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Figaro | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by largadeer on 06-24-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
445
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
24.21%
 
 
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Photo of Dwkasper
4.99/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at proletariat NYC.

Tart, funky, citrus, sweet, sour all in one. Complexity of the figs comes through. A little but of honey, fig sweetness in the finish

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Photo of Budinetz
4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cork and cage 750l bottle into a tulip glass. 2013 project on the label.

Pours a deep golden straw color with fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal lacing detected, which is characteristic of a sour style, and has very little lacing present, again, characteristic of the style.

Smells of lactobacillus, hearty oak barrels, wet vagina, and sweet malt. I get the year scent on eaxh and every transaction. It can't compete with the above.

Tastes of dry white wine, lactobacillus sour, sweet grapes, natural yeast, barrel aging.

Seek this out and drink it...drink one and age one. I paid $32 for one bottle and it was worth it. Sour sour sour tits.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Cascade just blew me away. One of the single best beverages I've tasted. Two years ago the Vlad and the Bourbonic "made" GABF for me. Now, Figaro may even be better.

Pours gold with short head that fades fast, but nice looking.

Nose is just all funk, tangerines, purple grapes and figs. Inviting, complex, very layered and pleasant in the extreme. Some tart apple acidic character in the nose just forces you to dive in.

Mouthfeel is tart, rich, nicely acidic and perfect carbonation, at least for me.

Flavor profile is amazing. Super complex, layered and easy. Hands down one of the nicest wild ales I've experienced and I've experienced a lot of them. Big rich and assertive oranges, tangerine, green apple and undertones of fig. There is a sweet/tart/funk front palate that just grows as the funk and tartness develop. Flavors are somewhat unique from other wild ales and sours and extremely impressive.

Finish is tart, crisp and has an orange/herb/spice character that leaves you wanting more.

I only wish I was in S.F. longer so that I could stop by City Beer again and have more. Hopefully, cans of this ( bottles??!!) will show up elsewhere. This is one not to miss.

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Photo of deathcharms
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Wasn't too big of a fan of it on tap. From a bottle it is delightful. Light golden color on it with a great fruity nose. Taste is a well balanced sour that blends well with the ABV and fruit quality in the beer.

Overall, not my favorite Cascade beer but its a really good one.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy peach with a ½” white foam cap with a superfine bead. S: Starts with a mild, lemony sour funk with faint fig aromas and a touch of vanilla.
T: Initial lemony tart flavors recede slightly as fig enters mid-palate with touches of vanilla and a light sweetness in the background. It has layered and complex fruit flavors.
F: The above average fine carbonation gives it a very airy and moussey feel with a moderate carbonic bite. It has a medium to medium low body.
O: An interesting, complex and very refine drink.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

The beer is light golden with a mild haze and a quarter inch of white head. Aromas include wild funk, yeast, stone fruit, apricot, pear, peach, oak. Dark fruit and gig character emerge more in the flavor. Absolutely delicious. Complex and wonderful. Puckering finish. An outstanding beer from Cascade.

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Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Figaro is a dude who one time got married. Many years later, they made a Bugs Bunny cartoon about his famous exploits. And now, today, he is immortalized in beer form.

Pours limp but lovely colored.

Smells excellent. Sour fruit, sour wine. Green grapes, flowers, and tinned figs.

Tastes as it smells, but bolder and deeper (if that makes sense; if, all of a sudden, it's okay to speak about flavors in terms of depth). Starts with lightly tart, effervescent fruit. The key is the lightness of the tart nodes--I'm enjoying the sour, but it's not like I'm drinking an Atomic Warhead. This moves into a juicy middle that's like a thickly alcoholic shandy made out of blonde ales, and the finish is more fruit against white wine nodes. Very nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +9%

maybe the best ive had from cascade, which is really saying something because everything they do is pure gold. this is incredible, chardonnay barrels with figs and lemon peel. i will say that the lemon is quite subtle, a moderately zesty citrus thing in there, but not as sharp or biting as lemon peel can be at times. the chard barrel adds a ton of acidity to an already sour beer, but the meaty fleshy fruity raisin and branny fig flavors and textures really balance it out. there is a vein of sweetness running through it too, never too much or clinging to the teeth or anything, but enough to cut back some of the lactic intensity from the fermentation. oak character is heavy, grapes and figs marry happily, and the lemon peel seems to lighten both the alcohol sting and the body, which is more cereal forward and robust than other cascade fruit beers. i loved apricot, still do, but this may take over for it in terms of uniqueness, attention to detail, and overall impression. the mouthfeel is crushed velvet, seductive and permanent. i cant wait to drink this beauty again some day, thanks to my brother for sharing this gem!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project. Pours a hazy, golden peach color with a medium-large white head that goes down quickly. Scent is VERY inviting. A good amount of Chardonnay, along with white grape skin, sour lemons, zesty lemon peel, and barnyard funk. Quite a bit of oak as well...damn this beer smells good. Taste is sour lemons up front, the lemon sourness is spot on with this one. Followed by chardonnay and white grape flavors. More lemon and a hint of peach and other stone fruit. Lots of oak and funk with this one. Very sour, with a bit of acidity. On the back of the tongue, you get a hint of fig sweetness. Mouthfeel is bright, and highly carbonated. Medium body with puckering crispiness. Drinkability is very high...you would never be able to tell this beer is 10% ABV. Overall, another AMAZING sour ale from Cascade. These guys never disappoint. I regret not purchasing two of these bottles.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the barrel house back in June.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite complex and impressive, as I pick up considerable wine (chardonnay?), concord grape, honey, vanilla and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the interplay on the palate of honey, vanilla, concord grape and light sour is unusual and intriguing. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long finish of wine, honey and light sour. As is typical of Cascade beers, the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I really get no sense that this is a nearly 10% abv. beer.

