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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 276
Gots: 221 | FT: 17
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 BrewsoBrewco
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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

BrewsoBrewco, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of shleepy
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

shleepy, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

vintage 2011

A:Yellow. Slightly cloudy. Thin head.
S: Strong bretty funk of the claussenii variety (low-intensity British origin). Some pineapple. Citrus.
T: Taste follows suit. Cannot detect any grape flavors really. Or else they are overwhelmed by Brett notes. The sourness is well balanced.
M: Light body. Medium-high carbonation.
O: I was looking forward to this, but was dissapointed. The Brett funk overpowered this beer to the extent that I couldn't taste the fruit. Still pretty drinkable, but needs more subtlety of flavor. I'm still a huge fan of Cascade, but this is worse than I'm used to from them. Seek out the Blueberry instead.

jibbyvonjibb, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

CoryR, Apr 01, 2012
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
Photo of piclee
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
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -28.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of guajolote
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%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

stevefinny, Dec 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Amdy, Dec 08, 2011
Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.