Figaro - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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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.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2013 06:54:31 | More by LambicPentameter
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2013 04:15:58 | More by SpeedwayJim
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2013 04:19:16 | More by draheim
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-07-2013 03:19:53 | More by Hoptometrist
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2013 16:43:37 | More by alpinebryant
Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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