Figaro
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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From:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #317
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,284
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 8.11%
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
537
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 04, 2023
Added:
Jun 24, 2011
Wants:
  79
Gots:
  102
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Strong blond beers were aged in fresh Chardonnay barrels for three months and then additionally aged with dried Adriatic white figs and Spanish lemon peel. Aromas of sweet malts, figs, raisins and citrus zest greet you in the nose. Hints of Chardonnay grapes, lemon peel and sweet figs roll across the palate, leading to crisp lemon sharpness in the finish that will leave a lingering sweetness on the tongue.
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Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Mar 04, 2023
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look- thick brownish orange e nice rim.
Smell - woody citrus.
Taste - orange lemon woody.
Feel - thicker syrup slight carb
Overall - for having a 2013 and it was 2021, incredible
Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2014 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden copper colour with a two finger off white head that dissipated quickly, but settled to a thin replenishing cap, while leaving some decent lacing.

Aroma: Moderately tart, fig, raisin, apple peel, vinous, white wine, with citrus zest notes.

Taste: Sour, tart, plum, grapes, vinous, white wine, fig, oak, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: The flavour of figs were a bit week, and overwhelmed by the dark fruits and especially the lemon. But it was still quite enjoyable, and a surprise at 9.1% abv, since it doesn’t seem anywhere close to being that high.
Jan 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2014 edition, 9.1%. Had 7/17/19.

Pours a lightly hazy golden amber, with a two inch foamy head with very good retention and some foamy lacing. Aromas of figs, white wine, white grapes, some malt, lemon, peaches, raisins, apples, light yeast, some funk. Smells lightly tart and sour. The flavor shows a good amount of tartness and sourness, and it’s fairly acidic. Tastes of figs, white grapes, lemon, white wine, peaches, apples, malt, some raisins and spices, some oak, some funk. Smooth for what it is, a very good light to medium body, well carbonated. The acid burn is substantial.

The Chardonnay barrels set a nice tone and the figs and lemon peel stand out. Lots of aromas and flavors, especially fruit. Heavy on the sour for sure, and more as it warms. Very enjoyable and different.
Mar 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by hopkrid from Florida

Oct 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.44 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.73 by BEERdedCharmer from New York

Aug 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by archero from Texas

Jun 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.58 by myonlylemonade from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.71 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Apr 26, 2019
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Rated by oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Thoroughly Enjoyed. On Tap at Hoppy Monk in San Antonio.
Feb 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.73 by brother_rebus from Maine

Nov 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.39 by Eychung from New York

Nov 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Sep 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by meatyard from Florida

Sep 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.12 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jul 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Roustabout from District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Best American fig beer I've had, and really elegant and clear for a sour. Of all the Cascade Barrel beers I tried maybe the one I'd most like to drink a big pour of.
May 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by Nunya from Ohio

May 13, 2018
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Reviewed by FFreak from Vermont

4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2014 bottle poured into teku. Pours a perfectly clear light copper color, with a finger of tight, champagne-like bubbles, that recede to a persistent ring. Nice aromas of dried fruit, lemon and oak. Taste is great - not overly sour, nicely balanced, bright, and with a good level of oak. Mouth feel is just right. Overall, this is one of my favorite BA sours ever.
Apr 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.19 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Apr 15, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Draft at the Barrel House. Bright, clear golden body, substantial foamy head. Big, tart aroma follows through to taste, puckering. And dry, bone dry, drink some water soon dry. A it musty, tart and sweet, lots going on here.Worth seeking out.
Feb 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

Jan 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by Mikexw from New York

Jan 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
BOTTLE: 2012 project. 750ml format. A hood and wire cage covers its cork. Yellow label. Brown glass.

"NW style sour ale." "Blend of blond ales that were aged in chardonnay oak barrels for up to 18 months before aging on white figs and lemon peel for an additional five months." "Ale aged in oak barrels with white figs." 10% ABV. (The "up to" 18 months bit has me suspicious...why not just tell us how long you actually aged it for?)

Served cold.

HEAD: ~3-4cm in height. Fizzles out quickly, dying within 10 seconds. It was off-white in colour per the glimpse I caught of fit while it lasted, and was quite thin as well. Leaves no lacing on the sides of my glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear and seemingly filtered. Pale copper in colour, approximating an apple cidre. No yeast/lees are visible within. Of average vibrance.

Appears aptly carbonated (probably due to bottle conditioning). Not quite a blonde in colour, but it's a nice looking sour ale.

AROMA: White grapes are immediately evident, though I doubt I'd know it was chardonnay in a blind tasting. Supple rich white oak, spritzy cidre-like apple notes, apple cider vinegar, acetic acid, obvious heavy lactobacillus bacteria (seemingly imparting plenty of smacky sourness), damp cedar, apple skin, barnyard-like hay, obvious funkiness (I assume from brettanomcyes), and neutral pale malts.

I'm not getting much from saccharomyces, nor is there obvious pediococcus or other overt bacteria besides lacto and acetobacter.

I'd never guess white fig in a blind aroma test, and I doubt I'd find the lemon peel either.

