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Cascade The VineCascade The Vine

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.73%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This Northwest Style Sour Ale is a blend of soured Triple, Blonde Quad and Golden ales that have been refermented with the fresh pressed juice of white wine grapes. The beer spent more than six months of lactic fermentation and aging in small oak barrels. 9.2% ABV" - Raccoon Lodge website

ABV seems to vary, between 8.33-9.73%

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Photo of Docer
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a slightly aged bottle of this last night.... the website dumped its database, and wiped my review of this... so here it goes from memory.

- Looked like a slightly cloudy bright orange and golden IPA... large fluffy white head quickly down to a scatter of white lace maker.. and lacing all about.

- Fruity zingy lemon zest, tart sourness, grain... and a bi of funk. Some hay and earthiness in there.

- Wonderful complex flavor of grain, slight funk, tart and yet smooth... and the grapes... love the currants in the background. Fantastic from start to finish.... and boy how it changes all in just only 1 gulp.

- Slightly dry, but so zesty, the mouth waters....

- Super drinkable, and not a mind blowing sour bomb. Lacked any vinegar flavor at all which I like in a sour.... seriously a must try for any person wanting to try sours.. or even a sour master!

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Photo of nataku00
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2011 project, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with half a finger of head that disappears immediately. No lacing or foam on the beer, but plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is green grapes, astringent grape skin, green apples, lactic acid with lemon juice and white wine vinegar sourness.

Taste follows the nose, green grapes and apples, with some lactic acid, mild lemon and vinegar flavors. Very dry on the tongue, with some lingering grape skin.

Lighter side of medium body with soft but ample carbonation. There is a bit of alcohol warmth after a few sips, but fairly easy to sip on.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear golden yellow with tiny white bubbles around the edges. some dusting in the middle of the glass

S: Aroma of tart lactic acid and oak barrel aging. Very sour and slightly sweet malt presence

T: Lactic flavors off the bat with a strong triple / quad blend of malt flavors. Riesling like flavors and grape juice flavors with a sweet candied sugar presence. Slight twang like sour bite at the end. Very complex and fruity as well as oaky, and mouth puckering. Lemon rind, and even a strong caramelized sugar flavor in here from the quad / triple blend. Overall a higher abv than I had thought until hopping on here to see it at 9%.

M: Medium body for the style, clearly a higher abv than most at this style. Lots of carbonation.

O: overall, a very flavorful and complex Wild Ale. Carbonation really shines for a beer at this high an abv, tons of sugary caramel flavors that blend to make this a well balanced wild ale with a lot to offer.

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Photo of cvm4
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Version

A - Has a golden body with a fizzy white head and is slightly opaque. The head dissipates very quickly to just a ring around the glass.

S - White grapes are definitely present, sugar esters, oak and light tartness. To me, the nose is a bit sweeter than I was expecting. But, it's still very enjoyable and pleasant.

T - Oh yeah! The taste does not follow the nose. And that's a good thing. A wallop of tartness that has hints of vinegar. Afterwards, I'm getting white wine and green apple flavors. As it warms, I'm getting some oak characters as well.

M - Crisp, not overly carbed and on the medium side of light bodied.

O - I imagine this is not easy to brew and they pulled off a genius sour beer. Kudos!

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Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy schyte, Batman... Hardest bottle to open... EVER. Review is from notes taken on 1/14/2012 and poured from the bottle to a tulip. I received this bottle in a trade, I can't remember for sure from who, but if I had to guess, it would be black13.

Appearance: Pour is a fair coppery/golden color and looks like a shiny penny; starts with a short 1/2 finger slightly off-white fizzy head that fades pretty much immediately to nothing; body is actually fairly clear and shows just a touch of haze, and very strong and diverse carbonation -- some big and uneven bubbles, and multiple streams of smaller ones; no trace of lacing is left behind, just an oily residue.

Smell: A great smell, and complex -- lots going on with a fruity tartness and some lactic and brett funkiness that is more tart than barnyard; the fruitiness is acidic, and definitely holds the grape from the addition of the juice; a saccharine and artificial candy scent is there as well, and I'm always reminded of Smarties and/or SweetTarts in wilds of this vein.

