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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 273
Gots: 222 | 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 MarioM
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a SN tulip glass, poured at 55 deg F.

A: Bottle cork popped with a decent pop and was watching the cool white vapor flow out of the bottle when suddenly the beer started gushing. Didn't expect that but immediately poured some in the glass and ran for a towel to clean up the mess.

Regardless, the beer pours a very clear and crisp yellow color with absolutely no head and maybe a few tiny bubbles along the rim, which I could count if I wanted to. Strange how bland it looks but hopefully it tastes better and smells better than it looks.

S: Smell is a smooth fruitiness and dryness with a tad bit of lacto acidity, just enough to let you know its a sour beer or might be a tad bit tart. Nice aroma though, its interesting and reminds me of wyeast 3725, the base Fantome yeast. Extremely smooth and fruity. There's also a bit of weird almost faint funk but don't know what its coming from, there's no Brett in this so must be the base beer blended. Interesting though.

T: More tart than I remember but definitely palatable compared to their kriek. This is much more fruit forward with lots of yeast character/fruitiness carrying it than other bracingly sour, one-dimensional beers I've tried from Cascade. There's some nice maltiness and almost perceived sweetness with a much more balanced tartness than, for example, their kriek, which was way too sour and harsh.

M: Nice tartness followed by a restrained yet apparent malt character and sweetness makes for a really refreshing and well balanced high abv american sour. Dry and medium bodied with a slight dry and warm finish make for a great desert beer or something nice to end the night with. Fruit and yeast character also lingers way past sips, which make for a nice and worthwhile brew that demands savoring not pounding or overindulging.

O: My absolute favorite Cascade brew. Its restrained tart character topped off with a nice yeast fruit character and dry almost spicy finish, similar to a saison, makes for an amazing experience. A must try and definitely a worthwhile reason to give Cascade brewing way too much money that your wiling to spend most of the time. IN this case, wort the $25ish bucks.

MarioM, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of ArdyExfor
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ArdyExfor, Mar 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

SteeleWright, Mar 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

YobroitsJoe, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of cbnz
5/5  rDev +18.5%

cbnz, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of srgj88
5/5  rDev +18.5%

srgj88, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of camartin27
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

camartin27, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of MarcWP
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Russian River wine glass.

Pours a hazy light yellow with fizzy white head that bubbles out to nothing leaving behind the sight of rising bubbles immediately bursting when reaching the top.

The aroma on this stands out. Big fruity grape is the dominant character, not unlike grape bubblegum. A fruity white wine also present with subtle oak tannins. No funk apparent on the nose. Mostly lacto work, possibly pedio

On the palate you get more of the same with fruity grape, Pinot Grigio, some vanilla from the oak, and just straight oak tannins.

Mouthfeel is overall where it should be for the style but I feel like the flavors here call for a fuller body.

So while this is a great beer I think it can get a bit one note. As is the case for me with Cascade in general. This may be the last Cascade I buy. The price point on their beers just doesn't seem to back up what they deliver. Either that or they need to do 375's at half the price. Cascade, learn to work the brettanomyces,,, please. Not wanting to be over critical as it's a pleasant beer, but not top tier or close for that matter.

MarcWP, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DrinkSlurm, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2012.

A deep apricot orange body, with some nice yellow hues along the edges. Lots of noticeable carbonation coming up in the middle, but not as frequent as some of the best lambics I've had. No head presented when pouring, and just barely the thinnest pencil head of a collar getting repopulated while sitting.

Nice fruit aroma. Soft apples, and juicy grape, lots of cidery action and senses. An interesting faint caramel sweetness and soft vanilla as well. Clean.

Palate comes a bit wet, but with playful carbonation. Very light bodied flavors of tart apple and grape. Cider and crisp juice on the palate with much of the flavor in the front of the mouth. Minimal tartness and a lacking sense of any depth though. There's a hint of mild funk on the aftertaste though that brings more enjoyment.

Overall it's a neat beer, but it's lacking a bit and may be past it's prime. It's fruit composition though is nice, but it also reminds me a bit too much like cider which I am not the biggest fan of. Still decent.

smakawhat, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Morey, Mar 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.