Stickney Kriek
Hermit Thrush Brewery

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Hermit Thrush Brewery
Vermont, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #399
Ranked #5,743
4.16 | pDev: 6.49%
Dec 30, 2022
Sep 27, 2015
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Notes: Barrel aged sour ale with cherries. We are very proud of this beer, and named it after the stunningly beautiful Stickney Brook in nearby Dummerston. 10 months of oak-barrel aging over sour cherries produced an exceedingly dry, deeply complex, and bitingly tart beer with a multi-layered balance of cherry, vanilla and toffee. This is not a lambic, but it's as close as we've come. Very limited quantities available.
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Rated: 4.14 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 8/20/21

It’s always a treat having Hermit Thrush, and especially a less common one like this instead of just the Party Jam series. This is their take on a Kriek Lambic, but just not officially a Lambic. I’m very excited to see how they do this one. Let’s crack it open and find out

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with 2 fingers of off white head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

This is definitely tart and cherry forward in the nose, but like all good Krieks there is still a nice balance. I’m picking up on aromas of tart cherry, sharp oak, lemon zest, pie crust, funky leather, toffee, and light red grape

It’s more of the same in taste, and while it’s tart it really runs with that slightly sweet note I dig. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting tart cherry, pie crust, sweet vanilla, apple skin, cinnamon, smooth oak, red grape, and lemon juice. The swallow brings notes of black cherry, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, funky leather, pie crust, sharp oak, and apple skin

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a tart and sharp beer. Finishes mostly dry with a puckering tartness

Damn, this is good stuff. I need more Hermit Thrush in my life
Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by SaisonMaker from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Awesome sour. It is very sour like most of HT's beers. I love the barrel aged flavor with the balanced cherry flavor. This is very good. Wish it wasn't quite so sour or it hits me more as I get older. I got two cans from the brewery last time we where in town. I should have bought more.
Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Can from the source.
Brilliant dark gold in color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Lemony tart nose with hints of funk and stone fruits. Taste is more lemony tart acid with bits of cherry. Its quite tasty but most of the kriek's I've had are bright to dark red and have ton's of cherry aroma and flavor. This one not so much.
Oct 17, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Jun 14, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden burgundy pour... slightly darker than apple juice with thin fizzy white head. Minimal lacing... a bit of sediment at the end of the pour.

S: Tart and funky. Oak and cherry.

T.F: Sweet/tart up front... or at least you get the sense of some sweetness. Moderate acidity... baking cherry, jam, and oak. Apple-cider vinegar, green fruit, and funk. Nice barrel presence... and the cherry is fantastic. Medium to light bodied. Sticky cherry at the finish.

O: An outstanding barrel-aged wild ale. Excellent flavor and drinkability. Best beer I've had from Hermit Thrush yet.
Apr 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Tall can purchased at the source, and lovingly stored in my fridge for the past 4 or 5 months.

Pours out with a light haze, plum in color with a ruby haze, just a slight fine bubble film and minimal bits of lace left behind.

Fruity nose with some tart cherries on the nose.

Delicate, fruity, densely flavorful medium tart, deliciously well crafted, cherries, vanilla, wood....if ya like a nice crisp and medium tart/sour fruity brew....go get some
Nov 21, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Jul 21, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by jefkeman from New York

May 10, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania

Feb 24, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus from Vermont

Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by geryeb624 from Maryland

Jan 20, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by devos900 from Maryland

Dec 25, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sour cherries are present in the nose along with hints of oak and associated vanilla.
T: The taste follows the smell and is somewhat sour with flavors of cherries and hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This sour ale is very drinkable and isn't too sour or tart. I really liked the strong notes of cherry flavors and the hints of oak from the barrel aging.

Serving type: can
Dec 23, 2018
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Oct 30, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

Aug 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-burnt dark red color with a quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white foamy head. No lacing. The aroma starts off sour cherry. Dry tart woody balance slides in. An ample amount of that normal "green apple" sourness comes back like most Hermit Thrush beers do. The flavor brings in the sour first and then a nice underlying sweet woody barrel side comes in. Aftertaste is the green apple and tart cherry leads into a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sipping quality to it. Low carbonation. Normal Hermit Thrush sly stickiness. Overall, this is probably their best to date beer.
Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Jun 10, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by BubbleBobble from New York

May 05, 2017
Rated: 4.51 by acread from Vermont

Apr 14, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Mar 27, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Feb 19, 2017
Rated: 3.61 by byronic from Canada (ON)

Dec 28, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by kidzord from Illinois

Dec 20, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by acurtis from New Jersey

Dec 16, 2016
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Rated by rlee1390 from Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Some cherries. Tart. Then an acidic buttery flavor.
Dec 11, 2016
Rated: 4 by shirtless_mike from Indiana

Dec 04, 2016
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Reviewed by barsonthetrak from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Chimay goblet. Gorgeous dark red appearance. Crisp, tart, cherry forward... brilliant stuff from Hermit Thrush. Slight jamminess which really opens up the flavor profile. Pricey at $8.50 a pint but worth it.
Nov 03, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Nov 02, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by frekky from Massachusetts

Oct 18, 2016
Rated: 4.65 by hop_junkie from New Hampshire

Oct 16, 2016
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Reviewed by ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Been glad to see some Hermit Thrust cans around recently, even though they're pretty expensive at $7-8 bucks a pint. Then again, you've definitely gotta consider what's inside these pint cans... this beast, for example, is an amber ale aged for 10 months on sour cherries in oak barrels. Well, damn. Let's get right into this one, then, shall we?

Pours a rather unimpressive ruddy amber color with a retentive but thin off-white head that barely builds at all. The surface is hazy and spotted with patches of slight foam. No lace present. Seemingly a decent amount of particulate matter in here, which makes sense given the long aging period on cherries. Carbonation seems rather uneventful. I'm sure there's a lot more to this than there initially seems to be, however.

The nose is on point with a sweet/sour cherry candy scent and a bit of barrel funk. Slight vanillin and tannic compounds coming through as well. Some sweet toffee from the base beer here and there. This kind of reminds me of another cherry sour I've had in the past few months: Almanac's Cherry Vanilla Dogpatch. I really enjoyed that beer, so I'm excited to see what's going on with this one on the palate.

This is nowhere near as mind-shockingly sour as CV Dogpatch, that's for sure, but it definitely doesn't lack in tartness. A deep and well-built malt bill backs up an intense rush of sour cherry that nevertheless remains rather tamed by the oakiness and caramel flavors on display. Slightly earthy and punchy with a great acidity and semi-balanced sweetness.

Feel is velvety-smooth and rather chewy, with a powerful heft belying its low-ish ABV. Even carbonation and a very round profile support the acidic cherry flavor, somewhat reminding me of Rodenbach Alexander but more forward and less "blended," if you will. Loving how obvious and apparent on the palate the cherry flavor is here. This was well worth the price of admission and I look forward to enjoying more HT beers soon. They're definitely one of the best young, up-and-coming breweries from VT, and they have a great barrel aging/sour program to boot!
Oct 14, 2016
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Oct 12, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by bobv from Vermont

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by JMScowcroft from Vermont

Oct 04, 2016
Rated: 4 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

Sep 24, 2016
Rated: 3.49 by Chris33 from Ohio

Nov 27, 2015
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