Taste: Excellent, and really matches the nose to a "T" -- first and foremost, the abundantly sweet and tart fruitiness dominates the palate, and the brett funkiness brings the saccharine flavors of the Smarties/SweetTarts; there is a sweet; slight woodiness with a touch of vanilla; for being over 8% alcohol, it's entirely masked by the bold flavors.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is lively and active, and the tartness and funkiness makes the mouth pucker and water; body is well carbonation despite sitting in the closet for over a year, but that should be expected in something with as many critters floating around in it as something like this; body is a little heavier in weight than just light, and there is a moist stickiness coating the entire mouth; belly is left warm from the acidity.

Overall: This is definitely a solid beer and I wish something like this were readily available in my part of the country (although my understanding is that this beer is about as expensive as they come)... doesn't quite compete with the likes of a Consecration or Supplication, but definitely comes in just behind them. A great beer to be sure.

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Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice dirty orange-copper pour, good head with some decent lacing. (a second bottle I later purchased was a pale clear copper)

Smell: Lighter than the agerage american wild ale, lightly sour with some floral, grape, melon and honey aromas. Doesn't look like the BA picture.

Taste: Not overtly sour, but very enjoyable. I am not sure that I could have pinpointed the grapes without the text on the bottle, although there does seem to be a slight white wine (Sauvignon Blanc or Viognier) element to the brew, with a few tanins present. Also some oakiness, apricot, light brett, peach tart green apple, melon and honey, little to no funk.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, well carbonated but a bit thin

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, this one goes down easy. Could be a bit more complex, but it could have been a wild ale disaster like some american brewers produce.

I was less impressed with this offering on a second tasting and have lowered the scores slightly (was 4/4/4.5/4/5)

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Photo of PDXHops
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

See-thru light amber with a tornado of fizzy carbonation up the middle of the glass. This feeds a frothy off white head that sticks around impressively and leaves sheets of lacing.

Loads of tart fruit in the nose- underripe white grapes, lemons, Granny Smith apples. Light wet hay funk, a bit earthy. Sweet oak lingers in the background.

Wonderfully flavorful. Starts with those tart white grapes and a bit of vinegar, then develops a small amount of apple sweetness, cloves and lemon juice. The oak meshes superbly with the tartness and fruit. At times it's a little funky, at other times hints of crisp graininess show up for a moment or two. A bit of sweetness somewhat akin to a gingersnap cookie at times. Seems to change from sip to sip, making it hard to pin down all the flavors. Challenging and extremely enjoyable.

Extremely flavorful, yet quite delicate. Smooth midswallow and dry at the finish, leaving nothing but a bit of white grape skin tartness behind.

Overall impression: This is my idea of a great wild ale- no nasty brett, but plenty of sour goodness and fruitiness with a touch of funk. I traded away my only surplus bottle, but I'll have to correct that mistake the first chance I get.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to womencantsail for this beer. 750ml bottle into two NB Globes. Bottle notes this as 8.33% abv as well. Easily one of the hardest corks I have ever tried to remove from a bottle.

A: Pours a light amber with a white head that is audible as it recedes. A ton of carbonation coming from the nucleation point of the glass. Enough white bubbles stick around and are created from the glass that it lingers. Initial pour was crystal clear, but the second pour was a bit cloudy.

S: Smells quite tart, some notes of wine grapes, some slightly sulfuric smells as well. Quite a bit of funk and lacto and pedio notes as well. The wine grapes impart a nice tartness and strong amount of fruitiness as well.

T: Has a few notes of white wine right up front that is quickly lost to the funky flavors of wild yeast. Has a pretty strong medicinal note at the finish. Just a bit of a hop flavor lingers in the mouth as well. Has a touch of a honey note as well. Not insanely sour but definitely tart. Pretty enjoyable. Nice lacto notes and just a little bit of wood as well. I'll give it the 4.5 as there isn't a 4.25, the beer warrants the rounding up.

M: Light and heavily carbonated, finishes very dry and slightly warm, the alcohol just shows its face after the swallow. Doesn't exactly make the spit insanely thick like other sours, but does a pretty good job.

