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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 197
Hads: 838
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 274
Gots: 218 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

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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Reviews: 197 | Hads: 838
Photo of chanokokoro
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle placed in a lambic basket into a Cascade Brewing branded "sour glass," in essence a short stemmed tulip

Pours a slightly hazy shimmering gold topped with a fizzy bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly to form a foam ring that leaves hints of lacing here and there. Lactic sour, light oak, a touch of light citrus, a hint of spice, yeastiness, and white wine accents on the nose. Grapeskin, chardonnay, light clove, pleasant toasted oak, little to no funk-but big yeasty notes midpalate rounded out by some lightly sweet honey. Finishes dry and sour with more white wine and oak and some warming alcohol. Heavy medium body with gentle but effervescent carbonation, silky smooth. Another exceptionally complex sour from Cascade Brewing.

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Photo of stakem
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 2oz taster at Cascade Brewing. Reviewed from notes. I wish I had more to review, this may not be as thorough as I might have liked.

A- Half-a-finger white head. Some ringed retention. Light golden color.

S- Light, yeasty, tart and cotton candy is present as well, which is kind of odd. Sweet and some peppery spices.

T- Vinous, like a white wine. Sweet and of course tart. Like a cherry flavored white Zinfandel.

M- Vinous yet light, doesn't bog down with syrupy qualities.

O- Good sour, smell is awesome.

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Photo of alpineclimber
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cork and caged 750ml bottle popped and poured into an oversized wine glass. The pour produces a lively head that recedes to a still, clear and orange brew, only a few bubbles are left on the surface.

The nose is of wood, sour grapes, slightly medicinal and sweet. Not as much off of the nose as some sours.

The taste is fairly subtle, a fruity grape taste and green apples are upfront in the taste. The taste starts out sweet but finishes fairly dry, which is a nice surprise. I would have to say this beer is vinous in nature, similar to a semi-sweet white wine.

The mouthfeel is surprising as each sip produces lively carbonation from a still looking glass of beer.

Not bad overall the taste is subtle , not as sour as I like. The alcohol is very well hidden and this beer is not sweet as I expected.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours clear golden with a thin white head that fades quickly to nothing. The nose is moderately sour and vinous with a touch of sweetness. The taste is a bit off with a touch of sweet and sour grapes, peppery oak, and reserved bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel also seems a bit off and isn't as clean tasting as I'd previously experienced with Bruery/Cantillon grape-based sours. Regardless, this light bodied, effervescent, semi-dry sour is quite drinkable and will probably age relatively well. I'm glad to try this beer, but it's not my favorite of the style or from Cascade.

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Photo of liamt07
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Rutager, 2011 vintage.

Orange with light lacing and retention. Nose has some sweaty socks, white grape, white wine, oak, fruit and lighter fleshed fruits like peaches and apricots. Taste is lightly sour sweeter malt, white grape, apricot and nectarine. Medium full feel, and a gentle effervescence. Delightful.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascade Brewing The Vine
2011 Project

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice bright golden color with some nice pale straw colors. There is a nice half-inch white head that forms that recedes fairly quickly. (4.5)

Aroma is delicious fruity tartness with some slight woody funk and some barnyard notes mixed in with earthy grain. There is some nice slightly sweet apple and pear aroma as well as some nice vinous notes. There are some slight yeasty phenols to the nose as well. (4.5)

Wow. Nose doesn’t indicate the complexity of the flavor or how delicious it is. The brew starts of quite vinous with some nice sweetness and grape skin tartness. There is some nice fruit juice notes and sweetness that starts things off. Malty grain notes are present with some grain. Then some nice sharp grape tartness comes up quick and blends well with the sweetness. There are some mild woody notes present but these are more apparent in the nose. The flavor is quite dynamic and lively and balances nicely between the sweetness and the tartness. There are some slight spicy clove notes and some peppery notes similar to a Saison or a Tripel mixed in with the brew. The sweetness becomes slightly sugary as the brew warms up and the spice notes and grape tartness balance this amazingly. Body is light and refreshing. Great crisp and bubbly carbonation. Clean dry finish. (4.5)(4.5)

Amazing brew. Cascade to me can do very little wrong. The blend of grape sweetness and tartness with the wild yeast notes (funk, spice, slight phenols) is amazing and perfectly complimentary to each other. (4.5)

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of davefromdesign
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of jdense
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

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

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

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

Light bodied, lightly sour, crisp and mildly dry.

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

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of jgasparine
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
2.57/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascade Brewing
The Vine '11

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-

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.