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Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

273 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 1,022
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 4.09%
Wants: 248
Gots: 308 | 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.

Note:
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

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Reviews: 273 | Hads: 1,022
Photo of mkotsayfan
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of Rinkor16
4.37/5  rDev +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. (413 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (709 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,762 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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! (1,332 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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. (2,730 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08!

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. (651 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.22/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (1,309 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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!! (440 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (973 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (428 characters)

Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.