Cascade Kriek Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Kriek AleCascade Kriek Ale

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

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.

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.

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Photo of LaPeste
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle corked and caged. Purchased from Vendome in North Hollywood for $17.99. I had a bunch of sour beer in my cart and the clerk told me just got this one in and I should give it a try.

A: Pours cherry red/brown with a white two finger head.

S: Ripe fruit, cherry pie, vanilla, chocolate, slight sour

T: Sweet and sour cherry, vanilla, sour grapes

M: Moderate carbonation, slight pucker, well balanced

D: Easy drinking, you could gulp this down unlike most lambics, works for sipping also

My bottle says 8.1%, above it says 6.6% so mine is different. 8.1% is very unusual for a lambic, I guess since it's an American interpretation it makes sense. This is the tastiest Kriek I have had.

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Photo of stealth
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love sours, and I love this beer. This is ranks near, or at the very top in regards to outright sourness. What a sour beast. Nice looking pour,super murky, great lacing. Taste is very fruity up front then sour, sour, sour. Coats your mouth nicely - almost syrupy in its feel, but the beer itself is still medium-bodied.

One bottle is a task for the mouth to handle. Really makes your palate work overtime. Great sour that any sour fan should try at least once.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bit of dark fruits, some oak and vanilla, biscuit maltiness and monstrous, overwhelming cherry and lemon flavours. Easily one of the best beers I've had to date.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pinkish-crimson hue, I guess, with a pink-tan head (its dark in here). The brew is sticky and bubbly, with decent head retention, but not much in the way of lace. Oh well.

S - Cherries dominate the aroma, but earthy oak tones, vanilla, Band-Aid and musty-vinegar-lactic punctuate the nose as well. A beguiling olfactory treat.

T - The taste is great; sour, musty, lactic, vinegar, vanilla, wood, and tart cherry. Initially the sourness and lactic wooden mustiness are quite apparent, along with some sweetness. As it progresses, the cherry becomes more pronounced and the percieved sweetness subsides. Quite delicious, and quite dynamic.

M - Well-carbonated and slightly dry on the finish, 'til it vanishes totally clean, leaving nothing but the mouth-watering desire for more.

D - This is a very delicious beer. Perhaps the best of the Cascade sours, despite its wide availability.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the 2009 bottling, sampled at ebf notb reviewing from notes.

The beer pours a brilliant red color with a nice fluffy off white head. the smell is funky sour and with cherries upfront. the taste follows suit with a huge blast of sour cherry and wonderful funkiness. the mouthfeel is medium to light and well carbonated, with definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of midaszero
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy red amber body with two fingers of tan head that doesn't last to long but don't go away very quickly either. Only a little bit of lacing

S - Sweet and sour cherry. Not like candy more like what you would expect out of those standard beer descriptions

T - Wow that is very tasty, now this is cherry beer. Sour cherry mixed with sweet cherry. Some good maltiness as well. Pick up some oak bits in the middle.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Not the normal kriek you have that is like candy. This is very solid and highly recommended.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hunahpu release(taking from notes). Poured into a CCB snifter.

A- Pours a ruby brownish color. 3/4'' of a pinkish head. Head dies down quickly and a decent amount of lacing is left behind. Nice and bubbly!

S- A mixture of cherries and oak. Maybe a slight lemon zest?

T- I'm getting the cherries and the oak that the aroma would suggest. Not sure where I'm smelling the zest from because I'm not getting any lemon at all. The tartness is just perfectly balanced with a hint of sweetness. I love this brew! It is easily one of my favorites.

M- medium bodied with spot on carbonation. A nice puckering finish.

D- I would love to have it again. I'm sure I could polish off a few of these without any problems at all. I'm glad to see that raccoon lodge will ship to FL.

Edited after my second offering! Secured a bottle via trade.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage. Cork & cage. Pour this one SUPER SLOW! Keep that yeast in the bottle. If you want to taste the dregs, wait until you pour most of it out. Then stir em up.

Pours a DEEP ruby red. VERY minimal
Lacing present but the color is amazing.

Smells of lactic acid and brettanomyces. Very little cherry aroma present.

Tastes of sour fruit, Lactobacillus, very slight sour cherry. This brew has one of the best sour flavors I have ever had. Super tart, with a slight cherry finish.

Feels amazing on the palate with some great sour notes. Unreal Puckering!

