Cascade The Vine
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #221
ABV:
10.1%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,519
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 9.24%
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
907
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
 
Oregon, United States
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Notes: The Vine is a blend of sour wheat and blond ales aged in white wine barrels for up to 18 months with Gewurztraminer grapes.

ABV seems to vary, between 8.33-10.1%
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL corked and caged bottle received in a trade a few years ago - thanks, Farees! This is the '2012 Project' (8.85%), served slightly chilled. Reviewed from notes.

I was worried that this one might gush once the cork was popped, but it barely reacted at all. It has a hazy golden-orange colour, producing half a finger of loose, foamy white head that quickly degrades to a narrow collar of froth. The surface is otherwise bare, with little in the way of lace; looks a bit dull - maybe cellaring this was a mistake. The aroma is considerably more interesting, with leather (Brett) being the most noticeable presence; this is followed by oak tannin, grape must and a slight hint of vanilla. Not excessively complex, but it does have a pleasant funkiness to it.

Tart and funky, but with a reasonable amount of balance maintained between its disparate parts; leather and barnyard funk are noticeable right off the bat, as are notes of oak and white wine. Minor suggestions of underripe (tart) peach, lemon, acetic acidity and green apples, as well as a grainy, wheaty malt backbone. Funky, tart aftertaste with hints of sweet grape juice and mint persisting into the aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with moderate carbonation levels that impart a relatively prickly bite to its texture. A pleasure to sip, though it's of limited drinkability - and I suspect that the 8.85% is no longer an accurate measurement, based purely upon its inebriating effects.

Final Grade: 4.12, an A-. Cascade's the Vine is one hell of a durable sour: it's in shockingly good shape for something that is at least 6 or 7 years old, though I suspect it would've been better still had I not sat on it for so long. Oh well... you live, you learn, and I still thoroughly enjoyed my bottle anyhow - particularly because I haven't had the opportunity to try very many Brett beers over the last couple of years. Well worth a look if you can find it.

May 17, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Marked as "2011 Project", enjoyed on 8/31/17. Poured from the 750mL bottle into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Mildly hazy light gold, until the last 1/8 bottle – then some yeast haze shows up. A few bubbles rise to the surface, but no real head to speak of, despite fairly active visible carbonation.

S: Lactic sourness and some barrel tannins mix with lemony citric acid, some white vinous character, and a touch of funk – musty basement and cheese.

T: A mix of lactic and mild acetic tartness. Sour grapes as well, with some definite grape skin/grape must tannins. Some oaky tannins add a bit of vanilla. Some apricot/stone fruit presence and some lemony citric acid on the tongue as well. Biscuit malty sweet, but this stays fairly mild. Some more lactic sour and dry tannins in the hang.

M: Average to just on the light side of body. Carbonation sensation on the low side, and alcohol presence seems about average - noticeable but not particularly warming.

O: Not a bad beer, and perhaps the time in the bottle has allowed some of the “standard” Cascade "lactic bomb" aspect to mellow somewhat. But the grapey vinous/grape must being added to the sour profile just isn’t a personal favorite to say the least. Nothing that I’d seek out again for sure. Scores given are an attempt to score to style, rather than pure personal preference; I'd estimate personal scores to be below 3.75/5.

Mar 21, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Project.

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw yellow. Small clear bubbles rise to the top, but it’s had some time to breathe on ice so the head and lace are essentially nonexistent.

The nose is consumed by musty white wine and Pinot grapes (or in this case, Gewürztraminer).. predominantly sweet, with just enough funk and oak on the back end to create a really nice profile.

Tart white grapes transform into an earthy, oak-forward sour with a sour wheat backbone. Great balance, and a low acidity leaves just enough warmth going down.

Soft, low carb contrast a sharp sourness right away. A dry mouthfeel from the tannins puts a bow on this nicely. Warm, puckering finish.

Sep 20, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the Barrel House. 2015 vintage at 10.1% ABV. Pale, clear golden with big foamy head. Light bodied and light on the palate, but the grapes also lend a lot of flavor, think white grape juice on steroids. Aroma and flavor lean on the grapes, initial tartness dries out on the back end.

Feb 27, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy orange color with almost no head. Aroma has unripe stonefruits, lemon but also a vanilla sweetness from the barrel aging. Taste is sour and acidic with unripe fruit notes. Quite refreshing yet intense on the flavors and easy to drink.

Nov 07, 2017
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours fizzy orange with an equally fizzy head that's gone almost immediately.

The nose is white wine, sour grape, apple, pear, and funk.

This is the least sour of the Cascade beers I've had. The taste up front largely follows the nose. Green apple and white wine. Very balanced for 10% ABV. Oak and orange-y malts mid-palate. Drying on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium. Way more balanced than I expected.

8.5+/10

Nov 03, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Beautifully shimmering rare earth golden body with a thin, fuzzy collar.

I can smell Tripel-esque notes of spice and ester coming through with hints of Belgian candi and caramel. However, wheat, oak, nougat, and the botanics of an aromatic forest make their mark and bring this into a realm of its own.

