Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Kriek AleCascade Kriek Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

270 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 1,011
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 4.09%
Wants: 251
Gots: 303 | 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.

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 = 8.2% ABV

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Photo of ausonius
2.15/5  rDev -48.3%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
3.21/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.22/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.22/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (1,309 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
3.33/5  rDev -20%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
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? (315 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never had this beer so I was excited to try it at the Cascade tasting, 2009 bottle shared by Michael I believe, thanks! Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is brown and hazy with a thin lazy tan head of wispy tiny bubbles.

Aroma is harsh, acetic, sweet, oaky, and cherry.

Beer is thin and the tartness of the cherries in accented by a strong acetic presence. It is difficult to drink due to the sourness of the beer. It is just too much for me and not a likely repeat, well I'd have it on draft at the barrel house. (521 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a mahogony brown with some red hues and a still sitting tan colored head.

S-the nose is different, lots of fleshy cherry with a fair bit of sourness. The wood blends with the acidity and sharp citric bitterness to make an off putting aroma up front.

T-nice notes of oak up front as the cherries take over, light vinegar flavors come in underneath with tons of acidity in the back. overly acidic in the finish and very dry and lingering acidity.

M-creamy body, medium to full and very carbonated with an extremely dry bitter finish.

D-this is a little rough, overly acidic and some offf putting vinegar flavors. the cherries are very strong and gives it a nice bit of sweetness. not bad but rough to drink. (717 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strawberry guava color, totally opaque with a pinkish ecru head that sticks around well. Aroma is part black cherries and part maraschino cherries. Slightly tart with some strawberry notes. Flavor is not really that robust or characterful. Sort of boring cherry taste with a little tartness. Kinda like eating a cherry that's not very ripe yet. Semidry mouthfeel, cherry pit finish, easy to drink but I doubt I could drink an entire 750. (437 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2010

Pours a nice mahogany cherry ale with a mirrored surface. Smells of oak, cherry, and hints of ink. Really flanders like in the nose. Flavor is fucking sour, with cherry and more sour. It's kinda difficult to really taste anything through the fleeting barrage of acidity. Medium bodied with low carb and a mouth watering finish. This beer is sour, i enjoy it, but it's on the far reach of sour for me. (414 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bottling. 750ml corked + caged bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Dark ruby red body. Creamy light khaki head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - The weakest part of the beer for me. Sour cherries, vinegar, and sun screen lotion. The smell is a bit light.

T - Sour cherries and some oak. Really mouth puckering. Not that complex or interesting. The mouth feel is very similar to other Flanders, smooth and velvety while remaining well carbonated and lively.

O - Not a bad stab at the flanders style by an American brewery. I was shocked to find this on the shelves as I didn't know they had some distribution in Massachusetts. I'm intrigued to try the other Cascade wilds now. (677 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bottle Vintage; Sampled June 2009
A very careful pour still has me ending up with a four finger thick head in my 25cl tulip glass. The head is a full tan colored head. The beer is a murky amber, red color that shows a hazed, deep red color. The aroma is quite cherry laden, with a sweet cherry pie aroma that is noticeable even though I haven't yet focused on smelling the aroma. The aroma smells a bit thin in its cherry character, though this is clearly the biggest aromatic note. A touch of tannic cherry skin character comes through, but not nearly as richly as a proper sour-cherry varietal character should. There seems to be a touch of tobacco character here as well as a touch of bitter cocoa here as well somehow (though I'll admit the latter doesn't make much sense). There is a nice, even rich, slightly sweet cherry character here as well as a finish of spicy oak, and even a tannic woody character.

The beer is fairly light bodied, with a light tartness, and is not sweet at all. The cherry character is a bit weaker even than it is in the aroma. The beer is also not nearly as funky as it would need to be to make up for the lack of cherry character. The second sip is actually a bit richer than the first was with the lactic character being a touch more noticeable. There is a hint of spicy oak in the finish as well as a bit of tobacco and woodiness. My second pour has me noticing a hint of cocoa in the finish as well. This is definitely well carbonated, which tends to lighten this perception of this beer even more; I can't say that this is really a good thing, as the beer seems a bit thin somehow, it is quaffable though and I wouldn't quite call it watery.

This was a bit disappointing after the superb Apricot that I had the other night. Strangely I liked this one a lot better during the GABF, it does get a bit better & more integrated as it warms up though. It just seems to have fallen a little short and tastes a bit flat and more muted than I would really like. Still this is not a bad beer, it is even enjoyable, I just find myself thinking how much better this could be in so many different ways.