Overall a great sour! Super tart but really drinkable. Would drink this every day of the week if I could.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Pours a dark, hazy cranberry with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has lots of ripe cherries, red wine, oak, barnyard funk and Brett.

Taste has fresh cherries, cabernet grapes, wood, musty funk and sour berries.

Medium body has a delicate carbonation. Nice acidic finish. Great Flanders Red from Cascade.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 Vintage

A: Dark ruby color, good clarity. Moderate red-tan head.

S: Intense dark cherry, some mild lactic notes. Maybe just a hint of chocolate.

T: Sour pie cherry, just a great purity of the fruit flavor.

M: light carbonation, long cherry linger

O: A real homerun. Very drinkable, very delicious.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a murky reddish brown with a short lived head. The aroma is a bit funky, almost stinky as some may say, Barnyard. The cherries come through nicely as well.

Pops the mouth, puckers like a sour candies. Completely wild and has excellent cherry flavor. Oak, cherry, lemon rind acidity, slightly toasty malt flavor. Delicious and very sour. The beer is great to sip and savor.

Overall, this is an exceptional American made sour kriek. Very lively and alcohol is well hidden. World class beer and worth every penny.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fogdog for this bottle.
Corked and caged bottle. 2009 vintage. Split into tulips.

A: Muddy brown hue with red edges. About an inch of dark khaki head fades quick and leaves soapy lace.

S: Oak infused sour cherry aroma is huge. Just a hint of funky moldy crushed cherry can be picked out. Vinegar and lactic sour are present but not overpowering at all.

T: Full on sour cherry pie. Great push and pull of sour then sweet. Mild oakiness. Again vinegar and lactic sour are balanced. Not much funk but it really doesn't need it.

M: Medium creamy body. Mild carbonation.

O: Fantastic sour cherry flavor. I could drink this everyday. One of the best American Flanders I've tried.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bottling

A- pours a murky brownish red with a finger of light brown head. Very pour head retention with the minimal amount of lacing.

S- Musty oak and lactic acidity with a healthy does of earthy barnyard funk hit the nose at first. Some sweet malt notes with a hint of tart cherry and cherry pit flesh out in the middle. Hints of red wine and cider on the finish. Oak and funk with a dash of cherries! Love it!

T- huge almost stingy acidity with a superb tartness envelope the palate at first. Hints of sweet malt with rich concentrated tart cherry juice and cherry pit bring some layers and complexity. Earthy funk and musty oak with notes of red wine tannin and cranberry on the massive lingering very dry finish. Delicious!

MF- slick full mouthfeel with a medium body. Soft small bubbled carbonation.

D- wonderfully drinkable with massive complex flavor.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a flute glass. Got this brew from the generous irishgurl4. Thank you!

A - Hazy red/brown body with a bunch of bubbles running up the side to make a nice pink tinted head.

S - Tart, lactic sour aromas dominate. A hint at the end of a sweet cherry flavor. Nice mix of fruit and sour notes.

T - Oh boy... This thing is GOOD! Nice sour cherry flavor. hints of fruity sweetness lasts for a second before pummeling your tongue with a tart cherry barrage. The fruit notes really shine in this.

M - Full, medium bodied with a lot of carbonation

D - I really like this brew. It has a nice big sour kick but provides a nice subtle sweet fruity flavor as well. The fruit flavor really is top notch in this. Compared to Cantillon Kriek I think this has more fruit flavor but less funk and sour notes. Fantastic brew. I am so glad I got to try this and will have to pick up more of this fantastic beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy chestnut with garnet highlights, a massive head with great retention and lacing; the bottle spews foam until half empty

Smell: Tart and sweet cherry with bready undertones

Taste: Opens with lots of fruit and becomes increasingly tart and slightly funky by mid-palate, with a chocolate angle; after the swallow, the oak becomes more apparent and, along with a burst of sour flavors, joins the cherry and chocolate (and vanilla) flavors that persist to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Better than the blackberry, I just love the way this brewer combines the American fruit with the Belgian funk; kudos

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project, 7.2% abv.

It pours a cloudy reddish brown, has a small head of foam but does a good job with the lacing.

The nose is big with lots of sour cherry goodness and a strong oak presence. I could sit and sniff for quite a long time if I wanted to.

Glorious sour cherry flavour up front mixed in with a vinegar like sourness and an in the somewhat background taste what oak barrel aging brings. It is beers from Cascade like this that bring me back to their online page to order again and again.

