Big Sky Kriek
Big Sky Brewing Company

Big Sky KriekBig Sky Kriek
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Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
2.38 | pDev: 37.39%
Feb 20, 2015
Nov 16, 2009
15 IBU
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.25/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Thanks to podunkparte for gifting me this one.

Bottle # 1068/3600. 2010 vintage.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, cherry, vanilla, cardboard, and slight vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with cherry and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that really isn't as bad as I was expecting it to be based on its reputation.
Apr 24, 2013
More User Ratings:
Rated: 2.27 by wethorseblanket from California

Feb 20, 2015
Rated: 2.75 by zestar from California

Aug 10, 2014
Rated: 1.75 by Cyclone8 from Minnesota

Aug 02, 2014
Rated: 4 by JMIPro from Montana

Mar 02, 2014
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Reviewed by BowserBrewing from Montana

1.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
Presentation- I bought a bottle to try at my local bottle shop because I love a good sour.

Appearance- Light brown in color with a white head that dissipated quickly, the head that was there had lots of yeast coating it.

Smell- Extreme vinegar, I really couldn't even smell any cherry. It reminded me of a sour brown.

Taste- The flavor was more like a sour brown as well except more of a vinegar flavor. I didn't pick up any cherry.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel reminded me of when you eat way to many salt and vinegar chips and your tongue starts to hurt.

Drinkability- Drinkablility was difficult. Like I said I am a fan of sours and lambic but this missed the mark with both.
Jun 20, 2013
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Reviewed by pryopen from South Dakota

1.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
750 mL corked and caged bottle (0033/3600)
2010 vintage, poured into tulip

A: deep red; with slight, off white head that dissipates quickly; quick swirl leaves a slick coating on walls of glass

S: tart cherries, mild oak, spices, vinegar

T: same as nose up front; then things fall apart, cloying, acidic sweetness and pepper, then cough syrup, then vegetal aftertaste

M: medium carb, slick, hot (EtOH)

O: starts well with cherry and oak balance, but jumps off a cliff quickly; reminds me of a hombrewed cherry wine my sister-in-law made; sad day because I love Big Sky
Jun 17, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by blearbeer from Alaska

Jun 12, 2013
Rated: 3 by Zbeetleman from California

May 16, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by drewone from California

Apr 22, 2013
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottle 315 of 3600, 2010 vintage. Pours lightly cloudy red orange color with a 1-2 finger frothy pink head with horrible retention, that reduces to nothing very quickly. No lacing on the glass, and a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart cherry, cherry skin, oak, red wine, light vinegar, hay, funk, earth, pepper, clove, and earthy yeast spiciness. Pretty decent aromas with ok balance and complexity of fruit and barrel notes. Taste of lightly tart cherry, cherry skin, oak, red wine, light vinegar, hay, light funk, earth, pepper, clove, and earthy yeast esters. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light tart cherry, red wine, oak, cherry skin, light vinegar, clove, earth, hay, and earthy yeast esters on the finish for a while. Fairly decent flavor with ok balance and complexity of fruity and barrel notes; with a fair amount of cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very syrupy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is a bit unpleasant. Alcohol is moderately well hidden with a moderate warming present after the finish. This is very difficult to drink; have to take very tiny sips. Overall this is a pretty unpleasant Kriek. Decent flavor balance and complexity of barrel and fruit character; but very hard to drink with the alcohol and mouthfeel. I think they would have been better off doing a lower gravity fruit beer for this one. Drain poured the rest.
Mar 14, 2013
Rated: 2.25 by CaptainNomihodai from Illinois

Feb 28, 2013
Rated: 1 by pmoney from Illinois

Jan 21, 2013
Rated: 1.75 by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Jan 11, 2013
Rated: 1.75 by MDF1IBetty

Nov 24, 2012
Rated: 1.25 by SageO from California

Nov 11, 2012
Rated: 2.5 by atone315 from Wisconsin

Oct 29, 2012
Rated: 3 by TonyTalon from Wisconsin

Oct 29, 2012
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Reviewed by corby112 from Pennsylvania

1.4/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
2010 vintage, Bottle 3453/3600

Pours a dark ruby red color with a half finger off-white head that immediately disappears without any lacing.

Syrupy medicinal aroma with subtle oak and vinous fruit. The barrel character is faint and the nose is dominated by sweet cherry juice. Light spice presence but not much else going on expect cherry cough syrup.

Medium bodied with more carbonation than the appearance suggests. Metallic with strong zesty spicy, herbal/medicinal cough syrup, artificial cherry juice and burning hot alcohol in the finish. The barrel presence is non existent without a trace of oak or red wine. All peppery spice, cough syrup, artificial cherry flavoring and hot booze. Really harsh and very difficult to drink. I could only a few ounces before dumping it.
Oct 23, 2012
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Reviewed by drpimento from Wisconsin

2.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Poured this at a good temperature with an average sized, light tan, fizzy head that immediately disppeared and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy apricot with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is totally dominated by yeast, then hints of cherry, oak, malt. Flavor is cherry, oak, carbonic tang in a not so appealing blend. Body and carbonation are ok. Bad burps. Finish is long with a kind of mediciney cherry, oak, and boozy. Don't know if I'll finish it.
Sep 29, 2012