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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

838 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 235
Gots: 266 | FT: 30
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
Kriek 2012 = 7.2% ABV
Kriek 2013 = 8.17% ABV

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-17-2008)
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Reviews by Teleweizen2:
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

07-24-2013 02:54:56 | More by Teleweizen2
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-16-2014 20:37:40 | More by tectactoe
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

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
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brownbeer

Missouri

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
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-13-2013 21:37:55 | More by adamleeeck
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-03-2014 14:09:52 | More by SkiBum22
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Massachusetts

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
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-16-2013 00:57:46 | More by warnerry
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-25-2013 03:49:06 | More by TimoP
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-12-2013 05:53:33 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

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
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Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-10-2012 14:47:45 | More by Skye1024
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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-24-2013 01:06:12 | More by Shankopotamus
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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-23-2013 16:46:42 | More by Prospero
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magictrokini

California

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
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-18-2012 01:41:34 | More by standardcherry
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NOLTERN

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-19-2013 21:12:39 | More by NOLTERN
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mjtiernan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-28-2011 10:35:54 | More by mjtiernan
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Funky-Brewster

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-30-2014 18:14:01 | More by Funky-Brewster
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dogfishandi

New York

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
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ehammond1


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle

Zwanze Day 2011
Bottle Share
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

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
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-09-2013 20:22:25 | More by Cynic-ale
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-02-2013 22:58:10 | More by TKEbeerman
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

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
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.