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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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758 Ratings
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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 276
Gots: 223 | 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 Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of threedaggers
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of morimech
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Project 8.85%ABV

Very effervescent, acts like champagne or sparkling wine. Can hear the CO2 leaving the beer in the glass. Lost a little to the counter top and sink. Clear golden color with a large head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Not much lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of Sweet-Tarts, funky barnyard, horse blanket, and grape juice. Sure have not smelled a beer like this before.

Tastes like a funky Sweet-Tart. Even the finish is Sweet-Tart. As the palate grows accustomed to the flavor, more of the funky qualities come out. Finishes clean and slightly dry with a slight oaky quality. Sort of an infected pinot gris and chardonnay blend. Could be refreshing if it was not such a large beer. No sign of the alcohol despite its large ABV.

Feels very light bodied due to the alcohol and very active carbonation. Works with this flavor profile.

I guess I should not be surprised by the flavor considering the addition of grapes into the barrel. Probably a beer that would improve with aging.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to DaveJanssen for a chance to try this.

3.0 A: Pours a slightly hazed radiant yellow brown. Two fingers of fizzy white head die off quickly like a can of Coke.

4.0 S: Woody vanilla and Chardonnay strike first. There's also a cinnamon-like spiciness along with a touch of pepper. Green apple, lemon, and of course white grape fruitiness. Acids on minimal.

4.5 T: Wood and vanilla again are most easily identifiable again. Sour apple, lemon, hay, sour white grapes come next. Lactic acid makes a moderately strong appearance. Spiciness is a touch of pepper and perhaps a smaller touch of clove. Very nice with a reasonable amount of sourness and low astrigency.

4.0 M: Light body. Good amount of carbonation that tickles the tongue. Smooth, but could be a bit creamier.

4.5 D: Complementarily complex and tasty. Good beer. Not overly sour, but just well made with a good recipe.

Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. 750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a slight hazy golden with a finger of bubbly white head that slowly faded into a fuzzy film and collar leaving wispy lace down the glass.
S: Lightly tart, lightly dry notes of white grapes and woody dry oak, vinous white wine, slight golden fruit, and slight peach.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of white grape, vinous oak barrel, and golden fruits in the finish. More fruit develops as it warms, and I get a hint of mint and bubblegum yeast.
M: Clean but not as dry or crisp as I was expecting. Medium-fuller body, fizzy active bubbly carbonation. The foamy carb adds some lightness to the mouthfeel.
O: Really solid wine barrel sour, smooth but not as dry as I like nor as crisp. Really enjoyable flavor though.

Photo of jbaker67
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Sean9689
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours reddish in color with a white fizzy head.

S - Sour/tart fruity notes, acidic, some floral notes as well.

T - A nice fruity taste mixed with the white grapes pretty up front. Not as sour as I'd like, but not too bad, nonetheless.

M - Fizzy, medium, smooth finish. I really like the mouthfeel on this one, almost perfect.

D - I'm not as inclined to go back for another as compared to some of the Bullfrog and RR sours, but it's not like I'm going to turn down another glass.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

thanks to kawilliams81 for sharing this tonite! Thanks kent!

reviewed from notes taken on 7/4/12.

2011 vintage poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: This beer looks like white grape juice with a nice big 2 fingers plus white head.

Smell: Big white grapes and a sweet fruitiness that is hard to describe. Nice oak barrell notes too.

Taste: White grape BOMB, pear juice, oak, and even a hint of grassiness. Mild to moderate sourness in this beer. Its also vinous and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is fantastic and drinks at half its 10% ABV! Its insane! Wow! Of the 4 cascade sours tasted last night this has the best mouthfeel of them all when it comes to drinkablity. It feels a little bit syrupy because of the white grape/ fruity sweetness, but remains light bodied. It almost reminds me of a lighter version of the syrup from a can of pears.

Overall: This one is like a white wine with a hint of sour. Its appropriately named "The Vine" for this wine like beer.

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Zwanze Day 2011
Bottle Share
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Light golden yellow with a thin white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

Sweet, candied grapes play the dominant role in the aroma. There's also a touch of wood and just the faintest hint of alcohol.

Sweet grapes are dominant in flavor as well along with a hint of wood and earth and a mild sourness. Simple, yet very tasty.

Thin to medium bodied. A pleasure to drink.

A tasty, simple, grape sour. I would love to try this one again.

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky straw, near white head, some cling lace.

S - Wild and barney. Sharp tart fruit like apple comes through center. Malt around the peripheral.

T - Musty, pulpy, like a wine left on lees. Some malt, very light overall.

M - Medium body, fair carb, fair balance.

D - Tasty. I like it.

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of harrymel
2.5/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

04AUG12 at barrel house. This vintage made with Muscat grapes.

Light yellow nearly still in appearance. Smells vinous, green apples, oak, some vinho verde, lime mist and a bit of leaves muddled into vodka soda. Flavor is too much like the grape - like a shitty wine intensly soured. Like a moscato that failed to make sure sanitation was meticulous when stunting a fermentation to retain residual sugars. A disappointment for me. Medium bodied with low carb and wet finish. I did not care for this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Tart grapes, funky Brett and other yeasts, oak, vanilla, lactic acid, lemon and other citrus zests, barnyard funk.

T - Sweet grainy malts, tart grapes and other stone fruits, oak, vanilla, funky Brett and other sour yeasts, lactic acid, lemon and other citrus zests, barnyard funk.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, funky, and dry finish.

D - Great sour beer. Great smoothness and overall balance.

Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.