Figaro | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
cascadebrewing.com

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

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Reviews:
67
Ratings:
482
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 482
Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2014 vintage bottling, 9.1%. Pours slightly hazy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, green apple, fig, golden raisin, peach, apricot, white grape, tannic white wine, hay, straw, musty funk, oak, honey, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leather, pepper, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fig/lemon peel, wine barrel, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, green apple, fig, golden raisin, peach, apricot, white grape, tannic white wine, hay, straw, musty funk, oak, honey, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leather, vanilla, pepper, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, orange, green apple, fig, golden raisin, peach, apricot, white grape, tannic white wine, hay, straw, musty funk, oak, honey, wheat, cracker, light leather/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fig/lemon peel, wine barrel, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/sour/tartness balance. No lingering sour astringency and minimally puckering. Light-moderate dryness from tart/sourness, increasing through the glass. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic/creamy/grainy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.1%. Overall this is an incredible fruited sour ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fig/lemon peel, wine barrel, and moderate malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV, thanks to the modest lactic acidity. Amazingly complex and well balanced, with great wine barrel presence; without being overly tannic or drying. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head fades instantly, murky orange

Nose big sour funk, tart fruit, lemon, fig, tart acidity

Taste great sour funk, tart bacteria souring, lemony, soured fig paste, acidity

Mouth med big acidity, decent carb

Overall awesome

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Moderately light figs, lemons, slightly vinous, with a slightly sharp moderate sourness.

A: Orange color, fairly hazy, with a uniform white head that has decent retention with light lacing in the glass.

T: Crisp white wine, lemons and light fig flavors, giving way to a slightly sharp moderate sourness that lingers through the finish.

M: Medium light bodied with moderate carbonation, coupled with a light acidity.

O: Solid; the beer has interesting combination of fruit, but the sourness is a bit sharp.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a duvel tulip to a light orange topped by a finger and a half of dense white head that fades to a small pool with minimal lacing
S: Smells of figs, citrus, sourness, oak, slight funk and creamy wheat
T: The taste of this one is bright citrus sourness with some figs, creamy wheat like in a berliner, some oak and wine barrel with a bit of funk. Swallow is more pleasant sourness, oak, figs, and lemon zest with some slight funk.
M: This beer is medium in body with soft carbonation that is adequate for the style with a dry finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this one is outstanding. The flavors and complexity are fantastic which makes this one a pleasure to drink. Everything works so well together that it's unreal. Probably my second favorite beer they do after Sang Noir.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 VIntage

Nice carb. Super sour. Crazy acidic. Similar characteristics to a white wine. Heartburn came on quick. Pass the tums my friend, this one has pucker.

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Photo of grover37
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

6oz pour at Brew and Brew in Austin for $6. Pinkish light orange, no head. Distinctive peachy nutty aroma. Taste is more stone fruit with a sharp acidic finish. The dry, crisp finish contrasts and balances some of the residual sweetness. Under rated imo.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mark the other day, thanks man.

This one pours a mostly clear yellow-ish orange, with a small fizzy head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like white wine, puckering lemon, sweet malt, and sweet tart candies.

This is a really nice beer. I'm not sure exactly what a fig even tastes like- but there's an interesting fruity sweetness- maybe that's the figs. This has a super puckering lemon taste to it, quite sour, with a hint of lemony funk on the finish, a bit of oak, and lots of sour white grapes. This is definitely one of the best Cascade sours that I've had- it's really neat.

This is light bodied, with a very tart and vinous mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

This was really fun to drink and comes highly recommended.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy golden body with minimal head and lace. Sour & funky aroma with hint of figs. First taste is a sour bite with strong acidity and citric notes; on the finish there is are touches of dark fruit sweetness that is more than figs. Like the balance and interplay between sour and fig/dark fruit aspects.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle, from the '2014 Project'. Whenever I hear the name 'Figaro', I can't help but be reminded of Bugs Bunny as the manic and nutso orchestra conductor.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and shiny off-white head, which leaves some pleasantly layered and dissipating cloud form lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of tart white wine lees, underripe lemon, an uncertain dark Middle Eastern fruitiness that could be date or fig, grainy pale malt, further muddled domestic citrus rind, and some infected woodsiness. The taste is acerbically edgy, with some reduced lemon zest, white wine vinegar, and woody funk, all over top of a grainy and bready pale malt, a smaller caramel/toffee sweetness, still hard to identify dark musty fruit, and more wooden barrel staves forgotten in the barn for a decade or so.

