Figaro - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 81
Gots: 83 | FT: 11
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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 rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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 ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -11%
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 ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a cloudy amber-orange color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head faded down fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lots of different fruits including some fig, white grape, prune, and some citrus. There is also lots of tart and funky elements as well.

T - Starts off with a nice kick of acidic sourness with some fig and white grape flavor. There is a bit of citrus and some funky elements as well. Through the middle, the tartness gets a bit stronger with some more funky flavors coming through. The finish is a mix of all of the different fruit flavors and lots of sour/tartness and funky flavors that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with some puckering acidic tart flavors.

D - Very drinkable. Really sharp and pungent flavors. The mix of fruit flavors really provides a nice complexity to the flavor and has a nice balance to it.

Photo of Tucquan
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-04-29 in Portland, OR at Cascade Brewing Barrel House on tap

Photo of WanderingFool
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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 ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I notice is the cork which is split with markings indicating the grabber was likely off center...beer may not have held up for much longer...
However, the beer pours a glistening, effervescent amber color with almost no head or sediment (although I have yet to reach the bottom). The nose is a sweet perfume, although it's not distinctly of fig or lemon. Regardless, there is something very unique and inviting about this beer's nose. A good swirl releases almost too much chardonay mixed with acetone, but the beer settles and smooths out as it warms. The taste is quite yummy with a reasonable amount of sweetness that isn't as acidic as expected. It definitely has a slightly figgy essence and decent amount of white grape in the finish. I would have preferred more fig in the nose and taste, at least something more distinct. But this is a damn tasty beer, one that's worth trying and one that would probably be quite good on tap.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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 inlimbo77
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml, 2011 Project
Mini snifter

A: Almost clear bright orange color. Not a lot of carbonation. Thin layer of bright white head. Disappears really quick to nothing.

S: Funk. Barnyard. Lemon peel. Citrus. Light fig notes behind that. Dry oak. Buttery chard character.

T: Sharp funk/sour hit initially. Not overly aggressive. Almost white wine like with that chard. Citrus is certainly there. Finish is really dry.

M: Lighter side of medium. Good palate cleanser in between stouts.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Project

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice somewhat cloudy golden color with some orange hues. There was a nice half inch medium dense head that forms. It recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma is a nice lactic sour note with notes of lemon and some tart vinegar. Citrus fruit notes with a slight background of sweetness. Mild ripe figs and some slight earthy wood in the nose. Aroma is tart and very vinous. Delicious white grape notes with some slight funky wood as well.

Flavor starts off with sour sour notes. Lactic sourness with some nice lemony notes. Lemon juice and lemon peel a plenty. Then the tartness is cut back by some nice fruit juice sweetness. Notes of grape juice and wine with some good sugary fig notes. The flavor has some nice woody oak notes to it mixed in with the great blend of tartness and sugary fruit sweetness. This is a great brew with some nice chalky yeast notes that are noticeable as it warms. Nice funk notes are present as well. Mouthfeel is well carbonated with a great tart and dry finish.

Overall. Cascade rarely disappoints an this is a very good one. Yummy wild tartness with some good citrus and lemony notes. Then some good slight fruit juice sweetness and a good dry earthy funk.

Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Figaro is a blend of strong blond beers aged for three months in fresh chardonnay barrels before some additional time spent with Adriatic white figs and Spanish lemon peel. Enjoyed at the Cascade Barrel House in Portland, poured into a taster glass.

Clear gold in color. A frothy, thin head of pure white soon becomes a thick, sticky ring.

Chardonnay is immediately noticeable in the aroma. Lots of white grapes, some buttery oak, green apple, vinegar, a little red apple. Smooth, mild sweetness.

Some cider character comes through in the flavor — might be the white fig. Sweet and fruity up front with a sour flash of vinegar in the back. White grapes, vinous oak, a hint of vanilla. Great showing from the barrels here.

