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Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Kriek AleCascade Kriek Ale

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280 Reviews
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Reviews: 280
Hads: 1,046
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 252
Gots: 312 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-17-2008

This NW style sour red ale is blend of red ales aged in oak barrels for up to eight months, then aged on fresh Bing and sour pie cherries for an additional eight months. Aromas of rich, dark cherries, oak and slight hints of cinnamon are noticed up front. Dark, tart cherries and light spice notes dance on the palate and lead to a rich, dark, tart sparkling finish of dark cherries and oak.

Kriek 2007 = 6.6% ABV
Kriek 2008 = 8.1% ABV
Kriek 2009 = 7.3% ABV
Kriek 2010 = 7.1% ABV
Kriek 2012 = 7.2% ABV
Kriek 2013 = 8.2% ABV
Kriek 2014 = 8.2% ABV

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Photo of Sathanas
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bit of dark fruits, some oak and vanilla, biscuit maltiness and monstrous, overwhelming cherry and lemon flavours. Easily one of the best beers I've had to date.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle, the 2014 Project, and 8.5% ABV, according to the label in front of me.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with one skinny-ass finger of weakly puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy pale tan head, which leaves some decent view-obscuring, snowbank profile lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of sharply tart cherry, lemon, and raspberry fruity esters, a middling earthy funk, semi-sweet bready and grainy caramel malt, a touch of roasted cocoa bean, the vinous and probably Flor-heavy cooking vinegar my mom always kept in the cabinet under the stove, and a subtle musty bitterness. The taste is rather acerbic and tart lemon rind, underripe backyard cherries (especially in Edmonton - holla, Piotr!), a bit of zippy raspberry pie 'sweetness', further grainy and browned caramel malt, a pleasantly understated yeastiness, gentle barrel-borne vanilla notes, and a fading estery vinegar zinginess.

The bubbles are adequate in their quest to provide a meager frothiness (and just to stay afloat, I imagine), the body an average medium weight for this sort of thing, and smooth by the same dangling scepter - not really, but not bad, either. It finishes off-dry, but trending toward the latter, the base malt steadfast, but it's the sour, generally vinous dark fruitiness that rules this day.

I see why this one receives something other than the generic 'American Wild Ale' designation on this site - the resemblance to Rodenbach, et al, is remarkable. Cherry, yes, but that's hardly the whole of the story - wine barrels, akin fruitiness, agreeably tame funk, and robust malt, to sum it up - all of which render an incredibly complex and enjoyable soured fruit ale, full stop.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep cherry red pour with a nice pink lacing ring, calm carbonation.

S - Tart cherries with an overwhelming amount of funk (mixture of vinegar/oak/cherries).

T - The first sip draws a very strong sour cherry sensation with some tartness and a lot of funk making for a very puckering sip. Some oak lies low in the background.

M - Finishes semi-dry on top of the palate while the sides of the tongue salivate like crazy. Coats the mouth with tart dry cherries with a mildly lingering acidic sourness.

O - I sound like a broken record when it comes to this style => not a fan. However, I've found the Cascade Sours to be nicely balanced without an overwhelming amount of obnoxious funk.

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Photo of Roguer
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours relatively clear, reddish brown, with minimal head - not unexpected for the style.

Aroma is sharp, complex, musty, and sweet. Vinegar and cherries, oak and yeast. Perhaps nothing exactly new to the game, but a beautiful execution of the bouquet.

That goes the same for the flavor, as well. Cherries are ever-present but don't dominate, allowing a vinegary sourness and oak notes to consistently shine through. A touch of vanilla, and some musty yeastiness round out the profile.

Lively and smooth; slick, medium-light bodied.

This is a brew that is right up my alley: a Flanders red with Kriek! If people wonder if American brewers can produce an authentic-tasting Belgian sour, this is how you do it: with traditional ingredients and long, long periods of aging.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage-pours like a champagne with tons of bubbles and a head that disappears very quickly. Brilliant ruby red color. Very nice tart cherry aroma. Bursting with cherry flavor along with a good bit of wood and tannins. Moderate carbonation with a dry and almost buttery mouthful. Another great offering from Cascade

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 Edition -- Draft, Oct 2015

A: Bright, baked cherry aroma with some oak and a trace of spice.

A: Light brown and slightly hazy with no noticeable head.

T: Tart cherry flavors with a slight spice note. The finish is a bit dry with a touch of oak. The strong cherry presence lingers.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is slightly tannic and lightly acidic on the tongue.

