Figaro - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 414
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 25.49%
Wants: 79
Gots: 92 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some slight fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but there are no real distinct fig aromas or flavors in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

maybe the best ive had from cascade, which is really saying something because everything they do is pure gold. this is incredible, chardonnay barrels with figs and lemon peel. i will say that the lemon is quite subtle, a moderately zesty citrus thing in there, but not as sharp or biting as lemon peel can be at times. the chard barrel adds a ton of acidity to an already sour beer, but the meaty fleshy fruity raisin and branny fig flavors and textures really balance it out. there is a vein of sweetness running through it too, never too much or clinging to the teeth or anything, but enough to cut back some of the lactic intensity from the fermentation. oak character is heavy, grapes and figs marry happily, and the lemon peel seems to lighten both the alcohol sting and the body, which is more cereal forward and robust than other cascade fruit beers. i loved apricot, still do, but this may take over for it in terms of uniqueness, attention to detail, and overall impression. the mouthfeel is crushed velvet, seductive and permanent. i cant wait to drink this beauty again some day, thanks to my brother for sharing this gem!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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%.

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Photo of largadeer
2.68/5  rDev -35%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%

The beer is light golden with a mild haze and a quarter inch of white head. Aromas include wild funk, yeast, stone fruit, apricot, pear, peach, oak. Dark fruit and gig character emerge more in the flavor. Absolutely delicious. Complex and wonderful. Puckering finish. An outstanding beer from Cascade.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Cascade Barrel Room in Portland, OR.

Pours a very clear golden colour, with striking clarity. Some ringing, patchy lace is pretty much all that exists of the white head. No visible carbonation. Solid, but not inspiring.

The nose is gorgeous, however. Vinous, bright sauvignon blanc characters give a clean, pickled acidity. Gooseberries, passionfruit all laced with a slight earthiness. Very impressive. It's not all the complex, but you just want to keep inhaling it nonetheless.

Light, acidic sparkle on the front gives a clean crisp entry, before the middle gives characters of gooseberry, sharp, bright herbs and a hint of chlorine. Clean finish with a light citrus overtone. Despite the acidity and sparkle, it feels really smooth all over; so much so that it almost feels like its defining characteristic—the feel is creamy. It's odd for a wild, but it works.

Really nice drop this one. Like many of the others, the acid builds up after a while, but the smoothness holds this in check for longer than some of the others. Still, this is another impressive beer in an amazingly impressive range from Cascade. This was the last I tried on my visit, and it left me with the impression of having experienced a truly remarkable place.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a clear burnt orange with a fizzy white head that starts big but mellows out leavig some white bubbles and no lacing

S: Lacto, chardonnay and lemons but very little in the way of figs

T: Initial sharp acidic notes, lemons and chardonnay ride on a lacto backbone with a little bit of oak. The fig presence is light. The finish is clean, sharp and acidic.

M: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, a light booze sting, acidic again

O: Not bad. I wish I could have picked up a little more fig in my Figaro

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle onto a tulip.

hazy orange color, good head that fades quickly. smell of lemon zest, sourness.. taste features a ton of oak. white grapes. lemon. moderate sourness. ABV undectable. Medium bodied,.medium carbonation.

overall just another winner from cascade. lovely.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a orangish in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice finger of foamy white head with good retention that left a little wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots going on in the aroma consisting of white grapes, acidic character, slight herbs, not so much presence from the figs, plenty of chardonnay barrel qualities, and a bit lemon citrus.

T: the figs fruit was more apparent on the palate alongside the great chardonnay barrel character, but had herbs, lemon peel citrus, vinous, hints of raisins, acidic funkiness, very nice oaky accents and a touch of vanilla as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with good amount of carbonation which had a slightly fruity, citrusy, acidic, funky, vinous, oaky, mildly sweet, and tart finish.

O: A lot of people at the tasting weren't really digging this beer but I thought it was really good. More for me Haa.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased online, 2012 Project.

