Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur
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Cascade Cuvée Du JongleurCascade Cuvée Du Jongleur
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #440
ABV:
8.41%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,549
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.86%
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
139
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
 
Oregon, United States
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Cascade Cuvée Du JongleurCascade Cuvée Du Jongleur
Notes: "A careful blending of select barrels of Flanders Reds and soured Belgian Triples aged in oak for up to 18 months. Then blended with fresh 25° Plato Blond Quadruppel. Hand-bottled, corked and then aged allowing lactic fermentation. 8.41% ABV" - Raccoon Lodge website
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StJamesGate from New York

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 Vintage
Clear garnet with no head; cranberry, Red Hots, and red wine vinegar nose; red currant tartness, Chinese red pears, underripe strawberries, hits of fresh dates, warm peppery phenols, brown sugar echoes and slight thread of vanilla; lactic sorbet fizz, clean.

4 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25

Lots to pick apart here. Nose does actually shift if you concentrate - Flanders red tartness here, quad cloves there. Same goes for the flavors, where hunting for, say, tripel esters + phenols brings you to orchard fruit + pepper. But this is besides the point; integration is the name of the game here. It is most obviously like a red, but gets deeper + sweeter as you go. Cascade do this in their sleep, and while it might not be their showiest, it’s possibly their most nuanced.

Excellent Christmas dinner aperitif.

Jan 13, 2020
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pandamanlives from New York

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red. It's pretty hazy as far as sours go.

Smell: Right off the bat, you're hit with oak and sour cherries to the max. There's some dry red wine notes in there as well. Very jammy and a little boozy.

Taste: Mmmmmm. An intense sour cherry flavor balanced by a pleasing dark maltiness. Lots of acidity, to the point of evoking the taste of lemons. Some hints of green apple in the finish, which is balanced out by a subtle sweetness. Incredibly flavorful overall, and the alcohol is masked well. My friend said it tastes like something she's eaten, but she's not sure what. But she liked it as well (??)

Mouthfeel: Mild-to-medium carbonation. Medium-bodied, somewhat oily, but with a crisp, dry finish. Refreshing!

Overall: Another big winner from Cascade. Would definitely drink again!

Oct 26, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage. On draft, Loosa Brews AL.

Dark, hazy, rust-colored crimson hue. Soft, creamy head rises up slowly and settles into a white ring around the inside of the glass.

Tons of tart cherries, oak, and bourbon on the nose. Dark grape must and a hint of funky yeast. Very well balanced. Candied dark fruits and toasted malts on the backbone help to add to the complexity.

Again, tart cherry candy, very mild oxidation. Good Belgian yeast influence imparts a good level of yeasty funk and accompanies a puckering finish. Overall more Flemish red influence than anything, but very good.

Tart, puckering, acidic. Tannic, with a warm, smooth finish.

Apr 17, 2019
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crosenkrantz from Switzerland

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien, smell like Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien, tastes much like Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien.
The best Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien clone ever and a very fine beer.

Mar 20, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a bit of beige foam. Aroma is woody and acetic with dried fruit notes. Taste is sour with woody bitterness and dark fruits on the finish. A bit astringent and dry, slightly puckering. Medium body with medium minus carbonation. Pretty nice one, tasty and not overly sour.

Mar 16, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear darker honey hue with a thin white head.

S - Aromas of light sour cherries, oxidized cardboard.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of cherry sweetness, decent funk. The is some quad notes, loads of canned cherry pie filling. There is a fair amount of acid, lots of oxidized cardboard though.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was rather past its prime. Quite oxidized.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 20, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty old but can't find a date.

Light fizzy bubbly head, clear dark tan reddish brown.

Nose syrupy candy, sour brown malts, some paper oxidation, sour cherry like note, sour brown malt, lactic acid, tart acetic acid too, caramel brown malt.

Taste sour brown malts, paper oxidation, little tart candied cherry, sweet quad like candi sugar, lactic acid and mild bacteria funk, fruity acetic acid, tart flemmy sticky. Dry finish, flemmy acidic, sour malts.

