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Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Kriek AleCascade Kriek Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

735 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 735
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%


Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Our Kriek spends over six months in lactic fermentation and aging in oak barrels. This NW style sour red ale is fermented for eight months with fresh whole Bing and sour pie cherries."

Note:
Kriek 2007 = 6.6% ABV
Kriek 2008 = 8.1% ABV
Kriek 2009 = 7.3% ABV
Kriek 2010 = 7.1% ABV

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-17-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Pahn:
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Pahn

New York

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:26:02 | More by Pahn
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