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
Kriek 2015 = 7.1% ABV

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

Added by ccrida on 04-17-2008

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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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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,134 ratings.
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