D: This isn't hard to drink at all, in fact I wish I had another bottle to drink at a later date. A nice sour that is a bit more subtle than many of the other wild ales I've had. By not being as acidic, it helps with the overall ease of drinking. Glad to get the chance to try it.

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

Big thanks to JohnGalt1 for sending me an incredible box, which contained this and much much more.

Pours a clear orange color with amber tints and a white head that reduces quickly leaving a broken ring around the surface. Ample carbonation can be seen in the depths of this one.

Nose is very very winelike. Lactic notes, oak and certainly noticeable grape presence. Some slight spice is detectable, but not prominent.

Wow! This is a very interesting beer to say the least. Quite complex. Opening notes are very crisp and fruit-like. Grapes are clear and present in the flavor, but not cloying or overbearing. An Oaky dryness starts early and only increases up to the finish. The lacto notes are not quite as balls out as many would like, but i think they compliment the overall state of this beer quite well. Very dry finish, leaves sweet white grape juice flavor lingers, but again, not cloying or too sweet in the least. There is indeed a touch of a spice profile that is most prominent here after the finish.

Mouthfeel is right where it oughta be with ample carbonation. It is the tiniest bit viscous for the style, but for this beer i find it appropriate. Very dry beer.

Drinkability is very strong, especially for the suprisingly high abv. A pretty refreshing beer, really. A wine lover would eat this up i would bet.

Overall an impressive beer from the Cascade series. Alot of people might slam this because it isn't the most sour palate thrashing beer around, but make no mistake, this is a very well crafted and delicate beer, and is certainly a tart brew. I would be willing to bet the brewer acheived almost exactly what they wanted to with this. There is great balance between tart dryness and white grape flavor. I would love to have another bottle of this to see how it does with a bit of age. An interesting beer, and one i would certainly drink again.

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Photo of Pahn
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Bottle gushes slowly a few seconds after opening. Careful pour yields a 3/4 inch white head that dissipates immediately into a froth ring around the surface of the beer. Pours an opaque orange. Occasionally leaves a few thin streaks of lacing.

Smell: A little sourness and some various fruit notes (strawberry, apple, raspberry--all very faint, maybe even imagined), dominated by a grape and white wine smell. Effervescent feel on the nose. As the beer warms, it smells less like white wine, and alternatingly like bad sugary grape juice and good natural grape juice. I'm not too drawn in, but it's not bad.

Taste: Much deeper and more balanced than the smell. The first sip provides a big, mouth puckering sour hit as well as some really nice grape flavors and some creamy, musty funk just before the dry finish. At first it's just a bit too sweet for my liking, but as it warms, the funkiness develops a lot, the taste stays very sour and tart, and lots of other fruit notes (like those suggested in the nose) pop up. Great balance. Near the end of the glass, I start to notice a fair amount of peppery spice. Very nice flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, dry finish, rather puckering, with a large amount of almost stinging carbonation, balanced by some really mellow, smooth creaminess.

Drinkability: Great sipper. I drank my one glass (about 350ml) over the course of about an hour, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Would buy again.

I've wanted to try some Cascade beers for awhile now. The Vine was a good one to start off with. Lots of sourness, fair amount of funk, with a great mouthfeel and no off flavors. I'm actually not a huge fan of white wine (a statement as absurdly general as "I don't like fruit," I know) or grape, but the balance of flavor here worked very well for me.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass. Keep in mind that I love all wine, and have been really excited with any concoction that infuses the both of them.

Amber-orange in color, with some golden tints overall - as expected, this is quite cloudy, and of all of the Cascade beers I had in one night, this one has by far the best head retention and strongest display of bubbles. Could it be due to the high residual sugars in the grapes? Regardless, this looks really nice and elegant in light of its simplicity.

The aroma is quite fantastic, and fans of drier, more acidic white wines (such as myself), as well as farmhouse beer lovers, will find themselves quite happy with this at the nose. Notes of melons, guava, peaches, pineapple, lavender, as well as a light grape-like note, followed by some wet hay, slightly grassy notes that meld well with brief oak spices - vanilla and baking soda come to mind. Definitely sweeter than I expected, and while it isn't really tart, it isn't very funky either. I'm guessing that the grapes that were pressed in the juice were likely to be combination of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and maybe some Riesling? Either way, the main flavor profile definitely recalls the more delicate fruit and floral notes from those varietals, and it's definitely unique in its own right, and most certainly not one-dimensional.