Nice combo of carbonation and body makes it eminently mouth pleasing.

Another great brew from Cascade. Big surprise there..

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Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours in a dark red color with a pink head.

The aroma has sour and tartness along with cherry sweetness. There's some oak and mustiness in there as well.

The flavor follows with a strong punch of sourness along with sour cherries. The sourness is of vinegar, and citric sourness. The cherry sweetness plays well with this along with a strong sweetness and an oak drying on the end.

There's a good amount of carbonation. The beer drinks very well with complexity of fruit, funk, and tartness. This stands well against to Cantillon Kriek.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to kmurray8621 for this one. Shared with schen9303. 2008 vintage poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter.

A: Moderate pour yields a 1 finger off-white coarse head that evaporates as quickly as it forms. Beer is a murky reddish-brown. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Vinegar, wood, funk, earth, and BIG BOLD SWEET CHERRIES. I've never actually smelt a flanders with actual fruit in the nose but this is really amazing and adds a whole new experience to this brew.

T: Vinegar sourness lasts throughout and makes me think I'm gonna need some heartburn medication afterwards. Cherries come in towards the middle and give this one a totally new dimension as it does in the nose. Fruitiness clashes well with the tartness presented. Wood and earthiness forms the background from which the other flavors stand out. Finish is messy with a slight lingering sourness.

M: Light to medium bodied, carbonated, and very lively on the tongue. This one tickles the through and agitates the palate to allow all the flavors to be realized. Very dry and with a messy finish that leaves a slight stain on the palate.

D: Probably one of, if not the best beer I've had in its style, this one is truly different from its peers for the amout of fruit present in both the nose and taste. Cherries are unmistakable here and creates a beer that isn't just tart and sour. Simply fantastic and I'm grateful to have had a chance to try it!

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter
Ordered directly from the brewery.

Bottle reads 2008 bottling.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy auburn color with some dark cherry tints. Two fingers of head sit on top of the beer, but it disappears quickly. Upon opening the bottle there was a nice pop; the carbonation wanted out. A few swirls in the snifter doesn't produce any lace. Just a nice clean glass with a mouth drooling beer sitting inside.

Smell: The nose smells nice and lactic. A small dash of vinegar, sour cherry skin, and a little bit of vanilla make up the nose. Wonderful.

Taste: As the beer goes across the palate my tongue starts to squirm. No, it's not a bad thing. The acid is just making me pucker a bit, but it's definitely not out of line. In fact, there's enough room for some more souring in here. The flavor that's presented is similar to the nose: a little acid, a healthy portion of cherries, a drop of vanilla, and once my mouth becomes more oxidated once the beer leaves my mouth there are some oak flavors shining through.

Mouthfeel: When the beer first splashes across the palate it feels like the feel is completely spot on. Although once the carbonation dies down and the beer slides down the back of the throat it does get quite on the thin side. The beer could use just a little more body to it.

Drinkability: A wonderful flavor and an even better nose. This is a great beer. I think the beer could have used just a little more malt on the backbone to raise the body, although I personally wouldn't want any more malt flavor in it. The alcohol didn't show itself during a single sip of this.

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Photo of BenZ
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All kinds of funk and nice and tart. It's not as sour as RGC, but still great! Highly carbonated. The cherry is there, but not overwhelming - perfect, IMO. The aroma is unbelievably complex. I love the cheesy/cherry taste! If you want tear-bringing sourness, look elsewhere. This is not a "fruit beer" this is a beer with some fruit.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass.

Dark reddish ruby in color, this could easily pass for an authentic Flanders red from Belgium if it weren't for the more excessive carbonation within - this, as well as the initial slightly off-white head, eventually die down to nothing, which gives it an appearance somewhere in between wine and a red vinaigrette of sorts. Viscous, and given the relatively low ABV, I am surprised at the results but still a little confused why this was the one to lose the most gas in terms of carbonation out of all of the other sours we tried from this brewery that day.

Smells fantastic, as all of the other Cascade beers I've had the pleasure to try have - deep notes of red fruit, spicy and toasted oak notes, as well as some earthiness and floral complexity within. Dark cherry pits and skins make up the upper half of the flavor, luckily, but it is soon followed by ripe red currants, raisins, and some prunes. Some violets, as well as white pepper, top off the fruit, followed by semi strong notes of vinegar, clove, leather, cinnamon, and baking soda from the barrel spices. Very powerful for a cherry infused Flanders red-style beer.

