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Figaro - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 78
Gots: 77 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 06-24-2011

Strong blond beers were aged in fresh Chardonnay barrels for three months and then additionally aged with dried Adriatic white figs and Spanish lemon peel. Aromas of sweet malts, figs, raisins and citrus zest greet you in the nose. Hints of Chardonnay grapes, lemon peel and sweet figs roll across the palate, leading to crisp lemon sharpness in the finish that will leave a lingering sweetness on the tongue.
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Ratings: 358 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by Beerandraiderfan:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #2200.

The one and only bottle purchased at my last trip to Churchills Pub. $40, I didn't think it was a bad price all things considered. Poured out a substantial blonde looking ale with a thin whispy white head on the top of it, no more than 1/2". An aroma that owes more to white wine than anything resembling your average beer (not that Cascade puts anything in a 750 that could be called average. . . their ipa's well, that does fit the bill). Lemon peel, and what I suspect is the white adriatic fig make out a sour, white wine grape kind of feel to it. I didn't pick up on any spiciness, I dunno if people thought it would have a bite like a fig newton or what.

Taste, nobody does clean, lactic sourness better, and this beer from Cascade is no exception. There's almost no funk in it, but tons of sourness and depth. The chardonnay aspect seems to produce lots of acidity, but said acidity also helps cover up what is almost 10% alcohol so very well. I think you'll taste lots more lemon in this one than fig, but the fig contribution is above nil, it comes off like a hodgepodge of different spice accoutrements. The toasted oak notes go very well with something with such a light body but impressive tart and sourness. Very acidic, very sour, but hides alcohol very well. Would drink again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BrianBeers1030
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best sour I've ever had

Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011 Project)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark orange and light amber in color with a thin near-white ring of small bubbles atop. Leaves dots of stick down the glass.

Lots of lactic acid/sour character in the aroma, along with good amounts of lemon zest, and what must be white fig notes, but I would describe it more as a white fruit (pear) aroma, if asked blind.

The flavor is very sour, like most Cascades, with good amounts of lactic presence, mild white wine flavor, and lots of lemon flesh and zest. There's a mild white fruit character as well. Very drinkable and very tasty. I wish this was more fruit-forward though, and better balanced with the sour character. A minor criticism, as this is still a delicious sour ale.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Good, but not one of my favorite Cascade sours.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-cloudy bright orange. Lacing is stringy and sparse with little stick. Average.

Tart lemon, white grape, oak and a rotting wood and cobweb funk. Some cherry sweetness too. Pleasant and moderately aromatic.

Opens sweet white grape with hints of oak, cobwebs, and lemon. Tart and puckering in the middle. Lemon rind, more grape, and grape and fig skin. A touch earthy in a good way. Ends prickly tart with an accented tart finish. Puckering, seedy aftertaste. This is really good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down foamy and bubbly. Finishes dry and puckering with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Excellent.

Cascade continues to impress and Figaro is no exception. Well balanced flavor with an excellent feel. The fig presence isn't really that noticeable but this is delicious nonetheless.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Urine yellow. Brief flurry of bubbles and then not much else.

Smell - Fruity. I'm not really able to differentiate the fig in this, but I'll go with it. Kinda citrusy.

Taste - Very sweet. Lots of stone fruit sweetness. Apple and I guess what could be fig. Not a lot of sour, but what sourness there is arrives just in time to cut the sugars.

Mouthfeel - Way too sweet for me and not enough sourness to balance it. A little boozy.

Overall - Not an impressive offering from Cascade. Too sweet, not enough sourness.

Photo of deathcharms
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Wasn't too big of a fan of it on tap. From a bottle it is delightful. Light golden color on it with a great fruity nose. Taste is a well balanced sour that blends well with the ABV and fruit quality in the beer.

Overall, not my favorite Cascade beer but its a really good one.

Photo of GRG1313
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Cascade just blew me away. One of the single best beverages I've tasted. Two years ago the Vlad and the Bourbonic "made" GABF for me. Now, Figaro may even be better.

Pours gold with short head that fades fast, but nice looking.

Nose is just all funk, tangerines, purple grapes and figs. Inviting, complex, very layered and pleasant in the extreme. Some tart apple acidic character in the nose just forces you to dive in.

Mouthfeel is tart, rich, nicely acidic and perfect carbonation, at least for me.

Flavor profile is amazing. Super complex, layered and easy. Hands down one of the nicest wild ales I've experienced and I've experienced a lot of them. Big rich and assertive oranges, tangerine, green apple and undertones of fig. There is a sweet/tart/funk front palate that just grows as the funk and tartness develop. Flavors are somewhat unique from other wild ales and sours and extremely impressive.

Finish is tart, crisp and has an orange/herb/spice character that leaves you wanting more.

I only wish I was in S.F. longer so that I could stop by City Beer again and have more. Hopefully, cans of this ( bottles??!!) will show up elsewhere. This is one not to miss.

Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a nice blonde color with a real foamy head.

Very zesty aromas of spices, lemon curds, some raisins and tart citrus tones. There is definitely a sourness to it, but it's slightly tart than it is outright sour.

Medium/full bodied with a real nice and smooth feel. Good flavor depth with notes of lemon curds, spices, and tart citrus'.

This was a really nice and well balanced beer. Had a nice tartness to it as opposed to being downright sour.

Photo of nataku00
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a small fluted glass at City Beer for their re-opening following renovation. I had tried a glass of this back during their 5th anniversary but didn't have time to take notes on it. Did think it leaned toward acetone in the aroma though. Hopefully some more time helped it out.

Darker orange with a slight bit of haze with some thin tan collar of head. The thin head does leave a decent bit of lacing that slides down the glass quickly. A few bubbles floating up here and there but not very active.

Nose is mainly sharp acidity, white wine vinegar, plums, but tamed a bit with an earthy and woody aroma. Poured pretty cold initially, but as it warmed, there are some sweeter stone fruits and a small hint of ripe fig.

Tastes pretty good, good initial sourness, white wine and cider vinegars, slightly sweet stone fruits. More over ripe figs in the flavor than in the aroma, almost like a rotten fruit flavor. Back end of a drink has earthy flavors. Finishes dry with a lingering earthy funk and vinegar acidity.

Medium with some good small bubble carbonation to help keep the tongue from being overwhelmed. Definitely a sipper with the bold flavors. Not as bad as when I tried it earlier this year so some additional age might help smooth harsher rotten fruit flavors that doesn't appeal to me.

Photo of largadeer
2.68/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at City Beer's 5th anniversary. Figaro is a high gravity sour brewed with figs; the exact details escape me.

Appearance: Hazy amber with a thin, fleeting head.

Smell: Heavy-handed spices and...pumpkin? Reminds me a lot of pumpkin pie. A huge lactic character, too. There's a touch of fig, but the spices are really pervasive and somewhat unpleasant.

Taste: An absolute shit-ton of spice and lactic acid. Sweet and heavy but also pretty stomach-churning - it doesn't taste bad by any means, but it's difficult to drink. Tastes more like pumpkin than fig to me, but maybe that's the spices playing tricks on me. A bit boozy, too; burns going down. By far this is my least favorite of the City Beer anniversary beers.

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is is clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a collar of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with hints of figs.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of flavors of oak and white wine from the barrel aging and has notes of sourness and lemon peel. Notes of figs are noticeable towards the finish.
M: The beer feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer smells more sour than it tastes. It has a similar sourness and wordiness compared to other Cascade beers that I've had, except that the fruit flavors are only really noticeable in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Semi cloudy yellow orange, nice carbonation.

S-Oak, grapes, lemon, the figs are there but not as much, nice funk.

T-Starts with nice funk, the wine barrels are there in both the oak and the grapes. Good deal of lemon and the figs are there as well.

M-Medium to lighter, nice carbonation and a dry finish.

O-One of Cascades better sours, not their best but definitely an enjoyable one.

Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml (2012 project) into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark orange with a nice white head.

S: Brett and lacto bring notes of pineapple, light must, and crusty bread. Lemony acidity, some oak tannins, vanilla, cream, a bit figgy.

T: Quick yet bracing lactic acidity, some minor acetic notes, rich fig and zingy lemon peel, drying chardonnay, tannic oak, with some subtle notes of white cake and vanilla maltiness backing everything up.

M: Medium-bodied with almost-frothy carbonation.

O: Another solid blonde sour beer from Cascade. Not as much complexity as I expected but I certainly tasted the main elements.

Photo of claspada
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber in color with a smallish, quickly dissipating nearly white ring of small bubbles that leaves some dots of lacing.

Aromas beging with a lot of lactic characteristics with good amounts of lemon zest, and some lesser green fruit notes which must be the white figs, but it comes across more like a raw pear.

The flavors begin very lactic and sour, even more so that the typical Cascade sours. After I get past that there is a mild white wine flavor with lots of lemon flesh and zest. There's that same mild green fruit characteristics as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is super lactic and tart, even for Cascade's standard.

Overall this may be my least favorite Cascade beer I have had to date. The flavors are just so lactic and tart and one dimentional for my tastes. While not a bad beer it is just a bit too brash for my tastes.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Pungent aroma of muscat grapes, citrus fruit, and oaky dill. Puckering acidity and quite dry. Apricot preserves. Finishes slightly funky. Not bad, but balance a bit off.

Photo of Dwkasper
4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at proletariat NYC.

Tart, funky, citrus, sweet, sour all in one. Complexity of the figs comes through. A little but of honey, fig sweetness in the finish

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Aaron! Served in a Cascade goblet, also courtesy of Aaron. Pours a moderate golden color. Nose has a good amount of Chardonnay with backing fruit and acid. Flavor has light fig and touch of lemon. Very dry and crisp with a nice acidity. Very easy to drink and the alcohol is almost completely masked. I never would have guessed that this was pushing 10%.

Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter

A- orangish golden haze color with a 2 inch head that reduces to a lacing around the rim quickly.

S- Tart fermenting grape smell, with acidic lemon. Slight hints of oak and vanilla. Chardonnay

T- Immediately Sour, classic Cascade style of sour.Figs? maybe Not sure. Oak, vanilla, Sweet , sour, lemon zest, white grapes, fermenting grapes.

M- Highly carbonated. medium body, nice overall mouth feel.

O- Very great Sour. Not sure the figs come through.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on notes from 11/23/13. Enjoyed out of a dark brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with "2012 project" marked clearly on the bright yellow label, which also reveals that this sour blonde includes dried white figs and lemon peel. Poured into a straight-top Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - A translucent, deep orange and amber, with plenty of ability to peer through the slightly hazy liquid. In the light there is an almost reddish highlight where the light refracts in the liquid-filled glass. Atop the body sits a foamy one and a half finger head of white made up of medium-sized bubbles. Fades away to nothing but a line of fine foam around the edge of the glass after a minute or so.

Smell - Hints at an extremely sour beer, with lots of sinus-searing acidity and vinegar along with lemon juice and zest. Fainter woody notes with hints of gentler, oaky vanilla come through from the barrels along with some tannins, But so far I'm not getting much of the fig. Still, if I didn't know this was supposed to have fig, I would be very enticed by the aroma.

Taste - Here, the lemon and oak are again present, but more dominantly, overpowering the buttery Chardonnay essence from the barrel. Lemon drop, white pepper, and citrus zest, with a pungent dose of tartness. It's quite good, but it's just a little too harsh. I love super sour beers as much as the next guy, but it's better when the sour intertwines with other characteristics to take the bite off.

Mouthfeel - Puckering, with the effect of making me salivate from the sourness. Medium body and moderate carbonation with a very dry finish.

Overall, a tasty beer, but probably my least favorite from Cascade out of my small sample size. The choice of lemon peel along with the very sour blonde ale makes for an intensely sour beer that got close to being too much. I typically love the way sour beers increase in sourness as you let them warm, but this one was so puckering to start that I almost couldn't finish it by the time it had warmed to close to room temperature. A nice beer nonetheless, but probably not one I'd go out of my way to purchase again.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very tart and fruity. Citrus and peach. Delicious beer.

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the barrel house back in June.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite complex and impressive, as I pick up considerable wine (chardonnay?), concord grape, honey, vanilla and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the interplay on the palate of honey, vanilla, concord grape and light sour is unusual and intriguing. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long finish of wine, honey and light sour. As is typical of Cascade beers, the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I really get no sense that this is a nearly 10% abv. beer.

Not that I'm exactly surprised, but this is another very impressive wild ale from Cascade.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.24.12
2011 Project

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a very fizzy light tan head that fades very quickly.

S - Citrus fruit, chardonnay, apples, oak, and fig.

T - Sweet subtle fruit, flowers, more oak and chardonnay, some slight tartness.

D - Lots of carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Smells more complex, but still tastes very nice. This one should develop nicely.

Photo of dar482
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear orange color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has lemon peel, tons of tartness, barnyard mustiness and funk along with some oak.

The flavor follows with a pop of bright tart lemon in the front along with a "fruit" note, possibly from fig, but not exactly. This is an extremely sour beer, one of the most sour I've had. The musty barnyard note then lingers after that attack of lactic and brings some funk into the equation. The barrels hits with some oak woody notes.

A very good beer from Cascade.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Barrel Room yesterday, served as the Live Barrel offering.

Mostly clear yellow with a dense, white head with great retention and lacing, this was one of the better looking beers I had at Cascade yesterday. The nose is surprisingly muted. There's dry white wine without any fruity aromas. The fig character seems muted, and I'll add the caveat that I've never had an Adriatic White Fig. Some stone fruit, lemon peel and honey are present.. The sourness is also fairly mellow, which is a pleasant change. The palate opens sour, mildly so with a great, fresh, fruity fig and apricot character. Honey and fruit are present, along with a bit of alcohol warmth as well as a mild spice character (is this is a different version from largadeer's review below?). Medium-light in body, medium-light in carbonation, this is solid stuff.

Photo of draheim
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL (2012 project) into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a 1-finger white head that recedes to a collar and film.

Aroma is sour, acidic, and a little vinous. Smells like fermenting white grapes and something a little earthier.

Taste is bright and lactic, sharp and tart. Nice sweetness as a counterbalance. Lemony zing and some spiciness in there too. Lots of oak character, and a nice vinous twang.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, refreshing. Dry finish.

Overall a very nice, refreshing sour from Cascade. I'd be happy to drink something like this every day if I could afford it.

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Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.