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Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Kriek AleCascade Kriek Ale

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734 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%

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

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-17-2008)
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Photo of 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
Photo of Gatch


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 01:44:04 | More by Gatch
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rutager, 750ml into a tulip. 2010 vintage.

Muddy blood red (poured with the yeast), with several fingers of browned white head. Strong lacing, moderate retention. Nose has some lactic sourness, oak barrel, ripe cherries, cherry pits. Taste has more sour cherries off the bat, more lactic sourness slight oak and more straight cherry flavour into the finish. gentle malt sweetness, but sour cherry and lactic notes shine. Slight cherry pie flavours as this warms. Medium full feel for a sour, and a bit of bite to the carbonation. An excellent sour - great fruit flavours and just plain tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 19:22:22 | More by liamt07
Photo of corby112


3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage.

Pours a dark copper color with ruby red edges and a two finger off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Much darker than I expected.

Musty, funky aroma with a really strong horsey barnyard character followed by lactic funk, earthy oak and sweet cherry. I'm really surprised by how funky this smells, especially since my experience with Cascade is that their sours are usually more fruit forward. Lots of earthy oak, barn, cobweb and lactic cheesiness followed by sweet malt, cherry syrup and acetic vinegar. Smells like there are a ton of bugs and he cherry character takes a back seat. Slight medicinal quality as well.

Medium bodied with a very tart, puckering mouthfeel and a strong earthy, lactic funk presence that overpowers the sweet fruit flavor. Very funky with lots of lactic sourness. Strong oak barrel character with a ton of funky bugs, lactic cheesiness and acetic acid. Slightly harsh and acidic with a strong acetic vingear and solvent character lingering in the finish. Some tart cherry sweetness but the fruit has faded considerably at thus point and takes a back seat to the sour funk. I usually love Cascade sours but this was one dimensional and too heavy on the acetic solvent flavor. Pretty harsh and tough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 08:31:43 | More by corby112
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010, poured into a Cascade goblet.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep red-brown with a little bit of a peach glow and a half finger of off-white head.

Smell. Funky dank wood, little sour cherries and a ton of them, a little bit of spicy belgian yeast and marzipan.

Taste. Sour, sour cherries. I mean SOUR. Some wet old wood and lemon juice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Very nice beer. Super sour, holy cow!!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:31:22 | More by Rutager
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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bottling

A- pours a murky brownish red with a finger of light brown head. Very pour head retention with the minimal amount of lacing.

S- Musty oak and lactic acidity with a healthy does of earthy barnyard funk hit the nose at first. Some sweet malt notes with a hint of tart cherry and cherry pit flesh out in the middle. Hints of red wine and cider on the finish. Oak and funk with a dash of cherries! Love it!

T- huge almost stingy acidity with a superb tartness envelope the palate at first. Hints of sweet malt with rich concentrated tart cherry juice and cherry pit bring some layers and complexity. Earthy funk and musty oak with notes of red wine tannin and cranberry on the massive lingering very dry finish. Delicious!

MF- slick full mouthfeel with a medium body. Soft small bubbled carbonation.

D- wonderfully drinkable with massive complex flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:27:45 | More by Viciousknishs
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Barrel House.

Pours a dirty brown-red with plenty of stubborn head and lace. Tart bing cherries greet my nose as the yeast imparts a medicinal note. I recall the bottles smelling better, but this is still pleasant.

Fresh cherries, sweet malt, tart fruits, and sour yeast blend harmoniously in my mouth. 4.25/5 here, rounding up because Cascade is awesome.

Active body, yet still viscous enough to carry all the flavors. An excellent American-style kriek that's sure to convert your non-beer friends.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 20:13:41 | More by brystmar
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this 4 ways with my local BA's in a cascade sours tasting night!

reviewed from notes taken on 7/4/12.

2010 vintage poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: murky red bodied beer with one finger of creamy white head.

Smell: Big vinegar, tart cherries, mild funk, and sweet malts.

