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

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Cascade Cuvée Du JongleurCascade Cuvée Du Jongleur
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
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
119
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.63%
 
 
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226
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10
For Trade:
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 119
Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a foamy off white head that settles quickly. Beer is a very cool bright amber color that is on the edge of brown/orange. Some tiny carbonation bubbles slowly make their way to the top. Some spotty lacing, here & there.

Aroma is very nice. Fruity with a very slight tart edge. Cherry some darker fruit, perhaps a bit of wood.

Wow, much less tart in flavor than I had imagined. Great combination of cherry, plum, green apple and slight caramel malt flavors. This has a very long flavor spectrum. You taste it for a long time and it continues to develop. There is a sweetness that balances the tart cherry flavors quite nicely.

Light bodied with a sharp finish on the tongue due to the sharpness. Carbonation is there, but plays a subtle role.

I find this very enjoyable. Pretty complex, which causes you to ponder the flavors. You can kick back with a bottle of this and just think for quite a while. Very good beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to msubulldog25 for spreading the love--looks like I'm one of a lucky few BAs to receive this rarity from Brian G., King of Portland. Cheers buddy!

Pours a mildly hazed rusted red with a quarter-inch head of extremely tiny bubbles; big honeycomb of lace left on the glass at first, all but disappearing as the session goes on.

Aroma. Wow. I'm in love! Seriously. Seductive Belgian yeast with a mild funk character; juicy red fruits (sour cherries, Red Delicious apples, strawberries); leather; caramel; fresh-cut grass & hay; light white pepper; cinnamon bun; and above all, big tart/sour snap of Granny Smith green apples.

Flavor very much favors the Flanders sour reds noted on the label. Although I could detect some tripel and quad in the nose, on the tongue it's all about sour. Also not noting most of the elements from the aroma, but judging it for what it is, there's still some depth here. Green apples; unripe gooseberries; white grape; leather; yeast. Barrel wood doesn't come through prominently. Very dry, leaving an earthy/leafy dirtiness in the mouth with, of course, a rind-like tartness. Medium bodied and slippery, causing a massive pucker in the mouth.

Just look at the label: "a blend of select Flanders Reds, Triples and Blond Quads that have undergone lactic fermentation and barrel aging up to 18 months." It's pretty nuts--although it's definitely not something I'd want regularly, and wouldn't call it anything but "alright" on the drinkability scale. If you can handle extremely tart fruits--or just dig sucking on citrus rind--or if you love Belgium's more acidic ales/lambics, this is something to seek out.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a slightly murky red, with a soft fizzy off-white head.

S: Sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, some sugar and cake batter.

T: Has the lactic classic red malt that Flanders Reds are known for, oak and acid are clear. Adds some more complexity with some Belgian malt and ester flavours, notes of fruit - lemon and tangerine in there as well.

M: Light/moderate acidity. Good smooth character. An easy drinking sour.

D: This is a quality beer for sure. Shame it is so expensive, I can buy Rodenbach Grand Cru for half the price and I'm getting more. Worth a try, I just wouldn't shell out the cash for another bottle of it.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Andy - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted dark malts with good amounts of plums and raisins and lighter amounts of tart dark cherries. As the beer warms the tartness increases a bit and some woody tones enter into things.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Well-integrated dark fruits - plums mostly with hints of raisins - kick things off, backed up by nondescript malts. Midway through the sip the flavors turn a bit tart with lighter fruits, cherries and currants, replacing the darker fruits. As with the aroma oak flavors make their way into things as the beer warms. The ending is slightly tart.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass with no problems and could have another.

Overall I found this to be a pretty interesting beer, reminescent of something I'd expect from Jolly Pumpkin. The tartness is undoubtedly there however it's certainly on the mild side. Worth a shot.

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Photo of beertooth
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ben (madorb) for bringing this over! Also, thanks for helping me bottle some homebrew, dude.

Corked and caged 750 poured into my trusty Cantillon Belgian tumbler.

A murky amber liquid is capped with a thin layer of fizzy white head. Thick layers of lacing.

The nose is full of musty oak, cherries, green apple, white grapes, peach, brown spice, a little funky balsamic vinegar, but just barely.

The first sip gives me a ton of oak and cherries. Some apple cidar vinegar follows closely. It's somewhat tart, but doesn't linger at all. I'm getting much more oak and brett as it warms. It finishes tart and dry.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, soft, and full.

