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Big Sky Kriek Ale

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Big Sky Kriek Ale is a unique creation that defines its own style. We start with a Belgian Style Golden Ale and then add a gererous amount of organic cherries from The Orchard at Flathead Lake. It is then aged with another addition of cherries for a minimum of 3 months in French oak wine barrels. Temperature controlled bottle conditioning provides a nice balanced finish. So kick off your hard soles and relax next to a Big Sky Creek...er, Kriek.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andrewje41 (1576) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle, corked. 2010 vintage. Pours a milky reddish brown with a strong boozy aroma. Slightly boozy cherry flavor with a sweet fruit finish. Definitely a nice aged flavor to it. I was a little disappointed in this. It’s not bad, but wouldn’t call it great either.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rockchalkgenes (23) - - APR 17, 2014
Nice fruit nose and initial taste. A little boozy and heavy palate fir a kirk but still tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Advocate_Ames (527) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a ruby red with sediment and the head dissipates quickly to fully disappear. The aroma is of oak, cherries, booze, with a soft yeast and grain scents. In tasting I picked up on booze, cherries, malted grains, honey, and a touch of vinegar. The finish left an odd taste in my mouth. It was overpowering of semi tart cherries, booze, malts, and honey. It almost reminds me of a braggot kriek mix. Which is a rather strange combination. Overall it was not very pleasing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
thirdeye11 (5835) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
(750ml bottle, 2010 vintage) cloudy ruby, pink soda bubbles. Nose of cherry, caramel, honey. Funky, caramel, odd tartness, honey, twang of vinegar, weird beer, off finish. Gross.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
burg326 (4809) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Kind of surprised here poured a nice dark reddish color with aromas of tar cherries and some booze. Flavors were tart cherry and chemicals. Tons of them extremely off putting can’t finish my glass nor bottle disappointing.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottled 2010. A: turbid. Dark red. No foam. No lace. Only redeeming quality is the color. S: flintstones vitamins. And some cherries. Smells rough. Really poorly constructed with chemical and wood character. T: okay, cherry, alcohol, vitamin, repugnant. I will drainpoor. M: medium on thick. Medium carb. Dry finish O: this beer should never be produced. Serving type: bottle 12-22-2011

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
superspak (3603) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2013
750mL bottle, 2010 vintage. Poured a lovely shade of shimmery copper with a head that fizzled out quickly. The aroma picked up semi-sweet cherry dust and oak, vanilla, and cherry-covered chocolate accents.. warm cherry liqueur on the back of the nose. The flavor found a blend of sweet and tart cherries on the tip of the tongue with bready malts and some toasted grains behind.. peppery yeast, cherry dust, and tangy oak around.. finished with a boozy kick plus a bit of tart cherry and oak. Medium-bodied and a touch fizzy on the palate.. the oak worked well, but it could’ve used a little more cherry.. quite strong.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
DuffMan (8165) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle, 2010 vintage. Cork pulls out without much fanfare. Extremely lively carbo generatesa huge-- but brief-- head on a murky red-orange body. Aroma is just off: acetone and petrol and vinegar. Undrinkable. Sad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4956) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
750ml corked bottle pours a pinkish golden color with a 2 finger white head that settles down to leaves almost no lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by cherries and hints of yeast and oak. Taste is tartness from the cherries with an underlying malt sweetness and light hop bitterness and a dry finish. Body is on the lighter side and carbonation is adequate. A decent Belgian strong ale but is not as inspiring of a creation that I had hoped for.

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