Taste: Wow. This has got to be the most sour kriek that I have ever tasted. On the high end of moderately sour. Huge semi-sweet yet tart cherries. Hay, vinegar, mild funk. Nice complexity in this kriek!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Tart and crisp with a mild sweetness that is a tad syrupy and helps to round out this beer.

Overall: This is way above most krieks that I have drank. I think that this beer does not get the accolades that it deserves, its really a enjoyable sour! This was my second favorite out of the cascade sour tasting of the four we drank(Sang Nior, Sang Royal, The Vine & Kriek)! This is the best flanders red I have drank to date!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 17:21:43 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 version

Short head, some collar. Light murky red brown body.

From the smell one would know they're in for something.

Wooo! Cherries aplenty. I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10 on the sour scale.

Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

I don't want to say one dimensional. Ecause that would be doing it a disservice but Kriek says "here I am, drink me!" just puts it right I the forefront. Thanks for the share 4DAloveofSTOUT.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 01:19:49 | More by Duff27
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Yukon (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 759 ml bottle into a 10 oz chalice.

A- pours a dirty burnt orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Ring of lacing coats the glass just above the surface of the beer.

S- blare amounts of sour and tart cherries. Some funk and pale malt as well.

T- sour, funk and tart cherries. Taste follows the nose almost identically.

M- medium body and carbonation. Fairly acidic but doesn't linger in the aftertaste.

O- good sour, but actually thought this would have a little more cherry flavor then it did. Would purchase and drink again though.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 01:26:32 | More by kawilliams81
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage. Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a short moderately bubbled head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of cherry juice with hints of the oak barrel. Strong lemony sourness with some vinegar notes. There is a musty aroma from the yeast. Fair balance between the fruit and sour aromas.

Quite sour in the taste, not too vinegary which is good. Sour cherries serve to give the fruity flavor to the brew, which is then taking over by the sharp lactic sour flavor. Has a lemony and limey sourness and a hint of the oak. Kind of hard for me to get past the sour flavor.

The feel is light and extremely fizzy. Sour all over the palate from start to finish.

I would like the cherry flavor to come out some more. Sours are exactly my favorite style so I need to get more of the fruity flavor. Its well made and I am sure it is good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 00:11:31 | More by Gmann
Photo of srandycarter


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky dark raw honey. Off white head, tight bubbled. Not much lace.

S - Bread and band aids.

T - Cooked deep sweet cherries mixed with sour fresh cherries. Malt in the back, the band aid thing still lingering.

M - Medium body, good balance and carb.

D - Not a bad beer. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 04:49:00 | More by srandycarter
Photo of RickS95


3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Certainly looks the style, pouring a reddish brown color. No head, just a slight light brown ring of tiny bubbles around the rim.

I love the smell. Notes of both sweet and tart cherries. There's a bit of Belgian yeast like scent that brings out both the sweetness and tartness, just in the smell alone.

Wow. If I didn't know it was cherries, I would guess it to be vinegar. No many how many times I try, I don't understand the style.

The level of sourness is extreme. It almost takes your breath away. It simply coats your tongue and you just start to salivate. Very unpleasant.

It might be a good beer for the stle, but in general, it's almost not drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 02:06:15 | More by RickS95
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

I've passed up the chance to try this beer on numerous occasions, figuring that one day I would be on the west coast and would have a chance to try it. Ladies and gentlemen, that day has finally come.

I can say wholeheartedly and without reservation that, yes indeedy, this is a Flanders Red Ale. Gets better as it warms up with the nose and tart flavor profile gradually stepping up a notch. The lacto is present and noticeable, but thankfully it does not hijack the whole ride and merely accents on the back side. This is quite nice, quite nice. A really well done production that pulls off a difficult style. Long live the American brewer. I look forward to trying more of the wild ales, sours, and the like from Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 05:31:01 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of stealth


4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love sours, and I love this beer. This is ranks near, or at the very top in regards to outright sourness. What a sour beast. Nice looking pour,super murky, great lacing. Taste is very fruity up front then sour, sour, sour. Coats your mouth nicely - almost syrupy in its feel, but the beer itself is still medium-bodied.

