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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAFountain (18) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2012
2010 bottle poured to a Duvel tulip Appearance: A syrupy, ruddy-amber body with very little light penetration to it. No head retention, or lacing. Aroma: Cherry, Oak, and a musty, earthy smell. Taste: Tart cherries, & Oak. There is more going on, but, those are dominant. Palate: Medium bodied, a dry-tangy finish. There is a noticeable heat to it. Overall: 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. This would be something that someone who enjoys wine might like.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Bottle 70 of 180. I am starting to think that maybe Flathead Cherries may not be that well suited to beer. Compared to the Smoove cherry ale, this one smelled a bit better, which I attribute to the oak and wine. Same deal with the flavor, too. At the time, we decided that we couldn’t really tell which one was better, but I suppose the Kriek is objectively better. The biggest thing the 2 beers had in common was the Flatheads, and a medicinal flavor throughout.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
On tap at Blue Palms (listed as Big Sky Cherry Golden 11%). Pours with a hazed golden body and a small white head. Aromas are sweet with honey, biscuit, pears and a musty/cobweb note. Flavors are big, sweet, and boozy, light cherry and some cinnamon. Estery with big notes of clove. A bit messy. Lively bubbles but a sticky body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5155) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Hazed cherry red pour with pink head and lace. Black cherry aroma, oaky/port wine aroma. Sour cherry, and a light acidity. Good mouthfeel, with agressive carbonation. Pretty nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 14, 2010
Cloudy ruby red color with minimal head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, lots of cherry and some sourness. Pretty nice start. Mild and drinkable, smooth. Taste has some raspberries, tart cherry and some sourness. Nice medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6082) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Had at the Ravenous Pig during RBWG 2010 courtesy JCwattsrugger. A nice pretty red with a small white head. The aroma reeks of oak, some fruit, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is mild cherries, malt, and a significant alcohol burn.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (9228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle (dregs)… RBWG ‘10… Murky caramel-colored ale with a rose tint and a small, fizzy, white head. The bouquet is vinous, acidic, earthy and a touch medicinal. Medium bodied and watery with nearly-expired carbonation. The flavor is sweet, fruity, earthy, but then way too bitter. Odd; unpleasant. Leaves a bitter taste in my mouth that I wasn’t expecting from a lambic or fruit beer. Not sure what they were going for here. Bottle courtesy of jcwattsrugger!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2010
10th rating bottle thanks to JCwattsrugger, pours hazy purple. Lots of oak and sour cherry aroma. Strong puckering cherry flavor is lighter notes of oak, vanilla, and a funky dry finish with some dry red wine character. Not pussy at all, very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2010
(750ml bottle) Pours a deep ruby body with a moderate pinkish head. Aroma of cherry, wet wood, mustiness, and vinous. Flavor of cherries, Belgian yeast, and wood with a somewhat dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11104) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2010
RBWG@Ravenous-thanks to -750ml bottle-pours an off white ring for a head and red color. Aroma is vinuous, fruit-cherry, wood, some spice. Taste is vinuous, fruit-cherry, wood, some spice. Good carbonation.


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