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Figaro - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 80
Gots: 68 | 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: 344 | Reviews: 50
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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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%.

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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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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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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.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.