K Is For Kriek
Brooklyn Brewery

K Is For KriekK Is For Kriek
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
11%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.07%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
167
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Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
89
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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 We originally made this beer just for ourselves, as part of our unreleased Ghost Bottle series, but it was too tasty to hoard.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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Photo of janubio
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 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

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Photo of gcamparone
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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
/5.00

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Photo of cvm4
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Nickwierda
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BWED
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of scootny
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with a finger width foamy head. Both lacing and head retention are non existent. Has a sour and sweet aroma at the same time. Can detect some honey and floral aspects. Maybe slight cherries and bourbon. Taste like cherries and honey picked from a bourbon barrel. Has a mild sourness, but it is also sweet at the finish. Good beer, but definitely different from what I have had in the past. Not sure if I have had a Kriek before. Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

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Photo of dd43
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a "tough to pin down" drinking experience. The cherries, orange peel and candied sugar are present in the aroma and flavor. But the barrel character and Brett phenols are missing, to my palate. To be honest I was expecting something a little more eye opening in that regard. I really could not pick out anything in the flavor/aroma profile of this beer that carried the brettanomyces calling card. In terms of bourbon barrel there really wasn't any perceivable vanilla, coconut, or woody/oaky quality. I wanted a little of that to balance out the tartness of the cherries and the malt sweetness of the candi sugar. This in some ways felt like the start, but not the completion, of an amazing beer.

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Photo of hardy008
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark hazy crimson, with a 2 finger light beige head, and better than expected retention. Has a pleasant aroma with tart cherries, oak, Bourbon, vanilla, and candi sugar. There is so much going on with the aroma, that I am sure I am not able to pick everything out.

The taste has a nice combination of sweetness and tartness with tart cherries, candi sugar, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, citrus peel, and Brett. I can't taste the alcohol, and this is a 10.1 % abv beer. Very well made.

edium bodied with modest carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry, with an oak and tart cherry aftertaste. A nicely made beer.

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Photo of bobhits
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love cherries and I love Krieks, so I'm pretty excited to see this from Brooklyn. I'm a bit iffy on the use of bourbon barrels, but I'm not one to avoid bourbon with anything.

I'll pass on the aromas and appearance discussion. It's red, it's lacking carbonation that gives lacing, its a kriek but not one of the better looking or smelling versions. With most sours I struggle to get a lot of notes from the nose, mostly just sour elements and some random items. It's interesting.

The flavor is cherries up front and then some malt and barrel notes at the end. The beer is sour, but only marginally. On a scale of 1-10 this is about a 3 on the sour scale maybe a 4. A part of me enjoys the more drinkable low sour aspect but not at 10%.

Apples, cherries, light vinegar, earthy notes, oak..there's more here but I'm not placing it well.

At 10% this is very drinkable. The body is very clean and easy to drink.

At the end of the day I'm rather disappointed. Given the price and the effort that went into this I'd expect more from the end product. I'm glad to see these kinds of efforts from Brooklyn, but this is a miss. I'm scoring this based on beer and not the style, this misses a bit on the style but overall it's still above average beer all be it by a hair. Now as for style, this is way below average for what imo is one of the best sour styles out there.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged 750ml poured into a couple of snifters. The brew appears a reddish tint with a khaki colored head that fades to a ring across the perimeter.

The nose is a little medicinal feeling with noticeable cherry impact thats earthy, natural and pitted. The tastes carries over with some of that medicinal touch and slight herbal feel before the alcohol gets noticed.

This is a fuller bodied brew with ample carbonation. I dont really know what Brooklyn was going for with this...i mean yeah they nailed the cherry flavor but where is the beer aspect? I wouldnt mind revisiting this but at the cost of admission id likely pass.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; blend #3, bottled early 2015. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tart/sweet cherry, pear, apple, orange peel, honey, brown sugar, toast, pepper, oak, light vanilla/bourbon, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart/sweet cherry, pear, apple, orange peel, honey, brown sugar, toast, pepper, oak, light vanilla/bourbon, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of yeast/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, pear, apple, orange peel, honey, brown sugar, toast, pepper, oak, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some light-moderate dryness on the finish as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited Belgian red ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ML bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and two and a half fingers of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Strong aromas of toasted malt, boozy bourbon, oak, a touch of vanilla and tons of Belgian yeast and dark cherries. Lots and lots of cherries.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of toasted malt, Belgian yeast and bourbon up front, followed by lots of brown sugar-like sweetness and lots of slightly sour cherry, which melds brilliantly with the bourbon flavors. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation thanks to the champagne yeast the beer is bottle conditioned with. With an ABV of 10%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Delicious, unique, and original! While not a traditional Belgian cherry Lambic, its quite delicious and a true American Lambic with the aging in the bourbon barrels. Excellent beer! Highly recommended!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

