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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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936 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 242
Gots: 278 | FT: 28
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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-17-2008

"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
Kriek 2012 = 7.2% ABV
Kriek 2013 = 8.17% ABV

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Photo of huskermike12
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of flagmantho
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!

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of kojevergas
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.

Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Auracom
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.

Photo of Etan
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
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.

Photo of Rafanado
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Shawkabukoo
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of GradyS1
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ejfreed
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of brycevolk
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of brez8791
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Photo of ComRock12
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of liamt07
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.

Photo of ToniOwen
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of fishguyac
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

Photo of Boz12
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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