Wild Sour Series: Cranberry Criek | DESTIHL Brewery

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3.82/5
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20 Ratings
Wild Sour Series:  Cranberry CriekWild Sour Series:  Cranberry Criek
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DESTIHL Brewery
Illinois, United States
destihl.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by beaulabauve on 11-29-2017

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#23,267
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
20
pDev:
6.02%
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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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 +5%
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 +2.9%
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 sd123
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Luscious_Malfoy
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSSG
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 nwhittin
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magery
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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 bschmidt_37
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wild Sour Series: Cranberry Criek from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 20 ratings