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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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274 Reviews
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Reviews: 274
Hads: 1,032
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 249
Gots: 310 | FT: 37
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

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Reviews: 274 | Hads: 1,032
Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of aglose45
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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...

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of ChrisPro
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.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of jrallen34
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage consumed at our Cascade tasting on 12/11/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears crimson with a creamy beige head.

The nose is of ripe, vibrant, and succulent cherries. There's no funk and there's just a touch of tartness. Lactic character and wood are noticeable, and sweetness is at a low level. Beautiful cherry aroma.

The taste, too, is focused on cherries. They're slightly sweet and lightly tart with a dash of unripe cherry skins. Wood notes are faint in the background, and acetic character is at an upper low level. With no Brettanomyces, and with Lactobacillus as the only bacteria, the sourness is clean and there's no funk to speak of. The resulting flavor is pretty straight forward, but the quality of the fruit makes this immensely enjoyable.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. The cherries on this bottle make me think of Pacman.

Thin, red-tinted head over a burgundy body. Skim swirl retention with some lacey blobs. Aroma is of cherries, funk, and oak. My friend says it smells like moldy cheese but I'll stick with "funk."

Tart and crisp with and airy freshness. Cherries, of course, and some nutmeg/clove spice. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Wow, the Northwest seems to be booming with Belgian-inspired beers. This one has more head retention than expected and decent clarity in the chestnut-colored brew. Such a wonderful aroma of fresh cherries and a faint tartness with suggestions of nutmeg and baked pie crust. Think cherry pie. The unsurpassed smoothness feigns a bigger body for a second. Lots of cherry flavor up front with an ample tartness and deserving sweetness, hints of oak and bready grain are noticeable. Hops are laidback. The lactic twang is there but not overpowering at all. Very faint char from the barrel, or is it the grain?

Yet another American brewer that gets it when it comes to Belgian beer. You have to wonder what a few years of cellaring will do to this beer. Either way, its good while it lasts. Seek this one out.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08 vintage corked and caged.

pours a dark cherry color.

Aroma lets you know it's going to be awesomely sour with tart cherry and vinous oaky notes.

Quite acidic cherry with a light refreshing mouthfeel. A real treat, I could drink alot of this despite the 8%. Wish I had some, this truely is one of the best kriek's out there.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Pours a dark, hazy cranberry with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has lots of ripe cherries, red wine, oak, barnyard funk and Brett.

Taste has fresh cherries, cabernet grapes, wood, musty funk and sour berries.

Medium body has a delicate carbonation. Nice acidic finish. Great Flanders Red from Cascade.

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Photo of Docer
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just snagged a bottle up at The BeerMongers recently...

- Nice fluffy and bubbly reddish mocha head... clear red/brown... cherry coke-like color... interesting tones...

- Pleasant sour oak woodiness... a lot more wood in this than others.... creates a thick scent, with embedded cherries... sweet honey, and tart apples....

- Oh man... this stuff is tart in the final flavor... cherry coke-like up front... and smooth sailing apple cidar with a pleasant creamer approach.... very hard to explain, but it is very light... and packs a great robust oaky cherry taste...

- Not at all dry, nor chewy... just tart and palate watering...

- Another fantastic sour from Cascade... this one is a big drinkable among the others... much like the Apricot, but even better in drinkablility. Doesn't touch the Sang Royal though...

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Photo of BenZ
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All kinds of funk and nice and tart. It's not as sour as RGC, but still great! Highly carbonated. The cherry is there, but not overwhelming - perfect, IMO. The aroma is unbelievably complex. I love the cheesy/cherry taste! If you want tear-bringing sourness, look elsewhere. This is not a "fruit beer" this is a beer with some fruit.

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Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.