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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 liamt07
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Rutager, 2011 vintage.

Orange with light lacing and retention. Nose has some sweaty socks, white grape, white wine, oak, fruit and lighter fleshed fruits like peaches and apricots. Taste is lightly sour sweeter malt, white grape, apricot and nectarine. Medium full feel, and a gentle effervescence. Delightful.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Its color is yellow with a tint of gold. The head is small, though the lacing it gives off is good. The nose is a pleasant note of soured white grapes. And it gets better in the taste. So smooth, so grapey. It tastes like someone fresh pressed some white grapes into a sour base beer and this is the final result. There is a touch of vinegar in this fairly sour grape beer. All in all, it's another great package delivered by the folks of Cascade. And to think that I've hesitated to pull the trigger on a bottle of any of their products....

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. It was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

The beer pours a hazy medium-yellow with a white head. The aroma is white wine and ginger ale. The flavor is heavy on the white wine with some herbs including rosemary and ginger. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2011 project, at 9.73% ABV.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam which dissipated somewhat quickly. Attractive!

Smell: sweet malt with a light tartness and a definite white wine character. Subtle but not under-done; the overall effect is quite pleasing.

Taste: sweet, malty flavor with a light hint of grain and a nice tartness. Toward the end the white wine character comes out a little bit more effectively; this then morphs back to a maltier aftertaste. I like the dynamic character here; this beer is quietly confident. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: this beer is quite attenuated and has a pretty light body, but carbonation is high giving it a big, if ephemeral, creaminess; not unlike champagne, really.

Overall: this beer is tasty and super drinkable. This beer shares a lot in common with a sparkling white wine, and a good one at that. I am really enjoying this.

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Photo of biegaman
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Vine has a delicate pale colour but an intense, torchlight glow and the density of a London fog. Even its head is fluffy and cottony (at least for a short while). It is unexpectedly bright and cheery for something that's slumbered 18 months in the darkness of a wooden barrel.

Smelling the beer is akin to taking a knife, cutting a slit right down the center of a lemon and wedging your nose right up into the middle of it and taking a great big deep breath; it fills the lungs with rousing citric acidity and zippy tartness.

A glass of lemonade and apricot juice squeezed from a wood barrel with grass clippings thrown in - that’s the image that comes to mind while sipping this bright and beautifully flavoured marvel of a beer. It also has an underlying of dry, acidic white wine and oaky vanillin flavour as well as fleshy citrus, peppy tang, subtle sweetness and refined funk - it has e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!

I've learned from experience that few styles (and even fewer brands) can hold up to extended time in the cellar. Anything that's undergone lactic fermentation and oak-aging, however, tends to do well; this 2011 Vintage was opened at the end of 2013 and it's still drinking masterfully. I'd wager another 2 years wouldn't hurt one bit.

There's one reaction The Vine evokes sip after sip: a loud Lil Jon-like "YEAH!" Blending and souring three or four varieties of ale and then further barrel-fermenting with the juice from white wine grapes is what I'd call a pretty high-risk/high-reward experiment - Cascade hit the jackpot.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The head leaves a nice layer of lace on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a pretty, red-stained, copper color that shows a bright copper-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite sweet, with honey notes, a floral white-grape fruitiness, plus other aromatic notes of kiwi, ripe honeydew melon and ripe green apple note. Much of the sweetness that I noticed at first actually is contributed by the huge, aromatic ripe fruit character. The ripe fruitiness is almost too much here.

As I expected from the aroma, this beer is quite dry with very little sweetness. The tartness is not overly aggressive here, in fact much of it I would guess comes from the wine grapes, though there is certainly a lactic component here. This has a tropical fruit like note here that is I find in white wines at times. The finish has a bit of astringency and tannins from oak character, there is also a touch of heat from the alcohol, but this actually hides the alcohol pretty well for its strength. I am curious what grapes were used here, with the oak it can remind me of chardonnay, but the ample fruitiness reminds me a bit more of Sauvignon Blanc or Gewurztraminer. Floral tropical fruit notes with quite a bit of ripe melon are noticeable and while not as apparent as in the nose, still manage to be noticeable despite the lack of accentuating sweetness. Spicy, astringent oak adds some structure and bite to the finish that adds balance to the up front tartness and expressive dry fruitiness.

This is a far departure from the Sang Royale I had the other day. It doesn't have nearly the finesse or balance that that one had, but it is still pretty tasty. An interesting beer, I can see this appealing quite a bit to some people, but I don't seem to be one of those people unfortunately.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 picked up at John's Marketplace and Belmont Station... reviewed from 2 sets of paper notes.

Nice long lasting khaki head.. the brew is pretty clear lite amber.

Nose has herbal qualities that both times I've had a really hard time placing... sorta minty.. oaky.. green apple

the same herbal element is more involved in the palate... a bit antiseptic tongue numbing lite clove... grassy.. sour is pretty lactic with some tannins that really dry it out on the finish.. an interesting sorta musky overtone begins toward the front of the palate and follows through to the finish.. never really got the "grapes" but friends say I am missing it.. the "minty" aspect ties this one up for me. Pretty drinkable in the respect that I want another sip just to try and place the huge mix of what all is going in to this one.

