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 Teleweizen2
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep burgundy with a bubbly tan crown. roughly 2 fingers worth of foam which quickly fizzles out.

S - the nose is simple but pleasant. Tangy and sweet notes of juicy cherries are the central character. But hints of other red fruit are present. Funky brett character adds complexity along with lacto to create a yogurt note.

T - very little malt character. Tart, tangy and funky. Mostly Cherries but there are hints of other red fruit.

M - lighter side if medium bodied. Medium-high slightly fizzy carbonation.

O - great beer. Bold flavors but each of them layer on top of each other so evenly they are incredibly balanced. Very fresh and natural tasting as well.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Sliverx for sharing this bottle...

A: Pours a light cloudy red with pink hues around the edges. There is a half finger of light pink/white head that fades fairly quickly. All that remains if a tiny ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is tart and biting, with big sour notes. I get cherries and dried cranberries up front with vinegar familiar Cascade scent yeast/barrel treatment.

T: It starts out crisp and cherry forward, but as it heads towards the middle of the beer, it tightens up and gets really sour. That Cascade yeast and vinegar flavor is unmistakable. The finish is sour and fruit. Another nice offering from Cascade

M: Medium bodied beer. It's bright and puckering from start to finish. It coats the palate and dries up in the back end.

O: Very nice beer. You know it's a Cascade sour, and you know it was brewed with cherries. Can you really ask for anything more? I'd love to get me hands on a few more bottles and drink this a few times a year.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Tasted 3 June 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium-dark, clear, ruby amber. Little head, as expected for a sour, and it fizzes and fades quickly. Hefty amount of visible carbonation.

Smell is half acidic sour and half sweet/tart cherry. The smell feels a little funny - it's an odd balance, more sour than fruity, but feels like it'd be better if it tilted more in one direction or the other.

Taste is similar to the smell, though more sour and less fruity. Somewhere around 1/6 cherry, 5/6 muddy acidic sour. There's something about it that's not entirely working for me, some off characters at the edges. It's not powerfully fruity, and it's not clean, and I want it to be one or the other. Basically, the balance feels a bit off.

Feel is light, delicate, and fizzy, like a low-sugar soda. Very nice, and just as it should be.

A decent fruit sour, but among the weaker ones I've had from Cascade. The fruit presence is light, and the sour is muddy and has some slightly off elements. Worth drinking again, but probably not at ~$20 per bottle.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Project

A: Plum red in color, the beer yields no head whatsoever. Bubbles do race through what otherwise looks to be a thick body. 3.5

S: The aroma is oaky and dank, but is bolster by an assault of sweet cherries. It certainly doesn't smell like it's going to produce the spine tingling acidity as the apricot version, but it does smell good. 4

T: This kriek tastes much more sweet than I thought it would, but the beer certainly brings it. A deeply enjoyable blend of oak, sweet cherries, slight tartness, but no hit of alcohol. The crisp, clean aftertaste is full of cherries, as well. 4.5

MF: Medium body with a lower than average carbonation. The beer makes my mouth water and keep me coming back for more, seemingly having a never-ending drinkability. 4

O: Really a phenomenally blended beer that lived up to the hype. I didn't give it as high a rating because I wanted it to be more sour, but the cherries stepped up in a big way. You won't go wrong here. 4

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Photo of GJ40
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a chalice from a 750ml bottle purchased at Triangle Wine. 2011 Project.

Reddish brown with a haze and minimal head. Fantastic aroma with sweet and sour cherries. Flavors follow closely with loads of sour cherries and a hint of sweetness while still remaining on the drier side. A nice sour bite without it being completely dominant. The fruit flavors also play a key role with their depth and complexity. The consistency and carbonation are moderate with a smooth and silky finish.

This is an outstanding beer with a great combination of sour bite and fruit flavors. I liked it more and more with each sip. But with a significantly higher price than Rodenbach Grand Cru, I wouldn't make it a regular thing.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish-brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malts, sour cherries, other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, Brett and other funky yeasts, lactic acid.

