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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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280 Reviews
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Reviews: 280
Hads: 1,047
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 252
Gots: 312 | FT: 38
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.

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
Kriek 2014 = 8.2% ABV

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.
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Reviews: 280 | Hads: 1,047
Photo of TCgoalie
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TCHopCraver, BuckyFresh, and zoso1967 (the supplier of this rare treat) for the tasting party that included this brew. 8/21/10

Kriek 2009 7.3%

The pour yields a reddish brown fluid with a wonderful head. Upon the reduction of head, lacing residue collects on the side of the glass. The head retention is super.

Melon, cherries, spice, lemon, and apple combine to make a rather unique scent.

My first impressions of this drink show flavors of crisp apple sourness mixed with melon. I would guess this is more apple than cherry. The sour character reminds me of a crybaby sour candy which takes away from what is building in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is light in the mouth with some drying. The saliva created from the sourness certainly helps replenish the saliva that is lost.

This is almost too sour and not very cherry...but it is good. Definitely fun in the mouth and worth the wow factor.

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Photo of younger35
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew from jmu500 for absolutely no reason at all and also a bottle from my main man Gibby. Dude is just super generous and sent me some great beers to share with friends. Super awesome. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours an aggressively crimson red with a small dark tan head that quickly fizzles away. Leaves a thin collar with almost no cap and no lacing.
Smell- Extremely pungent and tannic with a dark pithy cherry thing. The cherry pie aspect is strong as is the extremely sour twang in my nose. Almost balsamic vinegar like at times in the nose. There is a nice, almost excessive funk in the nose that really cuts through the fruit. Cheese and horse blanket run rampant but in the end the fruit wins.
Taste- Starts with a sharp acidic bite that is tart and fruity and delicious. The beer is full of cherry goodness from start to finish. Sour yes, but not overly so. The lactic bite is nice and honestly is at a perfect level. Not too sour, not too weak. Sort of pithy and tannic with a bit of a rhubarb and even something apple like. The barrel influence is fairly weak but a teeny tiny bit of vanilla lingers in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Nice body for a Lambic with a sharp bright bite of carbonation.
Drinkability- Really nice beer. The cherry is nice and evident and a bit fruitier than I'm used to in Wild Ales. Usually in these American Lambics the vanilla and oak are more evident than the brews across the pond. This one is a bit different as the wood is subdued and the beer is slightly more sour. Great stuff here, thanks much!!

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Photo of zoso1967
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown amber with a light tan and sticky head that leaves very nice lace. The aroma is slightly funky and tart, but with decent dose of sweetness as well. Alcohol is also present in the nose. I personally don't pick up a huge cherry aroma. It is fruity for sure, but reminds me more of apple or pear. The taste is puckeringly sour. It's a sour patch kid like acidic tartness, and is not really all that funky or musty. Much like the nose, there does not seem to be any real cherry like flavors, and it is just generically fruity and quite sugary from the malt bill. It tastes good, but on the other hand I wish that there was more going on than just an enjoyable sourfest in my mouth. As the beer warms I am able to pick out some nice woody tannins, but they are buried pretty far in the background. The mouthfeel is medium and very dry, but does not get too sticky and it is quite refreshing. It is a fairly drinkable beer, and the ABV is well hidden, except for in the nose. I just can't help thinking that overall this beer is lacking something that could take it to the next level.

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Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
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...

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Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, shared, served in Chimay chalices. 2009 vintage.

A - poured with about half an inch of loose and creamy barely pink colored foam, which quickly fell to to a thin film and accompanying ring. the beer is cloudy, light ruby in color.

S - tart and lightly sour cherries...not so much as fresh but more syrupy or cherry preserves. other notes of sweet oak and a slightly vinegar acidity. my buddy described it as semlling like cherry poptarts, which was about spot on.

T - quick and sharp bite of tart cherries (coming across a bit fresher than the nose), vanilla, oak...some lactic pucker to it as well. very nicely balanced between sweet, fruity, sour, and tart. this one could go any way with some time to develop.

M - medium slightly creamy body, average cleansing and prickly carbonation. finishes a bit dry with lingering sweetness.

