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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 Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 2009 vintage.

Pours a moderate amber-ruby color with a bit of an off white head and some lacing. Nose brings cherry, cherry, and cherry. Also some green apples and light oak notes. The taste is dark and bright cherries with a really nice sourness level and a bit of funk. The feel is quite good, with some puckering lactic sourness and a tiny bit of acetic character. Drinks quite well and is another solid hit from them.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky reddish brown with a long lasting whitish/pink head with no lacing.

S - Lactic sharp sourness, sweet bready malts and a big dose of fruity and tart cherries.

F/M - Sweet bready malts, pleasant sharp acidic tartness adds a nice bite. Lots of fruity cherries, light vanilla and a low oaky character also present. Low bitterness. Prickly and dry medium bodied mouthfeel with moderately high carbonation. Very slight astringency.

D - Very bright, refreshing and easy drinking. Very bright and it flavorful. This is a very nice beer to drink and I can't wait to get another glass...

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

2008 Bottling. Dark scarlet with maraschino cherry and orange peel accents. The golden ecru colored crown is somewhat crackly, lasts mere minutes, and isn't sticky enough to leave even one shred of lace. The beer itself looks good, but that's the extent of it.

The nose is as expected: tart and tangy with loads of cherries and a large splash of fruit vinegar. My salivary glands are already being tweaked and the beer hasn't even come in contact with my taste buds yet. It's a bit oaky too, which adds olfactory interest.

Cascade Kriek is enjoyable beer if you like Flanders reds. I don't have enough experience with them to tell instantly where this one fits into the style spectrum, but I do know that it isn't even close to being as good as Rodenbach Grand Cru and Panil Barriquee.

Sour lovers will find plenty to like because this sucker is tremendously tart. There's an undercurrent of sweetness that works pretty well in a yin-and-yang, pleasant contrast sense. The flavors are limited to sour cherries, red wine vinegar and oak, but then most beer of this style isn't as deep or as complex as a well-brewed Russian Imperial stout.

It's hard to know the proper way to judge the mouthfeel. There's that limited experience thing again. It could be more full and creamy for the ABV (8.1%) and the bubbles could be softer and smoother. Still, not bad.

Cascade Kriek Ale is not as good as the only other Raccoon Lodge and Brewpub/Cascade Brewing beer that I've had to date (Cascade Sang Royal). It's well worth the purchase price, though, for those of you who can't get enough of sour cherry beer. Pucker up!

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Photo of tjfinkle
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been a fan of Cascade's beers ever since I first tried them at GABF '09, however this is the first time I have reviewed one. I enjoyed this beer from a bottle poured into a tulip after dinner. The bottle says 2009 bottling.

Appearance- Pours from the bottle a dark reddish brown with some head that dissipated to nice lacing that stays on the glass.

Smell - Sour cherries up front, so much so it takes a couple of attempts to get deeper. The smell is a bit lactic, but still quite good.

Taste- Again, the nice sour cherries, a slight hint of oak. The lactic flavor is not too much, but adds just enough sour flavor.

Mouth- Nicely balanced beer, with just enough carbonation. The tartness is on the verge of being overpowering but is quite good.

Drink- Very good sour. Many fruit sours are difficult to drink, but this one is just smooth and balanced enough that I could easily finish a 750 ml bottle on my own.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with TCGoalie, zoso1967, and TCHopCraver. Thanks to zoso1967 for supplying this treat.

Appearance: Poured into a large wine glass. Pours an amber/brown color with a big-bubbled one-finger head that sticks around quite a while. Lacing is good.

Smell: A cherry punch to the face, colored by sour yeast and a touch of spiciness. Getting a bit more alcohol than I thought I would in the nose, given the ABV. The pleasant scents of banana bread and fresh apples linger in the background.

Taste: Tastes like biting into a sour apple. A bit of cherry is detectable, but the tartness overrides any sweetness trying to get through. A touch of astringent dryness is present throughout. Kind of tastes like what I envision a Sour Patch Kids shake might taste like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a large dose of astringent tartness.

Drinkability: A fun beer to try, but I think I get the gist after one glass. Just a bit too much too handle more than one of.

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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 jminsc76
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip, pours a soapy light brown head atop a murky amber body. Very thick legs as I tilt, with the head re-emerging nice and big upon agitation.

Aromas of tart cherries and cherry skins. It doesn't exhibit an intense bouquet, nor is it that complex, but what I do smell is pleasant and refreshing, with some funky notes wafting through as it gradually warms.

