Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 281
Gots: 230 | FT: 17
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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-07-2009

"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%
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Ratings: 805 | Reviews: 190
Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2011 project, at 9.73% ABV.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam which dissipated somewhat quickly. Attractive!

Smell: sweet malt with a light tartness and a definite white wine character. Subtle but not under-done; the overall effect is quite pleasing.

Taste: sweet, malty flavor with a light hint of grain and a nice tartness. Toward the end the white wine character comes out a little bit more effectively; this then morphs back to a maltier aftertaste. I like the dynamic character here; this beer is quietly confident. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: this beer is quite attenuated and has a pretty light body, but carbonation is high giving it a big, if ephemeral, creaminess; not unlike champagne, really.

Overall: this beer is tasty and super drinkable. This beer shares a lot in common with a sparkling white wine, and a good one at that. I am really enjoying this.

Photo of Auracom
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beginning of many samples at Cascade's barrel house in Portland. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - Pilsner appearance. Light and clear golden with a frothy white head. Good lacing.

S - White grapeskins, honey or light brown sugar, grass, and very light lemon.

T - Lime juice, white wine vinegar, and trace amounts of dry, pitted fruit. The oak doesn't peak through quite like other sour blondes I've had.

M - Light body, high (appropriate) carbonation, lightly dry but surprisingly savory finish.

D - This never quite develops through the palate, yet the finish is plenty rich and inviting. Fair example overall.

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Russell's in Amherst. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden straw hue with a nice two finger head that faded quickly and condensed into a creamy quarter inch white blanket. Quite the transformation.

S - Aromas are very light. Light horse barn/funk with good vinous qualities.

T - Very nice barrel notes, toasted oak/vanilla with strong vinous notes along with faint barnyard funk. Nice grapeskin sour/tartness. Very light alcohol heat.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very good for a wild ale of this ABV. Alcohol heat is slightly noticeable. Strong prickly carbonation. Very nice and fits it well.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer. I think I like what sang noir brings to the table though. Still, as pricey as this is its a damn good beer.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really attractive golden clarity with a decent head, but the white bubbles crackle away quickly and leave nothing behind.

Aroma is gentler than I was expecting. Crabapples, vinous, toasted oak, yeast and a mild horseblanket funk in the aroma. Pleasant and slightly complex.

Mild flavors of grape skins, oak, sweet malt, and a light alcoholic heat. Tartness is up front, but really mellows in the middle. I get some great flavors from the grape additions which work very well with the sourness and the oak qualities.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with some nice effervescence. Mouth puckering tartness, minimal heat, slightly creamy finish.

Not terrible at all! I am just not that impressed by this beer. Pretty drinkable, but I am going to call this a "safe" sour beer.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear golden yellow with tiny white bubbles around the edges. some dusting in the middle of the glass

S: Aroma of tart lactic acid and oak barrel aging. Very sour and slightly sweet malt presence

T: Lactic flavors off the bat with a strong triple / quad blend of malt flavors. Riesling like flavors and grape juice flavors with a sweet candied sugar presence. Slight twang like sour bite at the end. Very complex and fruity as well as oaky, and mouth puckering. Lemon rind, and even a strong caramelized sugar flavor in here from the quad / triple blend. Overall a higher abv than I had thought until hopping on here to see it at 9%.

M: Medium body for the style, clearly a higher abv than most at this style. Lots of carbonation.

O: overall, a very flavorful and complex Wild Ale. Carbonation really shines for a beer at this high an abv, tons of sugary caramel flavors that blend to make this a well balanced wild ale with a lot to offer.

Photo of davefromdesign
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was amazing. The perfect sour. It was full in flavor but unoffending. It reminded me of Rodenbach but was thankfully quite a bit less sweet.

We opened it up for dinner with company that don't normally favor sours but they loved it. It is very hard to find but I strongly recommend you purchasing a few bottles if you do find some. I paid ~$23 for the 750ml and it was well worth it.

Photo of jdense
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of justintcoons
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Gold/straw with 2 fingers of head that rapidly dissipates. Moderate carbonation.

Nose
Chardonnay, oak, white grapes, Sweet Tarts and light lactic notes.

Taste
Light-medium lactic sourness upfront. Sweet tarts, chardonnay, white grapes and French oak.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, lightly sour, crisp and mildly dry.

