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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: 239
Gots: 277 | 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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Photo of Zman632
1/5  rDev -76.3%

Photo of ausonius
2.13/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Did not note vintage on this 750, unfortunately.

Decent medium red color, & carbonation

Some cherry fruit on the nose, but with huge, overwhelming Brettanomyces

Quite sour on the palate, & again, the huge, overpowering Brett

A one trick pony - the level of Brett is overpowering. Seems almost unhealthy.

Too much, even for this Sour, Funky, Brett Lover.

Seems like an outlier - hope this batch was only one barrel.

Photo of Zbeetleman
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of DonFrap
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of drewburning25
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of mquartuccio87
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of RickS95
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
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 corby112
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage.

Pours a dark copper color with ruby red edges and a two finger off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Much darker than I expected.

Musty, funky aroma with a really strong horsey barnyard character followed by lactic funk, earthy oak and sweet cherry. I'm really surprised by how funky this smells, especially since my experience with Cascade is that their sours are usually more fruit forward. Lots of earthy oak, barn, cobweb and lactic cheesiness followed by sweet malt, cherry syrup and acetic vinegar. Smells like there are a ton of bugs and he cherry character takes a back seat. Slight medicinal quality as well.

Medium bodied with a very tart, puckering mouthfeel and a strong earthy, lactic funk presence that overpowers the sweet fruit flavor. Very funky with lots of lactic sourness. Strong oak barrel character with a ton of funky bugs, lactic cheesiness and acetic acid. Slightly harsh and acidic with a strong acetic vingear and solvent character lingering in the finish. Some tart cherry sweetness but the fruit has faded considerably at thus point and takes a back seat to the sour funk. I usually love Cascade sours but this was one dimensional and too heavy on the acetic solvent flavor. Pretty harsh and tough to drink.

Photo of organicbrewer
3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle

a-murkey ruby, this is seriously cloudy. very low tan head that quickly dissapates.

s-malt vinegar. plastic phenols. dry oak. low cherry aroma. Very light caramel.

t-FRICKIN TART! WOW! Overtakes most of the other flavors. Tart cherry juice. I like sour but jeez.

m-dry and puckering. No alcohol, but a ton of acid. I can feel the heartburn coming.

d-I should have shared this bottle. The sourness is getting to be a bit much. That said I did enjoy the beer. nice cherry flavor.

Photo of geuze_gone_wild
3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of JAXSON
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark cherry red, smallish head, active carb. Nose is rich, meaty cherries, sweet and sour. I enjoy the nose on this, very fruit-forward and thick. Mouth is at first sour and acidic. The cherries aren't nearly as expressive in the flavor as in the nose. Weird herbal, salty quality as it warms. Acidity becomes really strong throughout, especially as it warms it just lags on. Finish is all acid.

My calendar is too full to suffer muddled and acidic krieks.

Photo of tendermorsel
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DT tulip glass.

Minimal carbonation. The little carbonation it did have dissipated very quickly. Brown with Chery hues. Pretty thin overall.

I found this to be more in the style of an Oude Bruin than a lambic. Very strong Vinegar taste and nose. It was quite overpowering in fact. Not particularly well balanced at all.

I was actually disappointed with this one. Worth trying but I don't think I would grab this one again at $20 a 750 ML.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the Cascade Barrel House.

A - Poured into a Cascsade Glass. Reddish brown with a thin tan head that fades into the edges fairly quickly.

S - Tart fuit and spices.

T - Sour cherries and other dark fruits. This one pack a punch.

D - Mild carbonation, lighter body.

O - Sessionable sour, do those exist?

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 Beerontwowheels
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of grownfool
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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

2009 Vintage. Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a short moderately bubbled head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of cherry juice with hints of the oak barrel. Strong lemony sourness with some vinegar notes. There is a musty aroma from the yeast. Fair balance between the fruit and sour aromas.

Quite sour in the taste, not too vinegary which is good. Sour cherries serve to give the fruity flavor to the brew, which is then taking over by the sharp lactic sour flavor. Has a lemony and limey sourness and a hint of the oak. Kind of hard for me to get past the sour flavor.

The feel is light and extremely fizzy. Sour all over the palate from start to finish.

I would like the cherry flavor to come out some more. Sours are exactly my favorite style so I need to get more of the fruity flavor. Its well made and I am sure it is good for the style.

Photo of Timmy13T
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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