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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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818 Ratings
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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 231
Gots: 262 | 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
Kreik 2012 = 7.2% ABV

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-17-2008)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/red hue--almost like dark spiced apple cider; thin bubbly head; nice lacing for the style

S: Lots of tart cherries and apples; also a strong vinous and vinegary quality; a touch of sweet spice like cinnamon; this is cidery and awesome smelling

T: Nice fruity tartness up front--not over powering however; apples and cherries; such a dryness on the end--a touch of alcohol burn at the very back of the tasting

F: Bubbly, medium bodied beer; the fruitiness actually makes it quite sticky

O: A nicely balanced not over-powering sour; fruit is dry and subtle--really nice beer

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 17:42:41 | More by dbossman
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle marked 2009 poured into a Cantillon tumbler.

A: The brew pours a light mahogany color with mauve hues. A soft pour resulted in a bubbly two finger pinkish-white head that recedes quickly leaving very little lacing.

S: Tart cherries are hard to miss on the nose as huge bouquets of robust ripe cherries are wafting from the glass. The cherries are supported by a hefty dose of funky filled barnyard-like leather moldy boots, and a lactic sourness. Really inviting.

T: The flavor starts of on the front of the palate with some tart cherries and a wave of puckering sourness. Towards the back the funk kicks in with some pleasant barnyard, but not to overwhelming. The is a touch of toasted malt and cracked wheat that subtly emerges as it warms some more. It finishes very sour and bone dry with a hint of the oak barrels.

M: The feel is light to medium with plenty of carbonation to scrub the palate clean.

O: I think this was an interesting take on the Flanders Red in an over the top American way.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 03:53:08 | More by Neffbeer
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Audibly fizzy pour... A very thin slightly off-white colored head fades away in rapid fashion leaving no lacing at all... Some sharp carbonation bubbles can be seen blasting through the surface of the beer... The carbonation bubbles are small and rise quickly and can only be seen towards the top of the snifter... The color is a murky medium brown with some hints of red mixed in...

S - Spot on for the style... The sour tartness is at the forefront... Vinegar... Lactic acid... Hints of both cherries and grapes... Subtle notes of the oak barrel aging process emerge... A bit sugary...

T - Black cherries to start... A bit of brown sugar... Vanilla... The woodiness of the oak... A touch of funkiness... The sourness really emerges on the finishes...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Sleek... Just a touch of carbonation... A bit puckering throughout... Gets the saliva glands moving... A slight "burn" lingers in the back of the throat...

D - A potent Flanders Red Ale with a little bit of an exceedingly sour kick to it... A sipper for sure... Challenges the palette... A very fine brew none the less... Cascade makes some of the best fruit based sours around...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 01:50:49 | More by philbe311
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
2010 Bottling

A - Pours a slightly hazy and rusty copper color with a thin off-white head. Pretty straight forward look.

S - Lactic acid, vinegar and some lemon tartness up front. There is some cherry tartness and then some slight sweetness in the nose. Aroma is quite vinegary.

T & M - Starts off quite tart. Vinegar and some lemon notes. The middle turn into a much more fruity and cherry like tartness. But the sour ale portion still dominates. Some cherries, lemon, lactic notes similar to a Berliner Weiss. There is some slight funk, horse blanket and a bit of a chalky yeast near the finish. The finish is sour and has some slight sweet cherry notes. Body is light and refreshing with the intense tartness dying off a bit after it warms. Really good brew.

O - Delicious offering. All the sour ales from these guys/gals are awesome takes on the styles. Very refreshing and delicious but definitely not for sour rooks.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 00:43:35 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle. This one says 8.1% abv. Pours out like a good flanders should, red, a little gritty. Big cherry and oak aromas, followed up by that great sourness that gets the salivation buds going. I liked how the bottle was from 08, but the cherry aspect was still very present and didn't feel like it had died down. Also liked how different the cherries used here were from, say Door county cherries. Both great, but different.

Great taste, sour aspect was really there, mild cherry sweetness, full cherry fruit flavor, good pairing with the red base.

A cool alternative to higher priced sour krieks from across the pond. This one is almost as good as Cantillon or Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 18:56:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/9/11.

2010 Bottling.

A-Pours a dark cherry red with a finger of white head that leaves behind some nice lacing.

S-Sour and sweet cherry notes with some balsamic vinegar notes.

T-Tart cherries with a bit of leather, some slight sour, and vinegar with a sweet, tart finish.

