Barton Kriek
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #70
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Ranked #6,977
4.27 | pDev: 11.24%
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Texas, United States
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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Fred for sharing this over the weekend. Review from written notes.
This was from a small batch that was bottled, only something like 2 cases or so.

Served in a small flared tulip glass. Deep ruby color, saturated and a little murky. Spotty foam around the edges, and a thin surface layer that dissipated quickly.

Authentic cherry aroma, pie cherry not sour cherry, though some acid is detectable.
Flavors follow suit with a lightly vinegary acetic acid presence, natural cherry with a little bit of tannin from the skins. Light to medium bodied with a decent level of carbonation. Sourness is easygoing and moderate. Overall it's a nice kriek, and i'd certainly drink it again.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewpub while waiting for a growled fill. Unfortunately, they wouldn't grower fill this. Served in a small snifter.

It pours a brownish deep red with a minimal white head. Pretty standard for the style... which isn't a negative.

The nose is predominantly vinegar with some sweet cherries and a peppery bite. Both this and the taste are between a 4 and 4.5, so I decided to bump it up here. Definitely interesting.

The taste follows the nose quite well. Sharp vinegar that's somewhat controlled. A building sweetness that never becomes closing. Finishes with a crisp peppery bite that sets it apart. His could use a bit more citric and a bit less acetic... but I like it anyway.

The coronation and mouthful are both spot on. However, the vinegar buildup prevents it from being more drinkable. Still an excellent offering.

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Photo of redraider2323
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at NXNW:

A - ruby red color, a little too murky to be truly beautiful

S - just awesome. Intense acidity and fruit aromas.

T - fantastic complexity of sour, fruit and bread flavors.

M/D - high carbonation, dry and drinkable. The acidity would probably catch up with me after two, but I love this beer.

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Photo of nickd717
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Met the guys from NxNW at Great Divide - good guys, big drinkers. Then tried a lot of this beer at GABF. I know it was a beer fest, but I had several samples' worth and took the time to sit down and appreciate it, so I think that qualifies for a reasonable review.

A - This beer is cloudy reddish-brown in color with a medium light pink head.

S - Aroma is intense tart cherries, spices, and a little sweet caramel.

T - Incredible and in a way reminiscent of New Glarus' fruit beers: fairly sweet, although there is also the sour/vinegary aspect that you expect in a Flemish sour. Sweet and tart cherries really explode in your mouth, and there are also hints of oak and spices.

M - Palate is nice and sharp with medium body and prickly carbonation. Nearly perfect considering what this beer is intended to be.

D - Very high, keeps you wanting more.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a sniffter.

One finger white head doesn't last long, lacing is left and sticks. Cherry red and transparent body. Nose is all sours and funk. Taste is sweet tart cherries. Awesome. Mouthfeel is dry, light carbonation. Drinkability is high for a tasty Texas sour kriek. Wish I could have gotten a growler to go.

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Photo of spaceycasey
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap on many occassions, most recently on a March visit to NXNW.

Perhaps my single favorite beer in Texas - Barton Kriek seperates itself from popularized sugar-bombs found at tap-rooms nationwide.

Pours a slightly murky rose color with a full, long lasting off-white head. Aroma is of sour cherries and sweet malt.

Refreshingly tart cherry flavor - not overpoweringly sour in the slightest bit. Mouthfeel is carried by relatively high carbonation levels, expected for the style.

I could drink these all night until a cab or uniformed officer came for me.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at NXNW into a 10oz snifter.

Barton Kriek has a gorgeous, rosy-pink body with a hint of brownish cloudiness. The off-white head retains well and etches webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. Top notch aroma on this kriek, as the bouquet meets the nose with sour cherry, vinegar, light biscuity malts, and a hint of wood.

Flavor echoes the aroma, bursting with under-ripened cherry and sour vinegar. Some sweetness, too, but just enough to balance the sourness of the tart cherries. The medium-light body finishes semi-dry, and the spritzy carbonation level adds to the bittersweet bite on the end. This is easily one of the best-tasting Kriek's I've encountered. Paired effortlessly well with the appetizer and my entree of beef tenderloin. Two glasses weren't enough!

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent sour (tart) kriek. Cloudy amber, red color, no head, some lacing. A faint cherry aroma, fruity. Tart, sour cherry flavor, very good. Sweet fish flavor!? Not bad, just reminds me of a fishy flavor. Would go great with one of their salads. One I would try again; well made.

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Barton Kriek from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 23 ratings