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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 271
Gots: 215 | FT: 15
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 ktrillionaire


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

06-15-2011 17:51:27 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

06-05-2011 01:11:09 | More by Gmann
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

05-22-2011 18:30:10 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of Kelton


3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

05-17-2011 05:41:04 | More by Kelton
Photo of kscaldef


3/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

05-10-2011 02:46:23 | More by kscaldef
Photo of cpetrone84


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

04-25-2011 15:42:26 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

04-04-2011 10:17:55 | More by timtim
Photo of 7ways


3.15/5  rDev -25.5%

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.

03-10-2011 22:57:09 | More by 7ways
Photo of DefenCorps


2.6/5  rDev -38.5%

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.

03-04-2011 03:11:36 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

03-01-2011 02:07:44 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of aasher


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

I've really wanted to try anything from Cascade for awhile. Luckily one of my old college roommates, who has since relocated to Portland, was nice enough to send me this bottle as well as a bottle of Vlad the ImpAler. This beer looks beautiful. It poured a cloudy and murky bright apricot orange. The head appeared ravenous and acidic as the poofy off white head appeared to consume itself and leave only a few traces left to lace the glass. It smells of Golden Delicious apples and freshly cut pears. It begins tart before finishing with the pear like sweetness. It's one of the most appealing Wilds that I've seen and smelled yet. The flavors are tart and musty. It has barnyard without having the funk, which is very interesting. It has some light white wine aspects. It's really quite diverse and it finishes rather dry. It drinks medium bodied with excellent crispness and kind of sucks the saliva from your mouth after awhile but it does leave behind some slight tartness and sweet pear. This is a very good wild. It's really tempting me to try the Vlad sooner rather than later.

02-10-2011 03:34:55 | More by aasher
Photo of waltersrj


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

750 ml C & C bottle.

Pour: Golden/straw yellow with a big white, fizzy head that slowly dies down to nothing.

Nose: Pedio and lactic notes, slight oak, slight wild yeast, wonderful white wine notes, oak and white grapes. Also a hint of honey and light but detectable hops at the end.

Taste: initially a strong white wine and white grape flavor melded with subtle hints of oak, vanilla, honey and lactic acid. Slightly wild yeast, a good balance between sour and wild notes. More tart than sour which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, but very drinkable. A smooth, velvety body that is prickly with carbonation.

Overall: A wonderful sour ale, very nice balance between sour and wild. I honestly wish it was more sour like most Cascade sours. This is my fourth favorite from them behind Cuvee, Apricot, and the Kriek. Still wonderful!

02-07-2011 01:49:25 | More by waltersrj
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Big thanks goes out to womencantsail for this beer. 750ml bottle into two NB Globes. Bottle notes this as 8.33% abv as well. Easily one of the hardest corks I have ever tried to remove from a bottle.

A: Pours a light amber with a white head that is audible as it recedes. A ton of carbonation coming from the nucleation point of the glass. Enough white bubbles stick around and are created from the glass that it lingers. Initial pour was crystal clear, but the second pour was a bit cloudy.

S: Smells quite tart, some notes of wine grapes, some slightly sulfuric smells as well. Quite a bit of funk and lacto and pedio notes as well. The wine grapes impart a nice tartness and strong amount of fruitiness as well.

T: Has a few notes of white wine right up front that is quickly lost to the funky flavors of wild yeast. Has a pretty strong medicinal note at the finish. Just a bit of a hop flavor lingers in the mouth as well. Has a touch of a honey note as well. Not insanely sour but definitely tart. Pretty enjoyable. Nice lacto notes and just a little bit of wood as well. I'll give it the 4.5 as there isn't a 4.25, the beer warrants the rounding up.

M: Light and heavily carbonated, finishes very dry and slightly warm, the alcohol just shows its face after the swallow. Doesn't exactly make the spit insanely thick like other sours, but does a pretty good job.

D: This isn't hard to drink at all, in fact I wish I had another bottle to drink at a later date. A nice sour that is a bit more subtle than many of the other wild ales I've had. By not being as acidic, it helps with the overall ease of drinking. Glad to get the chance to try it.

