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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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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 233
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:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-30-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"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
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Photo of drseamus
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish amber body; off-white head. Tons of carbonation.

S: flemmish, both sweet and sour.

T: great flavor. Pretty sweet Flemish flavor and not overly tart. Good balance.

M: smooth and medium bodied.

D: a great American wild Flemish ale. A touch sweet but still great.

Photo of hopdog
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky burgundy color with one finger of foamy white head.

Scent of oak, yeast, caramel, sugars, fruit and sweet whiskey.

Taste of caramel, vanilla, yeast, oak, and sugars. Good, but the flavor is too strong.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and a bit creamy with biting carbonation.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged courtesy of the ever generous Viggo - cheers for another good bottle.

Pours a brassy auburn brown, a bit of murk in there as a generous white head builds.

Nose is a little tannic, some oak coming through, sour cherries, apples, a light whiff of funk.

Dash of vinegar in the taste from the Flemish red, sour cherries, apples, wood, nice balanced sourness - never overpowering, hint of lemon acidity, a slight astringency mid body, a hint of spiciness, more wood. Sparkly carb but not overly so.

Pretty tasty beer and pretty drinkable as well, the glass just kind of slips away with no hint of the alcohol, just you enjoying the flavors. Thanks Eric!

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of GreenCard
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: beautiful ruby-brown-copper, slight haze, thinnish layer of off-white foam that quickly dissipates to a thin crown

Aroma: oaky fruitiness; hints of sour cherry, yogurt, blue cheese, malt, fresh cream, raisins, and armagnac

Flavor: apple tartness together with an aged/oxidized malt sweetness; oak, raisins, cooked cherries, mellow sourness, light brown sugar, and a latent spiciness; finishes semi-dry with a lingering touch of stewed prunes and a yogurty bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, spritzy carbonation, smooth acidity, and a slight warming in the throat

Other comments: Pretty impressive American take on the Belgian sour reds. Reminds me of Rodenbach, but I guess that's the idea.

Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at our Cascade tasting on 12/11/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer pours dark amber with good clarity and a voluminous two finger beige head.

The nose opens up with a distinct Blue Cheese character that remains strong throughout. The fruit is reminiscent of dark ripe cherries and perhaps a bit of ripe apple. The aroma has a moderate acetic and lactic character, as well as prominent oak. This is a nice blend of triple and Flanders red characteristics. Alcohol is subtle for the ABV.

The flavor opens with cherries, ripe apples, and oak. The flavor is woody, with a moderate acetic quality and some tannins. A dash of astringency is evident midpalate. The fruit is moderately sour and lactic in quality, and the finish is fruity, woody, and drying, with moderate tannins.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear brown color with minimal white head.

S: Nice malt nose up front. Nice subtle funk/ barnyard as well. Very visible carbonation.

T: Tart cherries up front. Nice tartness. Lacto as well. Flanders is fairly forward. Little vinegar in there to balance thing out.

M: Sharp carbonation. Very light mouthfeel.

D: Easy going for the ABV. All of their beers drink much easier than they should. If I could say something bad about their beers which there is minimal is they try to do too much. They are blending radically different styles. To their credit they always are good beers. But even for Wild Ales they are hard to pin down.

Photo of yourefragile
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, round 3 in our Cascade testing.

Light tan head caps a deep mahogany, cloudy body with nice lacing and retention. Aroma is light, tart and funky, light cheesiness, grape fruitiness, some wood, definitely lactic, some apple and dark fruit sweetness. The base of the flavor starts with a Belgian blonde and has a grape fruitiness and sweet throughout, finish is tart and lactic. Not as funky or tart as the Apricot or Kriek were, but more complex and balanced.

Photo of rallison
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish brown with a decent off-white head.

Tart strawberries/raspberries in the nose. Acetic notes.

All in all, some nice flemish red qualities in this. Not as sour and tart as most straight flemish reds..more mellow. Cherries and other berries in the flavor with a nice touch of tartness. A touch muddy overall. Might be a bit better if they hadn't blended the barrels? Who knows? Good though.

Appropriate low to medium carbonation with a pleasant body.

Nicely done. Not outstanding, but quite enjoyable. I really, really want to try the flanders red that went into this on its own..I bet it is quite tasty. Anyway, recommended if you have the chance.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with cork and cage shared by Yetiman420 at a recent tasting. Thanks!

Pours a slightly cloudly brownish red with mininal tan head with little rentention.

Smells of tart cherry, general sourness and minimal funk.

Light bodied, medium to full flavor, much like the nose. Fruity sweetness.

Nice.

Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the many things beerloco opened at the small tasting we had at his place last night.

Appearance: Pours like a pale iced tea....slightly red streaks through brown. The crown is one finger high and brown. It displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Fusion of cherries, plums and candi sugar over a bland malt.

