Thursday, June 2, 2011
Cascade Kriek Ale
I picked up a bottle of Cascade Kriek Ale at Al’s of Hampden based on Al’s recommendation (he’s a good salesman!). The beer pours a reddish brown color with a bubbly off-white colored head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma consists of sweet yet slightly sour cherry, sugar, vinegar. and Belgian yeast. The taste is very puckering right up front with plenty of vinegar drying out the tongue. The sour cherry with some sweet sugar accent comes out in the finish. The after taste leaves some malts behind but the vinegar lingers. The alcohol content is 7.1% ABV. I will say that Al gave an excellent recommendation and this was quite a wonderful kriek. There is plenty of sour punch with this beer, so beware if you are new to sours.