Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 277
Gots: 225 | FT: 20
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Its color is yellow with a tint of gold. The head is small, though the lacing it gives off is good. The nose is a pleasant note of soured white grapes. And it gets better in the taste. So smooth, so grapey. It tastes like someone fresh pressed some white grapes into a sour base beer and this is the final result. There is a touch of vinegar in this fairly sour grape beer. All in all, it's another great package delivered by the folks of Cascade. And to think that I've hesitated to pull the trigger on a bottle of any of their products....

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's today.

The beer pours a honey amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is pretty wild, showcasing vinegar and sour funk, along with a very noticeable grape and berry aroma. Fortunately, the dead moose and headcheese aroma aren't too overpowering in this beer (though it's definitely there). On the palate, the beer is pretty impressive, with the sour funk acting as a backdrop for the grape and berry flavors. There's also some noticeable banana, vanilla and even a hint of bubblegum, all wrapped around a core of sour funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the beer ending with a long, mouthpuckeringly sour zip on the finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though I found the sour funk to be a bit of a distraction after a while. Nevertheless, I thought this another solid beer from Cascade, with enough other stuff going on flavor and aroma-wise to keep the sour component from becoming overwhelming. Impressive.

Photo of biegaman
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Vine has a delicate pale colour but an intense, torchlight glow and the density of a London fog. Even its head is fluffy and cottony (at least for a short while). It is unexpectedly bright and cheery for something that's slumbered 18 months in the darkness of a wooden barrel.

Smelling the beer is akin to taking a knife, cutting a slit right down the center of a lemon and wedging your nose right up into the middle of it and taking a great big deep breath; it fills the lungs with rousing citric acidity and zippy tartness.

A glass of lemonade and apricot juice squeezed from a wood barrel with grass clippings thrown in - that’s the image that comes to mind while sipping this bright and beautifully flavoured marvel of a beer. It also has an underlying of dry, acidic white wine and oaky vanillin flavour as well as fleshy citrus, peppy tang, subtle sweetness and refined funk - it has e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!

I've learned from experience that few styles (and even fewer brands) can hold up to extended time in the cellar. Anything that's undergone lactic fermentation and oak-aging, however, tends to do well; this 2011 Vintage was opened at the end of 2013 and it's still drinking masterfully. I'd wager another 2 years wouldn't hurt one bit.

There's one reaction The Vine evokes sip after sip: a loud Lil Jon-like "YEAH!" Blending and souring three or four varieties of ale and then further barrel-fermenting with the juice from white wine grapes is what I'd call a pretty high-risk/high-reward experiment - Cascade hit the jackpot.

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold with a huge beautiful frothy head. The retention is excellent, and there's a surprising amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of sugary grapes with some oak. I'm not sure about the grapes used in this, but it reminds me of Riesling or Muscat. There's a low level of lactic character, but a very low level of tartness. It's sugary and sweet. The flavor is better than the aroma suggested. The taste is sweet with notes of ripe white grape skins and a little musty barnyard. Again, Muscat comes to mind. There's a bit more tartness here than I expected from the aroma. Some oak notes and spices are present. The finish is dry and slightly tart with sugary grapes. No hops or alcohol are noticeable.

The beer is light bodied with good carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

I was hoping this would be tarter and sourer. I have a few more bottles of this and I'm interested to see how it develops over time.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of liamt07
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Rutager, 2011 vintage.

Orange with light lacing and retention. Nose has some sweaty socks, white grape, white wine, oak, fruit and lighter fleshed fruits like peaches and apricots. Taste is lightly sour sweeter malt, white grape, apricot and nectarine. Medium full feel, and a gentle effervescence. Delightful.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 picked up at John's Marketplace and Belmont Station... reviewed from 2 sets of paper notes.

Nice long lasting khaki head.. the brew is pretty clear lite amber.

Nose has herbal qualities that both times I've had a really hard time placing... sorta minty.. oaky.. green apple

the same herbal element is more involved in the palate... a bit antiseptic tongue numbing lite clove... grassy.. sour is pretty lactic with some tannins that really dry it out on the finish.. an interesting sorta musky overtone begins toward the front of the palate and follows through to the finish.. never really got the "grapes" but friends say I am missing it.. the "minty" aspect ties this one up for me. Pretty drinkable in the respect that I want another sip just to try and place the huge mix of what all is going in to this one.

This is not a sour lover's sour.. instead a nice mash-up that has waves of stuff going on... pleasing and super complex... though probably just not for everyone.

I need to drink another of these, but am down to my last couple of bottles.... I would be interested to see what a couple of years in a cool cellar would do.


Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.26.13
2011 Project

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a large, very fizzy off-white to yellow head that is gone almost instantly.

S - Acidic, pretty funky, lemony and citrus, white grapes.

T - Funky, sweet grape, almost orange like finish, vinous.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Less acidic and more funky. Time has improved this bottle.

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2011 project, at 9.73% ABV.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam which dissipated somewhat quickly. Attractive!

Smell: sweet malt with a light tartness and a definite white wine character. Subtle but not under-done; the overall effect is quite pleasing.

Taste: sweet, malty flavor with a light hint of grain and a nice tartness. Toward the end the white wine character comes out a little bit more effectively; this then morphs back to a maltier aftertaste. I like the dynamic character here; this beer is quietly confident. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: this beer is quite attenuated and has a pretty light body, but carbonation is high giving it a big, if ephemeral, creaminess; not unlike champagne, really.

Overall: this beer is tasty and super drinkable. This beer shares a lot in common with a sparkling white wine, and a good one at that. I am really enjoying this.

Photo of glid02
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul - thanks to whoever you are!

Pours a hazy purplish-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of lightly tart raisin, fig, and plum aromas. Also present are solid amounts of Concorde grapes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of tart plum and sweet Concorde grape flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness subsides a bit and the fruit flavors skew more toward raisins and prunes. The fruit flavors carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I was a very big fan of this beer - I love the flavors of American grapes (Concorde, muscadines, and scuppernongs) and I find that it's difficult to accurately get that flavor in a beer. This beer succeeds completely and has additional complexity from other dark fruits and the malt bill. Well worth a shot.

Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.