Taste: Amazingly the flanders red flavors and the tripel flavors can be pinpointed individually. Pretty fascinating.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty sessionable but I wouldn't want a full 750ml myself.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in trade with MSUBulldog. Thanks.
Pours brown in color with a nice, frothy inch of head. Smell is lactic and sour. There's a good amount of cherry flavor coming through from the flanders. This beer starts off fruity and spicy, then slams you with a sourness at the end. Very enjoyable. Didn't notice too much impact from the barrels. Full and creamy on the mouthfeel. Very enjoyable, and I never tired of it during the entire 750 bottle.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Yo, McDiddypop, I'm driving straight to Three Floyds, Goose Island, Flossmoor, Half Acre and New Glarus, come bring me some cheddar if you want a part of the haul..."

"Word. I'm bringing over a bottle of the Jongleur..."

A - Pours a reddish hue, nice white wispy head.

S - The aroma is of alcohol, Welch's grape jelly, Laffy Taffy, and the funk is very lightly present.

T - Unlike the nose, in the taste the alcohol is very well-hidden, it is totally dry, finishes completely, and tastes of barely funky red grape juice. It is good tasting, yet I am underwhelmed.

M - Good feel, nice effervescence.

D - Not the best Cascade, but mostly because it is tame, mild and inoffensive.

Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: ruby-plum-amber pour, smallish off-white head and no real lacing

Smell: Tart and lactic, some unripe fruits, plums and dates with a bit of vinegar, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Smells good but a bit muddled and nothing to rave about.

Taste: Tart, with plums, dates and figs. Perhaps some apricots as well. Very vineous, lots of red grapes and some oak. It is good but not one of my favorite Cascade beers. Weird funk in it as well.

Mouthfeel: Semi-dry; does fill the mouth

Drinkability: A good slow sipper, I enjoyed trying this one but it will not be one of the Cascade beers I make a second go at given I liked several of the other ones so much more.

Photo of KeefD
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks go out to jlindros for this trade! Pours a dark amber/copper color with a two finger off-white head, and left some very nice sheets of laciing on my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. As I stick my nose in the glass, I'm first greeted with belgian tripel yeast quality followed by some mild funk, green apples, and a light sweetness. Taste is mildly acidic, tart, and lightly funky. Apple flavor is predominate, followed by some cherry, some tart citric flavors, mostly lemon, light oak, some sweetness, and bone dry on the finish. Some buttery/toffee flavors start to show up in the finish as it warms. Very interesting stuff! Carbonation zingy at first but mellows quickly as it warms up. Great balance between the light sweetness and the tart, but if you're a big sour-head like me, a little more tart/sour could go a long way with this beer. Delicious nonetheless, and I can barely detect any alcohol. Very good beer!

Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Andy for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes quickly to a small collar.

The aroma is sweeter than I was expecting but not in a bad way. There are sweet tart cherries, brown sugar and candied pears as well as plums. There is a light lactic sourness in the nose but it's very subtle as is the hints of oak.

The taste is more of the same with lots of different fruits hitting the palate - plums, apricots and brown sugar. The finish is where the oak barrel comes out with a dry spiciness that mixes with lactose sourness and an emerging bretty funk.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and almost slick with a soft carbonation - tart and dry finish.

I've enjoyed everything I've had from Cascade and this is no exception. A very drinkable, well-balanced sour.

Photo of rpstevens
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to screamforme for this extra from our recent trade. Poured from a bottle into a white birch glass. The beer pours a darker than expected ruby red with amber highlights around the edges. There is a frothy two finger pink head that fades quickly and leaves behind a thick coating of sticky foam lacing.

The smell is tart raspberries, sour cherries, green apple, lemon zest, some fresh cut grass and a healthy dose of musky, almost cheesy sourness.

The taste is a blast of sour cherries, followed by a sweeter-but-still-tart raspberry. There is a hint of lemon zest and grassy hops, followed by apple skins. In the mid-palate there is a strange emptiness, almost a plastic flavor that just doesn't fit the rest of the beer, after the strange void there is a nice barrel presence, mostly a mellowing oak. The finish is another strong blast of sour fruit and funk.

The beer is perfectly carbonated for the style, the strong carbonation makes the sour fruit and funk flavors dance in the mouth. The beer is medium bodied, has a nice dry finish that compliments the sour flavors perfectly, and is something I have no problem drinking an entire bottle of. I look forward to trying this one again.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep red brown color with a good sized fluffy off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. The aroma holds lots of dark fruits, I pick up prunes and plums with a light lactic tang thing going on. Sweet and dark sugars round out the malt side of things. The flavor is nice and a bit sweet up front with lots of dark fruits and deep sugars going on. Light lemon and grapefruity tartness mingle with a mild lactic presence. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet tarts mouthfeel going on. Nice beer, lightly tart with lots of sweet juicy fruits still surviving.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a foamy off white head that settles quickly. Beer is a very cool bright amber color that is on the edge of brown/orange. Some tiny carbonation bubbles slowly make their way to the top. Some spotty lacing, here & there.

