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Big Sky Kriek | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Big Sky KriekBig Sky Kriek

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
15 IBU

Added by JohnGalt1 on 11-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.71/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

thanks to TATURBO for sharinging this beer. Thanks Chris.

Vintage 2010; bottle 874 of 3600.

reviewed from notes taken on 7/17/12.

Appearance: hazy red bodied beer with a white cap drops quickly to no head at all.

Smell: Big vinegar and tart cherries. Hints of earthy oak and sweet vanilla. This beer seriously smell wonderful.

Taste: Wooooh. What happened here? This beer does not tast anything like ut smells. Really sweet cherries with not a hint of sour notes. Little bit of oak barrel is in there. Has a vegital aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. Little bit of booze and its a touch cloyingly sweet.

Overall: This was a bit of a wierd beer. The nose tells you that this beer will be delicous then you taste it and its just not what you would expect, caught me off guard.

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Photo of Duff27
2.45/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Quick dissipating fizzy head on a murky pink/red body. No head, no lacing.

Smell is the perfect of sour tarty vinegar and sweetness.

Downhill from the nose. Make my face do stupid things, hard to describe. Really sweet, oaky. Yelch.

Above average carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

Never had a beer where the nose and taste were so different. I could smell this all day but never want it to touch my tongue again. Thanks TATURBO?

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Photo of womencantsail
1.64/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer is terrible. Reddish color with a nice murkiness and a small head. Aroma is just bad. A bit of bile along with onions to start things off. A mild fruit/cherry character followed by a heavy dose of celery. Tastes like pruno/cheap wine with a little bit of cherry. A very strong vegetable character which is far from pleasing. Bah.

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Photo of ehammond1
1.78/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5


Sour Fest 2012
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Hazy dark brown and ruby in color with low carbonation. This looks oily and doesn't leave much mess down the glass.

Heavy vegetable aroma, with some earth and mud, along with what I guess is cherry, but I don't think I would have called it that unknowingly. There's some distinct gourd and dirt characters, as well.

The flavor is no better than the aroma, and in truth, it's hardly drinkable. Vegetable forward flavors with some metal and earth, along with a strange acid note. Why in the world is this 10%? There's good amounts of booze notes in here also.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

San Diego's tap water is exponentially more drinkable than this vile concoction.

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.11/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you're looking for bottle 1703 of 3600 (2010), I am about to drink it. This cork was hard to get out, almost broke, so be careful. Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Furious carbonation in this one seen coming off the etch in the bottom of this glass. Head was large but fades instantly. Body is deep red brown.

S: Quite stinky. Not really sour, but more sulfuric, cabbage like. Some hit of cherry sweetness behind it.

T: Boozy, highly carbonated nice flavor up front almost quad like hot Belgian yeast flavors. One dimensional. There's also a fair amount of off flavor here.

M: Way too carbonated, even for this style.

D: I was actually getting used to the veggie flavors...this is not a drain pour. I also wouldn't consider this a good beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1/5  rDev -58%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Randomly purchased and shared at a long-ago Beer Revolution tasting by... largadeer? I dunno mang. I'm not sure if "thank you" or "fuck you" is more appropriate here.

A: The best part was when it was opened; despite a table full of beer geeks, each holding a glass, a good portion gushed out. Everyone was too inebriated to think about, y'know, catching the beer in their glass. The beer pours a hazy reddish-pink capped with pink-tinged head.

S: Balsamic vinegar, ripe cherries, and enough vegetables to stir-fry with. The hell?

T: I can see where this attempted to be a "kriek," in that it included cherries and some acetic sourness, but it also attempted to be some sort of "salad," bringing off flavors of kale and cabbage.

M: The gushing resulted in a nearly flat beer, as the carbonation came out of solution. Too much acetic acid. Just unpleasant on the whole.

O: I couldn't find a redeeming quality. Someone paid for it; it's fair to give this all 1s. Don't buy it.

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Photo of cpolking
3.35/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light brown and pink ruby in color. It is heavily and effervescently carbonated. There is a short head of light brown foam that fizzes away.

The aroma is cherries and wood, vinous, leather, and oxidized red wine or sherry.

The taste is surprisingly massive like an old peppery strong red wine, with the alcohol quite apparent. The first sip is almost overwhelming. It drinks with a warming sensation in the throat. Subsequent sips moderate and the cherry comes to the forefront. After that first strange wave, the primary flavor is cherry. There is a pleasant woody note. The wine stays apparent, but more subtle.

It is well carbonated, but quite dry.

The taste is better than the aroma, and I quite like this (obviously there are better Belgian krieks, but this is quite pleasant). I don't know what that first strange wave of flavor was, perhaps it just needed to get some air into it.

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5/5  rDev +110.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of Phelps
2.11/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was thrown off when checking reviews for this beer. Big Sky makes some delicious beers -- Moose Drool is an available, drinkable brown ale; Ivan the Terrible is one of my favorite bourbon-aged stouts. The brewery's never let me down before, yet people almost unanimously despise this Kriek. Are they wrong in this case?

It turns out: no. No, they are not.