One bottle is a task for the mouth to handle. Really makes your palate work overtime. Great sour that any sour fan should try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 09:43:02 | More by stealth
Photo of GlassHalfFull


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great sour that starts off a little more reserved than the coveted Sang Noir. Very light cherry flavor with a relaxed sour tartness. I've been finding my sour tongue, and this is a good one if you're new to the type. A little spendy, but worth it every-so-often. Would go well with dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 01:49:06 | More by GlassHalfFull
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a tulip glass.

let me preface my review by saying I love sours.

A- amber, reddish brown brew. definitely is darker from the cherries.

S- pit fruity, citrusy, sweet, carmely, getting a lot of strawberry and raspberry upfront and then the sour kicks BIG. first one or so second is all fruity and then it turns all sour

T- very similar to the transition of smells, pit fruity to citrus, to caramel, except instead of strawberry the sweet part finishes with more grapiness which i didn't pick up in the smell. then transitions to a pleasant cherry pie tartness. what i mean by cherry pie is that kind of stewed, roasted cherry flavor.

M- I often find the cherry beers to have a bit of a medicinal mouthfeel but this is pretty perfect. not as wispy and fun as say, 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse but it's nice and easy to sip, coats the mouth enough but does not linger.

this beer is worth seeking out if you're into sours, it's a real treat and worth spending the 12-$20 (or whatever it costs in your area) even if you are to have it only once.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:39:33 | More by maximep
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3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2010

Pours a nice mahogany cherry ale with a mirrored surface. Smells of oak, cherry, and hints of ink. Really flanders like in the nose. Flavor is fucking sour, with cherry and more sour. It's kinda difficult to really taste anything through the fleeting barrage of acidity. Medium bodied with low carb and a mouth watering finish. This beer is sour, i enjoy it, but it's on the far reach of sour for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 04:22:33 | More by harrymel
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2009 bottling. Drank 3/28/12.

Appearance: Steady pour yields a 3/4 inch fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours an almost fully opaque maroon and leaves occasional small streaks of lacing.

Smell: Very full cherry aroma--both the Bing and sour cherries really stand out here. Some lactic and acetic notes, with flowery, fruity, funky aromas underneath. Enticing.

Taste: Powerfully sour and acidic, with a bold sweet cherry flavor sticking its head up from the ocean of sourness for a short period before the finish. Some dark and delicious sour cherry flavor comes out in the next sip, but not as forefronted as I'd like.

This beer isn't just sour, but very, very acidic--like liquid heartburn acidic. Much more sour and acidic than any other Cascade beer I've had. I'm missing the distinct lactic sourness and oak influence that I associate with Cascade (lactic element comes out further into the bottle, but oak is barely detectable).

There's a decent depth of flavor here, but it's not very harmonious. Huge cherry flavor is great (I love cherries), but the rest of the flavors don't particularly compliment. I wish the taste were as well-developed as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied. Very airy and dry. Highly carbonated.

Overall: There's flashes of greatness here, but it's not a beer that I would buy again (especially not at $20, but possibly not even at $10). It's reasonably enjoyable, but not very well balanced. I expect something more refined and tastier from such a great brewer of wild ales.

Edit: I don't like to update reviews buzzed, but I think having nursed this bottle for several hours has left me with enough sobriety to do it. Deeper in the bottle, some really clear, beautiful sour cherry flavor comes out, and while there is still almost no oak influence to be found, the satisfying lactic sourness builds disproportionately more than the harsh acidity.

