- My Rating: [B-], I gave it a (3.3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Kriek Ale 2014 Project – “Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Cherries” – Cascade Brewing, 8.5% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)
on the front-left label:
“This NW style sour ale is a blend of Red ales that were aged in oak barrels with cherries for up to 14 months.”
- Style: (cherry, oak barrel aged) Sour/Wild Ale
- Taste: HUGE puckery sour wet oak pukey-woody tart cherry-apple cider vinegar jammy barley malt cherry juice raspberry-pomegranate exhale
- Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
- How much: $43.70 CAD (after 20% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., October 2016
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: price:enjoyment ratio, no
Visual: 2014 Vintage, Hefty bottle, twisty wire cap and composite cork with their name stamp. Bottle-conditioned. Pours clear cherry wood reddish brown without much of head, thin ring with a couple of islands, clusters of micro active streams.
Nose: pukey caramelized brown sugar, tangy red wine vinegar, sour cherry-apple (lvl-6)-pungency
Attack: crisp-big SOUR and big TARTNESS
Mid-palate: background pervasive wet woodiness, cherry & apple cider vinegar, ACIDIC-tangy, jammy (lvl-5-sweetness), puckery sour red cherry juice, caramelized barley malt
Finish: unsettling in the stomach, sour raspberry-pomegranate juice fruity exhale
Summary: The 2nd Cascade offering I’ve had the pleasure to try, the 1st being their Apricot [C+]. Yes, complex but again, so puckery sour this has to be minutely sipped. I’m liking the wet oaked woodiness and the dark fruity notes are nice, but I can’t fully endorse it as it just doesn’t hit the proper notes for me. Too vinegary acidic sour, not bright nor refreshing enough.