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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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843 Ratings
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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 233
Gots: 268 | FT: 29
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
Kriek 2012 = 7.2% ABV
Kriek 2013 = 8.17% ABV

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-17-2008)
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

In line at founders for CBS, thanks to kzoobrew for this one

A-red body with little to no head

S-fuck yeah. Great sour smell that brings a welcome change to my morning

T-nice sourness. Very tart cherries that make my mouth water

M-medium body and smooth

Great beer, gkad to try it

10-01-2011 11:03:36 | More by brew3crew
Photo of Kegatron


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

On tap @ the Cascade Brewing Barrel House (Portland, OR) on 9/4/11. Served in a teardrop goblet.

Pours a clear ruby in the glass, topped with a thin covering of off-white head. There’s a decent retention to this, with it throwing up a foamy cascade that readily slides back down. The aroma smells of tart cherries, wood, and some sweeter vanilla. There’s definitely some acidity to the edges of the nose here, with this coming off more sour than tart.

The taste has a tart intenseness to it, borderline souring in spots, but I’m pleased to find that the main flavor push here is from dark cherries. There’s just a touch of sweetness here that seems to be mostly consisting of some light vanilla flavors from the wood. Speaking of which, the oak hangs with some strength in the finish, with a deep tannic feel that lingers with additional acidic notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly feel that is undercut by a good bit of woody slickness that keeps this smooth despite the higher alcohol here.

I’ve had this beer several times now and it never fails to impress me. It’s definitely aggressive with the sourness at times but never bracingly so and the fresh cherry flavors and sharp smoothness of the body really help keep this much more approachable than you would think. It’s always a pleasure, with a glass of this and I knew that getting it here fresh on draft was a must.

09-28-2011 17:13:14 | More by Kegatron
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%


Zwanze Day 2011
Bottle Share
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Cloudy chestnut brown with ruby edges. Thin khaki colored head and a touch of lacing left down the glass.

Biting sourness, mild oak, and lots of cherries in the aroma.

Fresh cherries, mild earth and wood component, and a biting sourness throughout. Refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A joy to drink.

Another delicious offering from Cascade. I can't wait until I get to try this again.

09-25-2011 19:31:52 | More by ehammond1
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

750 ml split with my friend Ricardo at the Rose & Crown. From a 2010 Vintage, on to the beer:

Its red violet color are nice to look at, but it doesn't form much of a head or lace around the glass. The nose says cherry powder and some tartness. What makes this beer great in its taste is the balance of its characteristics; it's got cherry but not too much. It's got pucker but not too much. It's got some vinegar, but not too much. It's got tart, but not too much. Round it up and you've got one more outstanding beer to come from the doors of Cascade Brewing.

09-22-2011 05:25:27 | More by DoubleJ
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

750ml bottle poured into a Stone taste. I brought this to split at at the Pittsburgh Pre-Big-Pour tasting.

2007 vintage.

A - Pours a light red with muddled spots of ruddy brown scattered within it. About a one-fingered, off-white head appears and lasts for a decent amount of time. There's a fair amount of lacing, with some small clumps of foam gathering around the glass in spotty fashion.

S - The smell is pretty damn sour, probably one of the most sour Krieks I've come across so far. As the nose grows acclimated to the tartness, however, it becomes much more accessible. Obviously there's a decent amount of cherries in here, but it is balanced nicely with just a touch of vinegar.

T - The flavors start off with a surprising malt backbone, taking some of the sour edge off of the beer and allows the cherries to really flesh out. The cherries themselves are abundant and run the gamut of flavors, from sweet, sour, and the skin and pits even shine at times. There's a slight amount of oak woodiness in the backend. The finish has a slight booziness to it, but overall it's hidden well.

M - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with an okay amount of carbonation. It feels rather prickly in the mouth, mostly due in part to the tartness, and you can feel the puckering sour effect in the corners of the cheeks.

D/O - Drinkability is pretty high. Although this is bold beer in terms of the amount of cherries and sour, it goes down quite easily and doesn't find itself battling against strong vinegar or onion notes like other Red Flanders.

09-14-2011 06:20:59 | More by nhindian
Photo of dirtylou


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

2010 vintage, corked and caged from bottleworks

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, dark garnet body, moderate carbonation forms a pillowy beige head that dissipates very quickly

smell: tart cherries, sweet cherries, oak

taste: really nice - definitely sour. bit of a bite from the oak, high dosage of tart cherries, balsamic, lively sugars. Awesome.

mouthfeel: medium, tart, lively

overall: enjoyed this a lot

09-11-2011 02:06:13 | More by dirtylou
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

2010 bottling from the good Lodgers.

