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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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 bobsy
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 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 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 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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.52/5  rDev -15%
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.

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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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 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 ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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 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 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 gford217
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Andy for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes quickly to a small collar.

The aroma is sweeter than I was expecting but not in a bad way. There are sweet tart cherries, brown sugar and candied pears as well as plums. There is a light lactic sourness in the nose but it's very subtle as is the hints of oak.

The taste is more of the same with lots of different fruits hitting the palate - plums, apricots and brown sugar. The finish is where the oak barrel comes out with a dry spiciness that mixes with lactose sourness and an emerging bretty funk.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and almost slick with a soft carbonation - tart and dry finish.

I've enjoyed everything I've had from Cascade and this is no exception. A very drinkable, well-balanced sour.

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Photo of mobyviacheslov
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy orange/tan body with a thick caramel tinted head that dissipated rapidly.
S - Vinegar (flander's style), citrus, grassy hops, spice, and baileys.
T - Sweet and sour (reminded me of a sour patch kid)...very true to a flander's style. Very strong apple cider flavor. The finish reveals a slight hop bitterness and brett dryness.
M - Good pop to this one, though a little thick and gummy.
D - Easy drinker. This is more potent than most true Flanders red/browns, but doesn't taste it at all.
Cellar temp, fluted glass

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

One of the many things beerloco opened at the small tasting we had at his place last night.

Appearance: Pours like a pale iced tea....slightly red streaks through brown. The crown is one finger high and brown. It displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Fusion of cherries, plums and candi sugar over a bland malt.

Taste: Amazingly the flanders red flavors and the tripel flavors can be pinpointed individually. Pretty fascinating.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty sessionable but I wouldn't want a full 750ml myself.

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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 Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt, tartness and oak. The flavor is oak, tartness, caramel malt, vanilla, yeast and dark fruit including cherries. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with onix1agr and marymazz.

A- pours a hazy red orange with a nice finger of off white head that settles quickly to a slight ring.

S- mild lactic and tropical fruit hit up front. Funky wood and a vinous touches.

T- dry funky wood and sour berries. Lots of apricot and tangerine. Background spice and candy like sweetness. Hints of red apple skin and cider vinegar.

M- medium to light mouthfeel with a slight carb that let's the brew sit for a moment giving you time to ponder the complex mix. Dry finish and a nice pucker.

D- sour but not too much for a big glass. Super confusing and complex and I really like the crazy ride.

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Photo of Cresant
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 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 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 yourefragile
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, round 3 in our Cascade testing.

Light tan head caps a deep mahogany, cloudy body with nice lacing and retention. Aroma is light, tart and funky, light cheesiness, grape fruitiness, some wood, definitely lactic, some apple and dark fruit sweetness. The base of the flavor starts with a Belgian blonde and has a grape fruitiness and sweet throughout, finish is tart and lactic. Not as funky or tart as the Apricot or Kriek were, but more complex and balanced.

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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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