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Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Kriek AleCascade Kriek Ale

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734 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 734
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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Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle from Boston town. A well done Flanders Red, sourish with good cherry taste, always well malted. Good to share, as even a third of the bottle is a bunch of sourness. Dark reddish colour and spider lacey Above average mouthfeel. Good nose. A tad funky sweaty taste in there.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 21:34:36 | More by Sammy
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing this one while waiting in line for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries, vinegar aromas, and a nice level of funk. Taste is very much the same with an acidic quality in the aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 20:49:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Bottling. Dark scarlet with maraschino cherry and orange peel accents. The golden ecru colored crown is somewhat crackly, lasts mere minutes, and isn't sticky enough to leave even one shred of lace. The beer itself looks good, but that's the extent of it.

The nose is as expected: tart and tangy with loads of cherries and a large splash of fruit vinegar. My salivary glands are already being tweaked and the beer hasn't even come in contact with my taste buds yet. It's a bit oaky too, which adds olfactory interest.

Cascade Kriek is enjoyable beer if you like Flanders reds. I don't have enough experience with them to tell instantly where this one fits into the style spectrum, but I do know that it isn't even close to being as good as Rodenbach Grand Cru and Panil Barriquee.

Sour lovers will find plenty to like because this sucker is tremendously tart. There's an undercurrent of sweetness that works pretty well in a yin-and-yang, pleasant contrast sense. The flavors are limited to sour cherries, red wine vinegar and oak, but then most beer of this style isn't as deep or as complex as a well-brewed Russian Imperial stout.

It's hard to know the proper way to judge the mouthfeel. There's that limited experience thing again. It could be more full and creamy for the ABV (8.1%) and the bubbles could be softer and smoother. Still, not bad.

Cascade Kriek Ale is not as good as the only other Raccoon Lodge and Brewpub/Cascade Brewing beer that I've had to date (Cascade Sang Royal). It's well worth the purchase price, though, for those of you who can't get enough of sour cherry beer. Pucker up!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 21:25:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2007 bottle

The pour was wonderful, deep and dark red in color with a light tan head that came up to a height of around two inches before settling back down and leaving tons of lace all over the sides and bottom of the glass while never really falling much below the one inch level. The aroma was lightly tart, sour cherries, hints of earthy and spicy notes and even a touch of what seemed like brown sugar or something along those lines. Really very well done and quite complex. The flavor was a little less tart then what I would have liked but I have to admit was still done very well. Rich and full, it was never flat or boring and I have to admit I found myself returning back to it time and again for another go round.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:16:01 | More by mikesgroove
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottling

A: The pour is a hazy dark brown with plenty of read highlights and a thin light red head.

S: A really interesting and earthy bouquet with plenty of oak cherries. There's a definite tartness to the nose as well.

T: The flavor is similar to the nose but a little more complex and interesting. In addition to the oak and earthiness there's also some chocolate, tobacco, and perhaps leather with some nice cherry and tart flavors as well.

M: The body is medium with a fairly full level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: I'd heard mixed reviews of this beer, but found it to be very enjoyable. I'd be happy to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 03:45:51 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy chestnut with garnet highlights, a massive head with great retention and lacing; the bottle spews foam until half empty

Smell: Tart and sweet cherry with bready undertones

Taste: Opens with lots of fruit and becomes increasingly tart and slightly funky by mid-palate, with a chocolate angle; after the swallow, the oak becomes more apparent and, along with a burst of sour flavors, joins the cherry and chocolate (and vanilla) flavors that persist to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Better than the blackberry, I just love the way this brewer combines the American fruit with the Belgian funk; kudos

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 00:53:51 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a murky red color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sour cherries with some lightly sweet notes and some tannin and oak notes are also discernible. Taste is a very well balance mix between some tart notes, sour cherries with underlying sweetness and some light tannin and oak notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done and wouldn't pale in comparison of some good Belgian fruit lambic.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:00:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 2009 vintage.

Pours a moderate amber-ruby color with a bit of an off white head and some lacing. Nose brings cherry, cherry, and cherry. Also some green apples and light oak notes. The taste is dark and bright cherries with a really nice sourness level and a bit of funk. The feel is quite good, with some puckering lactic sourness and a tiny bit of acetic character. Drinks quite well and is another solid hit from them.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 15:49:35 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is somewhat sour and has notes of cherries in the flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and sour, but the sourness isn't overpowering and is balanced off by the flavors of cherries.