M-Light to medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking and rides the fine line between sweet and sour that makes it very palatable.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 05:24:27 | More by samie85
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle of Cascade Kriek picked up tonight from Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting. $16.50 for a 750 ml.

I've had some rarer Cascade offerings in the past, but this is the first time trying their bread and better, Kriek. This beer is a beautiful, ruddy, rust red with a thin white head. The foam quickly subsides leaving just a loose off-white ring on the glass. The aroma solventy, spicy (like Chinese five spice), oaky and a little bit of cherry. There isn't much yeast funk in the nose, but the lactic acid dominates the taste. The acidity is the familiar round sour of Flanders Reds without the acetic, vinegary flavors that I dislike. The sweet and sour cherry flavor develop as the tartness fades. Oak tannins contribute some bitterness. There is also some juicy sweetness in the middle that is bright like the cherries which slowly falls leaving just the taste of sucking on cherry pits.

This is such a nice beer, I just wish the price wasn't so high. However, it is nice that this beer is readily available here in Philly

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 04:23:40 | More by Soonami
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL red waxed top bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2007 Vintage. Huge thanks to hopsbreath for the bottle!

(A)- A slow gusher, but not a drop was lost since I had a glass ready. Produced a bubbly, almost effervescent tan colored head with good retention and minimal lace. Poured a very dark and deep mahogany/burgundy color.

(S)- A really nice dry oaky funk with tart vinous-like vinegar soaked fruits. Very dry and earthy.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A really nice dry oaky funk and vinegar. A really good and potent sour acidity level without being too strong. Muted fruits, but still there.

(M)- A nice and crisp seeming carbonation level. The dry oak funk really works well while the fruits have muted. Very impressed even with 4 years or so on it. Not a searing sour, but hefty nonetheless.

(D)- A fantastic flanders ale. Has stood the test of time and still comes out on tap as one of the best I have had in the style. A joy to drink and enjoy. This bottle did not last long tonite.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 00:54:35 | More by sweemzander
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2007 bottle

The pour was wonderful, deep and dark red in color with a light tan head that came up to a height of around two inches before settling back down and leaving tons of lace all over the sides and bottom of the glass while never really falling much below the one inch level. The aroma was lightly tart, sour cherries, hints of earthy and spicy notes and even a touch of what seemed like brown sugar or something along those lines. Really very well done and quite complex. The flavor was a little less tart then what I would have liked but I have to admit was still done very well. Rich and full, it was never flat or boring and I have to admit I found myself returning back to it time and again for another go round.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:16:01 | More by mikesgroove
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Tumbler Glass

2009 Vintage

A- Pours a nice dark reddish brown with a thin off white less than a finger head that dissipates real quickly. Tons of carbonation in this one, cork exploded out and bubbles galore on the glass.

S- Sweet yet tart cherries, tons of funk from the yeast, Vinegar, wet hay, and some slight wood notes.

T- Delicious sweet cherry's with tons of funky sourness, Oak and vinegar.

M- Medium to light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a really strong tart/sour finish.


Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 01:54:54 | More by Arenbeer
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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to armock for the trade. I have had this several times at tastings, but this is the first bottle of my own.

2009 vintage.

A: Pours a near opaque ruby red color. A two finger beige head forms on first pour, that eventually recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: The aroma is bursting with sour/tart cherries. Real fruit. Some vinous red wine like aromas. Big wood/oak as well. The nose finises a little sweet with some vanilla. Just excellent.
T: Big tart fruits of cherries. Wine like with some wood. The cherry acidity and the wood works perfectly together.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Really crisp, clean and dry. Almost tannin like as well. The sourness is strong, but a great beer to sip on.

This is a great Flanders sour. Lots of flavor, that is spot on. Something I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 21:03:43 | More by champ103
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bottling. The first of a few beers to enjoy tonight after taking my last final for law school ever. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a ruddy dark red into my LadyFace Tulip. Slight bubbles appear on the surface allowing just a hint of head that dissipates quickly to the sides of the glass leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Mouth puckering sour/tart cherry aroma. Slight barnyard funk, a hint of wet hay, a dryness, and also some sweet spots shine through like cherry juice.

Taste – Woah, if the nose was puckering, the taste is way more so. Tart, and I mean tart sour cherries are prevalent with some oak characteristics right up front. Quite acidic and reminds me of popping a few warheads into my mouth at the same time as a child. Dries the inside of my mouth out. Wow, I’m really enjoying this.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, a decent amount of prickly carbonation, finishes quite dry.

