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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

950 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 246
Gots: 281 | FT: 30
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

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of drabmuh
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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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

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

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Overall:
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.

Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.