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Cascade The Vine | 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): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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%

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,182
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
900
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
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272
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Ratings: 900 |  Reviews: 213
Photo of macrosmatic
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey_L
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noles9585
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brendanjames
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Photo of StormAles
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sabtos
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of briancathy
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 900 ratings