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Bottleworks XIV - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 136
Gots: 42 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.95% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This NW style sour ale is a blend of Blond Quad and Blond ales that were aged in Bourbon, wine and rum barrels with orange zest for up to 24 months.

Blended to celebrate the 14th anniversary of Bottleworks.

(Beer added by: Adamostella on 02-25-2013)
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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

09-11-2013 14:35:48 | More by ShanePB
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-08-2013 13:53:12 | More by campfirebrew
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Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.8%

08-31-2013 00:18:14 | More by ncaudle
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

08-24-2013 21:39:08 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

08-24-2013 21:26:08 | More by djrn2
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

08-21-2013 16:34:22 | More by imperialking
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nkeckhar

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

08-15-2013 02:28:18 | More by nkeckhar
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jvillefan

California

4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: It has a golden orange body that is very clear after leaving the bottle in my refrigerator for 3 months and then leaving the last 1 oz in the bottle. The half finger head is an orange tinged ivory that hangs around for a while.

S: The perfect balance between funk, tart, fruit, and malt. The funk from the brett comes up first. It has that barnhouse aroma that Brett is known for. The sour is mixed in nicely with the fruit. There is a sour orange flora aroma that is very pleasant. The malt lingers subtly in the back of this beer with caramel notes. The only problem I have with it is that it is very subtle.

T: The taste mirrors the aroma perfectly. The tart and sweetness come forward in this beer more in the flavor then in the aroma. Great balance between the sour, fruit, and funk. One of the best sours out there.

M: Very rich full and creamy mouth feel. The carbonation is perfect. In terms of sours, this is the best.

O: I am a little upset that this is only a one time brew. This is the top five sours that I have ever had. Very delicious and well worth trading for.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:37:35 | More by jvillefan
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -6.8%

08-08-2013 20:25:19 | More by chippo33
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mikennat

Missouri

5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-07-2013 18:57:39 | More by mikennat
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Anonymous1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

07-29-2013 18:19:32 | More by Anonymous1
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

07-29-2013 16:33:38 | More by mjohnson17
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-23-2013 23:57:23 | More by ajzy
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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-23-2013 03:12:56 | More by duketheredeemer
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-20-2013 00:53:36 | More by mrebeka
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Kevin W for this one - definitely a brew that I thought I'd never get the chance to try. Bottleworks XIV is a burnt and toasty shade of copper; murky and nearly opaque all the way through. The white head whips around quickly on top of the brew and transcends into thin air within a few seconds of the pour. Lively carbonation with a sloppy colored body.

This beer is a mix of Blond Quad and Blond ale aged in three kinds of barrels: bourbon, wine, and rum, all with orange zest for 24 months - quite a bit to wrap your schnoz around. The wine barrel comes through heaviest; heavy, heavy vinous notes with lightly boozy grapes, cherries, apples, oak barrel, bitter orange, and sour, beautiful acidity.

A nice, complex, fruity and tart nose; after some time, I start picking up light bourbon notes from the bourbon barrel. At 12% ABV, this is one motherfunkin' sour ale; chalk that up to the three types of heavier booze-laden barrels. I end up finishing the brew without really getting any rum notes, but bourbon is there, and wine is full-force. Warming and tart at the same time.

Each sip smashes your palate with boat loads of cherry tartness, applesauce, huge vinous grapes, oaky dryness, light vanilla, slight bourbon undertones, with finishing orange and some sense slicing acidic notes. There's plenty of tartness from the fruits, but this is still not what I'd call "sour". It's actually pretty sweet which works well with the stature of the beer.

Warmth brings out some light acetone notes - at 12% ABV, it isn't too much of a surprise, and it's not nearly enough to be off-putting or distracting. It just bumps up the robustness a bit and reminds you that you've got a strong beer in your glass so you don't slam it like a bro and wake up in a strange basement the following morning. Medium bodied, creamy on the palate with a good amount of soft and smooth carbonation.

A weird brew in the way that it's kind of different than most other ales out there. It's tart, it's sweet, it's oaky and dry, it's mildly boozy, and deliciously fruity. Very complex and enjoying to drink, and at 12% ABV, it's drinks incredibly easy. Take a bottle of this to the dome and try not to lash out at the people you love. Thanks again, Kevin. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 11:54:28 | More by tectactoe
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to FalconA for sending this my way!

Never would expect such a lively appearance - a burnt honey golden body shows little beading but a massive paper white head fills the glass with ease, leaving tons of sticky lace behind as it recedes.

Could smell this one from a mile away. Huge, sweet jam notes... marmalade, rum, ginger maybe (?), pear and plum. The combination of sweet, sour and heat creates something that's a little spicy. Although the booze is quite evident, it isn't too medicinal or hot - it manages to really cling to the flavors of those barrels (if that makes sense).

Wasn't sure which direction this would take on the palate... it's got a pretty impressive sense of balance given the booze bill. Waves of fruit juice flavor - orange, pineapple and grape. It's more sweet than sour on the tongue. That said, there is a pleasant, swelling acidity that cleans off the palate at the finish.

Some various notes that I pickup along the road: chardonnay, plum, apricot, grapefruit, peach, phenol, juniper, apple cider, fig.

Easily the most intricate sour beer I've had the pleasure of trying. Terrific stuff.

Thanks Paul!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:28:32 | More by yamar68
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.31/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle brought by me to the tasting. Thanks me!

A: Clear copper color with a descending offwhite head.

N: Lactic acid, honey, rum, more lactic acid, sweet-tarts, cherry and some raspberry. Coconut is prevalent. This is definitely a Cascade sour from the get-go.

T: Sour, but it's more balanced with the underlying layer of sweetness than some of its counterparts. Not to say it avoids the sweet-tart thing, entirely. However, there's some aspirin and butter going on here.

M: Big and oily.

O: It's fun. It doesn't break any new ground, and it's not particularly memorable. I wouldn't turn down a pour, either.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 19:30:15 | More by writerLJBerg
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Bottleworks XIV from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.