O: Quite delicious, though the cherry presence is still a bit sharp. Overall quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Moose90
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage Served On-Tap

A — Pours a reddish hued brown out of the tap and into the glass, this looks more of a light flanders than a bright Kriek, but that's OK. Somewhat of a cream colored head tries to appear, but it fades quickly and leaves some legs along the inside of the glass.

S — Smells rather bright, but it does heavily showcase oak and rich dark fruit character, dark cherries, pie cherries, oak, vanilla, acetic.

T — Tastes fantastic, great notes of cherry, lacto, oak, vanilla. It's chewy and tannic, lightly acidic, tart, juicy, delicious.

M — Medium bodied, this encourages you to come back for another sip, and another, and another.

O — A treat from Cascade, a great, great sour.

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Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cascade Barrel House tasting room on Belmont May 18, 2015. This was the 2014 version, aged in oak barrels on pie cherries and Bings.

Very dry with a deep fruity darkness. There's a hint of that over-ripe and fermenting taste and aroma. Lovely flavor of fruit and quite sippable.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark red. No head. Not a very fruity smell. Kind of subdued. Quite effervescent. Tart up front to a smooth pallet-adjusting finish. Not indicitive of the 8.2%ABV.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 project.

Enjoyed this in Palm Springs, CA during a sweltering heat wave. Sour right from the first sip with distinct tart cherry accents. Faint cherry sweetness. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter at Cascade's tap room. Pours a deep cherry red with a thin head that dissipates quickly and a bit of delicate lacing. The nose is great, loads of cherries and tartness with a bit of bruised fruit. The taste is quite similar, rich dark cherries and tartness balanced by a bit of oak. Like most of what Cascade does, the alcohol is very well hidden. Definitely try this brew if you get a chance, you'll enjoy it. Cheers!

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Photo of W_Des
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very rich burgundy. Has a nice sour and oak smell. The body is rich with tart cherries and finishes with the dry finish expected of a red wine.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cascade Kriek 2014, bought at The Beer Store in Malvern, PA, for about thirty-five dollars. A good Flanders that hits almost all the right notes but nevertheless fails to impress- more so considering the outrageously high price.

I remember the best time I had Lost Abbey Red Poppy and was absolutely wowed. This is not the case. I think it could use a little more lacto and tartness.

The body could use a little more heft and carbonation, and again the price really weights heavy.

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Photo of HookerBrews
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I popped into Cascade today to do some tastings for a review, which I haven't done in far too long. Figured I would challenge myself a bit by going with a sour. This rating is for the 2013 vintage.

Appearance: The beer pours slightly hazy and bronze, though the color has a bit of a gradient from golden to amber to ruby. It's very nice to look at when held up to the light. The head is sand-colored with decent retention and lacing the speckles the glass on the way down.

Aroma: Sour cherries dominate your nostrils when you first inhale. You can also pick up some notes of cinnamon, apple, apricot, and a good bit of funk from the souring process.

Taste: The taste certainly follows the Kriek's aroma. The first few sips are quite puckering with strong flavors of bing and sour cherries. The puckering quality backs off as the beer warms in the glass and the sweeter, fruitier notes start to come more to the forefront. There is a slight medicinal (for lack of a better word) quality in the middle with spice notes like cinnamon and allspice. It finishes funky, slightly bitter, and very pleasantly sour. It left me with an impression of spiced pie filling. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is slight and tingling, which is what you would expect from a well-aged sour. The body is medium, slightly viscous, with a dry and tannic finish on the palate.

Overall: Cascade are artists with barrels. The shear complexity of a beer like this really holds my attention all the way through as I try to discern everything that I am experiencing. All of the Kriek's qualities coalesce into a truly fine beer. The bottle comes with a little sticker shock, but I'll drink this on draught any day of the week!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

long awaited for me, the cascade kriek, what a true delight! i love the use of multiple cherry types, i think it makes a more layered and interesting beer. i also like its alcoholic strength. its uncommonly strong, which i think forces me to slow it down just a bit and appreciate every sip. its dark red, foggy ruby in color, with an off white head with excellent staying power. it smells only a touch medicinal before the sweeter nature of the cherries crashes into the lactic acidity and sourness. its intense as they get both in aroma and flavor, and the cherries never lose their authenticity in the taste. that medicinal thing is now obviously a product of the higher abv, and i like what it does here, subtle but not absent. rich beer, flush body and warming in the belly. the fruit stays after the sourness subsides on the finish, which is both unique and welcomed, my tongue is in heaven. i like the density of the fruit, the body of the beer that is never for a second syrupy or thick like these can get on the cheap end. definitely brilliantly crafted. worth the wait and the hype, i love it. takes the style somewhere new, and thats always a pleasure to ride along with.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a murky reddish brown with a short lived head. The aroma is a bit funky, almost stinky as some may say, Barnyard. The cherries come through nicely as well.

