Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Reviews by Teleweizen2:
4.14/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A - pours a deep burgundy with a bubbly tan crown. roughly 2 fingers worth of foam which quickly fizzles out.
S - the nose is simple but pleasant. Tangy and sweet notes of juicy cherries are the central character. But hints of other red fruit are present. Funky brett character adds complexity along with lacto to create a yogurt note.
T - very little malt character. Tart, tangy and funky. Mostly Cherries but there are hints of other red fruit.
M - lighter side if medium bodied. Medium-high slightly fizzy carbonation.
O - great beer. Bold flavors but each of them layer on top of each other so evenly they are incredibly balanced. Very fresh and natural tasting as well.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2013 02:54:56 | More by Teleweizen2
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4.46/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a footed glass at Ale Arsenal.
A: No head. Quite dark. Vaguely opaque.
S: Delicious. Balsamic vinegar. Hints of fruit.
T/M: Holy Jesus. This is really good. The mouthfeel shines through. It's scintillating, sparkling, and lightly tart. The flavor is strawberries, sour cherries, and lemon juice. A magnificent sour, with just enough residual sweetness to keep things interesting.
O: Incredible. Highly recommended. Tart-sweet cherries. Phenomenal kriek. Use this to convert those who "don't like sours."
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 06:30:36 | More by AgentMunky
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass.
Dark reddish ruby in color, this could easily pass for an authentic Flanders red from Belgium if it weren't for the more excessive carbonation within - this, as well as the initial slightly off-white head, eventually die down to nothing, which gives it an appearance somewhere in between wine and a red vinaigrette of sorts. Viscous, and given the relatively low ABV, I am surprised at the results but still a little confused why this was the one to lose the most gas in terms of carbonation out of all of the other sours we tried from this brewery that day.
Smells fantastic, as all of the other Cascade beers I've had the pleasure to try have - deep notes of red fruit, spicy and toasted oak notes, as well as some earthiness and floral complexity within. Dark cherry pits and skins make up the upper half of the flavor, luckily, but it is soon followed by ripe red currants, raisins, and some prunes. Some violets, as well as white pepper, top off the fruit, followed by semi strong notes of vinegar, clove, leather, cinnamon, and baking soda from the barrel spices. Very powerful for a cherry infused Flanders red-style beer.
Whoa! This is an explosive, unbelievably complex sour. By far my favorite of the pack in terms of exploring all of the different aspects this took with the fruit, barrel spices, and choice of malts and hops. Big notes of dark cherry bits (tart, almost like kirsch) alongside under-ripe currants, raisins, and then a HUGE punch of vinegar and a combination of savory and sweet flavors at the finish. Toasted oaky notes, but nothing too lactic - rather, good amounts of cinnamon, leather, tobacco, and toffee add complexity to the fruit profile. Nicely balanced usage of caramel malts accentuate the initial flavors, and while the acetic sourness is turned up way high here, the bitterness that would have been from the hops is nowhere to be found. As a result, it's really unique not only in the interpretation of the style, but also in its overall execution. In spite of being hearty and slightly decadent, this is very drinkable and could have a whole bottle to myself.
I was baffled on how much I enjoyed this - in a sense, really, I enjoyed this in the same manner that I'm madly in love with Rioja wines, where the light-skinned Tempranillo grapes absorb a good deal of the barrel character and transform the wine into something that feels larger than it really is. This is the same situation here, only it's carbonated, it's far lower in alcohol, and it's beer. Truly an excellent achievement in the realm of cherry infused beers - I cannot recommend it enough.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 07:43:01 | More by magictacosinus
Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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