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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 claspada
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, abv is listed as 8.33.

Pours a moderate golden color with a small thin white head that vanishes almost instantly. Attempts to agitate some bubbles and or head are futile.

Aromas begin with some lactic and acetic sourness as well as a grape skin. A bit of funk and more generic fruit sweetness. Sour tart and vinous oakiness emerge more as it warms.

The taste loses the grapey character and has more of a mild fruit flavor to go along with some oak. Then you get some more of the lactic and acetic characteristics. Chardonnay white grape vinous flavors permeate and dominate the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium to low carbonation. The heft of this sourbscreams for some more carbonation to balance the fruity sweetness. Finish is dry but not overly so with good sourness.

Overall I enjoyed it's beer but I have to say honestly it is my least favorite of any of the numerous beers I have had from Cascade. A bit too sweet, even for this slightly older edition; could use a year more or so to dry and sour more. From what I have heard and read the best edition is the original because it has aged and it properly balanced with sweet and sour.

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Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale gold colour with a tiny white head. Decent head retention for a sour but its pretty short lasted.

Lightly tart aroma with some good fruity notes. Very slightly herbal. Good.

Bright lactic tartness with some good fruity character. The flavour really focuses on a tart fruity sourness which is cool.

Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Very crisp.

A solid sour ale. The sourness works well with the blonde ale and I thoroughly enjoy the flavour here. Great.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, highly carbonated to start but it dies off after a while.

S-Grapes, grapes. Lots of them. Some wood/oak as well.

T-Grapes everywhere. Amazing. Good deal of oak and wood. Good balance, earthy/grassy notes as well.

M-Lighter, good deal of carbonation, crisp and dry finish.

O-One of the better grape based sours I've had. The grape flavor was large and in charge but in nice balance with the other flavors. A solid sour.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to crushedvol for this one…

A: Pours a dark yellow with some orange/red hues with quite a bit of pure white head. The foam settles fairly quickly, leaving a solid bubbly ring along the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is tart and sour, a bit stinging, but nothing too outrageous. I get mild vinegar, grape skin, mild spice, and mild grain. This beers smells nice.

T: The beer starts off bright and sour with grape skin, yeast, and a touch of vinegar. It’s puckering, but not overly sour. As it moves to the middle, you get that familiar Cascade flavor. The beer thins out in the finish, and get light and slightly dry.

M: Light bodied beer. It’s tart and refreshing to start, mellows out in the middle, and finishes slightly dry.

O: This is a really nice sour. It’s not super intense (like Apricot or Kriek). It’s just right. It’s something that I’d love to try again in the future. Super drinkable.

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul - thanks to whoever you are!

Pours a hazy purplish-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of lightly tart raisin, fig, and plum aromas. Also present are solid amounts of Concorde grapes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of tart plum and sweet Concorde grape flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness subsides a bit and the fruit flavors skew more toward raisins and prunes. The fruit flavors carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I was a very big fan of this beer - I love the flavors of American grapes (Concorde, muscadines, and scuppernongs) and I find that it's difficult to accurately get that flavor in a beer. This beer succeeds completely and has additional complexity from other dark fruits and the malt bill. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Cork and caged bottle from Tipples. 2013 Project. Pours clear golden colored with some spritzy white head that goes away quickly. Aroma of slight sour vinegar, oak, grapes, citrus peel, and maybe even some Brett. Flavor is lightly tart, dry with some oakiness, and an interesting bit of grape sort of like grape soda rather than grape juice. Hmmm. Some vinous notes as expected. Medium bodied from the sweetness, but rather spritzy with the carbonation. Cascade managed to make a $31 beer taste like Dave Chappelle's Grape Drink. Not drain pouring this since its not completely offensive and cost that much, but what the eff? Seriously what a ripoff.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Teku glass. 2012 project.

A: Golden and hazy, with a surprising (and, given New Year's Eve, disappointing) lack of effervescence.

S: Fruity and tart. Candy-like. Slightly muted.

