Cascade Kriek Ale

I found another Cascade beer during our last beer haul from Westchester. Let’s see how it went, especially given that it’s always written up in beer books.


ABV: 7.2%

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tart, barrel-aged beers are the emerging beer style and Cascade Brewing is a pioneer of the NW style sour beer movement. We are, by nature, the definition of artisanal brewing: we’re not bound by stylistic guidelines, just our own imagination and the ingredients we can access. Our brewery currently houses more than 750 French oak, Kentucky Bourbon and Northwest wine barrels filled with wheats, blonds, quads, reds, browns and porters that are aged and blended into magical elixirs. These beers have aggressive tart notes that are balanced by residual sugars, fruits, spices and the oak we use. We serve them all up for you at the Cascade Brewery Barrel House – or House of Sour – which features more than 18 rotating taps, with a predominantly sour lineup at any given time. We also offer a number of bottled products, all available at the source and some available online. We are proud to have recently received a rare score of 100 on Beer Advocate, a world-class rating.”

Random: I really love Cascade brews. I can’t believe I keep finding them wherever I go and couldn’t find them for years.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a slight, off white crown left on top of the body. The body was a dark reddish-brown that was cloudy with a lot of carbonation present. The nose had lots of tart cherries, vinegar and toasted oak. The taste was intensely tart with lots of vinegar and cherries. There wasn’t as much as oak and I was hoping for, but the taste was still really nice. The body was on the thick side of the style with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with tart cherries. I really enjoyed this one. I would definitely have it again, although the price point is a bit high.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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