Figaro
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #240
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,722
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 8.31%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
533
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
 
Oregon, United States
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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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Reviews by stortore:
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of teromous
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

There is no exact date on the bottle but it does say "2014 Project" and "aged for up to 18 months" so there is some indication of its age.

Appearance: The body of the beer is an orange color with a bit of a light bronze appearance. Tons of carbonation can be seen through the hazy beer in the glass but it only forms a short white head that fades out fast and leaves a ring which provides some spotty lacing.

Aroma: It has that very recognizable sour smelling character that is common to the style. There is a bit of a sweet smelling side to the beer though. It's not strong but it is a bit like cotton candy. This is largely overpowered by the monotone sour aroma.

Taste: It has a pleasant sour flavor that is not overpowering. It is met by this very light sweet malt character that does not taste like caramel or grain but just provides a bit of a base for the sourness to land on. Mellow tartness. The beer really doesn't have to warm up too much but I noticed that after a while of drinking the beer I was tasting distinct white wine flavors and it even started to taste a bit like apple cider. The label mentions "white figs and lemon peel." While the lemon peel might be tied somewhere in the sourness of the beer I did not taste any fig.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is great. It is tart but not too strong and it is just dry enough at the end to deliver the crisp flavors in a neatly tied package.

Overall: It was an enjoyable beer. I would have liked to get more fig character from the beer and I would have also liked more barrel presence. If I gave somebody a small sample of this beer without letting their palate coat sip after sip, glass after glass, they probably wouldn't even pick out the wine character. So overall this was an enjoyable beer but it is not one I would strongly recommend. In a single glass the overall flavor profile could easily be matched by a well done sour that doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of oak aging, figs, etc. If you do buy the beer I would recommend that you have at least two glasses to really get the full benefit of the flavor and do so without a palate cleanser.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 533 ratings