Overall – I have a 2009 that I saved and was told I should try this fresh so here I am. A fantastic Flanders and am glad I choose to open this up tonight and have another to sit on. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:53:49 | More by SpdKilz
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Corked and caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- pours an ugly, murky shade of brown, but the head is really impressive, about three fingers worth and a nice tan shade. The head fades pretty quickly with bubbles fizzing the whole time. It's a really cool visual, and a rare auditory experience with a beer.

S- some mild cherry funk. Getting some oakey, red wine esque aromas out of it too. About what I expected from a kriek

T- the sour is strong within this one. Nice pucker, with a finish of some slightly tart cherries.

M- thin, but really carbonated. Like, really carbonated. But that's totally a good thing in this one.

O- this beer is an experience. The pop I heard when I pulled out the cork was one of the loudest I've ever heard. The weird smoky discharge from the bottle was a dark white, and seemed really mystical. The carbonation on the pour was out of this world. Taste-wise, the beer is about par for the course for a sour...nothing extravagant, but damn good and worth another buy.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:50:37 | More by bigfnjoe
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4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fogdog for this bottle.
Corked and caged bottle. 2009 vintage. Split into tulips.

A: Muddy brown hue with red edges. About an inch of dark khaki head fades quick and leaves soapy lace.

S: Oak infused sour cherry aroma is huge. Just a hint of funky moldy crushed cherry can be picked out. Vinegar and lactic sour are present but not overpowering at all.

T: Full on sour cherry pie. Great push and pull of sour then sweet. Mild oakiness. Again vinegar and lactic sour are balanced. Not much funk but it really doesn't need it.

M: Medium creamy body. Mild carbonation.

O: Fantastic sour cherry flavor. I could drink this everyday. One of the best American Flanders I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 00:56:05 | More by beerwolf77
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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown color. Small light violet head that dissipated quickly. Almost perfect except the head left too soon.

Smell: Mild funk, sour cherries, and mild acetic notes.

Taste: Sour cherries, mild acetic notes, and a touch of funk. A healthy dose of sour comes across with all the flavors. Slight tannic notes from the oak aging along with tart cherries come through in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Moderate body with a light but brisk carbonation results in a satisfying mouthful.

Overall: Good sour that pleasantly surprised me.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 22:22:29 | More by IKR
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle poured into a Stolzle Glass.

Color is much darker than I expected. Deep brown-redish color with a healthy head that goes away pretty fast. Not a whole lot of lace.

The cherries stand out in the smell. Very powerful, but hidden in there are other things, the sour you will soon taste, the barrel just slightly.

The taste is outstanding. Very excited about it. Much sour than what I expected as so many american "sours" end up being sweet. The cherry and oak barrel are there, but they seem masked by the tartness just a bit. Finishes off nice and clean.

Mouthfeel was also a bit more lively than I expected. Carbonation is there, but not overpowering. Feels like it dances in your mouth asking to be drank more.

Overall it was pretty great in my book. A little high on the price tag, but good enough that I am going to try to get more of their beers!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 20:13:27 | More by benpopper
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2009.

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a chalice.
Fizzy head disappeared almost as soon as I poured it. No bother. Deep reddish brown. Slightly murky haze. No lacing left on the glass, but it's fairly sour so I didn't expect it.

Smell is sour tart cherry with a bit of funk. Taste is amazing. Rip juicy cherry with a viscous middle an dry, sour finish. Then the barnyard funk kicks in. Not overpowering funk but perfectly balanced. This beer is a joy.

Mouth watering pucker finish. Sour but not too much. To me, this beer is strikingly similar to 3F our kriek. Delicious and an excellent offering!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 22:33:05 | More by nniicckkww
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4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 Vintage

A: Dark ruby color, good clarity. Moderate red-tan head.

S: Intense dark cherry, some mild lactic notes. Maybe just a hint of chocolate.

T: Sour pie cherry, just a great purity of the fruit flavor.

M: light carbonation, long cherry linger

O: A real homerun. Very drinkable, very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 02:11:30 | More by kscaldef
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter for Easter dessert, paired with chocolate mousse. Let me say the pairing is out of this world, Chocolate really brongs out the cherries.

Appearance: Hazy red/pinkish color with no head. so pretty in a nice snifter.

Aroma: Tart cherries, that pretty much it.

Taste: Not as sour as I expected, the cherries dominate and it is a very tasty and refreshing drink after a big meal.

