Figaro | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

FigaroFigaro
BA SCORE
94.2%
Liked This Beer
4.19 w/ 500 ratings
FigaroFigaro
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,355
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
500
Liked:
471
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
8.35%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
98
Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 500 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of yoshie
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
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!

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Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _nickg_
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WickedBeer
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This taster was well worth it. Very bitter, with that recognizable yeasty nose with notes of lemon zest. Very tart notes but an amazing flavor. The lemon zest and citrus are bold, but you still get nutty undertones with some acidity in the finish. A really great sour.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber, 2014 vintage, into a Town Hall tulip, pours a reddish brownish amber, a little wispy head that dissipates quickly and is gone. Nose delivers some sweet rich fig, chewy raisin, and an edge of lemon zest and chardonnay grape...promising and layered, but nothing too crazy or funky...a little wood, I guess. On the tongue, this is even better: crisp tart and sour lemon notes meet you right up front and then again at the end, leading to a great pucker. Mid-way, you get with some mild funkiness that has some depth and some woody notes, then there's a layer of richer almost chewy sweet fig that dominates the middle of the mouthful and runs underneath throughout. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, and the body is middling to light, as is the carbonation. It's fairly sour and tart, and there's more fig on the nose than in the taste, but what is there makes this one unique. The price tag hurt, but credit where it's due: this is just delicious stuff, and extremely well made.

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Photo of whatname
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, red session. Aroma is funky, woody with some acidic fruit vinegar. Taste is sour and quite acidic with some fruity sweetness in the background.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zimm421
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bshefftz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 mattmarka1
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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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Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 94.2% out of 100 with 500 ratings
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