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Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Kriek AleCascade Kriek Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

732 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
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."

Note:
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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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 18:27:22 | More by taylorhamrick
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 02:06:52 | More by ShadesOfGray
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 01:13:54 | More by pmlondrigan
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Gtreid

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle shared by urwithdave during the 110k #3 release. Thanks man!

A: Robust reddish, brownish, pink. The pour dropped a quarter of fluffy off white head that left behind great lace.

A: Sour fruit all the way. Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, insert color berries, and cherries. Great notes of lacto and funk.

T: More of the same sour fruit. But it is backed up by a honey like sweetness. The berries shine and there is a very nice earthy hop presence.

M: Light to medium body, aggresive carbonation give it a tingely mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is through the roof, I would have no problem finishing this brew myself. Overall, my 5 or so ounce pour wasn't nearly enough. For me, this and the barrel aged blackbeerd were the stars of the night. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 21:04:36 | More by Gtreid
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure I would have stuck this in the Flanders red category; also I prefer the apricot version which is a bit more sour/tart

Appearance: Pours an opaque pink-cherry red with a large, soft pink head

Smell: (sour) cherry pie with some faint oak

Taste: Tons of cherries; I am a bit disappointed they went with a cherry blend instead of 100% tart cherries, that kills this one for me personally. It is still good, but it could have been great (like their apricot offering). A bit sweeter/softer than I would have liked (I think this is more taste than actual sugar).

Mouthfeel: Big and full, feels sweet without tasting too sweet.

Drinkability: High; this is a good beer, but I can't help but think it could have been better after having the apricot offering first. This brewery is / should be the next big thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 04:40:48 | More by craytonic
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Tiklmelmo

Pennsylvania

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

Pretty sure this is the 2009 vintage. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Cloudy, translucent, nearly opaque burgundy color with nearly 2 inches of beige head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Lots of sour cherries in the nose, with some hints of brown sugar.

T - Bright, sparkling cherry with just the right amount of tartness. Calling it "sour" would be a stretch. Nicely balanced beer.

M - Definitely lighter bodied than I was expecting. Probably a hair on the thin side for me. Dry and sparkling, but not overly carbonated. If this had a tiny bit more body it would be at least a 4.5

D - Crisp and refreshing. Highly drinkable and approachable flanders red. Would definitely recommend this to someone as an intro to the style.

Overall, a very drinkable and tasty beer. However, it's a bit lacking in complexity, and could use a hair more body. However, if this was readily available to me, and a hair cheaper, I would drink it often.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 00:11:07 | More by Tiklmelmo
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Mora2000

Texas

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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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

750ml bottle thanks to SincereNC. I split this with a couple friends and it was pretty good. Dark and cloudy red with a sour cherry aroma to it. The flavor was acidic and sour and also had interesting cherry flavors which balanced out the beer nicely. The alcohol was well restrained and I would definitely buy this again if it were not so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 22:28:06 | More by ArrogantB
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Halcyondays

California

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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beertunes

Washington

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
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to kmurray8621 for this one. Shared with schen9303. 2008 vintage poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter.

A: Moderate pour yields a 1 finger off-white coarse head that evaporates as quickly as it forms. Beer is a murky reddish-brown. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Vinegar, wood, funk, earth, and BIG BOLD SWEET CHERRIES. I've never actually smelt a flanders with actual fruit in the nose but this is really amazing and adds a whole new experience to this brew.

T: Vinegar sourness lasts throughout and makes me think I'm gonna need some heartburn medication afterwards. Cherries come in towards the middle and give this one a totally new dimension as it does in the nose. Fruitiness clashes well with the tartness presented. Wood and earthiness forms the background from which the other flavors stand out. Finish is messy with a slight lingering sourness.

M: Light to medium bodied, carbonated, and very lively on the tongue. This one tickles the through and agitates the palate to allow all the flavors to be realized. Very dry and with a messy finish that leaves a slight stain on the palate.

D: Probably one of, if not the best beer I've had in its style, this one is truly different from its peers for the amout of fruit present in both the nose and taste. Cherries are unmistakable here and creates a beer that isn't just tart and sour. Simply fantastic and I'm grateful to have had a chance to try it!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 03:09:19 | More by SpeedwayJim
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aglose45

Pennsylvania

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

2008 - A big thanks to krisandajt for this bottle in a trade!

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a pillowy ivory head, with a pinkish hue, that subsided quite quickly. However, there is a thin layer of head that remains throughout the majority of the beer.

S: The nose starts off with a hint of currants, then moves to sweet cherries and finally that delicious-smelling sour cherry I was hoping for.

T: The initial flavor is of sour cherries and funk. Right after the sour/funk is a sweet flavor balancing it out. The sweetness consists of sweet cherries, followed up by a quick hint of currants, the finishes with a lasting sweet cherry flavor. There is also a very light, and short lived, hint of vinegar at mid-palate. As the beer warmed there was a vinous quality that stood out as well. Also, some oaky dryness on the finish. Quite delicious.

