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Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Kriek AleCascade Kriek Ale

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732 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%

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."

Kriek 2007 = 6.6% ABV
Kriek 2008 = 8.1% ABV
Kriek 2009 = 7.3% ABV
Kriek 2010 = 7.1% ABV

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-17-2008)
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Photo of mdaschaf


4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 21:52:51 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Murrhey


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at Cascade in a 2oz taster as part of a flight. Reviewed from notes.

A- Fluffy white head with nice thick lacing. Ringed but big look to the head. Orange-brown with nice clarity and carbonation.

S- Cherries and a sticky sweet, brown sugar bourbon smell.

T- Tart and tasty, cherries and alcohol esters.

M- Vinous and smooth.

O- Quite a well developed sour. Might be the best one I had from Cascade.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2013 00:54:02 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Auracom


3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 23:07:05 | More by Auracom
Photo of brystmar


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Barrel House.

Pours a dirty brown-red with plenty of stubborn head and lace. Tart bing cherries greet my nose as the yeast imparts a medicinal note. I recall the bottles smelling better, but this is still pleasant.

Fresh cherries, sweet malt, tart fruits, and sour yeast blend harmoniously in my mouth. 4.25/5 here, rounding up because Cascade is awesome.

Active body, yet still viscous enough to carry all the flavors. An excellent American-style kriek that's sure to convert your non-beer friends.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 20:13:41 | More by brystmar
Photo of GlassHalfFull


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great sour that starts off a little more reserved than the coveted Sang Noir. Very light cherry flavor with a relaxed sour tartness. I've been finding my sour tongue, and this is a good one if you're new to the type. A little spendy, but worth it every-so-often. Would go well with dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 01:49:06 | More by GlassHalfFull
Photo of Mahlik


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cascade Brewing Barrel House. Poured into Cascade goblet. 2010 batch.

A- poured a deep, dark red with a thin white head. The head dissipates to leave a thick soapy ring around the glass. Some sticky spots of lacing.

S- Cherries glore. The Bing cherries really come out here. A smack of tartness from the cherries hit the nose. But then the sour aroma is cut out by an interesting (in a good way) mix of cinnamon and almonds. The Bing cherries never really fade away though. They just become a bit tamed.

T - The flavor starts sour, then tart. Dark cherries create an acidic bite upfront. Then the cherries chill and become more tart. The cinnamon is not quite as noticeable in the taste. There is undeniable almond flavor that lightly coats the back of the tongue and mouth. It finishes up with a gentler sourness from the cherries and currants.

M - Medium-light body with a good amount of carbonation. Not too prickly but enough to meet the style. A slight creaminess that quickly becomes clean and dry. I couldn't detect any of the alcohol.

O- Fantastic example for the style. As far as the USA goes, Cascade makes outstanding sours and this is no exception. A must try if you can get your hands on a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 08:12:38 | More by Mahlik
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 18:32:19 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Poured a cloudy grapefruit juice color but a little darker with a nice amount of bubbles

S: Big tart cherry and Earthiness. Simple but big.

T: A blend of unripe and red cherries, big Earthiness, funk, light woody elements

M: Acidic, well carbonated and killer

O: Very well done!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 16:25:18 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of dgilks


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark red colour with a small off white head. Some head retention. Okay.

Big tart cherry aroma with a good note of sweetness. Nice. Mild funk.

Great moderate tartness with some realy solid cherry notes. Very nice.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Really good.

A great beer. Solid cherry flavour and the tartness doesn’t kill it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 04:33:06 | More by dgilks
Photo of Kegatron


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Cascade Brewing Barrel House (Portland, OR) on 9/4/11. Served in a teardrop goblet.

Pours a clear ruby in the glass, topped with a thin covering of off-white head. There’s a decent retention to this, with it throwing up a foamy cascade that readily slides back down. The aroma smells of tart cherries, wood, and some sweeter vanilla. There’s definitely some acidity to the edges of the nose here, with this coming off more sour than tart.

The taste has a tart intenseness to it, borderline souring in spots, but I’m pleased to find that the main flavor push here is from dark cherries. There’s just a touch of sweetness here that seems to be mostly consisting of some light vanilla flavors from the wood. Speaking of which, the oak hangs with some strength in the finish, with a deep tannic feel that lingers with additional acidic notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly feel that is undercut by a good bit of woody slickness that keeps this smooth despite the higher alcohol here.

I’ve had this beer several times now and it never fails to impress me. It’s definitely aggressive with the sourness at times but never bracingly so and the fresh cherry flavors and sharp smoothness of the body really help keep this much more approachable than you would think. It’s always a pleasure, with a glass of this and I knew that getting it here fresh on draft was a must.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 17:13:14 | More by Kegatron
Photo of OakedCanuck


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Uber tavern. I believe it is 2010. Served in a cervoise.

A - Pours a hazy, reddish scarlet with stark white head, good lacing.

S - Amazing sweet and sour cherry, a bit of vinegar bite, some yeasty funk.

T - Distinct soured fruit bite, cherry, grapes and pear. The aftertaste is a sweet cherry pie with a bit of funk. Delicious

M - Nice and crisp, light and refreshing.

O - As usual, a great sour from Cascade. Love their stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 18:45:43 | More by OakedCanuck
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?

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 05:07:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of cbarrett4


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Cascade Barrel House Portland.

This is a northwest twist on the classic Flanders red ale. Pours standard red ale hue with low head retention (as can be expected from barrel aged beer). Shows a lovely cherry and sour yeast nose up front. Lots of citrus and spice backing up the dominant aromatics. Super sour (and I LOVE sours - the sour the better). Lots more sour bing cherry on the palate. Lovely balance and well integrated alcohol. I could drink this all night!