Not that I'm exactly surprised, but this is another very impressive wild ale from Cascade.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy deep golden/burnt orange...minimal frothy head that settles in quickly. Sharp lactic and fizzy carbonic acid on the nose, light lemon undertones, nuanced currant and sharp white wine. A medium acidity on the palate which is quite refreshing and enjoyable...bright and floral, lemon, the most minor raisin like sweetness from the fig. This beer is damn delicious...definitely one of Cascade's best.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow tap pour - a lemony flower field in aroma and flavor. The fig flavors add depth and richness. The test funk makes this more tart than sweet. Brilliant

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a cloudy amber-orange color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head faded down fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lots of different fruits including some fig, white grape, prune, and some citrus. There is also lots of tart and funky elements as well.

T - Starts off with a nice kick of acidic sourness with some fig and white grape flavor. There is a bit of citrus and some funky elements as well. Through the middle, the tartness gets a bit stronger with some more funky flavors coming through. The finish is a mix of all of the different fruit flavors and lots of sour/tartness and funky flavors that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with some puckering acidic tart flavors.

D - Very drinkable. Really sharp and pungent flavors. The mix of fruit flavors really provides a nice complexity to the flavor and has a nice balance to it.

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Photo of draheim
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL (2012 project) into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a 1-finger white head that recedes to a collar and film.

Aroma is sour, acidic, and a little vinous. Smells like fermenting white grapes and something a little earthier.

Taste is bright and lactic, sharp and tart. Nice sweetness as a counterbalance. Lemony zing and some spiciness in there too. Lots of oak character, and a nice vinous twang.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, refreshing. Dry finish.

Overall a very nice, refreshing sour from Cascade. I'd be happy to drink something like this every day if I could afford it.

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Photo of Moose90
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 750ml bottle

A — Pours a deep and ever so slightly hazy yellow in the glass. There is a thin fleeting white head that leaves spotty lacing along the inside of the glass. Moderate level of carbonation can be seen with the quickly rising bubbles.

S — Smells quite sour and bright, lots of tart lemon, little bit of bitter orange, and perhaps a bit of sweetness underneath it all.

T — Tastes initially of tart lemon, there is a large oak presence here as well. Extremely dry and sour, major notes of lemon tartness and bitter citrus. Little bit of sweetness towards the end, but this is hugely sour and acidic, in the best way possible.

M — Light to medium in body, there is a nice effervescence to it as well.

O — This is extremely sour and bright, very nicely acidic. Lots of lemon and sweet fruits going on. Just fantastic.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Shiny gold with snowy film.
White balsamic nose with fruity undertones.
Lemon, white grape, spiced golden sultana chutney, tart zestiness, more white vinegar bite, a chardonnay edge and grapefruit sorbet ending.
Lemon curd hard candy (!) finish and dry linger.
Crisp, dry, no heat at all.

Complex, subtle, balanced, and nuanced. Made to marry with goats’ cheese. Opens well, amazingly intricate, rewards revisits.

Probably the best American sour I’ve tasted.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of dense pearl colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Cherries, lemons, pears & sourness

T: Sourness, cherry, dryness, tartness, a little lemon & traces of fig. Leafy hops & oakyness as this warms, some figs & raisin swimming in tartness, plus a little raspberry. Finishes tart, oaky with much white grape/Chardonnay & raspberry, plus leafy hops

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, DRY

Another lovely tart & dry offering from these guys, well worth a go if it doesn't bust your budget...

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased online, 2012 Project.

A- hazy to cloudy orange with a 1-2 finger head of foam that persists like crazy. Lacing? Yep, it has it.

S- I can definitely smell the Chardonnay Oak Barrel aging used. Super sour fruity aromas, a hint of vanilla, not sure if I get any of the white figs mentioned on the label but I am not that familiar with 'em.

