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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 272
Gots: 221 | FT: 18
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Wowcoolman, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

John11486, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured cloudy muddy light brown color ale with a small bubbly head with no retention. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with some tart notes with some vile unrefined grainy notes. Taste is also quite a mess with loads of harsh grainy notes with some vile barnyard notes. Body is full with no carbonation. Either this bottle was off or I clearly don’t get this beer.

Phyl21ca, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have yet to try a Cascade beer that I didn't like. This is my favorite thus far...

Pours extremely clear with a tall white head. This receded quickly, but leaves leggy lace. The beer reminds me of a fine Riesling.

Lots of bretty funk in the aroma. A bit of white oak and juicy grapes. Overall a very clean aroma, quite crisp.

The flavor stats off with some bretty nuances. Then a bunch of tart white wine grapes come into play. Not overly sour or acidic, but it has the tinge of every such element in other American sours. This beer, however, is an extreme exercise in balance and restraint. The end product is phenomenal as a result. Despite my initial assumptions, there's almost no sweetness.

High carbonation, but is works well. A bit slick with a semi-dry finish.

Overall this is just a wonderful beer. White wine barrels/grapes must be some of the most subtle out there when it comes to imparting flavor in a beer. The fact that this beer tastes so much like a fine white wine is testament to the skill and craftsmanship taking place in Oregon. I will always welcome this as an extra, gift, or sample at a tasting.

Spider889, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale gold colour with a tiny white head. Decent head retention for a sour but its pretty short lasted.

Lightly tart aroma with some good fruity notes. Very slightly herbal. Good.

Bright lactic tartness with some good fruity character. The flavour really focuses on a tart fruity sourness which is cool.

Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Very crisp.

A solid sour ale. The sourness works well with the blonde ale and I thoroughly enjoy the flavour here. Great.

dgilks, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Zwanze Day 2011
Bottle Share
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Light golden yellow with a thin white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

Sweet, candied grapes play the dominant role in the aroma. There's also a touch of wood and just the faintest hint of alcohol.

Sweet grapes are dominant in flavor as well along with a hint of wood and earth and a mild sourness. Simple, yet very tasty.

Thin to medium bodied. A pleasure to drink.

A tasty, simple, grape sour. I would love to try this one again.

ehammond1, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Its color is yellow with a tint of gold. The head is small, though the lacing it gives off is good. The nose is a pleasant note of soured white grapes. And it gets better in the taste. So smooth, so grapey. It tastes like someone fresh pressed some white grapes into a sour base beer and this is the final result. There is a touch of vinegar in this fairly sour grape beer. All in all, it's another great package delivered by the folks of Cascade. And to think that I've hesitated to pull the trigger on a bottle of any of their products....

DoubleJ, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- head doesnttake long to recede, little lacing. Light dull orange color.

S- fruity/subdued vinegar. Wooo!

T- apparent grape. Sour but not overpowering loving the grape feel

M- good carbonation and mouthfeel.

D/0- a good one for beginner sour drinkers.unique taste. thanks kevin!

Duff27, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

760th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

2010 Vintage

App- This poured a interesting mix of apple juice & a darker white wine color. Quite a unique color. When it poured it was still like a white wine with the lack of head and a nice ring of bubbles around the edges. No cling

Smell- A faint whispy booze starts the nose and the moves to a flattened bit of white grapes. A nice mix of the oak brings up the aromatics.

Taste- A nice sour. This wasn't as sour as I thought being the flagship sour of Cascade. The oak, apples and grapes work well together. This was a tad sweet w/o too much of a sweet behind it.

Mouth- A medium body beer with a medium carbonation. Retains a little bit of a white wine feel with some tart/sour and tannic levels.

Drink- Pretty damn tasty. I like the Cascade beers that I have had. Ill continue to seek out more in the future.

FosterJM, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of baconsausage
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unsure of the vintage of this straw colored gem light effervescent bubbles, without any discernable head. Faint, sweet, white grape juice aroma. Tastes like mildly tart sour grapes, a bit of grape skin, and some tropical fruit flavors. Not overly tart, nicely balances with the fruit flavors. Light and crisp, much like a dry sparkling white wine. Delicious beer I have wanted to drink for a while.

baconsausage, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and hazy with a ridiculously nice looking head on top of it. About three fingers of tan came up over the top and settled down still to about a fingers worth after a few moments. Rich side glass lacing just stuck and clung to the glass with every swirl, really just pushing the envelope on this one. No visible sedimentation that I could see.

