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Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Cuvée Du JongleurCascade Cuvée Du Jongleur

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BA SCORE
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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 232
Gots: 11 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.41% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"A careful blending of select barrels of Flanders Reds and soured Belgian Triples aged in oak for up to 18 months. Then blended with fresh 25° Plato Blond Quadruppel. Hand-bottled, corked and then aged allowing lactic fermentation. 8.41% ABV" - Raccoon Lodge website

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-30-2008)
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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a lovely beer, and nice idea. The Flanders red gives the overall sour note, as well as the lactic acid fermentation, the tripel adds some smoothness and a tiny hint of sweetness, and the oak is quite pronounced, which adds a touch of wood and vanilla but is balanced nicely by the sour notes. Primarily sour, lactic, and oaky in the nose. The taste is where the beer really shines. Very balanced with a nice sharp lactic note to start, some vinous notes, and then a fairly heavy hit of spicy oak that fades to some tannic notes on the finish. Nice complex mouthfeel of sour/sweet/tannic. Quite enjoyable.

Georgiabeer, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt, tartness and oak. The flavor is oak, tartness, caramel malt, vanilla, yeast and dark fruit including cherries. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of Docer
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally grabbed a bottle of this goodness....

- Pours a clear red ale color... fizzy finger of white head quickly fizzled down to a nice solid ring and some center haze....

- Light molasses, caramel... sour apple, peppery spice... little touch of funk.. hay.. some fig and currant notes... light vinegar and cherry.

- Oak flavor hits for sure... nice balance of sweet caramel and grain with a nice follow up pf white grape, currants.. slight yeasty funk, little touch of alcohol... but the wood really shines through.. a nice dryness. Slight funk and vinegar.. but way low just how I like it.

- Thin to medium bodied.. a little more thick than a lot of their other sours.. slight dryness and heat... but the sourness and limitless flavors enhance the watering of the palate. Fantastic aftertaste.

- Overall this is another fantastic Cascade sour.. I have not had one I didn't like. This one seems to have more oak, and grainy flavor than the others.... certainly good and a must have.

Docer, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland.

A-Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head and little lacing.

S-Nice complexity. Serious funky sourness, mild brown sugary sweetness and a fresh herb/spice combo.

T-Very nicely tart but with a background of sweet, dark fruits and mild sourness in the finish. Delicious.

M-Tartness lingers nicely with just a bit of pucker.

D-Tasty, but probably a bit high in ABV to drink more than one of. Deliciously complex for one snifter's worth, though.

HV

sholland119, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled July 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, light tan colored head; the head leaves some nice layered lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as I work my way through this beer. The beer is a lightly darkened, amber color that shows a lightly hazed, red-tinged, light amber color when held up to the light. The nose has a nice tartness to it that is most definitely lactic in character. The tartness brings out an unripe, green fruit note that is a bit reminiscent of crab-apples, tart plums, or an unripened pear. There is a touch of cracker like malt hidden underneath the lactic aromatics and perhaps a hint of cherry aromatics towards the finish, but overall this is pretty simplistic and not very complex. The tartness is nice though, just nothing to particularly rave about.

Nicely tart tasting, but not overly dry. There is just a touch of malt sweetness (a combination of toasted caramel and dark fruit notes) as well as a fairly substantial body for a sour beer. I wouldn't say this is thick and chewy, but it certainly has a certain viscousness to it as well as some malt body to counter the ample tartness. Fruity flavors of sour plums, tart but slightly washed out cherries, a black currant note as well as some red-wine like notes that are accentuated by a solid oak-derived backbone; each of these notes couple pretty seamlessly with the lactic tartness. The oak provides a nice toasted woody note to the finish as well as some spiciness in the middle and there is definitely a tannic note as well as a body-boosting oak effect. This beer hides its alcohol quite well, there is a touch of heat to the finish but this all seems to come from the oak and not any alcohol.

My second pour sees a touch of vinous character coming out in the nose, more like an oaky chardonnay than a red wine; in fact I don't know how I missed the oak character the first go round as there is a definite oak-derived spiciness and a toasted wood character here in the nose. The fruitiness in the flavor gets a boost as well. This is a nice smoothly drinking beer. It is very well balanced, if not a bit mellow and is fairly clean fermentation wise; there is the sourness, but that is it in the way of funkiness. The finish of the flavor has some nice toasted malt notes and some biscuit like character that couples with the toasted oak quite nicely

This is a nice beer, it does not have the complexity of the Sang Royale (especially in the nose, but this certainly gets better after my second pour), but it is far better than The Vine. Some Brettanomyces funk would certainly be appreciated, but this is more approachable this way I suppose. This is certainly an enjoyable beer to be sipping upon as I work my way through a bout of bill paying. Honestly though, this ends up being much more enjoyable than I was expecting, this is a nice beer I would be happy to have a whole lot more of in the cellar.

