K Is For Kriek
Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Wild Ale
3.96 | pDev: 9.09%
Apr 29, 2020
Jan 11, 2015
Very Good
K Is For KriekK Is For Kriek
Notes: “B” is for “Brooklyn.” We all learned that in school, yes? But “B” is also for “Belgium”. And when our brewmaster first visited Belgium in 1984, he learned that “K” is for “Kriek”. “Kriek” means “cherry” in Belgian Flanders, where for centuries Kriek beers have been made by adding cherries to lambics and other sour beers. Here in Brooklyn, we based our distinctly American take on Kriek on our dark abbey ale, the estimable Local 2. To this beer’s subtle marriage of malts, dark candi sugar, local wildflower honey and zing of orange peel, we added tart dried whole Montmorency cherries from Michigan. Around this, we wrapped a barrel of charred American bourbon oak. The sugar of the cherries began to ferment away. The barrels hissed. And we waited.
Six months later, the beer emerged with a glowing red color, vibrant acidity, complex fruit aromatics, and a foundation of oak flavors, its strength moving past 10%. Its transformation almost complete, the beer joined priming sugar, Champagne yeast and wild Brettanomyces yeasts in the bottle and underwent a third fermentation. And we waited yet again.
Now, a full year after we brewed it, this beer is ready for your table. K is for Kriek is dry, fruity, tart, full-bodied, and expansive, able to be enjoyed now or after years of cellaring. This beer is wondrous with poultry, duck and pork dishes, tremendous with goat cheeses, and a fine pairing for desserts. We originally made this beer just for ourselves, as part of our unreleased Ghost Bottle series, but it was too tasty to hoard. Beer is for drinking. And K is for Kriek.
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4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

-Ale brewed with honey, dark candi syrup and orange peel aged in Bourbon Barrels on whole cherries.

A: Loud audible sense of carbonation crackles with delight and power from a dark tan head that quickly collapses under its own weight. The pour was a rich cola coloring that produced a small covering on the glass walls. The head was porous and spongy textured. Overall a very strong Belgian type of appearance.

S: Smooth sense of slightly sour and damp cherries appear on the open. Some apricot fruitiness against a soft wheat backing has some orange peel, honey and wildflower notes for spicing. Add some fresh apple slices from the yeast, warm cola and yeasty muskiness and you got an all around solid musky and funky nose. The strength was a bit reserved and wished only for more.

T: Big funk of musky cherries and oranges. Creamy wheat backing and sweet caramel-cola with some wild flowers. Honey add sweetness along with some dark fruity figs and sugar plums and yeasty funk. Some tart fruit cake, lemony muskiness and big orange peel hints are added along with some candi sugars sweetness. Some vanilla tones round out.

M: Tons of massaging micro bubbles add texture and activity on the mouthful.A great fullness and feel per style.

O: Overall the flavor and smooth sourness define this drink with some sweet honey and candi-sugar to counter balance. Brooklyn doesn't seem to get the wide acceptance or recognition they so deserve for making such Belgian style drinks. They just go about quietly doing their business which is fine for me a right coast dweller with direct access to this fine brewery. Wine like drinkability adds to the length and enjoyment as well the developing flavors and senses this drink brings with each gentle sip. At 10% abv the alcohol is very well balanced and hidden. A worthy purchase.

Apr 29, 2020
3.78 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Aug 10, 2019
2.99 by Husky-Topper from New Jersey on May 13, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by janubio from Spain

Tasted at The Situation. Served in a snifter glass.. Pours a hazy brown colour, samll head with short retention, no lace.
Aroma of cherries, citrics, brown sugar, red wine.
Medium to full body, creamy tarty texture, no carbonation. Sweet finish
Taste of cherries, brown sugar, citrics, red wine.
Excelent beer.

Dec 24, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 26, 2018
3.73 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jun 19, 2018
3.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jan 22, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ONUMello from Ohio

750mL bottle, batch 2, poured into a snifter
A: Hazy dark brown with a 1/2-finger head that quickly settles
S: Brown sugar, cherry, brett, red wine
T: Matchs the nose
M: Full-bodied, just a hint sweet, the alcohol is hidden
O: A nice blend. The cherry is there but not strong. High abv but the sweetness is balanced and the alcohol hidden. There's also a unique wine note that I feel the aging has brought out - definitely a nicely aged beer