Mouth is med bod, syrupy like, flemmy and acidic, decent carb.

Overall eh, def past its prime, wish I drank it sooner, but thus is life.

Feb 20, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep red brown color with a good sized fluffy off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. The aroma holds lots of dark fruits, I pick up prunes and plums with a light lactic tang thing going on. Sweet and dark sugars round out the malt side of things. The flavor is nice and a bit sweet up front with lots of dark fruits and deep sugars going on. Light lemon and grapefruity tartness mingle with a mild lactic presence. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet tarts mouthfeel going on. Nice beer, lightly tart with lots of sweet juicy fruits still surviving.

Mar 24, 2013
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by BRoss242! 2006 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, tart, fruit, sour, and cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, fruit, and cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. HOLY CRAP! I never thought I would see this one! Massive thanks again Billy! It was definitely worth the wait on this one as it really reminded me of the Sang Royale we had prior only the fruit profile I was begging for actually showed up. However, with the age on this one, a lot of the fruit profile had expired and faded quite a bit. Still nice of it to be there though. Really glad I finally got to try this one and if you have one, I would drink it soon.

Jul 10, 2012
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DaveHS from California

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no date, but I think this is probably about 2 years old. Courtesy of gregagee, a very generous trader.

A-Pours the color of Pennsylvania Dutch apple cider, hazy, with a few errant chunks of yeast. Small khaki colored head, soapy lacing.

S-Very unusual. Smells heavily of Smuckers grape jam. A subtle suggestion of tartness, not much else.

T/M-Body is more similar to a tripel than most wild or sour ales I've tried. There's a light fruit tartness up front, but it quickly fades out, revealing flavors more in line with an abbey ale. Estery fruit flavors, burnt white sugar. The cherry tartness comes out again in the finish, but not in a major way.

O-This is a mild wild.

Jul 18, 2011
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass a clear, dark clear copper color with a 1 finger light tan head. Sweet caramel, spice, toffee, and slight acetone. Light/medium mouthfeel. A rich caramel flavor with some notes of barrel. Vanilla as well mixed with some dark fruit notes like dark cherry. This one isn’t overly sour by any means but has a nice lactic acidity that kicks in through mid drink and lingers for a bit. The ending has a nice blunt barrel and fruit flavor that draw it to a close. The abv it only slighlty noticeable in the end. Some lace. Very glad I got to try this one as I have been searching for it for a while.

Jun 25, 2011
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mikereaser from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 1/4/10

A - pours a reddish chestnut brown with some nice foam that slowly dissipated

S - sweet cherries, oranges, and some oak dominate the aroma

T - oak dominates, with some cherries, wine barrel, oranges, lemon, apples and a bit of musty funk

M - good carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, slightly tart and that increases as it warms.

D - very drinkable, great flavor and i'll seek it out again.

Jun 23, 2011
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some oak and very light acidic notes. Taste is a nice balance mix between some tart and oak notes with a very subtle acidic finish. Body is quite full for style with great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent even though I think the alcohol level is too high for the style. Not the most complex beer from this brewery but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Apr 23, 2011
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PDXHops from South Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Like with every other Cascade 750 I've had, I nearly tore an elbow ligament trying to get the damned cork out. But every one has been worth the extra effort, and Cuvee Du Jongleur is no exception.

Ruddy reddish caramel body topped with 2 fingers of cream-colored head that seems a little on the fizzy side, yet recedes at a fairly slow rate. Eventually it gets down to a thick skim surrounded by a thicker collar of bubbles. Crackly lacing is scattered about.

Plenty of tartness in the nose- berry, cherry, sourwood honey, green apples- along with a fair amount of oak and hints of funk. Taste is similarly well-balanced (Cascade does an excellent job with their wild ales of bringing just the right amount of tart/sour character to stimulate without overpowering). A burst of sourness and a juicy raspberry/cherry/plum combo gradually dries out to a rather sticky finish with a fruitiness that's more pits and seeds than flesh. The malt weaves in and out, it's exact characteristics somewhat elusive. I keep picking up odd stray notes of chocolate, cake batter, Belgian yeast and other deliciousness. Lingering sharp wood and funky notes complete the package. Wildly complex.