Suggests a highly acidic beer with moderately intense sourness and obvious twang. Alive and inviting.

Aromatic intensity is high.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Highly acidic and almost puckering in its lactobacillus-driven sourness, clocking in at about an 8 out of 10 in terms of sourness intensity. Pediococcus doesn't seem to be in play, but I do get acetobacter and concomitant acetic acid/vinegary notes. Apple cider vinegar definitely comes to mind.

More cedary than oaky, but the chardonnay/white grape flavour is a welcome albeit faint addition; I doubt this was aged longer than 9 months in chardonnay barrels. Quite rustic in any case.

White fig? I don't find it. Lemon peel? Sure, but it's mixed in to the rest of the acidic flavours.

Apple skin. Some funkiness - probably from brettanomyces yeasts. I don't get much in terms of microfloral intricacy; this definitely seems more like a stainless steel fermented clinical sour than a properly spontaneously fermented one.

Neutral pale malts lend this its timid backbone. Bacteria is the star of the show here and malts take a backseat.

Certainly balanced, and its 10% ABV is not at all noticeable; I'd figure this for 7% tops if I tried it blind. I definitely expected more complexity given the barrel aging and aging on white figs and lemon peel, but it's adequately intricate.

Depth of flavour is pretty good. Flavour intensity is high. Flavour duration is moderately high, but it does have a vinegary aftertaste that follows the main flavour profile.

Twangy, smooth, wet, somewhat refreshing, medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and sharp. Not chewy, astringent, oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or scratchy. There are no off-flavours.

OVERALL: It's another winner from Cascade, though some will deride its usage of lactobacillus as a crutch; this does lean pretty heavy on it and it feels like a stainless steel bacterial culture brew as a result. Additionally, Cascade's dubious marketing in terms of its barrel aging duration will erode consumer confidence - just tell us how long you aged it without this "up to" qualifier; when you're charging ~$30 per bottle, you owe us that much.

Fruited sours tend to be my favourite sours, but you've got to have the fruit flavour to have a fruited sour. Where's the fig?

In spite of these nitpicks, it's a hell of a brew that would hold its own against many traditional Belgian sours, and price aside I'd highly recommend it to any diehard sour ale drinker. I'll be giving it a pass in the future solely because of price, but it's certainly a good beer and were it something like $8 a 375ml I could see myself picking it up a couple times a year. How on earth is this 10% ABV?

High B (3.72) / GOOD
Jan 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by citizencane from Pennsylvania

Dec 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by DoubleDaisyCutter from District of Columbia

Dec 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana

Dec 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by Noles9585 from Washington

Dec 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a sparkling light orange-peach color. Head production is fizzy and moderate for the style, quickly fading to a light creamy pink ring around the rim. Very active and bubbly long after the pour. Transparent.

Aroma is strong with oak, vinegar-like sour notes, a slight mustiness, honey, and an undefined fruitiness. Lemon and orange-like citrus notes.

Flavor follows: sharply sour, but not overwhelmingly so, and carrying a wonderful tart balance. Citrus, vinegar, oak, grapes, honey, cracker, wheat, musty hay - but not exactly funk. Lip-smacking long sticky tart finish.

Moderate puckering, definitely a sipper, but very enjoyable and drinkable.

As good a fruited American Wild Ale as there is. I didn't know this was aged in Chardonnay barrels until after my review, but the grapes are definitely noticeable on the palate; the dry finish expected from Chardonnay influence, not so much.
I've never failed to be anything but completely impressed by Cascade.
Nov 06, 2017
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Reviewed by bnes09 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Golden-orange with nice clarity. Zero head to speak of. Acetic acid, brine, tropical fruit and oak aroma. Palate is aggressively acidic. Acetic and citric acids bomb the tongue, burn the mucous membranes and dry the entire digestive tract. Once you get past the overwhelming acidity, some pleasant, rustic wood characters come to light. Fruit notes are very subtle. Moderate body. Descent carbonation. A tad too dry for my liking. Overall, a nice fruited sour but could definitely spare a little acid.
Nov 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Oct 22, 2017
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Arrives a fairly hazy amber color with a one finger head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Vinous with a lemony tartness and a hint of fig

Taste: Vinous and tart, at the outset, with white wine grape and lemon tones; funk and figs build, through the middle, with acetic sourness progressing through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: Decent, but not my favorite sour from Cascade
Oct 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by Beerbom from California

Sep 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.2 by taospowder from New Mexico

Sep 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.44 by yoshie from Massachusetts

Sep 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
Color is beautiful orange-apricot attempting to pull in some pink with a minimal white film.

Smell is vinous oak, acidic fig and prune with grapefruit rind.

A bubbly, light slick body with a semi-dry swallow exhibits flavors of sour and enjoyably acetic lemon, grapefruit, charred oak, with some heat that comes through the nose on an exhale.

2013 vintage! Feeling lucky to have great friends!

In October, I had a 2015 vintage on draft at the Barrel House which exhibited additional aromas of fresher fig and apple with white wine and spicy oak as well as apple and cherry on the tongue. It was also really sour.
Aug 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Aug 25, 2017
Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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