T- fruity sourness out of the gate, some kind of weird but nice flavour, white figs?, mid palate and again in the finish. I'm now tasting some of that lemon peel citrus that brings more dryness to my taste buds. The abv is on the high side, imho, but doesn't interfere with my enjoying the brew. Even say, at a much lower abv, I think one 750 at a sitting is enough. I love my sours but pretty much in limited quantities so I can look forward to my next go at one.

M- medium bodied, lively carbonation(there was a HUGE pop when I pulled the cork out and I did lose an ounce or two from this straight from the fridge bottle)

O- Beers like this keep making me turn to Cascade for my sour fix. Whether I order directly from the brewery or from an online store, which I used because I also got to order their Tangerine Dream that was not an option from the brewery's online store.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice clear golden orange with heavy carbonation , a nice pop and soon after just bubbles around the edges.

S: Aromas of sweet green apple, green grapes, chardonnay hints with oak of course from the barrels and the familiar lacto sourness from Cascade brewery.\

T: Wow, tart lemon rind and lightly tannic flavors from oak barrels and chardonnay wine hints. Highly carbonated with tastes of sour cream, oak, granny smith apple, green grapes and lactic acid. Orange rind, citrus hop presence, lemon peels. There is also the familiar sweetness that most cascades have that balance the extreme sourness of this beer. I remember buying this a few months back and thinking I would let it sit for a bit and it seems to be perfectly ready to drink . Overloaded sour depth with a high abv sweetness punch. One two knockout combo

M: Highly carbonated, not overly thick but well balanced with the champagne yeast finish.

O: Overall This beer comes together very well and I think this to be one of their strongest beers to date. Vlad is great and slightly more complex, but I think this is more enjoyable overall.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-cloudy bright orange. Lacing is stringy and sparse with little stick. Average.

Tart lemon, white grape, oak and a rotting wood and cobweb funk. Some cherry sweetness too. Pleasant and moderately aromatic.

Opens sweet white grape with hints of oak, cobwebs, and lemon. Tart and puckering in the middle. Lemon rind, more grape, and grape and fig skin. A touch earthy in a good way. Ends prickly tart with an accented tart finish. Puckering, seedy aftertaste. This is really good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down foamy and bubbly. Finishes dry and puckering with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Excellent.

Cascade continues to impress and Figaro is no exception. Well balanced flavor with an excellent feel. The fig presence isn't really that noticeable but this is delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deeper orange interchanges with hazy straw gold

S - Foreshadows the lemon-based tartness which is soon to pepper the tongue

T - Assertive mouth-puckering tartness which I like. Tart white grape and lemon. No discernable fig.

M - Nice mouthfeel.

O - One of the better offerings I tried at Cascade. Generally I found their beers quite samey, but nonetheless this was a solid offering.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter

A- orangish golden haze color with a 2 inch head that reduces to a lacing around the rim quickly.

S- Tart fermenting grape smell, with acidic lemon. Slight hints of oak and vanilla. Chardonnay

T- Immediately Sour, classic Cascade style of sour.Figs? maybe Not sure. Oak, vanilla, Sweet , sour, lemon zest, white grapes, fermenting grapes.

M- Highly carbonated. medium body, nice overall mouth feel.

O- Very great Sour. Not sure the figs come through.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a orangish in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice finger of foamy white head with good retention that left a little wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots going on in the aroma consisting of white grapes, acidic character, slight herbs, not so much presence from the figs, plenty of chardonnay barrel qualities, and a bit lemon citrus.

T: the figs fruit was more apparent on the palate alongside the great chardonnay barrel character, but had herbs, lemon peel citrus, vinous, hints of raisins, acidic funkiness, very nice oaky accents and a touch of vanilla as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with good amount of carbonation which had a slightly fruity, citrusy, acidic, funky, vinous, oaky, mildly sweet, and tart finish.

O: A lot of people at the tasting weren't really digging this beer but I thought it was really good. More for me Haa.

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Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a modest off-white head that settled to an island/ring after a bit, some lace, and a hazy orange amber color. Aroma is yeast, fruit, spice, malt, slight barnyard. Body is just exactly right and hides the alcohol well. Finish is easy and alcohol is hidden. Fairly drinkable for this style of brew.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I notice is the cork which is split with markings indicating the grabber was likely off center...beer may not have held up for much longer...
However, the beer pours a glistening, effervescent amber color with almost no head or sediment (although I have yet to reach the bottom). The nose is a sweet perfume, although it's not distinctly of fig or lemon. Regardless, there is something very unique and inviting about this beer's nose. A good swirl releases almost too much chardonay mixed with acetone, but the beer settles and smooths out as it warms. The taste is quite yummy with a reasonable amount of sweetness that isn't as acidic as expected. It definitely has a slightly figgy essence and decent amount of white grape in the finish. I would have preferred more fig in the nose and taste, at least something more distinct. But this is a damn tasty beer, one that's worth trying and one that would probably be quite good on tap.

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Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.
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