Hazy orange, a chunk of head dissolving eventually to dust. No, not dust. Liquid.
Sour cherry, lactic sour, oak, some acetobacter creeping.
The flavor is a buckler, the tongue wags, phased, down, but not out. It recovers, processes. Tart, sour are huge up front. There is a little bit of cherry sweetness but the time spent in secondary fermentation has minimized that action. The 3 cherry combo gives off some sweet and some tart, and combined with the lacto, make for an exciting beer. That little bit of aceto should only grow with time. Not sure what that means for the shelf life of this vintage, but it could get real exciting in a year or two before it gets totally out of hand.

As usual, but not necessarily always, an excellent beer from these guys. Missing the Barrel House greatly..

09-01-2011 04:24:55 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of davey101


3.58/5  rDev -15.2%

2009 Bottling. 750ml corked + caged bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Dark ruby red body. Creamy light khaki head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - The weakest part of the beer for me. Sour cherries, vinegar, and sun screen lotion. The smell is a bit light.

T - Sour cherries and some oak. Really mouth puckering. Not that complex or interesting. The mouth feel is very similar to other Flanders, smooth and velvety while remaining well carbonated and lively.

O - Not a bad stab at the flanders style by an American brewery. I was shocked to find this on the shelves as I didn't know they had some distribution in Massachusetts. I'm intrigued to try the other Cascade wilds now.

08-28-2011 18:14:47 | More by davey101
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

A: Pours a dark reddish brown, with a small amount of light tan head. Most of the head fades quickly, but a thick ring retains around the rim of the glass, as well as some clumps on the surface.

S: Sour cherry, a little musty funk, something kind of like milk, and some background sweetness.

T: Sour cherry notes dominate. The funk is there in the background but not very noticeable over the tartness.

M: Medium body, fairly low carbonation. Quite dry actually.

Overall it seems like a reasonable example of the style. It's not my favorite style, but it's something interesting and different, with flavors you don't get in many other kinds of beer.

08-21-2011 04:52:39 | More by seand
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Had on tap at Uber tavern. I believe it is 2010. Served in a cervoise.

A - Pours a hazy, reddish scarlet with stark white head, good lacing.

S - Amazing sweet and sour cherry, a bit of vinegar bite, some yeasty funk.

T - Distinct soured fruit bite, cherry, grapes and pear. The aftertaste is a sweet cherry pie with a bit of funk. Delicious

M - Nice and crisp, light and refreshing.

O - As usual, a great sour from Cascade. Love their stuff.

08-15-2011 18:45:43 | More by OakedCanuck
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

A: pour reddish brown with a large bubbled finger of off white head. Does leave some small spots of lacing.
S: very tart aroma at first, then that leads to a slightly sweet cherry, also the dryness of tart cherries.
T: initially and while very cold its all sour. But as it warms the sourness seems to subside and dry tart cherries, sweet cherrys and a small amount of sweet malt start to show. Nice long lingering tart cherry sourness
M: tart and drying, good carbonation
O: continuing my liking of sour ales I like this one alot. The last few sips seem more like a gueuze to me.

08-14-2011 04:16:47 | More by rootbeerman
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4.22/5  rDev 0%

2010 750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Smoked. Poured into a couple of snifters, this brew appears a hazed ruby coloring with orange around the edges. A creamy white head appears and fades fairly fast holding around the edge with a film. Spotty lacing effect sticks to the glass. A swirl brings out a tan cap that again quickly fades.

The smell of this brew is tannic and oaky with bretty leather notes mingled with lots of quality cherry scents that is very much natural smelling. The cherry scent evolves from sour to pitted and earthy and back again to sweet and sour. I love a kriek that smells fresh and not medicinal, well done. As it warms, some vanilla notes come forward smelling more sweet and nearly candied.

The taste is tangy with a huge lactic acidity with plenty of cherry flavoring, mostly pitted. The sourness pierces the tongue to a point where it almost gets uncomfortable. Did someone pour battery acid in this or am I loosing my edge? Amazing salivation factor here. The aftertaste gets a bit herbal and grassy which is a nice change of pace. Overall this is a very sour brew that is very clean and well done with nothing off-putting about it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a fizzy level of carbonation. Very tangy and pleasantly sour. It seemingly strips the moisture from your tongue which urges you to drink more. There is hardly any alcohol inclusion and this certainly ranks up there with one of the more sour things I have had recently.

08-13-2011 17:45:22 | More by stakem
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4.22/5  rDev 0%

thanks to Kegatron for sharing this at a recent tasting -enjoyed chilled from the bottle into a goblet.

