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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

799 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 228
Gots: 258 | FT: 26
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
Kreik 2012 = 7.2% ABV

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-17-2008)
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-06-2013 03:44:09 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-05-2013 11:10:44 | More by beernads
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-01-2013 08:50:43 | More by st9647v3
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-01-2013 07:14:54 | More by Archemedies
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infi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

12-31-2012 02:29:13 | More by infi
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-31-2012 00:12:41 | More by denimdemon
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Project 2011.

Out of the bottle pours a real solid nice head. Reaches about 3 fingers but soaps up a bit, a pink off white color, and falls normally. Body is quite dark, a brown burgundy color, with nice rising carbonation, some of it actually pink in appearance. Pretty solid and tasty looking.

Nose hits with classic notes, but simple and straight forward. Light fruit cherries, a hint of sweetness and a big juicy component to it also. Oak notes really don't seem to come forward as much. Otherwise pretty solid.

At first the mouthfeel comes across with a bit of wet, but then the palate hits with a good density. Therefore it hits a 4. Deep cherry fruit notes, but a light and slightly carbonated body. Finish is quite salty and briney, with a lot of prickly heat on the lips, but luckily not the palate. Fun sensations, a real tolerable and noticeable mix of salt and sour.

Overall the surprise is the salt component on this, which is large, but tolerable. It's a nice contrast, and unlike any other Kriek or fruit sour ales I've had before. Unique beer. Fun. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 00:10:55 | More by smakawhat
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mrbojangles31

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-30-2012 01:19:55 | More by mrbojangles31
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Steve212

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-26-2012 20:23:10 | More by Steve212
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wedge

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky chestnut beneath a small, persistent creamy covering. Drippy strings of lace are left on the walls of the glass. Sour cherries, vinegar, lactic acidity, cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Flavor is tart and very refreshing...woody, juicy cherries, light tannins, and a touch of vanilla. Medium-light bodied and dry with a long, drawn out fruity finish. Mmmm...excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 23:47:09 | More by wedge
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml, split 4 ways, bottle says the 2011 project.

A: pours a very nice brownish red, with a nice finger if slightly brown head.

S: tart cherries, wet oak, cherry skins. Bit of sourness. I get more oak then anything.

T: great cherry flavor and tartness I Also get some sour green apple like notes, I get some vinegaryneas to it as well, oak and cherry/sour apple. skins... Deffiantly pick up on them lactic part if the sour.... Very tasty.

M: medium body with a bit more sharp carbonation then the apricot... Bit still on the lower side. Very Dry and tart on the finish, a bit mouth puckering.

O: a very nice kriek, nice cherry flavors and sourness... Enjoyed it very much.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 05:17:38 | More by PeterIngemi
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I missed this last time it popped up in Philly, so I grabbed a bottle as soon as I saw it on the shelves. 750ML 2011 project into a Brasserie d' achouffe and Rodenbach Grand Cru tulips to keep a steady clean pour going.

A lot of fizz and sounds coming out when poured from the bottle, Kriek pours out a muddy red brown shaded color that is pretty dark looking overall. Brown up front, red tints towards the light, muddled, some off tan colored foam on the sides of the glass, not forming a cap. Some bubbles rising through the cloudy beer, some activity.

Cascade Kriek smells like sweet cherry with some Jolly rancher appeal. The time spent in oak shows up with some vanilla surrounding the deep cherry scents rising up the nose. Some faint malt presence underneath with a small hint of cocco. Wet wood and some lactic quality is dead center.

I am a believer, this is truly sour, not 2007 100% Kriek lambic sour, but very tart with lactic appeal surrounded by a sturdy red ale laced with sour cherry flavor. Again some Jolly Rancher pops in the middle with the oak/vanilla laying nicely in the middle. The cherry flavor lasts long and this is strikingly similar to Red Poppy and I get some berry flavor reminding me of consecration in a way.

Feel is bursting with tartness all around the mouth, swish this around your mouth and feel the full effect, totally worth it. Missing some of the sweetness and vinegar from standard Belgian flanders, but that does not bother me, this is a nice change of pace for the style for me. Body is medium and has some life with bubbles. I drank the whole bottle, it was nice. I don't see this one as a long term aging beer, perhaps a year or so, but don't stretch it. At the level of sourness this has now, what's the point.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:25:41 | More by BARFLYB
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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-20-2012 16:03:41 | More by huskermike12
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flagmantho

Washington

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

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle. This is the 2011 project, 7.62% ABV. I've been really looking forward to this one!

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with plenty of haze and a thick finger of frothy tan foam with a hint of an amber cast to it. Quite nice.

Smell: well, I could smell the cherry the instant I popped the cork on this one. Upon closer inspection there's a sweet malt with a fair bit of lactic tartness as well as a very nice cherry character. I've had krieks where all the sweetness is fermented out, and krieks where the cherry smells more like a candy syrup added after fermentation. This walks that middle ground where it smells sweet, natural and fulfilling. It's no secret I love cherries, so this beer gets my serious thumbs up.

