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 CampusCrew
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got at Total Wine Jax, FL

Appearance: murky chesnut brown color body with zero head retention and pured extremely fizzy

Smell: deep malt vinegar aromas, tart cherries

Taste: not as much cherry flavor picked up, dominated my sour vinegar flavors, subtle cherry pie, unblanaced compared to other flanders reds Ive had.

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Drinkability: not bad, but Ive had better in the category. aging might help this beer alot.

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Photo of phillybeer7779
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay glass. Pours a hazy red with a nice amount of head, some lacing, and a little bit of sediment. Smells pretty much of straight up cherries, very nice. The taste is of sour cherries, with some apple in there too. Nicely carbonated, very good mouthfeel, and was able to drink all 750 mls by myself. Highly recommended!!

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

09 caged and corked 750 split with sourbatchkid.

A- opens with a loud pop and pours a ruddy red brown with three fingers of billowy light tan head. Head settles with some time to a cm or so and a few spots of lace.

S- funky oak barrel and apple cider vinegar. Musty attic and red apple skins. Sour cherries and some other vinous like touches.

T- tart and sour up front with the oak and funk. Cherries and some other stone fruit add to the layers of sour and bring some sweetness. Granny smith apples and some apple cider and red wine vinegar.

M- medium to light in body with a nice big fluffy carb that really brings this to another level. Good pucker and it leaves the mouth watering.

D- well this is one hell of a flanders. The cherries while clearly present never over take the red ale. Super refreshing and ill be seeking out more.

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

2009 Bottling

A - Brownish-red with no head, only a slight ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Ummm...cherries. Tart cherries and other tart berries. Bit of cinnamon, bit of funk.

T - Sour pie filling cherries, slight metallic "twang" and all. Currants, cinnamon, brown sugar. The oak adds a lot of complexity to this one, keeping it from being a "cherry bomb".

M - Medium-light bodied, extremely bubbly, extremely dry. No trace of the ABV. Tannic, not unlike an oaked red wine.

D - Very crisp and refreshing, but not something I can drink a lot of (pass the antacid please). Split with 5 people after dinner at a tapas bar, perfect as a digestif nightcap.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown-red body. Some transparency along the edges when held to the light. Thin pinkish-cream colored head. Quickly fizzles out leaving behind a spotty skim and not much lacing.

S: Pretty much just a blast of tart cherries, vinegar, and oak. Not much in the way of depth... pleasant none the less.

T: Tart and sour cherry notes dominate from the beginning. Vinegar and oak pop in and out particularly as the beer warms.

M: Medium carbonation. A bit thin towards the back end. Massive tart finish.

D: A decent brew, but there are better Flanders Reds out there and if I want cherries I'll take a real Kriek.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so Cascade Brewing kicks serious ass. This is an outstanding Kriek. 2008 Bottling

The beer has a dark ruby color with a dark brown heart. The edges are beautiful, with a nice ruby red color. A very fine carbonation and a hard pour turns into an off white fluffy head that is pretty shy.

The smell is of old stale wood, tart cherry, and a vinous character that is hard to describe.

The taste is of a nice subdued cherry with a lot of oak backing. The back end of the palate finishes dry, and this has to be because of the oak and the 'small barrels' used in this one. The cherries are still very upfront, but the oak takes this thing to a new level. It adds a complex character that backs up the cherries real well. A brown sugar sweetness is also present, and the fellow tasters all agreed that it was the base beer maturing like a champion.

The mouthfeel is sweet, tart, juicy, dry, complex. The sweetness paired with the tart cherries and dry finish, it all just holds hands in harmony. Super drinkable and delicious.


