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Figaro - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

260 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 71
Gots: 35 | 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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dansmcd

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-24-2014 05:07:50 | More by dansmcd
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-16-2014 15:25:09 | More by KevinGordon
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510a

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-16-2014 08:20:11 | More by 510a
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 01:41:08 | More by Axnjxn
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DovaliHops

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 06:36:35 | More by DovaliHops
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wolf_switzer

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-12-2014 16:30:23 | More by wolf_switzer
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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topdown

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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HumanParaquat

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-29-2014 01:27:17 | More by HumanParaquat
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gueuzegossage

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-22-2014 23:03:59 | More by gueuzegossage
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dachp

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-20-2014 20:30:06 | More by dachp
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-18-2014 19:04:10 | More by MacQ32
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tclang

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-15-2014 23:24:20 | More by tclang
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dipso123

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-13-2014 17:09:06 | More by dipso123
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-12-2014 18:59:13 | More by oline73
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cornejo

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-06-2014 19:35:17 | More by sclitch
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-05-2014 06:04:46 | More by zestar
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-04-2014 03:03:55 | More by ajzy
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-31-2013 14:53:55 | More by KevinmusPrime
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MadeInOregon

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-29-2013 04:12:49 | More by MadeInOregon
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-23-2013 02:52:41 | More by liamt07
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Rudy

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-21-2013 14:51:28 | More by Rudy
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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
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berlinabb

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-11-2013 23:56:48 | More by berlinabb
Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.