Taste: acidic tartness jumps out in front, followed by a mild sweetness and a hint of cherry character. It's got a good acidic content for a Flanders red ale, and the cherries are nicely present without being overpowering. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation and a nice creaminess. The acidity lends an astringency, which detracts from the creaminess a bit, but I still rather like it overall.

Overall: this is a yummy beer. Nice cherry character, and the tartness adds to a wonderful drinkability. I look forward to trying this in subsequent years!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 21:10:00 | More by flagmantho
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-16-2012 21:48:58 | More by t0rin0
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kojevergas

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"2011 project". 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap/cage over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'm really in the mood for a Kriek. 7.62% according to my bottle.

Served a bit warmer than straight-from-the-fridge cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork yields a satisfying pop upon removal. No issues with surging or anything like that.

A: Pours a two finger khaki head with tinges of pink. Decent cream and thickness. Respectable retention for the somewhat high ABV relative to the style. No lacing. Body colour is a rich dark ruby red. Nontransparent; non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Suits the style, though it'd be more attractive if it were brighter.

Sm: Sour cherry, oak, rich malts, bacterial yeast notes, and acidic fruit skin. Nutmeg/subtle spicing. Pie crust when I look for it. An above average strength aroma.

T: Nicely acidic sour cherry and cherry skins are dominant. That's tasty. Good tartness - a must in any good kriek. Foundation is unobtrusive and supportive of the main notes. Oak is present as an understone. The tart sour bite puckers the palate right on the climax, then bleeds through the acidic almost wine-like finish. The balance is a bit compromised by the biscuity sweetness in the late second act, but the beer remains delicious. Any spicing is subtle and largely drowned out by the sour cherry notes. Wow that's good. I get fruit and heavy sourness. Bacterial yeast is somewhat restrained. Hints of pie crust if you really search past the tart cherry - but it's difficult because the cherry zing is so affronting. This is exactly what I was looking for. Well layered and brilliantly executed. Some bready grains come through more as it warms. The cherry is just full and delectable.

Mf: Smack-your-lips luscious and crisp. Smooth and wet. Near perfect presence on the palate. Ideal carbonation. Complements the flavours brilliantly.

Dr: Incredibly sour and tart - exactly what I want and hope for in a Kriek. This is a delightful sour, and I imagine some might criticize it for being too sour - but me? I love it. Highly recommended; I'll definitely be picking up more of this treat in the future. Might get better with age, but I doubt it would last long if it was in my vicinity. I'm very excited to try more from Cascade. This is one hell of a kriek. In spite of its sourness, it's incredibly drinkable.

High A-

Would pair brilliantly with an acidic salad.

Recommended for aging up to 3 years if you have the willpower.

I enjoyed it cold, but it did get a bit better as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 05:15:19 | More by kojevergas
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Skye1024

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-10-2012 14:47:45 | More by Skye1024
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Auracom

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cascade's barrel house. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A -Flat murky toffee coloring with a light khaki ring of foam. Slight lacing. Probably the plainest looking Cascade brew I tried on this day.

S - Pie crust and sharp cherry skins. Touch of honey and all-spice.

T - Yup, straight jammy cherry pie with lemon acidity. Probably the sourest of all the Cascades today. This comes with that Cantillon-esque mouth watering.

M - Light-medium body, high carbonation, very dry finish.

D - A bit singular in flavor but hits it on the head. Would revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 23:07:05 | More by Auracom
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2011 bottle, into a tulip.

A: Pours a red-hued brown with a nice beige head.

S: Plenty of brett and tart cherries in the nose. Some sweet fruit and maltiness underneath.

T: Lactic, tart cherry and some moderate acidity, dry oak, sweet pie cherry. Slight vinegar character.

M: Medium-bodied with active carbonation. Pretty dry.

O: Definitely a good kriek. The pie cherries are a little too sweet for me, but there's plenty of acidity to balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 04:31:32 | More by Etan
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottling
Pours a brilliantly clear deep garnet/ruby color with a nice off white head that slowly recedes to a cap. I can smell cherries as soon as I wrangle the cork off the top pf the bottle. Upon closer inspection my nostrils are filled with fruity tart sweet and sour cherries, raspberries, and lemons. There's a hint of funk and a bit of residual brown sugar but this one is all about the tart. Tart cherries and lemons rule the palette with every sip. The flavor is quite tart with bits of sugar and funk barely getting through to provide faint hints of balance. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a tart puckering mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one, but found it incredibly tart. I wonder how this beer is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:14:00 | More by johnnnniee
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Rafanado

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-20-2012 16:02:49 | More by Rafanado
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-18-2012 18:53:01 | More by strongaf
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Shawkabukoo


5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-11-2012 04:34:36 | More by Shawkabukoo
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-10-2012 21:36:24 | More by sendbeer
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GradyS1

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-09-2012 14:52:38 | More by GradyS1
Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.