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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

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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225
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10
For Trade:
2
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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in trade with MSUBulldog. Thanks.
Pours brown in color with a nice, frothy inch of head. Smell is lactic and sour. There's a good amount of cherry flavor coming through from the flanders. This beer starts off fruity and spicy, then slams you with a sourness at the end. Very enjoyable. Didn't notice too much impact from the barrels. Full and creamy on the mouthfeel. Very enjoyable, and I never tired of it during the entire 750 bottle.

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Photo of Docer
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
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 GreenCard
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: beautiful ruby-brown-copper, slight haze, thinnish layer of off-white foam that quickly dissipates to a thin crown

Aroma: oaky fruitiness; hints of sour cherry, yogurt, blue cheese, malt, fresh cream, raisins, and armagnac

Flavor: apple tartness together with an aged/oxidized malt sweetness; oak, raisins, cooked cherries, mellow sourness, light brown sugar, and a latent spiciness; finishes semi-dry with a lingering touch of stewed prunes and a yogurty bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, spritzy carbonation, smooth acidity, and a slight warming in the throat

Other comments: Pretty impressive American take on the Belgian sour reds. Reminds me of Rodenbach, but I guess that's the idea.

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Photo of KeefD
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks go out to jlindros for this trade! Pours a dark amber/copper color with a two finger off-white head, and left some very nice sheets of laciing on my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. As I stick my nose in the glass, I'm first greeted with belgian tripel yeast quality followed by some mild funk, green apples, and a light sweetness. Taste is mildly acidic, tart, and lightly funky. Apple flavor is predominate, followed by some cherry, some tart citric flavors, mostly lemon, light oak, some sweetness, and bone dry on the finish. Some buttery/toffee flavors start to show up in the finish as it warms. Very interesting stuff! Carbonation zingy at first but mellows quickly as it warms up. Great balance between the light sweetness and the tart, but if you're a big sour-head like me, a little more tart/sour could go a long way with this beer. Delicious nonetheless, and I can barely detect any alcohol. Very good beer!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged courtesy of the ever generous Viggo - cheers for another good bottle.

Pours a brassy auburn brown, a bit of murk in there as a generous white head builds.

Nose is a little tannic, some oak coming through, sour cherries, apples, a light whiff of funk.

Dash of vinegar in the taste from the Flemish red, sour cherries, apples, wood, nice balanced sourness - never overpowering, hint of lemon acidity, a slight astringency mid body, a hint of spiciness, more wood. Sparkly carb but not overly so.

Pretty tasty beer and pretty drinkable as well, the glass just kind of slips away with no hint of the alcohol, just you enjoying the flavors. Thanks Eric!

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cascade stuff made a brief appearance in Boston so I snagged this puppy and poured the corked & caged 750 into a St. Bernie's chalice. Pours a fig/date colored body with a 1/4-finger head on the first pour...this dissipates to prevalent yeast wisps that I can see the Great Lakes in like it's a globe.

Wonderful mild spicing of dates, raisins and cloves with a touch of cinnamon and ginger. A little bite to it but this is mellow and decent to say the least. Slight Brett comes about with warmth.

This has a faint aroma of a traditional quad but there's a nice presence of Brett with what can best be termed as a decent fruit basket. There are not-so-ripe plums, maybe an apple or 2...and a whole lot of sour Brett bite...maybe even unripened guava here. Very nicely done - it's fresh and clean. Of course minimal if any hop presence - maybe a little citrus and grass - but this engages quite nicely. Quad spicing balances it out from being a hardcore sour. Excellent.

Palate feel is the best of both worlds - gentle spicy heft and citric bite. Finish is powerful and clean - maybe the Brett clears out the heft to make this a little lighter and brighter than expected.

This one does OK. More of a sour than a quad as ou would expect - Brett rules the roost. But it does have that nice spicy giddyap in its step. Cool $#!+!

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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 drseamus
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish amber body; off-white head. Tons of carbonation.

S: flemmish, both sweet and sour.

T: great flavor. Pretty sweet Flemish flavor and not overly tart. Good balance.

M: smooth and medium bodied.

D: a great American wild Flemish ale. A touch sweet but still great.

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Photo of rallison
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish brown with a decent off-white head.

