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Santa Fe Los Innovadores Kriek

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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The Kriek is part of our Los Innovadores series of wild fermented ales. Inspired by the time-honored Belgian Lambics fermented with cherries, it’s an incredibly refreshing and balanced take on the classic style. The beer aged in American Oak barrels for two years with a carefully selected blend of wild yeasts, eventually undergoing a secondary fermentation with world-famous Michigan tart cherries and sake yeast. The result is an ale with a bright garnet color and an intense cherry aroma, reminiscent of warm cherry pie, that is both sweet and tart, followed by a complex sour flavor and a crisp finish.

Starting Gravity: 15.5 degrees Plato
Ending Gravity: 1 degrees Plato
Grain: 2-row malted barley, unmalted wheat
Hops: None
Yeast: Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces, Sake

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Such a great beer...glad I picked up a few bottles! This one has some qualities of a few of the best Kriek’s I’ve had the pleasure to taste. Cherry skin, graham cracker, caramel, brown sugar, Macintosh apples, yeast, vanilla, oak, and berries. So complex and delicious! Get one if you can!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Tasted on 1/24/15 from a 750mL swing-top bottle at Swilliams’ bonfire, obtained from the group EtF trade. Pours hazy pink tinted orange with an average white head that leaves average bubbly lace. The nose is very sour, cherry, very funky cherry pit, some cherry pie spice. The flavor very sour but balanced, with fresh cherry, almondy cherry pit, and some cherry pie spice and crust. The body is medium and tannic with lively carbonation and a long spiced and sour cherry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Shared by BDR; thanks Brad. Some yeast aroma. Cherry flavor, and it is tart. Yeast in the flavor as well. Sour cherry flavor, mixed with the moderately sour, balsamic flavors of the underlying beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpat2011 (12) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 17, 2014
I think this beer is severely underrated on Ratebeer. It is a delicate, tart, sour ale. All of the flavors are so profound and mesh well together. The oak and Cherry are very noticeable, but not overbearing. The palate is silky silky smooth and delicate. Very drinkable. It glides over your tongue with absolutely no friction. I would compare it to Prairie Artisan's Cherry Funk, but honestly Los Innovadores blows Cherry Funk out of the water. IT'S SO DAMN GOOD

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (2918) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2014
It poured a bright red color with a white head. The aroma was of cherry, tart, oak, vinegar and some berry. The taste was of sour cherry, some tartness, oak, and a mild cherry finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2042) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Pours hazy orange-pink with a fizzy, nearly white head. Aroma and taste of tart cherry with a bit of funk.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2014
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ Tasting ][ ][ Snifter ][ 11.09.14 ]
Murky pink grapefruit dregs pour, head quickly as to thin bubbled white ring. Heavy plastic and acid nose, acetic with lowest fruit character. Low acidity in profile, more plastic with light lime and rind sourness, lightly sweet cherry, no arsenic or pith, acidity mixed, body slick and oppressive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Danyel (1240) - Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear orange with pink hues and white/ pink head. Aroma is a hair salon, a bit of cherry. Taste is tart, fresh pie cherries, light bodied, high carbonation. Overall, decent tasting but the aroma is nasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (1179) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Poured from bottle to Glass. Pinkish red hue with fizzy white head. Aroma is hair salon, cherry pits, peppercorn, earthy. Mouthfeel is great with a light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry with a tart following. Overall this is a decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3899) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle at the DC Pre-Turkey Day Tasting, Novemeber 9, 2014. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a pale pinkish white head. Tart cherry nose. Flavors of cherry and oak with a light tart finish. Quite nice.

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