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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

923 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 923
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 238
Gots: 278 | FT: 29
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 Sammy
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottling.

Pours a dark copper red with a thin white head.

Nose is cherry lactic-smells like sour red cherries and is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and full, with a light and "elegant" carbonation.

Flavors are a bit subdued, perhaps it's the extra year (2008 bottle tasted). Flavors are very well integrated and the beer is well balanced; sour cherries, some fruit and with a lactic flavor and finish.

Lightly sour and pleasant. Very drinkable and elegant, although could be more sour and flavors could be a bit brighter for my personal taste.

Photo of metter98
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

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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!

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

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

'08 vintage. Clearish ruby-amber appearance with a short-lived off-white head. Massive sweet-tart cherry aroma, like a slice of freshly baked cherry pie. Very faint funk and oak beneath that, this one is more about the fruit. Similar on the palate; intensely fruity with mild sourness and tannins. Dry, tart mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. Like Cascade's apricot ale, the kriek has an expressive fruit character but very restrained acidity and sourness. People expecting a palate-lacerating wild ale will be disappointed, but Cascade done a good job with making fruit-forward beers that aren't cloying.

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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