Aroma is very nice. Fruity with a very slight tart edge. Cherry some darker fruit, perhaps a bit of wood.

Wow, much less tart in flavor than I had imagined. Great combination of cherry, plum, green apple and slight caramel malt flavors. This has a very long flavor spectrum. You taste it for a long time and it continues to develop. There is a sweetness that balances the tart cherry flavors quite nicely.

Light bodied with a sharp finish on the tongue due to the sharpness. Carbonation is there, but plays a subtle role.

I find this very enjoyable. Pretty complex, which causes you to ponder the flavors. You can kick back with a bottle of this and just think for quite a while. Very good beer.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to msubulldog25 for spreading the love--looks like I'm one of a lucky few BAs to receive this rarity from Brian G., King of Portland. Cheers buddy!

Pours a mildly hazed rusted red with a quarter-inch head of extremely tiny bubbles; big honeycomb of lace left on the glass at first, all but disappearing as the session goes on.

Aroma. Wow. I'm in love! Seriously. Seductive Belgian yeast with a mild funk character; juicy red fruits (sour cherries, Red Delicious apples, strawberries); leather; caramel; fresh-cut grass & hay; light white pepper; cinnamon bun; and above all, big tart/sour snap of Granny Smith green apples.

Flavor very much favors the Flanders sour reds noted on the label. Although I could detect some tripel and quad in the nose, on the tongue it's all about sour. Also not noting most of the elements from the aroma, but judging it for what it is, there's still some depth here. Green apples; unripe gooseberries; white grape; leather; yeast. Barrel wood doesn't come through prominently. Very dry, leaving an earthy/leafy dirtiness in the mouth with, of course, a rind-like tartness. Medium bodied and slippery, causing a massive pucker in the mouth.

Just look at the label: "a blend of select Flanders Reds, Triples and Blond Quads that have undergone lactic fermentation and barrel aging up to 18 months." It's pretty nuts--although it's definitely not something I'd want regularly, and wouldn't call it anything but "alright" on the drinkability scale. If you can handle extremely tart fruits--or just dig sucking on citrus rind--or if you love Belgium's more acidic ales/lambics, this is something to seek out.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a slightly murky red, with a soft fizzy off-white head.

S: Sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, some sugar and cake batter.

T: Has the lactic classic red malt that Flanders Reds are known for, oak and acid are clear. Adds some more complexity with some Belgian malt and ester flavours, notes of fruit - lemon and tangerine in there as well.

M: Light/moderate acidity. Good smooth character. An easy drinking sour.

D: This is a quality beer for sure. Shame it is so expensive, I can buy Rodenbach Grand Cru for half the price and I'm getting more. Worth a try, I just wouldn't shell out the cash for another bottle of it.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Andy - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted dark malts with good amounts of plums and raisins and lighter amounts of tart dark cherries. As the beer warms the tartness increases a bit and some woody tones enter into things.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Well-integrated dark fruits - plums mostly with hints of raisins - kick things off, backed up by nondescript malts. Midway through the sip the flavors turn a bit tart with lighter fruits, cherries and currants, replacing the darker fruits. As with the aroma oak flavors make their way into things as the beer warms. The ending is slightly tart.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass with no problems and could have another.

Overall I found this to be a pretty interesting beer, reminescent of something I'd expect from Jolly Pumpkin. The tartness is undoubtedly there however it's certainly on the mild side. Worth a shot.

Photo of beertooth
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ben (madorb) for bringing this over! Also, thanks for helping me bottle some homebrew, dude.

Corked and caged 750 poured into my trusty Cantillon Belgian tumbler.

A murky amber liquid is capped with a thin layer of fizzy white head. Thick layers of lacing.

The nose is full of musty oak, cherries, green apple, white grapes, peach, brown spice, a little funky balsamic vinegar, but just barely.

The first sip gives me a ton of oak and cherries. Some apple cidar vinegar follows closely. It's somewhat tart, but doesn't linger at all. I'm getting much more oak and brett as it warms. It finishes tart and dry.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, soft, and full.

A great beer to have after bottling beer and watching Army of Darkness. This is a very enjoyable sour and my first beer from Cascade. I look forward to trying others.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by BRoss242! 2006 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, tart, fruit, sour, and cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, fruit, and cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. HOLY CRAP! I never thought I would see this one! Massive thanks again Billy! It was definitely worth the wait on this one as it really reminded me of the Sang Royale we had prior only the fruit profile I was begging for actually showed up. However, with the age on this one, a lot of the fruit profile had expired and faded quite a bit. Still nice of it to be there though. Really glad I finally got to try this one and if you have one, I would drink it soon.

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