Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Kriek AleCascade Kriek Ale

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999 Ratings
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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 251
Gots: 293 | FT: 34
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

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Ratings: 999 | Reviews: 277
Reviews by dragonWhale:
Photo of dragonWhale
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottling from the good Lodgers.

Hazy orange, a chunk of head dissolving eventually to dust. No, not dust. Liquid.
Sour cherry, lactic sour, oak, some acetobacter creeping.
The flavor is a buckler, the tongue wags, phased, down, but not out. It recovers, processes. Tart, sour are huge up front. There is a little bit of cherry sweetness but the time spent in secondary fermentation has minimized that action. The 3 cherry combo gives off some sweet and some tart, and combined with the lacto, make for an exciting beer. That little bit of aceto should only grow with time. Not sure what that means for the shelf life of this vintage, but it could get real exciting in a year or two before it gets totally out of hand.

As usual, but not necessarily always, an excellent beer from these guys. Missing the Barrel House greatly..

More User Reviews:
Photo of TCHopCraver
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of magictrokini
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

Photo of Soonami
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Naked City. Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep red color with hints of purple with a very thin, off-white head on top. This gives way to a soapy ring on top, sporadic lacing on the glass.

S: Cherries right away mixed with a vinegar tartness. There is a little bit of vanilla and wood as well.

T: Sour/tartness upfront mixed with a nice cherry flavor. There is a definite earthiness to the flavor profile, a bit of wood, and vanilla. Has a definite tannic/wine undertone as well.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: A nice sour beer, Cascade does a nice job with their sour offerings, just always tough to pick up due to the pricetag. Glad I was able to get this one on tap.

Photo of mudbug
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruddy brown with a one inch fluffy reddish head.
Smells of sour cherries and wine vinegar.
Oh boy is this sour! Rhubarb lots of puckering rhubarb some wet hay funk then a drying cycle in your mouth like licking a nine volt battery. Sounds bad eh?, well it's not.
The sourness leaves you shuddering and wanting more.
Drinkability is a masochistic orgasm of flavor.
I finished the bomber, It will be awhile till my tongue heals enough, but I will do this again!

Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, shared, served in Chimay chalices. 2009 vintage.

A - poured with about half an inch of loose and creamy barely pink colored foam, which quickly fell to to a thin film and accompanying ring. the beer is cloudy, light ruby in color.

S - tart and lightly sour cherries...not so much as fresh but more syrupy or cherry preserves. other notes of sweet oak and a slightly vinegar acidity. my buddy described it as semlling like cherry poptarts, which was about spot on.

T - quick and sharp bite of tart cherries (coming across a bit fresher than the nose), vanilla, oak...some lactic pucker to it as well. very nicely balanced between sweet, fruity, sour, and tart. this one could go any way with some time to develop.

M - medium slightly creamy body, average cleansing and prickly carbonation. finishes a bit dry with lingering sweetness.

D - liked it. great balance, tasty, and pretty refreshing. alcohol is dangerously hidden for +7%. no problem curing the sour-craving.

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Boston town. A well done Flanders Red, sourish with good cherry taste, always well malted. Good to share, as even a third of the bottle is a bunch of sourness. Dark reddish colour and spider lacey Above average mouthfeel. Good nose. A tad funky sweaty taste in there.

Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Poured from a caged and corked 750mL bottle into my White Birch tulip/flute.

High clarity reminds me something of a zinfandel or a rosé. Sangria body with brilliant rosso corsa and lava highlights. A small dense finger of blond foam persists. Rich dense lacing leaves cut-outs of glassy shimmering boulders in between the sections of bubbles.

Very tart aromatics with a slight emphasis on the Lacto, though the fruit isn't far behind with hints of maraschino liqueur, a light red wine vinegar, and a faint candy sweetness.

Bracing (though not BITING) tartness envelops the tongue, invigorating the senses. The sweet, sour, and slightly earthy flavors from the cherries meld beautifully with the slight funk of the bacteria. Mid-palate you can detect a pleasant touch of malt as well. A few more esters come out in the finish as the alcohol ramps up a bit, suggesting berries, currants, and wine grapes. The oak concludes the profile adding a pleasant woody tannic quality, drying things out while contributing additional flavor and complexity.

Medium-bodied, effervescent, vaguely suggestive of a high-end wine spritzer, yet creamy with very mild astringency (from the oak) and warmth as well, as if to shrug off any intimation that this isn't a sophisticated (albeit appropriately rustic) beverage.

I'd been waiting to try something from this brewery for ages, and am very happy to have cracked this open - my expectations were easily met if not exceeded. This is a superior domestic version of the style and I find myself on the edge of rating it higher, but it strikes me as just a tiny bit too simplistic compared to the very best examples.

Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, at Cascade.

A trace of offwhite head, very hazy brown body. Good lace.

Sumptuous cherry nose, deep and dank.

Tart, vinegary cherry, relatively dry and brisk for a kriek.

Quite smooth feeling.

Definitely a nice kriek. Can't comment as to whether it has earned the hype since I don't drink enough kriek to judge.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to kmurray8621 for this one. Shared with schen9303. 2008 vintage poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter.

A: Moderate pour yields a 1 finger off-white coarse head that evaporates as quickly as it forms. Beer is a murky reddish-brown. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Vinegar, wood, funk, earth, and BIG BOLD SWEET CHERRIES. I've never actually smelt a flanders with actual fruit in the nose but this is really amazing and adds a whole new experience to this brew.