The flavors are where the real impact is, with a wave of sour cherries, sour yogurt, and lactic acid washing through beautifully. That nice puckering punch results in a "whoa baby!" amongst those I am sharing this with. Also some oak popping through as well. Even though this is considered a Flanders Red Ale, Rodenbach in its prime never tasted quite like this.

The mouthfeel is thin, not too cloying or sticky. Almost like drinking cherry juice, but at 7.3% ABVs we know better, don't we...

Overall, I would drink this bad boy again and again. Nearly rivals the deliciousness of Hanssens Oude Kriek, but just requires a little more complexity. Just a teeny bit.

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Photo of chumba526
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It appears a dark brown red color with a sizeable tan colored head.

It smells sour, earthy, of semi sweet fruity cherries. It smells sour but the fruity cherry smell of the beer comes through strong.

It taste is an orgy of sour, earthy and sweet flavors. It starts out with a sour flavor that gets my nipples hard. A nice dirty earthy flavor follows. A natural cherry flavor follows and rounds off the beer with a nice sweetness. This sour has more of an organic fruit flavor than any sours I have previously had. An amazing beer.

The carbonation is around medium; it has a very natural carbonation feel to it.

For being so sour I find this quite easy to drink but one bottle is probably all I would want to drink of this a night.

Overall great sour ale.

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

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy body with an amber/molasses hue. The fizzy head recedes quickly, but a thick collar sticks around, and vigorous carbonation continuously keeps a thin skim alive. Scattered lacing.

Nose is full of plentiful tart cherries with a healthy dose of musty oak in the background. Lots of general sourness as well. Not as punishingly sour as the nose suggests. In fact, there's a nice amount of residual sugar. Lots of tart and sweet cherry, kind of like the litle bits of pie filling that bubble up around the edges of the crust and carmelize. Just enough sweetness to make it go down nice and easy. Barrel flavor isn't shy (perhaps a bit of charred wood in there somewhere?). Some lingering funk. Just a wonderfully balanced blend.

Overall impression: Another nice effort from the reigning king of US sour beers.

On a side note, this seems like beer that could definitely hold up to additional cellaring with ease.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TCHopCraver, BuckyFresh, and zoso1967 (the supplier of this rare treat) for the tasting party that included this brew. 8/21/10

Kriek 2009 7.3%

The pour yields a reddish brown fluid with a wonderful head. Upon the reduction of head, lacing residue collects on the side of the glass. The head retention is super.

Melon, cherries, spice, lemon, and apple combine to make a rather unique scent.

My first impressions of this drink show flavors of crisp apple sourness mixed with melon. I would guess this is more apple than cherry. The sour character reminds me of a crybaby sour candy which takes away from what is building in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is light in the mouth with some drying. The saliva created from the sourness certainly helps replenish the saliva that is lost.

This is almost too sour and not very cherry...but it is good. Definitely fun in the mouth and worth the wow factor.

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Photo of younger35
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew from jmu500 for absolutely no reason at all and also a bottle from my main man Gibby. Dude is just super generous and sent me some great beers to share with friends. Super awesome. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours an aggressively crimson red with a small dark tan head that quickly fizzles away. Leaves a thin collar with almost no cap and no lacing.
Smell- Extremely pungent and tannic with a dark pithy cherry thing. The cherry pie aspect is strong as is the extremely sour twang in my nose. Almost balsamic vinegar like at times in the nose. There is a nice, almost excessive funk in the nose that really cuts through the fruit. Cheese and horse blanket run rampant but in the end the fruit wins.
Taste- Starts with a sharp acidic bite that is tart and fruity and delicious. The beer is full of cherry goodness from start to finish. Sour yes, but not overly so. The lactic bite is nice and honestly is at a perfect level. Not too sour, not too weak. Sort of pithy and tannic with a bit of a rhubarb and even something apple like. The barrel influence is fairly weak but a teeny tiny bit of vanilla lingers in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Nice body for a Lambic with a sharp bright bite of carbonation.
Drinkability- Really nice beer. The cherry is nice and evident and a bit fruitier than I'm used to in Wild Ales. Usually in these American Lambics the vanilla and oak are more evident than the brews across the pond. This one is a bit different as the wood is subdued and the beer is slightly more sour. Great stuff here, thanks much!!

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Photo of zoso1967
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown amber with a light tan and sticky head that leaves very nice lace. The aroma is slightly funky and tart, but with decent dose of sweetness as well. Alcohol is also present in the nose. I personally don't pick up a huge cherry aroma. It is fruity for sure, but reminds me more of apple or pear. The taste is puckeringly sour. It's a sour patch kid like acidic tartness, and is not really all that funky or musty. Much like the nose, there does not seem to be any real cherry like flavors, and it is just generically fruity and quite sugary from the malt bill. It tastes good, but on the other hand I wish that there was more going on than just an enjoyable sourfest in my mouth. As the beer warms I am able to pick out some nice woody tannins, but they are buried pretty far in the background. The mouthfeel is medium and very dry, but does not get too sticky and it is quite refreshing. It is a fairly drinkable beer, and the ABV is well hidden, except for in the nose. I just can't help thinking that overall this beer is lacking something that could take it to the next level.