Rich notes of tart grape skins, cherries and loads of funk, some light spiciness and a decent touch of oak. lots of dark fruit, tart funkiness and a nice earthy, woodsy like smell blending together very nicely on this one. Silk like smoothness, and the finest carbonation bubbles, really well done in that regard. ;ots of sour in here right up front with frapes and light lemon like citrus taking over. Rolling through some nice notes of cherry then came over me. Decent funkiness in through the middle and the finish, but it was actually almost blended out by a cherry like sweetness and more hints at a sugary touch. A nice sipper none the less and I tried to cherish every last drop of this one.

mikesgroove, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A darker yellow that somehow is pretty vibrant. Amazing aroma, salivation inducing, white grapes, mild wood aromas. Keeps the funk out.

Hugely sour, definitely has the white grape presence to it, amazing at hiding the alcohol. The blended parts of a tripel and quad are really overcome with the grape juice and sourness. Must be all kinds of different bacteria strains to get it this sour and yet stay complex and immensely enjoyable. Grape, lemon, green apple, maybe some peach or nectarine round out the fruit flavor from it.

If you like your shit sour as an ex, this is your beer. Heavy sour at like a 9:1 ratio to sweet. This is a must for a sour and white wine fan.

Only $5.50 a glass at the brewery/pub make this even better all around.

EDIT: Just drank my first 2011, still very good, but not phenomenal like the last three years/batches. Hopefully just needs some age, but it didn't seem to have the vibrancy of other years. Prior rating was 4.5/4.5/5/5/4.5

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 01, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Another huge thank you to hopsbreath for yet another bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a nice white cap of froth with decent retention. Some lace.

(S)- A bright apple, grape skin, lemon & lime fruity yet lactic acidity and sourness. Subtle bits of dry oak and very mild yeast characters. I love the lactic fruit profile of this.

(T)- Similar to the smell in alot of ways. That same bright sour and lactic fruit profile. More dry oak comes through with bits of funk in a damp wood sense. Nice acidity.

(M)- A mild carbonation level. I do like the balance of this with the fruit, oak, and sour lactic bits. Honestly, it is a bit thin feeling; not as mouth coating as some in the style can be like, though this does help add a crispness to it somehow.

(D)- This is a solid to great wild ale with an incredible drinkability and crispness to it. Not over the top in any way, but showcases everything very well in the style equally; harmonious.

sweemzander, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 version, served on-tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: The Vine pours a clear golder straw color with a finger of pure white head. Retention is pretty nice, and the lacing is good as well.

Smell: I get some funk and slight lactic notes, as well as some light white grape scents and pear. A bit vinous as well. Very light scents, nothing that stands out. Okay, but not great.

Taste: This is much more like it. Lots of white grape and pear, as well as a vinous characteristic. Oak as well. I do get some funk, but I don't get much of a lactic or vinegary characteristic. I really enjoyed this beer a lot.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is rather heavier in body compared to other Cascade sours I tried, with a moderate amount of spritzy carbonation. Extremely good. Overall, this was one of my top two favorites of the night. Really enjoyed the notes of pale fruits and vinous character.

zhanson88, Jun 21, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the share.

A - It pours a lightly hazed golden-caramel hue, and is capped by a fizzy, crackling, and short-lived head.

S - The nose is surprisingly sweet and juice-like. Notes of white grape juice, apples, pears, peaches and buttery Chardonnay come to mind; acetic, lactic, and funky notes are surprisingly subdued.

T - The flavor is much akin to the nose, proffering golden orchard fruit, buttery oak and very light funk. I am surprised at the tameness here, in terms of acidity; I was expecting something more akin to their Kriek or Apricot in terms of tartness and funk.

M - The feel is silky and softly effervescent; I like.

O - Not the best Cascade, but no slouch either.

ktrillionaire, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Gmann
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a short soapy head that quickly dissipated into nothingness. Some carbonation bubbles are floating to the top so I know its not flat.

The aroma is tart and funky. Big oak aroma with tart lemon and unripe green grape skins. Has a general floral note to it.

The oak is noticable but quite mild in the flavor. Light lemon flavors with white grape juice. A bit of a peppery note in their as well. The malt is unassuming and is just there so we can call this a beer. A nice tart punch with some sour notes.

Though the beer looks flat, but there is a prickly carbonation. The body is light and coupled with the carbonation, this beer is quite crisp and easy to drink. The tart does not linger and its quite clean on the palate.

This is a crazy drinkable brew. Nice oak flavors but nothing too bold. Its sweet and tart and very clean. I could drink a bunch of this if not for the high ABV.

Gmann, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Spider889. Woah, this was a long time want and I didn't even know you had this. Thanks Chris!

My glass was quite cloudy, but the first few glasses of the bottle were much more clear. The color is a light yellow-gold. The head is very fast and crackly. There is no retention as the bubbles disappear like a puff of smoke.

Fantastic aroma. Its light and tart and very fruity. It smells like its going to be quite refreshing. There is a faint toasty base below the sweet fruits and tart grapes.

Very fruity. This beer is a wonderful combination of sweet and sour. I almost want to dip some deep fried chicken in here. The sourness is quite minimal, it allows the lovely fruitiness to shine. Golden grapes mixed with pears and crab apple.

