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

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 231
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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2/5  rDev -51.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Forgot where this one came from... but thank you for the trade, whoever you were! Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger foamy, thick, off-white head that never seems to collapse or dissipate. Beer is a clear, orangy-clay. Lacing is patchy and thick with awesome legs and great cling.

S: Nose is flanders heavy. Cherries, slight vinegar, bit of soy sauce, crushed prunes, and some vanilla. Pleasant but very muted overall.

T: Opens sweet cherries and a touch of Belgian yeast in the back. Medicinal at points. Worschestershire sauce. Soy sauce, vinegary tartness builds towards the middle. Turns heavier in the mouth with a sharp, black cherry tartness that sweetens a touch at the end. Finishes suddenly as all of the flavor just kind of drops out. No aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and amply carbonated. Tingly and lively in the mouth. Oily but rough going down. Semi-dry. Finish is sudden with no aftertaste.

D: There's an off flavor in this one that reminds me of meat seasoning that I wasn't able to describe and couldn't wuite put my finger on. A beautiful beer overall. Feel is pretty good but its hard to get over the odd, though not totally off-putting flavor. Worth a try.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending, Ed. In the cuvee emerging style. Significantly sourish, and only the hint of wood,a bit more of apple, whereas say a Southern Tier would be very much reversed. Heavier carbonation,rising carbonation bubbles- good for sour fans. Colour is full opaque grapefruit, with soapy white head, and lacey.Sour malt vinegar in aroma.

Sammy, Mar 27, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

BGsWo22, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

ShanePB, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brown, ring of tan head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S: Cider, brown sugar, tropical fruit & hints of biscuit.

T: Cider, toffee, wood & a little vinegar. I can appreciate it, but the acidity is a little abrasive to my palate.

M: Moderate body has a drying finish; acidic; highly carbonated.

D: Definitely a sipper.

Thanks to Sammy for this extremely rare treat!

Derek, Mar 27, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

AlexFields, Jan 07, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from thethrone in the Barrel 'O Beer BIF.

Hazy reddish brown colored beer with only a slight off-white colored head.

Smells fruity with a strong vanilla and oak aroma. There is some sour and funk here Brettomyces? I know this has undergone lactic fermentation but since Flanders red is in the mix there must be some Brett in this. Smell of strawberries and some spice mostly ginger. Little bit of lemon scent.

Taste starts out sour with a strong vanilla flavor and a slight horse blanket flavor of brettomyces. Fruit and vanilla ice cream aftertaste. Quite sour but without the vinegar taste that I find objectionable, more like Berliner Weiss. Matter of fact I could describe the taste of this as Imperial Oak aged Strawberry Berliner Weiss.

Mouthfeel is good.

About as drinkable as sour beers get for me, no matter what the style says sour = spoiled for beer in my mind.

Zorro, Feb 08, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle, no date - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a very hazy, reddish dark tan color, bright ruby colored when held up to the light. A thin cap of off-white head forms and recedes into a haze over the beer...

Very faint aroma of tart cherries is overpowered by a strong musty funk. Some lactic tartness which at first seemed pretty powerful is now just a subtle addition to the scent, which remains mostly dark, dark ripe fruit, and almost a bit of a Belgian Quad finish in the smell, spicy and malty, yeasty...

Tart, but very oaky and dry. Dark cherry flavors, toffee and slightly roasted malt flavors come out and play a large role. Finish is abrupt, watery fruit juice that kind of just disappears. Alcohol heat shows up a bit after a few sips. Like in the smell, I get strong hints of the Belgian Quad, slightly spicy, dark almost winter-like and yeasty...

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Creamy, slightly acidic and quite dry. Wood and dryness linger long past the finish...

hawks10, Jan 01, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for sharing this.

Poured a nice copper color with a small dirty white head. Nose was oak, wine, sour fruit, caramel, and some oak. Taste was a nice tartness, sour with some a mix of fruit, wood and some CO2. This was a good brew, very drinkable and easy drinking.

barleywinefiend, Aug 13, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cherry oak color into a SN tulip glass, 2 finger whitish head

Smells of tart cherry and yeast.

Tart flavor hits the sides of your tongue at first gulp. Tart is the overriding flavor. Belgian yeast flavor follows, and my unsophisticated tongue isn't really picking a whole lot more then that. MF is fairly light, though the sour flavor sticks. Alcohol content is barely noticable- a function of the beer's sourness.

The beer really tastes a lot like Cascade's Apricot Ale (semi-lambic) minus the apricot- generally good though not exceptional. I think Cascade should age the beer a fair bit before releasing it, as I tend to believe that this would add to the beer's complexity. If we ever make our way to the raccoon lodge again, I'll definitely grab a bottle to age for a few years

Ghenna, Feb 18, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some oak and very light acidic notes. Taste is a nice balance mix between some tart and oak notes with a very subtle acidic finish. Body is quite full for style with great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent even though I think the alcohol level is too high for the style. Not the most complex beer from this brewery but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Apr 23, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle tasted blind on 3/11/10.

Pours orange with light cream head that fades quicly. Aroma of vanilla, lemon and orange. Funky tartness with a rich sweet backbone. Tastes like a sour apple jolly rancher. Nice medium body and a great sipper.

ChrisPro, Mar 29, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no date, but I think this is probably about 2 years old. Courtesy of gregagee, a very generous trader.

A-Pours the color of Pennsylvania Dutch apple cider, hazy, with a few errant chunks of yeast. Small khaki colored head, soapy lacing.