Note: 2012 vintage, 7.2% abv

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 22:15:29 | More by metter98
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, garnet-hued body with a thin, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Fine aroma smelling of pound cake, slight oaky notes, and simply teeming with cherry goodness.

Taste: Plenty of juicy cherry flavor with a light flourish of acidity and a thin vein of sweetness. Handful of cake crumbs. Delicate oaken character throughout. Long, fruity finish with a faint hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite nice! Pleasantly fruity and all kinds of refreshing. I certainly enjoyed this one more than I thought I would.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 01:37:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to EehaiCJ for sharing this one, finally found my notes.

Frothy pour, with some nested larger bubbles on the surface. Murky, rusty orange scarlet color. Some spotty lace inside the glass. Mild berry nose, cherry candy, too clean with very little funk present. Clean and dry tartness, lactobacillius, seedy cherry pit, stonefruit essence. Very effervescent. Dry with a clean finish that disappears quickly. Tartness is maybe a 4/10 scale. Refreshing fruit beer that is nice in warm weather. Not a lambic in the traditional sense, but it was enjoyable regardless. Thanks again Chris!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 06:02:13 | More by emerge077
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 16:04:18 | More by drabmuh
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 03:04:43 | More by Mora2000
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Edition - sampled on 1-30-11

A - Poured out a clear burgundy color with hints of ruby. It had a small, off-white head of foam that left minimal lace.

S - Mostly dark cherry aroma with some oak notes.

T - Delicious sour cherry flavor with mild bourbon and vanilla to mellow out the tart bite.

M - Made me pucker a little with a sharp bite. Medium bodied and very dry.

D - Thanks to drfabulous for another great cellar share! This is a very good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 21:36:02 | More by zeff80
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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

I love most of the Cascade beers, but this is probably my least favorite.

Pours a light fizzy head with reddish maroon color.

Nose has cherry, sweet cherry syrupy almost, syrupy, tart cherry, a light sour acidic aroma.

Taste brings more tart cherry flavors, sweet malts, syrupy, a bit sour but not heavy, hint of tangy flavors and acidic. Finishes sticky and sweet with some lingering tart sour cherry flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carbonation, bit sticky and syrupy.

Overall not bad, my least favorite Cascade but still decent beer, nice tart cherry flavors, not a whole lot going on though.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 16:21:49 | More by jlindros
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
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
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 02:47:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

I've passed up the chance to try this beer on numerous occasions, figuring that one day I would be on the west coast and would have a chance to try it. Ladies and gentlemen, that day has finally come.

I can say wholeheartedly and without reservation that, yes indeedy, this is a Flanders Red Ale. Gets better as it warms up with the nose and tart flavor profile gradually stepping up a notch. The lacto is present and noticeable, but thankfully it does not hijack the whole ride and merely accents on the back side. This is quite nice, quite nice. A really well done production that pulls off a difficult style. Long live the American brewer. I look forward to trying more of the wild ales, sours, and the like from Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 05:31:01 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 mL bottle, 2009 Edition,

A: Pours a dark cherry red with a mild white head, no lacing.

S: Pie cherries - notes of sweetness, but dominated by the acid/Flanders Red type notes.

T: The cherries are evident but very well integrated with the base beer. Bing cherry jam with a lot of Flanders acid.

M: Moderate to high acidity, robust full mouthfeel with a great carbonation/acid play.

D: This another outstanding sour from Cascade, just really well made.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 02:53:59 | More by Halcyondays
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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
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/11/12 notes. 2009 vintage had at the Cascade Tasting. Have had the 2009 and 2010 vintages a few times now but never reviewed it. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vinegar, sour fruits, tart cherries, acedic, and earthy notes. Ton of vinegar, little too much for me.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, sour dark fruits, vinegar, oak, acedic, earthy notes, wood. More sour dark fruits in the taste, a definite step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic body.

o - Overall a good beer, but not quite as good as their other sour offerings. It's crazy how different the '09 and '10 can be; I've tried them side by side at multiple BA festivals. Definitely worth checking out and something I'd certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:07:50 | More by mdfb79
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"2011 project". 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap/cage over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'm really in the mood for a Kriek. 7.62% according to my bottle.

