Ferris (1865) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft - Orange, cinnamon and some light clove. Clear reddish orange with a huge pink head. Pie crust, cooked orange and spices. My palate is in heaven, this is remarkably good.
Gription79 (2127) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at the Cascade Barrel House. I would have passed on this if it was not for Doug. This is a very interesting beer, from start to finish. A sour cherry beer heated and spiced. Very tasty. Served with and orange slice and cloves.
VastActiv (1973) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Cascade Brewing, Portland. Served as warm with slice of orange. Colour is deep red with small bubbly white head. Aromas and flavours: Berries, cherries, sweetness and spices. Beer? Hard to say...
douglas88 (5460) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a treat! In a small keg, served hot with a orange slice in it..orange slice you say..BS! No this is good. Pours a dark ruby color with no head. Huge spices, cherries and orange in the nose. The flavor is wonderful as well with huge cherries, spices, some lemon peel , nutmeg especially. This works to perfection. Just excellent brew. World class ingenuity. Now, I don’t drink this all day every day, but for what it is: it’s awesome.
kbodnar77 (2) - USA - DEC 6, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served hot, and with a wedge of cloved orange, this drink exemplifies the holidays! Cascade makes this beer by taking their already amazing Kriek, and aging it for two weeks with mulling spice. The result is a beer served hot, with a cherry red color, cider/tea aroma, and a flavor too amazing to describe…but I will try. As you raise the glass to your mouth, the aroma of the mulling spices gives you the feel of a hot cider on Christmas. Upon first taste, the sourness of the Kriek comes through, which is followed quickly by a cinnamon, clove and nutmeg flavor from the mulling spices, and finishes with a slightly tart pie cherry. As I got about halfway through the glass, the citrus flavor of the warmed orange wedge accompanies the pie cherry on the back end of the flavor. Overall, there is no way to do this drink justice with words. I will tell you this, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried it!
baraciisch (1487) - USA - JAN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A highlight of the night, my wife had two, couldn’t get enough of this really complex interesting offering... The warmth of it, really mellows out the sour notes, but still has flavors of cherries, citrus, and sweetness... Almost therapeutic, who needs tea...
J2 (3) - - DEC 22, 2012 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOW! This is the sexiest thing you’ll put in your mouth this holiday season. The aroma was so full and cheery. The spices were perfectly balanced and the cherry flavor was so complex. I will be back for more!
mcberko (5196) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cascade, served hot with a slice of orange sitting in the beer. Pours a dark ruby red with a medium pink foamy head. Aroma is obscured due to the heat, but gives off notes of cinnamon and other such spices, some cherries and honey. Flavour of sour cherry pie, lots of citric acid due to the orange, slight spices – but the more the beer sits, the more the orange is prominent. Certainly unique – the only other hot “kriek” I’ve had to compare is Unibroue’s Quelque Chose and I much prefer that one, though this one is quite different due to the sourness and spices. Solid, unique treat.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub in Portland, OR. Pours a deep ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, frothy and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and some tart cherry pie. Flavor is similar. A bit more of the tart cherry pie up front with a nice spice mix that goes really well with the fresh orange peel. Cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon come out nicely as this finishes somewhat tart and sweet. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and just a light carbonation. Overall, I’ve never had anything quite like this, but it was really enjoyable. The orange goes really well with the tart cherry pie flavor and spices. Very cool.
1FastSTi (3270) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near Christmas 2011 draft at the Barrel House. This beer was fantastic and a true highlight of the night. It should be served year round!. The beer came with an orange in the drink, but that didn’t detract from the sheer awesomeness of this beer. Pours to a dark red body with no head. Aromas of cloves, oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, and sour cherry pie. Flavors of sour cherries, oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and the warmness of the beer really brings it together into a new winter warmer favorite. Alcohol was well hidden. I would drink this beer this way all the time. I loved it in comparison to the Unibroue beer. I’d rather have this one!