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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

920 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 238
Gots: 276 | FT: 29
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by flagmantho:
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle. This is the 2011 project, 7.62% ABV. I've been really looking forward to this one!

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with plenty of haze and a thick finger of frothy tan foam with a hint of an amber cast to it. Quite nice.

Smell: well, I could smell the cherry the instant I popped the cork on this one. Upon closer inspection there's a sweet malt with a fair bit of lactic tartness as well as a very nice cherry character. I've had krieks where all the sweetness is fermented out, and krieks where the cherry smells more like a candy syrup added after fermentation. This walks that middle ground where it smells sweet, natural and fulfilling. It's no secret I love cherries, so this beer gets my serious thumbs up.

Taste: acidic tartness jumps out in front, followed by a mild sweetness and a hint of cherry character. It's got a good acidic content for a Flanders red ale, and the cherries are nicely present without being overpowering. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation and a nice creaminess. The acidity lends an astringency, which detracts from the creaminess a bit, but I still rather like it overall.

Overall: this is a yummy beer. Nice cherry character, and the tartness adds to a wonderful drinkability. I look forward to trying this in subsequent years!

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 adamleeeck
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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 warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Dbrulet
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Skye1024
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Shankopotamus
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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 standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of NOLTERN
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of deebo
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjtiernan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Funky-Brewster
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.