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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 279
Gots: 226 | 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%
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky straw, near white head, some cling lace.

S - Wild and barney. Sharp tart fruit like apple comes through center. Malt around the peripheral.

T - Musty, pulpy, like a wine left on lees. Some malt, very light overall.

M - Medium body, fair carb, fair balance.

D - Tasty. I like it.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of sukwonee
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased for $17.99 + tax

Poured into a Lindemans flute

A: Golden yellow with lots of bubbles. 2 finger head, good amount of lacing. Very pretty to look at.

S: Grapes, yeast.

T: Grapes, yeast, not as sour as some other wild ales I tried. Finishes a bit on the sweet side, I seem to be picking up a little bit of apple and more sweetness from the grapes at the end.

M: Some what dry finish, not as puckering as some, good amount of carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this bottle. I thought this was slightly better than the Apricot version. I think this could have used a bit more sour and funk, and less sweetness.

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold. Head is bright white and drops to a thin collar very quickly. Some notches of lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast and grape juice. Bright clean grape juice with some small notes of clove and ripe banana. Lactic tartness with a touch of citric bite. Floral and yeasty with enough young oak to liven things up. Wood is young and fresh.

Taste: More Belgian than the nose would indicate. Big hits of ripe banana and yeast. Some bubblegum mixed in with the fresh young wood. Citric tartness hits with a big lemon flesh note. Lactic tartness builds with each sip and prevents the yeast from taking over. Floral and then some. Almost like a Chardonnay. Grape juice becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and dry. Lingering tartness. Delight to drink.

Overall: tactfully balances between Belgian yeast influence and barrel aged tartness. Nicely balanced and wonderful to drink. Falls a little short in t long run as it lacks some of the deeper lactic notes I would expect.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 4/29/12

Appearance: Bright golden orange, hazy - decent sized, fluffy, off-white head, retains a nice cap that lasts forever - wispy lacing

Smell: Lots of things going on here - sour, tart, some clean funk, and Belgian notes - white grapes, some acidity, some wood, mostly pale but some slightly toasted malts underneath

Taste: Complex, which makes sense considering all of the elements that went into this beer - slightly sour, tart, acidic, with some woody funk - white grapes, with a number of white wine-like characteristics (not necessarily a bad thing) - a touch of lemon and a light, malty sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, bubbly and pleasant carbonation, smooth

Overall: Interesting the beer

When I first heard about this beer, I assumed that "Cascade The Vine" was going to be a DIPA or an IPA exclusively hopped with cascade hops. Apparently Cascade is a brewery. Good to know. In other news, this is a good sour.

Photo of BillHilly
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 version.

A: 1/2" white head that dissipated quickly over copper liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Oak, sour funk, yeast and white grapes.

T: An acidic sour funk that hits you in the corners of the mouth with wood, yeast and semi-sweet white grapes, pear and green apple fruit flavours in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Very drinkable, so drinkable that my fiancee that hates 98% of beers liked this one. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

Photo of FullObs
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage at Barrell Room

A: Pours a clear golden straw color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some bubbles

S: Big lacto, white grape juice and peels witha whiff of wood, apple and pear

T: Immediate lacto and white grape notes, like someone stomped white grapes in front of me and poured it into my glass. The mid palate and back end leaves some Blonde and wood influence of pear, oak, Earthiness, gree and red apple persuasion and a tad vanilla with a stinging booze

M: Nice body, well carbonated and the lacto/grapes leaves a burning sweetness

O: Very good

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of PerHops
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- This looks like a picture perfect sour. Bright straw color high visible carbonation with a thin head that sticks around just fine.

S- Basement funk. Some oak, grapes, floral notes. Offensive at first, but mellows out.

T- Lots of lactic acid sour. The grapes sweeten it up a bit, but the finish is lemony, funky, bliss. Has a sweet undertone that really helps this beer.

M- The carbonation is really necessary here to lighten up these deep and funky flavors. Initially it may be a touch overcarbonated, but as it warms up it is not as corrosive, but very smooth and creamy.

O- This was better than I expected. Fantastic

Photo of BrewsoBrewco
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian Tulip.

A- A really nice golden hue. Nice white head. Pours heavy and then quickly dissipates. Leaves a nice white lace around the edges of the glass.

S-Funkmaster general. Nice brett smell. Get's all the horse blanket wet hay goodness. The grapes really come through too. It's the smell that would happen if Brett was unleashed in a winery. Grapes and funk. Sounds good to me.

T- Nice sour tinge but nothing overly sour or tangy. Really works well. The grapes impart a sweetness. It really balances out well. Starts sour finishes sweet. It happens in really great proportions. Nice job.

M-Light. it is a very light body sour. Thin in the mouth with not much lingering mouth feel. The sour twange hangs around and leave a great after taste.

O- I really like this. The beer is not over bearing and isn't trying to be too much. the grape meld great and fit in so well. And 9% it doesn't taste at all. I think more along the lines of a gueze with the body something 5-6%. I would drink this all day. Good job again Cascade. i Can't wait till we meet again

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a slightly murky orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fruit, and some funky aromas. Taste is of grain, grapes, and funk with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good wild ale with a nice grape flavor to it.

Photo of shleepy
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Update: now tried the 2013 one, and it's much better. Very distinguishable, non-Jolly-Rancher-like grape flavor. Also plenty of funk, but it's an interesting combination. Upgraded my rating.
Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A: Cloudy yellow, with small-medium head

S: Light barrel notes and mild funk.

T: The grapes are not overly apparent (and I find that they usually are not in beers), but maybe come out a little bit towards the end. There's a brett funk, some sourness (but not an excessive amount), and bitterness balanced by fruitiness. Not too special, unfortunately.

M: Plenty of acidity and medium carbonation result in a very fizzy, biting, lively feeling.

O: A bit disappointing, since I am a big Cascade fan, and I bet I enjoyed this beer on tap at the Barrel House. There's just nothing too interesting about this one, with the brett being the most noticeable element. Even the smell is mild and unrefined.

Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.