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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aquired from ipa247. 2008 Vintage. Consumed 5-10-2010, reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark red, almost brown color, with a big fluffy tan head. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Overall, a nice looking beer. In the smell, I can definitely pick up cherries, mostly dark overripe, sweet cherries. Nice and fleshy. But there is a little tarness in there. I also get a nice big whiff of gym sock. Pretty funky. The smell is pretty good. The taste, of course, starts out with cherries, and it has a bit of tartness. A nice subdued tartness, but there's enough to balance the sweetness of the fruit. The beer is not too acidic, either. The acidity is quite subdued. I can taste a little malt, and there's a slight toastiness, which is different and nice. The funkiness of the smell doesn't translate directly to the taste, but I do get some lingering funkiness, musty fruit, a little straw, and a finish that has a nice blend of sweetness and tartness. The body is medium thin, with decent carbonation. It's smooth and mellow, and the alcohol is not incredibly noticable. It's pretty good, actually a little refreshing, I'm surprised to say, and the bit of toastiness keeps it interesting, still a litle too strong and rich for another beer afterwards.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bottling: 7.3% ABV
Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into my tall Allagash chalice/snifter. Pours an iced-tea looking color, but filling the glass with a tad more maroonish color...and very murky, and fizzy bubbles throughout! A nice finger to 2 finger size creamy beige head rises and has decent retention. Lacing layers nicely, but is fizzy and slides very quickly down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is strong and delightful! Lots of tartness and sour cherries. The vinegar characterists of the Flanders are very noticable and smell great! My mouth is litterally watering as I type this!

Do not drink this at fridge temp! I started to, and then stopped...because the fridgid temps really mask the great fruit flavors, and the tartness and carbonation dominates. Once its at perfect temp for drinking, the sour cherries are light, but just enough to please. The tartness is still very strong, and dominates throughout. A slight funkiness and pretty potent acidic notes provides and awesome comparison in complexity. Light and crisp, carbonated...and very yummy!

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip and really glad to have gotten my hands on this beer. Ruby red color with slightly reddish head. Tight bubbles and a small amount of lacing around the glass. Aroma's initially of lactic sourness, big time, basement, and some faint cherry. As the beer warms more cherry aroma becomes apparent and the sour aroma calms a little. The flavor is bracingly tart, a good thing. Other flavors from the oak and malty body. Again as the beer breaths cherry beomces more pronounced. Grassy hoppiness is very faint but there. Way more kriek then sour red thats for sure. Not much risidual sweetness at all. Feels effervecent in the mouth, nicely bubbly. This beer sits on your tongue for some time. Long lasting aftertaste. Would get a higher drinkability score but its just so tart!

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

750 ml bottle shared by urwithdave during the 110k #3 release. Thanks man!

A: Robust reddish, brownish, pink. The pour dropped a quarter of fluffy off white head that left behind great lace.

A: Sour fruit all the way. Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, insert color berries, and cherries. Great notes of lacto and funk.

T: More of the same sour fruit. But it is backed up by a honey like sweetness. The berries shine and there is a very nice earthy hop presence.

M: Light to medium body, aggresive carbonation give it a tingely mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is through the roof, I would have no problem finishing this brew myself. Overall, my 5 or so ounce pour wasn't nearly enough. For me, this and the barrel aged blackbeerd were the stars of the night. Skal.

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

Not sure I would have stuck this in the Flanders red category; also I prefer the apricot version which is a bit more sour/tart

Appearance: Pours an opaque pink-cherry red with a large, soft pink head

Smell: (sour) cherry pie with some faint oak

Taste: Tons of cherries; I am a bit disappointed they went with a cherry blend instead of 100% tart cherries, that kills this one for me personally. It is still good, but it could have been great (like their apricot offering). A bit sweeter/softer than I would have liked (I think this is more taste than actual sugar).

Mouthfeel: Big and full, feels sweet without tasting too sweet.

Drinkability: High; this is a good beer, but I can't help but think it could have been better after having the apricot offering first. This brewery is / should be the next big thing.

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Photo of Tiklmelmo
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sure this is the 2009 vintage. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Cloudy, translucent, nearly opaque burgundy color with nearly 2 inches of beige head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Lots of sour cherries in the nose, with some hints of brown sugar.