Dec 09, 2017
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Aug 15, 2017
4.23 by rorjets from Connecticut on May 28, 2017
4.34 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on May 02, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 25.90 (Including tax)/750 mL bottle ($ 1.00/oz) at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale, Saginaw, MI
While there is no actual date on the bottle, it does say “BQE Q1 2015, Blend #3, so it’s approaching two years old. Cage and cork bottle at 42 degrees served in a hand washed and dried JK snifter. The bottle opens with a resounding “Pop” and does not overflow.
Aroma – cherries and candi sugar. No hint of the bourbon barrels.
Head transitory. It fizzes away almost as fast as I pour, which, because of the fizzing, is more slowly and less aggressively than normal. What was there was tan, less than two centimeters thick, and left an irregular one to three millimeter ring which is maintained by the effervescence. There is no surface layer, just small bubble slicks formed by the effervescence which slide away to meld with the ring.
Lacing - none
Body – brown, murky, some effervescence
Flavor – slightly sweet and some cherry. Since this uses Brooklyn’s Local # 2 as a base, one would expect some of the Belgian dark strong ale characteristics to come through. And they do – hops are barely noted, the malt sweetness (and/or candi sugar) is evident (The Montmorency cherries used are considered tart or sour), alcohol is so well hidden that even a gastric burn is absent. There is no diacetyl. And definitely not even a hint of bourbon barrels.
Palate – medium, watery, fizzy
Overall, this is one that I’m glad I tried once (I think) but is also one that I won’t be seeking. It is also a good example of the problems of categorizing beers – Belgian dark strong ale vs. fruit/vegetable beer vs. wild ale. This has been discussed in other threads ad infinitum.
Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75

Jan 08, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by gcamparone from Rhode Island

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter. Thanks Jeff for this bottle!

Pours a muddy brown, every so slightly maroon hazy body with a one finger off white head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

Aromas are complex to say the least.. a lot going on here. Dark fruits, molasses, red wine, light vinegar tartness, acetic, some cherry and a bit of booze.

Lightly tart on the tongue, tart cherries and drying tannins, fruit skins, tobacco, earthy, black cherry, caramel and candied sugar. Like a slightly tart tripel or quad. Body is pretty heavy with low carbonation. For 10% it's pretty easy to drink.

Overall well done. Not exactly a "Kriek" in my book more of a quad with kriek characteristics. Complex and tasty nonetheless.

Sep 11, 2016
4.03 by LeftHanded666 from New York on Aug 31, 2016
4.37 by SkeletonBitch from New York on Aug 31, 2016
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 20, 2016
4.69 by dag1991 from Ohio on Jul 17, 2016
3.87 by HazardousBrewer from South Carolina on Jun 15, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tumbler glass:

Appearance: pours a murky, reddish-brown color, with a sudsy two finger head atop the brew. Dissipates after a couple minutes. Some carb visible, with a little fizziness as well.

Aroma: mild bourbon notes, with perhaps a little oak and a touch of vanilla. The dominant scent, though, is the cherry. Pretty nice, deep aromas in that regard. This is a pretty complex smelling beer overall.

Taste: mild sourness, with a solid amount of tart attached. I don't get much from the brett in this brew, and the bourbon is quite subtle. It's smooth, with not much heat for an 11% brew. The cherries definitely come through, and that's probably the best aspect of the flavor here. Overall, it's a solid, but not excellent kriek.

Feel: medium to full thickness, and it's not overly syrupy. Complements the flavor profile nicely.

Overall: it's not my favorite kriek, or my favorite beer from Brooklyn, but it packed a unique flavor profile, and was pretty solid overall. I'd be interested to try just the base beer without the bourbon barrel.

May 26, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jadjunk from Georgia

"When 'B' is for 'Belgium', you'll find that 'K' is for 'Kriek,' the cherries often added to lambics and other sour Belgian beers. Our American take on Kriek combines our dark abbey ale, twenty pounds of dried Michigan Montmorency cherries, six months of aging in bourbon barrels, and a final bottle fermentation using Champagne and wild Brettanomyces yeasts. After a full year of waiting, we're ready to share this dry, fruity, expansive beer iwth you. Beer is for drinking, not hoarding. And K is for Kriek." Brewed in the style of a Kriek Fruit Lambic, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp fizzy head of a pale beige tone over a mildly hazy dark copper body with abundant, lively carbonation. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3

(Smell) Rich bread malts, dark candi sugars, caramelized fruit syrups, and the rich, sweet and tart impact of cherry. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor largely falls in line with the aroma, generating a dry, strong tangy sourness over a decadent, smooth and complex malt body with clean, but rich depth of flavor and sufficient residual sweetness remaining. The combination of bourbon barrel aging and orange peel do a good job at accenting the tangy, acidic tail end of this beer for an especially and uniquely sharp bite on the finish, with the bourbon and barrel kept in check from overpowering the beer. Nicely balanced, quite tasty. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly creamy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a medium/briskly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly tangy and sour over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) A very enjoyable beer overall with lots of tangy sour character that pairs very nicely with the depth of the malt sweetness. Holds up very well with time. 4

Brooklyn Brewery's
K is for Kriek

May 15, 2016
3.5 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Apr 22, 2016
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cvm4 from Mississippi

Bottled Q1 2015. Blend #2

L - Pours a dark red mahogany body with a one finger tan head. No retention to the head and not much lacing either.

S - very subdued nose. The cherries and bourbon barrel really piqued my interest. Mild honey sweetness with some orange peel. Malty belgian base comes through.

T - Oak, cherries & bourbon. Bitter orange peel and the dark syrup show up midway in. It has a mildly bitter finish.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Has a dry finish.