The flavor, nevertheless, is a bit of a letdown by comparison - it's actually far sweeter on the palate, and while the initial flavor is a fruit and grape must heaven, it falls flat rather quickly in the aftertaste. The primary notes of melon, pineapple, and guava are still there, some pear and green apples fully flourishing on the palate soon after. Starts slightly dry (with some hints of mineral, such as cold stones), and then reduces itself to a toasted barley character with some toffee and baking spices from the oak, and lets itself go completely. It's constructed quite well, but the slightly thinned body of the beer (as well as the increasingly spritzy carbonation) makes this a good but slightly underwhelming process throughout. It's a great palate cleanser, but it lacks a finishing drive that makes the initial flavor very wonderful.

Never fear, however, as this would still pair excellently well with all kinds of food, especially a variety of cheeses that immediately spring to mind - goat cheese, maybe smoked Gouda. This an excellent beginner's venture into grape must infused beers, but I've certainly had more that were far more complex, and more importantly, more that had a stronger, acidic grip that complimented the grapes and showcased the power of the yeast and barley backbone that makes the beer. Worth a try, but don't break your back to get one.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As Don Carlo told John Gotti (at least in the cheesy yet entertaining and moderately accurate HBO documentary), "I've heard good things." Let's see if the collar matches the cuff. 750, corked and caged into the Ommegang chalice after dropping down and giving me about 20 minutes. Solid pop of the cork.

Pours a silky honey/copper blend - sort of like my favorite herbal tea remedy with lemon, honey and a shot of bourbon. Head is tight bluish white - results in yeast wisps up top rather quickly. Carbonation is steadily represented and rises with decent speed.

I understand that there are muscat grapes in here but this is crazy. It rolls like a legit Moscato d'Asti. Same (at least close) carbonation with a fair amount of sweet yet light muscat fragrance. Husky malt is in the background with a hint of sweet booze. Maybe there are some bright noble Styrian Goldings hops to help dry it out. It has a little creamy orange-vanilla silk. Funk will take a while to warm up but this is quite crazy.

Ahhh, there's the brett. I am digging the muscat topping on this one along with the brett slight horsey funk and a little bit of fermented sourness. I want to see this one age and see how it all calms down and gets husky. This gets better by the minute as the carbonation and over-the-top Muscat sweetness subside and the traditional funk and sourness take up residence.

The carbonation still hits the lips on the sips for a while but it goes away as it travels through the palate. This is one of the lighter and sprightly sours you'll come across - the muscat musk really leaves an impression from front to back to meld sweetness with a mild brett funkiness and austere grains and noble yet piney/balsa wood hops. This isn't over-the-top outstanding but is calmly excellent.

This may not drink quickly but it drinks very nicely. The light muscat sweetness and Moscato D'Asti carbonation breaks up the funk enough to avoid that pucker that is satisfying yet on some level a little painful. I enjoy that this is not a traditional sour and the muscat is a great call. It gets better with warmth. Off the deep end and lovin' every minute of it.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at City Beer Store with a few friends.

Pours a very nice gold with decent carbonation, not much head.

You can smell this bad boy from a few fee away. Grapes, pale malts and a sour funk. Very nice.

Grapes and sour hit up the front of the taste. Some yeast, pale malts and earthy hops (very slight). Very easy going down. Smooth and beautiful (for lack of a better word).

$40 is a bunch, but since we all threw down I'd say six thumbs up between three peeps.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 2oz taster at Cascade Brewing. Reviewed from notes. I wish I had more to review, this may not be as thorough as I might have liked.

A- Half-a-finger white head. Some ringed retention. Light golden color.

S- Light, yeasty, tart and cotton candy is present as well, which is kind of odd. Sweet and some peppery spices.

T- Vinous, like a white wine. Sweet and of course tart. Like a cherry flavored white Zinfandel.

M- Vinous yet light, doesn't bog down with syrupy qualities.

O- Good sour, smell is awesome.