The color is rusty brown more of a bronze shade with translucent clarity and thin cap of beige with good retention and fine bead. The color is deep crimson when held to the light and lace clings in a film. The aroma of mild tart cherry is present with a slight dark sugar element in the background there is even a tinge of vanilla accenting which is pleasant. The feel has a light level of tartness and mild acidic tinge with a mild fruitiness and slight sweet essence with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

This red ale has a nice balance of sour w/ gentle cherry tart taste that mixes with some slight bitter elements and vanilla character from the wood. I like the slight acicity the yeast provides with a subtle toasted flavor in the finish. Overall this is a good quality kriek with very good drinkability. I can't fault it for being too gentle in the sour department really since it fits the style well and has tasty fruit flavors.

08-10-2011 14:16:08 | More by Slatetank
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3.48/5  rDev -17.5%

on tap at the Cascade Barrel House.

A - Poured into a Cascsade Glass. Reddish brown with a thin tan head that fades into the edges fairly quickly.

S - Tart fuit and spices.

T - Sour cherries and other dark fruits. This one pack a punch.

D - Mild carbonation, lighter body.

O - Sessionable sour, do those exist?

08-08-2011 05:07:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Dirty orange cherry color. Gets very hazy/sedimenty towards the bottom.

Oak, cherry, raisin, grape peel.

Heavy sour unripe green apple, cherries and a touch of vanilla. Sour Power!!

Lots of acidity, dry finish which leaves a sour pang in your mouth.

One of the most sour beers out there, not overly complex or drinkable but the taste is killer and the levels of sour are delightful. I'd buy this in large quantities if possible.

08-01-2011 06:35:02 | More by ptykozoon
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

750 mL bottle, 2009 vintage.

The appearance is dark pink with one finger of off-white head. Its` smell has cherry, wood, pear, a bit of funk. A sip of this flanders red and I feel this is more sour than some others of the style. That aspect is fine by me and more of those cherries are still present. Lactic tannins hit the palate through the taste and it ends with some dryness. An enjoyable beer and one that is great to quaff on a hot summer day.

07-30-2011 23:54:50 | More by mltobin
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4.43/5  rDev +5%

Opened by whiterascal to celebrate USMLE scores.

A: pours out a ruby-maroon color, with a light brown head. reminds me of cola when pouring. it is fizzy and the head falls quickly to leave just a coating over the beer itself.

S: wonderful sour notes and cherry! this has a beautiful aroma. There are notes of oak, earth, and roasted malt. a bit of caramel as well. sweet break pudding aromas as well.

T: very tart and delicious. the aroma comes through quite a bit. lots of earthy notes and oak. lots of cherry and hints of vanilla, with caramel, and light bready malt.

M: thin and highly carbed. you can feel the carbonation tingle your tongue.

O: a great beer that i could drink all the time.

07-29-2011 02:15:45 | More by ottovon
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4.43/5  rDev +5%

A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of a dark amber body with good clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Lots of dark, caramel malt with dry, black cherries and a bit of sour funk.

T - Dark, bready malt notes up front with a bit of sweet caramel and toffee. Sour cherry flavors kick up in the middle with a little bit of lime character and more caramel. The sweet and sour notes continue to push against each other through the lightly funky finish and the acidity finally wins out in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - I had high hopes for this bottle and it came through for me nicely. There is an immense character of cherry and acid throughout with enough rich malt to balance and even push back against the tartness at times. In the end, the beer favors the acid over the sugary notes, as it should, and this makes for a refreshing beer despite its relatively high ABV. Very nice, reminds me of a blend of Rodenbach Red and Duchesse.

07-28-2011 03:26:34 | More by nickfl
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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

I love most of the Cascade beers, but this is probably my least favorite.

Pours a light fizzy head with reddish maroon color.

Nose has cherry, sweet cherry syrupy almost, syrupy, tart cherry, a light sour acidic aroma.

Taste brings more tart cherry flavors, sweet malts, syrupy, a bit sour but not heavy, hint of tangy flavors and acidic. Finishes sticky and sweet with some lingering tart sour cherry flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carbonation, bit sticky and syrupy.

Overall not bad, my least favorite Cascade but still decent beer, nice tart cherry flavors, not a whole lot going on though.

07-24-2011 16:21:49 | More by jlindros
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

750ml bottle split 4 ways 17/7/11

A hazy light brown with little in the way of head or lace

S very tart with a little earthy funk and heaps of sour cherries

T a little wet wood on top of what I smell, very sour and dry cherry flavors come through a little earthiness

M medium bodied with decent carbonation, hard lip pucker and the flavors linger and my lips tingle like I've been stung by a bee

O pretty solid with plenty of earthy notes and a sour goodness that's hard to find

bottle from 2009 and I haven't a clue regarding age, not sure how this ages but I'd like to find out

07-18-2011 01:55:16 | More by wordemupg
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

2010 version.

