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Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

920 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 238
Gots: 276 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass.

Dark reddish ruby in color, this could easily pass for an authentic Flanders red from Belgium if it weren't for the more excessive carbonation within - this, as well as the initial slightly off-white head, eventually die down to nothing, which gives it an appearance somewhere in between wine and a red vinaigrette of sorts. Viscous, and given the relatively low ABV, I am surprised at the results but still a little confused why this was the one to lose the most gas in terms of carbonation out of all of the other sours we tried from this brewery that day.

Smells fantastic, as all of the other Cascade beers I've had the pleasure to try have - deep notes of red fruit, spicy and toasted oak notes, as well as some earthiness and floral complexity within. Dark cherry pits and skins make up the upper half of the flavor, luckily, but it is soon followed by ripe red currants, raisins, and some prunes. Some violets, as well as white pepper, top off the fruit, followed by semi strong notes of vinegar, clove, leather, cinnamon, and baking soda from the barrel spices. Very powerful for a cherry infused Flanders red-style beer.

Whoa! This is an explosive, unbelievably complex sour. By far my favorite of the pack in terms of exploring all of the different aspects this took with the fruit, barrel spices, and choice of malts and hops. Big notes of dark cherry bits (tart, almost like kirsch) alongside under-ripe currants, raisins, and then a HUGE punch of vinegar and a combination of savory and sweet flavors at the finish. Toasted oaky notes, but nothing too lactic - rather, good amounts of cinnamon, leather, tobacco, and toffee add complexity to the fruit profile. Nicely balanced usage of caramel malts accentuate the initial flavors, and while the acetic sourness is turned up way high here, the bitterness that would have been from the hops is nowhere to be found. As a result, it's really unique not only in the interpretation of the style, but also in its overall execution. In spite of being hearty and slightly decadent, this is very drinkable and could have a whole bottle to myself.

I was baffled on how much I enjoyed this - in a sense, really, I enjoyed this in the same manner that I'm madly in love with Rioja wines, where the light-skinned Tempranillo grapes absorb a good deal of the barrel character and transform the wine into something that feels larger than it really is. This is the same situation here, only it's carbonated, it's far lower in alcohol, and it's beer. Truly an excellent achievement in the realm of cherry infused beers - I cannot recommend it enough.

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2012 Project, 7.2% abv.

It pours a cloudy reddish brown, has a small head of foam but does a good job with the lacing.

The nose is big with lots of sour cherry goodness and a strong oak presence. I could sit and sniff for quite a long time if I wanted to.

Glorious sour cherry flavour up front mixed in with a vinegar like sourness and an in the somewhat background taste what oak barrel aging brings. It is beers from Cascade like this that bring me back to their online page to order again and again.

Nice combo of carbonation and body makes it eminently mouth pleasing.

Another great brew from Cascade. Big surprise there..

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.