D - liked it. great balance, tasty, and pretty refreshing. alcohol is dangerously hidden for +7%. no problem curing the sour-craving.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this 2009 vintage bottle to go from the Gingerman in Manhattan, something like $19. Now drinking it at home. After popping the cork there was a slow but persistent gush, maybe I should have chilled it a little first. The beer is murky with a changing hue like a Tequila Sunrise but with different colors (ruby red merging to brown). The light tan foam laces nicely onto half of the surface that it touches.

You can really smell the cherries in this beer, tart and sour as cherries can be. Not far off from Red Poppy in terms of aroma, based on a 2008 version I had last week. The acidity is definitely strong in the flavor, this is bracingly sour in a masochistically enjoyable way, not as sour as Cantillon kriek (stiff competition) but that means it has more room for hints of sweetness to come through.

Drinkable and tasty, at least if you like your beers sour. Lately this style has been the hot thing in craft beer and it now seems that I've gotta keep an eye out for other beers from Raccoon Lodge.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage into Leffe wine glass at 45 degrees.

1F of creamy beige head over an opaque orange/brown body. Permafilm throughout. Touch of lacing. Chunks of yeast on the last half.

Aromas lead off with vinegar and rubber, then oak, dark fruits, and a cherry pie-like sweetness comes through as it warmed.

Sour cherries, white wine vinegar, wood, and a bucket full of gym sneakers. Big funk on this one.

Mouthfeel is pretty puckering but also prickly on the palate - decent carbonation to counter the tart qualities.

Drinkability is nice, but a filling beer overall.

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Photo of kfsv034
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy ruby red with a slight brownish hue and a milky head that dissipates quickly

S vinegar, sour cherries, wood, other dark fruits

T - follows the noise sour cherries, vinegar, oak is more prominent and some vanilla

M - medium bodied, little bubbly

D - very good at only 7.3% could def enjoy a few of these

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Photo of hawks10
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter...

Pours a cloudy dark red/brown with a little bit of very light pink head...

Tart, milky sourness, cherries mixed with vinegar. Decent amount of oak, vanilla and mustiness...

Tart, cherries and other dark fruits, very dry with a slight funk at the end...bits of oak and vanilla sweetness add some complexity...

Medium bodied with decent carbonation, astringent with a lingering dry tart feeling...

Not bad, but definitely not blown away. Shared with a friend and am glad, would not have enjoyed another 12oz of this beer...

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Photo of fragilehearted
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged, 2008 version. Thanks to Brez07 for this one in a recent BIF. Cork fizzed but didn't gush. Poured into a snifter.

A - head dissipates quickly into nothing, not even a ring. (One other person on the front page of these reviews reported this w/ this particular vintage - you're not the only one!) No lacing. Hazy reddish-brown, on par for the course.

S - smells just like cherry pie filling upfront, but more sour. Hints of other fruits. A little vinegar & oak. Hints of malt & vanilla.

T - tart! Not the most sour I've had, but it does have a bite. Again, sour cherries, & you can definitely taste the oak coming through. Acidic finish. Could have been more complex. Wish I could taste more maltiness...but I do love my malts. I do have to say it smelled a bit better than it tasted, but it's still definitely good.

M - Light to medium body. Pretty carbonated, but that doesn't really bother me.

D - Best part of this beer. ABV is really well-hidden. It's pretty sour but still very drinkable. Great summer beer! Good thing I'm not going anywhere - I can already feel the ABV kicking in! Good but don't think I could drink this on a regular basis.

I'd definitely try other years of this beer as well as other beers from this brewery - definitely got me curious.

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Photo of Xul
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 version

A: Pours a murky, brownish ruby, capped by a fluffy, two finger pinkish beige head. Head settles down to bout a half finger and is propped up at that level by the effervescent body.

S: Vinegar and sour cherries up front along with a good dose of oak. Some musty funk swirls around at a moderate level along with some light green apples.

T: Opens up with moderate to strong acidity, not quite mouth puckering but getting close, before moving into oak and sour cherries. Some balance comes in late with some sweet cherries and a touch of green apple and green grapes, with hints of vanilla and caramel. However, this respite from acidity gives funk a chance to shine through and leads to a semi-sweet, fruity, lightly funked finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, has a slight creaminess near the backend but finishes dry.

