Founded in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery brews flavorful beers that enrich the lives, tradition, and culture of the communities it serves. Its award-winning roster of year-round, seasonal and specialty beers have gained notoriety as one of the top craft beer producers in the world. One of their newest lines of specialty beers is the Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment. The BQE offers their personal stash of bottle-conditioned beers that takes an extra measure of time, space and dedication to pull off. Every few months you’ll see a new beer. The newest release is a Kriek beer named “K” is for “Kriek.”
The beer pours a reddish brown color that leans towards red when viewed against direct light. The two finger sandy colored head shows average retention. As the head dissipates it leaves an ample lacing on both sides of the glass as well as atop the beer.
The nose shows lovely aromas of tart cherries contrasting with aromas of sweet honey. There is a toasted biscuit note and a boozy vanilla oak aroma that is more than likely imparted from the bourbon barrel ageing. A hint of Belgian yeast and a light citrus character is also noticeable.
The palate shows much of the same. Tart cherry flavors dominate and are sweetened with notes of honey and candied sugar. A boozy note of whiskey elevated by flavors of vanilla and charred wood is discernable through the cherry. Biscuity flavors intertwine with a slightly sour note. Belgian yeast spice leads to a hint of citrus.
Brooklyn has done it again. This Kriek is complex yet balanced and surprisingly drinkable at 10% ABV. This beer would be perfect with a tangy chèvre, pan seared duck breast with a cherry compote or black forest cheesecake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints