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Cascade Brewing Company (Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub)
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Review by Bitterbill on 01/29/14  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 4 9 2012
1012 Project, 7.2% abv.

It pours a cloudy reddish brown, has a small head of foam but does a good job with the lacing.

The nose is big with lots of sour cherry goodness and a strong oak presence. I could sit and sniff for quite a long time if I wanted to.

Glorious sour cherry flavour up front mixed in with a vinegar like sourness and an in the somewhat background taste what oak barrel aging brings. It is beers from Cascade like this that bring me back to their online page to order again and again.

Nice combo of carbonation and body makes it eminently mouth pleasing.

Another great brew from Cascade. Big surprise there..

Served In: Tulip

Review by everetends on 02/24/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 11 17 4 8 2010
2010 vintage 750 ml delivered to me thanks Jim's west coast trip. Served up in a tulip.

A: Pours up a maroon colored body. Held to the light, some lighter reds push through but still remains pretty dark. The body is murky with an active carbonation movement. The pour got me barely any foam. What is there is a thin line of light brown colored bubbles, but there is no lace to speak of and the top of the beer is very clean.

S: Just fantastic. Tons of cherry presence. Cherry candies hit me first and foremost, but it shifts into some fresh and tart cherry notes. Within all that cherry lies some really nice earthy funkiness. Everything about this nose is big and enjoyable.

T: Flavor starts off with a tart and vinegar like presence that is that is reminiscent of Flanders. The cherries start to push through, bringing more tartness and some sweetness. The cherries are more of the fresh cherry quality rather than the candied cherry in the nose. The vinegar pushes through at the end as well along with some funk. Everything comes together really well.

M: Light side of medium in body with very bright carbonation. Tart and acidic, but it is not overly aggressive in this arena (ie doesn't have that crazy heartburn quality some wilds can give you). The beer dries up almost completely, leaving barely any lingering tartness or acid. Very clean. Aftertaste is just a bit of lingering cherry.

OA: Always happy to get a hold of some Cascade beers and this one never disappoints. Clean flavors, tart qualities, and an overall fresh and easy drinking experience. A great beer and a fantastic domestic kriek. Big fan.

Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 10/30/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 10 13 3 7 2007
2007 Bottle Vintage; Sampled June 2009
A very careful pour still has me ending up with a four finger thick head in my 25cl tulip glass. The head is a full tan colored head. The beer is a murky amber, red color that shows a hazed, deep red color. The aroma is quite cherry laden, with a sweet cherry pie aroma that is noticeable even though I haven’t yet focused on smelling the aroma. The aroma smells a bit thin in its cherry character, though this is clearly the biggest aromatic note. A touch of tannic cherry skin character comes through, but not nearly as richly as a proper sour-cherry varietal character should. There seems to be a touch of tobacco character here as well as a touch of bitter cocoa here as well somehow (though I’ll admit the latter doesn’t make much sense). There is a nice, even rich, slightly sweet cherry character here as well as a finish of spicy oak, and even a tannic woody character.

The beer is fairly light bodied, with a light tartness, and is not sweet at all. The cherry character is a bit weaker even than it is in the aroma. The beer is also not nearly as funky as it would need to be to make up for the lack of cherry character. The second sip is actually a bit richer than the first was with the lactic character being a touch more noticeable. There is a hint of spicy oak in the finish as well as a bit of tobacco and woodiness. My second pour has me noticing a hint of cocoa in the finish as well. This is definitely well carbonated, which tends to lighten this perception of this beer even more; I can’t say that this is really a good thing, as the beer seems a bit thin somehow, it is quaffable though and I wouldn’t quite call it watery.

This was a bit disappointing after the superb Apricot that I had the other night. Strangely I liked this one a lot better during the GABF, it does get a bit better & more integrated as it warms up though. It just seems to have fallen a little short and tastes a bit flat and more muted than I would really like. Still this is not a bad beer, it is even enjoyable, I just find myself thinking how much better this could be in so many different ways.

Sampled October 2008
Total 78

This beer has a murky brown color to it and is topped by a frothy, tan colored head. The aroma has a definite cherry note to it and leans toward the sour-cherry side of things. There is a yeast-like note here in the nose that is sort of nutty and there are other aromatics of sweaty cured leather, something like cocoa, grassy grain notes towards the finish, as well as a warm alcohol note. The cherry notes also lean towards sweet-cherry notes, though this is more contributed by the aromatic fruit than by sugar it seems.

The beer tastes of tart, dry cherries up front, but this is only one component of the flavor. There is also a lactic-acid driven lemon-like not up front that moves to a fleshy, full cherry skin flavor that couples with a tannic finish. The tannic note provides a light astringency in the finish, but I can't quite help coming back to the fresh, complex even, cherry flavor that is not overly dominant, but is so aromatic tasting (if that makes any sense). This is a nice beer, it could be a touch more funky (it showed some promise of this in the aroma) as it is mostly sour, but it is certainly an enjoyable beer.

Price: $15.95 Served In: Pint Glass

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