D: Not overly sour with good balancing elements and no sign of the alcohol. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of mudbug
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruddy brown with a one inch fluffy reddish head.
Smells of sour cherries and wine vinegar.
Oh boy is this sour! Rhubarb lots of puckering rhubarb some wet hay funk then a drying cycle in your mouth like licking a nine volt battery. Sounds bad eh?, well it's not.
The sourness leaves you shuddering and wanting more.
Drinkability is a masochistic orgasm of flavor.
I finished the bomber, It will be awhile till my tongue heals enough, but I will do this again!

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of Casey10
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2008 that I picked up while in MA. I really liked it and thought it was really nice. t

A - 2008 bottling opened with a loud pop thin carb as the head disapears quickly tiny bubbles fizzing at the top. Darrk cherry red body.

S - Oak and cherries definate smell here comes accross as a bit pungent but nice.

M - Tart cherry feel definate puckering not as bad as some lambics not overly sweet though either.

D - Rated high as I liked this a lot and would have again I felt this did the still quite well.

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Photo of jdklks
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown/amber with a nice bubbly brown/amber head that dissipates quickly, although the bubbles are continually making their way to the top. The smell is of sour cherries, with some belgian yeastiness and lots of tart funk. could be a little stronger.

The flavor isn't as "explosive" as I was expecting it to be. What I mean is that its a little undercarbonated for the style. The cherries flavors are of sweet, ripe red cherries, and really lack the tartness I was expecting/wanting. The sourness that is apparent gives off a sweet tart flavor that seems a little artificial. Lots of bready yeastiness in the finish/aftertaste. The oakiness gives off a more robust flavor that comes out only after a few sips have already been taken. A good beer for sure, not the best though.

The body should either be thinner, or the beer should be more carbonated. This may be a tough one to get through the whole 750ml, but I think I'll make it.

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Photo of meatyard
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottling of a recently arrived brewery to Philly.

Pours a very murky, reddish brown with a 2-finger, dark tan head that quickly falls to a half cover. Lacing looks like it will happen but it's very wet and follows the head down the glass.
The smell is sour for sure and cherries it appears to be. A little bit of the oak comes through.
In the taste a strong dose of acidic tartness blasts away 1st thing. Tartness and vinegar seem to be a constant throughout. The cherries and oak show up after half-way in, in a more pronounced way than the aroma. It's almost sweet and then most definitely isn't.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, has consistent, moderate to strong carbonation throughout the bottle and finishes dry.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, you don't even realize there is alcohol in your glass. I had an almost 3 year old NB La Folie a few days ago that had similar qualities but the NB was a bit more enjoyable. I plan to get another of these to age and see how it goes. I do like this beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got at Total Wine Jax, FL

Appearance: murky chesnut brown color body with zero head retention and pured extremely fizzy

Smell: deep malt vinegar aromas, tart cherries

Taste: not as much cherry flavor picked up, dominated my sour vinegar flavors, subtle cherry pie, unblanaced compared to other flanders reds Ive had.

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Drinkability: not bad, but Ive had better in the category. aging might help this beer alot.

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Photo of phillybeer7779
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay glass. Pours a hazy red with a nice amount of head, some lacing, and a little bit of sediment. Smells pretty much of straight up cherries, very nice. The taste is of sour cherries, with some apple in there too. Nicely carbonated, very good mouthfeel, and was able to drink all 750 mls by myself. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09 caged and corked 750 split with sourbatchkid.

A- opens with a loud pop and pours a ruddy red brown with three fingers of billowy light tan head. Head settles with some time to a cm or so and a few spots of lace.

S- funky oak barrel and apple cider vinegar. Musty attic and red apple skins. Sour cherries and some other vinous like touches.

T- tart and sour up front with the oak and funk. Cherries and some other stone fruit add to the layers of sour and bring some sweetness. Granny smith apples and some apple cider and red wine vinegar.

M- medium to light in body with a nice big fluffy carb that really brings this to another level. Good pucker and it leaves the mouth watering.

D- well this is one hell of a flanders. The cherries while clearly present never over take the red ale. Super refreshing and ill be seeking out more.

