Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Reviews by Swimsum:
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Newest vintage (2010 I believe) poured into Bruery tulip.
Pours out a hazy golden color that also settles the same color into the glass. A white head emerges from the liquid that is foamy with some tiny bubbles making it up. Head quickly recedes to a thin layer on top of the liquid that drags some lacing down the glass.
Very sour/tart smelling upon first few whiffs. There is also a ton of white wine barrel in this one. Some oak notes also come out as this warms along with some white wine grapes, fruit and some alcohol. No bourbon presents itself however, little disappointing. Still pretty complex smell.
This is pretty interesting and complex. There is a lot going on here. Much like the smell there is a lot of white wine characteristics along with oak and tartness. The base Belgian beers are also pretty pounced here. There is also a sour alcohol taste that comes though on the aftertaste every now and then.
Medium bodied with a generous helping of carbonation. This isn't thin at all but the carbonation is very apparent. Goes down pretty smooth but the alcohol heat is apparent for me. Bourbonic Plague hid its alcohol better even though it's about 2.5% higher.
I enjoyed this but I think it might get much better as time goes on in the bottle. I have another bottle that I'm going to sit on for awhile. I'd suggest trying this one out if you enjoy sours. Another good from Cascade.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2011 05:53:15 | More by Swimsum
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4.06/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2011 project into a snifter
Pours a clear golden orange with a finger of foam that receded pretty quickly into a right around the glass. Very mild carbonation, lacing isn't too bad. Not much not to like
Smell's of tart cherry and apricot, vinegar, oak, leather, white wine, plums, Belgian spice, and funk. Comes together pretty well
Taste is very belgian. All the fruit and spice notes you'd expect from a a quad and a triple coupled with tart fruits, cherry, tangerine, and apricot being the strongest. Notes of vinegar and leather help the sour notes. Oak, wine, notes of bourbon, and some alcohol on the finish
Feel is medium sourness, medium body with a sticky finish. Alcohol hidden well, easy to drink
Overall not a bad beer, probably my least favorite from Cascade thus far. That said, still blows most competitors out of the water
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2014 02:59:20 | More by lordofstarside
Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.