T/M: Scintillating and brilliant! More beery than anticipated, with a sharp lactic acid bite through the very obvious (and *almost* too-sweet grapes). It's a great wild ale, with zest and zing to ring in a new year.

O: Enjoyable, but not surprising. A solid sour entry, and perhaps even a good starting point for newbies. Recommended.

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

Poured into my Russian River "TION" snifter, carefully off the of the yeast, which I'm saving for a wild ale I'm brewing right now. Spritzy, hazy dark bronze with an large, off-white head with nice last that leaves heavy chunks of lace.

Smell is a bit on the sweeter side, honey and white grapes, also a graham cracker like spiciness to it.

Taste is nice a little sweet, nice tart sourness. Something about this reminds me of sweet mead, wildflower honey feel to it. There's a bit of aspirin like astringency as it warms, and the alcohol comes out a bit as well. Enjoyable for sure, but I bet this will really improve over the next year or two as the lacto chews through some of the residual sugars. Although I'm sure some wouldn't prefer that - I say try one now and save some for later! I should note I've had this a few times lately, this is just my first formal review, FWIW...

Mouthfeel is sticky and tannic, not a ton of carbonation, which makes the body seem a little heavy.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice beer, but I'd like it a little lighter, drier and more sour. Which I think it will become in time, although this is probably their least sour beer young. Another winner from Cascade though, tasty and totally unique as usual.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle; split

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, a dark golden body with a thick creamy 1.5" white head

smell: extremely vinous - unique in that white grapes are utilized, oak, belgian triple yeast

taste: Cascade's lineup seems pretty heavy on the darker sours, so this is a little bit of a curveball for them. Vinous white whine notes - oak, white grape, light acidity, earthy. Pear, green apple, belgian spice

mouthfeel: lighter, tart

overall: solid as always from cascade - perhaps a little less spectacular than some of the other bottled offerings

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow, glowing amber center with a bubbly fizzy white head.

S-dry oak up front, lots of white grapes, light notes of leather and lactic acid with hints of acidity.

T-loads of white grapes, lightly sour, hints of leather, lactic acid, notes of peaches, some sourness with acidity in the back.

M-medium body, a little heavy and syrupy, soft on the palate, lively carbonation, somewhat dry and crisp.

D-nice balance of sweetness and sourness. could use more sour but light and present acidity in back is nice. tons of white grapes, not mind blowing but tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL pours a hazed gold color with a bright white head that snap-crackle-pops its way down to a small collar.

Nose is very much white wine - like a pinot gris. Maybe some grape kool-aid powder too. Crazy good.

Tastes like wine flavored SweeTarts...very nice. Not overly sour, but walks the line between dry tartness and sweet grains. Bubbly carbonation almost gives it a champagne feel. It is very good. Not my favorite Cascade, but another winner for sure.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Doug for cracking this bottle! The Vine pours a semi-translucent, golden-amber hybrid color, murky and obtrusive looking with a bone-white, Alka Seltzer head that leaves faster than it forms. All that's left behind is a fairly thin, foamy white collar that separates the beer and the glass at its circumference... No lacing left behind on this one.

Welches white grape juice to the dome; like a lunch-time treat that mommy packed and you didn't notice until noon. Sweet, white grapes, seriously edging on straight grape juice territory with a bit of sharp, acidic "skin" notes, mild tannin, and a bit of wet oak - the only things there to remind me that this is indeed a beer and not a juice. Overall, it smells sweet, with only a touch of underlying tartness from the semi-vinous and semi-juicy grapes.

Thankfully, the flavor is a little more tart, as I wasn't exactly looking for a Juicy Juice, here. Tart white grapes, giving off that effervescent, yet heavy white wine feeling, still with a solid backbone that involves a great deal of juiciness. Some seemingly red grape flavors sneak their way into the mix, but perhaps those are just a product of the oak barrel aging itself; vinous, dry oak in the finish, and the littlest bit of musty, basement funk.