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Photo of jsanford
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bottling

A - Brownish-red with no head, only a slight ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Ummm...cherries. Tart cherries and other tart berries. Bit of cinnamon, bit of funk.

T - Sour pie filling cherries, slight metallic "twang" and all. Currants, cinnamon, brown sugar. The oak adds a lot of complexity to this one, keeping it from being a "cherry bomb".

M - Medium-light bodied, extremely bubbly, extremely dry. No trace of the ABV. Tannic, not unlike an oaked red wine.

D - Very crisp and refreshing, but not something I can drink a lot of (pass the antacid please). Split with 5 people after dinner at a tapas bar, perfect as a digestif nightcap.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so Cascade Brewing kicks serious ass. This is an outstanding Kriek. 2008 Bottling

The beer has a dark ruby color with a dark brown heart. The edges are beautiful, with a nice ruby red color. A very fine carbonation and a hard pour turns into an off white fluffy head that is pretty shy.

The smell is of old stale wood, tart cherry, and a vinous character that is hard to describe.

The taste is of a nice subdued cherry with a lot of oak backing. The back end of the palate finishes dry, and this has to be because of the oak and the 'small barrels' used in this one. The cherries are still very upfront, but the oak takes this thing to a new level. It adds a complex character that backs up the cherries real well. A brown sugar sweetness is also present, and the fellow tasters all agreed that it was the base beer maturing like a champion.

The mouthfeel is sweet, tart, juicy, dry, complex. The sweetness paired with the tart cherries and dry finish, it all just holds hands in harmony. Super drinkable and delicious.


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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aquired from ipa247. 2008 Vintage. Consumed 5-10-2010, reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark red, almost brown color, with a big fluffy tan head. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Overall, a nice looking beer. In the smell, I can definitely pick up cherries, mostly dark overripe, sweet cherries. Nice and fleshy. But there is a little tarness in there. I also get a nice big whiff of gym sock. Pretty funky. The smell is pretty good. The taste, of course, starts out with cherries, and it has a bit of tartness. A nice subdued tartness, but there's enough to balance the sweetness of the fruit. The beer is not too acidic, either. The acidity is quite subdued. I can taste a little malt, and there's a slight toastiness, which is different and nice. The funkiness of the smell doesn't translate directly to the taste, but I do get some lingering funkiness, musty fruit, a little straw, and a finish that has a nice blend of sweetness and tartness. The body is medium thin, with decent carbonation. It's smooth and mellow, and the alcohol is not incredibly noticable. It's pretty good, actually a little refreshing, I'm surprised to say, and the bit of toastiness keeps it interesting, still a litle too strong and rich for another beer afterwards.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bottling: 7.3% ABV
Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into my tall Allagash chalice/snifter. Pours an iced-tea looking color, but filling the glass with a tad more maroonish color...and very murky, and fizzy bubbles throughout! A nice finger to 2 finger size creamy beige head rises and has decent retention. Lacing layers nicely, but is fizzy and slides very quickly down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is strong and delightful! Lots of tartness and sour cherries. The vinegar characterists of the Flanders are very noticable and smell great! My mouth is litterally watering as I type this!

Do not drink this at fridge temp! I started to, and then stopped...because the fridgid temps really mask the great fruit flavors, and the tartness and carbonation dominates. Once its at perfect temp for drinking, the sour cherries are light, but just enough to please. The tartness is still very strong, and dominates throughout. A slight funkiness and pretty potent acidic notes provides and awesome comparison in complexity. Light and crisp, carbonated...and very yummy!

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip and really glad to have gotten my hands on this beer. Ruby red color with slightly reddish head. Tight bubbles and a small amount of lacing around the glass. Aroma's initially of lactic sourness, big time, basement, and some faint cherry. As the beer warms more cherry aroma becomes apparent and the sour aroma calms a little. The flavor is bracingly tart, a good thing. Other flavors from the oak and malty body. Again as the beer breaths cherry beomces more pronounced. Grassy hoppiness is very faint but there. Way more kriek then sour red thats for sure. Not much risidual sweetness at all. Feels effervecent in the mouth, nicely bubbly. This beer sits on your tongue for some time. Long lasting aftertaste. Would get a higher drinkability score but its just so tart!

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.