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Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont Station today.

The beer pours a dark cherry red color with good head retentionan and lacing. The nose in this beer is quite exotic and complex, showcasing a huge aroma of black cherry, cassis, vinegar, vanilla ice cream and underlying wood. The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, although the sour component really seems to dominate. Still, the sweet fruit and vanilla from the barrel aging shine through, adding to the overall experience. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a long sour finish. Drinkability is pretty good, at least in terms of the alcohol in this beer. It's barely noticeable, but the intense sour aspect to this this beer wears out the palate after a bit.

A very fine beer, especially for sour beer lovers. Quite impressive...

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Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, shared, served in Chimay chalices. 2009 vintage.

A - poured with about half an inch of loose and creamy barely pink colored foam, which quickly fell to to a thin film and accompanying ring. the beer is cloudy, light ruby in color.

S - tart and lightly sour cherries...not so much as fresh but more syrupy or cherry preserves. other notes of sweet oak and a slightly vinegar acidity. my buddy described it as semlling like cherry poptarts, which was about spot on.

T - quick and sharp bite of tart cherries (coming across a bit fresher than the nose), vanilla, oak...some lactic pucker to it as well. very nicely balanced between sweet, fruity, sour, and tart. this one could go any way with some time to develop.

M - medium slightly creamy body, average cleansing and prickly carbonation. finishes a bit dry with lingering sweetness.

D - liked it. great balance, tasty, and pretty refreshing. alcohol is dangerously hidden for +7%. no problem curing the sour-craving.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this 2009 vintage bottle to go from the Gingerman in Manhattan, something like $19. Now drinking it at home. After popping the cork there was a slow but persistent gush, maybe I should have chilled it a little first. The beer is murky with a changing hue like a Tequila Sunrise but with different colors (ruby red merging to brown). The light tan foam laces nicely onto half of the surface that it touches.

You can really smell the cherries in this beer, tart and sour as cherries can be. Not far off from Red Poppy in terms of aroma, based on a 2008 version I had last week. The acidity is definitely strong in the flavor, this is bracingly sour in a masochistically enjoyable way, not as sour as Cantillon kriek (stiff competition) but that means it has more room for hints of sweetness to come through.

Drinkable and tasty, at least if you like your beers sour. Lately this style has been the hot thing in craft beer and it now seems that I've gotta keep an eye out for other beers from Raccoon Lodge.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage into Leffe wine glass at 45 degrees.

1F of creamy beige head over an opaque orange/brown body. Permafilm throughout. Touch of lacing. Chunks of yeast on the last half.

Aromas lead off with vinegar and rubber, then oak, dark fruits, and a cherry pie-like sweetness comes through as it warmed.

Sour cherries, white wine vinegar, wood, and a bucket full of gym sneakers. Big funk on this one.

Mouthfeel is pretty puckering but also prickly on the palate - decent carbonation to counter the tart qualities.

Drinkability is nice, but a filling beer overall.

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Photo of kfsv034
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy ruby red with a slight brownish hue and a milky head that dissipates quickly

S vinegar, sour cherries, wood, other dark fruits

T - follows the noise sour cherries, vinegar, oak is more prominent and some vanilla

M - medium bodied, little bubbly

D - very good at only 7.3% could def enjoy a few of these

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Photo of hawks10
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter...

Pours a cloudy dark red/brown with a little bit of very light pink head...

Tart, milky sourness, cherries mixed with vinegar. Decent amount of oak, vanilla and mustiness...

Tart, cherries and other dark fruits, very dry with a slight funk at the end...bits of oak and vanilla sweetness add some complexity...

Medium bodied with decent carbonation, astringent with a lingering dry tart feeling...

Not bad, but definitely not blown away. Shared with a friend and am glad, would not have enjoyed another 12oz of this beer...

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Photo of fragilehearted
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged, 2008 version. Thanks to Brez07 for this one in a recent BIF. Cork fizzed but didn't gush. Poured into a snifter.

A - head dissipates quickly into nothing, not even a ring. (One other person on the front page of these reviews reported this w/ this particular vintage - you're not the only one!) No lacing. Hazy reddish-brown, on par for the course.

S - smells just like cherry pie filling upfront, but more sour. Hints of other fruits. A little vinegar & oak. Hints of malt & vanilla.

