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Big Sky Kriek Ale

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - 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. ‹ber 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. Whereís the feet? Wanted horseblanket, got Welchís. Disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7608) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle. Hazy brownish red with a fizzy head. Earthy alcoholic and cherry aroma and taste with a bit of acetone like notes and a harshness I didnít care for. I was wanting something better from these guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GypsyHead (35) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Initial Impression: Well, busting the cork was the first sign. It was wedged way tight and not quite sticking far enough out to get a real hold on it to force it out. Luckily, I was able to use a corkscrew to get the rest out without the force behind the cork causing too much damage. Aroma: A little buttery and funky, definite Brett presence. Appearance: Slightly cloudy, amber/reddish with absolutely no head, though definitely carbonated as evidenced by a number of small bubbles rising from an absolutely clean glass. Taste: Definitely Bretty, possibly a bit too much so. Heavy and sweet and funky and a carbonation level that just dont quite mix properly. Iím getting a bit of cacao and buttermilk, with possibly a little gorgonzola-esque flavors that are a bit overwhelming, and at the wrong end of the tolerable spectrum. Palate: Way too carbonated. You take a sip and burp it right back, tasting only the off-flavors all over again. Maybe a bit of age would serve to acidify some of this CO2 and bring a bit more of a tart edge to the brew. Overall: Wouldnít do this one again from the same batch. A bit unbalanced, way too cheesy with very little to back it up (and I love funky brews). Not horrible, a worthy effort, but just a bad batch (I hope).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Reddish pour. Cherry aroma, some light graham cracker, caramel. Flavor is a watery, cherry mess. A big waste of money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2012
750 ml. bottle from Wordenís. Fuck, Iím sittiní here in my hotel room, on a business trip, Iíve accumulated enough Hilton Honors points to get a Clark Fork river view. Iím sippiní on this beer, and life is good. This has a hazy light-brown, dark-copper appearance. Really, itís close to the color of caramel. This has no head to speak of. The damn thing was a little gusher, but I didnít lose much, volume wise. Smell is of tart cherries, pie crust, and oak. Bits of the cereal barley aroma poke through, but I think the cherries win here. Barley, cherries, and oak just blast the taste buds, at first, but then you actually get a nice rich oak, and hot alcohol flavor. I acutally think the hot alcohol flavor is a plus; it really brings out the sour attributes of the beer. The alcohol does get in the way, at times, but overall, I think, as just a straight fruit beer, this one has a lot going for it. Cheers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
This fruit beer pours a medium reddish orange color from a 750ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, sweet and cherry. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity and sweet, cherry and ever so slightly tart. The hops are herbal and earthy. SMALL RANT. Brewers please do not call a cheery/cranberry/fruit beer a Kreik/Lambic when its NOT. Unless it a tart, funky beer please donít call it a Kriek. I am taking point away from you for this please STOP. Back to the rating. OK its more a slightly tart fruit beer than a kriek, but its tarter and funkier than a fruit beer. Decent cheery flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (5829) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Aroma is cherries/fruit, slightly musty and a slight astringent. The flavor is tart cherries/fruit along a noticeable alcohol presence. Quite a bit of alcohol for a fruit beer, close to wine in alcohol, not bad just a bit rough on the complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6745) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. The nose is cherry but it could have more life and zest. The flavor is cherry, too. Some spice and yeast. Lots of different flavors for a kriek. Even a bit of chocolate. An odd kriek but still tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
portableparty (2292) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2012
2010 bottle numbered 671 out of 3600. Pours pink and then is a dirty ruby red once in glass with faint bubbles that disappear and leaves lacing like a wine or scotch. Aroma is a lot like a red wine but add sour rotten cherries to the mix. Taste is sour and funky with dry corks and cherries that are spoiled with alcohol present in the finish (again wine characteristics are all over this one). Palate is medium dry and slick and even oily and again finishes very dry almost like tannins in wine. I feel the wine barrels have really played there part in this brew and that this was bottled in 2010 plays a part as well.

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