T - Sweet caramel malts, lots of sour cherries, oak, vanilla, funky Brett and other funky yeasts, lactic acid, bit of brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, tart, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Great flanders red. Good sourness and overall balance.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a sinfully dark red that is almost brown with a finger of light tan head that slowly fades into a duvel tulip
S: smells of nice lactic sourness and sour cherries on the nose. slight sweet cherry aroma as well
T: tastes of sour cherry, biting acidity, vanilla and oak good lactic sourness with more cherry and a slight hint of funk. swallow is more sour cherry a bit more oak and a nice lactic sourness on the finish
M: medium in the mouth with soft but assertive carbonation. slightly drying on the finish but not overly so
O: a very good kriek/flanders red. qualities remind me of rodenbach with the oakyness and the sourness is excellent. It's quite good any way you slice it and it drinks pretty easy.

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

2011 Project

Dark ruby color with just under a finger worth of head that quickly settled to a ring around the glass. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass.

I smell a lot of cherry upfront. Smells acidic and tart with hints of green apple. Mild oak notes round out the impressive aroma.

Truly sour tasting. Plenty of tart cherries. Little bit of funk but this one is mostly acidic. Is a bit one note. Better like cherries if you are drinking this beer.

Undercarbonated but otherwise a solid body. Needs some more life to lift the flavors.

A good sour. The cherries overpower some of the subtleties but it does deliver as promised.

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Photo of draheim
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL (2011 project) into a snifter. Pours a clear brownish amber w/ a 1-finger head that settles to a collar w/ some film across the top.

Aroma is mostly oak, cherries, and tart funk. Pretty much what I expected.

Taste follows nose. High lactic acidity, super dry oak, sweet cherries, maybe a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth with a bone-dry finish.

Overall a solid Flanders red, right up there with any of the others that I've tried. Only problem? At almost twice the price of something like Rodenbach Grand Cru, it isn't twice as good.

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Photo of fdig23
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with red edges. Tiny off-white head.

Nose: Tart, abrasive, cherry jumps out. The nose is dominated by pure black cherry and sour lemon juice with a bit of some caramel sweetness in the background. Really nice, pure, cherry aromas.

Taste: Very sour up front with even more cherry, plenty of nice juicy green apple, and a lot of cherry warhead sweetness on the finish. It ends up being a bit one-note, but its a really nice note.

Mouthfeel: A little flat and thin for the amount of flavor packed in there.

Overall: Nice sour here. Doesn't stand up to the big classic Flemish reds, but it's definitely a nice cherry-packed twist.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011 vintage) to ommegang wine flute

A: very dark ruby red almost brown it is very cloudy and near completely opaque. It had little to no head and a very thin white lacing around the top

S: unfortunately there is a smell of alcohol is fairly strong that being said you can definitely smell the earthy wood from the oak barrels. There is however some fruity smells in there but they are definitely I the background.

T:tart upfront but not in a powerful way it fades fast and goes more into a fruit juicy. there is some sour tart sweetness in the finish, but it is mild compared to others I have had. It is not necessarily bad, just not great.

M:the tartness really does not have any real effect on the feel. It is more juicy like and goes down extremely easily and smooth. There is next to no carbonation so I have to knock off points for that.

O: honestly I was kinda disappointed I don't know if I just expected too much but this is a fairly mild juicy kriek, maybe with some years on it could develop more but overall impression this is good but not great it's worth a try for sure.

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a murky red-brown with a very short beige head. A little lace. Too opaque to see bubbles.

S - nice aroma of oak, tart cherries, soft malt, mild lacto, mild vinegar and faint bubblegum.

T - just like the aroma, but better. Delicious. The lacto didn't leave much of a cheesy note and the vinegar is reserved. The oak adds some nice depth to the flavor. Very tasty!

M - light-medium body. Bubbly. Dry and mouth watering sour. Very nice.

O - this is a really good Kriek. I liked it because it wasn't sweet like so many of the Belgian Krieks are. The cherry flavor and sourness are perfect for me. It isn't a funky sour. I'd like to see a funkier version of this with a heavier lacto taste and some barnyard. Not to replace this beer, but to compliment it.

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Photo of cvm4
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep, blood red with a fluffy pink head.

S - Tangy & sour notes of cherries abound.