Overall impression: Another great sour from the guys who do 'em best.

Jan 24, 2011
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really interesting beer.

Mahogany pour with blood red highlights and a finger of white head that quickly drops to a film and leaves a few lace spots behind. Aroma has strong flanders red meets lambic notes. Fruit vinegar, sour cherry, brown sugar, musty funk and puckering lemon. Certainly not one-dimensional by any stretch of the imagination. Upfront the flanders red flavour hits you with sour cherry, balsamic and brown sugar. After that, however, its a big lactic sourness with a punch of funk. Between the two, a delicate balance is achieved, and this is a well-crafted offering. The tartness combines with the medium-light body to create a refreshing brew.

Excellently done, and a unique experiment. I think we'll see things like this happening more and more across the continent, and this can only be a good thing.

Thanks to Jeremy and Karen for sharing and their hospitality!

Jan 16, 2011
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craytonic from District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: ruby-plum-amber pour, smallish off-white head and no real lacing

Smell: Tart and lactic, some unripe fruits, plums and dates with a bit of vinegar, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Smells good but a bit muddled and nothing to rave about.

Taste: Tart, with plums, dates and figs. Perhaps some apricots as well. Very vineous, lots of red grapes and some oak. It is good but not one of my favorite Cascade beers. Weird funk in it as well.

Mouthfeel: Semi-dry; does fill the mouth

Drinkability: A good slow sipper, I enjoyed trying this one but it will not be one of the Cascade beers I make a second go at given I liked several of the other ones so much more.

Jan 05, 2011
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hawks10 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle, no date - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a very hazy, reddish dark tan color, bright ruby colored when held up to the light. A thin cap of off-white head forms and recedes into a haze over the beer...

Very faint aroma of tart cherries is overpowered by a strong musty funk. Some lactic tartness which at first seemed pretty powerful is now just a subtle addition to the scent, which remains mostly dark, dark ripe fruit, and almost a bit of a Belgian Quad finish in the smell, spicy and malty, yeasty...

Tart, but very oaky and dry. Dark cherry flavors, toffee and slightly roasted malt flavors come out and play a large role. Finish is abrupt, watery fruit juice that kind of just disappears. Alcohol heat shows up a bit after a few sips. Like in the smell, I get strong hints of the Belgian Quad, slightly spicy, dark almost winter-like and yeasty...

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Creamy, slightly acidic and quite dry. Wood and dryness linger long past the finish...

Jan 01, 2011
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tpd975 from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice brownish amber with a very small fizzy head. No retention or lace.

S: Light cherry tartness, oak, and dark fruit.

T: Wonderful red berry tartness, fresh cut oak, wonderful dark cherry pitty earthiness, light lactic tartness. Thought this one would be a bit more tart, but it is light approachable and honestly very very good.

M: Light in carbonation, light tartness builds in the center and goes through the finish.

D: Wonderful light tartness, no hint of the ABV it packs.

Dec 25, 2010
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Forgot where this one came from... but thank you for the trade, whoever you were! Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger foamy, thick, off-white head that never seems to collapse or dissipate. Beer is a clear, orangy-clay. Lacing is patchy and thick with awesome legs and great cling.

S: Nose is flanders heavy. Cherries, slight vinegar, bit of soy sauce, crushed prunes, and some vanilla. Pleasant but very muted overall.

T: Opens sweet cherries and a touch of Belgian yeast in the back. Medicinal at points. Worschestershire sauce. Soy sauce, vinegary tartness builds towards the middle. Turns heavier in the mouth with a sharp, black cherry tartness that sweetens a touch at the end. Finishes suddenly as all of the flavor just kind of drops out. No aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and amply carbonated. Tingly and lively in the mouth. Oily but rough going down. Semi-dry. Finish is sudden with no aftertaste.

D: There's an off flavor in this one that reminds me of meat seasoning that I wasn't able to describe and couldn't wuite put my finger on. A beautiful beer overall. Feel is pretty good but its hard to get over the odd, though not totally off-putting flavor. Worth a try.