T: Vinegar sourness lasts throughout and makes me think I'm gonna need some heartburn medication afterwards. Cherries come in towards the middle and give this one a totally new dimension as it does in the nose. Fruitiness clashes well with the tartness presented. Wood and earthiness forms the background from which the other flavors stand out. Finish is messy with a slight lingering sourness.

M: Light to medium bodied, carbonated, and very lively on the tongue. This one tickles the through and agitates the palate to allow all the flavors to be realized. Very dry and with a messy finish that leaves a slight stain on the palate.

D: Probably one of, if not the best beer I've had in its style, this one is truly different from its peers for the amout of fruit present in both the nose and taste. Cherries are unmistakable here and creates a beer that isn't just tart and sour. Simply fantastic and I'm grateful to have had a chance to try it!

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, corked and caged from bottleworks

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, dark garnet body, moderate carbonation forms a pillowy beige head that dissipates very quickly

smell: tart cherries, sweet cherries, oak

taste: really nice - definitely sour. bit of a bite from the oak, high dosage of tart cherries, balsamic, lively sugars. Awesome.

mouthfeel: medium, tart, lively

overall: enjoyed this a lot

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

2011 vintage

Photo of RickS95
3.22/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Certainly looks the style, pouring a reddish brown color. No head, just a slight light brown ring of tiny bubbles around the rim.

I love the smell. Notes of both sweet and tart cherries. There's a bit of Belgian yeast like scent that brings out both the sweetness and tartness, just in the smell alone.

Wow. If I didn't know it was cherries, I would guess it to be vinegar. No many how many times I try, I don't understand the style.

The level of sourness is extreme. It almost takes your breath away. It simply coats your tongue and you just start to salivate. Very unpleasant.

It might be a good beer for the stle, but in general, it's almost not drinkable.

Photo of phillybeer7779
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay glass. Pours a hazy red with a nice amount of head, some lacing, and a little bit of sediment. Smells pretty much of straight up cherries, very nice. The taste is of sour cherries, with some apple in there too. Nicely carbonated, very good mouthfeel, and was able to drink all 750 mls by myself. Highly recommended!!

Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

2009 Vintage

Cascade Kriek is a darker, cherry-stained brown color. It looks a little hazy, and has really nice crimson highlights with backlighting. A light tan head covers it. It stands about a finger and a half tall before quickly falling back to a surface covering. It held steady there for a while. Lacing was a little sticky, but light.

The nose is certainly good. Up front, it smells like strong sour cherries and oak. Those scents are very strong and resonate throughout. Musky and earthy notes are prominent. It smells a little sweet at times, but its strong vinegar-esque character seems to overpower it. There’s a hint of Belgian yeast, but not much. I suspect its buried among the other elements. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all.

The flavor kicks off with a very strong, sour/tart flavor. If you’re averse to sour or tart beer, this one is not for you. Sour cherries are very strong and flavorful. There’s a sweet side to it, but it’s definitely secondary. The oak barrel aging definitely imparts a strong oak flavor. It works very well with the sour/tart elements. Earthy and musky notes are strong throughout. Sourness surges on the tail. Alcohol is masked well. I’m not getting much at all. Finishes with a strong sour cherry flavor.

The body feels light-medium. Carbonation seems a little active and buzzy. It’s nearly smooth, but not quite. It does go down relatively easy. The sour flavor is rather intense, but I’ll finish off the 750.

Cascade Kriek is rather intense. If you’re not a fan of Flanders Reds or sour beers in general, this one might be a little much for you. I’m enjoying it, but I do think the sour aspect is just a little too intense. I’d prefer a little less. On the other hand, I’m not much of a cherry fan, but am definitely enjoying that aspect of it. The cherry flavor is simply delicious. Overall, it’s good stuff. Well worth checking out. Thanks a ton, Chris!

Photo of dbossman
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/red hue--almost like dark spiced apple cider; thin bubbly head; nice lacing for the style

S: Lots of tart cherries and apples; also a strong vinous and vinegary quality; a touch of sweet spice like cinnamon; this is cidery and awesome smelling

T: Nice fruity tartness up front--not over powering however; apples and cherries; such a dryness on the end--a touch of alcohol burn at the very back of the tasting

F: Bubbly, medium bodied beer; the fruitiness actually makes it quite sticky

O: A nicely balanced not over-powering sour; fruit is dry and subtle--really nice beer

Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to ericstl6

vintage 2009

pour was a deep golden red with a very light brown in it. had a bit of a flanders look to it. fizzy head quickly disappears.

nice moderate cherry with a supporting malt presence. hint of funk and oak.

quite tart with a solid cherry flavor. very vibrant. nice malty and funky body is there but overpowered by the cherry. as you can see by the theme, it is VERY cherry forward.

fizzy with a nice solid moderate to high carbonation. tartness really tingles the mouth.

i was quite impressed with this. this has been my 2nd cascade ale and it was every bit delicious. very intense cherry flavor. the price on these isn't the best but the quality is.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 project.

Appearance - Deep red. No real life to it. A bit of a collar but not much else.

Smell - Musty and acetic acidity. Cherries throughout but the acidity is more prevalent. Clean aroma.

Taste - Puckering sour. Cherries and a ton of sourness. Malty for sure, but no sweetness at all. Musty to a less extent than the smell. Straightforward simple sour cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Malt gives it some heft.

Overall - Definitely one for the sourheads out there. Not a complex flavor, but it's clean and has a nice cherry flavor.

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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