S-Very unusual. Smells heavily of Smuckers grape jam. A subtle suggestion of tartness, not much else.

T/M-Body is more similar to a tripel than most wild or sour ales I've tried. There's a light fruit tartness up front, but it quickly fades out, revealing flavors more in line with an abbey ale. Estery fruit flavors, burnt white sugar. The cherry tartness comes out again in the finish, but not in a major way.

O-This is a mild wild.

DaveHS, Jul 18, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle into some nice glassware. Split with Oglmcdgl and Marymazz, thx 4 the shot.

Jongleur casts a dark muddy brownish red with a thick inch of tan colored head. Quickly fading the foam leaves some marks on the glass, not a big lacer here. Up towards light some plum colors come forth. Some swirls bring a dying cap.

Cuvee' scents include a mixture of the three blends and it's hard to place which comes out on top. A big blast of apricots and some other citrus with dark fruit plums. A lot of sour cherry and some vinegar hiding from that flanders addition. Some apples and yeast from the triple I guess. Plus sour and funky from the bugs, woody from the oak.

Getting a basket full of sour cherries up front in the mouth followed by a light dousing of vinegarette. Further in a little tropic flavor going into darker territory with plum. The blond quad does not come out as much, although I never had a blond one. Cuvee goes into some green apples towards the finish showcasing the triple. Did not pick up that much oak. Pretty sour throughout though not mind blowing.

This has a medium body on it and is a pretty dry quaff, at least it finishes that way. Slightly acidic, kinda tart and on the sour side. The mix between sweet, dry, and sour comes and goes. This is interesting beer. I liked my serving size but would probably die if I tried one on my own. It's drinkable, but best to share, I got bubble guts in the morning into afternoon.

BARFLYB, May 04, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Roomie works at Brouwer's and brought a bottle home.

Pours a light orange with an amber hue...a bit of a head is seen for a moment, and then mainly dies quickly. Sour orange, funk, wild yeast, and lambic smells are had within the nose. Fairly funked up front with a nice sour green apple note, this one isn't as thick and syrupy as some sours could go...lacks a bit of body, but retains itself with a strong sour flavor complete with hints of oak and light touches of super sour cherries.

ABV is not all that detectable until the finish.

Overall, one of the better Cascade brews I've had, but still lacks a bit of the thickness I love in a good sour.

skoisirius, Nov 24, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle nestled away in my cellar for over a year now, but I'm not sure exactly how long.

Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur has a brown body with red hues mixed in. The head is light and fizzy, but still leaves some above average lacing patterns on my glass.

Only a very faint tartness comes through in the aroma, and I would say it is more of a funkiness than a tartness (if you know what I mean). After that I get a good dose of oak, that has both woody and spicy characteristics to it. Sweet, biscuity malts are in there also, as well as pretty good amount of fruit. I will throw out ripe apple and cherry, but I could be completely off-base with those. "Fruity" is certainly accurate though.

Cuvée Du Jongleur leads with a bit of sourness. The sourness is definite and noticeable, but certainly not puckering or powerful. This definitely falls on the less-sour end of the American Wild Spectrum. The fruit notes from the aroma seem to blend with the sourness also, I swear I taste a bit of apple, but I don't really get any cherry in the flavor; maybe black currant or plum though. After that a mix of Oak and malt comes through. The oak is definitive and pretty powerful, adding a straight-up taste along with a bit of spiciness. The oak is probably the strongest flavor in this beer, actually. The malt is light sweet and biscuit-like. There is a bit of sugary sweetness, and I swear I can taste coriander or some other peppery flavor in there, but it could just be the oak playing tricks on me. No presence of booziness or even warmth at all. Cascade did an excellent job of disguising the alcohol in this one.

The body has a moderate heft, and the carbonation is fairly low.

Overall Cuvée Du Jongleur isn't a very sour sour ale. It hides its relatively high ABV very well. It is fairly complex, and very approachable. If you like a good, strong, oak flavor in your sours, this one is for you.

Hojaminbag, Jun 05, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from 2 sets of paper notes...

Slightly hazy deep orange/brown .. nice head and retention.. only okay lacing..

Nose is lemony/tart fruit skins... funky with brett and a fairly large acetic character.. mild horsey..

Big blast of lemon and sour cherry skin.. some mild balsamic sweetness and vinegar.. more "wild" than sour.. background malty sweetness.. fair amount of barrel tannins adding to the mix..

fairly large carbonation with a lite/medium body given the ABV.. tough to nail down the "drinkability"... seems like a different beer with every sip.

I hear Brewforia is getting these in now... If I could just get out of this budget crunch, I would buy these by the case.

3.5/4/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at 50 degrees, $23.00 from Malt and Vine.

Pours hazy amber with a ruby hue. A one inch head of quickly fizzling off-white dissapated to a placid surface with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with soured fruit, sherry vinegar, and acid-spritzed hay. Hints of cherries, lemon zest, grapefruit pulp, and horseblanket follow through.

Medium bodied and crisp with a sharpish mouthfeel.

Tart fruit, malt to balance, and a sour edge lead off the palate. Cherry pits, lemon seeds, oaky tannins, and clean acid.

Finishes with lingering soured cherries, drying acid, and a peppery warmth.

Quite tasty and highly drinkable for a sour. Lacking enough Brett, sourness, or acid for my tastes. There definately is a Kreik presence, and the beer is bone dry.
Think LaFolie "light" with cherries. I'm kinda bummed that this one was $23 with shipping.

brewandbbq, Jan 09, 2009
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Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.