T - Sour cherries bite you from the beginning with a very light yeast notes.

M - Light, effervescent & easy drinker.

O - With the label full of cherries, you know what you're getting into. Very well done & a challenge to Supplication.

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Photo of AltBock
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Simple label of 3 cherries on a stem and the name of the beer in big bold fire gold letters. The cherries look like they were ripped off a vintage slot machine. To the left of the name is a description of the beer, proper serving temp, and the brewery's address. On the other side of the label is where you'll find the Government warning. Right under the name is where you'll find the vintage year. This bottle is from their 2011 project.

When poured into a 7venth Sun Snifter, this cherry beer was an extremely murky brown color that had some red mixed in with it. I guess I could say that it was cherry brown color. The color was a lot more interesting then the head of foam. The head of foam was only a short lived super small skim of bubbles. These bubbles only managed to leave behind a few rings along the edge. At least the color of the beer was somewhat nice to look at.

The aroma was nice and sour with bing cherries, oak, and a little vinegar. The acidity level in the aroma was in the medium level. Basically it's a straight up pleasant not overly sour aroma.

After the sour aroma, the taste was no surprise. It was sour, but not puckering sour. This sour taste was filled with sour and tart bing cherries, oak, vinegar, a few drops red wine, and a cherry Jolly Rancher or two. Like the aroma, the acidity level was on the medium level. I could detect a little musty funkiness in the back. I'm glad that the funkiness didn't take over the beer. The sour and tart cherries were king in this beer.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a sour and tart aftertaste. Not surprising at all. I got more sour and tart cherries, oak, and vinegar. This sour aftertaste don't really linger. You can easy wash away the taste with only one glass of water.

A barrel aged sour cherry beer isn't cheap to produce and it shows it on the price. Is it worth it? I'd say it is. If sours are your type of thing, then you should enjoy this Cascade. Would I buy another bottle? I already did. I want to see what age will do to this beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2011 project
Hill Farmstead glass

A: Pours a murky ruby color. Good carbonation. Slight tan colored head. About a finger initially then it's just a layer. Some lacing sheeting is being left on the glass.

S: Tart dark black cherry. Oak. Vanilla. Tannic character. Lactic acid. Really nice sour aromas.

T: Wow. More tart than expected. Really nice dark cherry tartness up front. Then you get that body from the malt bill in the mid palate to mesh with it.

M: Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of Jonada
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project. 7.62% abv

750ml cork and cage bottle served in a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Deep dark red amber color with lots of fine champagne like carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Poured about 2 fingers of a creamy light tan head with a slight reddish hue. Nice retention and lacing, especially considering the style.

Smell: Tart cherries, lactic sourness, vinegar, oak, vanilla

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely. Lots of tart cherries, medium sourness, slight breadiness and hints of green apple. The flavors of vanilla and wood are stronger in the taste than the aroma, particularly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Medium fine carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel

Overall: Another excellent beer from Cascade. As far as American sours go, they're the only ones I've had that can give Russian River a run for their money.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle says 2011 Kriek. Poured from a bomber into a globe. Pours a dark copper/red with a quickly dissipating head, and interestingly, some bubbles on the sides to give it a "soda" type appearance. The aroma has lots of cherries and a pleasant sweetness, along with a touch of oak. The taste is fantastic, a sweet cherry flavor with some tartness and acidity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, bordering on too much, but still good. The sweetness and acidity were in a good range too, they can both be overdone or underdone.

A very nice beer from Cascade, one of the best cherry sours I've had.

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

2011 Vintage. 7.62% ABV

Beer is dark red, a bit pinkish. Smallish beige head. Head fades quite quickly.

Smell contains a lot of cherry, and a dose of balsamic vinegar. Oak. Smells a bit sour but not overly so.

Taste contains lots of cherry, and large amounts of oak and balsamic vinegar. Fairly sour, with an acetic flavour. Nice flavour. Not particularly complex, but tasty.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, a bit on the sticky side. Puckery.

Overall, quite good. The oak is at just the right level- clearly present but not too strong.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 project.

Appearance - Deep red. No real life to it. A bit of a collar but not much else.