12-19-2010 01:41:21 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

thanks to jpmclaug for this bottle!

pulled this from the cellar poured into a bulb style glass. no date listed.

pours out a hazy golden light orange color with a fizzy white head that quickly faded to just a very thin ring and then eventually nothing. the beer has a very nice color, but the head was just a bit of a letdown.

powerhouse lactic, acidic, barnyard funk in the aroma with a nice wine like white grape behind that. some alcohol and hints of pear, apple, and lemon citrus. enticing to smell and quite a bit of complexity shows.

that big lactic, acidic, sour, barnyard funk balances the white wine grape flavors very nicely. alcohol is definatly apparent but by no means overpowering. bits of lemony citrus and tiny hints of apple and pear. light nuances of the belgian blonds, and tripel base beers are noticable under the funk and fruity grapes. very nice complexity. one of the more complex beers ive ever tasted, but this doesnt necessarily mean the most delicious, although very good (if that makes sense to you)

big sour acidic mouthfeel, body is fairly medium to heavy, fizzy sparkly champagne like carbonation that settles out with much swirling and sniffing.

i wouldnt really go after another bottle of this again, but still highly recommended IMHO and definatly worth a try. if offered this however, i would absolutly never refuse, this is a very nice beer and it makes me even more intrigued to get a hold of some more offerings from cascade. i love what this brewery is doing and the time and skill that goes into this beer is astounding. drinkability wise, one bottle to the head is no problem, i could even go for second; a sessionable sour almost. gave a my GF a small pour and she enjoyed this as well. this was drank while watching DFH's brewmasters and i couldnt help but think "DFH aint got nothin on cascade as far as EXTREME beers go!" hahaha.

12-17-2010 02:43:11 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Neffbeer


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Picked this one up at the local for a try. It pours clear and golden with a small foamy head that quickly vanishes leaving no lacing. The smell kicks off with some funky barnyard that gives way into grapes, fruit and oak. The taste is very tart up front (nice vinous/grape flavor) with the funk in the nose not as pronounced as I would have expected. It is really smooth. Great citrus fruit flavors surface mid palate and it finishes oaky and dirty. Definitely a dry finish. The mouthfeel is pleasant but I really thought this beer might have a bit more of a bubbly character. It comes off a little flat. Even with the lack of head and carbonation this beer is fantastic. The flavors are well crafted and I will easily finish off the rest of this bottle myself. Cheers!

12-02-2010 01:56:23 | More by Neffbeer
Photo of Gobzilla


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

poured a murky pale golden orange in color with pineapple yellow highlights that had almost no head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was very vinous consisting of a variety of grapes from what I can smell with acidic, citrus, fruity, oaky, and tart notes. The flavor was also filled with fruit like grapes, apricots, and apples but had oaky citrus accents alongside acidic funky notes to round out this delicious beer. The brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, acidic, fruity, funky, oaky, tart, and slight dry finish. It drank really good and was craving more after every sip. I will definitely seek out some more of this beer.

11-30-2010 08:43:14 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy yellow orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and a sour note only. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, and subtle apple. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent example of the style in my opinion. It had a very nice flavor and good aroma going on here. I really enjoyed the fact that there wasn't really a funk to this one and just sour notes. Hope to try more offerings from Cascade in the future as this one set the bar pretty high. This was the favorite of my buddy and I of the nine sours/wild ales we tasted and reviewed this weekend.

11-29-2010 12:28:04 | More by thagr81us


4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

750mL bottle, corked and caged, to stemless wine glass. $15 per bottle at case price.

A: Very short lived head of two fingers, bright white and fizzy/foamy. Thin film and collar remain. The body is completely hazy with 85% opacity and is sun-struck, light creamy orange in color. Spare lacing loosely attaches after each tilt of the glass, but it slides back down promptly.

S & T: A combination of lactobacillus and white wine grapes hit the nose first. Both parties bring big, wafting aromas of equal prominence. The Vine takes some oakiness from the barrels during the year plus that it spent in lactic fermentation yet it is only moderately funky. Sweet on the palate, and even on the nose. Light to medium malts of bread and hay with a healthy amount of a floral/perfumey hop character. PEZ candy flavor.

M: I expected a bigger mouthfeel from a beer that spent over a year in lactic fermentation. This isn't to say that the mouthfeel isn't good...IT IS WONDERFUL, it just would have been better if it were livelier, fizzier and more sour.

D: Perhaps the easy going mouthfeel was the right decision by the brewers at Cascade since the drinkability is exceptional probably because of the restraint. There hasn't been a Cascade beer that I've had and not thoroughly enjoyed. Lots of successful brews coming out of one of my favorite breweries...

11-20-2010 12:44:37 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of oregone


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%

It seems more solid by the score. Skipping the in depth notes on this. It carries the awesome cascade sour character, but smell and taste are driven by distinct sweet smelling and tasting jolly rancher (aka confected) grape. Love the brewery. This one just didnt do it for me.