T - Bright, sparkling cherry with just the right amount of tartness. Calling it "sour" would be a stretch. Nicely balanced beer.

M - Definitely lighter bodied than I was expecting. Probably a hair on the thin side for me. Dry and sparkling, but not overly carbonated. If this had a tiny bit more body it would be at least a 4.5

D - Crisp and refreshing. Highly drinkable and approachable flanders red. Would definitely recommend this to someone as an intro to the style.

Overall, a very drinkable and tasty beer. However, it's a bit lacking in complexity, and could use a hair more body. However, if this was readily available to me, and a hair cheaper, I would drink it often.

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Photo of Mora2000
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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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to SincereNC. I split this with a couple friends and it was pretty good. Dark and cloudy red with a sour cherry aroma to it. The flavor was acidic and sour and also had interesting cherry flavors which balanced out the beer nicely. The alcohol was well restrained and I would definitely buy this again if it were not so expensive.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 mL bottle, 2009 Edition,

A: Pours a dark cherry red with a mild white head, no lacing.

S: Pie cherries - notes of sweetness, but dominated by the acid/Flanders Red type notes.

T: The cherries are evident but very well integrated with the base beer. Bing cherry jam with a lot of Flanders acid.

M: Moderate to high acidity, robust full mouthfeel with a great carbonation/acid play.

D: This another outstanding sour from Cascade, just really well made.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in tulip glass. Poured a deep brownish-red color with an inch of head that had no retention and some lacing.

The aroma was very tart and sour with a bit of cherry hiding behind the sourness. The aroma, while very sour, wasn't even a clue about the tart, tangy, sour cherry taste that was about to hit me in the tongue. This beer bordered on vinegary tasting, but wasn't. This is certainly one of the sourest beers I've ever had. I need to mention here that this beer was very sour! The sourness totally wrecked my palate for the rest of the night, even a couple of very hoppy IPAs couldn't reset the taste buds.

The body was on the thin side of average for the these types of beers. Drinkability is very good, if you're into the sours. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that's worth your time, if you like palate wreckingly sour brews. You've had fair notice.

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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 aglose45
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 - A big thanks to krisandajt for this bottle in a trade!

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a pillowy ivory head, with a pinkish hue, that subsided quite quickly. However, there is a thin layer of head that remains throughout the majority of the beer.

S: The nose starts off with a hint of currants, then moves to sweet cherries and finally that delicious-smelling sour cherry I was hoping for.

T: The initial flavor is of sour cherries and funk. Right after the sour/funk is a sweet flavor balancing it out. The sweetness consists of sweet cherries, followed up by a quick hint of currants, the finishes with a lasting sweet cherry flavor. There is also a very light, and short lived, hint of vinegar at mid-palate. As the beer warmed there was a vinous quality that stood out as well. Also, some oaky dryness on the finish. Quite delicious.

M: Nice and smooth, medium carbonation, and dry. The alcohol is hidden wonderfully.

D: This is a delicious and easy drinking Kriek, and I wish this wasn't my only bottle...

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

2008 750 mL bottle shared at the Rosso e Marrone batch 2 release.

Pours a solid hazy amber with fluffy cream head. Beautiful aroma of lemon, raisin and cherry. Touch of honey on the tongue and then an amazing cherry tartness. Incredible balance of sweet fruit flavor with a good sourness. Good carb on this one, unlike a couple other Cascades which are a bit lively.

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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 yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2008 vintage, 2nd in our Cascade testing.

Murky blood red color with a pinkish off white head that fades to a thick ring of bubbles and little lacing. Aroma is mildly tart and acidic, faint fresh cherries, a little funk. Medium body with soft carbonation, not overly acidic or vinegary, finish is pleasant earthy funk with real, ripe cherries. Not a traditional Kriek; has a more restrained cherry sweetness with an effervescent body with mild funk and tart finish.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Poured from a caged and corked 750mL bottle into my White Birch tulip/flute.