Sampled October 2008
4/4/4/4/4, Total 4
This beer pours with an amber tinged, tan colored head that sits on top of an amber colored beer. The aroma is a complex mix of fruity notes, tart lactic acid, lightish funk character and grain. Aromas similar to cherries and tart plums provide the bulk of the fruit notes but there is also some aromatic-varietal apple character here and even some tart apricot notes become noticeable after a bit. The grain aromas contribute a solid cracker-like malt note that one typically doesn't find still hanging around in a sour beer (but I have been noticing this more and more from American versions). The funkiness, other than the sourness, is pretty muted in the aroma, but does contribute notes similar to musty, slightly moldy hay.

The beer is fairly tart as it first hits my tongue, but it is quite balanced. The sourness seems predominantly contributed by Lactic acid. The sourness combines with fruity notes to produce flavors of tart cherry and apricots. There is also a light plastic edge to this beer, as well as some other sharp phenolics; these notes are fairly soft and are not overly intrusive. There is a significant herbal character here as well that reminds me of tannic, wild, weeds somehow. A cotton ball like, tannic character coats the palate after each sip has left my mouth. This beer is fairly light, but there is a full, lingering presence to this beer. There is also a touch of warming alcohol to the finish. This is actually a nicely balanced beer, I am definitely enjoying this.

Gueuzedude, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with onix1agr and marymazz.

A- pours a hazy red orange with a nice finger of off white head that settles quickly to a slight ring.

S- mild lactic and tropical fruit hit up front. Funky wood and a vinous touches.

T- dry funky wood and sour berries. Lots of apricot and tangerine. Background spice and candy like sweetness. Hints of red apple skin and cider vinegar.

M- medium to light mouthfeel with a slight carb that let's the brew sit for a moment giving you time to ponder the complex mix. Dry finish and a nice pucker.

D- sour but not too much for a big glass. Super confusing and complex and I really like the crazy ride.

oglmcdgl, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, believe I got this at Bottleworks in Seattle in August.

Pours a lightly hazed reddish orange, nice glow, thick off white head forms and settles down to a solid ring, good lacing on the glass, this looks pretty nice.

Smell is great, tart and fruity, cherries, wood, apricots, a bit of vinegar funk and some minerals, quite sour but not overly so, really nice malt base.

Taste is similar, very fruity, apricots and pears, alcohol, a bit salty/minerally, sour fruit, wood, really rich finish, great sourness to it, not overdone.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, awesome finish on it. I definitely get the Flanders Red character in it, but kicked up a bit. Great beer!

Viggo, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of midaszero
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Almost clear orange amber body with two finger of tan head that leave awesome lacing

S - Sweet and sour fruit. Small hints of funk and sweetness. Can smell from a distant as well especially right after a pour.

T - OAK lots of oak. Reminds me a lot of the Cascade Kriek but more a generic fruit flavor and a little more sour.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Awesome stuff. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

midaszero, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Risser09
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter/tulip at fridge temp - Probably 2009 bottling date

Appearance: Dark amber, red highlights, readily carbonated, 1/2" off-white head. Decent retention, no lacing at all.

Smell: Smells like a flanders red. Cherry, oak, vanilla, honey, even some bourbon. Fruity with dark berries, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry tones.

Taste: The taste is Belgian inspired. Sweet cherries, strawberries, tart apple, oak, even some vinegar. Fairly sweet and carbonated. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very carbonated, tart, alcohol is minute. Finishes tart and sweet.

Drinkability: A very nice beer that I would consider to be a Flanders Red. The other beers mixed in are just bumping up the alcohol content. I would love to revisit this one.

Risser09, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

AleWatcher, May 07, 2013
Photo of RedHaze
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this bottle.

Pours a murky, red tinged brown, with a dense one finger head that's slow to fade to a thin cap. The resulting webbing of lace is intricate, and very sticky.

Smell; there's loads of sour and tart aromas here. Granny Smith apples, lemons and cherries are all present, alomg with some mild spices. Ginger, a touch of pepper, and a little bit os vanilla (maybe form the barrel aging). One of the best aromas in a beer that I've experienced in a long time.

Taste; starts off sour, with green apples, cherries and a hint on sour citrus. Vinegar and and spices come through next, and then a surprising hint of some sweet malts come in to play. There's also a little "barnyard funk" going on as well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a drinkability that's really good. But then again, I tend to really dig sour beers. Wish I could have this one again.

