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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - 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 (11083) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11066) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Thanks to marcus for sharing 1 of 180 bottles. Pours a very dark cherry with a pinkish off-white head. Aromas of alcohol and darkish cherry. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is a little heat, a little darkish cherry. A bit muddled. Should have had it before the Lou Pepe Kriek (no comparison). It is mellow. A bit too much malt? And too much alcohol. But it is a worthy effort. In the future more sour and less alcohol. It does improve with time.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
brokensail (10917) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (9161) - 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!

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
daknole (9101) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7135) - 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.

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
DuffMan (6743) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6497) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
This reddish bown beer poured with a modest pinkish beige head that didn’t last long. There is a fruity alcohol aroma and an oaky cherry and malt flavor with a harsh bitter finish and an alcohol trail. The flavor improves as the beer warms. In my opinion, a kriek should not carry 10% abv, since it loses its mellow drinkable character. At any rate, this is a pretty good brew.


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