Cascade Kriek Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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
Kriek 2015 = 7.1% ABV

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

Added by ccrida on 04-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,134
Reviews:
290
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Boston town. A well done Flanders Red, sourish with good cherry taste, always well malted. Good to share, as even a third of the bottle is a bunch of sourness. Dark reddish colour and spider lacey Above average mouthfeel. Good nose. A tad funky sweaty taste in there.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottling.

Pours a dark copper red with a thin white head.

Nose is cherry lactic-smells like sour red cherries and is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and full, with a light and "elegant" carbonation.

Flavors are a bit subdued, perhaps it's the extra year (2008 bottle tasted). Flavors are very well integrated and the beer is well balanced; sour cherries, some fruit and with a lactic flavor and finish.

Lightly sour and pleasant. Very drinkable and elegant, although could be more sour and flavors could be a bit brighter for my personal taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing this one while waiting in line for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries, vinegar aromas, and a nice level of funk. Taste is very much the same with an acidic quality in the aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and sour.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

long awaited for me, the cascade kriek, what a true delight! i love the use of multiple cherry types, i think it makes a more layered and interesting beer. i also like its alcoholic strength. its uncommonly strong, which i think forces me to slow it down just a bit and appreciate every sip. its dark red, foggy ruby in color, with an off white head with excellent staying power. it smells only a touch medicinal before the sweeter nature of the cherries crashes into the lactic acidity and sourness. its intense as they get both in aroma and flavor, and the cherries never lose their authenticity in the taste. that medicinal thing is now obviously a product of the higher abv, and i like what it does here, subtle but not absent. rich beer, flush body and warming in the belly. the fruit stays after the sourness subsides on the finish, which is both unique and welcomed, my tongue is in heaven. i like the density of the fruit, the body of the beer that is never for a second syrupy or thick like these can get on the cheap end. definitely brilliantly crafted. worth the wait and the hype, i love it. takes the style somewhere new, and thats always a pleasure to ride along with.

edit: just had a 2009 edition, and man does this one age well. deep velvety red beer brings quite a bit more acidity and less fruit than the fresher ones, but thats not to say it becomes less dynamic, the wood and the funk seem more prominent too, and it ends up sort of drinking like a rare wine, slow and appreciative and demanding that we let it warm up awhile. hard to say which i prefer because they are so different, but its well worth ageing one of these if you have the patience!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is somewhat sour and has notes of cherries in the flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and sour, but the sourness isn't overpowering and is balanced off by the flavors of cherries.

Note: 2012 vintage, 7.2% abv

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle, the 2014 Project, and 8.5% ABV, according to the label in front of me.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with one skinny-ass finger of weakly puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy pale tan head, which leaves some decent view-obscuring, snowbank profile lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of sharply tart cherry, lemon, and raspberry fruity esters, a middling earthy funk, semi-sweet bready and grainy caramel malt, a touch of roasted cocoa bean, the vinous and probably Flor-heavy cooking vinegar my mom always kept in the cabinet under the stove, and a subtle musty bitterness. The taste is rather acerbic and tart lemon rind, underripe backyard cherries (especially in Edmonton - holla, Piotr!), a bit of zippy raspberry pie 'sweetness', further grainy and browned caramel malt, a pleasantly understated yeastiness, gentle barrel-borne vanilla notes, and a fading estery vinegar zinginess.

The bubbles are adequate in their quest to provide a meager frothiness (and just to stay afloat, I imagine), the body an average medium weight for this sort of thing, and smooth by the same dangling scepter - not really, but not bad, either. It finishes off-dry, but trending toward the latter, the base malt steadfast, but it's the sour, generally vinous dark fruitiness that rules this day.

I see why this one receives something other than the generic 'American Wild Ale' designation on this site - the resemblance to Rodenbach, et al, is remarkable. Cherry, yes, but that's hardly the whole of the story - wine barrels, akin fruitiness, agreeably tame funk, and robust malt, to sum it up - all of which render an incredibly complex and enjoyable soured fruit ale, full stop.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of kojevergas
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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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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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to EehaiCJ for sharing this one, finally found my notes.

Frothy pour, with some nested larger bubbles on the surface. Murky, rusty orange scarlet color. Some spotty lace inside the glass. Mild berry nose, cherry candy, too clean with very little funk present. Clean and dry tartness, lactobacillius, seedy cherry pit, stonefruit essence. Very effervescent. Dry with a clean finish that disappears quickly. Tartness is maybe a 4/10 scale. Refreshing fruit beer that is nice in warm weather. Not a lambic in the traditional sense, but it was enjoyable regardless. Thanks again Chris!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a murky red color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sour cherries with some lightly sweet notes and some tannin and oak notes are also discernible. Taste is a very well balance mix between some tart notes, sour cherries with underlying sweetness and some light tannin and oak notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done and wouldn't pale in comparison of some good Belgian fruit lambic.

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

'08 vintage. Clearish ruby-amber appearance with a short-lived off-white head. Massive sweet-tart cherry aroma, like a slice of freshly baked cherry pie. Very faint funk and oak beneath that, this one is more about the fruit. Similar on the palate; intensely fruity with mild sourness and tannins. Dry, tart mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. Like Cascade's apricot ale, the kriek has an expressive fruit character but very restrained acidity and sourness. People expecting a palate-lacerating wild ale will be disappointed, but Cascade done a good job with making fruit-forward beers that aren't cloying.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Edition - sampled on 1-30-11

A - Poured out a clear burgundy color with hints of ruby. It had a small, off-white head of foam that left minimal lace.

S - Mostly dark cherry aroma with some oak notes.

T - Delicious sour cherry flavor with mild bourbon and vanilla to mellow out the tart bite.

M - Made me pucker a little with a sharp bite. Medium bodied and very dry.

D - Thanks to drfabulous for another great cellar share! This is a very good one.

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