A-Pours hazy, dark rusty metal color with cherrywood highlights. Very small eggshell white head that falls flat almost instantly, without a trace of lacing.

S- Cherry aromas are subtle. There’s a substantial lactic sourness in the nose, along with a funkiness not unlike mothballs, or an old dusty spice cabinet.

T/M- Tart cherry flavors ride a wave of barnyard funk, leaving dry fruit tannins in their wake. The mouthfeel is full and dry, with a puckering tartness that lingers into the finish. I short, this is a lacto bomb. Lactic tartness dominates the flavor profile beginning to end. Don’t serve this too cold, or it will overshadow the pleasant cherry flavors and earthiness that put the tartness in perspective.

O-A good bottle, but I can already feel the heartburn creeping in. Should be shared with a few people.

07-17-2011 23:19:48 | More by DaveHS
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

2009 Vintage

Cascade Kriek is a darker, cherry-stained brown color. It looks a little hazy, and has really nice crimson highlights with backlighting. A light tan head covers it. It stands about a finger and a half tall before quickly falling back to a surface covering. It held steady there for a while. Lacing was a little sticky, but light.

The nose is certainly good. Up front, it smells like strong sour cherries and oak. Those scents are very strong and resonate throughout. Musky and earthy notes are prominent. It smells a little sweet at times, but its strong vinegar-esque character seems to overpower it. There’s a hint of Belgian yeast, but not much. I suspect its buried among the other elements. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all.

The flavor kicks off with a very strong, sour/tart flavor. If you’re averse to sour or tart beer, this one is not for you. Sour cherries are very strong and flavorful. There’s a sweet side to it, but it’s definitely secondary. The oak barrel aging definitely imparts a strong oak flavor. It works very well with the sour/tart elements. Earthy and musky notes are strong throughout. Sourness surges on the tail. Alcohol is masked well. I’m not getting much at all. Finishes with a strong sour cherry flavor.

The body feels light-medium. Carbonation seems a little active and buzzy. It’s nearly smooth, but not quite. It does go down relatively easy. The sour flavor is rather intense, but I’ll finish off the 750.

Cascade Kriek is rather intense. If you’re not a fan of Flanders Reds or sour beers in general, this one might be a little much for you. I’m enjoying it, but I do think the sour aspect is just a little too intense. I’d prefer a little less. On the other hand, I’m not much of a cherry fan, but am definitely enjoying that aspect of it. The cherry flavor is simply delicious. Overall, it’s good stuff. Well worth checking out. Thanks a ton, Chris!

07-17-2011 03:31:49 | More by prototypic
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

2009 vintage courtesy of Sideswipe. Thanks John.

Murky, rusty, reddish, orangey color with a light tannish head of 2 fingers. Little spots of lace cling breifly and slowly slide back into the body.
Smells of dark, sweet, and sour cherries with lots of oak and vinegar. No noticeable funk, but I'm not worried about it.

The taste is hugely sweet up front with strong tartness halfway through and an intense sour bite at the finish. Big oak and fruity vinegar notes.

Medium body holds plenty of carbonation with a plush velvety feel.

Overall-- this is good. Not great, but certainly not bad. I enjoy the sourness.

07-16-2011 23:28:47 | More by AleWatcher
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4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

2008 Vintage. 8.1% ABV. Pours a dark red with hints of dark brown. Nice and hazy with a medium sized, cream colored head that goes down slowly. Scent is profound oak with hints of vanilla. Tart cherries mix well with the oaky aroma and vinegar. Taste is initially lactic vinegar with AMAZING vanilla oak flavors. The flavors are SO complimentary of each other and blend so well it's ridiculous. Tart cherries linger on the palate as the oak and vanilla slowly fade. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and surprisingly creamy. Very delightful. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. The alcohol is undetectable and I feel 3 years has done great things for this beer.

07-14-2011 05:19:57 | More by DovaliHops
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4.22/5  rDev 0%

2009 bottle shared with friends.

A - Reddish brownish color that was a bit cloudy. Little bit of tan head that didn't stick around for long and left a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Tart cherries, a little brown sugar, oak, and a slight bit of lactic sourness. Very nice.

T - Nice cherries and oak, it has all the woody and tart/sour notes you would want from a flanders red. Even my non-beer friends were enjoying this. Slight vinegar taste only adds depth and balance.

M - Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O - Very good beer, was pleasantly impressed with this one and enjoyed the taste very much. We tore through this bottle quite quickly.

07-08-2011 22:03:43 | More by AgentZero
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