Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
cascadebrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.41%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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

Added by Gueuzedude on 10-30-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
77
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.63%
 
 
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224
Gots:
11
For Trade:
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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Photo of joefuzz
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite Cascade sour. I've had several bottles of this since it was released, and am thankful to be sharing this one with johnmichaelsen for a review. Poured into a slender tulip, Cuvée Du Jongleur is a bright brassy brown with a big, creamy white head that leaves foamy lace. Pours towards the end of the bottle were a bit murky and dull, but I wasn't particular about the dregs.

Smell is great, bright lacto, some sweetness, raisin puree and vinous. Tons of depth.

Taste is awesome. Cured dark fruits, a very nice lacto sour bite, which has been increasing with age in this beer, oaky but well balanced, with a long finish. Really phenomenal beer, very complex.

Mouthfeel is dry, light and puckering.

Drinkability is insanely high. This is a beer I just want to drink all the time. I've spent quite a bit of dough on these bottles, attempting to stockpile for cellaring, but I always seem to be breaking out my last one!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, woody brown with slight shades of red. Silky beige head has excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has tart cherries, plums, oak, horse balnket, caramel, red wine, bready malts and vanilla.

Taste has ripe pitted fruits, barnyard funk, wood, candy malts, nutty malts, port, vanilla and a sour lactic yeast presence.

Medium body is well carbonated. Dry acidic finish. Very tasty blend from Cascade.

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Photo of vrazionale
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - The body is a muddy brown color, with an off-white colored cloudlike head formation. I don't see any yeast floaties, but the brew might be too dark to tell.

S - Lots of funky oak complexity here. All of the traditional oak-related sweet aromas (vanilla, caramel, and dark sugar) meet tart cherries, gooseberries, prunes, and just the right touch of basement funk. The wood character is pretty intriguing: almost like you're discovering a secret, treasured wooden box long-forgotten in an attic or basement. Sounds pretty lame, but c'mon, work with me, here.

T - Positively delicious. The finish is long and dramatic, with an unfolding complexity of oaky, fruity, funky, sweetness alongside a lactic, lemonpeel tart character. Remarkably well-balanced. Words can't describe how enjoyable the flavor profile and finish are. I don't break out the fives very often...

M - The carbonation is just right, which is all the more impressive considering that there are so many styles of beer being "juggled" here. As notes above, the finish is so long and captivating. It just feels so good going down.

D - Just about as good as it gets for an oaky sour beer. Supremely well-crafted and enjoyable. Beers this great don't need to be paired with anything, but if you're itching to do so, try it with an aged natural-rind goat cheese or even with hanger steak - the lactic acidity will cut right through the fat and the sweet flavors will work well with the caramelization of the meat. All in all, a delightful, drinkable sour.

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4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained a bottle of this delicious stuff at the brewpub yesterday. Talk about an absolute "tour de force" in wild ales.

The beer pours a tannish brown amber color with OK head retention and very good lacing. On the nose... oh my. This has to be one of the most incredibly complex beers I've ever smelled or tasted. I get a huge aroma of chocolate, sour funk and a melange of dried fruit and fruit cake. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose and this beer is flat out delicious. I get a stunning array of flavors, with the sour funk and chocolate presenting an interplay of contrasting notes. The rich dried fruit and fruit cake flavor only adds to the concert of flavors in this amazing beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, but this beer is not at all heavy on the palate. Drinkability is hard to describe with this beer. There's so much flavor and it's so rich, it's just not the sort of beer you can chug down. On the other hand, drinking something as delicious as this is no problem, and while it was slow going, God knows the drinking was never difficult or tiring.

This is outstanding stuff. If more wild sour ales tasted like this, I'd soon be drinking them all the time.

