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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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670 Ratings
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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 269
Gots: 214 | 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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t0rin0

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-16-2012 22:37:30 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-01-2011 12:58:23 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +0.2%
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-17-2012 15:00:36 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -52.7%
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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

08-07-2012 00:30:11 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -29.1%

01-16-2012 07:10:14 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-01-2012 01:01:00 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-01-2012 01:08:10 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-07-2013 01:44:59 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-30-2013 05:18:48 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-17-2013 06:40:34 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-02-2013 06:45:43 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -29.1%

04-06-2013 22:08:57 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-20-2012 19:47:55 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-04-2012 23:31:09 | More by nickfl
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-23-2013 04:36:04 | More by SocalKicks
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.