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Santa Fe Brewing Company Kriek

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Santa Fe Brewing Company Kriek is fermented with Michigan cherries and sake yeast

Santa Fe Brewing Company Kriek
Lambic/Fruit Beer
Santa Fe Brewing Company/Santa Fe, New Mexico

Brewed by Santa Fe Brewing Company, New Mexico's first microbrewery established in 1988, this kriek is part of the brewery's Los Innovadores series of wild fermented ales. Inspired by the time-honored Belgian lambics, it's fermented with Michigan tart cherries and a blend of Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces wild yeasts, and then aged in oak barrels for two years. However, in a departure from the Belgian process, Santa Fe Brewing Company adds a sake yeast during the secondary fermentation. As soon as the kriek pours into your glass, the cherries shout out with a beautiful red tint and sour cherry aroma. As you sip, your mouth tingles with a fizzy effervescence and your taste buds are met with a warming glow from the hefty 8.5 percent ABV. A pleasing, puckering tartness comes courtesy of the sour cherries and barrel aging. Interestingly, no hops are used, for none are needed, as the sourness provides its own balance to the unmalted wheat and two-row barley malt. While it's definitely sour, it's not overwhelmingly so, and you'll find yourself going back for more sips. This is definitely a beer to savor and drink slowly.

Price: $21 for 750 ml
8.5 percent ABV

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