The smooth medium body quickly fizzes into a more pillowy feel. Lots of carbonation here. A gentle tartness with no discernible alcohol.

Figaro makes me feel like singing. A great beer that strikes a perfect balance between sweet and sour. Good complexity, too.

Photo of draheim
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project. Pours a hazy, golden peach color with a medium-large white head that goes down quickly. Scent is VERY inviting. A good amount of Chardonnay, along with white grape skin, sour lemons, zesty lemon peel, and barnyard funk. Quite a bit of oak as well...damn this beer smells good. Taste is sour lemons up front, the lemon sourness is spot on with this one. Followed by chardonnay and white grape flavors. More lemon and a hint of peach and other stone fruit. Lots of oak and funk with this one. Very sour, with a bit of acidity. On the back of the tongue, you get a hint of fig sweetness. Mouthfeel is bright, and highly carbonated. Medium body with puckering crispiness. Drinkability is very high...you would never be able to tell this beer is 10% ABV. Overall, another AMAZING sour ale from Cascade. These guys never disappoint. I regret not purchasing two of these bottles.

Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Budinetz
4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cork and cage 750l bottle into a tulip glass. 2013 project on the label.

Pours a deep golden straw color with fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal lacing detected, which is characteristic of a sour style, and has very little lacing present, again, characteristic of the style.

Smells of lactobacillus, hearty oak barrels, wet vagina, and sweet malt. I get the year scent on eaxh and every transaction. It can't compete with the above.

Tastes of dry white wine, lactobacillus sour, sweet grapes, natural yeast, barrel aging.

Seek this out and drink it...drink one and age one. I paid $32 for one bottle and it was worth it. Sour sour sour tits.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Hoptometrist
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a pale and cloudy tangerine orange color with white head that dissipated instantly and left minimal lacing.

S- Quite sour and astringent aroma of lemon, apricot, and Belgian yeast.

T- This is a pretty sour beer with notes of lemon, orange citrus, peach, and a cinnamon-like spiciness.

M- Very dry, high carbonation, some warming, and medium body

O- I tried this one after Cascade's Apricot Ale and both were very sour, but this one had some more complexity and the spicy notes balanced some of the sweetness and sourness.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice clear golden orange with heavy carbonation , a nice pop and soon after just bubbles around the edges.

S: Aromas of sweet green apple, green grapes, chardonnay hints with oak of course from the barrels and the familiar lacto sourness from Cascade brewery.\

T: Wow, tart lemon rind and lightly tannic flavors from oak barrels and chardonnay wine hints. Highly carbonated with tastes of sour cream, oak, granny smith apple, green grapes and lactic acid. Orange rind, citrus hop presence, lemon peels. There is also the familiar sweetness that most cascades have that balance the extreme sourness of this beer. I remember buying this a few months back and thinking I would let it sit for a bit and it seems to be perfectly ready to drink . Overloaded sour depth with a high abv sweetness punch. One two knockout combo

M: Highly carbonated, not overly thick but well balanced with the champagne yeast finish.

O: Overall This beer comes together very well and I think this to be one of their strongest beers to date. Vlad is great and slightly more complex, but I think this is more enjoyable overall.

Photo of nataku00
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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 abeeronthebeach
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deeper orange interchanges with hazy straw gold

S - Foreshadows the lemon-based tartness which is soon to pepper the tongue

T - Assertive mouth-puckering tartness which I like. Tart white grape and lemon. No discernable fig.

M - Nice mouthfeel.

O - One of the better offerings I tried at Cascade. Generally I found their beers quite samey, but nonetheless this was a solid offering.

Photo of swanfungus
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle. More tart/sour than sweet.

Photo of Dwkasper
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
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 Sarlacc83
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 jethrodium
3.18/5  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.

Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Murky yellow. Citrusy, floral smell with a little Brett funk and oak. Taste is quite sour. Much lemon. Body is deceptively light for the alcohol level.

Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.