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Photo of Floydster
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased over the phone from the brewery about a year ago for fifteen dollars, had this along with the Apricot, Blackberry, and Kriek with four friends a few nights ago, reviewed from notes, poured into my Grimbergen goblet, color is a medium brown with some red tint, one inch frothy off white head, good retention lasting about five minutes, good lacing, aroma consists of brown sugars, raspberries, cherries, prunes, plums, funk, sweet malts, lactose, cinnamon, candied sugar, port, mild booze, Belgian yeast, oak, tannins, vanilla, and granny smith apples, one of the most complex beers you will ever smell, flavor comes at you with a few different berry flavors at first with some dark fruits taking over shortly after, sugar and spices in the middle, very quad like for a while there, lots of fruit and neutral tart in the finish, gets more sugary as it warms and there is a good amount of apples and vanilla by then, by the end there is a nice candied sugar flavor to go along with the tart flavors, sweet, tart, fruity, oaky, zesty, and sweet mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, could drink a few glasses of this, alcohol is hidden pretty well for being over eight percent, there is a lot going on this beer, so the drinkability suffers a little bit from that because your palate goes on a rollercoaster, still pretty smooth and inviting, I have had this beer three or four different times now and it seems to get better each go around, definitely worth checking out

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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.

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4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 750 mL green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date but there was a sticker with "MA". The body was a beautiful clear red-gold. The cream colored head was loose but stayed, leaving clingy lace.

Smell was sour, then cherries. Bready and dirtier on the second pour. Alcohol aroma increased as it warmed.

Taste was puckering sour and drying, very nice. Woody and richly fruity. This was a very interesting beer, not ultra complex, but it kept my attention.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with adequate carbonation. Parching dryness that I really enjoy.

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Photo of corby112
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark ruby/cherry red color with burgundy/mahogany edges and a two finger frothy beige head that quickly subsides. Not much in the way of lacing.

Tart earthy funk aroma with a strong vinous presence as well as a lot of dark fruit, especially sour dark cherry, vinegar and oaky tannis.

Soft carbonation up front that lingers into a slightly vinegary, vinous mothfeel that is a bit flatter and syrupy. Nice balance of tartness and earthy oaky tannis as wel as some dark fruit notes coming from the estery Belgian yeast. Pretty vinous with hints of grape, tart dark cherry, plumand raisin. I cam surprisingly really taste the trpel characteristics of the blend. The ABV is excellently masked making this beer dangerously drinkable. Slightly puckering but not acidic at all. Very good and highly recommended!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Viggo for sharing this one. Served in a Sinha tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a few spots of lace. Settles to a light haze and ring. Transparent coppery red/orange color.

S - Raspberries, bretty funk a la Flanders Red. Reminds me a little of Enigma in the high level of sweetness and low amount of sour/tart flavors. A touch of plastic that I didn't dig as much.

T - The taste is better, and the 8.41% is extremely well-hidden. There's none of the aforementioned plastic flavor, and some nice tartness has been added to the mix. Still not all that sour, but masterfully combines the best elements of Flanders Red and Triple components.

M - Some zingy champagne-like carbonation. Medium bodied, with a texture that is a little grittier than I prefer. Nice dry finish with a little bit of residual stickiness.

D - Somehow this beer is greater than the sum of its parts for me. The weaknesses are in areas that don't hamper drinkability, while the strengths made me keep reaching for my glass. I was sad when I grabbed the bottle and discovered there was nothing left.

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Photo of vacax
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Raccoon Lodge / Cascade Brewing seemingly came out of nowhere to offer a wide variety of quality sours. I had my first taste care of a friend from Portland, and this bottle I picked up once they got distribution here. $18 from The Wine Country.

Pours a deep red amber with a large light tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves plenty of lacing. Nose has a lot of properties similar to a Flemish Red... vinous fruit, slightly musty and oaky, but also has lactic sourness, pears, and apple blossoms.

I have had this one before, but damn this is a tasty one. Lightly sweet currants and slight sourness at first, quickly transitions into more intense flavors, full moderate sourness and robust red fruits. Nice mashup of bitter and sour on the finish. A great blend of beers that takes a Flemish Red and adds a lot of lactic qualities, expert blending balances everything out. Really quite a great blend of moderate sourness and clean fruits.

Medium body and great natural carbonation is smooth and moderate-high, keeping the taste clean and fresh. Very easy to drink. Just a good tasting easy drinking sour. Quite impressed.

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Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.14 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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