Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Reviews by Pahn:
3.68/5 rDev -12.8%
750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2009 bottling. Drank 3/28/12.
Appearance: Steady pour yields a 3/4 inch fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours an almost fully opaque maroon and leaves occasional small streaks of lacing.
Smell: Very full cherry aroma--both the Bing and sour cherries really stand out here. Some lactic and acetic notes, with flowery, fruity, funky aromas underneath. Enticing.
Taste: Powerfully sour and acidic, with a bold sweet cherry flavor sticking its head up from the ocean of sourness for a short period before the finish. Some dark and delicious sour cherry flavor comes out in the next sip, but not as forefronted as I'd like.
This beer isn't just sour, but very, very acidic--like liquid heartburn acidic. Much more sour and acidic than any other Cascade beer I've had. I'm missing the distinct lactic sourness and oak influence that I associate with Cascade (lactic element comes out further into the bottle, but oak is barely detectable).
There's a decent depth of flavor here, but it's not very harmonious. Huge cherry flavor is great (I love cherries), but the rest of the flavors don't particularly compliment. I wish the taste were as well-developed as the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied. Very airy and dry. Highly carbonated.
Overall: There's flashes of greatness here, but it's not a beer that I would buy again (especially not at $20, but possibly not even at $10). It's reasonably enjoyable, but not very well balanced. I expect something more refined and tastier from such a great brewer of wild ales.
Edit: I don't like to update reviews buzzed, but I think having nursed this bottle for several hours has left me with enough sobriety to do it. Deeper in the bottle, some really clear, beautiful sour cherry flavor comes out, and while there is still almost no oak influence to be found, the satisfying lactic sourness builds disproportionately more than the harsh acidity.
In the end, I'm very satisfied with this beer. I still would not buy it again at $20/bottle, but I'm very much enjoying this one.
03-29-2012 03:26:02 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
Reviewed from notes on 8-21-10. Thanks to zoso1967 for supplying and TCGoalie and BuckyFresh for the enjoyable tasting.
A: Pours a ruby-amber with an off-white, 1.5 finger head that retains very well. The lacing is splashy and sinewy - off the charts good. This is a very pretty, enticing brew.
S: A very fruity aroma of cherries and fresh Grannie Smith apple greets my nose. There is also a fresh rose scent intermingling with the fruit aromas. A smell of fresh mint leaf also resides within this beer's premises. All in all, fresh is the word to describe this scent.
T: Wow, this is by far the sourest of the sour ales that I have tried. So very sweet and sour at the same time. I'm not getting too much cherry from the taste, but I am getting a lot of crisp, sour apple flavors. I think sour patch kids and gummy bears just met at the nexus of the universe in my mouth.
M: An absolute tart bomb on my mouth. Sour, sticky, and puckering, this might be just a little too much for my palate to handle, but it is an intriguing and exciting feel.
D: A must try due to just how sour it is, but not a beer that I will consume all that much of. Very interesting, but maybe just a tad over the line, Smokey.
09-20-2010 21:53:53 | More by TCHopCraver
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
08 vintage corked and caged.
pours a dark cherry color.
Aroma lets you know it's going to be awesomely sour with tart cherry and vinous oaky notes.
Quite acidic cherry with a light refreshing mouthfeel. A real treat, I could drink alot of this despite the 8%. Wish I had some, this truely is one of the best kriek's out there.
11-11-2009 22:54:55 | More by brownbeer
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:
Wow, the Northwest seems to be booming with Belgian-inspired beers. This one has more head retention than expected and decent clarity in the chestnut-colored brew. Such a wonderful aroma of fresh cherries and a faint tartness with suggestions of nutmeg and baked pie crust. Think cherry pie. The unsurpassed smoothness feigns a bigger body for a second. Lots of cherry flavor up front with an ample tartness and deserving sweetness, hints of oak and bready grain are noticeable. Hops are laidback. The lactic twang is there but not overpowering at all. Very faint char from the barrel, or is it the grain?
Yet another American brewer that gets it when it comes to Belgian beer. You have to wonder what a few years of cellaring will do to this beer. Either way, its good while it lasts. Seek this one out.
