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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 281
Gots: 228 | 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:
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: 781 | Reviews: 189
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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

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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.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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!

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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.

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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