Of note: consumed directly after leaving Belmont station and drinking three Russian River sours (Consecration, Supplication, Temptation). Though the RR were better, these weren't far off!

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 00:09:28 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont Station today.

The beer pours a dark cherry red color with good head retentionan and lacing. The nose in this beer is quite exotic and complex, showcasing a huge aroma of black cherry, cassis, vinegar, vanilla ice cream and underlying wood. The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, although the sour component really seems to dominate. Still, the sweet fruit and vanilla from the barrel aging shine through, adding to the overall experience. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a long sour finish. Drinkability is pretty good, at least in terms of the alcohol in this beer. It's barely noticeable, but the intense sour aspect to this this beer wears out the palate after a bit.

A very fine beer, especially for sour beer lovers. Quite impressive...

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 02:30:42 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of beertunes


3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 18:16:09 | More by beertunes
Photo of jrallen34


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a tasting glass at NotB.

The beer is dark brown with some red highligts and light red head that rises a finger. The retention and lacing are ok.

The aroma is light with some notes of oak, cherry and some tartness.

The taste is very complex and balanced with lots of oak, cherry and a nice sour finish. It brings a lot to the table and allows you to enjoy this whether your like sour or oaky beers.

The feel is nice and incredibly drinkable.

A notb highlight.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 22:55:34 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage unknown, but most likely 2010. Pours a reddish-brown hue with a loose, half-inch head and a hazy clarity. Nose reveals cherries and a suggestion of cough syrup. Taste consistent with nose. This beer is tart, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with some astringency and a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall, a solid kriek with some brune-like qualities.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 00:15:54 | More by Jwale73
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured into a cascade snifter.

Brew pours a deep cherry chestnut with a thin head that was gone quick
Nose is fantastic.cherry with some tartness but not too much dark ripe fruit.
Taste to match. Lush dark cherry with a hint of sweet tartness. Oak rounds it out and smooths some of the edges, but there is just enough sharp tartness.
A bit prickly on the feel, but easy drinking.
Fantastic brew. Another winner from cascade. Great kreik, really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 22:34:00 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of AgentMunky


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
Photo of magictacosinus


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
Photo of Bitterbill


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1012 Project, 7.2% abv.

It pours a cloudy reddish brown, has a small head of foam but does a good job with the lacing.

The nose is big with lots of sour cherry goodness and a strong oak presence. I could sit and sniff for quite a long time if I wanted to.

Glorious sour cherry flavour up front mixed in with a vinegar like sourness and an in the somewhat background taste what oak barrel aging brings. It is beers from Cascade like this that bring me back to their online page to order again and again.

Nice combo of carbonation and body makes it eminently mouth pleasing.

Another great brew from Cascade. Big surprise there..

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 21:40:04 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of MDDMD


4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark cherry color with a decent off-white head and some lacing

S-vinegar, tart cherry, funk, red wine

T-tart cherries, funk, red wine vinegar, oak, hint of lemon

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry, puckering

O-nice sour red ale, cherries and sour balance nicely

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:55:08 | More by MDDMD
Photo of thecheapies


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 Project

Long-time want. Poured it into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Dark ruby-garnet with not much light passing through. Bountiful head of three fingers' height. Not much lacing, but I think it looks tremendous for a Flanders Red.

Tart pie cherries up front, bright sourness, oaky vanilla, sour mash malts, hints of tart berry and pomegranate. Lots of critter funk, cheese, and dank mustiness behind the eye-popping acidity.

A more sour and drier Flanders Red with a lot of pie cherry tartness and a seriously acidic spine. Has that lambic cheesiness with the malt strength and acetic quality of a Flanders ale. Oaky, but not astringent. Unripe raspberry, pomegranate seed, and almost a spicy basil greenness. Lots of tart fruit and gritty funk. Puckering mouthfeel with a spicy sour finish/burn. Swishy and a carbonated appropriately. Awesome experience, overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 21:42:58 | More by thecheapies
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first time really delving into a sour ale and after hearing good things about Cascade's Kriek Ale I decided to give it a try.

Appearance: Pores a dark Cherry wood color, looking closely you can see a good amount of sediment floating around. Thick, frothy head.

Smell: Cherry! Lot's of cherry and some other floral notes that aren't too easy to pick out because of the dominant cherry smell.

Taste: Definitely a burst of sour cherries. Has a taste to that of the old school candy War Heads sour cherry mixed with a slight hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth on the palate with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: A solid brew for sure. Digging the sour style, very pleasing on the palate and looking forward to trying some more of this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 15:51:54 | More by MattyBones
Photo of lordofstarside


4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, 2012 project

Pours a very dark ruby/brown, almost burgundy with a finger of slightly tinged reddish brown foam, which receded to a frothy ring about 60 seconds after the pour. Lacing is full and thick, mild carbonation and no transparency

Could smell a shot of vinegar when I popped the cork. Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, oak, tart apple, oak, and a nice blast of funk with a bit of alcohol. Very sour, clears my nose and twists it around

Taste is with the nose pretty well, big upfront shot of sour cherry followed by some tart apple and grape vinegar notes. Finishes with nice woody oak and a faint sweet malty funk and a touch of booze. Comes together well

Feel is impressively highly sour, right on the same level as Supplication, Oude Tart, and La Folie. Booze is concealed pretty well, pretty smooth on the way down. mouthgasm

Overall an incredible beer, another solid offering from Cascade. Not for the faint of heart

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 01:54:51 | More by lordofstarside
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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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