Brooklyn K Is For Kriek

Posted: April 18, 2015 in American Wild Ale, Brooklyn Brewery, Reviews

Happy Saturday. For me, this means the last workday before a day off (since it’s end of quarter). I’ve always found Brooklyn’s big bottles interesting, so when I saw this one at Canal’s, I picked it up. Let’s see how it is.

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ABV: 11%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘B’ is for ‘Brooklyn.’ We all learned that in school, yes? But ‘B’ is also for ‘Belgium’. And when our brewmaster first visited Belgium in 1984, he learned that ‘K’ is for ‘Kriek’. ‘Kriek’ means ‘cherry’ in Belgian Flanders, where for centuries Kriek beers have been made by adding cherries to lambics and other sour beers. Here in Brooklyn, we based our distinctly American take on Kriek on our dark abbey ale, the estimable Local 2. To this beer’s subtle marriage of malts, dark candi sugar, local wildflower honey and zing of orange peel, we added tart dried whole Montmorency cherries from Michigan. Around this, we wrapped a barrel of charred American bourbon oak. The sugar of the cherries began to ferment away. The barrels hissed. And we waited. Six months later, the beer emerged with a glowing red color, vibrant acidity, complex fruit aromatics, and a foundation of oak flavors, its strength moving past 10%. Its transformation almost complete, the beer joined priming sugar, Champagne yeast and wild Brettanomyces yeasts in the bottle and underwent a third fermentation. And we waited yet again. Now, a full year after we brewed it, this beer is ready for your table. K is for Kriek is dry, fruity, tart, full-bodied, and expansive, able to be enjoyed now or after years of cellaring. This beer is wondrous with poultry, duck and pork dishes, tremendous with goat cheeses, and a fine pairing for desserts. We originally made this beer just for ourselves, as part of our unreleased Ghost Bottle series, but it was too tasty to hoard. Beer is for drinking. And K is for Kriek.”

Random: I haven’t had a cheese plate in awhile. I think that needs to be rectified soon.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head into a snifter. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a really cloudy, mahogany color with lots of carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose was potent with sour cherries and yeast. The taste was completely different than what I expected from the nose. It started with lots of bourbon and intense vanilla. Then, candi sugar came through next, followed by light, sour cherry. There was orange peel at the end with light booze. I am definitely a bourbon fan but the bourbon flavor was too intense and the cherries were almost lost in it. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with bourbon, vanilla and a sour cherry note. This beer was $22.99 for the bomber, which broke down to $1.05 per ounce. Although this beer was decent, it was too off-balance and not worth the price tag.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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