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Figaro - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 74
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of DovaliHops
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

DovaliHops, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of wolf_switzer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

wolf_switzer, Feb 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ShanePB, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

topdown, Feb 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

HumanParaquat, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

gueuzegossage, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

dachp, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

MacQ32, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

tclang, Jan 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

dipso123, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

oline73, Jan 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

cornejo, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

sclitch, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

ajzy, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

KevinmusPrime, Dec 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

MadeInOregon, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

liamt07, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Rudy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Rudy, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

LambicPentameter, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of berlinabb
4/5  rDev -3.6%

berlinabb, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of draheim
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

draheim, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Hoptometrist
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Hoptometrist, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Unchi
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Unchi, Dec 01, 2013
Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.