The Kriek
de Garde Brewing

The KriekThe Kriek
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #126
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,845
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 4.78%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
56
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de Garde Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  9
SCORE
93
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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Jan 06, 2019
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DrinkingThe413 from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 18, 2019
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lucius10 from California

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sweet and tart cherry and a slightly funky nose on this one! Taste follows with a prominent funky finish...almost overpowers the cherry notes. It has good depth, but is slightly harsh on the swallow.

Jan 01, 2020
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Hangryginger from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 30, 2019
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Aug 10, 2019
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BarrelAgedG from California

4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 09, 2019
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shelby415 from Oregon

4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 03, 2019
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aug 15, 2019
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BEER88 from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 25, 2019
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 06, 2019
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Ajlvt from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 13, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 28, 2019
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Shy5 from Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 12, 2020
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Barettes from Washington

4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 29, 2020
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 10, 2017
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 14, 2018
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 29, 2018
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 09, 2018
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oline73 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 23, 2018
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AlexFields from Tennessee

4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Jan 27, 2017
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 05, 2018
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 13, 2017
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 10, 2018
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 14, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 18, 2016
The Kriek from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 56 ratings