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Cascade Winter Gose - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Winter Gose
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very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.52%

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Also called 'Holiday Gose'

Brewed with cranberry, hibiscus flower, and orange peel.

(Beer added by: jdense on 01-19-2010)
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Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And the award for the most growlers provided to a tasting group goes to...(drum roll)...drabmuh. Yet again, thanks Matt!

The beer appears clear and golden orange hued with a small white head. Spices, particularly of the Christmas (or holiday, if you prefer) variety. Pretty well balanced, though cinnamon stands out a bit. Only a light helping of salt. Personally, I like the briny quality of a bold gose, but this one is still pretty tasty. I would have it again, albeit in small quantities.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2012 01:13:21 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/11/12 notes. Growler shared by drabmuh at a recent Cascade tasting. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a bright yellow-orange color with two inches of white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells funky, of salt, citrus hops, fruit, and earthy notes.

t - Tastes of citrus, sour fruits, salt, fruity malts, and light funk. More sourness then the nose, and a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very good gose. Haven't had a ton of them but this is one of the better ones I've had. Would like to try their other versions.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2012 02:54:08 | More by mdfb79
Photo of drabmuh


4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best goses I've ever had and I've had a few. Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is yellow, with a mild haze, decent head, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is nice, mildly funky, a little lactic, a little sweet.

Beer is nice, not overwhelmingly salty but definitely there, a great little beer. Nice finish, mild funk, good lactic character. I could have a lot of this beer. Surprising to see it is 6%, not detectable at all.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2012 16:13:19 | More by drabmuh
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to drabmuh for sharing this growler.

Appearance: golden-yellow with touches of orange and peach; good white head

Smell: Light citrus, spice, salt, and funk with some floral notes.

Taste: Very nice, light salt and faint funk, along with some good citrus notes and a touch of pine.

Overall: very nice gose, I hope I can try this one again. Easy drinking and I am a bit surprised to see it is 6%.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:30:09 | More by craytonic
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to drabmuh for securing this growler and bringing it to the Cascade tasting. Served in a Cascade Barrel House goblet.

Pours a fairly-clear orange color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose has a nice combination of cranberry, citrus, and lacto. Nothing over the top, but plenty there.

The flavor hits the same notes, with the spice and fruit mixing really well with the acid. Very light salty note, which goes well with the acidity. Mouthfeel is very light with a dry, acidic finish. Really impressive from the folks in Portland.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2012 16:15:51 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden color with noce carbonation and a small white cap

S: Some spice, orange peel and funky sourness

T: A big citrus taste coupked with sourness, some spice and floral notes

M: Medium body, well carbonated, sour as heck and good

O: Easy to drink and good

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 05:34:02 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Rifugium


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Cascade, Portland, OR
'09 vintage tasted in Dec. '11.

Cascade seems to be a big fan of this style, and it's a good thing too, because I haven't had many goses...actually this might be one of only two or three I've ever sampled. I'm glad it was on tap for me to try.

Poured a golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a small white head. Aroma of gingery spice, light fruit and lemon zest. Taste was nicely complex, with tastes of tart fruits up front--cherries, cranberries--floral (there is hibiscus in it) and perfumey mid-palate, with a distinct saline finish that lingered on the tongue for a few seconds. Some light notes of cinnamon and ginger came out after a few more sips. Light-medium body, but full of flavor, distinct and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 00:04:34 | More by Rifugium
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. I tried an older one later, but unfortunately didn't make any more notes on it.

Good lace, pale white head, golden body.

Light crisp nose, vinous, champagne-like.

Tart vinegar sting wears off into sweet tart apple. Well blended.

Crisp, bright feel, and again, champagne-like.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 18:21:38 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel room today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a considerable amount of ginger and juniper berries, with a hint of lemon and lime. The flavor profile is pretty complex, showing more ginger and juniper, but with some vanilla and fruit cocktail flavors as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is good, with the flavor complexity making me want to savor this beer slowly. Yet another solid beer from Cascade.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 01:14:14 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of beertunes


3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bar that I had this at called this "Winter Gose", I'm assuming this is the same beer. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a coppery honey gold color with just under 1/2 inch of white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was dominantly grain with a slight salt scent in the background. The taste was very good, tangy grains, a bit of saltiness and a mildly tart finish.

