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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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 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 Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

A: This beer pours a deep ruby hue with a quarter inch of white head that leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: Really fabulous aroma of tart cherries and some funk.

T: A very tasty brew, with flavors of oak, tart cherries, and funk.

M: Acetic and a bit biting, in the best possible way. The mouthfeel is otherwise light.

D: A very tasty beer. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for opening up this bottle at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.

Pours a nice, dark red color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing as it makes its way down. The nose brings a really great cherry presence plus a bit of tartness from the same. A bit of light oak and funk are there beside a nice sour presence. The taste is of tart cherries, light funky characteristics, some oak, and a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation and a good amount of acid all around. Drinks quite well; I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan, thanks. I have been generally unimpressed with the wilds coming out of this brewery.

Beer is dark red with a white head and low carbonation.

Beer smells like oak and funk with some tart cherries in there.

Beer tastes like sour cherries and oak. Lots of nice brett character on the midpalate of the beer. The finish is tart and funky. I like it. The body is light and has some nice carbonation on the palate. This is probably the best sour I've had from this place so far.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/12/10 notes. Brought to a local tasting.

a - pours a dark ruby red with one inch of white head and light carb evident

s - Smells of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, funk, oak, and a tiny bit of vanilla as well. Not super funky, just a hint, but the sour cherries are still very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, dark fruits, funk, and oak. Again, not super funky or sour, but enjoyable.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty crisp body.

d - Overall I enjoyed this sour quite a bit. While it is not overally funky or sour, it has a great nose and is pretty easy to drink. I thought it was better than Cisco's Dark Woods, and pretty on par with their Cherry Woods, maybe a notch below.

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Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow. i had no idea that Cisco was doing this. HUGE props to them for being ahead of the curve. dark and hazy cherry juice colored. poured in to a wide mouth glass like recommended on the bottle, and the pink-brown head pops and fizzes and fades away pretty quick. nose is gorgeous. not necessarily evoking sense of place, but properly expressed and pretty spot on for what i think the brewers were trying to achieve. sour cherry, oak, vanilla and a tiny hint of funk. taste to me is mild tartness followed by fresh, real cherry pie and wrapped up again with a slightly vanilla sweet cherry tartness and a hint of oak that seems to help round the whole thing out. awesome. fun. great to see good wild beer coming from this part of the US. looking forward to trying the rest of the line!!

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

I tried this one subsequent to Cherry Woods. This brewery is on the up and up!

Appearance: Pour is a very nice glowing mahogany-ruby, well carbonated with about a 1" off-white head.

Smell: Light funk and sourness with tart cherries, oak and vanilla.

Taste: Similar to the smell, light funk and lemon acidic sourness, followed closely by tart cherries, oak and vanilla with some honey suckle on the finish and vinegar underneath. It does taste a bit young.

Mouthfeel: Very well done, smooth; a bit light though, I feel the tannins from the cherry skins could have given this a bit more oomph as my only real complaint about this beer is that it is a bit thin/watery.

Drinkability: Goes down very easy; it is my believe that some of these newer American Wild Ale producers like Cisco, Captain Lawrence, Upland, etc are really starting to shine and are surpassing some of the old guard like Russian River that has mostly stood still as time passes them by. I wish I could get this stuff locally, will definitely visit the brewery next time I am in Nantucket.

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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 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 largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by dabecassis. Thanks.

Appearance: The body has a cherry skin hue, the head more pinkish. It's moderately hazy, and the head doesn't stick around very long.

Aroma: Fleshy and sweet cherries. There's a mildly tartness, but very reserved acidity on the nose. The cherry character is vibrant and very enjoyable.

Taste/mouthfeel: It's fairly sharp on the tongue, dominated by tart cherries and lactic sourness with a touch of acetic acid. Carbonation is very lively. There's some pleasant cherry skin astringency in the finish, but not much oak. I had low expectations for this beer after trying a few other mediocre Cisco sours, but this one is surprisingly good.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged, around $22 at Julio's in Massachusetts. The most expensive from the Cisco line at Julio's, and also the last bottle on the shelf. The label notes: "2 year old Nantucket Flemish-style red aged on whole sour sherries for 10 months."

The cork comes out with only a minor pop, absolutely no threat of gushing. It pours a dark ruby red/brown with a thin light tan layer of wet looking foam. The dominant aroma is sour cherries (duh), with almost a floral honey-like sweetness underneath, very faint. It smells more like Cantillon than Lindemans, to use two simple polar opposites for the style as guidelines.

It tastes nice and tart, with a lot of funk beneath the sour cherries. Sorta bracingly sour, definitely above average in that regard, delicious. Long cherry flavors in the aftertaste, with a lasting pucker too.

The carbonation is just about right for the style, low compared to other styles. A nice light body and mouthfeel. Very good, extremely delicous, this is definitely recommended.

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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 nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark reddish brown a pinkish brown head

S- Sour cherries, a tad of acetic acid, a little funk, some vanilla a fantastic cherry nose

T- Tart cherries bite the palate right away and lead to vanilla, oak, some tannins, puckering sourness that sucks out the saliva. Incredible complexity.

M- Medium bodied, nice medium carbonation, dry, puckering

D- Another fantastic sour from Cisco, I love the tart cherry nose and the tart cherry taste. Worth trying if you enjoy tart cherry sours that are big on fruit.

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

Served lightly chilled into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. The body has a burnt autumn red color to it with a white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the top. Almost no lacing. Liking the dark red, light plum color of the body.

Cherries, vanilla and oak on the nose. Light vinegar sourness. Cherries are the most dominant, but the Flanders Red base comes through nicely.

