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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 277
Gots: 223 | 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:
"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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Photo of kawilliams81
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a light golden with a 2" white head. Lots of effervescence. Small spots of lacing that reside quickly.

S- sour, lots of funk, slight vinegar smell, but has a nice grape and lemon aroma as well.

T- fairly sweet grapes and lemon upfront, then the funk and sourness hit you. Sourness is not overpowering but just right IMO.

M- medium body with high carbonation. Slightly dry finish and very drinkable for the style.

O- very good sour. Just sour and funky enought with a slight sweet fruitiness. Would definitely like more when I can get it.

kawilliams81, Mar 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ArchEnemyBrew, Mar 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

piclee, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Rutager, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bthomas, Mar 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

guajolote, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of pitasoup
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

more from notes: fourth bottle from blind bif 6, thanks to hophead101:

c&c 750. cork is extremely tough to twist/pull. had to use wine corker to remove w/ significant pop. non-gusher though:

A: hazy golden yellow, slight white foam that quickly subsides. 3.5

S: lemon, citrus, funk, funk, funk. barnyard, hay, brett L's token vinous smells. there is nice balance between fruit, funk, and the tart bacteria smells. 4.5

T: lemony sour, lactic tartness, zesty fruit brett, some more hay and great balance. some oak comes out as it warms, but wasn't dominant on smell nor initial taste. 3.5

M: light to medium body, fizzy on the tongue and mostly tart sour makes the tongue pucker. there is a very slight lingering astringency, as if from fruit tannin. 4.0

O: incredible balance between funk and sourness. i'm going to guess a gueuze or some sort? could drink this all day. 4.5

I want to guess Tilquin Oude Gueuze, but it isn't quite as intensely sour.

reveal: Cascade the Vine. Wow thanks for the enjoyable bottle. The overall sourness hid a lot of the grape juice flavors, but the balance of funk smells makes it quite delicious.

pitasoup, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of bamadog
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy schyte, Batman... Hardest bottle to open... EVER. Review is from notes taken on 1/14/2012 and poured from the bottle to a tulip. I received this bottle in a trade, I can't remember for sure from who, but if I had to guess, it would be black13.

Appearance: Pour is a fair coppery/golden color and looks like a shiny penny; starts with a short 1/2 finger slightly off-white fizzy head that fades pretty much immediately to nothing; body is actually fairly clear and shows just a touch of haze, and very strong and diverse carbonation -- some big and uneven bubbles, and multiple streams of smaller ones; no trace of lacing is left behind, just an oily residue.

Smell: A great smell, and complex -- lots going on with a fruity tartness and some lactic and brett funkiness that is more tart than barnyard; the fruitiness is acidic, and definitely holds the grape from the addition of the juice; a saccharine and artificial candy scent is there as well, and I'm always reminded of Smarties and/or SweetTarts in wilds of this vein.

Taste: Excellent, and really matches the nose to a "T" -- first and foremost, the abundantly sweet and tart fruitiness dominates the palate, and the brett funkiness brings the saccharine flavors of the Smarties/SweetTarts; there is a sweet; slight woodiness with a touch of vanilla; for being over 8% alcohol, it's entirely masked by the bold flavors.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is lively and active, and the tartness and funkiness makes the mouth pucker and water; body is well carbonation despite sitting in the closet for over a year, but that should be expected in something with as many critters floating around in it as something like this; body is a little heavier in weight than just light, and there is a moist stickiness coating the entire mouth; belly is left warm from the acidity.

Overall: This is definitely a solid beer and I wish something like this were readily available in my part of the country (although my understanding is that this beer is about as expensive as they come)... doesn't quite compete with the likes of a Consecration or Supplication, but definitely comes in just behind them. A great beer to be sure.

bamadog, Jan 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

domtronzero, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Ryan011235, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

benpopper, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

stevefinny, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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ATPete, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at City Beer Store with a few friends.

Pours a very nice gold with decent carbonation, not much head.

You can smell this bad boy from a few fee away. Grapes, pale malts and a sour funk. Very nice.

Grapes and sour hit up the front of the taste. Some yeast, pale malts and earthy hops (very slight). Very easy going down. Smooth and beautiful (for lack of a better word).

$40 is a bunch, but since we all threw down I'd say six thumbs up between three peeps.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.