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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

811 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 229
Gots: 260 | 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
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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SeaOfShells

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-15-2013 02:26:51 | More by SeaOfShells
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MordorMongo


4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-13-2013 23:15:31 | More by MordorMongo
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-13-2013 23:04:57 | More by jbaker67
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adamleeeck


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-13-2013 21:37:55 | More by adamleeeck
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iKrystin

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-13-2013 21:05:43 | More by iKrystin
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-13-2013 01:45:40 | More by SadMachine
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Devi0us

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-12-2013 13:39:40 | More by Devi0us
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-12-2013 05:53:33 | More by Jason
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Rinkor16

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle opened on 1/10/13 with my brothers.

A: A very dark burgundy color. 1 inch head that dissipated into a thin ring around the edge.

S: Tons of funk. Cherry and more classic sour smells.

T: Very tart, red wine and a great cherry flavor. Very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied and the right amount of carbonation.

O: A great Flanders Red. If I saw this on the shelf again, I would definitely pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:30:00 | More by Rinkor16
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-10-2013 17:30:24 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Project 2011. 7.62%
750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Hazy copper with red highlights. 2 fingers of pinkish head with good retention for a sour. Very low carbonation.

Nose
Sour cherry, crushed Sweet Tarts, cherry Jolly Rancher and musty cellar.

Taste
Red wine vinegar and crushed up Sweet Tarts. Sour pie cherries, maraschino cherry juice and Jolly Ranchers (you know, the red ones). Some lemon and lactic acidity. Big red wine notes, perhaps Pinot Noir. There’s a touch of nuttiness and French oak on the finish as well as a hint of musty basement.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, tart, clean and refreshing.

Overall
Medium sourness. Loads of red wine. Cherries, cherries, cherries. Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 19:13:41 | More by justintcoons
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-07-2013 01:57:58 | More by AlexFields
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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
Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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