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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade The VineCascade The Vine

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a slightly murky orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fruit, and some funky aromas. Taste is of grain, grapes, and funk with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good wild ale with a nice grape flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 04:14:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and hazy with a ridiculously nice looking head on top of it. About three fingers of tan came up over the top and settled down still to about a fingers worth after a few moments. Rich side glass lacing just stuck and clung to the glass with every swirl, really just pushing the envelope on this one. No visible sedimentation that I could see.

Rich notes of tart grape skins, cherries and loads of funk, some light spiciness and a decent touch of oak. lots of dark fruit, tart funkiness and a nice earthy, woodsy like smell blending together very nicely on this one. Silk like smoothness, and the finest carbonation bubbles, really well done in that regard. ;ots of sour in here right up front with frapes and light lemon like citrus taking over. Rolling through some nice notes of cherry then came over me. Decent funkiness in through the middle and the finish, but it was actually almost blended out by a cherry like sweetness and more hints at a sugary touch. A nice sipper none the less and I tried to cherish every last drop of this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:32:14 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a clear dark golden-amber color with a big white head on it.

S: Quite a bit of sweet grape juice to the nose, but plenty of lactic tartness comes through as well. The oak is not all the prominent, I must say.

T: A good amount of lactic acidity, but not quite as biting as some of the other Cascade beers (especially Apricot or Sang Rouge, for example). The grapes are really up front and slightly sweet with a mild buttery chardonnay quality (in a good way).

M: The body is a bit heavier than I was expecting, and the carbonation is plentiful as well.

D: Not the best of Cascades beers, but quite good none-the-less. I still had no problem enjoying my sample.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 05:24:59 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured cloudy muddy light brown color ale with a small bubbly head with no retention. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with some tart notes with some vile unrefined grainy notes. Taste is also quite a mess with loads of harsh grainy notes with some vile barnyard notes. Body is full with no carbonation. Either this bottle was off or I clearly don’t get this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 18:19:51 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Azurelimits and Jared. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a moderate golden color with a thin white head. The nose brings forward some lactic and acetic sourness as well as a pretty fresh grape nose. A bit of funk. The taste loses the grapey character and has more of a mild fruit flavor to go along with a pinch of oak as well as both lactic and acetic characteristics. Mouthfeel is dry but not overly so with good sourness. All around, a pretty good sour but doesn't live up to their Apricot.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:38:49 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color with some hues of orange and faint hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of grapes are present in the nose - its feels like you are standing next to a wild grape vine in the late summer when the smell of ripened grapes is present in the air.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of sourness and oak and transitions into flavors of grapes that linger into the finish and lend a bit of sweetness. No alcohol is noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer that tastes both sweet and sour. It's quite drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Notes: 2012 vintage, 8.85% abv

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 16:54:17 | More by metter98
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris & Sharon for sharing their Portland bounty!
Quick review from written notes.

Dull hazy orange with a thin ring of foam around the edges. Spotty lace when swirled, that sinks back into the beer without a trace.

Concord grape aroma, reminiscent of Welch's grape jelly or concord grape juice (the "communion wine" of my youth). Light acetic sharpness behind that.

Moderately tart, big concord grape flavor, vitamin C tablets, drying aftertaste. Trace acetic and lactic acidity. Medium bodied and spritzy carbonation. Fairly one-dimensional, continuing my overarching main gripe with Cascade's wild ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 15:47:28 | More by emerge077
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 03:21:12 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost no head, clear honey orange colored.

Nose starts with honeysuckle, light muscat musty white grape, light tart fruit, little malt, and musty grape skin.