Overall
Incredibly light and easy drinking for 9.73%. Mildly sour. The grape and barrel aging flavors are outstanding! A winner for sure.

Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Photo of jgasparine
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with little to no head. The body was a hazy golden color, completey obscure, with a few bubbles trickling up the side of the glass.

S- Big light fruit esters combine with some bold lactic aromas on the nose. A very rich nose overall-simple but enticing.

T- Huge, rich light fruit esters are met with a bold, but pleasant lactic tartness, which lingers long into the finish. Tons of little nuances, ranging from honey to oak. Absolutely fantastic with balance.

M-A big mouthfeel for a lambic. Somewhat chewy. Low astringency for the style, which really added to the experience. Carbonation was pleasantly soft.

O- A fantastic beer. Up there with the best Belgian wild ales.

Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Maine Beer Company stemware. 2011 bottle.

A: Pours a copper-orange with a small white head of coarse bubbles. Pretty color but no retention or lacing.

S: Horsey funk, grape juice, oak, subtle lactic tartness, lemon.

T: Heavy vinous oak, strong yeasty esters from the base beer, pale malt and some candi sugar, tart grapes and a strong, oaky, lactic sourness. Bright grain and warming wine barrel notes in the finish.

M: Relatively thick for a sour ale, could be lighter.

O: Not my favorite offering from Cascade so far - a bit too tannic and estery. Still pretty tasty though.

Photo of brystmar
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle.

Gold body which pours relatively clear for a sour. Still translucent, though most Cascades (or other American Wilds) are much more cloudy. Aroma is dry, filled with grapes and yeast.

Muscat grapes are out in force. Mild sweetness as the tart fruits fade into the yeast. Surprised how much the grapes and oak barrels shine through. White wine tripping balls on peyote thinks it's The Vine. Yeah!

A good sour, though it's far from my favorites from Cascade.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark yellow/brownish color with a small off-white head, slightly fizzy. The head leaves behind a thin layer on top. Nice lacing on the sides.

S: Nice sourness on the aroma with plenty of white/green grapes. There is a bit of must/barnyard/brett with some faint oak as well. The sourness comes out a bit more as it warms along with a bit of green apple.

T: Very tasty, nice blend of grapes, green apples, and a little pear with a nice tart/sourness. Not as funky as the aroma, very faint bretty component in the flavor profile. The oak shines through a bit more as it warms.

M: Light to medium bodied, nice tart/sourness. A nice level of carbonation, made it very easy to drink.

O: Another solid wild from Cascade. This along with Sang Noir were fantastic. Look forward to trying their other beers.

Photo of zeledonia
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 vintage. Enjoyed 15 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Appearance is typical for a sour: pale golden yellow, clear, with half-finger of white head that quickly fizzles out. The head gives that sizzly sound as it quickly dissipates.

Smell is a really smooth mellow lemony sour, combined with white grape an a light oaky aroma. The blend of the sour and the grape is incredible - perfectly flat, all the way across. Really gentle, delicate, and smooth aromas.

Taste is so freaking good. It's really two elements: that same lemony sour, and a relatively sweet white grape. But the two of them are integrated so well that I can't imagine it being any better. Elegant and complex despite its simplicity.

Mouthfeel has tingly carbonation, light body.

A super smooth, mellow sour. This beer wowed everyone, even my friend who wasn't really interested in trying a sour. Absolutely fabulous, pure, and clean. One of the stunning things is the complete lack of downsides. Just delicious. Right now I'm wishing I'd bought a case of it, instead of just a single bottle.

Photo of harrymel
2.57/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

04AUG12 at barrel house. This vintage made with Muscat grapes.

Light yellow nearly still in appearance. Smells vinous, green apples, oak, some vinho verde, lime mist and a bit of leaves muddled into vodka soda. Flavor is too much like the grape - like a shitty wine intensly soured. Like a moscato that failed to make sure sanitation was meticulous when stunting a fermentation to retain residual sugars. A disappointment for me. Medium bodied with low carb and wet finish. I did not care for this one.

Photo of joefuzz
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011

Pours golden yellow with a very lively head.

Smells of green apples, white wine and a bit of funk.