A great beer to have after bottling beer and watching Army of Darkness. This is a very enjoyable sour and my first beer from Cascade. I look forward to trying others.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, funky, with some spice. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some funkyness, and spice. Medium body. Drinkable, my first from this brewery and a nice one.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mini snifter.

Color is a peach hued raspberry pink. No head at all.

Aroma: Nice and sour, cherries, spice, funk, and some barnyard notes.

Taste: Some sour and wild notes. Nice tart cherries, barnyard funk. Some spice flavors and oak. Not to much here, but decent.

Mouthfeel: Sour and crisp. A little mouth puckering. It is a lighter sour flavor than I was expecting. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry, somewhat clean, however.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not very sour. It is a solid beer and I do like it, but I would choose others over it given a choice. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from 2 sets of paper notes...

Slightly hazy deep orange/brown .. nice head and retention.. only okay lacing..

Nose is lemony/tart fruit skins... funky with brett and a fairly large acetic character.. mild horsey..

Big blast of lemon and sour cherry skin.. some mild balsamic sweetness and vinegar.. more "wild" than sour.. background malty sweetness.. fair amount of barrel tannins adding to the mix..

fairly large carbonation with a lite/medium body given the ABV.. tough to nail down the "drinkability"... seems like a different beer with every sip.

I hear Brewforia is getting these in now... If I could just get out of this budget crunch, I would buy these by the case.

3.5/4/4/4/4

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at 50 degrees, $23.00 from Malt and Vine.

Pours hazy amber with a ruby hue. A one inch head of quickly fizzling off-white dissapated to a placid surface with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with soured fruit, sherry vinegar, and acid-spritzed hay. Hints of cherries, lemon zest, grapefruit pulp, and horseblanket follow through.

Medium bodied and crisp with a sharpish mouthfeel.

Tart fruit, malt to balance, and a sour edge lead off the palate. Cherry pits, lemon seeds, oaky tannins, and clean acid.

Finishes with lingering soured cherries, drying acid, and a peppery warmth.

Quite tasty and highly drinkable for a sour. Lacking enough Brett, sourness, or acid for my tastes. There definately is a Kreik presence, and the beer is bone dry.
Think LaFolie "light" with cherries. I'm kinda bummed that this one was $23 with shipping.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle nestled away in my cellar for over a year now, but I'm not sure exactly how long.

Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur has a brown body with red hues mixed in. The head is light and fizzy, but still leaves some above average lacing patterns on my glass.

Only a very faint tartness comes through in the aroma, and I would say it is more of a funkiness than a tartness (if you know what I mean). After that I get a good dose of oak, that has both woody and spicy characteristics to it. Sweet, biscuity malts are in there also, as well as pretty good amount of fruit. I will throw out ripe apple and cherry, but I could be completely off-base with those. "Fruity" is certainly accurate though.

Cuvée Du Jongleur leads with a bit of sourness. The sourness is definite and noticeable, but certainly not puckering or powerful. This definitely falls on the less-sour end of the American Wild Spectrum. The fruit notes from the aroma seem to blend with the sourness also, I swear I taste a bit of apple, but I don't really get any cherry in the flavor; maybe black currant or plum though. After that a mix of Oak and malt comes through. The oak is definitive and pretty powerful, adding a straight-up taste along with a bit of spiciness. The oak is probably the strongest flavor in this beer, actually. The malt is light sweet and biscuit-like. There is a bit of sugary sweetness, and I swear I can taste coriander or some other peppery flavor in there, but it could just be the oak playing tricks on me. No presence of booziness or even warmth at all. Cascade did an excellent job of disguising the alcohol in this one.

The body has a moderate heft, and the carbonation is fairly low.

Overall Cuvée Du Jongleur isn't a very sour sour ale. It hides its relatively high ABV very well. It is fairly complex, and very approachable. If you like a good, strong, oak flavor in your sours, this one is for you.

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Photo of skoisirius
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Roomie works at Brouwer's and brought a bottle home.

Pours a light orange with an amber hue...a bit of a head is seen for a moment, and then mainly dies quickly. Sour orange, funk, wild yeast, and lambic smells are had within the nose. Fairly funked up front with a nice sour green apple note, this one isn't as thick and syrupy as some sours could go...lacks a bit of body, but retains itself with a strong sour flavor complete with hints of oak and light touches of super sour cherries.