M: Nice and smooth, medium carbonation, and dry. The alcohol is hidden wonderfully.

D: This is a delicious and easy drinking Kriek, and I wish this wasn't my only bottle...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 02:29:45 | More by aglose45
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pinkish-crimson hue, I guess, with a pink-tan head (its dark in here). The brew is sticky and bubbly, with decent head retention, but not much in the way of lace. Oh well.

S - Cherries dominate the aroma, but earthy oak tones, vanilla, Band-Aid and musty-vinegar-lactic punctuate the nose as well. A beguiling olfactory treat.

T - The taste is great; sour, musty, lactic, vinegar, vanilla, wood, and tart cherry. Initially the sourness and lactic wooden mustiness are quite apparent, along with some sweetness. As it progresses, the cherry becomes more pronounced and the percieved sweetness subsides. Quite delicious, and quite dynamic.

M - Well-carbonated and slightly dry on the finish, 'til it vanishes totally clean, leaving nothing but the mouth-watering desire for more.

D - This is a very delicious beer. Perhaps the best of the Cascade sours, despite its wide availability.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 05:57:52 | More by ktrillionaire
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 750 mL bottle shared at the Rosso e Marrone batch 2 release.

Pours a solid hazy amber with fluffy cream head. Beautiful aroma of lemon, raisin and cherry. Touch of honey on the tongue and then an amazing cherry tartness. Incredible balance of sweet fruit flavor with a good sourness. Good carb on this one, unlike a couple other Cascades which are a bit lively.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 02:35:31 | More by ChrisPro
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urwithdave

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hunahpu release(taking from notes). Poured into a CCB snifter.

A- Pours a ruby brownish color. 3/4'' of a pinkish head. Head dies down quickly and a decent amount of lacing is left behind. Nice and bubbly!

S- A mixture of cherries and oak. Maybe a slight lemon zest?

T- I'm getting the cherries and the oak that the aroma would suggest. Not sure where I'm smelling the zest from because I'm not getting any lemon at all. The tartness is just perfectly balanced with a hint of sweetness. I love this brew! It is easily one of my favorites.

M- medium bodied with spot on carbonation. A nice puckering finish.

D- I would love to have it again. I'm sure I could polish off a few of these without any problems at all. I'm glad to see that raccoon lodge will ship to FL.

Edited after my second offering! Secured a bottle via trade.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 06:16:27 | More by urwithdave
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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

750 mL bottle, 2008 vintage, 2nd in our Cascade testing.

Murky blood red color with a pinkish off white head that fades to a thick ring of bubbles and little lacing. Aroma is mildly tart and acidic, faint fresh cherries, a little funk. Medium body with soft carbonation, not overly acidic or vinegary, finish is pleasant earthy funk with real, ripe cherries. Not a traditional Kriek; has a more restrained cherry sweetness with an effervescent body with mild funk and tart finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 00:55:22 | More by yourefragile
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augustgarage

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Poured from a caged and corked 750mL bottle into my White Birch tulip/flute.

High clarity reminds me something of a zinfandel or a rosé. Sangria body with brilliant rosso corsa and lava highlights. A small dense finger of blond foam persists. Rich dense lacing leaves cut-outs of glassy shimmering boulders in between the sections of bubbles.

Very tart aromatics with a slight emphasis on the Lacto, though the fruit isn't far behind with hints of maraschino liqueur, a light red wine vinegar, and a faint candy sweetness.

Bracing (though not BITING) tartness envelops the tongue, invigorating the senses. The sweet, sour, and slightly earthy flavors from the cherries meld beautifully with the slight funk of the bacteria. Mid-palate you can detect a pleasant touch of malt as well. A few more esters come out in the finish as the alcohol ramps up a bit, suggesting berries, currants, and wine grapes. The oak concludes the profile adding a pleasant woody tannic quality, drying things out while contributing additional flavor and complexity.

Medium-bodied, effervescent, vaguely suggestive of a high-end wine spritzer, yet creamy with very mild astringency (from the oak) and warmth as well, as if to shrug off any intimation that this isn't a sophisticated (albeit appropriately rustic) beverage.

I'd been waiting to try something from this brewery for ages, and am very happy to have cracked this open - my expectations were easily met if not exceeded. This is a superior domestic version of the style and I find myself on the edge of rating it higher, but it strikes me as just a tiny bit too simplistic compared to the very best examples.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 04:21:34 | More by augustgarage
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Bottle indicates 6.6% which the site indicates is a 2007 vintage.
I have had this for a while. So that makes sense.

Upon pouring a lightly pink/tank head forms in my tulip glass. Very active bubbles all which vanish in moments. You are left with a beautiful tan/ruby colored beer with perfect clarity. No lacing to speak of.