Taste very pleasant tart white grapes upfront that fade to a nice biscuity malty taste.

Mouthfeel is very light carbonation on the higher side makes for a very refreshing beer.

Overall very good beer...not my favorite from cascade but quite solid.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascade Brewing
The Vine '11
750ml
Snifter

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy light orange yellow color. Bright white light rim of head. Turns into just a ring around the edges. Nicely carbonated (good cork pop and hiss).

S: The normal suspects: tart green apples, white grapes, lactic acid, etc. Some of that Tripel aspects for sure.

T: Up front you get that sourness on the tip of the tongue. It's not overly aggressive. It's Gueuze like but not on the same bone dry level. There is still some sweetness left in there. I get the green apple and white grape, the usual. I also get some other fruit notes like citrus and pineapple. Finish is dry but not as dry as some others. Not a crazy white wine or champagne.

M: Medium bodied.

O: A-

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  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.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer some years ago and have always wanted to have it again. Looks like golden honey with a decent little head, kind of bubbly. Not much retention but that is expected. White grapes, and lemon and high lactic notes, a bit of grahm cracker crust and funk. All the flavors meld and blend so well. Sure there is oak, white grapes, some lemon but not much. It is really a subtle beer that blends wine and wild flavors very well. Not really too dry on the finish there is some body here. While the beer is a triumph it does lack some depth and complexity.

Photo of draheim
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2011 project) into a Hennepin glass. Pours a clear golden color w/ w bright white head, vigorous effervescent carbonation, sticky lace.

Aroma is bretty funk, tartness, some spice and vinous notes.

Taste is nicely sour, lemony, grassy. White wine grapes and dry oak.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, crisp w/ a bone dry finish.

Overall a very good American sour. Refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

thanks to kawilliams81 for sharing this tonite! Thanks kent!

reviewed from notes taken on 7/4/12.

2011 vintage poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: This beer looks like white grape juice with a nice big 2 fingers plus white head.

Smell: Big white grapes and a sweet fruitiness that is hard to describe. Nice oak barrell notes too.

Taste: White grape BOMB, pear juice, oak, and even a hint of grassiness. Mild to moderate sourness in this beer. Its also vinous and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is fantastic and drinks at half its 10% ABV! Its insane! Wow! Of the 4 cascade sours tasted last night this has the best mouthfeel of them all when it comes to drinkablity. It feels a little bit syrupy because of the white grape/ fruity sweetness, but remains light bodied. It almost reminds me of a lighter version of the syrup from a can of pears.

Overall: This one is like a white wine with a hint of sour. Its appropriately named "The Vine" for this wine like beer.

Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Photo of claspada
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, abv is listed as 8.33.

Pours a moderate golden color with a small thin white head that vanishes almost instantly. Attempts to agitate some bubbles and or head are futile.

Aromas begin with some lactic and acetic sourness as well as a grape skin. A bit of funk and more generic fruit sweetness. Sour tart and vinous oakiness emerge more as it warms.

The taste loses the grapey character and has more of a mild fruit flavor to go along with some oak. Then you get some more of the lactic and acetic characteristics. Chardonnay white grape vinous flavors permeate and dominate the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium to low carbonation. The heft of this sourbscreams for some more carbonation to balance the fruity sweetness. Finish is dry but not overly so with good sourness.

Overall I enjoyed it's beer but I have to say honestly it is my least favorite of any of the numerous beers I have had from Cascade. A bit too sweet, even for this slightly older edition; could use a year more or so to dry and sour more. From what I have heard and read the best edition is the original because it has aged and it properly balanced with sweet and sour.

Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage - 750ml bottle.

Pours bright golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a big fizzy white head that recedes very quickly to a thin collar and a small collection of bubbles.

Aroma is lightly lactic but with a sweet grape character. There is lots of oaky tannins and light funkiness, though it's not nearly as tart or acidic as most Cascade sours.

The taste is more of the same with a subdued lactic backbone with some spicy Belgian yeast and lots of oak, especially in the finish. There is also more lactic acidity in the finish than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and an overwhelmingly vinous, grape-heavy feel.

Another really solid sour from Cascade, though it's not nearly as in-your-face as some of the others I've had. That's not necessarily a bad thing and the grapes really make it unique.

Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.