full of very sour cherries, notes of oak, and some funk. The finish is acidic. The body is light and carbonation is low. A nice sipper. The beer is kinda pricey but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Meg and Kev for this awesome beer!

A - Appears amber in color with about a half inch of head and little to no retention. No lacing present on the pint glass. Akin to Dr. Pepper in appearance!

S - Believe it or not...ketchup! Yes this beer smells like ketchup to me and my girlfriend haha. A tinge of red wine is present within this facet as well.

T - This is really where this beer is a winner for a mere 6.7% abv. This American Wild Ale "Aged in Oak Barrels" stays close to its title. The oak aged flavor is ever present and dramatically at that. Being a wild ale, the wild yeast's habitat clearly had some thought put into it because this beer is extremely distinct from other wild ales that I've resembles red wine in taste, which is unheard of in my experience.

M - The aftertaste is lingering in a way that only red wine can provide. At 6.7% there isn't much to mask, but the wild yeasts more than adequately handle the task.

O - This beer is extraordinarily different from any other beer I've had. I would only recommend this to the adventurous palate that also has a taste for red wine. Thanks again Meg and Kev!!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Thanks to AleLovinRuskie for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a deep and dark crimson red color. Produced a nice foamy cap of an off-white head. Decent retention.

(S)- A really nice oaky dry funk with a mountain of sweet, almost candied cherries with bits of vanilla. Some good sourness behind it all.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice dry oaky mellow funk with an overall really nice acidic cherry fruit profile. Finishes dry as well; overall the oak nuances work well in this.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. An overall great feel to it of acidity, oak, and fruit. Not an over-the-top sourness, but one that works and fits well in the overall spectrum of the beer.

(D)- A great wild ale. A great overall feel and balance to it. This bottle did not last long.

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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 ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The brew pours a deep amber-auburn hue and is capped with a filmy wisp of bubbles.

S - The nose is straight cherry. Judging by the nose alone, I wouldn't be surprised if this was a lot like NG Belgian Red (it isn't). As I get into the brew, the cherry notes gain complexity, offering sweet, tart and funky tones. Oak is showing up in a mostly earthy way. A nice effervescence suggests mineral malt notes and some spiciness from the yeast (there is real beer under those cherries.)

T - The taste follows the nose in offering a huge amount of dynamic cherry flavor: sweet, sour and funky. An wood, there seems to be a good does of earthy wood, more than discernible in the nose. There is also a very nice base beer underneath, which seems along the lines of BSPA if I had to guess, delivering grain and mineral notes and spicy yeast flavor, all of which is 95% obliterated by cherries.

M - Nice effervescence and dry finish.

O - Better than expected (or hoped for). I would definitely drink more of this.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(750ml bottle courtesy of LarryG!!). Pours red-brown with off-white head. Aroma has cherry, apple-cinammon and some funk. Taste is mostly tart. Medium bodied with dry finish. This is a very nice beer and exceed expectations. Thanks Larry! Stupid that I have to have 250 char.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Random week nights at wisconsinality's house are always fun. Usually we walk through his cellar and he lets me pick out any bottles I want to crack. This one caught my eye right away.

A: Dark blood red hue. Just a tiny hint of dirty white/pink head. No lace left behind.

S: Pure oak barrel soaked cherries. Sweet and tart balance perfectly. Hints of vanilla and pie crust. Reminds me of a less powerful LP kriek.

T: Awesome tart cherry flavor. Mild wood, pie crust, vanilla and oak.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

D: This was an absolute surprise gem. Super flavorful and a joy to drink. I will be looking for bottles of this myself. Thanks Kiley.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-light brown center with bright red edges and a light tan colored head that is somewhat creamy in appearance.

S-light oak up front with some slightly sweet vanilla, fleshy ripe cherries in the nose, maybe a hint of medicinal flavor with notes of sourness and a light acidity.

T-the taste is solid following the nose. the oak is very subtle and provides notes of sugary vanilla. there are lots of fleshy cherries, decent bit of sourness and a touch of acidity in the back. the medicinal flavors seem to have gone away and this has some great robust flavors.

M-lively grainy feel, very prickly on the throat with strong carbonation and rather dry finish.

D-this is extremely drinkable. not overly complex but very nice flavors, the oak imparts subtlety and vanilla, the vanilla may be a hint sweet, the cherries are sour and bright and there is just a touch of acidity to it with the nice dry finish. solid stuff.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: redish brown with a lace of head

smell: sweet, sour tart cherries

taste: cherries soaked in alcohol, tart

mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, crisp,

drinkability: an interesting but pleasing beer. give it a whirl.


the CPJ

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Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A deep burgundy color with a small one finger head that fades quickly.

S- Tart cherries, oak, a hint of lemon and funk.

T- Sour cherries, tart lemons, some funk and oakiness. Well balanced.

M- Light to medium body, smooth, crisp, refreshing.

D- Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Solid sour and worth the money.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for this killer brew.

Bomber split into tulip.

A- A deep prune red, small head and little lacing left on the side of the glass. There is a slight haze to it as well.

S- Big whiff of cherry pie, Luden's cough drops and some graham cracker. There is also a nice amount of oak to it as well.

T- Tart cherries greet the tongue immediately. There is some nice oak notes and a little bit of sweetness. Reminds me of a more sour Belgian Red.

M- Lighter bodied with a mellow carbonation and a nice tartness. Dry on the finish.

D- I am glad I traded for this beer. Great flavors and a nice balance with some good tartness. Can't wait to have another bottle in my possession.

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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 koopa
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown PA

Appearance: Pours a murky crimson with a slightly yellow beige crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Tart cherries, oak notes, and lemon play nice over a mild funk.

Taste: Tart cherries and lemons drown out the beautiful nuances found in the nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and murky.

Drinkability: Decent.

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Photo of grub
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

750ml corked and caged bottle.

pours lightly hazy deep reddish brown with a light tan head. the head drops fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. holy montmorency cherries batman! big spicy sour cherry character. white bread and cracker. earthy and woody.

taste is great. as in the aroma, there's a ton of spiced cherry character, similar to a montmorency character. bit of dark chocolate. bit of dark fruit. this one is all about the cherries. vanilla. mellow sourness. more cherry than funk. white bread and cracker. earthy and woody.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body with a dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. great balance. restrained sourness. good stuff!

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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 kfsv034
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for this one

A - pours nyquil red with a small head that lingers just a bit and dissipates

S - sour cherries, funk, oak, cherry cough drops

T - sour cherries, oaky dryness, cinnimon, and minimal funk

M - medium bodied.

D - easy going at 6.70%

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Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex for bringing this and stopping me from trading it, now we've had all "woods" beers...A dark ruby red body, very deep color complexity, only a little transparent. The light pinkish head provides a thin whispy cap, not much lacing...The aroma is great as it actually reminds me of a Belgian Kriek, sweet yet tart cherries, cherry syrup, funk, musky, just good...The taste is a letdown, guess I was expecting more after such an authentic start. The front is basically devoid of flavor, then I get a bit of sour, and only a bit of cherries. Disappointing, but some nice oaky flavors come through and try to put in a save. Needs to be more sour...The feel is very dry with a nice finish...Super easy to drink.

One of the best American Krieks out there. I can't totally recommend as there are so many better Belgian options but if offered I would drink again. Wouldn't trade for it though.

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