RedHaze, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of jojox
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a - similar to supplication (tasted right before), rosy/gold, transparent. 2 finger head, holding.

s - very slighly sour, balanced/w some sweetness. Some sulfur, later.

t - not really that *sour* but a nice balance of funkiness and sweet malt. More like a flanders red. Some cherry pits, a little aftertaste of prunes. Mild compared to RR or Cantillon, but nicely balanced and pleasant. Nicely funkified. No sweetness like Duchesse.

m - smooth, well carbonated, fairly high FG I think?

d - Very High! Could drink this all night. I think that's what makes this beer great is the balance. I don't remember what it said on the bottle (review from notes) but it must be blended to get this type of balance. Looking up I can't believe it's 8.4% ABV. Wow.

jojox, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of jag21
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jag21, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bauermj, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of mobyviacheslov
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy orange/tan body with a thick caramel tinted head that dissipated rapidly.
S - Vinegar (flander's style), citrus, grassy hops, spice, and baileys.
T - Sweet and sour (reminded me of a sour patch kid)...very true to a flander's style. Very strong apple cider flavor. The finish reveals a slight hop bitterness and brett dryness.
M - Good pop to this one, though a little thick and gummy.
D - Easy drinker. This is more potent than most true Flanders red/browns, but doesn't taste it at all.
Cellar temp, fluted glass

mobyviacheslov, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of BillHilly
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

BillHilly, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of teddyarrowhead
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

teddyarrowhead, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

petermethot, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of goatxpower
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now, granted, I'm still acquiring my taste for sour beers, I thought that this beer was awesome. It poured a nice copper/brown with a nice head that didn't last long. On the nose was Oak, wine, oak, sour fruit, caramel, and some oak. I thought that this was a Belgian sour that actually had some noticeable "Belgian" qualities to it. I enjoyed this a lot, I thought that it gave Consecration a run for it's money. Not something that I could drink everyday, but a great beer for what it is.

goatxpower, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cascade stuff made a brief appearance in Boston so I snagged this puppy and poured the corked & caged 750 into a St. Bernie's chalice. Pours a fig/date colored body with a 1/4-finger head on the first pour...this dissipates to prevalent yeast wisps that I can see the Great Lakes in like it's a globe.

Wonderful mild spicing of dates, raisins and cloves with a touch of cinnamon and ginger. A little bite to it but this is mellow and decent to say the least. Slight Brett comes about with warmth.

This has a faint aroma of a traditional quad but there's a nice presence of Brett with what can best be termed as a decent fruit basket. There are not-so-ripe plums, maybe an apple or 2...and a whole lot of sour Brett bite...maybe even unripened guava here. Very nicely done - it's fresh and clean. Of course minimal if any hop presence - maybe a little citrus and grass - but this engages quite nicely. Quad spicing balances it out from being a hardcore sour. Excellent.

Palate feel is the best of both worlds - gentle spicy heft and citric bite. Finish is powerful and clean - maybe the Brett clears out the heft to make this a little lighter and brighter than expected.

This one does OK. More of a sour than a quad as ou would expect - Brett rules the roost. But it does have that nice spicy giddyap in its step. Cool $#!+!

IBUnit63, May 10, 2009
Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled jan 1/2010.

pours crystal clear deep orange, showing a nice ruby colour at its widest point. a nice spritzy off-white head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving plenty of lace.

aroma is great. light alcohol. hay and straw and horse blanket funk. lemon and malt vinegar. touch of cider vinegar. cracker and white bread. earthy. bit of vanilla. bretty.

taste is good. light cider vinegar. lemon. light acidity. white bread. cracker. horse blanket. bit of hay. touch of cherry. vanilla and raw oak. hints of almond and dark chocolate, but very light. low bitterness level. the description of it being a blend of tripel and flanders red sounds just about right. there's definite characteristics of each, leaning more to the flanders style, but not dipping too deep into the sour world.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. light very fine carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced, not too much acidity or sourness. nice depth. a great flanders red with a neat extra dimension from some tripel-like characteristics.

grub, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 1/4/10

A - pours a reddish chestnut brown with some nice foam that slowly dissipated

S - sweet cherries, oranges, and some oak dominate the aroma

T - oak dominates, with some cherries, wine barrel, oranges, lemon, apples and a bit of musty funk

M - good carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, slightly tart and that increases as it warms.

D - very drinkable, great flavor and i'll seek it out again.

mikereaser, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle acquired in a couple of trades.

Poured a deeper and cloudy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, dark fruits, grapes, some yeastiness, and wood. Tastes of dark fruits, cherries, grapes, some vanilla, wood, and citrus. Acidic. Lighter tart and sour finish.

hopdog, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the Blue Palms last week. Review is being transcribed from notes.

A: The beer is an interesting muddy reddish color with a fluffy layer of pinkish foam.

S: A pleasant lactic tartness is the first aroma that I pick up followed by some red berries and perhaps some faint notes of cherry. The level of funk is (a bit disappointingly) low, but still a great nose on this beer.

T: The flavors are solid, but don't quite live up to the aromas. Again, the lactic tartness is front and center with some nice cherry and oak flavors.

M: Despite all the different components and the barrel aging, the body is quite light, but that may be due to the high level of carbonation.

D: A really great beer, overall. Nice and tart with a decent amount of complexity. The only thing I felt myself missing was a bit more funk, but still a nice wild ale nonetheless.

womencantsail, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at local BA tasting.

Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy tart cherry and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where exceeded.

tmoneyba, Feb 24, 2009
Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.