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Cascade Kriek Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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
Kriek 2015 = 7.1% ABV

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

Added by ccrida on 04-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#946
Reviews:
294
Ratings:
1,157
pDev:
8.27%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
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255
Gots:
347
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Photo of dsshuck
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bump8628
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Point of reference here for me is the 2016 release of Rodenbach Alexander. Not to say that these are intended by the brewers to be very similar beers, but merely comparing two higher priced sour cherry beers. Alexander wins on all fronts, including price at 25% less per 750 ml.

That said, this NW sour is quite good. Ruddy orange/copper with a fizzly head that doesn't stay for the party. Lactic acid out competes the cherry on both the nose and palate. Barrel influenced notes of oak, musk, and nuttiness come through next. Lacking the deep funky notes that add complexity to the best sour beers. Cherry mingles in there but doesn't pop.

Certainly a worthy beer. I tried to review this at face value without price in mind. If you are thinking about quality vs $ / bang for buck, maybe knock this score down half a point and try to get ahold of Rodenbach Alexander.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Acuity
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of macrosmatic
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Project. Reviewed from notes taken in the first part of 2016. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Hunahpu Day large snifter glass.

A: Dark red, reminiscent of cranberry juice. A thin pink head forms and then fades quickly, as does a big bloom of visible carbonation. Relatively opaque.

S: Tart cherries up front, with fruits notes like raspberries and boysenberries as well. Lactic acid to make the saliva flow, and lightly funky. Lighter oak barrel tannins to round things out. Pretty nice here.

T: Sour overripe cherries, lactic acid and some oak dryness. Puckeringly tart. Some citric acid tang develops as the beer warms up a bit. Not overly funky, but there is some funk here, that seems intermixed with the oak as it warms as well. This definitely needs to warm after you take it out of the refrigerator. Residual tartness and cherry fruitiness in the finish.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation sensation, and the alcohol presence is well-integrated into the flavors.

O: Good, but is has a one–note flavor when cold. Opens up a fair amount as warms. Enjoyable and tasty, but heavy on the lactic acid and not intermixed with much funk…not world class, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of bobv
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LJTate
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBasedElliot
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of McBAINx
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 project bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light tan/pinkinsh head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge tart/sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, lemon peel, green apple, cherry skin, oak, hay, straw, pepper, toast, brown sugar, light vinegar/funk/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tart/sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, lemon peel, green apple, cherry skin, oak, hay, straw, pepper, toast, brown sugar, light vinegar/funk/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, lemon peel, green apple, cherry skin, oak, hay, straw, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate dark malt flavors; with a nice sour/tannic/spiciness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Very dry from acidic/tannic notes as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic/puckering, and lightly grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible fruited Flanders red ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate dark malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the high amount of sourness/acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of herman77
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 2015 bottle poured into a tulip glass. A muddy reddish-copper color with a thin light tan and pinkish head that settled quickly into wispy laces. Charred oak up front on the nose, with prominent cinnamon, cherries, and musty basement. This was puckeringly sour on the palate. Bright tart cherries, more cinnamon, plenty of oak, wine, and raspberries. The finish was dry and left a nice sticky, funky presence.

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Photo of hermit990
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taospowder
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChittyChambers
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery brewpub: 2015 version in July 2016.
Sour aroma with loads of black and sour cherries. Lovely red-brown body with a lasting off-white head. Moderate tartness. Less cherry in the taste than the aroma, although it’s not subtle in either. Nice complexity.

Overall: excellent version of the style.

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Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,157 ratings
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