Sampled October 2008
3.5/4/4/4/4
Total 3.9

This beer has a murky brown color to it and is topped by a frothy, tan colored head. The aroma has a definite cherry note to it and leans toward the sour-cherry side of things. There is a yeast-like note here in the nose that is sort of nutty and there are other aromatics of sweaty cured leather, something like cocoa, grassy grain notes towards the finish, as well as a warm alcohol note. The cherry notes also lean towards sweet-cherry notes, though this is more contributed by the aromatic fruit than by sugar it seems.

The beer tastes of tart, dry cherries up front, but this is only one component of the flavor. There is also a lactic-acid driven lemon-like not up front that moves to a fleshy, full cherry skin flavor that couples with a tannic finish. The tannic note provides a light astringency in the finish, but I can't quite help coming back to the fresh, complex even, cherry flavor that is not overly dominant, but is so aromatic tasting (if that makes any sense). This is a nice beer, it could be a touch more funky (it showed some promise of this in the aroma) as it is mostly sour, but it is certainly an enjoyable beer. (3,320 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. 2009 bottle. Pours into a tall tulip glass. Pours a slightly opaque reddish color with a big fluffy very fizzy head that settle rather well into a nice coaster. Nice cherry aroma with tart sou notes. The taste is rather more subdued than j thought given the nose. Slightly sweet up front with a subtle tart note mixed in with the cherry and a slight vanilla Oaky flavor. Light mouthfeel. Rather dry. Ends cleanly. Hmmm, not the best example but not terrible either. (473 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in tulip glass. Poured a deep brownish-red color with an inch of head that had no retention and some lacing.

The aroma was very tart and sour with a bit of cherry hiding behind the sourness. The aroma, while very sour, wasn't even a clue about the tart, tangy, sour cherry taste that was about to hit me in the tongue. This beer bordered on vinegary tasting, but wasn't. This is certainly one of the sourest beers I've ever had. I need to mention here that this beer was very sour! The sourness totally wrecked my palate for the rest of the night, even a couple of very hoppy IPAs couldn't reset the taste buds.

The body was on the thin side of average for the these types of beers. Drinkability is very good, if you're into the sours. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that's worth your time, if you like palate wreckingly sour brews. You've had fair notice. (870 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $21.99 for a 750ml bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Split a bottle with one other and poured my portion into a small snifter to review. This is the 2008 vintage.

Yields a small, bubbly white head after an aggressive pour which dissipates quickly. Very cloudy and reddish brown in color.

Aroma is rather sour with cherries and oak dominating. Some grape/vinous qualities as well.

Taste is not as sour as I was expecting, but still there nonetheless.

Mild astringency; was expecting more. Lively mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Light to medium body.

Certainly not worth the price that I paid. A good beer, but not quite great. (648 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cascade Kriek 2014, bought at The Beer Store in Malvern, PA, for about thirty-five dollars. A good Flanders that hits almost all the right notes but nevertheless fails to impress- more so considering the outrageously high price.

I remember the best time I had Lost Abbey Red Poppy and was absolutely wowed. This is not the case. I think it could use a little more lacto and tartness.

The body could use a little more heft and carbonation, and again the price really weights heavy. (484 characters)

Photo of Pahn
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2009 bottling. Drank 3/28/12.

Appearance: Steady pour yields a 3/4 inch fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours an almost fully opaque maroon and leaves occasional small streaks of lacing.

Smell: Very full cherry aroma--both the Bing and sour cherries really stand out here. Some lactic and acetic notes, with flowery, fruity, funky aromas underneath. Enticing.

Taste: Powerfully sour and acidic, with a bold sweet cherry flavor sticking its head up from the ocean of sourness for a short period before the finish. Some dark and delicious sour cherry flavor comes out in the next sip, but not as forefronted as I'd like.

This beer isn't just sour, but very, very acidic--like liquid heartburn acidic. Much more sour and acidic than any other Cascade beer I've had. I'm missing the distinct lactic sourness and oak influence that I associate with Cascade (lactic element comes out further into the bottle, but oak is barely detectable).

There's a decent depth of flavor here, but it's not very harmonious. Huge cherry flavor is great (I love cherries), but the rest of the flavors don't particularly compliment. I wish the taste were as well-developed as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied. Very airy and dry. Highly carbonated.

Overall: There's flashes of greatness here, but it's not a beer that I would buy again (especially not at $20, but possibly not even at $10). It's reasonably enjoyable, but not very well balanced. I expect something more refined and tastier from such a great brewer of wild ales.

