The Kriek
de Garde Brewing

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #160
Ranked #2,508
4.38 | pDev: 4.57%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
The KriekThe Kriek
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 47
Photo of NickSMpls
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beer based on cherry would pour - cherry color of course. Slightly hazy, very light head, no lacing. Nose is fruity, clean and no off notes. The taste is well rounded, no harsh notes, relatively dry and slightly sour. It's very well done. The aging in oak barrels, which adds a pleasant woody back-note -almost wine like.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork and capped bottle, teku glass. Darker reddish body, slight purple hue, one finger offwhite head, fair retention and lacing. Smell is rich montmorency cherry skin; seems to me that vinegar is fairly strong here; for the most part, the nose and palate consists of a bit of oak, sweet balaton cherry flesh, a bit of perfumey montmorency, heavy acetic acidity, comparatively light lactic acidity, touch of leather, lemon. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, cherry skin all the way through to the finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

it looks like these guys do several kriek types, but it would be hard to imagine one being any better than this. this has to be among the best krieks i have ever had, including from the heavy hitters of belgium, it might even be the best. it was my last beer of the holiday season, and it was the perfect way to close down an epic run of beer drinking. the fruited wild ones from de garde have all been insane, but where i thought the framboise i had recently was so fruity that it almost took over the nuances of the fermentation profile, this one the fruit seems to enhance it, the base beer independent of the cherries here is on full display as one of the coolest, most woody and mature and funky beers out there, and the cherries just send it over the edge, near perfection in the glass here. after fussing with the cork awhile, we got this baby opened up and poured, a deep brick red color with a little haze and a high rising airy head that looks like its been drying to break out of the bottle, stained a little pink and only slowly relaxing. the aroma is the best part of this, as compelling a smell from a beer that i have ever known, i cant stop inhaling as deeply as possible through my nose, maybe ten minutes of this before i ever taste it, my mouth waters like crazy, the oak and the mature lambic funk are incredible, very much done like the classic lambic beers of the old world, its piquant but not overtly acidic to me, so much funk, the exact right mix of brett and bacteria, totally wild, but i mean, so refined and dialed in its hard to even put words to, and the cherries are killer, natural and ripe and intense, i think the use of multiple types of cherries was a good call, although i dont know enough about them specifically to say why, this just seems more whole than most, but its the fermentation that has me here! the flavor is next level as well, cherry all the way through, sweet and tart at the same time, like they resolve their own sugar, full spectrum cherry flavor, enhanced by a lemony sourness and this crazy farmy rustic brett funk, and while the beer is dry, the finish isnt that fast, rose champagne, new oak, wet animal, hay and straw, heavy red wine, light vanilla, pepper, and all the good things in the world. this is so expert, the high carbonation is a killer feel for a beer like this, and something i always wish for in the stiller ones, this is so alive, just how i like these to be, its perfect really. i feel like this needs a context to be fully appreciated, like, line up 100 kriek beers and this will be the best one you taste, its insane how good it is. among the best beers i have ever had. oh my god, i have to get more of this!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Blue Session. Hazy purple color. Aroma has musty fruits, barrel funk and damp wood. Taste is sour and funky with cherry pit bitterness and sour cherry flesh.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pink / orange with small white head.
Aroma has sour cherries, tart, vinegar, green apples, hay, very funky
Taste is same as the aroma but much more sour. Dry bitter finish.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I was told the primary difference here versus the 2017 Keeper's version would be that the cherries used in the 2016 did not impart as much visual flare, and as such, this displayed a pale salmon, mostly clear body with a creamy white collar that clinged to the glass.

Smell is bright, peppery and oaky cherry with a little funky cheese and dusty nuts.

Taste is like a spiced graham cracker crust with cherry pie filling, but unthickened.

Here again with another de Garde beer, the body is thin but crisp, with a fine carbonation and a semi-dry finish. This one is very sour, nearing acetic, like a funked up red wine.

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The Kriek from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 47 ratings