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

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

Added by ccrida on 04-17-2008

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289
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1,126
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
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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 rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Almost black in the glass, but a clear ruby when pouring, one finger pink head that dissipates instantly.

S-Cherries, not much oak, and slight funk.

T-Mainly cherries, they are not overly sweet though. Mild funk and tart notes. Very mild oak.

M-Lighter nice carbonation.

O-Avoided the cherry flavor being too sweet which was a huge plus for me.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle split between two large snifters. Bottle says it's the 2012 Project (7.2% abv), so I assume it's the 2012 batch. No bottle codes or dates that I can see beyond that. The other glass got more sediment, so I'm reviewing the glass with less sediment -- also, there's a crapload of sediment left in the bottle. Served at fridge temp, which ought to be close to 41 F.

Pours cloudy brownish-red with a smallish light brown head that fades slowly. Lots of very fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is quite tart, rich, cherries. Maybe slightly musty.

Taste is extremely tart, with a very "unripe cherry" sense to it. Very much on the tart side of sweet tart. Some vague bitterness.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry. Overall, this is quite good.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 version.

Appearance: Rich dark reddish purple with a brownish tint in color. Cloudy. Completely opaque. A 1-2 finger creamy white head when poured that dies down quickly leaving some remnants of foam on the surface of the beer and sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fruity with a smooth sour aroma; kind of brandy-like.

Taste: Starts with a delicious fruity flavor (cherry and berries) followed by tart, slightly sour acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lots of medium carbonation that has a slight fizzy feeling on your tongue.

Overall: Another outstanding Cascade Brewing beer, though not as good as the Apricot or Blueberry in my opinion. High price though at over $30.

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

Reviewing 2013 vintage. Poured from bottle into Duvel glass.

Brick brown color, with reddish large head.

Smells of cherries, faint/mild brett funk, rust, gingerbread, maybe even cocoa.

A very decent kriek this year. Well-balanced, with good sourness, medium body, and interesting fruit and "rustic" notes.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged bottle of 2013 Project from Gator Beverage. Poured deep dark red into my tulip with a tall, fizzy pink head that quickly recedes. The head ends up lingering as a very small creamy bubble film on top that is really interesting. Lots of sour cherries on the aroma with some vinegar there, and dry oakiness. Flavor is super sour cherries, with a light vinegar note that is balanced out by the super dry oak flavors. Really nice Kriek that highlights the cherries without being medicinal. Miles better than the Blueberry mess I had last night. Good beer!

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Beaten egg-white foam perches on the dusty red decoction.

S - Cherry pie.

T - Musty cherries with wood character and decent funk. Chocolate on the finish

M - Unobtrusive. Tied the beer together nicely.

O - Pretty much the only Cascade sour I was tempted to by a bottle of when I visited their brewpub. Came together really nicely. I find this to be slightly underrated.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage unknown, but most likely 2010. Pours a reddish-brown hue with a loose, half-inch head and a hazy clarity. Nose reveals cherries and a suggestion of cough syrup. Taste consistent with nose. This beer is tart, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with some astringency and a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall, a solid kriek with some brune-like qualities.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured into a cascade snifter.

Brew pours a deep cherry chestnut with a thin head that was gone quick
Nose is fantastic.cherry with some tartness but not too much dark ripe fruit.
Taste to match. Lush dark cherry with a hint of sweet tartness. Oak rounds it out and smooths some of the edges, but there is just enough sharp tartness.
A bit prickly on the feel, but easy drinking.
Fantastic brew. Another winner from cascade. Great kreik, really enjoyable.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a footed glass at Ale Arsenal.

A: No head. Quite dark. Vaguely opaque.

S: Delicious. Balsamic vinegar. Hints of fruit.

T/M: Holy Jesus. This is really good. The mouthfeel shines through. It's scintillating, sparkling, and lightly tart. The flavor is strawberries, sour cherries, and lemon juice. A magnificent sour, with just enough residual sweetness to keep things interesting.

O: Incredible. Highly recommended. Tart-sweet cherries. Phenomenal kriek. Use this to convert those who "don't like sours."

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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 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 MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark cherry color with a decent off-white head and some lacing

S-vinegar, tart cherry, funk, red wine

T-tart cherries, funk, red wine vinegar, oak, hint of lemon

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry, puckering

O-nice sour red ale, cherries and sour balance nicely

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Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 Project

Long-time want. Poured it into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Dark ruby-garnet with not much light passing through. Bountiful head of three fingers' height. Not much lacing, but I think it looks tremendous for a Flanders Red.

Tart pie cherries up front, bright sourness, oaky vanilla, sour mash malts, hints of tart berry and pomegranate. Lots of critter funk, cheese, and dank mustiness behind the eye-popping acidity.

A more sour and drier Flanders Red with a lot of pie cherry tartness and a seriously acidic spine. Has that lambic cheesiness with the malt strength and acetic quality of a Flanders ale. Oaky, but not astringent. Unripe raspberry, pomegranate seed, and almost a spicy basil greenness. Lots of tart fruit and gritty funk. Puckering mouthfeel with a spicy sour finish/burn. Swishy and a carbonated appropriately. Awesome experience, overall.

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Photo of MattyBones
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first time really delving into a sour ale and after hearing good things about Cascade's Kriek Ale I decided to give it a try.

Appearance: Pores a dark Cherry wood color, looking closely you can see a good amount of sediment floating around. Thick, frothy head.

Smell: Cherry! Lot's of cherry and some other floral notes that aren't too easy to pick out because of the dominant cherry smell.