ABV is not all that detectable until the finish.

Overall, one of the better Cascade brews I've had, but still lacks a bit of the thickness I love in a good sour.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle tasted blind on 3/11/10.

Pours orange with light cream head that fades quicly. Aroma of vanilla, lemon and orange. Funky tartness with a rich sweet backbone. Tastes like a sour apple jolly rancher. Nice medium body and a great sipper.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle into some nice glassware. Split with Oglmcdgl and Marymazz, thx 4 the shot.

Jongleur casts a dark muddy brownish red with a thick inch of tan colored head. Quickly fading the foam leaves some marks on the glass, not a big lacer here. Up towards light some plum colors come forth. Some swirls bring a dying cap.

Cuvee' scents include a mixture of the three blends and it's hard to place which comes out on top. A big blast of apricots and some other citrus with dark fruit plums. A lot of sour cherry and some vinegar hiding from that flanders addition. Some apples and yeast from the triple I guess. Plus sour and funky from the bugs, woody from the oak.

Getting a basket full of sour cherries up front in the mouth followed by a light dousing of vinegarette. Further in a little tropic flavor going into darker territory with plum. The blond quad does not come out as much, although I never had a blond one. Cuvee goes into some green apples towards the finish showcasing the triple. Did not pick up that much oak. Pretty sour throughout though not mind blowing.

This has a medium body on it and is a pretty dry quaff, at least it finishes that way. Slightly acidic, kinda tart and on the sour side. The mix between sweet, dry, and sour comes and goes. This is interesting beer. I liked my serving size but would probably die if I tried one on my own. It's drinkable, but best to share, I got bubble guts in the morning into afternoon.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cherry oak color into a SN tulip glass, 2 finger whitish head

Smells of tart cherry and yeast.

Tart flavor hits the sides of your tongue at first gulp. Tart is the overriding flavor. Belgian yeast flavor follows, and my unsophisticated tongue isn't really picking a whole lot more then that. MF is fairly light, though the sour flavor sticks. Alcohol content is barely noticable- a function of the beer's sourness.

The beer really tastes a lot like Cascade's Apricot Ale (semi-lambic) minus the apricot- generally good though not exceptional. I think Cascade should age the beer a fair bit before releasing it, as I tend to believe that this would add to the beer's complexity. If we ever make our way to the raccoon lodge again, I'll definitely grab a bottle to age for a few years

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Photo of hawks10
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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...

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for sharing this.

Poured a nice copper color with a small dirty white head. Nose was oak, wine, sour fruit, caramel, and some oak. Taste was a nice tartness, sour with some a mix of fruit, wood and some CO2. This was a good brew, very drinkable and easy drinking.

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Photo of Derek
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brown, ring of tan head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S: Cider, brown sugar, tropical fruit & hints of biscuit.

T: Cider, toffee, wood & a little vinegar. I can appreciate it, but the acidity is a little abrasive to my palate.

M: Moderate body has a drying finish; acidic; highly carbonated.

D: Definitely a sipper.

Thanks to Sammy for this extremely rare treat!

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending, Ed. In the cuvee emerging style. Significantly sourish, and only the hint of wood,a bit more of apple, whereas say a Southern Tier would be very much reversed. Heavier carbonation,rising carbonation bubbles- good for sour fans. Colour is full opaque grapefruit, with soapy white head, and lacey.Sour malt vinegar in aroma.

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Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from thethrone in the Barrel 'O Beer BIF.

Hazy reddish brown colored beer with only a slight off-white colored head.

Smells fruity with a strong vanilla and oak aroma. There is some sour and funk here Brettomyces? I know this has undergone lactic fermentation but since Flanders red is in the mix there must be some Brett in this. Smell of strawberries and some spice mostly ginger. Little bit of lemon scent.

Taste starts out sour with a strong vanilla flavor and a slight horse blanket flavor of brettomyces. Fruit and vanilla ice cream aftertaste. Quite sour but without the vinegar taste that I find objectionable, more like Berliner Weiss. Matter of fact I could describe the taste of this as Imperial Oak aged Strawberry Berliner Weiss.

Mouthfeel is good.

About as drinkable as sour beers get for me, no matter what the style says sour = spoiled for beer in my mind.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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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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