Kriek Ale
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Kriek AleKriek Ale
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From:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #16
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,558
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 8.06%
Reviews:
304
Ratings:
900
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 07, 2022
Added:
Apr 17, 2008
Wants:
  253
Gots:
  344
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Kriek AleKriek Ale
Notes: This NW style sour red ale is blend of red ales aged in oak barrels for up to eight months, then aged on fresh Bing and sour pie cherries for an additional eight months. Aromas of rich, dark cherries, oak and slight hints of cinnamon are noticed up front. Dark, tart cherries and light spice notes dance on the palate and lead to a rich, dark, tart sparkling finish of dark cherries and oak.

Note:
Kriek 2007 = 6.6% ABV
Kriek 2008 = 8.1% ABV
Kriek 2009 = 7.3% ABV
Kriek 2010 = 7.1% ABV
Kriek 2012 = 7.2% ABV
Kriek 2013 = 8.2% ABV
Kriek 2014 = 8.2% ABV
Kriek 2015 = 7.1% ABV

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Rated by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2021
Dec 07, 2022
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Rated by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Divine
Oct 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
April 2017: 750 ml corked & caged bottle, as Cascade Kriek Northwest Sour Ale, ale aged in oak barrels with cherries, 2015 project. ABV is 7.1%. At Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Brownish red colour, moderate to small off-white head with a peachy hue. Aroma of sour cherries, lactic acid, oak and farmhouse. Medium sour flavour, distinct notes of sour cherries, lactic acid and oak.
Aug 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Aug 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2020
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Rated by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2013 drinking amazing
May 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.26 by themayorkoch from Ohio

Jan 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by caffeinelogic from New York

Jan 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by mwvman from Indiana

Nov 05, 2019
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy deep amber red colour with a one finger beige head that dissipated quickly but settled to a thin layer while leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart, cherries, oak, maybe some mixed berries.

Taste: Sour, tart, cherries, oak and a hint of spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice cherry flavours, slightly acidic, but not overly so.
Oct 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by Bum4ever from California

Sep 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.72 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by BltByKrmn from New York

Jul 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Jul 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2017 from the bottle...

A deep dried blood red with auburn and chestnut highlights bordering the clean body towards the browner side of the spectrum. It would be still looking if it weren't for the few rising bubbles hopelessly devoted to supporting some kind of cap above, but a failed attempt nonetheless.

Sweet and sour cherries clearly and proudly display themselves front and center with a mouthwatering acidity. Deep red wine, oak barrel and all shine from withing. A touch of pepper and damp mulch linger in the end.

Wow, this thing tastes like straight sour grape and cherry Fun Dip. I think the puckering powdery tartness not only exemplifies the feel, but must be considered a flavor to this beast as well. As it warms, oak certainly comes through along with a boysenberry sweetness.

Feel?... See above. Add some strong tannins, an initial slickness, a wood stripping acidic drying tartness,and almost no carbonation, and viola. There you have it.

This is a sour to compete with the most of sours. Delicious, well executed, but so friggin intense like most of the offerings I've had the pleasure of enjoying. Certainly not for the faint of heart.

Cheers.
Jun 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by jbertsch from Massachusetts

May 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.87 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Apr 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
5 oz pour on tap. Nice sour brown ale/cherry pie flavor. Moderately complex with hints of oak and leather. Slightly sweeter than I would prefer. A tasty beer but not world-class.
Apr 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Mar 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.37 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Mar 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by denver10 from New Mexico

Feb 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Jan 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by npachl from Wisconsin

Jan 07, 2019
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Deep mahogany; insane pomegranate, glace cherry, port, soil + a bit of cheese rind on the nose; autumn leaf, tannins, barrel, lactic, deep cherry + winey linger.

4.25 4.75 4.5 4.25 4.5

Outrageous nose. As much barrel as sour and the cherries play well. Only more beautiful as it opens. I’m still a bit baffled by the variations in Flanders Reds, but this is possibly Cascade’s best, and that’s no small feat.
Dec 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by GlennWB from West Virginia

Nov 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.45 by joshkeyes from Rhode Island

Oct 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Oct 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.37 by vfgccp from New York

Oct 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Oct 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Marvicsin from California

Aug 26, 2018
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
It pours hazy reddish brown under a pinkish tinted cream colored cap. It has funky tart cherry smell with a hint of oak. The flavor is lemonade tart and filled with cherries. An elegant and very drinkable beer.
Aug 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by Budlum from Maryland

Jul 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by jpd026 from New York

Jun 18, 2018
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Reviewed by rand from California

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 mL corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass

2013 project, opened on the date of this review.

Leather-mahogany appearance, effervescent with low viscosity, resulting in a quickly dissipating head.

Funk-forward nose, with lots of surrounding oak, tart cherries and must. A bit more cherry-forward in its flavors, while aging has mellowed any sharp sour aspects, revealing more malty sweetness. Plenty of brett-funk and dry grassy notes, layering the flavor profile. Brew has relatively long finish, dry and berry tart.

This holds up really well in storage. I've had this fresh several times, it's actually easier to throw back with a few years under its belt.
May 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Roustabout from District of Columbia

4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Best US-made Kriek I've laid hands on, and in competition for my favorite full-stop. Leathery funk and cherry pit. Somehow outside the realm of what humans are usually allowed to put in their mouths. Yeah. Ok. Yeah.
May 25, 2018
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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2014 project
Feb 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jan 06, 2018
Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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