The bubbles are adequate in both their supportive and sometimes playful frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and tacitly smooth, I suppose, once the ol' cognitive dissonance machine kicks into gear (it could also just be simple acclimatization, FWIW), with a strange airy creaminess arising as things warm up a bit. It finishes dry, tart, bitter, and somewhat musty and/or funky.

Overall, this is one well-made sour ale, with both the guest figs (bad), and elevated 9+ points of booze (good) well obfuscated. Almost obscenely tart, yes, but like a lot of initially uncomfortable things, it eventually just starts to grow on you, amirite?

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Bluecrow
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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 teromous
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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 frasergrove
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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 dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: 2013 Project

A: Pours a clear deep golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a finger thick fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film towards the edges with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness with moderate aromas of oak, vinous/white wine/chardonnay, and funky earthiness. Light to moderate aromas of fig and lemon citrus.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy + pale malts which is quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavors of sourness/tartness. That is quickly followed by moderate flavors of vinous/white wine/chardonnay,oak, and funky earthiness. Finally there is a moderate flavor of figs + lemon citrus in the finish which grows in strength as the beer warms up.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: This beer is quite tart/sour, more so in the aroma than the flavor but it is still pretty tart. Has a similar profile to many of the other Cascade sours and is quite enjoyable with the figs/lemon appearing later in the taste and more so as the beer warms.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sturdy blonde ales, dark gold, 1/2" of white head. Lots of white grape wine aromas, wood/oak. Lemon. Chardonnay notes.

Taste is heavily sour, lemon, white grape & fig. Lots of barrel oak, hides alcohol well, super acidic. Its a big giant sour beer.

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Photo of Svingjo
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is filled with orange and other citrus fruit along with yeast. The flavour leads with much of the same along with a slight maltiness that ends quite tart. The mouthfeel is on the low side of medium. An enjoyable little sour.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cascade Brewing Barrelhouse in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with a slight orange hue. One finger white head. Good retention. No lacing. Smells vinous, tart, oaky, mildly funky, sweet grapes, moderately acidic. Flavour is on the sweeter side, grapes, lemon, vinous, oak, slight leather, citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly dry but substantial, on the sweeter side. Overall, I found this to be balanced nicely between the acidity of the base and the sweetness of the adjuncts, but it is a bit muddled with all of the ingredients.

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Photo of Moose90
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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 drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 metter98
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is is clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a collar of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with hints of figs.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of oak and white wine from the barrel aging and has notes of sourness and lemon peel. Notes of figs are noticeable towards the finish.
M: The beer feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer smells more sour than it tastes. It has a similar sourness and woodiness compared to other Cascade beers that I've had, except that the fruit flavors are only really noticeable in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.99/5  rDev +20.5%
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 BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples, corked and caged, 2013 Project poured on 1/10/15. Price was a bit steep at $37.99 so better be good. Pours hazy golden orange colored with lots of bubbles lacing the glass and just a white tiny thin ring of head on top. Aroma of barnyard funk, vinegar, sweet fruits, lots of oak, hint of vanilla and a bit of a menthol note that I don't like. Flavor is nice. Sweet and sour up front, notes of honey, vinegar, lots of sweet fruit, tart lacto, dry oak on the finish, bit of lemony tartness. Definite Chardonnay like influence with vicious warming notes throughout. Don't get a lot of dog flavor here but what sweet fruit notes are present (and there are a lot) are very nice. Spritzy carbonation, dry finish, medium light body (very light for the high ABV). Overall a nice sour from a brewery that is mostly hit or miss for me.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.86/5  rDev +17.4%
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 jibbyvonjibb
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Pungent aroma of muscat grapes, citrus fruit, and oaky dill. Puckering acidity and quite dry. Apricot preserves. Finishes slightly funky. Not bad, but balance a bit off.

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