High clarity reminds me something of a zinfandel or a rosé. Sangria body with brilliant rosso corsa and lava highlights. A small dense finger of blond foam persists. Rich dense lacing leaves cut-outs of glassy shimmering boulders in between the sections of bubbles.

Very tart aromatics with a slight emphasis on the Lacto, though the fruit isn't far behind with hints of maraschino liqueur, a light red wine vinegar, and a faint candy sweetness.

Bracing (though not BITING) tartness envelops the tongue, invigorating the senses. The sweet, sour, and slightly earthy flavors from the cherries meld beautifully with the slight funk of the bacteria. Mid-palate you can detect a pleasant touch of malt as well. A few more esters come out in the finish as the alcohol ramps up a bit, suggesting berries, currants, and wine grapes. The oak concludes the profile adding a pleasant woody tannic quality, drying things out while contributing additional flavor and complexity.

Medium-bodied, effervescent, vaguely suggestive of a high-end wine spritzer, yet creamy with very mild astringency (from the oak) and warmth as well, as if to shrug off any intimation that this isn't a sophisticated (albeit appropriately rustic) beverage.

I'd been waiting to try something from this brewery for ages, and am very happy to have cracked this open - my expectations were easily met if not exceeded. This is a superior domestic version of the style and I find myself on the edge of rating it higher, but it strikes me as just a tiny bit too simplistic compared to the very best examples.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle indicates 6.6% which the site indicates is a 2007 vintage.
I have had this for a while. So that makes sense.

Upon pouring a lightly pink/tank head forms in my tulip glass. Very active bubbles all which vanish in moments. You are left with a beautiful tan/ruby colored beer with perfect clarity. No lacing to speak of.

Lighter cherry aroma than I imagined. Some light oak comes across more than anticipated.

Wow, I really like this. Flanders Ales are becoming a sneaky favorite of mine. This shows some wonderful balance between the light malt, light cherry and oak notes. All meld to develop an excellent and complex flavor. Certainly some tartness, but not over the top. A slight bready flavor comes through. Its there for just a moment and then vanishes behind the tart cherry finish. I think you are left to contemplate oak notes in the aftertaste.

Champagne like body. Light, bubbly, delicate.

Excellent beer.

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

2008 bottling that Mike was kind enough to pick up for me from Julio's for $15 or so. Thanks, Mike!

The pour is ruby and quite brilliantly clear. Capped by a dense, light brown head that recedes to a disk, the high level of carbonation makes for one good looking beer. Lacing is minimal, as expected

The nose is bright, vibrant cherries, with a definite oak presence, vanilla and oak being apparent. Acidity is mostly fruit derived, the acetic character is practically non-existent. A mild, fruity sweetness is present as well, along with some brown sugar and cocoa. Thoroughly enjoyable stuff.

The palate opens with a big, fruity, cherry bite, a blend of ripe fruit flavor and big, fruity acidity. That this beer was fermented with lactobacillus is made obvious by the lack of other funky flavors, there's no barnyard character, the classic, aggressive pediococcus sourness or the acetic character from acetobacter. Oak appears mid-palate with the vanilla working well with the malt backbone that has brown sugar. However, there is a mellow, fruity funk with the finish having a particular, acidic sharpness, probably all cherry-derived? Tannins appear on the finish, working well with the fruit character. I'm a little ambivalent about the high carbonation, but it does reduce the tannic edge and make the beer quenching in a way that works very well with the clean, lactic character. Light in body, this beer is refreshing and very drinkable. Warming it up brings out the fruity acidity even more, it's actually quite wonderful.

The alcoholic in me has figured out that for the price of one Red Poppy, I get thrice as much alcohol in this beer, and while it's not a fair comparison, it's a beer I'd gladly consume much more frequently. In some ways, the explosive fruit character brings to mind a fresher Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek.

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,126 ratings.
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