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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

758 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 276
Gots: 223 | FT: 19
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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3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Project 8.85%ABV

Very effervescent, acts like champagne or sparkling wine. Can hear the CO2 leaving the beer in the glass. Lost a little to the counter top and sink. Clear golden color with a large head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Not much lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of Sweet-Tarts, funky barnyard, horse blanket, and grape juice. Sure have not smelled a beer like this before.

Tastes like a funky Sweet-Tart. Even the finish is Sweet-Tart. As the palate grows accustomed to the flavor, more of the funky qualities come out. Finishes clean and slightly dry with a slight oaky quality. Sort of an infected pinot gris and chardonnay blend. Could be refreshing if it was not such a large beer. No sign of the alcohol despite its large ABV.

Feels very light bodied due to the alcohol and very active carbonation. Works with this flavor profile.

I guess I should not be surprised by the flavor considering the addition of grapes into the barrel. Probably a beer that would improve with aging.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hazy golden, very effervescent with a super cool grain of energized bubbles rising to the surface and breaking the tension explosively.
hard snort is a musty vinegar, soft smells produce a juicy gobstopper jawbreaker candy aroma bringing back awesome memories of youth.
taste is all tart! sour apple juice, apple cider vinegar, but not much else. kind of musty flavor. also getting that gobstopper candy flavor in the back...
overall, okay. seems a bit thin. seems a bit musty. some nice juice notes to it. on the BA scale it's easy 4s.... I love the effervescence, I like the appearance; the flavor doesn't completely follow through... also, my bottle says it was aged for over a year and is 8.85% . . . .
nor is it as dark as the glass in the picture....

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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.

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.