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.

Wild Child – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

Wild Child (Spontaneously fermented ale) – Longwood Brewery, 7% ABV – 650ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

“Children have been born and learned to walk in the time it took for this beer to submit to the organisms that created it. A deep complexity has evolved after exposure to the yeast and bacteria that invisibly surround us and live on the Raspberries and Cascade Berries added to this beer. Enjoy now or cellar. Santé!”

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  • Style: (flavoured – raspberry, cascade berry) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Sour tangy vinegar woody off-dry apple cider woody stealth hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $7.85 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: Pours clear brownish-red with no head, half hazy layer w/ ring, a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: sour cherry malt, sour apple cider. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: sour-tangy-tart

Mid-palate: woody-tangy, soft-funk, (lvl-3-sweetness/dry), raspberry, vinegar

Finish: apple cider woody, stealth soft-hopped bitter, hint of burnt bitterness

Summary: This drinks like a woody apple cider with dry tart raspberries and subtle bitter hops added. Very fruity and engages the palate from start to finish. Interesting, my kind of beer.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #5 – Krampus Speciale (Sour Ale)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #5

Krampus Speciale – Birrificio del Ducato, 7.0% ABV – 330ml., (Roncole Verdi di Busseto, Italy)

-Apparently this beer is only available in Canada via the BeerAdvent Calendar, lucky us! Now if only I liked it…

  • Style: Sour Ale/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Extremely sour tart vinegar red wine oak cherry pukey
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only for sour lovers

Visual: Pours reddish brown with a small dissipating head, ringed retention, scattered steady micro streams.

Nose: HUGE sour cherries, puke. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: extreme tartness, incoming sourness

Mid-palate: extreme puckering sourness! (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) red wine, vinegar, oak, cherry

Finish: light pukey aftertaste,

Summary: Knee-jerkingly, whiplashin’, scrunched-facingly sour; This one is not for those adverse to sour ales. Flavours aren’t bad, it’s just way too sour for me to enjoy properly.

La Bretteuse (Syrah barrel-aged) – Le Trou Du Diable (Quebec, Canada)

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  • My Rating: A-, 3.9 of 5 on Ratebeer.com

La Bretteuse (Syrah barrel-aged) – Le Trou Du Diable, 7.3% ABV – 750ml., (Quebec, Canada)

part of the back label in French:

“Le Bretteuse est une IPA vieillie 18 mois en barriques de Syrah californien envahies de brettanomyces. Il en résulte une bière trouble aux accents orangés dont le nez évoque l’eau de rose, le pamplemousse, la vanille et le cuir. En bouche, l’acidité et l’amertume s’engagent dans une longue valse nuptiale, véritable mariage des saveurs qui ne demande qu’à être consommé.”

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(google translate, being West coast Canadian, my French isn’t up to scratch..)

The IPA is Bretteuse aged 18 months in barrels of Syrah California overrun with Brettanomyces. The result is a cloudy beer with orange accents whose nose evokes rose water, grapefruit, vanilla and leather. On the palate, acidity and bitterness engage in a long bridal waltz, true marriage of flavors just waiting to be consumed.

  • Style: (Syrah) Barrel Aged Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Woody med sour apple sour barnyard grapefruit hopped caramel malts
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $26 (after 5% off) – 750ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: doubtful
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours deep copper brown with a magnificent ultra-creamy lasting head, superb sticky lacing, a thick layer of retention plus lots and lots of clustered streams. Awesome.

Nose: light barnyard with very woody pressed apple cider. Very clean nose. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp, tingly fizzy

Mid-palate: full-bodied, (lvl-5)-sweetness, light-sour + med tangy, (MAIN) super woody, orange peel, caramel malts, pressed apple juice, vanilla, mild alcohol detection

Finish: yeasty, grapefruit bitter hops and pulp, lingering woody malt hopped finish.

Summary: Excellent complexity, moderately palate-heavy. Great flavours going on; good with a meal. One-and-done solo beer. Le Trou Du Diable is a solid brewery.

It’s Alive! (White Wine Barrel) – Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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  • My Rating: B-

It’s Alive! (White Wine Barrel; Lagret 7 måneder på hvidvinsfade) – Mikkeller, 10% ABV – 375ml., (Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • Style: (barrel-aged) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Super woody apple-malt with some barnyard funk
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke
  • How much: $9 (after 10% off) – 375ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if sour ales are your thing

Visual: Pours cloudy maple syrup brown with a smallish ultra-creamy lasting head, tons of very sticky lacing, several very active streams.

Nose: woody sour apple cider with substantial funk (7/10-pungency)

Attack: light-pukey up front

Mid-palate: controlled (5/10)-sweetness, mild sourness/tang, creamy-fizzy mouthfeel, (MAIN) intense woodiness, very yeasty, apple-malt, light-moderate funk/mild puke

Finish: residual wet-wood, soft sweet-bitter hops, woody exhale-hoppy finish.

Summary: Most woody, but actually quite drinkable after you get accustomed to it. I like the gray version better.