Dec 12, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark with a bit of a head and not too much lacing. The nose brings dark fruits, plum, green apple, light spice, lactic sourness, and a bit of oak. Really complex and nice. The taste focuses on some sourness as well as some dark fruit complexity. Some light cherry notes as well. Good base with excellent levels of sourness; the blending process went really well and all aspects of the beer really shine through.

Oct 24, 2010
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a lovely beer, and nice idea. The Flanders red gives the overall sour note, as well as the lactic acid fermentation, the tripel adds some smoothness and a tiny hint of sweetness, and the oak is quite pronounced, which adds a touch of wood and vanilla but is balanced nicely by the sour notes. Primarily sour, lactic, and oaky in the nose. The taste is where the beer really shines. Very balanced with a nice sharp lactic note to start, some vinous notes, and then a fairly heavy hit of spicy oak that fades to some tannic notes on the finish. Nice complex mouthfeel of sour/sweet/tannic. Quite enjoyable.

Sep 11, 2010
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joefuzz from New York

4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08 750 poured into snifter split on a wendsday night between a friend and i.

P- pours a darker red with a small white head. lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

S- at first wiff i got a nose of vinegar and sour apples. lots of sour hints with a little bit of funk

T- Tastes of cranberry cherrys strawberry and apple with a nice tart bite.

M- Feels nice not as carbonated as the pour lets on.

D- Definitely one drinkable beer split a 750 with a fellow BA and we both agree we could drink this all night

overall another great offering from cascade. they have never let me down.

Sep 02, 2010
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Risser09 from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter/tulip at fridge temp - Probably 2009 bottling date

Appearance: Dark amber, red highlights, readily carbonated, 1/2" off-white head. Decent retention, no lacing at all.

Smell: Smells like a flanders red. Cherry, oak, vanilla, honey, even some bourbon. Fruity with dark berries, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry tones.

Taste: The taste is Belgian inspired. Sweet cherries, strawberries, tart apple, oak, even some vinegar. Fairly sweet and carbonated. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very carbonated, tart, alcohol is minute. Finishes tart and sweet.

Drinkability: A very nice beer that I would consider to be a Flanders Red. The other beers mixed in are just bumping up the alcohol content. I would love to revisit this one.

Jul 23, 2010
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ktrillionaire from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Yo, McDiddypop, I'm driving straight to Three Floyds, Goose Island, Flossmoor, Half Acre and New Glarus, come bring me some cheddar if you want a part of the haul..."

"Word. I'm bringing over a bottle of the Jongleur..."

A - Pours a reddish hue, nice white wispy head.

S - The aroma is of alcohol, Welch's grape jelly, Laffy Taffy, and the funk is very lightly present.

T - Unlike the nose, in the taste the alcohol is very well-hidden, it is totally dry, finishes completely, and tastes of barely funky red grape juice. It is good tasting, yet I am underwhelmed.

M - Good feel, nice effervescence.

D - Not the best Cascade, but mostly because it is tame, mild and inoffensive.

Jul 17, 2010
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Docer from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally grabbed a bottle of this goodness....

- Pours a clear red ale color... fizzy finger of white head quickly fizzled down to a nice solid ring and some center haze....

- Light molasses, caramel... sour apple, peppery spice... little touch of funk.. hay.. some fig and currant notes... light vinegar and cherry.

- Oak flavor hits for sure... nice balance of sweet caramel and grain with a nice follow up pf white grape, currants.. slight yeasty funk, little touch of alcohol... but the wood really shines through.. a nice dryness. Slight funk and vinegar.. but way low just how I like it.

- Thin to medium bodied.. a little more thick than a lot of their other sours.. slight dryness and heat... but the sourness and limitless flavors enhance the watering of the palate. Fantastic aftertaste.

- Overall this is another fantastic Cascade sour.. I have not had one I didn't like. This one seems to have more oak, and grainy flavor than the others.... certainly good and a must have.

Jun 16, 2010
Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 139 ratings