Whoa! This is an explosive, unbelievably complex sour. By far my favorite of the pack in terms of exploring all of the different aspects this took with the fruit, barrel spices, and choice of malts and hops. Big notes of dark cherry bits (tart, almost like kirsch) alongside under-ripe currants, raisins, and then a HUGE punch of vinegar and a combination of savory and sweet flavors at the finish. Toasted oaky notes, but nothing too lactic - rather, good amounts of cinnamon, leather, tobacco, and toffee add complexity to the fruit profile. Nicely balanced usage of caramel malts accentuate the initial flavors, and while the acetic sourness is turned up way high here, the bitterness that would have been from the hops is nowhere to be found. As a result, it's really unique not only in the interpretation of the style, but also in its overall execution. In spite of being hearty and slightly decadent, this is very drinkable and could have a whole bottle to myself.

I was baffled on how much I enjoyed this - in a sense, really, I enjoyed this in the same manner that I'm madly in love with Rioja wines, where the light-skinned Tempranillo grapes absorb a good deal of the barrel character and transform the wine into something that feels larger than it really is. This is the same situation here, only it's carbonated, it's far lower in alcohol, and it's beer. Truly an excellent achievement in the realm of cherry infused beers - I cannot recommend it enough.

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2009.

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a chalice.
Fizzy head disappeared almost as soon as I poured it. No bother. Deep reddish brown. Slightly murky haze. No lacing left on the glass, but it's fairly sour so I didn't expect it.

Smell is sour tart cherry with a bit of funk. Taste is amazing. Rip juicy cherry with a viscous middle an dry, sour finish. Then the barnyard funk kicks in. Not overpowering funk but perfectly balanced. This beer is a joy.

Mouth watering pucker finish. Sour but not too much. To me, this beer is strikingly similar to 3F our kriek. Delicious and an excellent offering!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. 8.1% ABV. Pours a dark red with hints of dark brown. Nice and hazy with a medium sized, cream colored head that goes down slowly. Scent is profound oak with hints of vanilla. Tart cherries mix well with the oaky aroma and vinegar. Taste is initially lactic vinegar with AMAZING vanilla oak flavors. The flavors are SO complimentary of each other and blend so well it's ridiculous. Tart cherries linger on the palate as the oak and vanilla slowly fade. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and surprisingly creamy. Very delightful. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. The alcohol is undetectable and I feel 3 years has done great things for this beer.

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Photo of deapokid
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottling.

This Oregonian Kriek pours a deep cherry red with moderate carbonation and a thin white head that the coats the rim of the glass. Lacing fades quickly, leaving behind a very attractive, candied red liquid.

Sour cherry aroma is extremely forthright, but well paired with a light funk backbone and dry, fruity tingle. My girlfriend thinks it smells like fruit punch and I think it smells like awesome.

No phony cherry flavoring here. This super sour, Belgian-inspired ale's opening perfectly emulates the tart bite of a ripe cherry, while balancing these alpha flavors with a mild dryness and heavy musk. It feels authentic, despite its US zip code, and even manages to take on its own unique identity.

Mouth opens on the creamy side, but quickly moves into "Warhead" territory with a perpetually resonant tartness and a carbonation that scalds the tongue. Very intense!

7.3% isn't too much to handle ABV wise and, with all this fruit flavor and sour sting, those interested in the tartest of the tart are in for a real treat.

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Photo of Spider889
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this while in FL over the summer, likely the best beer I walked away with from that trip.

2009 bottling, described as a "NW style sour ale, 7.3% abv." Review from notes - early August 2011.

A - The cork pulled out easily to the tune of a loud perky pop.
Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip. The Kriek is a dark garnet/cherry color and opaque. The head is light and tall - a pinkish salmon color. Very vigorous carbonation is visible. The head had wonderful retention with nice swaths of lace post sip.

S - Damp oak, a bit of wet dog, musty, and tart. My notes describe it as like a Flanders Red, which apparently it is already classified as. Nice juicy fruity sourness.

T - There's a wonderful punch of acidity up front. Cherries are nicely present throughout - both sour/fresh as well as overly ripe tart/sweet black cherry. Mouthwatering juiciness. Lactic but not an omnipresent oppressive sourness sourness - well balanced.

M - Sour, nice full body with soft, though lively, carbonation.

O - This was a want all year and I was ecstatic to find a lone bottle while on vacation in a state largely weak on beer selection.

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