11-13-2009 16:48:57 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. It was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.
2008 vintage. The beer pours a hazy brownish-red color with a white head. The aroma is cherries, oak and vanilla. The flavor is more of the same with a large amount of cherries complimented by the characteristics of barrel aging. Low to medium tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
05-19-2010 03:04:43 | More by Mora2000
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
This may be Portland's answer to Alpine Chez Monieux. Pours a murky orange-red with a mahogany center. Short-lived white head with no lacing. Impressive sour cherry aroma with a graham cracker crust. Basically a cherry cobbler without the brown sugar. Sharp, bitter taste with an acidic mouthfeel. Carbonated with a dry mouthfeel. Warm cherry and sherry taste. Delicious cherry preserves follow with a bitter bite. No medicine, Nyquil, or cherry candy flavors, which is a HUGE plus. Just a simple, great lambic.
06-10-2009 07:43:30 | More by magictrokini
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
got this in a trade. thanks jpmclaug!
2009 vintage- 750ml bottle at cellar temp poured into an oversized wine glass. shared a bit with my girlfriend.
pours a murky brownish red color with a huge pinkish biege foamy soapy head. faded to a thick ring and patchy foam rather quickly. spotty lace.
big hitting aroma. lots of lactic funk, horse blanket, acidic sour cherries. woody, bourbony alcohol on the back end. very light cinnamin, spice, and bits of bready pie crust, cherry pie. some grapey sweetness as it warms.
lots of musty, horse blanket funk and lots of tart acidic cherries. a touch of oaky, bourbony wood and a slight hint of dried dark fruits and grape sweetness as it warms. bits of light spice as well.
sugary, acidic, rich mouthfeel. pretty heavy on the sourness. bright, fine carbonation. medium to heavy on the palate.
as far as drinkability goes, one bottle shouldnt be a problem, but i would recommend sharing with friends. lots of lambic qualities in this beer. heavy on the tart sour cherries, light on the oaky wood. highly recommended!
11-09-2010 00:24:31 | More by dogfishandi
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
Zwanze Day 2011
Stone Brew Co.
Cloudy chestnut brown with ruby edges. Thin khaki colored head and a touch of lacing left down the glass.
Biting sourness, mild oak, and lots of cherries in the aroma.
Fresh cherries, mild earth and wood component, and a biting sourness throughout. Refreshing and incredibly drinkable.
Medium bodied with high carbonation. A joy to drink.
Another delicious offering from Cascade. I can't wait until I get to try this again.
09-25-2011 19:31:52 | More by ehammond1
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
2010 bottle of Cascade Kriek picked up tonight from Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting. $16.50 for a 750 ml.
I've had some rarer Cascade offerings in the past, but this is the first time trying their bread and better, Kriek. This beer is a beautiful, ruddy, rust red with a thin white head. The foam quickly subsides leaving just a loose off-white ring on the glass. The aroma solventy, spicy (like Chinese five spice), oaky and a little bit of cherry. There isn't much yeast funk in the nose, but the lactic acid dominates the taste. The acidity is the familiar round sour of Flanders Reds without the acetic, vinegary flavors that I dislike. The sweet and sour cherry flavor develop as the tartness fades. Oak tannins contribute some bitterness. There is also some juicy sweetness in the middle that is bright like the cherries which slowly falls leaving just the taste of sucking on cherry pits.
This is such a nice beer, I just wish the price wasn't so high. However, it is nice that this beer is readily available here in Philly
06-14-2011 04:23:40 | More by Soonami
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
2008 bottle. This one says 8.1% abv. Pours out like a good flanders should, red, a little gritty. Big cherry and oak aromas, followed up by that great sourness that gets the salivation buds going. I liked how the bottle was from 08, but the cherry aspect was still very present and didn't feel like it had died down. Also liked how different the cherries used here were from, say Door county cherries. Both great, but different.
Great taste, sour aspect was really there, mild cherry sweetness, full cherry fruit flavor, good pairing with the red base.
A cool alternative to higher priced sour krieks from across the pond. This one is almost as good as Cantillon or Russian River.
06-21-2011 18:56:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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