Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750ml bottle poured into a Stone taste. I brought this to split at at the Pittsburgh Pre-Big-Pour tasting.
A - Pours a light red with muddled spots of ruddy brown scattered within it. About a one-fingered, off-white head appears and lasts for a decent amount of time. There's a fair amount of lacing, with some small clumps of foam gathering around the glass in spotty fashion.
S - The smell is pretty damn sour, probably one of the most sour Krieks I've come across so far. As the nose grows acclimated to the tartness, however, it becomes much more accessible. Obviously there's a decent amount of cherries in here, but it is balanced nicely with just a touch of vinegar.
T - The flavors start off with a surprising malt backbone, taking some of the sour edge off of the beer and allows the cherries to really flesh out. The cherries themselves are abundant and run the gamut of flavors, from sweet, sour, and the skin and pits even shine at times. There's a slight amount of oak woodiness in the backend. The finish has a slight booziness to it, but overall it's hidden well.
M - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with an okay amount of carbonation. It feels rather prickly in the mouth, mostly due in part to the tartness, and you can feel the puckering sour effect in the corners of the cheeks.
D/O - Drinkability is pretty high. Although this is bold beer in terms of the amount of cherries and sour, it goes down quite easily and doesn't find itself battling against strong vinegar or onion notes like other Red Flanders.
Serving type: bottle
09-14-2011 06:20:59 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
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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