Cascade Kriek Ale 2014 – Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

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.”

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  • 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.

Oude Tart Oak-Aged Flemish Red Ale – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: C

Oude Tart Flemish-style Red Ale aged in Oak Barrels, 2013 Edition – The Bruery, 7.5% ABV – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Placentia, CA, USA)

on the front label:

“Pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit, and toasty oak from extended aging in oak barrels.”

on the back label:

“Oude Tart is suitable for aging up to five years when cellared properly. Best stored and cellared around 55°F (13°C). Ideal serving temperature is 50°F (10°C). Please pour carefully, leaving the yeast sediment behind in the bottle. Best served in a tulip or wine glass.”

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  • Style: (Oak) Flanders Red Ale/Flemish Red Ale
  • Taste: Super sour & tart barnyard cherry pukey oak
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $20 (after 5% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: at your own risk, especially this style

Visual: Pours dark cherry red with a smallish dissipating creamy head, thin ringed retention, micro bubbles, several steady streams.

Nose: sour cherry, barnyard, cinnamon, red wine. Complex. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: extremely tart, off-dry

Mid-palate: (lvl-2)-sweetness, high tart, highly sour, (MAIN) sour cherries, red wine, red vinegar

Finish: oak, puckery, pukey berry w/ mild oak exhale

Summary: The intense sour tartness is very taxing on the palate. The first glass is tough to sip, moreso as it warms up. The fruit flavour is okay, but I’m not too fond of the pukey flavour that creeps up near the finish. I prefer the Duchess de Bourgogne; it’s much more palatable. Not bad with a salad, but not great solo.

 

Duchesse de Bourgogne – Brasserie Verhaeghe (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B+

Duchesse de Bourgogne – Brasserie Verhaeghe, 6.2% ABV – 330ml, (Belgium)

From Ratebeer.com:

“Duchesee de Bourgogne is the traditional top fermented reddish-brown ale from the West-Flanders region of Belgium. This refined ale also known as “The Burgundies of Belgium” is a blend of 8 and 18 months old ales following careful maturation in oak casks. 100% natural and unpasteurized.”

  • Style: Flanders Red Ale/Flemish Red Ale
  • Listed in “1001 beers you must taste before you die” book
  • Taste Profile: sour pomegranate/cranberry/apple cider -> mild barnyard/balsamic vinegar/wood -> tart/sweet clean finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (no longer listed, 1/2013)
  • How much: ~$3.50, sometime 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, it’s interesting

Tasting notes: first whiff and sip was a “wtf?! has this beer gone bad thought…” until I read up a bit on it. The yeast contains some sour bacteria and it’s aged in old wooden casks – so that’s where that funk comes from. Pours root beer brown a reddish hue, small head, thin layer of retention, some visible streams. Sour cherries/cranberries on the nose, a bit of barnyard pukishness. Initial taste of red fruit, something like pomegranate/cranberry/apple cider, 6/10-sweetness, 7/10-sweetness, fizzy/chilled mouthfeel, very mild dissipating acceptable barnyard, fruity balsamic vinegar, wood, transitions into medium tartness in the mids, finishing pleasantly gentle sweet and clean. Medium-high complexity, med depth, good transitions, very interesting drinkability. Give this one a go if you haven’t already.