Taste steps further away from the Tripel, with mature and sour grape, pear and funky, fruity oak.

This has become kind of watery and is lacking carbonation with a slick feel and dry chewy finish.

2010 vintage

Oct 18, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle (the 2015 Project), @10.1% ABV. I sure do like me some Gewurztraminer!

This beer pours (it was a gusher, but I caught it just in time!) a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, very loosely foamy, and mainly fizzy off-white head, which leaves but a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quite quickly abates.

It smells of tart lemon, green grape, and red apple fruitiness, gritty and grainy wheat malt, a mild earthy funkiness, gentle toasted oak notes, and a bit of wet hay/straw bitterness. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, white wine vinegar, sour apples and lemons, a thankfully restrained barnyard funk character, fruity green grapes on lees, a very tame wet barrel stave woodiness, and further understated earthy, hay-like, and musty bitters.

The carbonation is average in its palate-baiting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and sort of smooth, as the hovering tartness kind of has that expected downer effect here. It finishes off-dry, the malt and fruity essences (in all their inherent yin and yang) predominating.

Overall, this is a fairly tasty and engaging version of the style, with the white wine doing well to complement, rather than overwhelm the base sour ale. Not yet mentioned is the surprisingly AWOL north of 22-proof alcohol measure, which is a testament to the brewing prowess on display, I would imagine. Great stuff.

Sep 08, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beware the wild yeast !
Looks give lots of foam and very quickly ... then all settles down into a sipping experience.
Smells are mostly the wine grapes, plus all that sour.
Tastes are both slightly sweet and then really sour. And while they come and go, sour wins.
Feel has very active carbonation, champagne-like; with an interesting tug between sweet and dry.
Overall, I brought it to a party of wine drinkers and got lots of turn-down faces, a few raised eye-brows and no converts. (But then, I am hardly a sour evangelist... being shy about those styles.)

Listed on the "1001 Beers To Have Before You Die", I think it probably should be there for making the difficult bridge between wine and beer. Glad I Had this one, but probably not again.

Apr 29, 2017
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Budinetz from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 ml bottle. 2015 Project.

Initially foams out of the bottle rather quickly so have this over a glass immediately as it has wild yeast. Pours a golden straw color with a thin, white head the dissipates instantly. Carbonation is that of champagne and a very fine ring of head clings to the sides of the glass. Lacing is present as I sip, however it does not still to the sides of he glass, it falls back into the beer level.

Smells of lactobacillous, funky white wine, white balsamic.

Tastes initially sweet like moscato but quickly changes direction into tart deliciousness. Very acidic, but quite flavorful.

Feels very prickly from the high carbonation level, and the acidity stings the tongue a bit. Does not drink like a 10.1% beer.

Overall a very well done American Wild Ale from Cascade. One of the best sour blondes I've had in a long time. I really enjoy what they do up there in Oregon and will continue to try their offerings whenever I can.

Cheers!

Feb 15, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage bottling, 10.1%. Violent gusher upon opening, lost a couple ounces. Pours lightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, white wine, oak, hay, straw, funk, light pepper, wheat, cracker, light honey, light leather/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, white wine, oak, hay, straw, funk, light pepper, wheat, cracker, light honey, light leather/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tartness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, white wine, oak, hay, straw, funk, light pepper, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance; and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tartness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.1%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink for the big abv, thanks to the modest acidity. Great brett complexity with balanced fruit, wine barrel, and malt flavors; with minimal lingering sweetness. Not overly funky or lactic, but solid amounts of both. A highly enjoyable offering all around.

Feb 05, 2017
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely beer, the grape character somehow manages to hold its own among the fermentation character - no hint of the almost 10% ABV and the oak stays out of the way to really let the complexities shine. Wheaty malt base, relatively mild funk and acid, bright white wine notes, juicy and almost tropical on the nose. Clean and bright for a barrel aged sour.

Glad I splurged on the $20 bottle. However, quite disappointed I lost almost half of it to a gusher.

Jan 09, 2017
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jaxon53 from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 project. Wow delicious beer, beautiful hazy strawish color. Nice tart flavor filled with tons of grape skin and funk.A touch of barrel buried deep in the back. A little short in the nose but still good. Nice light mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Only issue: huge gusher! Like Mentos in cola, hose down the kitchen gusher! Was able to salvage about 6 ounces.

Dec 10, 2016
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dabeerbuddha from Canada

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Served chilled.
2015 The Vine
Transparent light straw colour. Very little head that hung like lace on the sides of the glass. White wine aroma. Fairly tart with very present wine tastes. Great mouth feel. Very wine like overall. Quite impressed.

Oct 25, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016-10-07
2015 project. Served in a wineglass, probably close to room temperature. It's been sitting in the glass for about an hour.

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a surprisingly good head retention. Nice solid white head still holding strong. Smell is tart, grapey, lemony. smells good.

Taste is fluffy lemony/grapey tartness. This is super good. Something about this makes me think of grape must.

Mouthfeel is very rich, velvety, smooth, the word fluffy again comes to mind. This is an excellent beer.