Pops the mouth, puckers like a sour candies. Completely wild and has excellent cherry flavor. Oak, cherry, lemon rind acidity, slightly toasty malt flavor. Delicious and very sour. The beer is great to sip and savor.

Overall, this is an exceptional American made sour kriek. Very lively and alcohol is well hidden. World class beer and worth every penny.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage. Cork & cage. Pour this one SUPER SLOW! Keep that yeast in the bottle. If you want to taste the dregs, wait until you pour most of it out. Then stir em up.

Pours a DEEP ruby red. VERY minimal
Lacing present but the color is amazing.

Smells of lactic acid and brettanomyces. Very little cherry aroma present.

Tastes of sour fruit, Lactobacillus, very slight sour cherry. This brew has one of the best sour flavors I have ever had. Super tart, with a slight cherry finish.

Feels amazing on the palate with some great sour notes. Unreal Puckering!

Overall a great sour! Super tart but really drinkable. Would drink this every day of the week if I could.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Almost black in the glass, but a clear ruby when pouring, one finger pink head that dissipates instantly.

S-Cherries, not much oak, and slight funk.

T-Mainly cherries, they are not overly sweet though. Mild funk and tart notes. Very mild oak.

M-Lighter nice carbonation.

O-Avoided the cherry flavor being too sweet which was a huge plus for me.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle split between two large snifters. Bottle says it's the 2012 Project (7.2% abv), so I assume it's the 2012 batch. No bottle codes or dates that I can see beyond that. The other glass got more sediment, so I'm reviewing the glass with less sediment -- also, there's a crapload of sediment left in the bottle. Served at fridge temp, which ought to be close to 41 F.

Pours cloudy brownish-red with a smallish light brown head that fades slowly. Lots of very fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is quite tart, rich, cherries. Maybe slightly musty.

Taste is extremely tart, with a very "unripe cherry" sense to it. Very much on the tart side of sweet tart. Some vague bitterness.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry. Overall, this is quite good.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 version.

Appearance: Rich dark reddish purple with a brownish tint in color. Cloudy. Completely opaque. A 1-2 finger creamy white head when poured that dies down quickly leaving some remnants of foam on the surface of the beer and sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fruity with a smooth sour aroma; kind of brandy-like.

Taste: Starts with a delicious fruity flavor (cherry and berries) followed by tart, slightly sour acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lots of medium carbonation that has a slight fizzy feeling on your tongue.

Overall: Another outstanding Cascade Brewing beer, though not as good as the Apricot or Blueberry in my opinion. High price though at over $30.

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Photo of shleepy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing 2013 vintage. Poured from bottle into Duvel glass.

Brick brown color, with reddish large head.

Smells of cherries, faint/mild brett funk, rust, gingerbread, maybe even cocoa.

A very decent kriek this year. Well-balanced, with good sourness, medium body, and interesting fruit and "rustic" notes.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged bottle of 2013 Project from Gator Beverage. Poured deep dark red into my tulip with a tall, fizzy pink head that quickly recedes. The head ends up lingering as a very small creamy bubble film on top that is really interesting. Lots of sour cherries on the aroma with some vinegar there, and dry oakiness. Flavor is super sour cherries, with a light vinegar note that is balanced out by the super dry oak flavors. Really nice Kriek that highlights the cherries without being medicinal. Miles better than the Blueberry mess I had last night. Good beer!

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Beaten egg-white foam perches on the dusty red decoction.

S - Cherry pie.

T - Musty cherries with wood character and decent funk. Chocolate on the finish

M - Unobtrusive. Tied the beer together nicely.

O - Pretty much the only Cascade sour I was tempted to by a bottle of when I visited their brewpub. Came together really nicely. I find this to be slightly underrated.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage unknown, but most likely 2010. Pours a reddish-brown hue with a loose, half-inch head and a hazy clarity. Nose reveals cherries and a suggestion of cough syrup. Taste consistent with nose. This beer is tart, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with some astringency and a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall, a solid kriek with some brune-like qualities.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured into a cascade snifter.

Brew pours a deep cherry chestnut with a thin head that was gone quick
Nose is fantastic.cherry with some tartness but not too much dark ripe fruit.
Taste to match. Lush dark cherry with a hint of sweet tartness. Oak rounds it out and smooths some of the edges, but there is just enough sharp tartness.
A bit prickly on the feel, but easy drinking.
Fantastic brew. Another winner from cascade. Great kreik, really enjoyable.

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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