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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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280 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 280
Hads: 1,047
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 252
Gots: 312 | FT: 38
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

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.
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Reviews: 280 | Hads: 1,047
Photo of fdig23
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with red edges. Tiny off-white head.

Nose: Tart, abrasive, cherry jumps out. The nose is dominated by pure black cherry and sour lemon juice with a bit of some caramel sweetness in the background. Really nice, pure, cherry aromas.

Taste: Very sour up front with even more cherry, plenty of nice juicy green apple, and a lot of cherry warhead sweetness on the finish. It ends up being a bit one-note, but its a really nice note.

Mouthfeel: A little flat and thin for the amount of flavor packed in there.

Overall: Nice sour here. Doesn't stand up to the big classic Flemish reds, but it's definitely a nice cherry-packed twist.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011 vintage) to ommegang wine flute

A: very dark ruby red almost brown it is very cloudy and near completely opaque. It had little to no head and a very thin white lacing around the top

S: unfortunately there is a smell of alcohol is fairly strong that being said you can definitely smell the earthy wood from the oak barrels. There is however some fruity smells in there but they are definitely I the background.

T:tart upfront but not in a powerful way it fades fast and goes more into a fruit juicy. there is some sour tart sweetness in the finish, but it is mild compared to others I have had. It is not necessarily bad, just not great.

M:the tartness really does not have any real effect on the feel. It is more juicy like and goes down extremely easily and smooth. There is next to no carbonation so I have to knock off points for that.

O: honestly I was kinda disappointed I don't know if I just expected too much but this is a fairly mild juicy kriek, maybe with some years on it could develop more but overall impression this is good but not great it's worth a try for sure.

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a murky red-brown with a very short beige head. A little lace. Too opaque to see bubbles.

S - nice aroma of oak, tart cherries, soft malt, mild lacto, mild vinegar and faint bubblegum.

T - just like the aroma, but better. Delicious. The lacto didn't leave much of a cheesy note and the vinegar is reserved. The oak adds some nice depth to the flavor. Very tasty!

M - light-medium body. Bubbly. Dry and mouth watering sour. Very nice.

O - this is a really good Kriek. I liked it because it wasn't sweet like so many of the Belgian Krieks are. The cherry flavor and sourness are perfect for me. It isn't a funky sour. I'd like to see a funkier version of this with a heavier lacto taste and some barnyard. Not to replace this beer, but to compliment it.

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Photo of cvm4
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep, blood red with a fluffy pink head.

S - Tangy & sour notes of cherries abound.

T - Sour cherries bite you from the beginning with a very light yeast notes.

M - Light, effervescent & easy drinker.

O - With the label full of cherries, you know what you're getting into. Very well done & a challenge to Supplication.

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Photo of AltBock
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Simple label of 3 cherries on a stem and the name of the beer in big bold fire gold letters. The cherries look like they were ripped off a vintage slot machine. To the left of the name is a description of the beer, proper serving temp, and the brewery's address. On the other side of the label is where you'll find the Government warning. Right under the name is where you'll find the vintage year. This bottle is from their 2011 project.

When poured into a 7venth Sun Snifter, this cherry beer was an extremely murky brown color that had some red mixed in with it. I guess I could say that it was cherry brown color. The color was a lot more interesting then the head of foam. The head of foam was only a short lived super small skim of bubbles. These bubbles only managed to leave behind a few rings along the edge. At least the color of the beer was somewhat nice to look at.

The aroma was nice and sour with bing cherries, oak, and a little vinegar. The acidity level in the aroma was in the medium level. Basically it's a straight up pleasant not overly sour aroma.

After the sour aroma, the taste was no surprise. It was sour, but not puckering sour. This sour taste was filled with sour and tart bing cherries, oak, vinegar, a few drops red wine, and a cherry Jolly Rancher or two. Like the aroma, the acidity level was on the medium level. I could detect a little musty funkiness in the back. I'm glad that the funkiness didn't take over the beer. The sour and tart cherries were king in this beer.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a sour and tart aftertaste. Not surprising at all. I got more sour and tart cherries, oak, and vinegar. This sour aftertaste don't really linger. You can easy wash away the taste with only one glass of water.

A barrel aged sour cherry beer isn't cheap to produce and it shows it on the price. Is it worth it? I'd say it is. If sours are your type of thing, then you should enjoy this Cascade. Would I buy another bottle? I already did. I want to see what age will do to this beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2011 project
Hill Farmstead glass

A: Pours a murky ruby color. Good carbonation. Slight tan colored head. About a finger initially then it's just a layer. Some lacing sheeting is being left on the glass.