The finish is quite dry, and that's to be expected. It's not a gum line receding type of dryness, but it'll definitely suck the moisture from your palate if you let it hang around for too long. Dry oak and finishing white grape skins are the only recognizable things left after each sip runs its course. It's like a sour, mildly funky and purposely oak-y version of that straw-yellow drink we all used to love as a kid. Medium bodied, heavy carbonation and a prickly, dry mouth feel.

I really enjoyed this one. I'm actually not the biggest fan of artificial grape flavor, so it was good to have the raw authenticity of the grapes come through full force... it was a beautiful thing. This was an excellent beer, and definitely something I'd like to snag a few more bottles of, if given the opportunity. I think over time, it'll grow even more sour and even more badass. Chalk up another "W" for the guys in Portland.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. 750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a slight hazy golden with a finger of bubbly white head that slowly faded into a fuzzy film and collar leaving wispy lace down the glass.
S: Lightly tart, lightly dry notes of white grapes and woody dry oak, vinous white wine, slight golden fruit, and slight peach.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of white grape, vinous oak barrel, and golden fruits in the finish. More fruit develops as it warms, and I get a hint of mint and bubblegum yeast.
M: Clean but not as dry or crisp as I was expecting. Medium-fuller body, fizzy active bubbly carbonation. The foamy carb adds some lightness to the mouthfeel.
O: Really solid wine barrel sour, smooth but not as dry as I like nor as crisp. Really enjoyable flavor though.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Project 8.85%ABV

Very effervescent, acts like champagne or sparkling wine. Can hear the CO2 leaving the beer in the glass. Lost a little to the counter top and sink. Clear golden color with a large head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Not much lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of Sweet-Tarts, funky barnyard, horse blanket, and grape juice. Sure have not smelled a beer like this before.

Tastes like a funky Sweet-Tart. Even the finish is Sweet-Tart. As the palate grows accustomed to the flavor, more of the funky qualities come out. Finishes clean and slightly dry with a slight oaky quality. Sort of an infected pinot gris and chardonnay blend. Could be refreshing if it was not such a large beer. No sign of the alcohol despite its large ABV.

Feels very light bodied due to the alcohol and very active carbonation. Works with this flavor profile.

I guess I should not be surprised by the flavor considering the addition of grapes into the barrel. Probably a beer that would improve with aging.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden color with a nice white head and a little lacing

S-lemon, sour grapes, funk, tart apples, oak

T-grains, tart apples, sour grapes, little lemon, oak, little pineapple, funk, slight vinous character

F-medium body with lively carbonation, crisp and tart, alcohol well-integrated

O-really enjoyed this sour ale, good flavors and barrel notes

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Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy yellow orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and a sour note only. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, and subtle apple. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent example of the style in my opinion. It had a very nice flavor and good aroma going on here. I really enjoyed the fact that there wasn't really a funk to this one and just sour notes. Hope to try more offerings from Cascade in the future as this one set the bar pretty high. This was the favorite of my buddy and I of the nine sours/wild ales we tasted and reviewed this weekend.

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Photo of pkalix
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hazy golden, very effervescent with a super cool grain of energized bubbles rising to the surface and breaking the tension explosively.
hard snort is a musty vinegar, soft smells produce a juicy gobstopper jawbreaker candy aroma bringing back awesome memories of youth.
taste is all tart! sour apple juice, apple cider vinegar, but not much else. kind of musty flavor. also getting that gobstopper candy flavor in the back...
overall, okay. seems a bit thin. seems a bit musty. some nice juice notes to it. on the BA scale it's easy 4s.... I love the effervescence, I like the appearance; the flavor doesn't completely follow through... also, my bottle says it was aged for over a year and is 8.85% . . . .
nor is it as dark as the glass in the picture....

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Photo of Gmann
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a short soapy head that quickly dissipated into nothingness. Some carbonation bubbles are floating to the top so I know its not flat.

The aroma is tart and funky. Big oak aroma with tart lemon and unripe green grape skins. Has a general floral note to it.

