Cascade Mouton Rouge | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This Northwest style sour red is a blend of barrels with up to 16 months of oak barrel lactic fermentation and oak barrel aging. Dark fruit, sour, oak and funk flavors sweep over your taste buds like an incoming tide. 7.5% Abv, 9 IBU" - Raccoon Lodge website

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of stevoj
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at PreFunk with Joel. Deep mahogany with small ring of head. Tart aroma, mildly sweet. Tartness ticks up in taste. Dark fruity flavors, no one fruit in particular, just a blend..

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ChrisPro
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Raccoon Lodge on 6/27/09. Beautiful ruby brown with lasting frothy eggshell head. Hints of cherry and oak. Tastes a little sweet with vanilla, then the tart fruit kicks in and provides a smorgasbord of flavors of raising, grapefruit, vanilla, cherry and red grap. Very complex beer with a great sour finish.

Can't imagine how amazing this would've tasted if I weren't hungover.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Re-review; had on tap at the Raccoon Lodge in Portland. Thanks to ramnuts for the DDing and to Curtis for the pour.

A: Dark cherry / burgundy red with a small off-white head with poor retention and little lacing. Lots of effervescence up the glass.

S: Lactic sourness, some roasted grain, and a tart cherry and blackberry aroma. Hints of oak. A bit vinous, actually.

T: Sourness that splits into cherry and blackberry flavors. Some oak detected. Mostly the flavor is tart and has a very light vinegar flavor to it. The aftertaste is slightly fruity (cherry).

M: Light-bodied, somewhat dry in the finish. My first glass (back in May) was surprisingly sticky and started to coat the mouth after a couple of ounces. This one was much better in that respect, but it could still use a little tweaking; I found it coated the mouth too long. I prefer a cleaner finish.

D: The first of the many Cascade sours I sampled that afternoon, and it set the tone very nicely. Not the best in their lineup, but a damn good one.

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Photo of ccrida
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at the brewpub (on a regular basis!), served in a tumbler (like a geuze glass, nice!), Mouton Rogue is a ruddy brown with a small off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is nice, sweet, cherry like, with Cascade's trademark lacto.

Taste is tart, with a hint of caramel sweetness, sour cherries, nice lactic pucker, and light plastic phenols. Very refreshing, non of the vinegary acetic acid that I don't care for in the traditional take on the style.

Mouthfeel is slick, bone dry and crisply carbonated, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is really high. I love this beer, the nose in particular. Just a bit more heft then their regular Flanders Red, but not enough to slow me done. Good price and availability, right down the street from my office, makes this one of my go-to beers.

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Photo of Floydster
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled at the brewery three different times that day with Ron and Curtis, thanks again guys, reviewed from notes, color is a ruby red with a 3/4 inch foamy whute head, some retention, not really any lacing, aroma has grapes, horse blanket, raisins, lots of oak, cherries, soft caramel, currants, tartiness, and candied sugar, flavor starts off with a nice sour bite that a good amount of berries, sour throughout the middle as well with dark fruits, finishes with a lot of oak and has some nice funk too, sour, funky, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lingers well, could drink a whole lot of this stuff and I pretty much did, alcohol is again is hidden amazingly, cannot taste a drop, nice lacto fermented sour, will hopefully have again in the future, recommended

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Photo of AccidentalKate
2.61/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Should note that this came literally from the bottom of the barrel. So the review will likely reflect that in some manner.

Appearance: A nice dark rep, nearly mahogany color. Strong head at first, but soon dissipates. Very light Belgium lace.

Fruity at first, but then a deep mustiness that makes it smell a bit off.

Sour Comes through at first, but then it hits a watery end. Not what I am used to when it comes to Flander Reds. This is likely due from being the last of the barrel.

Mouthfeel. The mouth explodes at first due to the sour, but it quickly becomes astringent and then watery. This was probably a better drink earlier in the cask.

Drinkability? Meh. Can't recommend drinking from the end of the cask. Must try one from an earlier draught

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Photo of robinb
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Bailey's Tap Room, several times. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance is dark-cherry red with little to no head. Fantastic. To my nose the malt definitely plays second fiddle to the lactic sourness, but there is nonetheless a faint but reassuring roasted grain backbone. This increases as the beer warms. The sour smell is fantastic. Unlike some other flemish reds that I've had - particularly Vichtenaar and Duchesse - there is little to no vinegar.

The taste is initially puckering, overwhelmingly of sour cherries with very little sweetness. Again this is almost entirely lactic, with no acetic acid perceptible whatsoever. As the beer warms the sourness stays in the forefront, but becomes increasingly balanced by a pleasant whole-grain bread flavor.

The only real downfall of this beer for me is the mouthfeel. I have the suspicion that both this and Vlad the Imp are just different blends of Cascade's basic Cuvee recipe, and while both this and Vlad have much more substantial mouthfeels than the Cuvee, they are still a bit thin. This may be caused in part by what I take to be a tiny bit of over-carbonation, but I'm just not sure. The upside, of course, is that this is exceptionally drinkable, but I would like it to be a bit thicker.

All and all a fantastic beer, and thoroughly recommended. One of the best in the style I've had.

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Photo of alva
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sniffer on tap at Naked City in Seattle.

Been hearing a lot about Cascade and wanted to try something before purchasing a $20 bottle.

My knowledge of Flemish sours isn't great but I do like the Vichtenaar and Duchesse du Bourgogne.

This beer is definitely in the same vein but less challenging and therefore more drinkable. The sourness is mild and really well balanced. I could easily have a couple of pints of this beer which ain't true of the Vichtenaar.

All in all this is a wonderful beer. I will be actively seeking Cascade from now on.

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Photo of naderator55
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was on tap at my usual Tuesday spot. Appearance was pleasant, a nice looking burnt red. It had a small film of head that quickly dissipated. The aroma up front was malt heavy with a biscuity-caramel flavor; their was a certain tartness that plaid second fiddle to the malt. The beers tart nature came on strong as soon as it hit your tongue. The malt which came off as a toffee or caramel cleared the tart flavor out of your mouth. I love a good tart beer, but do not like the lingering affect of some as much. Beer had a fairly high level of carbonation which kept the palate nice and clean. For the style the drinkability was amazing if it wasnt for the hefty price tag I would have drank it all night long.

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Cascade Mouton Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 11 ratings