A- hazy to cloudy orange with a 1-2 finger head of foam that persists like crazy. Lacing? Yep, it has it.

S- I can definitely smell the Chardonnay Oak Barrel aging used. Super sour fruity aromas, a hint of vanilla, not sure if I get any of the white figs mentioned on the label but I am not that familiar with 'em.

T- fruity sourness out of the gate, some kind of weird but nice flavour, white figs?, mid palate and again in the finish. I'm now tasting some of that lemon peel citrus that brings more dryness to my taste buds. The abv is on the high side, imho, but doesn't interfere with my enjoying the brew. Even say, at a much lower abv, I think one 750 at a sitting is enough. I love my sours but pretty much in limited quantities so I can look forward to my next go at one.

M- medium bodied, lively carbonation(there was a HUGE pop when I pulled the cork out and I did lose an ounce or two from this straight from the fridge bottle)

O- Beers like this keep making me turn to Cascade for my sour fix. Whether I order directly from the brewery or from an online store, which I used because I also got to order their Tangerine Dream that was not an option from the brewery's online store.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a modest off-white head that settled to an island/ring after a bit, some lace, and a hazy orange amber color. Aroma is yeast, fruit, spice, malt, slight barnyard. Body is just exactly right and hides the alcohol well. Finish is easy and alcohol is hidden. Fairly drinkable for this style of brew.

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Photo of dar482
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Figaro is a dude who one time got married. Many years later, they made a Bugs Bunny cartoon about his famous exploits. And now, today, he is immortalized in beer form.

Pours limp but lovely colored.

Smells excellent. Sour fruit, sour wine. Green grapes, flowers, and tinned figs.

Tastes as it smells, but bolder and deeper (if that makes sense; if, all of a sudden, it's okay to speak about flavors in terms of depth). Starts with lightly tart, effervescent fruit. The key is the lightness of the tart nodes--I'm enjoying the sour, but it's not like I'm drinking an Atomic Warhead. This moves into a juicy middle that's like a thickly alcoholic shandy made out of blonde ales, and the finish is more fruit against white wine nodes. Very nice.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Shiny gold with snowy film.
White balsamic nose with fruity undertones.
Lemon, white grape, spiced golden sultana chutney, tart zestiness, more white vinegar bite, a chardonnay edge and grapefruit sorbet ending.
Lemon curd hard candy (!) finish and dry linger.
Crisp, dry, no heat at all.

Complex, subtle, balanced, and nuanced. Made to marry with goats’ cheese. Opens well, amazingly intricate, rewards revisits.

Probably the best American sour I’ve tasted.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples, corked and caged, 2013 Project poured on 1/10/15. Price was a bit steep at $37.99 so better be good. Pours hazy golden orange colored with lots of bubbles lacing the glass and just a white tiny thin ring of head on top. Aroma of barnyard funk, vinegar, sweet fruits, lots of oak, hint of vanilla and a bit of a menthol note that I don't like. Flavor is nice. Sweet and sour up front, notes of honey, vinegar, lots of sweet fruit, tart lacto, dry oak on the finish, bit of lemony tartness. Definite Chardonnay like influence with vicious warming notes throughout. Don't get a lot of dog flavor here but what sweet fruit notes are present (and there are a lot) are very nice. Spritzy carbonation, dry finish, medium light body (very light for the high ABV). Overall a nice sour from a brewery that is mostly hit or miss for me.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cascade Brewing Barrelhouse in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with a slight orange hue. One finger white head. Good retention. No lacing. Smells vinous, tart, oaky, mildly funky, sweet grapes, moderately acidic. Flavour is on the sweeter side, grapes, lemon, vinous, oak, slight leather, citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly dry but substantial, on the sweeter side. Overall, I found this to be balanced nicely between the acidity of the base and the sweetness of the adjuncts, but it is a bit muddled with all of the ingredients.

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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.

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Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.