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

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 115
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 4.81%
Wants: 232
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
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 gford217
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (930 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice brownish amber with a very small fizzy head. No retention or lace.

S: Light cherry tartness, oak, and dark fruit.

T: Wonderful red berry tartness, fresh cut oak, wonderful dark cherry pitty earthiness, light lactic tartness. Thought this one would be a bit more tart, but it is light approachable and honestly very very good.

M: Light in carbonation, light tartness builds in the center and goes through the finish.

D: Wonderful light tartness, no hint of the ABV it packs. (495 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer that started it all for Cascade as a notable brewer of oak aged, bottle conditioned sour beers. Cascade uses a house cultivated "free range lacto bacillus" bacteria to ferment the Cuvée. It undergoes a complex regimen of first brewing as a Flanders-style red, then blending with a Belgian-style tripel and oak barrel aging for up to 18 months.

The blending process is particularly demanding and inexact, making each bottling of Jongleur unique unto itself. The resulting brew is then combined with a fresh Belgian-style quad to affect bottle conditioning. Cascade bottles the beer in corked and caged 750 ml champagne magnums that retail for $18.

The result is an ale of blood orange color whose smell is startlingly sour and cidery. The beer shows a fine sandy head and enthused carbonation. The usual taste elements of malt and hops don't apply here. The beer is tart but not overly puckering with relaxed contours from aging. It is an elegant blend of complementary angles with a leisurely dry finish. The texture is especially soft and cottony.

Cascade's Cuvée is an artful blend of complex beer forms and would certainly go well any number of food pairings such as chicken or seafood. I drank mine with some roasted almonds. The name Jongleur means Juggler in French - a reference to the challenging blending technique used. (1,354 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,647 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased over the phone from the brewery about a year ago for fifteen dollars, had this along with the Apricot, Blackberry, and Kriek with four friends a few nights ago, reviewed from notes, poured into my Grimbergen goblet, color is a medium brown with some red tint, one inch frothy off white head, good retention lasting about five minutes, good lacing, aroma consists of brown sugars, raspberries, cherries, prunes, plums, funk, sweet malts, lactose, cinnamon, candied sugar, port, mild booze, Belgian yeast, oak, tannins, vanilla, and granny smith apples, one of the most complex beers you will ever smell, flavor comes at you with a few different berry flavors at first with some dark fruits taking over shortly after, sugar and spices in the middle, very quad like for a while there, lots of fruit and neutral tart in the finish, gets more sugary as it warms and there is a good amount of apples and vanilla by then, by the end there is a nice candied sugar flavor to go along with the tart flavors, sweet, tart, fruity, oaky, zesty, and sweet mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, could drink a few glasses of this, alcohol is hidden pretty well for being over eight percent, there is a lot going on this beer, so the drinkability suffers a little bit from that because your palate goes on a rollercoaster, still pretty smooth and inviting, I have had this beer three or four different times now and it seems to get better each go around, definitely worth checking out (1,524 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really interesting beer.

Mahogany pour with blood red highlights and a finger of white head that quickly drops to a film and leaves a few lace spots behind. Aroma has strong flanders red meets lambic notes. Fruit vinegar, sour cherry, brown sugar, musty funk and puckering lemon. Certainly not one-dimensional by any stretch of the imagination. Upfront the flanders red flavour hits you with sour cherry, balsamic and brown sugar. After that, however, its a big lactic sourness with a punch of funk. Between the two, a delicate balance is achieved, and this is a well-crafted offering. The tartness combines with the medium-light body to create a refreshing brew.

Excellently done, and a unique experiment. I think we'll see things like this happening more and more across the continent, and this can only be a good thing.

Thanks to Jeremy and Karen for sharing and their hospitality! (897 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,914 characters)

Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,110 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, woody brown with slight shades of red. Silky beige head has excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has tart cherries, plums, oak, horse balnket, caramel, red wine, bready malts and vanilla.

Taste has ripe pitted fruits, barnyard funk, wood, candy malts, nutty malts, port, vanilla and a sour lactic yeast presence.

Medium body is well carbonated. Dry acidic finish. Very tasty blend from Cascade. (411 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (1,277 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (500 characters)

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. (634 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 750 mL green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date but there was a sticker with "MA". The body was a beautiful clear red-gold. The cream colored head was loose but stayed, leaving clingy lace.

Smell was sour, then cherries. Bready and dirtier on the second pour. Alcohol aroma increased as it warmed.

Taste was puckering sour and drying, very nice. Woody and richly fruity. This was a very interesting beer, not ultra complex, but it kept my attention.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with adequate carbonation. Parching dryness that I really enjoy. (570 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass a clear, dark clear copper color with a 1 finger light tan head. Sweet caramel, spice, toffee, and slight acetone. Light/medium mouthfeel. A rich caramel flavor with some notes of barrel. Vanilla as well mixed with some dark fruit notes like dark cherry. This one isn’t overly sour by any means but has a nice lactic acidity that kicks in through mid drink and lingers for a bit. The ending has a nice blunt barrel and fruit flavor that draw it to a close. The abv it only slighlty noticeable in the end. Some lace. Very glad I got to try this one as I have been searching for it for a while. (641 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  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. (363 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (989 characters)

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Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.