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

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 234
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 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.

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!

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.

Photo of rpstevens
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 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 MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Viggo for sharing this one. Served in a Sinha tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a few spots of lace. Settles to a light haze and ring. Transparent coppery red/orange color.

S - Raspberries, bretty funk a la Flanders Red. Reminds me a little of Enigma in the high level of sweetness and low amount of sour/tart flavors. A touch of plastic that I didn't dig as much.

T - The taste is better, and the 8.41% is extremely well-hidden. There's none of the aforementioned plastic flavor, and some nice tartness has been added to the mix. Still not all that sour, but masterfully combines the best elements of Flanders Red and Triple components.

M - Some zingy champagne-like carbonation. Medium bodied, with a texture that is a little grittier than I prefer. Nice dry finish with a little bit of residual stickiness.

D - Somehow this beer is greater than the sum of its parts for me. The weaknesses are in areas that don't hamper drinkability, while the strengths made me keep reaching for my glass. I was sad when I grabbed the bottle and discovered there was nothing left.

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

Poured into mini snifter.

Color is a peach hued raspberry pink. No head at all.

Aroma: Nice and sour, cherries, spice, funk, and some barnyard notes.

Taste: Some sour and wild notes. Nice tart cherries, barnyard funk. Some spice flavors and oak. Not to much here, but decent.

Mouthfeel: Sour and crisp. A little mouth puckering. It is a lighter sour flavor than I was expecting. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry, somewhat clean, however.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not very sour. It is a solid beer and I do like it, but I would choose others over it given a choice. Still, worth a try.

Photo of HopHead84
4.13/5  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 ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite Cascade sour. I've had several bottles of this since it was released, and am thankful to be sharing this one with johnmichaelsen for a review. Poured into a slender tulip, Cuvée Du Jongleur is a bright brassy brown with a big, creamy white head that leaves foamy lace. Pours towards the end of the bottle were a bit murky and dull, but I wasn't particular about the dregs.

Smell is great, bright lacto, some sweetness, raisin puree and vinous. Tons of depth.

Taste is awesome. Cured dark fruits, a very nice lacto sour bite, which has been increasing with age in this beer, oaky but well balanced, with a long finish. Really phenomenal beer, very complex.

Mouthfeel is dry, light and puckering.

Drinkability is insanely high. This is a beer I just want to drink all the time. I've spent quite a bit of dough on these bottles, attempting to stockpile for cellaring, but I always seem to be breaking out my last one!

Photo of John_M
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained a bottle of this delicious stuff at the brewpub yesterday. Talk about an absolute "tour de force" in wild ales.

The beer pours a tannish brown amber color with OK head retention and very good lacing. On the nose... oh my. This has to be one of the most incredibly complex beers I've ever smelled or tasted. I get a huge aroma of chocolate, sour funk and a melange of dried fruit and fruit cake. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose and this beer is flat out delicious. I get a stunning array of flavors, with the sour funk and chocolate presenting an interplay of contrasting notes. The rich dried fruit and fruit cake flavor only adds to the concert of flavors in this amazing beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, but this beer is not at all heavy on the palate. Drinkability is hard to describe with this beer. There's so much flavor and it's so rich, it's just not the sort of beer you can chug down. On the other hand, drinking something as delicious as this is no problem, and while it was slow going, God knows the drinking was never difficult or tiring.

This is outstanding stuff. If more wild sour ales tasted like this, I'd soon be drinking them all the time.

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

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 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 vacax
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Raccoon Lodge / Cascade Brewing seemingly came out of nowhere to offer a wide variety of quality sours. I had my first taste care of a friend from Portland, and this bottle I picked up once they got distribution here. $18 from The Wine Country.

Pours a deep red amber with a large light tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves plenty of lacing. Nose has a lot of properties similar to a Flemish Red... vinous fruit, slightly musty and oaky, but also has lactic sourness, pears, and apple blossoms.

I have had this one before, but damn this is a tasty one. Lightly sweet currants and slight sourness at first, quickly transitions into more intense flavors, full moderate sourness and robust red fruits. Nice mashup of bitter and sour on the finish. A great blend of beers that takes a Flemish Red and adds a lot of lactic qualities, expert blending balances everything out. Really quite a great blend of moderate sourness and clean fruits.

Medium body and great natural carbonation is smooth and moderate-high, keeping the taste clean and fresh. Very easy to drink. Just a good tasting easy drinking sour. Quite impressed.

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 barleywinefiend
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.

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 vrazionale
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - The body is a muddy brown color, with an off-white colored cloudlike head formation. I don't see any yeast floaties, but the brew might be too dark to tell.

S - Lots of funky oak complexity here. All of the traditional oak-related sweet aromas (vanilla, caramel, and dark sugar) meet tart cherries, gooseberries, prunes, and just the right touch of basement funk. The wood character is pretty intriguing: almost like you're discovering a secret, treasured wooden box long-forgotten in an attic or basement. Sounds pretty lame, but c'mon, work with me, here.

T - Positively delicious. The finish is long and dramatic, with an unfolding complexity of oaky, fruity, funky, sweetness alongside a lactic, lemonpeel tart character. Remarkably well-balanced. Words can't describe how enjoyable the flavor profile and finish are. I don't break out the fives very often...

M - The carbonation is just right, which is all the more impressive considering that there are so many styles of beer being "juggled" here. As notes above, the finish is so long and captivating. It just feels so good going down.

D - Just about as good as it gets for an oaky sour beer. Supremely well-crafted and enjoyable. Beers this great don't need to be paired with anything, but if you're itching to do so, try it with an aged natural-rind goat cheese or even with hanger steak - the lactic acidity will cut right through the fat and the sweet flavors will work well with the caramelization of the meat. All in all, a delightful, drinkable sour.

Photo of Floydster
4.6/5  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

Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  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.

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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, funky, with some spice. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some funkyness, and spice. Medium body. Drinkable, my first from this brewery and a nice one.

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 $#!+!

Photo of rallison
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

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