This is not a sour lover's sour.. instead a nice mash-up that has waves of stuff going on... pleasing and super complex... though probably just not for everyone.

I need to drink another of these, but am down to my last couple of bottles.... I would be interested to see what a couple of years in a cool cellar would do.


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Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's today.

The beer pours a honey amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is pretty wild, showcasing vinegar and sour funk, along with a very noticeable grape and berry aroma. Fortunately, the dead moose and headcheese aroma aren't too overpowering in this beer (though it's definitely there). On the palate, the beer is pretty impressive, with the sour funk acting as a backdrop for the grape and berry flavors. There's also some noticeable banana, vanilla and even a hint of bubblegum, all wrapped around a core of sour funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the beer ending with a long, mouthpuckeringly sour zip on the finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though I found the sour funk to be a bit of a distraction after a while. Nevertheless, I thought this another solid beer from Cascade, with enough other stuff going on flavor and aroma-wise to keep the sour component from becoming overwhelming. Impressive.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, 8.33% ABV,

A: Pours avery dark gold to orange-yellow, with a soft white head, good retention, mild spotty lace.

S: Great pure nose of lactic acid, direct and full. I also get a lot of lemon and some orange peel.

T: Heavy amount of lactic acid soaked musty fermented lemon. The underlying Belgian ale fruitiness comes out a lot more as the beer warms up bringing yellow apples and sourdough bread. Very Tempation-like.

M: High acidity, almost gets acrid at the finish, very dry and puckering. Extremely clean/no funk.

D: A sipper, the high acidity gives me no choice. I liked the beer, in the end though I think I wanted a little sugar/fruit to counterbalance the acid. I know there's grapes, but they're hard to find. A solid beer, interesting to try, but at $20 there are plenty of other AWA's and Cascades I'd rather get.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold with a huge beautiful frothy head. The retention is excellent, and there's a surprising amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of sugary grapes with some oak. I'm not sure about the grapes used in this, but it reminds me of Riesling or Muscat. There's a low level of lactic character, but a very low level of tartness. It's sugary and sweet. The flavor is better than the aroma suggested. The taste is sweet with notes of ripe white grape skins and a little musty barnyard. Again, Muscat comes to mind. There's a bit more tartness here than I expected from the aroma. Some oak notes and spices are present. The finish is dry and slightly tart with sugary grapes. No hops or alcohol are noticeable.

The beer is light bodied with good carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

I was hoping this would be tarter and sourer. I have a few more bottles of this and I'm interested to see how it develops over time.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Russell's in Amherst. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden straw hue with a nice two finger head that faded quickly and condensed into a creamy quarter inch white blanket. Quite the transformation.

S - Aromas are very light. Light horse barn/funk with good vinous qualities.

T - Very nice barrel notes, toasted oak/vanilla with strong vinous notes along with faint barnyard funk. Nice grapeskin sour/tartness. Very light alcohol heat.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very good for a wild ale of this ABV. Alcohol heat is slightly noticeable. Strong prickly carbonation. Very nice and fits it well.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer. I think I like what sang noir brings to the table though. Still, as pricey as this is its a damn good beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the brewery for $17.00.

A loud pop when I removed the cork, it pours a clear and very bubbly light gold with a 1 finger head of foam with lots of lacing.

It smells funky, tart, yeasty and has some notes of grapes.

The taste has some rather big sour grape flavour to it followed by mild notes of funk, a wee bit of fruity sweetness, more grape sourness, and woody notes from the oak aging. The alcohol gives me a lot of warming after the swallow but I can't say it shows up much in the taste.

Medium body, lively carbonation, good mouthfeel overall. This is good and for lovers of grape in their American's probably better than just good. Me? I'm not a huge fan of grapes but I'm not sorry I gave this a go. Being a Cascade beer..

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cascade barrel room in Portland, OR.

Pours a clear, bright golden colour, with a hazy, light-weight body. Head is white, and forms some firm, frothy contours atop the beer. Looks decent.

Aroma is immediately dusky and bretty. Apple characters with sharp citrus, astringent bite and a slight vinous tone. Not a lot of straight oak. It's perhaps not as big as it might have been, but it's still very complex.

Light grape juice on the front of the palate melds with more citric bite. Mid-palate has a husky bone character, giving a crisp, pronounced but rather plain Brett note. Finish is clean and dusty, with a ping of acidity that resonates to an aftertaste of pear skin.

Feel is clean and light. Very nice indeed.

The acidity is a little hard to take after a while, meaning it feels somewhat unbalanced. Despite this, it's a good wild ale, and one worth seeking out.

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

2009 Vintage at Barrell Room

A: Pours a clear golden straw color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some bubbles

S: Big lacto, white grape juice and peels witha whiff of wood, apple and pear

T: Immediate lacto and white grape notes, like someone stomped white grapes in front of me and poured it into my glass. The mid palate and back end leaves some Blonde and wood influence of pear, oak, Earthiness, gree and red apple persuasion and a tad vanilla with a stinging booze

M: Nice body, well carbonated and the lacto/grapes leaves a burning sweetness

O: Very good

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Another huge thank you to hopsbreath for yet another bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a nice white cap of froth with decent retention. Some lace.

