Lee Kriek
de Garde Brewing

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #115
Ranked #1,367
4.36 | pDev: 9.4%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
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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Photo of lucius10
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of imonhiatus
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of 1424IpA
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Petrone 84 clearly has the wrong idea here or he's never had a top shelf sour, another great beer fron de garde....buy them all if you see them, trade for them if it's an option....

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Photo of jakemn91
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red. Aroma is sour cherries all the way through. Taste is also cherry forward. Acidity come second. Given the color and residual sweetness, de Garde must have used a ton of cherries in the brewing of this beer. Quite tasty

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.09/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pour is a hazed dark blood red with a pink head. Nose is heavy plastic, very green, chlorine, and some fleshy cherry. Flavor is less offensive, more singular, lots of cherry, light washed out wood, almost watery at points, still green and chlorine towards the back with acetic acid through the finish. Syrupy feel, heavy, carb can't balance this cough syrup.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a brandy snifter 2/24/2015.

A- Darker reddish-pink body, half finger white head that lingers in a thick collar for a while. Nice lacing.

S- Cherries, oak, tannins, funk, lactate, caramel. The cherries come across very, very well here. This reminds me a lot of Cantillon Kriek, except of course this comes without the trademark Cantillon funk. The cherries here are very similarly tart and the lactobacillus seems to add in a bit more of a thinner tartness. Smells good!

F- Cherries, of course stand out the most. There's a tannin presence here contributing a bit of oak, leather and a bit of dark fruit; I didn't know at the time what barrels these were aged in, but I assumed red wine and I was right. However, now that I've looked at the full description, I don't taste any contribution from the rye whiskey; I believe it is hidden well behind all of the tart cherry and tannins. There is a mild sweet caramel malt presence as well. A mild-moderate amount of funk, a fair bit of lactobacillus. Solid, decent complexity, but it does smell a bit better than it tastes.

M- Medium bodied, not thin or thick at all. Very easy to drink, but also very easy to sip on and enjoy in its complexity.

O- Very nice AWA, not the best but in terms of cherry AWAs, this is pretty good. I would recommend trying Funk Factory Door Kriek with this one.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Reddish brown body. Medium off-white head.

Smell - It's not a strong cherry, but it's there. More toasty malt and some sharp acidity. Sharp fresh oak.

Taste - Much stronger cherry. Sour cherry, but very strong sour pie cherry. A little bit of that caramel malt, but none of the toastiness. Becomes a bit vinegary.

Mouthfeel - Strong sourness. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I was optimistic when I smelled it, because I thought it would be an interesting take. Instead it turned out to be a very strong and simple cherry sour.

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Lee Kriek from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 97 ratings