The oak is noticable but quite mild in the flavor. Light lemon flavors with white grape juice. A bit of a peppery note in their as well. The malt is unassuming and is just there so we can call this a beer. A nice tart punch with some sour notes.

Though the beer looks flat, but there is a prickly carbonation. The body is light and coupled with the carbonation, this beer is quite crisp and easy to drink. The tart does not linger and its quite clean on the palate.

This is a crazy drinkable brew. Nice oak flavors but nothing too bold. Its sweet and tart and very clean. I could drink a bunch of this if not for the high ABV.

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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage - 750ml bottle.

Pours bright golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a big fizzy white head that recedes very quickly to a thin collar and a small collection of bubbles.

Aroma is lightly lactic but with a sweet grape character. There is lots of oaky tannins and light funkiness, though it's not nearly as tart or acidic as most Cascade sours.

The taste is more of the same with a subdued lactic backbone with some spicy Belgian yeast and lots of oak, especially in the finish. There is also more lactic acidity in the finish than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and an overwhelmingly vinous, grape-heavy feel.

Another really solid sour from Cascade, though it's not nearly as in-your-face as some of the others I've had. That's not necessarily a bad thing and the grapes really make it unique.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to DaveJanssen for a chance to try this.

3.0 A: Pours a slightly hazed radiant yellow brown. Two fingers of fizzy white head die off quickly like a can of Coke.

4.0 S: Woody vanilla and Chardonnay strike first. There's also a cinnamon-like spiciness along with a touch of pepper. Green apple, lemon, and of course white grape fruitiness. Acids on minimal.

4.5 T: Wood and vanilla again are most easily identifiable again. Sour apple, lemon, hay, sour white grapes come next. Lactic acid makes a moderately strong appearance. Spiciness is a touch of pepper and perhaps a smaller touch of clove. Very nice with a reasonable amount of sourness and low astrigency.

4.0 M: Light body. Good amount of carbonation that tickles the tongue. Smooth, but could be a bit creamier.

4.5 D: Complementarily complex and tasty. Good beer. Not overly sour, but just well made with a good recipe.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to get pliers to get out the cork. My God was that baby super glued on, or what?

Pours with a wispy white head that vanishes immediately. The beer is a very bright brass color with perfect clarity. There are strings of carbonation that rise to the surface.

The aroma is quite funky. Lots of earthiness and I think I'll pull out the horse blanket comment. Green Apple and some oak is present as well.

Really quite nice, Green apple and more green grapes in the flavor. The oak is very present as well. Quite fruity and refreshing. Certainly some sour notes, but not nearly as funky as the aroma led you to believe. As it warms I get some of my favorite toasted nut flavor. Some nice vinous notes. I simply can not believe the abv is 8+%. Totally hidden.

Really light and refreshing. Carbonation is prickly on the tongue.

Nice beer

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Photo of blackie
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

draft at the barrel house

Served in a stubby chalice, the beer is a deep, golden color with a frothy white head. The nose is loaded with oaky white whine and white grape notes. Sweet malt. Following are earth, pear, and belgian yeast. The flavors follow suit, with an additional light tart. Light-medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Not my favorite Cascade, but unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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

760th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

2010 Vintage

App- This poured a interesting mix of apple juice & a darker white wine color. Quite a unique color. When it poured it was still like a white wine with the lack of head and a nice ring of bubbles around the edges. No cling

Smell- A faint whispy booze starts the nose and the moves to a flattened bit of white grapes. A nice mix of the oak brings up the aromatics.

Taste- A nice sour. This wasn't as sour as I thought being the flagship sour of Cascade. The oak, apples and grapes work well together. This was a tad sweet w/o too much of a sweet behind it.

Mouth- A medium body beer with a medium carbonation. Retains a little bit of a white wine feel with some tart/sour and tannic levels.

Drink- Pretty damn tasty. I like the Cascade beers that I have had. Ill continue to seek out more in the future.

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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