T - tart! Not the most sour I've had, but it does have a bite. Again, sour cherries, & you can definitely taste the oak coming through. Acidic finish. Could have been more complex. Wish I could taste more maltiness...but I do love my malts. I do have to say it smelled a bit better than it tasted, but it's still definitely good.

M - Light to medium body. Pretty carbonated, but that doesn't really bother me.

D - Best part of this beer. ABV is really well-hidden. It's pretty sour but still very drinkable. Great summer beer! Good thing I'm not going anywhere - I can already feel the ABV kicking in! Good but don't think I could drink this on a regular basis.

I'd definitely try other years of this beer as well as other beers from this brewery - definitely got me curious.

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

2009 version

A: Pours a murky, brownish ruby, capped by a fluffy, two finger pinkish beige head. Head settles down to bout a half finger and is propped up at that level by the effervescent body.

S: Vinegar and sour cherries up front along with a good dose of oak. Some musty funk swirls around at a moderate level along with some light green apples.

T: Opens up with moderate to strong acidity, not quite mouth puckering but getting close, before moving into oak and sour cherries. Some balance comes in late with some sweet cherries and a touch of green apple and green grapes, with hints of vanilla and caramel. However, this respite from acidity gives funk a chance to shine through and leads to a semi-sweet, fruity, lightly funked finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, has a slight creaminess near the backend but finishes dry.

D: Not overly sour with good balancing elements and no sign of the alcohol. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of mudbug
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruddy brown with a one inch fluffy reddish head.
Smells of sour cherries and wine vinegar.
Oh boy is this sour! Rhubarb lots of puckering rhubarb some wet hay funk then a drying cycle in your mouth like licking a nine volt battery. Sounds bad eh?, well it's not.
The sourness leaves you shuddering and wanting more.
Drinkability is a masochistic orgasm of flavor.
I finished the bomber, It will be awhile till my tongue heals enough, but I will do this again!

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle

a-murkey ruby, this is seriously cloudy. very low tan head that quickly dissapates.

s-malt vinegar. plastic phenols. dry oak. low cherry aroma. Very light caramel.

t-FRICKIN TART! WOW! Overtakes most of the other flavors. Tart cherry juice. I like sour but jeez.

m-dry and puckering. No alcohol, but a ton of acid. I can feel the heartburn coming.

d-I should have shared this bottle. The sourness is getting to be a bit much. That said I did enjoy the beer. nice cherry flavor.

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Photo of Casey10
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2008 that I picked up while in MA. I really liked it and thought it was really nice. t

A - 2008 bottling opened with a loud pop thin carb as the head disapears quickly tiny bubbles fizzing at the top. Darrk cherry red body.

S - Oak and cherries definate smell here comes accross as a bit pungent but nice.

M - Tart cherry feel definate puckering not as bad as some lambics not overly sweet though either.

D - Rated high as I liked this a lot and would have again I felt this did the still quite well.

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Photo of jdklks
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown/amber with a nice bubbly brown/amber head that dissipates quickly, although the bubbles are continually making their way to the top. The smell is of sour cherries, with some belgian yeastiness and lots of tart funk. could be a little stronger.

The flavor isn't as "explosive" as I was expecting it to be. What I mean is that its a little undercarbonated for the style. The cherries flavors are of sweet, ripe red cherries, and really lack the tartness I was expecting/wanting. The sourness that is apparent gives off a sweet tart flavor that seems a little artificial. Lots of bready yeastiness in the finish/aftertaste. The oakiness gives off a more robust flavor that comes out only after a few sips have already been taken. A good beer for sure, not the best though.

The body should either be thinner, or the beer should be more carbonated. This may be a tough one to get through the whole 750ml, but I think I'll make it.

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Photo of meatyard
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottling of a recently arrived brewery to Philly.

Pours a very murky, reddish brown with a 2-finger, dark tan head that quickly falls to a half cover. Lacing looks like it will happen but it's very wet and follows the head down the glass.
The smell is sour for sure and cherries it appears to be. A little bit of the oak comes through.
In the taste a strong dose of acidic tartness blasts away 1st thing. Tartness and vinegar seem to be a constant throughout. The cherries and oak show up after half-way in, in a more pronounced way than the aroma. It's almost sweet and then most definitely isn't.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, has consistent, moderate to strong carbonation throughout the bottle and finishes dry.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, you don't even realize there is alcohol in your glass. I had an almost 3 year old NB La Folie a few days ago that had similar qualities but the NB was a bit more enjoyable. I plan to get another of these to age and see how it goes. I do like this beer.

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,109 ratings.
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