Big Sky's Kriek is, according to the brewery, a "unique creation that defies its own style." The beer begins life as a Belgian golden ale brewed with organic cherries from a nearby orchard. Brewers then move the concoction into French oak wine barrels, where it's aged with more cherries for a minimum of three months. One would expect a brew with these credentials to be pretty tasty, but alas; 'tis not to be.

As soon as the bottle opens, a stampede of bubbles charges to the top, almost causing the brew to overflow. The bubbles have no retention, however, and fizzle away quickly. This is reflected in the pour -- above a hazy vermilion liquid, the pinkish-tan head fizzles out within seconds.

There are certain words you don't want to see in a beer review. Vegetal is one, describing a flavor or aroma akin to cooked vegetables. Big Sky Kriek's nose has this in spades -- cooked carrots are in full force, and seaweed can also be picked up. Other fragrance contributors can be compared to sickly-sweet caramel, oak, balsamic vinegar and tart cherries left too long in the sun. Sound appetizing to you? Me neither.

Another oh-no-no word: solvent. This one describes beers that taste like paint thinner or rubbing alcohol, and the Kriek is again riddled with it. Its ten percent alcohol content -- big for any beer, and just OUTRAGEOUS for a kriek -- rules the flavor with boozy heat. Creamed corn and apple cider blend with tart cherries, oak, butter, caramel and toast. Altogether it has all the culinary allure of a Flintstones vitamin.

It's a rare brew that so offends my taste buds I won't finish the bottle. But consider them offended. As I poured out what remained, I think I even heard the drain say, "Blech."

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Photo of HopHead84
1.16/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1


Bottle shared by Jason at Kill the Cellar Day, thanks!

A: Muddy reddish brown. Looks pretty ugly.

S: Seaweed and brackish swamp water with notes of cooked carrots. Smells like a freshly carved pumpkin.

T: Vegetal to the max. Lightly tart with metallic notes. Pumpkin, celery, cooked carrots, peas, and corn. God.

M: Medium body with upper low carbonation.

Overall: Amazingly bad. What a useful beer note on this one: 15 IBU. I was really wondering how many IBUs this had while I was drinking it.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.03/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle 2836/3600. Vintage 2010.

Appearance: Pours a murky ruby color with about a half inch of off white head. Very little retention, and no lacing at all. Not bad looking, but not really that appealing either.

Smell: Very oaky, lots of vanilla, and lots of cherry scents. The cherry smells sickly sweet, and the overall scent is not appealing.

Taste: Strong, sweet cherry flavors initially. Oak and vanilla follows. There's a lot of alcohol heat on the back end - I can tell this beer is 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is heavy for the style with not enough carbonation. It adds to the cloying nature of this beer. Overall, I was not a fan of this offering. Way too sweet. I couldn't finish much of it.

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

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1/5  rDev -58%

Photo of kbutler1
2.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. #788/3600. Pours a red tinged tan color with a slight white collared head. WTF, the smell is very odd; caramel, vanilla, and cherry. Eeeee, the taste is not that great. It’s like a crappy New Glarus Enigma. Sweet, malty, vanilla, and some caramel. I would avoid this beer if it comes up and for the price it is not worth it. Yikes. Medium mouthfeel. The best part of this whole beer is the label.

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Photo of mattafett
2/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mothman
2.08/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

2010 0788 thanks to Kevin!

Pours a fizzy head that fades instantly. Color is a bright rasperry ruby.

Arona: lots of malts and caramel. Tons of spices. Cherries are not tart or fresh. They are mushy and old. Cherry pie.

Taste: no where near a kriek. Strong ale meets Belgian. Spices and malts with cherries. Alcohol and malts. Awful.

Mouthfeel: dry and spiced. Big bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was a big let down. Not really for me. No kriek like at all.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
1/5  rDev -58%

Photo of KHM
1/5  rDev -58%

Photo of TheDudeRules
4/5  rDev +68.1%

Photo of redblacks75
2.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

2010 bottle poured to a Duvel tulip

A: A syrupy, ruddy-amber body with very little light penetration to it. No head retention, or lacing.

S: Cherry, Oak, and a musty, earthy smell.

T: Tart cherries, & Oak. There is more going on, but, those are dominant.

M: Medium bodied, a dry-tangy finish. There is a noticeable heat to it.

O: I'm glad I got to try this. It is a unique concoction, and I've not really had anything like this. Whether or not it really is a Kriek, that's besides the point to me. They have pulled off something that I cannot say that it is like anything else I have had.

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Photo of FanofHefe
2.5/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle, 2010 version, bottle number 486 of 3600. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Highly carbonated, even sounds fizzy as it is poured. The head is about a finger of tan bubbles, but dissipates immediately. Cloudy maroon-colored body.

Strong oak aroma up front from the barrels. Light aroma of cherry and a little caramel malt. There is a bit of a funky smell in the background that does not compliment.

The flavor is just a little tart with the dominant cherry flavor. The oak flavor comes through after the tart cherry, but the two flavors don't actually blend too well together. The sweeter malt flavor is present at well, but overall this is not a good blend of flavors.

Light mouthfeel and no real notice of alcohol for the abv. This is not horrible, but not a very good kriek, either. Will not have this again.

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

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Big Sky Kriek from Big Sky Brewing Company
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