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.

Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010 (Belgium) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [A-, unchanged from 2012],  I gave it a (3.9 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010 (Duvel-Moortgat), 6% ABV, 375., (Oudenaarde, Belgium)

On the paper label:

“Liefmans Cuvée Brut is brewed only once a year, in July. After brewing, freshly harvested and carefully selected cherries are blended in and the young beer is cellared at the brewery. After a slow maturation of 18 months to 3 years, different vintages are carefully tasted and blended to create the final result: a complex, deep-red ale with refreshing, balanced tart-sweet taste, strong cherry notes and sparkling carbonation.”

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  • Style: (cherry) Fruit Ale
  • Taste: Tangy fruity cherry raspberry light balsamic woody
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke Liquor / Edmonton
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 10% off) – 375ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Initial June 2012 tasting (Rating = A-):

Tasting notes: pours dark translucent cherry red, minimal head, sticky lacing, ringed micro CO2 retention, a few extremely slow-moving CO2 streams. Sour cherries and pomegranate on the nose. 7/10-level sourness, 7/10 level tartness up front, transitions into 8/10-level sweetness, tingly-creamy CO2, persistent sourness, flavours of sour cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, mild malts, green apple, jam, all very balanced and cooperative. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, good drinkability. It gets a little sweet after awhile if drinking on its own.


February 22, 2016 tasting notes:

Visual: (Cellared 4 years). Unlabeled green bottle wrapped in a paper label, composite cork, twisty top. Pours dark brownish red with no head, a few very slow micro bubble streams.

Nose: tangy raspberry juice with mixed with lightly funked carameled wood. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker-tangy, low CO2

Mid-palate: dissipating sour, (lvl-8)-sweetness, cherry juice, raspberry, light caramel malty backbone, woody, light funk, continued tangy

Finish: balsamic vinegar, raspberry exhale, residual tangy cloying sweetness.

Summary: Tangy throughout with a very agreeable complex deep fruity flavour. Clean transitions despite the low CO2. Still good after cellaring with more balsamic characteristics emerging.

Chapeau Kriek Lambic Beer (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Chapeau Kriek Lambic – Brewery de Troch (LEFT: New label since 2012, RIGHT: Old label prior 2012), 3.5% ABV – 37.5cl, (Wambeek, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, hop, yeast, sugar flavour, cherries (20%)

  • Style: Fruit Lambic (Kriek)
  • Taste Profile: Creamy/fizzy/sweet -> cherry/wood/tart -> sticky/cloying/sugar overload
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: just once; also for non-beer drinkers/gals

Tasting notes: pours a deep vibrant blood red with a nice small lasting head, foamy CO2, lots of active streams. Aromatic shweeeeeet cherries and their juice on the nose, so sweet it’s almost candy-like.

Attack: mostly creamy/light fizzy mouthfeel, bright 9/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: fading sugars, dense fruity richness of cherries, light woodiness, med-sourness, light-med tartness

Finish: light stickiness of the sugars, mainly clean, minor sugar-overdose fading alertness

Initial blows your mind with the clean cherry coming through with a minor oaked backdrop. After a 1/3rd through, the sugars becoming cloying and the palate is no longer excited by the fruitiness or sugars. Sugar overload 1/2way through. Reminds me of a soda.

Kriek Boon (2006) – Brouwerij F.Boon (Belgium)

Kriek Boon (2006) – Brouwerij F.Boon, 4.20% ABV – 375ml, (Lambeek, Belgium)

on the back label:

“KRIEK BOON is a classic among Belgian Beers, created in the 18th century by adding whole fresh cherries (more than 200g/lit) to a blend of young and old Lambic Beer, aged on oak casks.”

  • Style: Fruit Lambic
  • My Rating: A
  • Taste Profile: Sweet/sour cherry -> apple/oak -> clean crisp semi-sweet finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$7, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy dense brown with a light red hue, sediment, almost no head, and very little CO2 activity. Sweet and sour cherries on the nose, almost candy-like. Bold red cherry flavour up front, medium (5/10) sweetness, light sourness and tang, woody oak, red apple, light malts, finishing clean and semi-sweet. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, fantastic drinkability. It drinks like a juice, but not as sweet and hint of oak.

Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010 (Belgium)

Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010, 6% ABV, (Belgium)

On the paper label:

“Liefmans Cuvée Brut is brewed only once a year, in July. After brewing, freshly harvested and carefully selected cherries are blended in and the young beer is cellared at the brewery. After a slow maturation of 18 months to 3 years, different vintages are carefully tasted and blended to create the final result: a complex, deep-red ale with refreshing, balanced tart-sweet taste, strong cherry notes and sparkling carbonation.”

My notes:
  • My Rating: A-
  • Why it’s special: ultra cherry richness and clean flavour
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$6 , 375ml., 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark translucent cherry red, minimal head, sticky lacing, ringed micro CO2 retention, a few extremely slow-moving CO2 streams. Sour cherries and pomegranate on the nose. 7/10-level sourness, 7/10 level tartness up front, transitions into 8/10-level sweetness, tingly-creamy CO2, persistent sourness, flavours of sour cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, mild malts, green apple, jam, all very balanced and cooperative. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, good drinkability. It gets a little sweet after awhile if drinking on its own.

Mort Subite Kriek (Belgium)

Mort Subite Kriek (Cherry), 4.5% ABV, (Belgium)

About:

“The Kriek Mort Subite is brewed according to the ancestral lambic recipe. This original Belgian beer ferments spontaneously. Enriched with cherries, it matures soft and slowly in oaken casks. To be served cool. Ingredients: water, malted barley, wheat, cherry juice and elderberry juicecorn, sugar, hops.”

My notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I love it: extremely clean cherry flavour
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 , 375ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes definitely
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Tasting notes: pours clear vampiric red, minimal head with almost no retention, and a few slow-moving CO2 streams. Red cherry juice on the nose. Drinks with a gentle 6/10-level sweetness, cherry juice up front, 3/10-level tartness and a mild sourness, tingly and soft carbonation, light malted finish. Some notes of elderberry with the cherry. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, excellent transitions, good carry, great drinkability. Super smooth and easy to drink, solid and always worth a go.