Poured from a 2009 bottle purchased on my FL trip.
Pours just a bit of haze (maybe chill haze). Tan foam is barely there and run away and hides quickly. Lacing is sheeting and thick but quickly falls back to level.
Aroma is of cherries and pleasant oak. Of course there is a tart/sour aroma that is attached to scents.
Taste is an explosion of tart that lasts a bit but isn't over whelming. There is a funkiness to the tart that includes a nice hit of oak.
Medium body at best with a big bubbly carbonation that is aided by a drying of the palate from the wood.
I have wanted this beer for a while as I have read good things. It is really good and I can't wait to have it again. I have a chance to get more but I think the price point is scaring me a way a bit. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 20:38:49
Tasted: Sunday, July 03, 2011
$17.99 for 750 ml bottle
One fine body…
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Cascade Kriek is a Northwest Sour Red Ale refermented with a sweet blend of fresh whole Northwest cherries. The beer spent more than six months of lactic fermentation and aging in small French oak wine barrels before being hand-bottled. The beer benefits from two different styles of Northwest cherries: Blood red Bing cherries impart deep, rich currant flavors that complement the high soaring cinnamon flavors of sour pie cherries.
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than selfish and worry about my liver.'" - Jack Handy