Taste: Definitely a burst of sour cherries. Has a taste to that of the old school candy War Heads sour cherry mixed with a slight hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth on the palate with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: A solid brew for sure. Digging the sour style, very pleasing on the palate and looking forward to trying some more of this style.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, 2012 project

Pours a very dark ruby/brown, almost burgundy with a finger of slightly tinged reddish brown foam, which receded to a frothy ring about 60 seconds after the pour. Lacing is full and thick, mild carbonation and no transparency

Could smell a shot of vinegar when I popped the cork. Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, oak, tart apple, oak, and a nice blast of funk with a bit of alcohol. Very sour, clears my nose and twists it around

Taste is with the nose pretty well, big upfront shot of sour cherry followed by some tart apple and grape vinegar notes. Finishes with nice woody oak and a faint sweet malty funk and a touch of booze. Comes together well

Feel is impressively highly sour, right on the same level as Supplication, Oude Tart, and La Folie. Booze is concealed pretty well, pretty smooth on the way down. mouthgasm

Overall an incredible beer, another solid offering from Cascade. Not for the faint of heart

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of dark brown 750 mL bottle with "2012 project" marked on the label. Poured into a 50 cL tulip glass from Boulevard.

Appearance - Moderately-aggressive pour yields a generous two-finger head head of khaki with a reddish twinge. It begins shrinking immediately, lasting for about 90 seconds--only as long as it took the foam to steadily disappear. Eventually settles on some spotty foam around the glass, with a rim of bubbles on the edges of the glass. The body is a deep, dark red, almost black when not being held in front of light. Garnet highlights around the edges of the glass and an overall burgundy tone. Lacing is spotty and sticky where it remains.

Smell - The primary characteristic is musty, woody elements from the oak. Funky and dank with some fainter notes of fruitiness and cherry in the background, but it's hard to detect them through the power of the barrel.

Taste - Mouth-puckering sour, with strong notes of sour and bing cherry, along with substantial lactic characteristics and some more subtle notes of vinegar. I'm happy that the fruit elements are more dominant in the taste, but the presence of the vinegar really separates this from the more traditional kriek ales I've had the pleasure of sampling. I like the fact that it's no overly sweet as well.

Mouthfeel - Puckering, with a medium body and light-moderate carbonation. Finish is mostly dry, but with a hint of sweet from the cherries.

Overall, an excellent beer, and certainly the best Flanders Red I've ever had. It's too bad these are so darn expensive, but I do like the fact that they are relatively easy to get, since Cascade is able to sell beer direct-to-consumer somehow.

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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 cbutova
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cascade Kriek 2012 Project shared thanks to Chico1985.

A- Super dreg filled tulip pour, murky dark red with some brown hues. Head is creamy and foamy with about a finger height. Good frothy blankets of lace coat the glass nicely.

S- Intensely sour red fruits and cherry juice jumps out big time. Some nice Brett funky cherry pie, grassy barnyard funk, just super sour, some oak and vinous hints.

T- Much like the nose, like eating a huge bag of juicy sour cherries with the pit stem and all. Just a vinous feel with nice Brett funky barnyard and some acetic vinegar hints, super sour lactic lemon juice feel. One of the most sour krieks I've had, sours overshadows.

MF- Light and super dry body with aforementioned super sours. Carbonation moderate and the body is foamy overall.

Super sour lacto bomb puckers my face, some cherry and nice barrel funk.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 project bottling with 7.2% ABV listed, picked up at Julio's during the summer. Enjoyed Cascade's Apricot Ale very much that same night, high hopes for this as well. Split amongst the peeps.

Dark red body with a beige/pink head. Scent has a strong tartness, vinegary notes, funk, sour lemons and some herbal and bready tones. Not much cherries, but good.

Taste brings on the sourness and cherries big time, sour cherries much more than 'fresh'. More teeth enamel-removing sour than anything else though, quite impressive. General lemon, vinegar, bread, funk and some oak. Has a bigger feel that shows the ABV a little bit, kinda reminds me of Petrus Aged Pale in its ABV-ness. But pulled off nicely, high carbonation and bracing sourness makes this a sipper.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2012 Project

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some crimson highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy creamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thick film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sour cherries and light notes of oak.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of sour cherries with a moderate to heavy amount of tartness. There are light notes of oak that comes through in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: I really enjoyed this beer - there is a pleasant amount of sourness that is not overpowering but it is still noticeable. The cherries are tart but strong enough to keep this one easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden.

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

Vintage 2010. A guy at Grapevine in Lakeland, FL held a bottle for me. Thanks man.

Appearance: Pours a dark red ruby color with a finger of a white head.

Smell: Smells of sour cherries, lactic, sweetness, some funk. Awesome.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose. Very sour cherries.

Mouthfeel: Typical sour mouthfeel.

Overall: Amazing sour. I shared this with my cousins and unfortunately they didn't like it or couldn't drink it all, but it was a win - more for me! Mmm.

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Photo of ausonius
2.15/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Did not note vintage on this 750, unfortunately.

Decent medium red color, & carbonation

Some cherry fruit on the nose, but with huge, overwhelming Brettanomyces

Quite sour on the palate, & again, the huge, overpowering Brett

A one trick pony - the level of Brett is overpowering. Seems almost unhealthy.

Too much, even for this Sour, Funky, Brett Lover.

Seems like an outlier - hope this batch was only one barrel.

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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 Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle into a snifter. 2012 release 7.2%ABV

Pours a dark brownish red with an inch thick white fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly. no lacing. Smell is big on the cherries, as expected from the style. Good amount of tart cherry taste on this one, not as sour as some other cascade offerings, but more tart. fits with the flanders red style. medium bodied with medium carbonation. Typical drinkability for a flanders red, which means it goes down quite easily.

Overall a good flemish red, especially from an american brewery, but nothing amazing. not worth the price when you have imported reds like rodenbach for half the price and more readily available, but this one is good nonetheless.

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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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