WiLD Sour Series: Cranberry Criek
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WiLD Sour Series:  Cranberry CriekWiLD Sour Series:  Cranberry Criek
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,256
ABV:
5%
Score:
89
Ranked #16,044
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 7.89%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
46
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DESTIHL Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  2
Gots
  10
SCORE
89
Very Good
WiLD Sour Series:  Cranberry CriekWiLD Sour Series:  Cranberry Criek
Notes: Our non-traditional Cranberry Criek evolved by merging tart cranberries with sweet cherries, normally associated with a traditional kriek, but in a kettle sour beer that is wonderfully intricate, balanced, fruity and tart. We then dry-hopped this crimson-colored beer for a touch of citrus aroma and flavoring, adding another layer of complexity and a perfect finish.
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 46
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear cherry red in color (just like the color of the can) and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with hints of cranberries.
T: The taste is sour and has notes of cranberries with hints of creamy yogurt.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found that the yogurt-like flavors helped to mask out some of the tartness from the cranberries to make this beer more palatable.

Serving type: can

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a four pack for about 10 bucks into a pint glass.
A - Great rosy colored red with a bountiful 1/2 inch of froth.
S - Smells fairly sour with muddled cranberries and slight hint of cherry.
T - Tart cranberry goodness with slightly lemon type sourness reminding you somewhat of cherries. Finish is faint sweetness.
M - Quite nice smooth and easy to drink.

Overall kind of a weak sour with smooth fruit flavors that's easy to crush. Should be easy to finish the rest.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the high was 68 today and i saw at least one leaf hit the ground, time for a damn cranberry beer. these guys are big around stl so i figured this was a good way to start. dumped the can down and a bright, clear beer climbed up with a pinkish fizzy head. no lacing as it fell away. nose is pretty subdued on my end, pops of sour, some cranberry and cherry. the taste was quite tasty, almost surprisingly so. big serving of cranberries and a slap of tart in your face, with hints of a lot of other things going on that balance it. drank well enough, medium bodied, closer to light, and dry on the end. would go good with the right food i imagine.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a tan/violet color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of sour cranberries. Taste is very sour, light cranberry, desert dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My plans for the afternoon have fallen through, but that is okay since I have a wealth of beers in my reefer to drink & review. This one is the first of several from DESTIHL in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm) today.

From the CAN: "Our non-traditional Cranberry Criek evolved by merging tart cranberries with sweet cherries, normally associated with a traditional Kriek, but in a kettle sour beer that is wonderfully intricate, balanced, fruity and tart. We then dry-hopped this crimson-colored beer for a touch of citrus aroma and flavoring, adding another layer of complexity and a perfect finish. Cheers!"; "Support Flavor/Boycott Bland (tm)".

This sounded good from the first moment that I laid eyes on it so I began with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a slow, gentle Glug. Once decanted, an in-glass swirl raised just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, pinkish head with good retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a pinkish-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9 or N/A). Nose was only lightly tart, but definitely smelled of both cranberries & cherries. Mmm. Mouthfeel was just barely medium, only a step or two beyond watery. The taste was mildly tart, puckering, but not so much that I would not be able to play the trumpet later. The taste was a really nice melding of tart cranberry & sweet cherries, allowing both to be perceived without getting in each others' way nor being so tart as to mar the enjoyment. This actually sounds like a great idea for pie filling - cranberries & sweet cherries! I might attempt this in the coming early-Fall. I liked the way that the taste kept going back & forth between tart & sweet, never falling into one category or the other. Finish was dry, but not so dry as to be overly puckering. This was a pleasant way to experience this style without getting overwhelmed. YMMV.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

an orangey pink clear brew from the tap, the latest in this series from destihl. its a cool beer because the piquant cranberry is buzzing at the same tenor as the bacterial sourness in here, and despite it being very acidic, there is a good complexity to this and quite a lot of flavor, tons of natural cranberry, as much as i have known in a beer like this. its really tart, mouthwatering in the nose and a little harsh on the palate and in the belly, a small amount of this does me fine, but i like the flavors quite a lot, its cool they used cherries too, which here seem to compliment the cranberries and add just a little sweetness, roundness, and depth to the fruit complexion. its bacterial, lactic to be specific, and lacks some of the maturity and nuance that we would find in a more traditional lambic base, no bretty funk here hardly at all, but the acidity is very clean, allowing the fruit to really shine. its a touch thin in a feel, but i like it not being sugary and ill take it. this has me wanting a cranberry lambic from one of the classic producers. its a good idea and it works, some barrel time and some brett would be a great next step...

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear reddish color with a small, khaki colored head of foam. It smelled of cherry and cranberry. Very tart with sour black cherry and hints of cranberry.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soapy, pink head. Amber ruby red. Sour yeast in the nose. Starts quite sour, then notes of tart berries. The cherry melds with malt, contrasting of the tart cranberries. Finish is lingering malt with berries underneath.

This is quite nice. Excellent fruit combination.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours the color of a pink zinfandel with a bubble gum colored head of 1/2 finger.

Aromas of crushed vitamins, sweet tarts, cranberry sauce, lactic acid, vomit

Extremely sour to start, then it tapers off to a milder cranberry-cherry flavor, crushed flinstone vitamins, lemon/lime powder, and then cranberry warhead dust.

Feel is very biting, high carbonation, with a high amount of chalk, stone, powder, etc.

Overall, not my thing, it's pretty extreme. The cranberry and cherry notes are there, but the rest of it I could do without.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of cranberry, bacterial funk, yeast, slight hop, and slight earthiness. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of cranberry, bacterial funk, yeast, slight hop, and slight earthiness. Overall, quite reminiscent of other Wild Sour Series beers, but slightly lacking in complexity.

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WiLD Sour Series: Cranberry Criek from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 46 ratings