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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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860 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 238
Gots: 274 | 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."

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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

NOLTERN, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Davepoolesque, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of EliotRosewater
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

EliotRosewater, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of MattyBones
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first time really delving into a sour ale and after hearing good things about Cascade's Kriek Ale I decided to give it a try.

Appearance: Pores a dark Cherry wood color, looking closely you can see a good amount of sediment floating around. Thick, frothy head.

Smell: Cherry! Lot's of cherry and some other floral notes that aren't too easy to pick out because of the dominant cherry smell.

Taste: Definitely a burst of sour cherries. Has a taste to that of the old school candy War Heads sour cherry mixed with a slight hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth on the palate with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: A solid brew for sure. Digging the sour style, very pleasing on the palate and looking forward to trying some more of this style.

MattyBones, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

cnbrown313, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Josiah2729
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Josiah2729, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Braden
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Braden, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

kk73, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of sfr26
4/5  rDev -5.2%

sfr26, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of foxyaardvark27
5/5  rDev +18.5%

foxyaardvark27, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of DanE
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

DanE, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -5.2%

BillRoth, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of lordofstarside
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, 2012 project

Pours a very dark ruby/brown, almost burgundy with a finger of slightly tinged reddish brown foam, which receded to a frothy ring about 60 seconds after the pour. Lacing is full and thick, mild carbonation and no transparency

Could smell a shot of vinegar when I popped the cork. Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, oak, tart apple, oak, and a nice blast of funk with a bit of alcohol. Very sour, clears my nose and twists it around

Taste is with the nose pretty well, big upfront shot of sour cherry followed by some tart apple and grape vinegar notes. Finishes with nice woody oak and a faint sweet malty funk and a touch of booze. Comes together well

Feel is impressively highly sour, right on the same level as Supplication, Oude Tart, and La Folie. Booze is concealed pretty well, pretty smooth on the way down. mouthgasm

Overall an incredible beer, another solid offering from Cascade. Not for the faint of heart

lordofstarside, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

claspada, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jaydoc, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of dark brown 750 mL bottle with "2012 project" marked on the label. Poured into a 50 cL tulip glass from Boulevard.

Appearance - Moderately-aggressive pour yields a generous two-finger head head of khaki with a reddish twinge. It begins shrinking immediately, lasting for about 90 seconds--only as long as it took the foam to steadily disappear. Eventually settles on some spotty foam around the glass, with a rim of bubbles on the edges of the glass. The body is a deep, dark red, almost black when not being held in front of light. Garnet highlights around the edges of the glass and an overall burgundy tone. Lacing is spotty and sticky where it remains.

Smell - The primary characteristic is musty, woody elements from the oak. Funky and dank with some fainter notes of fruitiness and cherry in the background, but it's hard to detect them through the power of the barrel.

Taste - Mouth-puckering sour, with strong notes of sour and bing cherry, along with substantial lactic characteristics and some more subtle notes of vinegar. I'm happy that the fruit elements are more dominant in the taste, but the presence of the vinegar really separates this from the more traditional kriek ales I've had the pleasure of sampling. I like the fact that it's no overly sweet as well.

Mouthfeel - Puckering, with a medium body and light-moderate carbonation. Finish is mostly dry, but with a hint of sweet from the cherries.

Overall, an excellent beer, and certainly the best Flanders Red I've ever had. It's too bad these are so darn expensive, but I do like the fact that they are relatively easy to get, since Cascade is able to sell beer direct-to-consumer somehow.

LambicPentameter, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

KeKeKumba, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Rish907, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

campfirebrew, Oct 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jarrgal, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

millelacsmark, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours in a dark red color with a pink head.

The aroma has sour and tartness along with cherry sweetness. There's some oak and mustiness in there as well.

The flavor follows with a strong punch of sourness along with sour cherries. The sourness is of vinegar, and citric sourness. The cherry sweetness plays well with this along with a strong sweetness and an oak drying on the end.

There's a good amount of carbonation. The beer drinks very well with complexity of fruit, funk, and tartness. This stands well against to Cantillon Kriek.

dar482, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

josephwa, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Zimm, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

WanderingFool, Oct 27, 2013
Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.