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Photo of korguy123
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip, courtesy of Rutager for the 2012 CANBIF.
The Cascade beers have always been a huge want of mine.

A- Slightly hazy gold pour with a never ending, finger width, tight bubbled, snow white head. The streams of carbonation coming from the bottom of this glass are mesmerizing. The head just moves with the beer, leaving little lacing.

S- Right off the bat you get a sweet juicy grape juice, followed by a nice tart grape and lemon aroma. Almost zero funk to this beer. The grapes are making my mouth water. There is a nice grass aroma and the oak really shines through. I'm getting a touch of vanilla as well.

T- Wonderful tartness to it, just full on white wine tart, than lemon followed by a nice sweet grape juice and finishing with a quick super dry finish. The funk is at a 3 right now.

M- Light and super bubbly. The carbonation is borderline champagne.

O- This is high rated and rightfully so, this really is a remarkable beer.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 project 8.85% ABV

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow honey color with less than a finger of head that dissipates nearly instantly. No retention or lacing. Body is moderately hazy.

Smell: Aroma is dominated by concord grapes (could almost mistake it for straight grape juice), along with just hints of lactic sourness and oak.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Tart white grape dominate. There's some very mild lacto character. Sourness is very low. In a blind taste test I very well could have mistaken this for champagne.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with mouthfeel bordering on watery. Carbonation is low. Finishes semi dry.

Overall: This was really disappointing. I would still call it "good," but it doesn't live up to the standard of most other Cascade sours. Given the price point I would skip this.

While this is the first time I've reviewed this beer, I have had it once previously (2011 project) and remember liking it considerably more than this bottle. This could just be an off bottle, or perhaps this years batch didn't turn out how Cascade intended. If you can find a 2011 (or other vintage), I would recommend giving it a try, but this one I'd pass on.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 project into Funkwerks tulip.

A - maybe a finger of off white head which quickly falls to nothing. No lacing. Body is slightly cloudy, and peach in color.

S - Good candied sugar with sweet and sour fruits. Grapefruit, strawberries, and raspberry. Also a lot of red apple.

T - More apple and a lot of grape. Tastes a little winey (white wine). There is good acidity/sourness but the grape/wine flavor is a little too dominant.

M - Good carbonation holds up a weaker body. Not to drying but leaves the mouth a little puckered and does not linger in the mouth.

O - A good beer, but could be better. If you are looking for a mix of wine and beer, this would be good for you. Still, I wouldn't turn down a bottle/glass.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly cloudy, pale straw highlighted by gold.

S - Very, very sour white grapes.

T - Refreshingly vinous with sweet grape jam. Tart up front with an unpleasant fake grape jelly aftertaste. Referred to as 'cotton candy' in the tasting notes. 'Sweet bubblegum' would be another possible description. Chardonnay character is evident in terms of minerality and acidity.

M - Lovely carbonation with a light-medium mouthfeel.

O - For some people this might be a good beer but I did not care for the cotton-candy/fake grape sweetness at all. Alcohol was very smooth however. A miss for me. I would not be very happy if I'd payed for a bottle rather than a taster.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A - pours a hazy apricot type color. Just a bit hazy/cloudy. Super tall, loose head. Dissipates at a medium pace (points if you get the reference).

S - lots of tart/sourness, apples, cherries, white wine, some funk that grows more pronounced as it warms, musty smells come out as well.

T - nicely sour. Smooth punch of sour to start, just a touch of the vinegar notes, lots of sour fruit, apples, some grape, the white wine notes are there big time in the finishing stages. Nice element of funkiness comes in at the end.

M - very good. Avoids getting syrupy and stays crispy smooth throughout.

O - another excellent sour from cascade.

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Photo of vacax
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, corked and caged. $18 from The Wine Country. Took a bit of work to get the cork out before a huge pop at the end.

Pours very bubbly at first, then slowed down. Ended up with about two fingers of white head that died down into a film on top and a ring around the glass with around a centimeter thick ring of residual lacing all around. Liquid is an orange amber almost apple juice color.

