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Cascade Kriek Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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289 Reviews
Cascade Kriek AleCascade Kriek Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
cascadebrewing.com

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

Added by ccrida on 04-17-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
289
Ratings:
1,117
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.61%
 
 
Wants:
252
Gots:
342
For Trade:
40
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Reviews by kojevergas:
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"2011 project". 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap/cage over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'm really in the mood for a Kriek. 7.62% according to my bottle.

Served a bit warmer than straight-from-the-fridge cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork yields a satisfying pop upon removal. No issues with surging or anything like that.

A: Pours a two finger khaki head with tinges of pink. Decent cream and thickness. Respectable retention for the somewhat high ABV relative to the style. No lacing. Body colour is a rich dark ruby red. Nontransparent; non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Suits the style, though it'd be more attractive if it were brighter.

Sm: Sour cherry, oak, rich malts, bacterial yeast notes, and acidic fruit skin. Nutmeg/subtle spicing. Pie crust when I look for it. An above average strength aroma.

T: Nicely acidic sour cherry and cherry skins are dominant. That's tasty. Good tartness - a must in any good kriek. Foundation is unobtrusive and supportive of the main notes. Oak is present as an understone. The tart sour bite puckers the palate right on the climax, then bleeds through the acidic almost wine-like finish. The balance is a bit compromised by the biscuity sweetness in the late second act, but the beer remains delicious. Any spicing is subtle and largely drowned out by the sour cherry notes. Wow that's good. I get fruit and heavy sourness. Bacterial yeast is somewhat restrained. Hints of pie crust if you really search past the tart cherry - but it's difficult because the cherry zing is so affronting. This is exactly what I was looking for. Well layered and brilliantly executed. Some bready grains come through more as it warms. The cherry is just full and delectable.

Mf: Smack-your-lips luscious and crisp. Smooth and wet. Near perfect presence on the palate. Ideal carbonation. Complements the flavours brilliantly.

Dr: Incredibly sour and tart - exactly what I want and hope for in a Kriek. This is a delightful sour, and I imagine some might criticize it for being too sour - but me? I love it. Highly recommended; I'll definitely be picking up more of this treat in the future. Might get better with age, but I doubt it would last long if it was in my vicinity. I'm very excited to try more from Cascade. This is one hell of a kriek. In spite of its sourness, it's incredibly drinkable.

High A-

Would pair brilliantly with an acidic salad.

Recommended for aging up to 3 years if you have the willpower.

I enjoyed it cold, but it did get a bit better as it warmed.

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More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TCHopCraver
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 8-21-10. Thanks to zoso1967 for supplying and TCGoalie and BuckyFresh for the enjoyable tasting.

A: Pours a ruby-amber with an off-white, 1.5 finger head that retains very well. The lacing is splashy and sinewy - off the charts good. This is a very pretty, enticing brew.

S: A very fruity aroma of cherries and fresh Grannie Smith apple greets my nose. There is also a fresh rose scent intermingling with the fruit aromas. A smell of fresh mint leaf also resides within this beer's premises. All in all, fresh is the word to describe this scent.

T: Wow, this is by far the sourest of the sour ales that I have tried. So very sweet and sour at the same time. I'm not getting too much cherry from the taste, but I am getting a lot of crisp, sour apple flavors. I think sour patch kids and gummy bears just met at the nexus of the universe in my mouth.

M: An absolute tart bomb on my mouth. Sour, sticky, and puckering, this might be just a little too much for my palate to handle, but it is an intriguing and exciting feel.

D: A must try due to just how sour it is, but not a beer that I will consume all that much of. Very interesting, but maybe just a tad over the line, Smokey.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08 vintage corked and caged.

pours a dark cherry color.

Aroma lets you know it's going to be awesomely sour with tart cherry and vinous oaky notes.

Quite acidic cherry with a light refreshing mouthfeel. A real treat, I could drink alot of this despite the 8%. Wish I had some, this truely is one of the best kriek's out there.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Wow, the Northwest seems to be booming with Belgian-inspired beers. This one has more head retention than expected and decent clarity in the chestnut-colored brew. Such a wonderful aroma of fresh cherries and a faint tartness with suggestions of nutmeg and baked pie crust. Think cherry pie. The unsurpassed smoothness feigns a bigger body for a second. Lots of cherry flavor up front with an ample tartness and deserving sweetness, hints of oak and bready grain are noticeable. Hops are laidback. The lactic twang is there but not overpowering at all. Very faint char from the barrel, or is it the grain?

Yet another American brewer that gets it when it comes to Belgian beer. You have to wonder what a few years of cellaring will do to this beer. Either way, its good while it lasts. Seek this one out.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. It was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

2008 vintage. The beer pours a hazy brownish-red color with a white head. The aroma is cherries, oak and vanilla. The flavor is more of the same with a large amount of cherries complimented by the characteristics of barrel aging. Low to medium tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may be Portland's answer to Alpine Chez Monieux. Pours a murky orange-red with a mahogany center. Short-lived white head with no lacing. Impressive sour cherry aroma with a graham cracker crust. Basically a cherry cobbler without the brown sugar. Sharp, bitter taste with an acidic mouthfeel. Carbonated with a dry mouthfeel. Warm cherry and sherry taste. Delicious cherry preserves follow with a bitter bite. No medicine, Nyquil, or cherry candy flavors, which is a HUGE plus. Just a simple, great lambic.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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