Oct 08, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage.
Beer comes in a light to medium amber.
The flavor hits of sweet grape, with gentle tart and acidity of the fruit skin. This is complimented by a sweeter white wine, some oak. And dry white wine finish.

Sep 21, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that dissipates rather quickly. The beer itself is a very nice looking clear medium gold that looks absolutely stunning. The overall appearance strongly resembles a chardonnay or a nice tripel.

The smell is good. There is a strong white grape mustiness and a slight sweet honey smell to it. The oak note comes out but it gets lost a little bit in the funkiness. However, they work very well together when it becomes noticeable.

The taste is good. It has a strong grape note and funkiness with a very light hop bitterness to it. The taste is a nice mixture of white grape mustiness and a nice green apple tartness to it. There is also a light honey sweetness that is barely there but comes out nicely. The oak also comes out a little bit

The feel is very good. It has a body that hovers between medium and light due to the moderate carbonation. The beer has a nice smooth feel to it that strongly resembles something you might find in a wine.

Overall, this is a very good beer from Cascade. The overall notes make this beer more of a carbonated viognier with the grape notes and funk. It isn't a difficult beer to drink but it's a bit basic for people looking for something more interesting and too funky for those who aren't into sours. Otherwise, go for it but be careful, this thing likes to explode if you're not careful.

Sep 19, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 bottle, drank Feb 7, 2016.

A - Pours with 2 fingers of frothy white head but with virtually no retention and lace. Sediment laden bright gold body (even after months of vertical storage)

S - Bright, sour nose with tart peach, grape skins, cilantro, and fresh olives.

T - A firm, classic American Wild level of sourness opens the profile with grape skins, muscat grape, oak, and honey blondies.

M - Smooth, medium body.

O - A nice take on the style.

Feb 07, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden color, looks excited. White grape jumps out around lactic woodness.

White grape continues to dominate, the quad aspect of this beer thankfully doesn't come through, the lighter parts of it allow the white grape to keep it going.. Plenty of white wine like notes. Dry finish. Deceptively powerful and acidic.

Dec 24, 2015
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Edition -- Draft, Oct 2015

A: Strong white wine grape aroma accompanied by a light funkiness.

A: Straw colored, clear with massive head that dissipates quickly with no retention.

T: Grape flavor, a bit reminiscent of a white wine. Some esters present. Funky, but not overly sour.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation.

O: Enjoyable, but not mind-blowing. The white wine grapes are quite evident, but aren’t quite as showcased as I would have liked. The triple and quad styles are pretty powerful and provide a great backbone for the beer, but almost overshadow the grapes. For whatever reason, the funk flavors feel ever so slightly off.

Oct 08, 2015
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Dustoff21 from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Project. Pours with great color, but zero head. Almost wondered if this project started to skunk.

Appearance- Great, deep orange colors. Almost goldenrod in nature.

Smell- Slight hints of grape. Verging on the border of old wine

Taste- Crisp, clean, still wants to be vibrant but obviously losing its character.

Feel- Lack of carbonation, bottle may not have been stored properly

Overall- A solid sour, far from the amazement of say Jester King or Destihl, but none the less a good drinker. Nice sour to start off a new sour drinker.

Aug 10, 2015
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BostonBrewRu from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So I let this one age a year. I was planning on longer but a funky mold was growing around the cork. Beer was great, still fresh, no off flavors just slightly more mellow. This is still one of my favorite beers from them, now if only they distributed this instead of those stupid fruity sours! I would pay the $50 for this.

Aug 09, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 Project

Appearance: Pours golden verging on amber, fairly clear; initially, the head looks impressive but it fritters away rather quickly; no lacing, but a steady stream of bubbles rises from the center

Smell: Sweet white wine grape, apricot, tart apple and oak

Taste: Sweet white wine grape flavors, verging on fortified wine, with apricot and vanilla sugar developing; in the middle, the tart side appears, as does the oak; not much funk here and the sweeter flavors tend to overpower the sour ones

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: I wasn't expecting this profile from a Cascade sour, frankly; it was somewhat like a French white wine drinker encountering German whites for the first time; it is interesting but not really what I am looking for in a sour

Aug 07, 2015
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Mantooth from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft at Cascade:

Pours a rich golden hue with a fluffy white head and light lacing. The nose is rich with lemon zest and tart fruit, apples and grapes. There's a definite oak presence as well and the taste follows suit. Quite funky and delicious with a hint of pineapple as well. They nailed the carbonation here and the brew is very well balanced. Wonderful beer I look forward to trying again.

Jul 27, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cascade Brewing Barrelhouse in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a clear yellow body, half finger white head, minimal retention and lacing. Smells of grapefruit, sweet citrus, raisins, grain, oak, moderate lactic acidity. Flavour is actually quite sweet, with a combination of mild dark fruit, graininess, vinous grape flavours making it quite sweet, with a bit of citrus, oak, a bit of leather, and a lot of acetic acidity. Fairly intense, but not to my liking. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, substantial, sweet and sour at the same time, favoring the sweetness. Overall, too sweet for me, though it does deliver a nice puckering sourness.

Jun 26, 2015
Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 907 ratings