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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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688 Ratings
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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 270
Gots: 219 | 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 Duff27


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

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!

09-03-2011 03:05:30 | More by Duff27
Photo of FosterJM


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

08-29-2011 20:20:01 | More by FosterJM
Photo of baconsausage


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

08-16-2011 21:52:43 | More by baconsausage
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

07-06-2011 01:32:14 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.48/5  rDev +5.9%

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

07-01-2011 20:29:45 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of sweemzander


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

06-24-2011 04:00:40 | More by sweemzander
Photo of zhanson88


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

06-21-2011 04:12:14 | More by zhanson88
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
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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
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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
Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.