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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 262 Drink: Pike Tripel Kriek

In 2009, Pike Pub and Brewery celebrated its 20th anniversary. The brewery, located at the Pike Public Market in Seattle is a great spot for lunch or dinner and usually has some interesting brews on draught. The place is more of beer museum than a pub, so leave some time to wander and look at the collection of beer history.

Pike Tripel Kriek was brewed to celebrate the anniversary and the last keg of the beer available found its way to the Denver Rare Beer Tasting. The beer is a blend of Pike Monks Uncle Tripel and 60 pounds of organic Washington grown Bing cherries. The ale is re-fermented with the addition of Brettanomyces in two used Bordeaux blend French oak wine barrels from the Mark Ryan Winery and aged for one year.

Pike Tripel Kriek poured a cloudy amber red color with a thin pink head. Fruit is clearly present in the aroma. The beer offered up a direct cherry notes, with an attractive sour base. This is not a sweet fizzy kriek, instead it is a serious Brett beer with plenty of depth.

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