This is a fairly light and crisp beer. The sourness isn't fully puckering, and dryness is easily manageable.

Another damn fine sour by Cascade. Its nearly amazing that this beer is what could pretty much be considered their flagship, or standard offering.

MbpBugeye, May 22, 2011
Photo of Kelton
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage. Picked up at Barrel House in early April 2011.

Poured into Tulip glass. Lower carbonation provided minimal head which dissapated quickly.

Nice cloudy Golden color & good looking beer.

Lactic sour grape nose, not overpowering.

Sour white grape juice comes through more than smell would lead you on. Definetely get some peach/apple notes as sourness subsides. Body was darn near perfect. Wine characteristics shine.

Overall, not too shabby. Though, I recently had the 2010 Vintage on tap at Barrel House & this '08 can't compete. Still very happy I tried it.

Kelton, May 17, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage, purchased from the brewery a month ago.

A: Loud cork pop. Foams somewhat aggressively when poured, but recedes so quickly that it never accumulates to more than a half finger. Clear golden color

S: Pronounced apple-grape juice aroma when first poured. Then some spice, a little lactic tang

T: Mildly tart and lactic. Grapey with some peach and apricot notes. Slightly herbal / medicinal in the finish.

M: Low carbonation, pretty smooth in the mouth. Medium linger.

O: Seems that this might not be standing up to age. I generally enjoy this beer much more when fresher, but this bottle seems a bit simple. Nothing particularly wrong with it, no off-notes, but no complexity or interesting notes either. I'll need to make a point to review the new vintage at some point in the near future.

kscaldef, May 10, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow, glowing amber center with a bubbly fizzy white head.

S-dry oak up front, lots of white grapes, light notes of leather and lactic acid with hints of acidity.

T-loads of white grapes, lightly sour, hints of leather, lactic acid, notes of peaches, some sourness with acidity in the back.

M-medium body, a little heavy and syrupy, soft on the palate, lively carbonation, somewhat dry and crisp.

D-nice balance of sweetness and sourness. could use more sour but light and present acidity in back is nice. tons of white grapes, not mind blowing but tasty and very drinkable.

cpetrone84, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful, glowing golden color with a white head that held for a bit and left some lace. nose was tropical fruits, citrus, pear, fermenting white grapes, wheat (kind of like grainy bubblegum cotton candy), oak and lacto/pedo. very clean. minimal funk. beautiful smell. boo ya! taste is fantastic as well. flavors blend and harmonize, and what seems like it might be a sticky fruit bomb is a properly slick, medium bodied and pretty dry beer that showcases the similarities between wine and beer, giving the glory to fermentation. finishes with little to no aftertaste. tartness makes me salivate and crave more. alcohol barely detectable. winner.

timtim, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of 7ways
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light pumpkin orange. Never seen a head disappear so fast on a beer that wasn't really old, I believe it was stark white. Swirling doesn't help; but it sure is loud, and throws up fizz like soda.

This smells more like white wine than beer, and reinforces my belief that grapes are one of the fruits that just do not belong in beer. Musty, wheaty, vinous and alcoholic. It smells more like old grapes as the beer warms.

Tastes much better than it smells, the grapes blend well, and there is another familiar fruit I can't place. It's well integrated and just the right amount of sour, but I can't help but think the sourness just covers up undesirable flavors. Once the beer warms and loses carbonation, this becomes very apparent.

Starts out very prickly, again like soda, which is great... but it dissipates quickly and by the end of the glass, after about 15-20 minutes, it was dead flat. This allowed those undesirable, unpleasantly musty flavors to really come through. Basically, drink it quick and it's a refreshingly dry winner.

7ways, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
2.6/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this, Mike.

A brilliantly clear amber copper with a dense, off-white head with spectacular retention and lacing, this is a beautiful beer. The nose, OTOH, leaves me wanting. Very spicy, this is like pumpkin pie spices with some sweet, grape juice added to it. Sourness is present, rather clean, and it leaves me wanting some funk. The palate is similar, almost like an over-spiced Belgian Christmas ale soured with lacto. Despite this, it is pretty vinous. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, this is spicy and unpleasant on the finish. I really did not care for this at all.

DefenCorps, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigSexy410 for this bottle, enjoyed it. The cork was hard as hell to get out!!

A: Nice hazy orange hue with small bubbly ring. Not a lot of lacing but not bad.

S: Serious lactic funk and beautiful white wine grape smells. Some wheat like aromas and oak to balance it all out.

T: Awesome taste with huge welches grape with a rush of oak tempered lactic sour with a berry quality to it. Very nice.

M: Effervescent carbonation and creamy medium feel. Excellent.

D: Very nice sour.

Dreadnaught33, Mar 01, 2011
Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.