Tart, chewy cherries on the tongue mixed with light vanilla smoothness. Some oakiness. The cherries add a nice level of tartness that cuts through the sweetness of the Flanders/Flemish base. I'm really liking what Cisco has done here.

Body is smooth with spritzy carbonation. Good sour/tartness. Well balanced. Feels good going down.

This is a pretty tasty a beer. A 750 ml bottle may be a bit much for one person, but splitting it is about perfect. This is the second Woods beer I've had from Cisco and it definitely steps it up a notch when compared to their Dark Woods. A bit on the pricey side, but a well crafted brew and worth seeking out. Especially if you like krieks and/or Flemish/Flanders Reds.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass, revealing beautiful cherry juice-colored body with a fast-dissipating pink head. Very, very pretty. Smells like an oud bruin with lots of meaty, funkalicious notes and sweet, vanilla-y oak notes over a soft cherry backbone. Very good smells.

Tastes like an oud bruin, very sour and meaty with an intense tartness that marries well with the cherry and oak flavors. The cherry flavor itself is a little canned or concentrated tasting, not as fresh as some krieks I can remember, and there is a latent metallic tinge to the flavor that may be a remnant of the oud bruin collective. Mouthfeel is a little grainy, a little tingly from the carbonation, and dry. Light to medium-bodied. Very drinkable but very flavorful.

Overall I really like it. I wish I had more to enjoy with some cheese.

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

Bottle. Pours a clear ruby red with a medium light pink head. Nose is striking, I wasn't expecting such refined lambic-like nuances here. Dry cherry pit, some barn, light vanilla sweetness, some cotton candy. Flavor profile is soft, tart, and refined. Lightly sour cherries , some citric acidity, and a lush vanilla finish. Very expressive, reminds me of Bullfrog Frambozen, actually reminds me a bit of that legendary 1996 John Barleycorn which was supposed to be a barley wine but got infected and now bursts with sour cherries. Fairly sour with prickly carbonation. This is great stuff.

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

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Removing the very tight cork yields no gushing at all. Free pour yields a 1/3 inch frothy white head that dissipates quickly to a small froth ring around the glass. Pours a semi-translucent dark somewhat brownish red (looks like the color of a cherry, actually), and leaves occasional spots and streaks of lacing.

Smell: Sour cherries, along with some oak and vanilla. Just a touch of vinegar smell. Bit of funk underneath. As the beer warms, some sweet pastry smells come out. The overall character of the smell is hard to describe with particulars as above... it's sort of smooth and inviting. It's very nice.

Taste: Oak, tart cherry, creamy, juicy, and sour. Very straightforward, but very delicious. The bottle says you'll taste "the idea of cherry"... I'll buy it. There's a nice oaky funk underneath as well. Dry finish, with the 6.7% ABV well-hidden.

As the beer warms, it becomes a lot fuller flavored; it fills the mouth with disparate flavor sensations, all of them good and all of them contributing to a well-balanced whole. Lots of puckering sourness at first along with distinct cherry notes, vanilla, oaky creaminess rounding out the flavor, tangy funk moving through everything, with a very dry finish. These flavors, deep as they are, stay pretty constant, only smoothing out into a much more balanced, consistent whole as the beer warms. It's all very refreshing, intriguing, and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation, lots of puckering sourness, dry finish.

Drinkability: Bold flavors that stay in balance without getting dulled, tons of refreshment, low alcohol influence despite a high ABV; nothing here inhibits drinkability. I'm not going to say "no" to this beer.

Monomoy Kriek is a very direct, good beer, with a simple, well-conceived conceit: age a good Flander's red on sour cherries. The result delivers all the flavors you'd expect if such a beer sounds like a good idea to you. Like most American wild ales, it's a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for with this one.

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

Picked this up at Gordon's in Waltham tonight - one of my final splurges before going to a beer wasteland for a month...
Poured in to my Portsmouth Tulip

A: This beer pours a ruby/garnet color with a one finger of khaki, pinkish tinged head. Head recedes somewhat quickly leaving just spots here and there of lacing.

S: Nose is all about the tart dark cherries!!! Some nice oak notes come through, maybe some light vanilla and a light light hint of funk.

T: Taste starts with a sharp, tart, sour cherry. This really dominates the initial hit to the palate. Flavor lightens slightly with some oak and vanilla intermingling with the cherry flavoring (which just hangs on) to sweeten out the middle. Finish is where the funk comes in and a bit of alcohol warming.

M: Medium body, low to moderate carbonation, crisp, clean, and bone dry finish.

D: Goes down very easily, not very filling, nice kick to it, really nice representation of style. I've always enjoyed Cisco, but some of their newer stuff is just really kicking it up a notch! I'd buy this again in a heart beat!

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Julios today. The label describes it as follows: "2 year old Nantucket Flemish-style Red aged on sour cherries for 10 months." Initially I figured that this was just their Cherry Woods with a new name, but based on the info I received from the beer guy at Julios, the ABV, and overall character it appears to be a whole new brew we have here. It pours out a hazed dark pink, with a single finger of white heading. Smell is of sweet cherries, pie crust, and just a small hint of the barnyard. The funk comes through more in the flavor, starting off with lots of tart cherry becoming more sweet in the middle, and then ending on a more dry champagne likeness. I do not know how they do it, but Cisco seems to nail the pie crust taste with a few of their beers (Grey Lady would be another example). This element works really well with the sourness here. Mouthfeel is crisp, sour and refreshing, especially good for hot weather. Cisco is doing a bang up job with their Woods series of beers. I am very much looking forward to what they come up with next. Cheers

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