pathetically low ratings on this one of a kind ale. i have never seen a kriek beer this strong, and i have never seen one in bourbon barrels, and i have never seen one refermented with champagne yeast, and i have never seen one with oranges. come on people, this is very special beer, and anyone who hates on it has a motive, i really believe that, because there is no way a beer person cant appreciate this work of art. its a masterwork really, very very unique, and something to savor and share. i was lucky to find a bottle of this, and i was even luckier to share it in great company. so many things going on here challenging my notion of the style. the first is the bourbon, which is robust along with the tart cherries. vanilla is introduced, and so is brown sugar raw sweetness, which brings out jammy elements of the fruit and just tastes fantastic. the other weird thing is all the booze. i often find myself crushing through krieks, even the good ones, because they are so light. the weight added by the alcohol is appreciated in this context, and it for once helps a beer rather than hinders it. citrus is a new element too, i have never had orange on cherry like this, and it reminds me of the way my moms homemade cranberry sauce is on thanksgiving. she cuts the tartness of the berries with fresh orange and orange zest, and it balances really well in an acidic harmony. i think the orange does similar things with the cherries, not to mention the bourbon, which always loves a twist. it feels fancy on my palate despite is oddly hazy and thick red brown appearance, more refined than it looks for sure. finishes forever, with an appreciably wild yeast character. its dry and tannic from the champagne yeast, and man i love that, but its also more than just lactic sour (although its plenty sour), it also has a cool brett profile, layers uncommon in the style, even in the good ones. i know this is belgium, but cantillon or drie would never do this, and thats why i respect this beer so much. best 25 bucks ive spent on alcohol in 2015, no question.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A bit of snapping sounding and carbonation fizz coming out of the bottle, fills the glass with a deep redish and rusty brown body, quite opaque with no hues to it at all. The head forms two fingers but fizzles out, but manages a supper creamy quarter finger puck that is tan vanilla yellow in color, and always being repopulated by excessive carbonation all along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is quite interesting. Large vanilla soft sweet oak tones, mild cherry, not hugely tart but a real balanced soft acidity. Little chocolate sense, milky, not a big Belgian sugary malty brew, real excellent play on barrel aging, yeast, and fruit character. Doesn't come off particularly funky or hinting of brett very much but has an excellent contrast with mild cherry, sweet vanilla, and caramel quality.

Palate is real fun and interesting. Excellent creamy mouthfeel highlighting vanilla but also a milky chocolate angle. Cherry angle is very subtle, not particular tart or sweet but then the brett really brings out some great character and more noticeable than on the aroma. Slight and subtle peppery finish, with excellent malt sweetness to go with it. Fruit angle is rather standard not diverse in other berried character or qualities.

Real interesting take, some playful mix that is real unexpected that works out well. Very enjoyable, very unique and quite a memorable brew as well too.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cherry red and free of sediment. Fizzy head forms and recedes to a ring before disappearing. Aroma of cherries, balsamic vinegar, cider, cherry, candy and citrus. In the taste, some sour cherry upfront, oak and vinegar show briefly and a hint of lush cherry in the finish. This beer is significantly better as it warms, the flavor intensifies it was a touch soft at first. Very likable, enjoyable and deceptively strong beer. Aging this would be a good call. Thanks to Brewmeist for the bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle - $19.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Blend #3.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, amber-tan body with a wispy, yellowish head.

Smell: A dense blend of moist cherries, soft bourbon elements, woodsy, earth-toned spices, toasted caramel, sweet-scented honey and a perfumy hint of citrus and while it's not really funky there is a tiny bit of mustiness within.

Taste: Toasted maltiness, a little caramel and honey, some stealthy chocolate with a middling sugared sweetness throughout. Tart cherries, modest addition of earthy spices. While tart, it's really not overcoming or overwhelmingly so. Bourbon barrel accents remain slight. Citrusy accent from the orange peel. Warming, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some tongue-coating heft to the mouthfeel. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Can we all just have some time to cool off? Can we have some time? Maybe give it another go later on down the road?

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blend #1

A: Pours a cloudy ruby color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fizzles down to nothing

S: Cherry, bourbon, oak, and assorted dark fruits up front with a touch of estery alcohol. Undertones of Brett and very light funk come through as well. Nicely layered and very complex

T: Follows the nose. Cherries up front and center, along with the Brett, dark fruits, oak, light bourbon, some tannins, and fruity esters. Alcohol comes through in the back but never really pokes it's head through (which is a good thing). Comes through as layers that open up slowly. Finishes with a lingering woody undertone and more of the bittersweet cherries

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation that prickles at first but quickly mellows

O: The BQE impresses yet again. Throughout the experimental series, Brooklyn has really shown some great skill with barrels and coaxing nuances out of them. Definitely an American take on a kriek with the barrel and alcohol being a major part of the beer, but a great one nonetheless. As usual, I always question beforehand if I want to spend the $20 on the next beer in the series. Yet again, I never doubt it after drinking it

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Photo of SFC21
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blend #2. Cherry juice is immediately present at first whiff. Taste is a nice progression of cherry, bourbon, orange and Belgian yeast, which work great together. Reminds me a bit of a Manhattan.

This was a really nice beer, great after dinner drink. Price tag is the only negative. While I really enjoyed it I would be hesitant to buy again at $23/bottle. Worth seeking out once, though.

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