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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Winter Seasonal. Brewed with 4 types of cherries, aged in oak for one year.
Cascade Kriek Ale spends over 6 months of lactic fermentation and aging in small oak barrels. This "Belgian Flanders Style Red Ale" is refermented with a blend of fresh whole Northwest cherries and then hand bottled. Cascade Kriek Ale is bottle fermented and should be refrigerated or stored at cellar temp and served at 45 to 50 degrees.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2935) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Quite a bit darker than the Cuvee de Jongleur...more crimson in this one. More pronounced cherry as well; like eating Bing cherries fresh off the stem. Not as complex as other brews but tasty and drinkable. Yum.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2009
750ml bottle by way of BOLTZ7555 – thanks J! Pours dark amber with a thin tan head that faded fast into a ring around the glass. The nose is ripe dark fruits, malt and light balsamic vinegar. The taste is lemon zest, sweet malt and vinegar. Medium lively mouthfeel. Another nice one from this brewery. Thanks again J!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle from bvc. Cage is marked with a ’K’ (assume for ’Kriek’ as Brandon got this unlabeled direct from the brewery) and ’11/8’, so assume this is a 2008 vintage. Had a small sample @ GABF09 and really wanted to try more. Pours a really inviting dirty red/pink with a light beige head. Nose is fantastic -musty earth and light tart vinegar. Flavor is the sour, lambic-esque profile up front, with some red apples. Quickly followed by really, really well integrated cherry and dusty earth flavors with a touch of yeasty funk in there as well. Perfectly carbonated and extremely balanced cherry sweetness with the tart flavors. Defintely my favorite Kriek-style beer. Thanks a ton, Brandon, this one was a winner.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
750 ml bottle shared with the lovely Angelina in the Catskill Mountains. Pours a pinkish red with a foamy light pink creamy beige head. Aroma of apple cidervinegar, funk and tart cherries. Taste of apple cider vinegar, funk, cherries and wine. Tarty and sour aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6317) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Altair. Arôme: Légère odeur de cerises sûrettes. Apparence: La couleur est rouge. Présence d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de cerises sûrettes avec une pointe de canelle. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #2706)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle 750 ml Vintage 2008 8.1%
Appearance: mid brownish look , mid haze with above average top with light tan. Some lace. 3+
Nose: sour tartness , straight earthy feel , smooth and clean. Organic soil at finish. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Frontal sourness with hints of cinnamon , sour cherry followed by sweater fruity hints. Finishing with touch of alcohol. Hints of oak around with bit wood. Fairly complex brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2009
really liked this nice beige head amberish color with lotsa sediment haze. nose is funky cherry and barnyard, flavor is definite flanders ale but ohh sooo good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (9281) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2009
Bottle from Boston town. A well done Flanders Red, sourish with good cherry taste, always well malted. Good to share, as even a third of the bottle is a bunch of sourness. Dark reddish colour and spider lacey Above average mouthfeel. Good nose. A tad funky sweaty taste in there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Dark garnet color, medium collapsing light brown head. Acetic aroma, wet wood, very ripe fruit. Medium sourness, cherries and cherry pits. Low vinegar levels. Quite fruity. That cherry pit bitterness in the middle. Well made and quite tasty. And a bargain at $10 a bottle. Final thoughts, this seems more a toned down kriek lambic than a Flemish red. Regardless, it’s very good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Authentic sour cherries bloom over and within this Sour Ale’s dusty wilderness, creating a classy and very drinkable nectar which made me want to lick my gums after every sip.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy red.
-I don’t recall smelling sour cherries so neatly in a beer. And on top of that, they are perfectly integrated to the final product.
-The soft but effervescent bubbling makes the mouthfeel even more elegant. The dextrins are also very well calculated.
-Citrusy tartness is long but never overpowering.

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