Smell - Musty and acetic acidity. Cherries throughout but the acidity is more prevalent. Clean aroma.

Taste - Puckering sour. Cherries and a ton of sourness. Malty for sure, but no sweetness at all. Musty to a less extent than the smell. Straightforward simple sour cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Malt gives it some heft.

Overall - Definitely one for the sourheads out there. Not a complex flavor, but it's clean and has a nice cherry flavor.

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

Had on tap at Naked City. Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep red color with hints of purple with a very thin, off-white head on top. This gives way to a soapy ring on top, sporadic lacing on the glass.

S: Cherries right away mixed with a vinegar tartness. There is a little bit of vanilla and wood as well.

T: Sour/tartness upfront mixed with a nice cherry flavor. There is a definite earthiness to the flavor profile, a bit of wood, and vanilla. Has a definite tannic/wine undertone as well.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: A nice sour beer, Cascade does a nice job with their sour offerings, just always tough to pick up due to the pricetag. Glad I was able to get this one on tap.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude in NY. Saw this at my local bottle shop and knew I'd better pick this up on the spot.

A: Pours a hazy dark ruby red color with a prickly reddish-cream colored head that fades away quickly. Not much lacing here, but still a good-looking beer.

S: Funky yeast notes, sour cherry and some noticeable oak character. Smells delicious and makes me curious how the sour flavors will play out.

T: Fresh sour cherry notes up front followed by a long, acidic sour finish. This is definitely on the sour side of the lambics I've had, but I find it delicious. While there's certainly some funk here, it's not necessarily vinegary.

M: Medium-bodied with a prickly feel. Really complements the flavors.

O: This is one delicious kriek.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at Cascade in a 2oz taster as part of a flight. Reviewed from notes.

A- Fluffy white head with nice thick lacing. Ringed but big look to the head. Orange-brown with nice clarity and carbonation.

S- Cherries and a sticky sweet, brown sugar bourbon smell.

T- Tart and tasty, cherries and alcohol esters.

M- Vinous and smooth.

O- Quite a well developed sour. Might be the best one I had from Cascade.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle opened on 1/10/13 with my brothers.

A: A very dark burgundy color. 1 inch head that dissipated into a thin ring around the edge.

S: Tons of funk. Cherry and more classic sour smells.

T: Very tart, red wine and a great cherry flavor. Very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied and the right amount of carbonation.

O: A great Flanders Red. If I saw this on the shelf again, I would definitely pick it up.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Project 2011. 7.62%
750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy copper with red highlights. 2 fingers of pinkish head with good retention for a sour. Very low carbonation.

Sour cherry, crushed Sweet Tarts, cherry Jolly Rancher and musty cellar.

Red wine vinegar and crushed up Sweet Tarts. Sour pie cherries, maraschino cherry juice and Jolly Ranchers (you know, the red ones). Some lemon and lactic acidity. Big red wine notes, perhaps Pinot Noir. There’s a touch of nuttiness and French oak on the finish as well as a hint of musty basement.

Light-medium bodied, tart, clean and refreshing.

Medium sourness. Loads of red wine. Cherries, cherries, cherries. Awesome!

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Project 2011.

Out of the bottle pours a real solid nice head. Reaches about 3 fingers but soaps up a bit, a pink off white color, and falls normally. Body is quite dark, a brown burgundy color, with nice rising carbonation, some of it actually pink in appearance. Pretty solid and tasty looking.

Nose hits with classic notes, but simple and straight forward. Light fruit cherries, a hint of sweetness and a big juicy component to it also. Oak notes really don't seem to come forward as much. Otherwise pretty solid.

At first the mouthfeel comes across with a bit of wet, but then the palate hits with a good density. Therefore it hits a 4. Deep cherry fruit notes, but a light and slightly carbonated body. Finish is quite salty and briney, with a lot of prickly heat on the lips, but luckily not the palate. Fun sensations, a real tolerable and noticeable mix of salt and sour.

Overall the surprise is the salt component on this, which is large, but tolerable. It's a nice contrast, and unlike any other Kriek or fruit sour ales I've had before. Unique beer. Fun. Would have again.

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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