Foudre #1
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Wild Ale
4.18 | pDev: 7.42%
Feb 27, 2022
Aug 10, 2014
Foudre #1Foudre #1
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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Cork & caged 750 poured into 16oz tulip. Some sediment from being stored on its side in the fridge, but a careful pour yielded positive results. Poured a light hazy dark orange color with just a thin cap of white head (although there was good carbonation, and the beer was not a gusher) that had minimal retention and very good lacing.

A nice tart scent popped out on opening, and closer inhalation revealed very nice wood. There was a bit of a fruit scent, likely from the yeast, that was floating around the background.

Take all those components from the scent, and multiple them by 5, and you have the taste. Tartness dominates, certainly, but the wood and fruit are definitely have a solid stake on their territories.

The body was a touch fuller than anticipate, more than light, less than medium, had a light, pleasing coarseness, and a very dry finish. The beer carried good carb throughout.

Drinkability was very good, especially for a 9+% brew. It was no chore finishing the bottle.

Overall, a great brew. Wish I'd have had the foresight to have bought, and held onto, more. An absoloute must-try if you ever see it.

Feb 27, 2022
4.48 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jan 03, 2019
4.5 by redfox405 from California on May 07, 2018
4.2 by BAsbill from California on May 05, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 18, 2018
4 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Feb 02, 2018
3.39 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on Dec 11, 2017
4.4 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Sep 10, 2017
4.3 by grover37 from District of Columbia on May 27, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

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.

Mar 26, 2017
4 by pwoody11 from Delaware on Feb 01, 2017
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3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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

04/21/20 impressions from another 2013 project 750ml hood-and-wire caged brown glass bottle:

Aged in my cellar since acquisition years ago. Served chilled into stemware.

APPEARANCE: Head fizzles out within seconds, leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass. Body colour is a vibrant copper. Boasts excellent clarity, appearing well filtered and capturing the light well.

AROMA: Barnyard funkiness, acetobacter, acetic acid/vinegary notes, apple cidre sweetness (like a fine Brittany cidre), beautiful oak-derived vanillin (indeed, some of the best vanillin aromatics I've ever encountered in a beer), smacky lactobacillus bacterial acidity, pale malts/neutral Belgian malts, and microfloral intricacy.

When I think of Cascade sours, I usually think of sterile lacto-bombs (great lactobombs, but lactobombs nevertheless). This has more microfloral subtlety, lively oak/wood, and bacterial complexity than I recall experiencing in any of their beers I've tried to date.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Smacky and acidic almost to the point of parching the palate...there's some heavy bacterial twang here and it's set off by the cidery acidity and estery green apple that's a lot! A very aggressive mouthfeel, though despite the beer being a blend of Tripel style ales, this lacks the booziness I usually find in American-brewed expressions of the Tripel style (though, obviously, its sourness and emphasis on lactobacillus renders it decidedly not a Tripel but rather a sour/wild ale).

ABV is well hidden. There's plenty of bacterial flavour here but none of the microfloral character I thought I found in the aroma. The oak gets clobbered by its loud acidity and sourness but I can still pick out some vanillin. Easily a subjective 7-8/10 in terms of sourness...I've a tough palate to pucker but this beer really goes for it, not shying away from sourness or acidity. Some may find it unpleasantly bold, but I do like it.

I can't shake the feeling that this would be better fruited; so many of Cascade's best sour ales are. I've certainly had more dialed in sour ales with more bacterial, microfloral, woodsy, and yeasty complexity, but this is a solid effort from Cascade. Not your Allagash coolship sour or your Russian River wine barrel sour...less well defined but still quite well executed given the more neutral (if I can call it that) flavour profile they're targeting.

OVERALL: If the goal was to emphasize pronounced oak flavours, you'd think they'd have used barrels, not foudres. I guess I'm not sure what they were really going for...a sour Tripel style ale, I guess, but they really seem to try to market the oak on the label.

I want them to either steer into the sour ale skid and go big on the oak and maybe add some fruit - or alternatively to swing big for the microflora/cidre angle and supplement this with some cedary woodsy notes, clove honey/crazy Fantome-like spices, barnyard funkiness/Brettanomyces yeast, etc. As-is, there isn't enough to really latch onto beyond the shallow acidity and enjoyable but one-dimensional lactobacillus sourness...beneath those layers, there's just a vague impression of faint oak and a very neutral malt backbone.

This is more drinkable than it ought to be given its high ABV, but then its palate-stripping acidity and puckery sourness render it a beer that I don't know I necessarily want to finish a whole wine bottle worth of.

Would pair beautifully with a vinaigrette-dressed spinach salad.

High B- / WORTHY

Dec 27, 2016
4.46 by tshanahan from California on Jun 06, 2016
4.25 by Dave_Treat from Virginia on May 01, 2016
4.24 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Apr 06, 2016
4.16 by nmann08 from Virginia on Mar 19, 2016
3.47 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC) on Mar 07, 2016
3.79 by frasergrove from California on Jan 24, 2016
4.85 by tleventhal from Missouri on Jan 24, 2016
4.25 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky on Jan 22, 2016
4.21 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Nov 21, 2015
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Nov 21, 2015
4.24 by Nightrain87 from California on Oct 27, 2015
4 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Oct 21, 2015
4 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Oct 19, 2015
4.5 by cmwilliq from Wisconsin on Sep 24, 2015
4.25 by dddddddd from Washington on Aug 17, 2015
4.25 by Sean_King from Pennsylvania on Aug 10, 2015
4.29 by jaydoc from Kansas on Jul 24, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GSSW88 from California

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.

Jul 16, 2015
4.23 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky on Jul 08, 2015
4.47 by freshflesh from California on Jun 26, 2015
4.41 by imperialking from Illinois on Jun 15, 2015
3.92 by cp45 from New Jersey on Jun 07, 2015
4.02 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on May 26, 2015
4.75 by Shandycan from Pennsylvania on Apr 13, 2015
4.03 by rdooley from Texas on Apr 06, 2015
4.25 by fthegiants from California on Apr 06, 2015
4 by oline73 from Maryland on Mar 24, 2015
3.75 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Mar 21, 2015
Foudre #1 from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 107 ratings