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Figaro - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

260 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 71
Gots: 35 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 06-24-2011)
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

08-14-2013 01:35:24 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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largadeer

California

2.65/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 13:43:56 | More by largadeer
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IrishColonial

Texas

3/5  rDev -27.7%

07-13-2014 00:42:20 | More by IrishColonial
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -27.7%

01-09-2013 16:31:47 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 17:56:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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jethrodium

California

3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at City Beer Store. This was one was marked "LP" and I believe spent a little bit longer in the barrel than the other version. Pours a slightly hazy light golden amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is fig, cinnamon, lactic acid, and some oak. The taste has some initial sweetness with fig and cinnamon. There is also a lactic tartness and a bit of oak. It finishes with a bit of sweetness and lingering fig. Medium body. Low carbonation. A bit more sweetness than I like and the cinnamon was a bit too prominent. This was a bit better than the version I had about a year ago which I remember as being burningly acidic.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 05:57:56 | More by jethrodium
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Zman632


3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

03-15-2013 23:04:56 | More by Zman632
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

09-17-2012 11:08:45 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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beertunes

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

01-12-2013 00:03:39 | More by beertunes
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CoolEthan

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

06-24-2013 01:27:00 | More by CoolEthan
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live barrel at cascade barrelhouse. Overpriced 8oz. Seriously, 7.50?

A: Placid orange color. No lacing by the time its transferred from the tap to my seat at the bar.

N: Lactic sourness pervades. Lemon and orange zest. Some white grape. Not complex in the slightest.

T: Medium sour quality without much depth. Lemon and lactic acid. I swear I got a seed in my teeth. Really don't get the figs or much else. Chardonnay barrel shows up with the slight vinous white wine aspect. Points for hiding the 9.5ABV,though.

M: Spunky and biting. The best part about this beer.

O: I expected worse. This is clean and summery, but it doesn't have a lot worth recommending since it never grows out of the base strong blond ale. In fact, if I had this blind, I might think it was the base beer. Not going to remember this one as anything other than a tick, and maybe the previous barrel was better, but if this is similar at all to the bottles, it's a pass.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 02:27:02 | More by writerLJBerg
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MkUltra84

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

02-19-2012 17:10:38 | More by MkUltra84
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-04-2014 03:03:55 | More by ajzy
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Adamostella

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

12-14-2012 04:08:43 | More by Adamostella
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JKV96

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

03-22-2014 22:59:54 | More by JKV96
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nkelley77

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-17-2014 21:47:20 | More by nkelley77
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Phobicsquirrel

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

10-02-2013 09:46:46 | More by Phobicsquirrel
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-21-2013 20:32:20 | More by kscaldef
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claspada

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 15:26:04 | More by claspada
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ehammond1


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 17:20:50 | More by ehammond1
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-20-2013 14:17:46 | More by acurtis
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PretzelCity

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-14-2014 21:23:37 | More by PretzelCity
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

02-24-2014 19:02:09 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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Eighty

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

02-24-2014 22:02:34 | More by Eighty
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-12-2014 18:59:13 | More by oline73
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Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.