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Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 478
Gots: 185 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of oak barrel-aged 23- and 25-degree Plato sour blonde quadrupel with sour bourbon barrel tripel and sour strong spiced blonde. Wild yeast was added during the barrel aging.

First Release: 9.5% ABV
Second Release (Sept 2010): 10.6% ABV
Third Release: 2011 - 10.91%

(Beer added by: hopdog on 12-09-2008)
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Nunya, Oct 05, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brought back from Portland trip.

Appearance- Hazy pineapple juice look. Creamy, bubbly head. Good retention.

Smell- Sour apples, grape.

Taste- Follows the smell also mandarin orange, grapefruit, wine barrel taste, slight hint of the bourbon.

Mouthfeel- Hardcore tart typical sour hit at front.

Overall- Good flavor, not as balanced and strong as Kriek.

kbrown, Oct 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

justwork, Oct 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Phobicsquirrel, Oct 02, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Project

Appearance is fantastic!!! Almost self-growing head longevity. White foam and clouded peach color brew. Not much in the way of lacing.

Lemon, lime, orange, cherry, green apple, oaky, vanilla, bready... Fresh, delightfully aromatic! Near perfect aroma!!!

Definitely drinks best when brought up-to-temperature!! Dank, damp, horsey, more lime than lemon in the flavors. Honey, high burn from the ABV. Dry, earthy, bitter, and smooth. Heat is not detectable in the flavor, only in the mouthfeel. Flavors of raisin, chamomile, white grape, and apricot dominate. Fantastic sour tannins. Carbonation is quite meaty and pronounced. Bitterness is nearly well balanced and mellows out the sweetness. Not a lip curing sour, very well thought out.

A very nice brew, not sure it's a $30 brew, but it still is quite nice. Very well done and blended wonderfully. Highly recommended, if you can get it... Thanks for shipping Perry!

chugalug06, Sep 29, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Doug for inviting me into his home and offering to split a lovely array of Cascade brews; Vlad being the first on the hit list. Murky copper and dingy amber; completely opaque and full of unfiltered haze, topped off with a beige head that sizzles and pops as it foams up quickly and phases out just as fast, leaving the top of the muddled brew bare.

The initial aroma has plenty of sour notes; tart fruits, along the lines of apples and white grapes, coming completely with a mild booziness that's hard to identify. Kind of a "lighter" fruit profile than I'd expect from a quad... but after re-reading the label, it's a "pale quad". Hm, didn't even know there was a such thing. Wood is also present in the aroma, fading to a mild, warming bourbon.

You get smacked pretty quickly with a sharp tartness as you take each sip... This is possibly even a little more sour than I was expecting. Lots of cherry notes, pear skins, and mild quad-like phenol warmth and ester sweetness hidden underneath. Lots of vinous notes trounce in, especially during the latter half of each sip; oak, mild white wine grapes, and dry tannins.

Vlad inherits some more bourbon-esque notes with warmth, letting you feel its presence without getting too "boozy". Dry finish, full of scraping fruit skin sharpness, a very light acidity, and a good amount of oak. Probably one of the "softer" beers in terms of acidity as far as Cascade goes. Medium bodied with a slightly creamy and slightly sharp mouth feel.

Very tasty sour... It's quite strong, although I still don't think it tastes like 10%+ ABV. Good balance of fruit, barrel, and overall sourness, and it drinks really well for the relative strength within the style. It would be interesting to try the non-soured "base" beer of this (referring to the pale quad), as that sounds intriguing. Another great brew from Cascade... bravo!

tectactoe, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

vonnegut21, Sep 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 25, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

popped the cork, got some good sour aroma from the bottle. poured into my Houblon Chouffe (flute?) glass and the sound of it pouring was comparable to champagne. a nice billowy champagne head with carbonation rising energetically from the bottom... I am mind-tripped into believing this is a Belgian because of the glassware.... very blonde
tart acidic vinegar, fruity aroma....
mouth-puckering, tongue muscle-contracting... even the sides of my tongue are clenching and shivering. white grape, sweet fruits. vanilla?
bottle says 2011 project at 10.91%. cannot taste any alcohol whatsoever. I love the sours but they just don't mix with 'regular' brews so I 'schedule' my sour evenings accordingly. mouthfeel is par for a sour, although seemingly light for such a heavy alcohol level. a thicker syrup lingers behind on the tongue like a sugary treat.
5's should be rare, but I love the 'appearance', the way it sticks to the sides of the glass with its white billow-y-ness. it doesn't 'lace', but leaves thick remaining white bubbles. the taste is a tad thin from perfect and smooth but still awesome. the smell is rather NOT as extra-ordinary as I was expecting, but overall this is class sour straight up. at almost 11%, this is an incredible accomplishment. cant wait to try the others from Cascade...

pkalix, Sep 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.