Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 282
Gots: 230 | 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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-07-2009

"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%
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Ratings: 804 | Reviews: 189
Photo of cpetrone84
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage - 750ml bottle.

Pours bright golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a big fizzy white head that recedes very quickly to a thin collar and a small collection of bubbles.

Aroma is lightly lactic but with a sweet grape character. There is lots of oaky tannins and light funkiness, though it's not nearly as tart or acidic as most Cascade sours.

The taste is more of the same with a subdued lactic backbone with some spicy Belgian yeast and lots of oak, especially in the finish. There is also more lactic acidity in the finish than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and an overwhelmingly vinous, grape-heavy feel.

Another really solid sour from Cascade, though it's not nearly as in-your-face as some of the others I've had. That's not necessarily a bad thing and the grapes really make it unique.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Teku glass. 2012 project.

A: Golden and hazy, with a surprising (and, given New Year's Eve, disappointing) lack of effervescence.

S: Fruity and tart. Candy-like. Slightly muted.

T/M: Scintillating and brilliant! More beery than anticipated, with a sharp lactic acid bite through the very obvious (and *almost* too-sweet grapes). It's a great wild ale, with zest and zing to ring in a new year.

O: Enjoyable, but not surprising. A solid sour entry, and perhaps even a good starting point for newbies. Recommended.

Photo of Gmann
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 blackie
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

draft at the barrel house

Served in a stubby chalice, the beer is a deep, golden color with a frothy white head. The nose is loaded with oaky white whine and white grape notes. Sweet malt. Following are earth, pear, and belgian yeast. The flavors follow suit, with an additional light tart. Light-medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Not my favorite Cascade, but unique and enjoyable.

Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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 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 tpd975
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange yellow. Small fizz but no real head or retention. No lace.

S: Aromas of brett, cherry, oak, and loads of funk.

T: great beer. Cherries and green apple. Oak, brett, and white wine. Peach, apricot, and sour tarts, and a dash of aspirin.

M: Light zippy carbonation,

D: Great, love it. Thanks Zack, SeaBass, and everyone else who have shared this one with me over the past couple months.

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 RedDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comparing The Vine to other beer styles quickly proves challenging. But it is a treat to drink. It begins with a vigorous de-corking that unleashes an ale of near rabid carbonation. The beer is simple amber with a soft white head. The aroma suggests grapes, ginger, and grains of paradise. The taste is oaken and dry but not overly sour or acidic. It variously resembles a tart apple soda and a white wine, perhaps champagne.

Overall, a mellow yet complex arrangement that demands leisurely appreciation. Just be advised that the bottle will release plenty of suspended yeast as you draw low on it, and thick gobs of it may drop out at the bottom.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.42/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Cork and caged bottle from Tipples. 2013 Project. Pours clear golden colored with some spritzy white head that goes away quickly. Aroma of slight sour vinegar, oak, grapes, citrus peel, and maybe even some Brett. Flavor is lightly tart, dry with some oakiness, and an interesting bit of grape sort of like grape soda rather than grape juice. Hmmm. Some vinous notes as expected. Medium bodied from the sweetness, but rather spritzy with the carbonation. Cascade managed to make a $31 beer taste like Dave Chappelle's Grape Drink. Not drain pouring this since its not completely offensive and cost that much, but what the eff? Seriously what a ripoff.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to crushedvol for this one…

A: Pours a dark yellow with some orange/red hues with quite a bit of pure white head. The foam settles fairly quickly, leaving a solid bubbly ring along the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is tart and sour, a bit stinging, but nothing too outrageous. I get mild vinegar, grape skin, mild spice, and mild grain. This beers smells nice.

T: The beer starts off bright and sour with grape skin, yeast, and a touch of vinegar. It’s puckering, but not overly sour. As it moves to the middle, you get that familiar Cascade flavor. The beer thins out in the finish, and get light and slightly dry.

M: Light bodied beer. It’s tart and refreshing to start, mellows out in the middle, and finishes slightly dry.

O: This is a really nice sour. It’s not super intense (like Apricot or Kriek). It’s just right. It’s something that I’d love to try again in the future. Super drinkable.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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 rlee1390
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, highly carbonated to start but it dies off after a while.

S-Grapes, grapes. Lots of them. Some wood/oak as well.

T-Grapes everywhere. Amazing. Good deal of oak and wood. Good balance, earthy/grassy notes as well.

M-Lighter, good deal of carbonation, crisp and dry finish.

O-One of the better grape based sours I've had. The grape flavor was large and in charge but in nice balance with the other flavors. A solid sour.

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


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 harrymel
2.57/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Floydster
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery with Ron and Curtis, thanks again for the awesome hospitality guys, reviewed from notes, color is a medium orange with some amber tones, one inch very bubbly white head that does not last long, not much lacing, aroma has white grapes, sour green apples, oak, grassy accents, white pepper, lactobacillus, herbal accents, apricots, and lemon juice, flavor starts off with a dry grape flavor, sour and sweet fruits in the middle, finishes wine-like with a big oak finish, a little minty as it warms actually, dry, slightly sweet, and tart mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, heavily carbonated, taste lingers with dryness, could drink the bottle for sure, no booze in the flavor which seems hard to believe for a beer over nine percent, smooth and full of unique fruit flavor, look forward to having again, grab a bottle when you can

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours clear golden with a thin white head that fades quickly to nothing. The nose is moderately sour and vinous with a touch of sweetness. The taste is a bit off with a touch of sweet and sour grapes, peppery oak, and reserved bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel also seems a bit off and isn't as clean tasting as I'd previously experienced with Bruery/Cantillon grape-based sours. Regardless, this light bodied, effervescent, semi-dry sour is quite drinkable and will probably age relatively well. I'm glad to try this beer, but it's not my favorite of the style or from Cascade.

Photo of Overlord
2.86/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks chewy! Now, fly casual!

Pours a hazy, sediment-y burnished amber/orange. Big off-white head.

Smells ... off. Strangely medicinal and herbally. Ugh. There is some muted funk/horse blanket to it, and there is a vinous quality to the smell.

If I focus real hard on the flavor, I get a fantastic, really great vinous, grape-y, acidic undertone. Actually reminds me a bit of consecration. Unfortunately, there is an awful, medicinal herbal taste that is a constant presence. It even lingers as an aftertaste. I'd think I had an off bottle, but other people have noted it as well.

Quite disappointing. There's a base of a really good beer, but something has definitely gone off kilter.

Nice mouthfeel.

Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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