Cascade Foudre #1
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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American Wild Ale
4.2 | pDev: 7.38%
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Cascade Foudre #1Cascade Foudre #1
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Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/18/18

Note: Yes, this is 5 years old. I've been sitting on this for a while.

A: Burnt orange with some notes of light amber - lightly hazy with some floaties - pours with a medium sized white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a medium collar, leaves some nice lacing

S: Funk and oak, in abundance - nicely funky and tart with some musty basement and touches of barnyard - some acidity, but the barrel is really center stage here - nicely woody, with some oak and chewy wood - decidedly sour but not overly so - some light sweetness and a touch of booze

T: Funky, tart, yet also chewy - loads of funk, with some barnyard weirdness - some lactic notes with damp cellar and damp barrel - touches of acidity, with some sharpness, but mostly lactic notes - tons of barrel, chewy wood, sharp yet also lactic oak - some sweetness, works well with the funk

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth but also sharp

O: Foudre? You guys want food?

This is a nicely tart, nicely funky barrel-aged beer. I suppose it may never exist again, but for what it's worth, this is great. It's funky sour and nicely sweet.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange to light brown color. Acidic notes with fruitiness in nose. Good not all just pucker like most American 'sours' but malt balances acidity. Poured with small bubbles.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Brief impressions at a tasting. Big format. Cage n cap over a cork. 2013 project.

"Ale aged in oak tanks and oak barrels." "9.2% ABV."

Sour and lactic, with a nice acidity. Blonde malt backbone bends to the bacteria. ~3-4/10 in terms of sourness intensity.

Balanced and enjoyable if a bit simple. Smacky, wet. refreshing, smooth, and well-carbonated (almost perfectly so).

It's well put together, though some fruiting would help bring it to the next level.

A nice sour from a great sour producer. Well worth trying, and good American work in this style.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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Photo of GSSW88
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden Orange, wheat beer color. White head that sticks around with a lot of lacing on the glass for a sour. Smells include: lactic sourness, apricot, stonefruit, slight hint of oak, brett, granola, fresh lemon. Taste starts off with a nice lactic acid sourness, bretty funk, citrus, stonefruit (particularly nectarine), oak on the finish, wheat malt, slight alcohol when it warms up. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, refreshing carbonation. This leaves the mouth and lips with slightly sticky residue, possibly some unfermented sugars. This beer is aged up to 16 months in new oak. I feel it would be better if it sat a little longer (let's say a full 24 months) in the new oak. I'd like to see what the next batch will be like with the same, now used, oak barrels. Overall, not bad at all. Wish it wS aged a little longer though.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours apricot in color with an active but soft looking white head. Spotty lacing was left down the glass.
S: The nose is full of a musty tartness mixed with a dry earthy woodiness. There's some mild notes of citrus as well.
T: Tastes like lemon lime iced tea with a touch of bready caramel. Oak is greasy and not especially dry. Lemony-lime finish with a musty and earthy tartness.
M: Soft medium body, light acidity, greasy oak mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Very smooth and clean. There's a nice chew to it.
O: Very drinkable with delicate flavors. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

while this might not be the most dynamic and inspiring of the cascade beers, its quality cannot be debated. its a rather straightforward blonde sour type, simple, especially for cascade who does more fruiting and blending and aging than anyone it seems. this is clean, wheat and pale malt base, puckery with a lacto and brett combo, bone dry, and heavy on the new oak, which i think is the point of it in the first place. the nose shows a little sweetness, which in the flavor manifests itself as pineapple juice and honey, which is a cool opening act for the intense vanilla and earthy notes from the wood. the sourness is pretty developed here, and the beer is quite dry on the whole. it always amazes me that cascade gets these ultra dry and sour beers up close to 10% abv, thats an accomplishment of science in and of itself. it cant be tasted though, and this one actually drinks pretty quickly. this is a cool beer because it shows that these guys dont need to rely on fruits and crazy barrels and everything else to make a rock star beer. very very well done, and downright delicious.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Lots of oak and tart apples. The double oak aging definitely mellowed the normal super puckering sour from most other Cascades I've had. Much more complex and I really liked it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rand
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to tulip glass

A: A light orange-tan in color, kinda murky but not opaque. Effervescent on the pour, but the head is quick to recede. Sticky lacing is everywhere.

S: The nose is tart, unripe fruit, suggesting berries and white grapes. Funk and vinegar splash about, playing off an earthy undertone. Lively bouquet.

T: Flavors are more citrusy than the nose...lemon all over the place. It's pretty tart, but the oak aging lends complexity, contrasting well with a sweet grape note mid-sip. Alcohol is well masked, but warms toward the finish. Closes as it starts, with a puckering sour aspects lingering.

M: Fairly light bodied, appropriate for the style, with a little extra viscosity thanks to the higher ABV.

A satisfying sour brew, complex and layered thanks to the extended oak aging.

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Cascade Foudre #1 from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 106 ratings