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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: 227 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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!

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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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.

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

poured from tap. Pours a rather clear color with a nice small head.

Very tart and sour aromas of spices, tart berries, and sour cherries. Well balanced with really good depth.

excellent medium bodied feel that is very smooth, but with the right amount of tartness to it as well. Good depth with flavors of sour cherries, spices and some tart berries.

This was a real damn good wild ale. Didn't taste the alcohol at all and had the right amount of sourness to it. While not as complex as some other cascade brews, this showed more depth and did everything just right.

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3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the brewery for $17.00.

A loud pop when I removed the cork, it pours a clear and very bubbly light gold with a 1 finger head of foam with lots of lacing.

It smells funky, tart, yeasty and has some notes of grapes.

The taste has some rather big sour grape flavour to it followed by mild notes of funk, a wee bit of fruity sweetness, more grape sourness, and woody notes from the oak aging. The alcohol gives me a lot of warming after the swallow but I can't say it shows up much in the taste.

Medium body, lively carbonation, good mouthfeel overall. This is good and for lovers of grape in their American Wilds..it's probably better than just good. Me? I'm not a huge fan of grapes but I'm not sorry I gave this a go. Being a Cascade beer..

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep gold with a fizzy white head that fades immediately. No lacing.

Aroma has strong vinous character along with lactic acid and oak.

Similar flavors although there is a stronger presence of white grape juice. Tastes a little musty along with strong oak character.

Lighter bodied with medium carbonation.

Tastes a lot like a white wine although it's not terribly complex.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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