Lee Kriek
de Garde Brewing

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de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #106
Ranked #1,247
4.34 | pDev: 9.22%
Jan 29, 2022
Jun 28, 2014
Lee KriekLee Kriek
Notes: A sour red ale aged in a blend of rye bourbon and red wine barrels, with a refermentation in barrels on Oregon grown Montmorency Cherries. Spicy oak and yeast character with bright tart cherry notes and a complex finish.
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4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Look: At first it looks more brownish than red but once you let some light near it becomes clearly a red hue of maroon. A bit hazy too. Quite lovely actually. And the head is out of this world for a wild ale. Huge, rocky, and it sticks around forever. Never seen this before in a Kriek.

Nose: Despite the age, the brett is VERY restrained. Barely there (in a good way). Lots of cola and cherry pop soda aromas. You can smell the oak barrel too. If you don't like your wilds to be TOO stinky this one's for you.

Taste: So well balanced. Sour, tangy, fruity, lemony with a hint of upfront bitterness and hint of sweetness. The bitterness lingers forever like a good DIPA. I do not think I can do it justice. I lack the vocabulary.

Mouthfeel: Spot on. Some good wilds can be a bit thin but not this one. It coats your mouth nicely. Carbonation is there to enhance the sourness. Refreshing.

Jan 29, 2022
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4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by elNopalero from California

Bottled 8/19, purchased 7/20, enjoyed 11/20. No frame of reference as I have not had this fresh, and I am not sure if that would matter so much.

Cap and cork bottle. Opens with ease. The beer looks ruddy auburn-red, like an autumn leaf slowly turning color. Lots of carbonation, lots of foam. The cherry note is evident immediately, along with some wood—oak?—on the back. The cherry comes across on the sip as well, but it’s more of a secondary player. Tannic, and tart, with a long finish.

Dec 15, 2020
4.28 by Beerbom from California on Aug 22, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

a really impressive specimen here, quite a bit more grain character and much less directly cherry driven then their regular kriek (nothing regular about it though, one of the best in the game). i did expect this to be a little heavier and darker, being a sour red as a base instead of a more pale lambic type, but i do like the toasted and caramelized notes as well as the breadiness of the richer malt. it seems to carry some fruitiness of its own too, especially with the red wine element of the barrel treatment, a darker black cherry thing, some subtle raisin, red raspberry, and currant tartness, although far less sour than some of their other beers, with both the fruit and malt balancing the acid very effectively. the cherry is but one of many flavors, tons of oak, a little wooden earthy depth and spice, maybe some rye in the mix someplace, a little vanilla richness from the whiskey, some light char, toffee, maple, fig, and the fruit, which is fresh and tart here. the beer is very mature and curiously dry and light by the end for its depth of flavor, grain forwardness, and higher alcohol content. carbonation is lovely from the tap, very soft but lively, and the texture of this is oddly delicate for what it is. if you want the straight up fruit bomb check out the regular kriek, if you want a ton of depth, barrel character, and nuance where the cherry is one voice in an awesome harmony, get your lips on the lee kriek!

Jul 06, 2020
5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 10, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by impending from California

most pronounced cheery skin ever

May 31, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a bottle (Aug2019) into a Belgian glass

L: deep ruby red, nice thick reddish brown head at first. Very effervescent, smallish head sticks around after a couple minutes

S: slight tart, more tart than funk. Rather light/delicate nose, some cherry but not fruit-forward

T: opens with a nice acidic tart note, then moves into this sour cherry flavor that’s assertive without being overwhelming. Really get the flavor of the montmorency and morello cherries, flesh as well as this earthier pit note. Medium finish, with this lingering sour sensation

F: light body, medium/high carbonation, acidic/drying

O: a nice wild ale that really captures the flavor of the fruit involved. Would have liked a bit more funk to it, but the cherries come across beautifully

May 24, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jheimbigner from Washington

Bottled 8/19 poured 4/20
Poured from fridge temp. Color is a dark Amber/Ruby color with a minimal off white head. Nose is dG funk - hay, barnyard, horse, etc..., oak, and cherry and a red ale - something that has more malt backbone then dG regular base. Taste is strong oak, cherry, malty sweet base, dG funk with a mineral astringency. Feel is light and effervescent/good carb . Easy to drink. Overall, nice spin on a classic, decently more complex than Alexander or the likes - however, I really want that gummy cherries and brown sugar.

Apr 08, 2020
4.25 by BerryKumquat from California on Apr 05, 2020
4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Mar 16, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by lucius10 from California

Sweet, mildly acidic, cherry, funky aromatics on this one! Taste follows with a hint of tart cherry and a funky acidic finish. This is quality stuff, I just wish the cherry had a little more kick to it. This is really good!!!

Feb 09, 2020
4.37 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Aug 16, 2019
4.66 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Jul 08, 2018
4.25 by LloydDobler from Indiana on Jun 29, 2018
4.34 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Jun 26, 2018
4.94 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on May 12, 2018
4.65 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on May 11, 2018
3.79 by Eziel from Ohio on Apr 06, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Vibrant ruby with a creamy pastel pink head, this is one beautiful beer.

Smell is both deeply funky yet sharp, with a solid simulation of cinnamon and marzipan cherry pie spritzed with lemon.

Taste continues that theme wonderfully through a light body, airy crisp fizz, and dry finish.

This was batch 1. I've since had batch 3 also, which was far more sour and acidic, painfully so over time, so if I were you I would definitely aim for other batches.

Apr 03, 2018
4.97 by Aaron814 from Idaho on Apr 02, 2018
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4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Bottle shared by Matthew. Many thank yous!

A gorgeous deep ruby body with a thin, pinkish lavender cap. Aromas of funky cherries! Wonderful flavor. Like a Belgian lambic, but with more tartness, in the American style. What a lovely beer. De Garde is world class.

Dec 04, 2017
3.91 by CUBeerBuff from Washington on Nov 18, 2017
4.25 by ragnar3 from Iowa on Sep 21, 2017
4.34 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Feb 12, 2017
5 by Btip1969 from Oregon on Jul 04, 2016
4.44 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Jun 05, 2016
4.25 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on May 29, 2016
3.5 by oline73 from Maryland on May 28, 2016
4.24 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington on May 17, 2016
4.33 by EB1 from California on May 08, 2016
4.38 by Leftofthedial from California on May 08, 2016
4.29 by AMCimpi from New York on May 02, 2016
4 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Apr 29, 2016
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4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by sendsilk from Florida

Wow. Really, really great cherry flavor to this beer! I wish I had another one of these!

Apr 22, 2016
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by rlee1390 from Indiana

Nice cherry flavor. Mild tart, some oak as well. The bourbon sneaks in with some leather notes. Rather good.

Apr 15, 2016
4 by GRG1313 from California on Apr 13, 2016
4.16 by spycow from Illinois on Mar 31, 2016
3.54 by kiki3drt292 from California on Mar 26, 2016
3.81 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Mar 26, 2016
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5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by imonhiatus from New Jersey

I never really understand when people say that a beer is jammy. I have had plenty of the cliche beers that get tagged with that word that just doesn't go with beer...but this beer....aw...THIS beer, this one IS jammy. homerun, slam dunk, whatever...for what I look for in a beer, this is firing on ALL cylinders. perfection in a glass to me. psyched to have another bottle of this and a few floating around in the tasting group. cannot wait to have it again.

Mar 26, 2016
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