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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade The VineCascade The Vine

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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 271
Gots: 216 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.73% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"This Northwest Style Sour Ale is a blend of soured Triple, Blonde Quad and Golden ales that have been refermented with the fresh pressed juice of white wine grapes. The beer spent more than six months of lactic fermentation and aging in small oak barrels. 9.2% ABV" - Raccoon Lodge website

ABV seems to vary, between 8.33-9.73%

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-07-2009)
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Reviews by jdense:
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

2008 vintage shared by Ron and Preston after OBF study release 9.11.12. Thanks guys.

Clear medium gold body, not a lot of visible carbonation, 1/2 finger pure white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Grape forward nose, wine-like aromas, acidic, no hops to speak of. Once fully warmed, this beer was a revelation as to how grapes can be used in beers, given Ron's background in the wine industry no surprise. The grapes infuse a sweetness balanced by the lacto's sourness, dry tart finish, a bit of light funk once fully warmed, dry hay. Good grief. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, not a lot of effervescence. A prime example of how barrel aging and patience can produce stunning results. Unbelievably tasty, a real treat.

09-13-2012 14:07:44 | More by jdense
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to Doug for cracking this bottle! The Vine pours a semi-translucent, golden-amber hybrid color, murky and obtrusive looking with a bone-white, Alka Seltzer head that leaves faster than it forms. All that's left behind is a fairly thin, foamy white collar that separates the beer and the glass at its circumference... No lacing left behind on this one.

Welches white grape juice to the dome; like a lunch-time treat that mommy packed and you didn't notice until noon. Sweet, white grapes, seriously edging on straight grape juice territory with a bit of sharp, acidic "skin" notes, mild tannin, and a bit of wet oak - the only things there to remind me that this is indeed a beer and not a juice. Overall, it smells sweet, with only a touch of underlying tartness from the semi-vinous and semi-juicy grapes.

Thankfully, the flavor is a little more tart, as I wasn't exactly looking for a Juicy Juice, here. Tart white grapes, giving off that effervescent, yet heavy white wine feeling, still with a solid backbone that involves a great deal of juiciness. Some seemingly red grape flavors sneak their way into the mix, but perhaps those are just a product of the oak barrel aging itself; vinous, dry oak in the finish, and the littlest bit of musty, basement funk.

The finish is quite dry, and that's to be expected. It's not a gum line receding type of dryness, but it'll definitely suck the moisture from your palate if you let it hang around for too long. Dry oak and finishing white grape skins are the only recognizable things left after each sip runs its course. It's like a sour, mildly funky and purposely oak-y version of that straw-yellow drink we all used to love as a kid. Medium bodied, heavy carbonation and a prickly, dry mouth feel.

I really enjoyed this one. I'm actually not the biggest fan of artificial grape flavor, so it was good to have the raw authenticity of the grapes come through full force... it was a beautiful thing. This was an excellent beer, and definitely something I'd like to snag a few more bottles of, if given the opportunity. I think over time, it'll grow even more sour and even more badass. Chalk up another "W" for the guys in Portland.

09-30-2013 11:11:47 | More by tectactoe
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-13-2013 21:38:38 | More by adamleeeck
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-24-2013 03:55:53 | More by supa0525
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-07-2012 20:39:15 | More by gregmoscetti
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-01-2013 03:06:29 | More by warnerry
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-25-2013 03:45:40 | More by TimoP
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

06-14-2014 00:45:44 | More by mctizzz
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. It was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

The beer pours a hazy medium-yellow with a white head. The aroma is white wine and ginger ale. The flavor is heavy on the white wine with some herbs including rosemary and ginger. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

05-19-2010 03:21:12 | More by Mora2000
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-29-2012 03:32:21 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-28-2012 23:47:00 | More by Skye1024
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-16-2012 14:37:24 | More by fo1ksguitar
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

09-23-2013 16:46:54 | More by Prospero
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

thanks to jpmclaug for this bottle!

pulled this from the cellar poured into a bulb style glass. no date listed.