Edit: I don't like to update reviews buzzed, but I think having nursed this bottle for several hours has left me with enough sobriety to do it. Deeper in the bottle, some really clear, beautiful sour cherry flavor comes out, and while there is still almost no oak influence to be found, the satisfying lactic sourness builds disproportionately more than the harsh acidity.

In the end, I'm very satisfied with this beer. I still would not buy it again at $20/bottle, but I'm very much enjoying this one. (2,076 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into fluted goblet on 5/29/09. Thanks to mughugger for sharing!

A - Poured a hazy burgundy color with crimson hues and one-finger beige head that settled into a thin ring of retention and left scant lacing.

S - Pretty muted nose for a kriek overall with some cherry tartness, mild sour notes and a hint of crusty, grainy malt.

T - Initial flavor is cherry pie filling with tart, sour notes and mild spices. Some oaky, woody notes emerge in the middle, followed by a combination of spicy yeast and a distinct caramel/toffee sweetness.

M - Medium body with a smooth yet syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a mild sourness on the palate.

D - Pretty good kriek overall, although not a lot of sourness compared to other krieks I've had. Still, this one offers a pleasant cherry flavor. (821 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cascade's barrel house. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A -Flat murky toffee coloring with a light khaki ring of foam. Slight lacing. Probably the plainest looking Cascade brew I tried on this day.

S - Pie crust and sharp cherry skins. Touch of honey and all-spice.

T - Yup, straight jammy cherry pie with lemon acidity. Probably the sourest of all the Cascades today. This comes with that Cantillon-esque mouth watering.

M - Light-medium body, high carbonation, very dry finish.

D - A bit singular in flavor but hits it on the head. Would revisit. (586 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only my third beer from this brewery, and like the previous, this does not dissappoint. Pours a light brown, starting fairly clear, but cloudy by the last glass. Short liveed beige head with sparse lacing. The cherries do present themselves in the aroma, and it is very much in line with Flanders Reds. This is somewhat lost in the taste however. Much like the New Belgium La Folie, this is a lacto-sour bomb, and that is about the extent of things. If you like that, and I do, you will dig the hell out of this beer. It is a bit thin in the mouth, but drinkability does not suffer for it. The 7.3 abv stays well hidden. Where this not so cost prohibitive, I would have no problem knocking back a couple of these excellent beers. Although, if Rodenbach Grand Cru were available in my location, I would likely not buy this again. (828 characters)

Photo of Verecund
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Opened on April 26, 2011.

Unexpectedly brown, with some bright carmine hues shining through. This particular bottle was bought for a trade that went in a different direction, so let's call the color caput mortuum ("worthless remains"). A little bit of slightly yellowed head leaves nice lacing.

Sweet cherries, oak, strawberry vinegar, and lactic acidity. No real balancing funk (unsurprisingly) and little supporting malt backbone, but the aroma is nice enough, featuring enough tartness to tickle and intrigue the nose.

Slightly tart cherries on the front of the palate. Very mild oakiness and a decent [berry] vinegar washes over the caramel maltiness. The one really surprising feature is the playfully high carbonation. It's a little distractingly high, but also brings a nice tart cherry reprise on the finish.

Pleasant enough and quite quaffable, Cascade's Kriek is a fine offering, though it lacks some of the complexity of other Cascade offerings (as well as other AWAs). I just wish there were a little more balance here - a little more body, a little more oak, a little more brett - but it is what it is. (1,135 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown-red body. Some transparency along the edges when held to the light. Thin pinkish-cream colored head. Quickly fizzles out leaving behind a spotty skim and not much lacing.

S: Pretty much just a blast of tart cherries, vinegar, and oak. Not much in the way of depth... pleasant none the less.

T: Tart and sour cherry notes dominate from the beginning. Vinegar and oak pop in and out particularly as the beer warms.

M: Medium carbonation. A bit thin towards the back end. Massive tart finish.

D: A decent brew, but there are better Flanders Reds out there and if I want cherries I'll take a real Kriek. (620 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a thick and kind of odd reddish color with no head and no lacing. Very odd appearance would havr at least expected some carbonation but.nothing here
S: very sour scent with a bit of sweetness, nice cherrie sweetness
T: very sour and very tart through and through, nice taste, everyone else im with hate it but I love it
M: oddly thick and kind of chalky on the palate on the finnish
O: a pretty good representation, not very well rounded in my opinion though (489 characters)

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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