Taste starts with tons of honey! Then again light white muscat grape, light mustiness with a hint of tartness, some acidity, hint of yeast funk, light bready malts, acidity really hits hard as it goes. Finish is dry and bready, quite tart, more dry honey flavor, and light fruity musty grape.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall quite nice, but not as funky or sour as I expected. Nice musty white muscat grape flavors, some bitter skin like, lots of honey as well, good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 00:44:47 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The head leaves a nice layer of lace on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a pretty, red-stained, copper color that shows a bright copper-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite sweet, with honey notes, a floral white-grape fruitiness, plus other aromatic notes of kiwi, ripe honeydew melon and ripe green apple note. Much of the sweetness that I noticed at first actually is contributed by the huge, aromatic ripe fruit character. The ripe fruitiness is almost too much here.

As I expected from the aroma, this beer is quite dry with very little sweetness. The tartness is not overly aggressive here, in fact much of it I would guess comes from the wine grapes, though there is certainly a lactic component here. This has a tropical fruit like note here that is I find in white wines at times. The finish has a bit of astringency and tannins from oak character, there is also a touch of heat from the alcohol, but this actually hides the alcohol pretty well for its strength. I am curious what grapes were used here, with the oak it can remind me of chardonnay, but the ample fruitiness reminds me a bit more of Sauvignon Blanc or Gewurztraminer. Floral tropical fruit notes with quite a bit of ripe melon are noticeable and while not as apparent as in the nose, still manage to be noticeable despite the lack of accentuating sweetness. Spicy, astringent oak adds some structure and bite to the finish that adds balance to the up front tartness and expressive dry fruitiness.

This is a far departure from the Sang Royale I had the other day. It doesn't have nearly the finesse or balance that that one had, but it is still pretty tasty. An interesting beer, I can see this appealing quite a bit to some people, but I don't seem to be one of those people unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 15:01:48 | More by Gueuzedude
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Halcyondays

California

3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, 8.33% ABV,

A: Pours avery dark gold to orange-yellow, with a soft white head, good retention, mild spotty lace.

S: Great pure nose of lactic acid, direct and full. I also get a lot of lemon and some orange peel.

T: Heavy amount of lactic acid soaked musty fermented lemon. The underlying Belgian ale fruitiness comes out a lot more as the beer warms up bringing yellow apples and sourdough bread. Very Tempation-like.

M: High acidity, almost gets acrid at the finish, very dry and puckering. Extremely clean/no funk.

D: A sipper, the high acidity gives me no choice. I liked the beer, in the end though I think I wanted a little sugar/fruit to counterbalance the acid. I know there's grapes, but they're hard to find. A solid beer, interesting to try, but at $20 there are plenty of other AWA's and Cascades I'd rather get.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 03:52:39 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not as intense as I wanted it to be, nor as sour. pale cloudy yellow color, smallish white head without much retention. smells like artificial purple grape candy when I really sniff hard, but smells just like a sweeter sour when I don't try so hard. wheat malt, grape must, and lactic acid are all evident. I taste a lot of oak in this, sweet and earthy, and it pairs well with the sweetness of the grapes. however, the fruitiness takes a lot away from the sour properties, which really only come in as acidity on the finish. not a lot of tartness or funk or pep to this, and it feels a little dull as a result. it could stand more carbonation too, to lighten up the fruit. I think the concept is good and the flavors are good, if a little muted, but the overall product is in need of a refinement. it is a full step or two below the elite sours on the market, but still a quality brew. this bottle had a little age on it, so maybe it hasn't held up super well. will need to try fresh to compare.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 21:27:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage at Barrell Room

A: Pours a clear golden straw color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some bubbles

S: Big lacto, white grape juice and peels witha whiff of wood, apple and pear

T: Immediate lacto and white grape notes, like someone stomped white grapes in front of me and poured it into my glass. The mid palate and back end leaves some Blonde and wood influence of pear, oak, Earthiness, gree and red apple persuasion and a tad vanilla with a stinging booze

M: Nice body, well carbonated and the lacto/grapes leaves a burning sweetness

O: Very good

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 11:12:05 | More by barleywinefiend
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle trade with msubulldog...thanks!