pours out a hazy golden light orange color with a fizzy white head that quickly faded to just a very thin ring and then eventually nothing. the beer has a very nice color, but the head was just a bit of a letdown.

powerhouse lactic, acidic, barnyard funk in the aroma with a nice wine like white grape behind that. some alcohol and hints of pear, apple, and lemon citrus. enticing to smell and quite a bit of complexity shows.

that big lactic, acidic, sour, barnyard funk balances the white wine grape flavors very nicely. alcohol is definatly apparent but by no means overpowering. bits of lemony citrus and tiny hints of apple and pear. light nuances of the belgian blonds, and tripel base beers are noticable under the funk and fruity grapes. very nice complexity. one of the more complex beers ive ever tasted, but this doesnt necessarily mean the most delicious, although very good (if that makes sense to you)

big sour acidic mouthfeel, body is fairly medium to heavy, fizzy sparkly champagne like carbonation that settles out with much swirling and sniffing.

i wouldnt really go after another bottle of this again, but still highly recommended IMHO and definatly worth a try. if offered this however, i would absolutly never refuse, this is a very nice beer and it makes me even more intrigued to get a hold of some more offerings from cascade. i love what this brewery is doing and the time and skill that goes into this beer is astounding. drinkability wise, one bottle to the head is no problem, i could even go for second; a sessionable sour almost. gave a my GF a small pour and she enjoyed this as well. this was drank while watching DFH's brewmasters and i couldnt help but think "DFH aint got nothin on cascade as far as EXTREME beers go!" hahaha.

12-17-2010 02:43:11 | More by dogfishandi
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4/5  rDev -5.4%


Zwanze Day 2011
Bottle Share
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Light golden yellow with a thin white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

Sweet, candied grapes play the dominant role in the aroma. There's also a touch of wood and just the faintest hint of alcohol.

Sweet grapes are dominant in flavor as well along with a hint of wood and earth and a mild sourness. Simple, yet very tasty.

Thin to medium bodied. A pleasure to drink.

A tasty, simple, grape sour. I would love to try this one again.

09-25-2011 21:11:51 | More by ehammond1
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-29-2014 07:27:19 | More by sourdog
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

04-23-2014 02:31:51 | More by doremite
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%

A darker yellow that somehow is pretty vibrant. Amazing aroma, salivation inducing, white grapes, mild wood aromas. Keeps the funk out.

Hugely sour, definitely has the white grape presence to it, amazing at hiding the alcohol. The blended parts of a tripel and quad are really overcome with the grape juice and sourness. Must be all kinds of different bacteria strains to get it this sour and yet stay complex and immensely enjoyable. Grape, lemon, green apple, maybe some peach or nectarine round out the fruit flavor from it.

If you like your shit sour as an ex, this is your beer. Heavy sour at like a 9:1 ratio to sweet. This is a must for a sour and white wine fan.

Only $5.50 a glass at the brewery/pub make this even better all around.

EDIT: Just drank my first 2011, still very good, but not phenomenal like the last three years/batches. Hopefully just needs some age, but it didn't seem to have the vibrancy of other years. Prior rating was 4.5/4.5/5/5/4.5

07-01-2011 20:29:45 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-16-2014 02:48:53 | More by williamjbauer
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-20-2014 18:39:22 | More by jtladner
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-28-2012 04:14:00 | More by mocktm
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-20-2013 21:54:06 | More by jpbebeau
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4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

Bottle shared by a generous soul - thanks to whoever you are!

Pours a hazy purplish-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of lightly tart raisin, fig, and plum aromas. Also present are solid amounts of Concorde grapes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of tart plum and sweet Concorde grape flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness subsides a bit and the fruit flavors skew more toward raisins and prunes. The fruit flavors carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I was a very big fan of this beer - I love the flavors of American grapes (Concorde, muscadines, and scuppernongs) and I find that it's difficult to accurately get that flavor in a beer. This beer succeeds completely and has additional complexity from other dark fruits and the malt bill. Well worth a shot.

07-28-2010 01:11:20 | More by glid02
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

08-07-2012 00:30:11 | More by acurtis
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-12-2013 00:21:53 | More by ste5venla
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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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