In the end, I'm very satisfied with this beer. I still would not buy it again at $20/bottle, but I'm very much enjoying this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:26:02 | More by Pahn
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing this one while waiting in line for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries, vinegar aromas, and a nice level of funk. Taste is very much the same with an acidic quality in the aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 20:49:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/11/12 notes. 2009 vintage had at the Cascade Tasting. Have had the 2009 and 2010 vintages a few times now but never reviewed it. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vinegar, sour fruits, tart cherries, acedic, and earthy notes. Ton of vinegar, little too much for me.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, sour dark fruits, vinegar, oak, acedic, earthy notes, wood. More sour dark fruits in the taste, a definite step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic body.

o - Overall a good beer, but not quite as good as their other sour offerings. It's crazy how different the '09 and '10 can be; I've tried them side by side at multiple BA festivals. Definitely worth checking out and something I'd certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:07:50 | More by mdfb79
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never had this beer so I was excited to try it at the Cascade tasting, 2009 bottle shared by Michael I believe, thanks! Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is brown and hazy with a thin lazy tan head of wispy tiny bubbles.

Aroma is harsh, acetic, sweet, oaky, and cherry.

Beer is thin and the tartness of the cherries in accented by a strong acetic presence. It is difficult to drink due to the sourness of the beer. It is just too much for me and not a likely repeat, well I'd have it on draft at the barrel house.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 16:04:18 | More by drabmuh
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New York

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

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a thick and kind of odd reddish color with no head and no lacing. Very odd appearance would havr at least expected some carbonation but.nothing here
S: very sour scent with a bit of sweetness, nice cherrie sweetness
T: very sour and very tart through and through, nice taste, everyone else im with hate it but I love it
M: oddly thick and kind of chalky on the palate on the finnish
O: a pretty good representation, not very well rounded in my opinion though

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:38:42 | More by BigPlay1824
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL C&C bottle tried 1 Mar 2011. 2008 version, so ~18 months more age than the review of the 2009. Served in the 0.4 L Eichbaum snifter.

Large slightly reddish brown head. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy brick red in color. Aromas of cherry pits, oak, earth, musty, sweet-tart sour. Tastes of cherry pits. Slightly sour, moderately sweet. Not as sour as the aroma indicates. Becomes slightly more cherry sour and tannic towards the middle. Medium to light body, ethanol somewhat noticeable. Finish is moderately sour and tannic. Quite easy to drink. Guest reviewer Katie says 'delicious-delicious'.

The 2009 was preferable to the 2008, but just by a bit.

Original review (scores above reflect below review):

750 mL bottle tried 23 Oct 2010. 2009 version. Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter.

The bottle fumes as I pop the cork. Medium fluffy tan head. Beer is cloudy, murky brownish red in color. Well carbonated. Aroma is dominated by sour cherry pits. A sweet tart mouth watering aroma. Beer is very puckering. Tart tart cherries. A touch of cinnamon. Medium to heavy chewy body. moderate ethanol. Somewhat tannic middle. Oakiness comes through in the aroma as it warms. Lingering tart finish and aftertaste.

A says should be called salivation.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 04:15:44 | More by htomsirveaux
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle from finger lakes beverage center

A murky-reddish brown with a thin head that fell completely flat almost instantly. There is no lacing, but plenty of cloudiness and sediment.

Bold cherries, but nothing medicinal smelling. The beer also smells quite tart/sour with a touch of acetone.
The beer's sourness is complimented by a little bit of underlying sweetness, and possibly some notes from the barrel aging.

So this beer cuts above the norm in its level of tartness, but it's not as sour as expected. The mouth puckering dryness followed by lush cherries makes this almost like drinking a wine...but more complex.

This is probably the most distinguishing category for this beer, it's incredibly tart and dry, but also very clean and drinkable. The beer is blasted by a generous amount of carbonation which enhances its overall zing quality.
To me these qualities make it more like drinking a cherry wine instead of a beer, but are is still "beer" attributes.

Whoa this is an expensive beer, and frankly one that is overpriced. However, I understand the amount of work that went in to preparing it and believe it was quite well executed. It was worth a try and definitely a hard beer to find on shelves in CNY.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 04:03:11 | More by ThePorterSorter
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