Overall: My first taste of a Raccoon Lodge/Cascade beer. Very well done, I look forward to trying anything they do in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 12:54:28 | More by chriswilkes33
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3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Opened on April 26, 2011.

Unexpectedly brown, with some bright carmine hues shining through. This particular bottle was bought for a trade that went in a different direction, so let's call the color caput mortuum ("worthless remains"). A little bit of slightly yellowed head leaves nice lacing.

Sweet cherries, oak, strawberry vinegar, and lactic acidity. No real balancing funk (unsurprisingly) and little supporting malt backbone, but the aroma is nice enough, featuring enough tartness to tickle and intrigue the nose.

Slightly tart cherries on the front of the palate. Very mild oakiness and a decent [berry] vinegar washes over the caramel maltiness. The one really surprising feature is the playfully high carbonation. It's a little distractingly high, but also brings a nice tart cherry reprise on the finish.

Pleasant enough and quite quaffable, Cascade's Kriek is a fine offering, though it lacks some of the complexity of other Cascade offerings (as well as other AWAs). I just wish there were a little more balance here - a little more body, a little more oak, a little more brett - but it is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 01:18:26 | More by Verecund
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes had at Monk's.

appearance: pinkish red with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

smell: sour, tart cherries,

taste: cherries, tart, sour, sweet

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: This was an excellent sour beer. Loved all the different cherry flavors that came threw in this beer. Will definitely be haunting down some more Cascade Beers.


Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 17:47:02 | More by THECPJ
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 2 wine glasses. 2008 bottling.

A- Pours a brown ruby hue. Some bubbly head that quickly fades.

S- Sweet and tart cherries. A definite tang, some slight musk. Has a zing and is bold.

T- An interesting flanders red. Tartness with a light vinegar. The cherry notes starts from tangy unripe that fades to a ripe sweet infusion. Also a woodsy and slightly earthy flavor in finish. A really good Flanders red.

M- Fills palate, tart is bold. Kinda acidic on teeth but not grating. Wet, crisp, some zesty on palate, medium bodied.

O- The alc is not present. Very drinkable and enjoyable. A memorable Flanders Red. Been craving more. Def check this out. ~$12

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 13:42:40 | More by busterthecat
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as a nice extra from augustgarage. Didn't realize until a few months later it's a 2008! Thanks, buddy! Into chouffe tulip.

A- Nice deep ruby brown with a very active tan head that settles in the blink of an eye. Carbonation keeps a tiny outer ring of bubbles throughout the pour.

S- Sweet cherries, mild vinegar, some undefined earthiness.

T- Cherry skin comes through pretty heavily. Kiss of vinegar- it's very much in the background. Slightly puckering tartness builds as it warms with a rich fruit-flesh burst of cherry, oak dries it out a bit in the finish. The 'abrasive' qualities of this style are restrained nicely, nothing overpowering or out of line.

M- Carbonation is high for the style, but that helps move it along and turns it into something very drinkable. I knocked out a little carbonation from the first glass, though, and found it drank better that way.

O- This isn't my favorite style of beer- but styles be damned, I enjoy this cascade offering. Very drinkable- esp. for 8%- great fruit flavors. Worth seeking out for sure.


Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:03:13 | More by ShogoKawada
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4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the 2009 bottling, sampled at ebf notb reviewing from notes.

The beer pours a brilliant red color with a nice fluffy off white head. the smell is funky sour and with cherries upfront. the taste follows suit with a huge blast of sour cherry and wonderful funkiness. the mouthfeel is medium to light and well carbonated, with definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 20:23:15 | More by rowingbrewer
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District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottling from the Barrel House. Deep, murky reddish-brownish-orangish with a machiatto colored head that has pink hues to it. Pops, fizzes and crackles, but fades and doesn't leave much lace. Still very pretty. Nose is fruit up front for sure. Very nice dark and sour cherry profile here. Oak, vanilla, slight hint of funk, acid, and maybe a touch of chocolate and malt. Very strong nose. Reminds me of rock 'n roll, while lambic and flanders reds/browns usually make me think art with more mellow music in the background. Taste leads off fruity (dark cherry) gets sour in the middle and slinks away fairly cleanly with some malty accents sweetening and rounding it out. medium-full body with perfect carbonation that lightens things up just enough. At times, I was actually schwilling this beer, taking multiple gulps at once. Very good sign for me. overall, awesome. cascade is really taking things to the next level if you ask me. simply delicious and enough attitude and personality to really give it a good feel with a sense of place/terroir. winner. i will be putting several of these away.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 12:42:44 | More by timtim
Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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