I figured I sat on this one long enough. Last night of a 12-day vacation, I cooked up some chicken stir-fry and popped this sucker open. Decanted into a Cascade goblet, The Vine was a slightly hazy liquid, golden amber, lively bubbling carbonation, capped off with a small white head; minimal retention and no real lacing to speak of. Aroma is tart with grapes and stone fruit, lactic and woody. Very tasty, sour fruits--grape, apricot, lemon, orange--but not bracingly lip-puckering, which was nice, lactic and well-tamed acetic notes, Chardonnay, grass, subtle oak in just the right quantity, sweet biscuity malts in the background. Medium-bodied, a bit sticky, nearly no alcohol taste or burn. Yep, this was one drinkable wild ale, and it paired brilliantly with my dinner. I have another bottle that I'll let sit for a while longer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 13:16:57 | More by Rifugium
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cascade barrel room in Portland, OR.

Pours a clear, bright golden colour, with a hazy, light-weight body. Head is white, and forms some firm, frothy contours atop the beer. Looks decent.

Aroma is immediately dusky and bretty. Apple characters with sharp citrus, astringent bite and a slight vinous tone. Not a lot of straight oak. It's perhaps not as big as it might have been, but it's still very complex.

Light grape juice on the front of the palate melds with more citric bite. Mid-palate has a husky bone character, giving a crisp, pronounced but rather plain Brett note. Finish is clean and dusty, with a ping of acidity that resonates to an aftertaste of pear skin.

Feel is clean and light. Very nice indeed.

The acidity is a little hard to take after a while, meaning it feels somewhat unbalanced. Despite this, it's a good wild ale, and one worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 01:08:37 | More by lacqueredmouse
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged offering poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear pale golden color with a thin white head that produces spotty lacing. A swirl revives a yellowish finger back to the surface.

The aroma opens with notes of white grape juice and funk. Some cheese, oak and wheat blend with a lemony tartness across the nose. A contrasting sweetness almost like vanilla is noted when swirled.

The flavor is tart and lemony. Some cheese, funk, oak and white grape juice blends in with a grainy wheat aspect that is dry and fresh. Overall the feel of this is like lemony sweet tart candy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It displays a mild tingle of alcohol character and warmth. Overall a unique wild that I thought was interesting and very easy drinking. I would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 19:42:46 | More by stakem
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DoubleJ

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Its color is yellow with a tint of gold. The head is small, though the lacing it gives off is good. The nose is a pleasant note of soured white grapes. And it gets better in the taste. So smooth, so grapey. It tastes like someone fresh pressed some white grapes into a sour base beer and this is the final result. There is a touch of vinegar in this fairly sour grape beer. All in all, it's another great package delivered by the folks of Cascade. And to think that I've hesitated to pull the trigger on a bottle of any of their products....

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 04:43:44 | More by DoubleJ
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Vine has a delicate pale colour but an intense, torchlight glow and the density of a London fog. Even its head is fluffy and cottony (at least for a short while). It is unexpectedly bright and cheery for something that's slumbered 18 months in the darkness of a wooden barrel.

Smelling the beer is akin to taking a knife, cutting a slit right down the center of a lemon and wedging your nose right up into the middle of it and taking a great big deep breath; it fills the lungs with rousing citric acidity and zippy tartness.

A glass of lemonade and apricot juice squeezed from a wood barrel with grass clippings thrown in - that’s the image that comes to mind while sipping this bright and beautifully flavoured marvel of a beer. It also has an underlying of dry, acidic white wine and oaky vanillin flavour as well as fleshy citrus, peppy tang, subtle sweetness and refined funk - it has e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!

I've learned from experience that few styles (and even fewer brands) can hold up to extended time in the cellar. Anything that's undergone lactic fermentation and oak-aging, however, tends to do well; this 2011 Vintage was opened at the end of 2013 and it's still drinking masterfully. I'd wager another 2 years wouldn't hurt one bit.

There's one reaction The Vine evokes sip after sip: a loud Lil Jon-like "YEAH!" Blending and souring three or four varieties of ale and then further barrel-fermenting with the juice from white wine grapes is what I'd call a pretty high-risk/high-reward experiment - Cascade hit the jackpot.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:37:38 | More by biegaman
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's today.