It smells spiced, actually quite heavy on a clove note. Lactic tartness is definitely present, some light fruitiness there, grapes, but more like table fruit than wine. The flavor starts sweet and tart, then the sourness grows and grows throughout the midpalate and finish. A bit of funk pops up in there too. In the end, quite sour. That clove note hits in the middle, and the fruit sweetness is there throughout. Feel is light and spritzy, just right.

Some nice stuff here, but could use some more complexity beyond the sweet grapes, clove, and sour factor.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful, glowing golden color with a white head that held for a bit and left some lace. nose was tropical fruits, citrus, pear, fermenting white grapes, wheat (kind of like grainy bubblegum cotton candy), oak and lacto/pedo. very clean. minimal funk. beautiful smell. boo ya! taste is fantastic as well. flavors blend and harmonize, and what seems like it might be a sticky fruit bomb is a properly slick, medium bodied and pretty dry beer that showcases the similarities between wine and beer, giving the glory to fermentation. finishes with little to no aftertaste. tartness makes me salivate and crave more. alcohol barely detectable. winner.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 version, served on-tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: The Vine pours a clear golder straw color with a finger of pure white head. Retention is pretty nice, and the lacing is good as well.

Smell: I get some funk and slight lactic notes, as well as some light white grape scents and pear. A bit vinous as well. Very light scents, nothing that stands out. Okay, but not great.

Taste: This is much more like it. Lots of white grape and pear, as well as a vinous characteristic. Oak as well. I do get some funk, but I don't get much of a lactic or vinegary characteristic. I really enjoyed this beer a lot.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is rather heavier in body compared to other Cascade sours I tried, with a moderate amount of spritzy carbonation. Extremely good. Overall, this was one of my top two favorites of the night. Really enjoyed the notes of pale fruits and vinous character.

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Photo of MarioM
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a SN tulip glass, poured at 55 deg F.

A: Bottle cork popped with a decent pop and was watching the cool white vapor flow out of the bottle when suddenly the beer started gushing. Didn't expect that but immediately poured some in the glass and ran for a towel to clean up the mess.

Regardless, the beer pours a very clear and crisp yellow color with absolutely no head and maybe a few tiny bubbles along the rim, which I could count if I wanted to. Strange how bland it looks but hopefully it tastes better and smells better than it looks.

S: Smell is a smooth fruitiness and dryness with a tad bit of lacto acidity, just enough to let you know its a sour beer or might be a tad bit tart. Nice aroma though, its interesting and reminds me of wyeast 3725, the base Fantome yeast. Extremely smooth and fruity. There's also a bit of weird almost faint funk but don't know what its coming from, there's no Brett in this so must be the base beer blended. Interesting though.

T: More tart than I remember but definitely palatable compared to their kriek. This is much more fruit forward with lots of yeast character/fruitiness carrying it than other bracingly sour, one-dimensional beers I've tried from Cascade. There's some nice maltiness and almost perceived sweetness with a much more balanced tartness than, for example, their kriek, which was way too sour and harsh.

M: Nice tartness followed by a restrained yet apparent malt character and sweetness makes for a really refreshing and well balanced high abv american sour. Dry and medium bodied with a slight dry and warm finish make for a great desert beer or something nice to end the night with. Fruit and yeast character also lingers way past sips, which make for a nice and worthwhile brew that demands savoring not pounding or overindulging.

O: My absolute favorite Cascade brew. Its restrained tart character topped off with a nice yeast fruit character and dry almost spicy finish, similar to a saison, makes for an amazing experience. A must try and definitely a worthwhile reason to give Cascade brewing way too much money that your wiling to spend most of the time. IN this case, wort the $25ish bucks.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 2 I believe. Cork comes off with an explosion, really satisfying. Pours a very clear honey gold with a loud, fizzy head that fades to a collar. Nose is large wine barrel, white grapes, some other light fruits. Quite a lot of wet wood. Major white grape in the flavor. Some musty, sweaty brett and of course oak. The idea is similar to Cuvee de Castleton, but it's not as tight, and a bit muddled. Sour and puckering on the finish. As it breathes it really tightens up and expresses the grape and sour flavors in a much more cohesive way. Still pretty similar to Castleton, but not as sour and a little less spritzy.

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.14 out of 5 based on 877 ratings.
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