Figaro - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
08-08-2011 00:52:23 | More by DefenCorps
3.58/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
01-02-2013 15:26:04 | More by claspada
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-16-2014 01:41:08 | More by Axnjxn
4.23/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
11-05-2012 02:51:28 | More by Gobzilla
4.59/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
06-12-2014 01:38:53 | More by mynie
3.73/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
11-26-2012 17:20:50 | More by ehammond1
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
03-10-2014 18:47:28 | More by StJamesGate
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-17-2011 03:33:54 | More by ngeunit1
Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.