Lighter cherry aroma than I imagined. Some light oak comes across more than anticipated.

Wow, I really like this. Flanders Ales are becoming a sneaky favorite of mine. This shows some wonderful balance between the light malt, light cherry and oak notes. All meld to develop an excellent and complex flavor. Certainly some tartness, but not over the top. A slight bready flavor comes through. Its there for just a moment and then vanishes behind the tart cherry finish. I think you are left to contemplate oak notes in the aftertaste.

Champagne like body. Light, bubbly, delicate.

Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 01:10:56 | More by Reagan1984
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottling that Mike was kind enough to pick up for me from Julio's for $15 or so. Thanks, Mike!

The pour is ruby and quite brilliantly clear. Capped by a dense, light brown head that recedes to a disk, the high level of carbonation makes for one good looking beer. Lacing is minimal, as expected

The nose is bright, vibrant cherries, with a definite oak presence, vanilla and oak being apparent. Acidity is mostly fruit derived, the acetic character is practically non-existent. A mild, fruity sweetness is present as well, along with some brown sugar and cocoa. Thoroughly enjoyable stuff.

The palate opens with a big, fruity, cherry bite, a blend of ripe fruit flavor and big, fruity acidity. That this beer was fermented with lactobacillus is made obvious by the lack of other funky flavors, there's no barnyard character, the classic, aggressive pediococcus sourness or the acetic character from acetobacter. Oak appears mid-palate with the vanilla working well with the malt backbone that has brown sugar. However, there is a mellow, fruity funk with the finish having a particular, acidic sharpness, probably all cherry-derived? Tannins appear on the finish, working well with the fruit character. I'm a little ambivalent about the high carbonation, but it does reduce the tannic edge and make the beer quenching in a way that works very well with the clean, lactic character. Light in body, this beer is refreshing and very drinkable. Warming it up brings out the fruity acidity even more, it's actually quite wonderful.

The alcoholic in me has figured out that for the price of one Red Poppy, I get thrice as much alcohol in this beer, and while it's not a fair comparison, it's a beer I'd gladly consume much more frequently. In some ways, the explosive fruit character brings to mind a fresher Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 02:25:50 | More by DefenCorps
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womencantsail

California

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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jrallen34

Illinois

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
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ibbjamin

California

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 05:10:01 | More by ibbjamin
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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

A-Reddish copper with a thin tan head that reduced to a spotty veil and left spotty lace.

S-Light Bing Cherries a touch of oak and some sweetness. Not overly aromatic.

T-Good sour zip initially with complimenting blast of cherry and then a dry, oak finish.

M-Medium-light bodied, fairly tart and crisp with a semi-dry finish.

D-Good--not a crazy sour brew--but solid. Nice tartness and a very real Bing Cherry flavour. Quite nice but it didn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 11:55:53 | More by Deuane
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter
Ordered directly from the brewery.

Bottle reads 2008 bottling.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy auburn color with some dark cherry tints. Two fingers of head sit on top of the beer, but it disappears quickly. Upon opening the bottle there was a nice pop; the carbonation wanted out. A few swirls in the snifter doesn't produce any lace. Just a nice clean glass with a mouth drooling beer sitting inside.

Smell: The nose smells nice and lactic. A small dash of vinegar, sour cherry skin, and a little bit of vanilla make up the nose. Wonderful.

Taste: As the beer goes across the palate my tongue starts to squirm. No, it's not a bad thing. The acid is just making me pucker a bit, but it's definitely not out of line. In fact, there's enough room for some more souring in here. The flavor that's presented is similar to the nose: a little acid, a healthy portion of cherries, a drop of vanilla, and once my mouth becomes more oxidated once the beer leaves my mouth there are some oak flavors shining through.

Mouthfeel: When the beer first splashes across the palate it feels like the feel is completely spot on. Although once the carbonation dies down and the beer slides down the back of the throat it does get quite on the thin side. The beer could use just a little more body to it.

Drinkability: A wonderful flavor and an even better nose. This is a great beer. I think the beer could have used just a little more malt on the backbone to raise the body, although I personally wouldn't want any more malt flavor in it. The alcohol didn't show itself during a single sip of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 03:09:04 | More by Ek0nomik
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Poured into Southern Tier tulip

Pours 1/4 finger of off white head. Good retention leaving some splattered lace. Color is a hazed cherry hued dark raspberry red. Pretty nice looking beer.

Aroma: oak, dark cherries, some vinegar. Kind of sour, but not a lot of flavors here.

Taste: Sour cherries, some very light funk, light oak flavors. It is good, but there is not a lot of flavors going on with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, light sourness an light tartness. The bodied is light with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends slightly dry.

Overall, this beer wasn't as sour/good as I was expecting it to be. Not to the style as I wanted it to be. Good, but just not great because it lacks flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 17:52:27 | More by mothman
Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 732 ratings.