S: Tart dark black cherry. Oak. Vanilla. Tannic character. Lactic acid. Really nice sour aromas.

T: Wow. More tart than expected. Really nice dark cherry tartness up front. Then you get that body from the malt bill in the mid palate to mesh with it.

M: Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of Jonada
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project. 7.62% abv

750ml cork and cage bottle served in a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Deep dark red amber color with lots of fine champagne like carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Poured about 2 fingers of a creamy light tan head with a slight reddish hue. Nice retention and lacing, especially considering the style.

Smell: Tart cherries, lactic sourness, vinegar, oak, vanilla

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely. Lots of tart cherries, medium sourness, slight breadiness and hints of green apple. The flavors of vanilla and wood are stronger in the taste than the aroma, particularly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Medium fine carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel

Overall: Another excellent beer from Cascade. As far as American sours go, they're the only ones I've had that can give Russian River a run for their money.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle says 2011 Kriek. Poured from a bomber into a globe. Pours a dark copper/red with a quickly dissipating head, and interestingly, some bubbles on the sides to give it a "soda" type appearance. The aroma has lots of cherries and a pleasant sweetness, along with a touch of oak. The taste is fantastic, a sweet cherry flavor with some tartness and acidity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, bordering on too much, but still good. The sweetness and acidity were in a good range too, they can both be overdone or underdone.

A very nice beer from Cascade, one of the best cherry sours I've had.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. 7.62% ABV

Beer is dark red, a bit pinkish. Smallish beige head. Head fades quite quickly.

Smell contains a lot of cherry, and a dose of balsamic vinegar. Oak. Smells a bit sour but not overly so.

Taste contains lots of cherry, and large amounts of oak and balsamic vinegar. Fairly sour, with an acetic flavour. Nice flavour. Not particularly complex, but tasty.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, a bit on the sticky side. Puckery.

Overall, quite good. The oak is at just the right level- clearly present but not too strong.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 project.

Appearance - Deep red. No real life to it. A bit of a collar but not much else.

Smell - Musty and acetic acidity. Cherries throughout but the acidity is more prevalent. Clean aroma.

Taste - Puckering sour. Cherries and a ton of sourness. Malty for sure, but no sweetness at all. Musty to a less extent than the smell. Straightforward simple sour cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Malt gives it some heft.

Overall - Definitely one for the sourheads out there. Not a complex flavor, but it's clean and has a nice cherry flavor.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Naked City. Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep red color with hints of purple with a very thin, off-white head on top. This gives way to a soapy ring on top, sporadic lacing on the glass.

S: Cherries right away mixed with a vinegar tartness. There is a little bit of vanilla and wood as well.

T: Sour/tartness upfront mixed with a nice cherry flavor. There is a definite earthiness to the flavor profile, a bit of wood, and vanilla. Has a definite tannic/wine undertone as well.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: A nice sour beer, Cascade does a nice job with their sour offerings, just always tough to pick up due to the pricetag. Glad I was able to get this one on tap.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude in NY. Saw this at my local bottle shop and knew I'd better pick this up on the spot.

A: Pours a hazy dark ruby red color with a prickly reddish-cream colored head that fades away quickly. Not much lacing here, but still a good-looking beer.

S: Funky yeast notes, sour cherry and some noticeable oak character. Smells delicious and makes me curious how the sour flavors will play out.

T: Fresh sour cherry notes up front followed by a long, acidic sour finish. This is definitely on the sour side of the lambics I've had, but I find it delicious. While there's certainly some funk here, it's not necessarily vinegary.

M: Medium-bodied with a prickly feel. Really complements the flavors.

O: This is one delicious kriek.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at Cascade in a 2oz taster as part of a flight. Reviewed from notes.

A- Fluffy white head with nice thick lacing. Ringed but big look to the head. Orange-brown with nice clarity and carbonation.

S- Cherries and a sticky sweet, brown sugar bourbon smell.

T- Tart and tasty, cherries and alcohol esters.

M- Vinous and smooth.

O- Quite a well developed sour. Might be the best one I had from Cascade.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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

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

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.

Light-medium bodied, tart, clean and refreshing.

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

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
3.72/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


This is a truly amazing beer. Everything it should be. If someone let you taste this blind, you would think it was straight from Belgium. An absolute treat that I cannot believe comes "locally" from Oregon. These guys know how to make a sour. It says Kriek on the bottle but it's only because it's brewed with cherries...otherwise, this is all Flanders Red. Funky, sour, earthy, sweet, tart, robust. The thing about sours is that they are so complex but the description I come up with is simple. I'll attribute this to the centuries of brewing tradition and the simple enjoyment that comes with a great sour. There's no thinking...just drinking.

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.