11-10-2010 05:46:12 | More by oregone
Photo of Thorpe429


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Bottle split with Azurelimits and Jared. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a moderate golden color with a thin white head. The nose brings forward some lactic and acetic sourness as well as a pretty fresh grape nose. A bit of funk. The taste loses the grapey character and has more of a mild fruit flavor to go along with a pinch of oak as well as both lactic and acetic characteristics. Mouthfeel is dry but not overly so with good sourness. All around, a pretty good sour but doesn't live up to their Apricot.

11-03-2010 21:38:49 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: Nice dirty orange-copper pour, good head with some decent lacing. (a second bottle I later purchased was a pale clear copper)

Smell: Lighter than the agerage american wild ale, lightly sour with some floral, grape, melon and honey aromas. Doesn't look like the BA picture.

Taste: Not overtly sour, but very enjoyable. I am not sure that I could have pinpointed the grapes without the text on the bottle, although there does seem to be a slight white wine (Sauvignon Blanc or Viognier) element to the brew, with a few tanins present. Also some oakiness, apricot, light brett, peach tart green apple, melon and honey, little to no funk.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, well carbonated but a bit thin

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, this one goes down easy. Could be a bit more complex, but it could have been a wild ale disaster like some american brewers produce.

I was less impressed with this offering on a second tasting and have lowered the scores slightly (was 4/4/4.5/4/5)

10-28-2010 03:31:42 | More by craytonic
Photo of Lazerlobe


4/5  rDev -5.4%

A: Nebulous bleached white head is the coronet on this crisp and strongly golden ale.

S: Grapes, cotton candy, and a faint acetic note and funk.

T: A wave of puckering sour, strong and commanding sweetness, white grape juice and peel, mild acetic flavor and a murmur of funkiness.

M: The sweet quality provides a heavier body than some other wilds, appropriate carbonation.

D: While I like the sweetness, it's hampering the long term drinkability. Could be a little more sour to balance this out. I will finish the bottle but this would be something nice to split.

10-26-2010 01:05:15 | More by Lazerlobe
Photo of Reagan1984


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Had to get pliers to get out the cork. My God was that baby super glued on, or what?

Pours with a wispy white head that vanishes immediately. The beer is a very bright brass color with perfect clarity. There are strings of carbonation that rise to the surface.

The aroma is quite funky. Lots of earthiness and I think I'll pull out the horse blanket comment. Green Apple and some oak is present as well.

Really quite nice, Green apple and more green grapes in the flavor. The oak is very present as well. Quite fruity and refreshing. Certainly some sour notes, but not nearly as funky as the aroma led you to believe. As it warms I get some of my favorite toasted nut flavor. Some nice vinous notes. I simply can not believe the abv is 8+%. Totally hidden.

Really light and refreshing. Carbonation is prickly on the tongue.

Nice beer

10-09-2010 21:26:43 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of krisandajt


3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my Shorts glass, this brew is completely clear and bright bronze in color. Looks like there's plenty of fizz, there's quite a few bubbles creeping up from the bottom of the glass. Not much head though, there was only about a half inch worth immediately after the pour, but that faded away very quickly leaving behind only a thin ring around the beer.

Smell: A delightfully pungent vinegary sour. I can smell the oak aging, but the grape is escaping me (at least for the moment). Still, definitely smells like a tasty brew.

Taste: The grape comes out a bit more, but the vinegar and a nice bit o' funk is what really steals the show. Going back to the grape, it's not a typical Juicy Juice kind of grape, but more like a grape flavor you would get in a dry wine. I don't know a thing about wine so I can't really say what variety it tastes like, but the wine characteristics are there. Overall, it's a pretty tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with an unexpectedly light body. Carbonation is good and it drinks easy, but I was expecting more oomph here.

Drinkability: A fine tasting brew that I'm really enjoying. It's not the most sour, or the most funky, and it doesn't really pack a huge flavor wallop, but it is tasty nonetheless. If you are into the style, or would like to get into it like I am, it's one I would recommend.

10-09-2010 00:57:43 | More by krisandajt
Photo of kbutler1


3.68/5  rDev -13%

Bottle. Bottle was a bit hard to open and gushed mildly all over my back door which prompted mothman to run up frantically waving a glass in my face yelling "I have a glass!" No need though as the initial carbonation out of the bottle subsided. Poured a murky golden amber color with a tight white head. Very sharp tart aroma with vinegar and acetone notes along with some tart fruit aromas. Light mouthfeel and a bit more carbonated than I would have liked. Fairly nice sourness with a nice sweet fruit finish. Lots of white wine like characteristics. Oaky finish as well. Pretty good but would like to see this a little more sour.

09-24-2010 14:33:16 | More by kbutler1
Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.