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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 272
Gots: 223 | FT: 18
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 MarcWP
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

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%

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Honus1, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of magictacosinus
3.84/5  rDev -9%

Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass. Keep in mind that I love all wine, and have been really excited with any concoction that infuses the both of them.

Amber-orange in color, with some golden tints overall - as expected, this is quite cloudy, and of all of the Cascade beers I had in one night, this one has by far the best head retention and strongest display of bubbles. Could it be due to the high residual sugars in the grapes? Regardless, this looks really nice and elegant in light of its simplicity.

The aroma is quite fantastic, and fans of drier, more acidic white wines (such as myself), as well as farmhouse beer lovers, will find themselves quite happy with this at the nose. Notes of melons, guava, peaches, pineapple, lavender, as well as a light grape-like note, followed by some wet hay, slightly grassy notes that meld well with brief oak spices - vanilla and baking soda come to mind. Definitely sweeter than I expected, and while it isn't really tart, it isn't very funky either. I'm guessing that the grapes that were pressed in the juice were likely to be combination of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and maybe some Riesling? Either way, the main flavor profile definitely recalls the more delicate fruit and floral notes from those varietals, and it's definitely unique in its own right, and most certainly not one-dimensional.

The flavor, nevertheless, is a bit of a letdown by comparison - it's actually far sweeter on the palate, and while the initial flavor is a fruit and grape must heaven, it falls flat rather quickly in the aftertaste. The primary notes of melon, pineapple, and guava are still there, some pear and green apples fully flourishing on the palate soon after. Starts slightly dry (with some hints of mineral, such as cold stones), and then reduces itself to a toasted barley character with some toffee and baking spices from the oak, and lets itself go completely. It's constructed quite well, but the slightly thinned body of the beer (as well as the increasingly spritzy carbonation) makes this a good but slightly underwhelming process throughout. It's a great palate cleanser, but it lacks a finishing drive that makes the initial flavor very wonderful.

Never fear, however, as this would still pair excellently well with all kinds of food, especially a variety of cheeses that immediately spring to mind - goat cheese, maybe smoked Gouda. This an excellent beginner's venture into grape must infused beers, but I've certainly had more that were far more complex, and more importantly, more that had a stronger, acidic grip that complimented the grapes and showcased the power of the yeast and barley backbone that makes the beer. Worth a try, but don't break your back to get one.

magictacosinus, Feb 06, 2014
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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.