(S)- A bright apple, grape skin, lemon & lime fruity yet lactic acidity and sourness. Subtle bits of dry oak and very mild yeast characters. I love the lactic fruit profile of this.

(T)- Similar to the smell in alot of ways. That same bright sour and lactic fruit profile. More dry oak comes through with bits of funk in a damp wood sense. Nice acidity.

(M)- A mild carbonation level. I do like the balance of this with the fruit, oak, and sour lactic bits. Honestly, it is a bit thin feeling; not as mouth coating as some in the style can be like, though this does help add a crispness to it somehow.

(D)- This is a solid to great wild ale with an incredible drinkability and crispness to it. Not over the top in any way, but showcases everything very well in the style equally; harmonious.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage, purchased from the brewery a month ago.

A: Loud cork pop. Foams somewhat aggressively when poured, but recedes so quickly that it never accumulates to more than a half finger. Clear golden color

S: Pronounced apple-grape juice aroma when first poured. Then some spice, a little lactic tang

T: Mildly tart and lactic. Grapey with some peach and apricot notes. Slightly herbal / medicinal in the finish.

M: Low carbonation, pretty smooth in the mouth. Medium linger.

O: Seems that this might not be standing up to age. I generally enjoy this beer much more when fresher, but this bottle seems a bit simple. Nothing particularly wrong with it, no off-notes, but no complexity or interesting notes either. I'll need to make a point to review the new vintage at some point in the near future.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a FW tulip. 2012 project

Pours a dark golden color with not much of a head. didnt "pop" when i opened it either. Smell is very much like white grapes, much like welches white grape juice! Taste is very similar as well. It has only a tiny bit of tartness to it, definitely the least sour tasting cascade ive had. The white grape flavor is very prominent and pronounced and it lasts through the finish and lingers. Its definitely what it promises. No tartness almost at all is quite a shock..not sure as intended? body is medium and carbonation is quite low. I will have to try another bottle to see if the tartness is just off in this one. Overall though the flavor is on point... maybe better fresh

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Photo of Stevedore
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

thanks to kawilliams81 for sharing this tonite! Thanks kent!

reviewed from notes taken on 7/4/12.

2011 vintage poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: This beer looks like white grape juice with a nice big 2 fingers plus white head.

Smell: Big white grapes and a sweet fruitiness that is hard to describe. Nice oak barrell notes too.

Taste: White grape BOMB, pear juice, oak, and even a hint of grassiness. Mild to moderate sourness in this beer. Its also vinous and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is fantastic and drinks at half its 10% ABV! Its insane! Wow! Of the 4 cascade sours tasted last night this has the best mouthfeel of them all when it comes to drinkablity. It feels a little bit syrupy because of the white grape/ fruity sweetness, but remains light bodied. It almost reminds me of a lighter version of the syrup from a can of pears.

Overall: This one is like a white wine with a hint of sour. Its appropriately named "The Vine" for this wine like beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.64/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this, Mike.

A brilliantly clear amber copper with a dense, off-white head with spectacular retention and lacing, this is a beautiful beer. The nose, OTOH, leaves me wanting. Very spicy, this is like pumpkin pie spices with some sweet, grape juice added to it. Sourness is present, rather clean, and it leaves me wanting some funk. The palate is similar, almost like an over-spiced Belgian Christmas ale soured with lacto. Despite this, it is pretty vinous. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, this is spicy and unpleasant on the finish. I really did not care for this at all.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a white band around the edges. Nose reveals tart citrus and cork, with some sweetness coming out towards the back. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of stone fruit (apricots?) and grapes. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an effervescent carbonation and a semi-dry, puckering finish. My first Cascade sour, and it was nothing short of incredible. Can't wait to try more from this brewer, even in spite of the hefty price tag.

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

Bottle opened on 2.26.13
2011 Project

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a large, very fizzy off-white to yellow head that is gone almost instantly.

S - Acidic, pretty funky, lemony and citrus, white grapes.

T - Funky, sweet grape, almost orange like finish, vinous.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Less acidic and more funky. Time has improved this bottle.

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

A darker yellow that somehow is pretty vibrant. Amazing aroma, salivation inducing, white grapes, mild wood aromas. Keeps the funk out.

Hugely sour, definitely has the white grape presence to it, amazing at hiding the alcohol. The blended parts of a tripel and quad are really overcome with the grape juice and sourness. Must be all kinds of different bacteria strains to get it this sour and yet stay complex and immensely enjoyable. Grape, lemon, green apple, maybe some peach or nectarine round out the fruit flavor from it.

If you like your shit sour as an ex, this is your beer. Heavy sour at like a 9:1 ratio to sweet. This is a must for a sour and white wine fan.

Only $5.50 a glass at the brewery/pub make this even better all around.

EDIT: Just drank my first 2011, still very good, but not phenomenal like the last three years/batches. Hopefully just needs some age, but it didn't seem to have the vibrancy of other years. Prior rating was 4.5/4.5/5/5/4.5

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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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