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

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BA SCORE
92
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115 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 230
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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

beachbum1975, Feb 17, 2009
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 Zorro
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
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 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
Photo of skoisirius
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
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
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Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.