Tart strawberries/raspberries in the nose. Acetic notes.

All in all, some nice flemish red qualities in this. Not as sour and tart as most straight flemish reds..more mellow. Cherries and other berries in the flavor with a nice touch of tartness. A touch muddy overall. Might be a bit better if they hadn't blended the barrels? Who knows? Good though.

Appropriate low to medium carbonation with a pleasant body.

Nicely done. Not outstanding, but quite enjoyable. I really, really want to try the flanders red that went into this on its own..I bet it is quite tasty. Anyway, recommended if you have the chance.

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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 Risser09
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this bottle.

Pours a murky, red tinged brown, with a dense one finger head that's slow to fade to a thin cap. The resulting webbing of lace is intricate, and very sticky.

Smell; there's loads of sour and tart aromas here. Granny Smith apples, lemons and cherries are all present, alomg with some mild spices. Ginger, a touch of pepper, and a little bit os vanilla (maybe form the barrel aging). One of the best aromas in a beer that I've experienced in a long time.

Taste; starts off sour, with green apples, cherries and a hint on sour citrus. Vinegar and and spices come through next, and then a surprising hint of some sweet malts come in to play. There's also a little "barnyard funk" going on as well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a drinkability that's really good. But then again, I tend to really dig sour beers. Wish I could have this one again.

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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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Photo of beachbum1975
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with cork and cage shared by Yetiman420 at a recent tasting. Thanks!

Pours a slightly cloudly brownish red with mininal tan head with little rentention.

Smells of tart cherry, general sourness and minimal funk.

Light bodied, medium to full flavor, much like the nose. Fruity sweetness.

Nice.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to screamforme for this extra from our recent trade. Poured from a bottle into a white birch glass. The beer pours a darker than expected ruby red with amber highlights around the edges. There is a frothy two finger pink head that fades quickly and leaves behind a thick coating of sticky foam lacing.

The smell is tart raspberries, sour cherries, green apple, lemon zest, some fresh cut grass and a healthy dose of musky, almost cheesy sourness.

The taste is a blast of sour cherries, followed by a sweeter-but-still-tart raspberry. There is a hint of lemon zest and grassy hops, followed by apple skins. In the mid-palate there is a strange emptiness, almost a plastic flavor that just doesn't fit the rest of the beer, after the strange void there is a nice barrel presence, mostly a mellowing oak. The finish is another strong blast of sour fruit and funk.

The beer is perfectly carbonated for the style, the strong carbonation makes the sour fruit and funk flavors dance in the mouth. The beer is medium bodied, has a nice dry finish that compliments the sour flavors perfectly, and is something I have no problem drinking an entire bottle of. I look forward to trying this one again.

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Photo of midaszero
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Almost clear orange amber body with two finger of tan head that leave awesome lacing

S - Sweet and sour fruit. Small hints of funk and sweetness. Can smell from a distant as well especially right after a pour.

T - OAK lots of oak. Reminds me a lot of the Cascade Kriek but more a generic fruit flavor and a little more sour.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Awesome stuff. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of jojox
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a - similar to supplication (tasted right before), rosy/gold, transparent. 2 finger head, holding.

s - very slighly sour, balanced/w some sweetness. Some sulfur, later.

t - not really that *sour* but a nice balance of funkiness and sweet malt. More like a flanders red. Some cherry pits, a little aftertaste of prunes. Mild compared to RR or Cantillon, but nicely balanced and pleasant. Nicely funkified. No sweetness like Duchesse.

m - smooth, well carbonated, fairly high FG I think?

d - Very High! Could drink this all night. I think that's what makes this beer great is the balance. I don't remember what it said on the bottle (review from notes) but it must be blended to get this type of balance. Looking up I can't believe it's 8.4% ABV. Wow.

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Photo of goatxpower
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now, granted, I'm still acquiring my taste for sour beers, I thought that this beer was awesome. It poured a nice copper/brown with a nice head that didn't last long. On the nose was Oak, wine, oak, sour fruit, caramel, and some oak. I thought that this was a Belgian sour that actually had some noticeable "Belgian" qualities to it. I enjoyed this a lot, I thought that it gave Consecration a run for it's money. Not something that I could drink everyday, but a great beer for what it is.

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Cascade Cuvée Du Jongleur from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.
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