On their 20th Anniversary, Pike Brewing released two anniversary brews. The anniversary beer I tried was the Pike Tripel Kriek. This beer reminded me of all of the reasons of why I love a great Washington beer so much. It was smooth and complex, just sour enough to make it interesting without turning your face into a sour puss. It is a pretty pink opaque color (yeah I know, my girly-girl is showing). The cherry flavor is subtle. Pink color aside, this is not a sissy fruit beer. It was tart cherry and I could taste a bit more cherry courtesy of the Cabernet casks that this beer was aged in. Has the malt and higher alcohol characteristics that you expect in Triple.
Pike Tripel Kriek is Monks Uncle that has been aged in Mark Ryan oak Cabernet casks; in June 60# of organic Bing cherries were added along with Brettanomyces yeast to create a sour cherry ale. This is only available at Pike on our birthday and one firkin has been set aside for Brouwer’s sour beer festival next Spring.
If I could have found a place to sit last night, I would have sat and sipped this all night long. Alas, I will have to wait until May to try Pike Tripel Kriek again. I will be sure to grab a seat in Brouwer’s Cafe for Sour Beer night during Seattle Beer Week 2010!