O - I really dug the uniqueness of this beer.

Apr 16, 2016
4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut on Apr 04, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Nickwierda from New Jersey

Really cool beer. The Belgian strong dark base lays a solid foundation, but the adjuncts all play important complimentary roles. On top of the Belgian dark you get slightly sour cherries, hints of orange, with a slightly chocolate and vanilla finish- presumably from the malts and the barrel, respectively. And this is all over a layer of champagne and Brett. So it's a champagne-y, yeasty Belgian strong dark with accentuated cherry notes and a hint of chocolate and vanilla at the end. Very reminiscent of wine, but still distinctly beer. It's pretty damn delicious, probably a great food beer too- would love to see how this pairs with something like duck or lamb or roast pork.

Apr 02, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by BWED from Colorado

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- Turbid brown and ruby hues. Tan head dies quickly and leaves a ring with no lacing.

S- Sour cherry, oaky/woody, and just a little funk.

T- Oaky sour notes. With a little cherry.

M- Dryness, oaky finish. Sawdusty. Alcohol warmth, and low carbonation level.

O- Barrel aging seems a little too strong. Too much of a woody note for me. Overall, still, pretty good.

Mar 29, 2016
3.25 by sgregory from Connecticut on Mar 14, 2016
3.73 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Feb 09, 2016
3.96 by Kingpthethird from Massachusetts on Jan 20, 2016
4.15 by valkyre65 from Texas on Jan 13, 2016
3.62 by Sti555 from New Jersey on Jan 07, 2016
4.35 by ChipChaight from New York on Jan 01, 2016
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4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by scootny from New York

This is a ridiculously good beer that keeps revealing layers of complexity as you take your time to savor and explore its depths. It rewards patience and an appreciation of nuance. It starts with a husky mahogany red fluid that serves up a crown of a darkish off white head. Nice size and decent retention that laces well considering the abv. The nose is the trump card for me, especially if you let it warm in a tulip glass. It becomes a fountain of savory and sweet beer notes. Oak and bourbon subtly underscore a sweet bouquet of cherries that carry a funky Belgian tartness. A bit of leather and vanilla. An alcohol punctuated peppery spiciness. An aroma that develops and increases and it sits in your glass. Taste is a knockout as well. All those nose characters show up in superb balance. Malty sweet cherries have a caramel background. Oak and bourbon unfold to create depth and complexity while allowing the Belgian aspect to shine. Leather and vanilla show in the finish which is tart and dry with subtle hops. Honey and candi sugars add body and subtle layers of sugar complexity. Feel is lightly syrupy with a crisp carbonation that cuts though to make a delightful swallow. This is a great beer and it is on par with any great sour imo. An excellent choice for the holiday table. It will stand up to any red wine you may choose and in my opinion trump them all.

Dec 30, 2015
3.92 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Dec 27, 2015
3.93 by Bpayne88 from England on Dec 25, 2015
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Dec 21, 2015
3.75 by sansho from California on Dec 13, 2015
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4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Roguer from Connecticut

Very fizzy cream colored head, good size and excellent retention. Brew is a very dark reddish brown; very difficult to discern clarity even at the edges. Head settles into a thick, solid, 1/4 finger mass with no sign of dissipating.

Lovely aroma: bourbon and cherries mingle together, along with oak, tartness, tannins, and brown sugar. It leans heavily toward a traditional Kriek Lambic: slightly sour and musty, with an emphasis on cherry tones, and the bourbon playing a purely complementary role.

Flavor follows: the tart cherries and sour funk blend easily with sweet sugar, caramel, and bourbon. Tannin and oak linger throughout. There's a distinctly sour - not just tart - finish.

Lively and active; moderately light, but slightly puckering, and with a lot going on. Not quite a sipper, but far from a gulper.

I was afraid of the effect that bourbon barrel aging might have on a kriek, but Brooklyn did a fantastic job keeping it subtle and restrained. The overall result is tremendous, as it adds depth, balance, and nuance, without ever taking away from the base characteristics of the beer.

Nov 23, 2015
3.34 by ystazi from Illinois on Nov 22, 2015
3.22 by chippo33 from Vermont on Nov 21, 2015
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3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

L-The beer pours a murky dark cherry red color. The head is initially a fluffy 1 inch monster which receedes to a thin ring with little to no lacing.
S-the smell is mostly cherries with a touch of funk.
T- The nose leads me to expect cherries, but the cherry flavor disappoints. The champagne and brett yeasts have taken over leading me to believe this bottle may be on the older side. Their is a distinct dryness and alcohol in the taste overcoming the cherries and any barrel characteristics. The Brett has started to come forward as well. Overall I feel like this flavor profile is kind of a hot mess. I'm grading easy here because I feel like this bottle may be past it's prime.
F- The feel is light, dry, and almost winelike. It's not unpleasant.
O- I'd like to be able to compare a fresh bottle of this to my experience here. However this beer is very pricey for what it is delivering.

Nov 15, 2015
K Is For Kriek from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 168 ratings