First released in 2007, the Cascade Kriek Ale is a “northwest-style sour red ale” composed of a blend of red ales that have been aged in oak barrels for up to 14 months with both bing and sour pie cherries. The 2014 bottling comes in at 8.5 percent ABV and comes packaged in 750ml bottles with both a cork and cage.

Cascade Kriek Ale (2014) bottle

The beer label adds more information:

Aromas of rich, dark cherries, oak and slight hints of cinnamon are noticed up front. Dark, tart cherries and light spice notes dance on the palate and lead to a rich, dark, tart sparkling finish of dark cherries and oak.

The Cascade Kriek pours a deep maroon with very little off-white head that quickly dissipates into a solid lacing around the glass. Aroma from the glass is strong oak, sour cherries, malt, earth, lemon rinds and white pepper.

Cascade Kriek Ale (2014)

From the first sip, the Cascade Kriek features a dominant combination of sour cherries on both the palate and on the finish. While the cherry note is quite aggressive, I can still easily taste other flavors, including oak, white pepper, must, vinegar, lemongrass and earthy funk. The overall mouthfeel is extremely creamy, while carbonation is fairly effervescent, but excellent for the style. There is also a very slight vanilla sweetness that is present on the finish, but it is not strong enough to really affect the profile in any major way.

 

Cascade Kriek Ale (2014)
BREWERY: Cascade Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Portland, Ore.
STYLE: Kriek
ABV: 8.5 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $27.85
RELEASE DATE: 2007
AVAILABLE IN: 750ml Bottles
BEERS POURED: One
Simply put, this beer is fantastic. A wonderful combination of sour cherries, funky and creamy oak and slight sweetness that are all extremely well balanced into the final product. Getting all of these notes to balance together is not an easy task, but it is one that Cascade has done nicely and seemingly with ease. A great example of an kriek, and one that that lovers of the style should do their best to try.
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