The body was nice and smooth, but a bit sharp. Drinkability was very good, I'll be going back for more of this beer. Overall, a good beer, a bit fuller and richer than the other couple examples of the style I've had. Worth trying if you see it.

Edit 2/25/12: Had this again last night in a tulip. The beer seems to have stayed fairly consistent, my notes from last night matched almost identically. The only change is that I'm changing the taste score to 4, from 3.5. I really like this beer a lot, a must try if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2010 20:27:03 | More by beertunes
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the lodge (a few times now), Holiday Gose is a tawny copper with a small white skim leaving very light, scattered lace.

Smell is muted at first, as it's served very cold, some light pheonols, but gets fruity and floral as it warms, with the cranberries, hibiscus and orange peel all contributing to the bouquet.

Taste has a really nice tartness, accentuated by the strong cranberry and lacto, a nice saltiness as well. A little caramel to the malt provides body, with a pretty clean finish, although there is a hint of ethanol.

Mouthfeel is oily, but with a crisp finish and medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, definitely a holiday gose. I like the cranberry for sure, but this lacks the complexity and overall enjoyment of the autumn gose. Still, really enjoying this series, yet another creative take on this obscure yet enjoyable style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2010 20:59:18 | More by ccrida
Photo of popery


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, City Beer Store. This beer poured a relatively clear reddish amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is primarily sour cranberries. The hibiscus comes through a bit, but it's hard to pick it out exactly. There's some spice and fruity/malty sweetness. The flavor is sour berry tart. It's not an enormous pucker, but it goes down that road. There are some sweet floral and spice notes as well. A tad thin. A pleasant beer but quite off-style, not that I mind.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2010 05:47:31 | More by popery
Photo of msubulldog25


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally made it out to visit Raccoon Lodge/Cascade...a happy hour snack and a flute/goblet full of Holiday Gose (the nearer it gets to February, the more out-of-season this gets).

A: Lovely amber/golden, a little hazy. The finest and faintest ring of whitish cream and star-shapedfilm. Plenty of rapidly-rising carbonation.

S: So sniffable; a flowery and grass/hay earthy twang, mild orange citrus, a yeasty/crackery breadiness that -yes- smells oceanic. Salt in the aroma? I suppose the answer is 'yes'...

T: Love the blatant saliva-inducingsalt and mild berry tartness. Follows with a flowery/citrus-fruity quality that evokes a tropical fruit punch. More dry/earthy as it progresses - perhaps the berries taking over. Mild spice and little lasting bitterness.

M: A medium feel, borderline full, that has a round and somewhat chewy character. Rather refreshing, and the briny finish leaves one wanting more.

D: If you have it the pub, be sure to try it with some fries, paired with either the Blackberry Ketchup or the Raspberry Habanero; both pair exceptionally with the Gose's tart/fruit nature. A sipper only, not too quaffable, but a well-made and inspired brew I'd like to enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 00:34:42 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of jdense


3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Raccoon Lodge served in Teardrop glass, 1.17.2010.

Copper amber body with reddish hints, one finger tan head, slow dissipation, nice lacing. The nose is sweet, tart and funky, the cranberries dominate with orangel peel taking a back seed. The cranberries are dominant on the taste, orange peel comes through, had a hard time picking out the hibiscus. Not as salty as the Autumn Gose, IMO. Tart, lip-smacking finish. An unusual take at a seldom seen style. The cranberries were a nice holiday inspired touch, could have used a bit more spice to cut through the sweetness, and the saltiness got a bit lost. Not my favorite beer from one of the most innovative breweries in Beervana, but worth a try for the curious Cascade fan.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 03:14:45 | More by jdense
Cascade Winter Gose from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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