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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%
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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.


1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Dark ruby in color, no head. Smell is weird, sour cherries and squash maybe?? Taste is of sour cherries and oak also has that weird vegetable flavor. This beer sucks!!

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
drpimento (2221) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2012
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.

1.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Freakout (16) - Alaska, USA - SEP 19, 2012
2010 Bottle. Pours a lovely jolly rancher red with a very active but rapidly dissipated head. Aroma is sharp fruit with a strange veggie presence. Taste is a musty blend of cherries and old socks...not a pleasant combination. Rough medicine like palate. Bummer... was hoping for a much better beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Murky brown with a quickly dissipating white head. Tart aroma of cherry, oak, yeast, vanilla and booze. Tart and sour taste of cherry, oak, alcohol, sweet malt, light tannins and mild chocolate. Some warming.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
arkurzynski (1503) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Deep red-brown in color. Effervescent bubbles. Aroma of burnt cherries, light mustiness. Some medicinal tones. Flavor is a very sweet cherry cherry flavor, that finishes a bit thick. Some medicinal flavors to match. Just way too cloying to be enjoyable.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
brokensail (10795) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 12, 2012
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2012
Pours reddish brown with white head. Aroma is earthy oak, vanilla and cherries. Flavor is sweet malt, cherry,caramel, vanilla, and hot alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle:   Deep caramel, violet hued, thin spritzy off-white head, dies immediately, absolutely no lacing.   This one seems deader than dead.   Strong alcoholic cherry cough syrup like nose.   Smells... well, not what I expected.   Some woodiness is apparent.   Tart, actually sour on the tongue.   Make that very lactic and vinegary.   Its like a cherry vinegar.   Not your usualy Sour Ale that you want to sip after each taste.   This one I am searching for something to take the flavor out of my mouth.   Artificial at best.   Matt, this is not like you... one of the harder Big Sky brews I have tried.   Strong cherry like pinesol on the backside.   This is not vibrant, fruity, or pleasing.   Its a bit of a chore to get through this one.   Most Big Sky brews are well done, but this one just seems well off from the norm.   Not sweet, and not enjoyable in the the sour arena.   Kriek = Cherries right?


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pretty stoked to see this sitting on the shelf...and then I tried it. Ample almost fizzy carbonation from this dirty scarlett pour. Cherry juice, caramel, honey, toffee, and brown sugar are all there. Über sweet and syrupy. Not at all what one would expect from the style. Missing the tart, jaw-locking sourness and musty qualities that I was looking forward to. Where’s the feet? Wanted horseblanket, got Welch’s. Disappointed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6112) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2012
#3595/3600, 750, corked and baled. Pours a cloudy garnet with surging gigantic head that settles quickly away to nothing at all. Funky dry woody nose overpowers the tart cherry presence. The cherries are a little overly sugary, but that could be all the vanillins from the oak messing with their mojo. Creamy medium body with subdued carb. Tart cherries, vanilla, and wood on the mid palate. Acetic finish.


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