Served a bit warmer than straight-from-the-fridge cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork yields a satisfying pop upon removal. No issues with surging or anything like that.

A: Pours a two finger khaki head with tinges of pink. Decent cream and thickness. Respectable retention for the somewhat high ABV relative to the style. No lacing. Body colour is a rich dark ruby red. Nontransparent; non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Suits the style, though it'd be more attractive if it were brighter.

Sm: Sour cherry, oak, rich malts, bacterial yeast notes, and acidic fruit skin. Nutmeg/subtle spicing. Pie crust when I look for it. An above average strength aroma.

T: Nicely acidic sour cherry and cherry skins are dominant. That's tasty. Good tartness - a must in any good kriek. Foundation is unobtrusive and supportive of the main notes. Oak is present as an understone. The tart sour bite puckers the palate right on the climax, then bleeds through the acidic almost wine-like finish. The balance is a bit compromised by the biscuity sweetness in the late second act, but the beer remains delicious. Any spicing is subtle and largely drowned out by the sour cherry notes. Wow that's good. I get fruit and heavy sourness. Bacterial yeast is somewhat restrained. Hints of pie crust if you really search past the tart cherry - but it's difficult because the cherry zing is so affronting. This is exactly what I was looking for. Well layered and brilliantly executed. Some bready grains come through more as it warms. The cherry is just full and delectable.

Mf: Smack-your-lips luscious and crisp. Smooth and wet. Near perfect presence on the palate. Ideal carbonation. Complements the flavours brilliantly.

Dr: Incredibly sour and tart - exactly what I want and hope for in a Kriek. This is a delightful sour, and I imagine some might criticize it for being too sour - but me? I love it. Highly recommended; I'll definitely be picking up more of this treat in the future. Might get better with age, but I doubt it would last long if it was in my vicinity. I'm very excited to try more from Cascade. This is one hell of a kriek. In spite of its sourness, it's incredibly drinkable.

High A-

Would pair brilliantly with an acidic salad.

Recommended for aging up to 3 years if you have the willpower.

I enjoyed it cold, but it did get a bit better as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 05:15:19 | More by kojevergas
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 08:31:43 | More by corby112
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Smoked. Poured into a couple of snifters, this brew appears a hazed ruby coloring with orange around the edges. A creamy white head appears and fades fairly fast holding around the edge with a film. Spotty lacing effect sticks to the glass. A swirl brings out a tan cap that again quickly fades.

The smell of this brew is tannic and oaky with bretty leather notes mingled with lots of quality cherry scents that is very much natural smelling. The cherry scent evolves from sour to pitted and earthy and back again to sweet and sour. I love a kriek that smells fresh and not medicinal, well done. As it warms, some vanilla notes come forward smelling more sweet and nearly candied.

The taste is tangy with a huge lactic acidity with plenty of cherry flavoring, mostly pitted. The sourness pierces the tongue to a point where it almost gets uncomfortable. Did someone pour battery acid in this or am I loosing my edge? Amazing salivation factor here. The aftertaste gets a bit herbal and grassy which is a nice change of pace. Overall this is a very sour brew that is very clean and well done with nothing off-putting about it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a fizzy level of carbonation. Very tangy and pleasantly sour. It seemingly strips the moisture from your tongue which urges you to drink more. There is hardly any alcohol inclusion and this certainly ranks up there with one of the more sour things I have had recently.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 17:45:22 | More by stakem
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml split with my friend Ricardo at the Rose & Crown. From a 2010 Vintage, on to the beer:

Its red violet color are nice to look at, but it doesn't form much of a head or lace around the glass. The nose says cherry powder and some tartness. What makes this beer great in its taste is the balance of its characteristics; it's got cherry but not too much. It's got pucker but not too much. It's got some vinegar, but not too much. It's got tart, but not too much. Round it up and you've got one more outstanding beer to come from the doors of Cascade Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 05:25:27 | More by DoubleJ
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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
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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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