The beer pours a honey amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is pretty wild, showcasing vinegar and sour funk, along with a very noticeable grape and berry aroma. Fortunately, the dead moose and headcheese aroma aren't too overpowering in this beer (though it's definitely there). On the palate, the beer is pretty impressive, with the sour funk acting as a backdrop for the grape and berry flavors. There's also some noticeable banana, vanilla and even a hint of bubblegum, all wrapped around a core of sour funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the beer ending with a long, mouthpuckeringly sour zip on the finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though I found the sour funk to be a bit of a distraction after a while. Nevertheless, I thought this another solid beer from Cascade, with enough other stuff going on flavor and aroma-wise to keep the sour component from becoming overwhelming. Impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 15:52:07 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 20:29:45 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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glid02

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks a lot to Ken for finding this on my wants and sharing.

The beer is light golden with a small white head. The aroma brings funk, stone fruits, yeast. Sour funk and apricots with a bit of a kick in the finish. Great feel with alcohol content well hidden. Light acetic finish. Pronounced apricots throughout. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 04:10:39 | More by Huhzubendah
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to foofaa for sharing this at my birthday tasting, enjoyed chilled from the 750 in a mug.

The color is a golden hued hazed looking liquid with snowy white cap that provides spotty lace. The smell is sour and vinous with some white grape sweetness and slight honey like odor with gentle compliment of subtle citrus notes. The feel is very good with big sour note up front with almost acetic acid but more citric with lemony sour tinge and juicy sweet vinous aspect with nice amount of carbonation giving a little impression for such a big beer.

The flavor is great with mild sweet grape and light lemon tinges with gentle mix of both sour and sweet and mild tropical perhaps juicy pineapple and oak in the middle with some slight pepper and tea-like astringent flavor with a nice reminder of the wine barrel mixed with the sour elements and light malt flavor. I loved this, it is a very drinkable and unique beer. I would love to try it again. Thanks again Foofaa for this treat!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 16:54:57 | More by Slatetank
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 picked up at John's Marketplace and Belmont Station... reviewed from 2 sets of paper notes.

Nice long lasting khaki head.. the brew is pretty clear lite amber.

Nose has herbal qualities that both times I've had a really hard time placing... sorta minty.. oaky.. green apple

the same herbal element is more involved in the palate... a bit antiseptic tongue numbing lite clove... grassy.. sour is pretty lactic with some tannins that really dry it out on the finish.. an interesting sorta musky overtone begins toward the front of the palate and follows through to the finish.. never really got the "grapes" but friends say I am missing it.. the "minty" aspect ties this one up for me. Pretty drinkable in the respect that I want another sip just to try and place the huge mix of what all is going in to this one.

This is not a sour lover's sour.. instead a nice mash-up that has waves of stuff going on... pleasing and super complex... though probably just not for everyone.

I need to drink another of these, but am down to my last couple of bottles.... I would be interested to see what a couple of years in a cool cellar would do.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 08:57:33 | More by JohnGalt1
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2012.

A deep apricot orange body, with some nice yellow hues along the edges. Lots of noticeable carbonation coming up in the middle, but not as frequent as some of the best lambics I've had. No head presented when pouring, and just barely the thinnest pencil head of a collar getting repopulated while sitting.

Nice fruit aroma. Soft apples, and juicy grape, lots of cidery action and senses. An interesting faint caramel sweetness and soft vanilla as well. Clean.

Palate comes a bit wet, but with playful carbonation. Very light bodied flavors of tart apple and grape. Cider and crisp juice on the palate with much of the flavor in the front of the mouth. Minimal tartness and a lacking sense of any depth though. There's a hint of mild funk on the aftertaste though that brings more enjoyment.

Overall it's a neat beer, but it's lacking a bit and may be past it's prime. It's fruit composition though is nice, but it also reminds me a bit too much like cider which I am not the biggest fan of. Still decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:18:51 | More by smakawhat
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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.