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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This one-of-a-kind NW sour is a blend of Belgian strong blondes aged in white port barrels with raspberries, then blended with select barrels of strong blondes that were aged on the toasted meat from the apricot nut, or Noyeaux.

13 IBU

Added by womencantsail on 02-22-2010

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4.35
pDev:
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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2014 vintage bottling, 9.29%. Pours slight hazy deep orange/light copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour raspberry, peach, apricot, lemon, green apple, white wine, toasted oak, almond, leather, hay, straw, and musty funk; with lighter notes of brown sugar, caramel, oaken vanilla, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, oak barrel, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour raspberry, peach, apricot, lemon, green apple, white wine, toasted oak, almond, leather, hay, straw, and musty funk; with lighter notes of brown sugar, caramel, oaken vanilla, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/lactic sourness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour raspberry, peach, apricot, lemon, green apple, white wine, toasted oak, almond, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, caramel, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/sourness balance; with zero astringency and minimal puckering after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity/sourness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an amazing fruited sour ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the big sourness and ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Damian
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Appalachian Vinter, Asheville, NC
2014 project
Served in a tulip

Really attractive appearance. Ruby red grapefruit juice came to mind. The pinkish-peach colored body was capped by a big bubbled cap of froth that broke apart into a lasting film. A thick collar encircled the liquid. Steaks of lacing stuck all along the glass.

Fantastic aroma. Really fruity and bright. Crisp, dry and tart. Underripe raspberries came through strong. Hint of peach. Perhaps some strawberry notes too. There was a slight vinegar quality. Big powdery yeast notes were also apparent. Slightly musty as well.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose but contained less fruitiness. Super tart and quite acidic. Lots of lemon and white vinegar. Good amount of green apple too. Slightly oaky on the finish. Crisp, dry and refreshing. Powdery yeast notes lingered after the swallow. The vinegar and the overall acidity increased as the beer warmed.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Slick and smooth. Crisp. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence that turned frothy on the palate.

Cascade makes some of my favorite domestic sour beers, but a number of their offerings merely fall in the middle of the pack. This beer is definitely one of the latter. A flavorful and interesting beer for sure, but I was hoping to taste more of the raspberry and the "noyaux." At $35 a bottle, this is definitely a one time purchase for me.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is phenomenal. A punch in the face of sour tartness. But then it gently kisses you with sweetness and hints of salt, mellow barrel flavors, raspberry, orange, and a bunch more. Cloudy, nice orange and bronze color. A tad more tame in the nose. But taste and feel more than make up. Excellent.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white foamy head that is pretty thin and dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is very nice a clear pale amber color that has as beautiful orange and light brown hues that strongly resembles the color scheme of a peach. It actually is very good looking and definitely appealing.

The smell is absolutely wonderful. It has a strong raspberry smell with it's nice sweet fruity and slightly sugary smell with its strong tart smell. The smell also has some a nice moderate brett funk note that mingles well with the tart note. The peach note hovers around but isn't really that prominent.

The taste is delicious and much better than the smell. It has nice mix of fruit notes that go well with the tartness. There's almost no hop bitterness and mainly raspberry mixed with peaches. The rapsberry notes provide a slight sugary sweetness that is not overdone while providing a nice jam tartiness. The beer also has a great peach taste that adds its own nice juiciness

The feel is pretty good. It has a nice medium body. The carbonation is fairly light and gives a nice pillowy feeling. It isn't too light that it doesn't add anything but not so heavy that it's crisp and biting (which would be too much given the slight bite from the sour dryness).

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and worth getting your hands on. The beer is little pricey to the point where some people might not be willing to go for it. However, this is definitely for the die hard sour/wild ale fan.

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Photo of Moose90
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottle Poured into two 16 oz tulips

A — Pours a reddish peachy hue not too unsimilar from the label. A puffy white head forms and actually sticks around the edges leaving some lacing behind.

S — Smell is pungent and punchy with notes of raspberry, peach, lemon, and white wine.

T — Tart and tangy with notes of raspberry, cherry, peach, apricot, melon, white wine, oak.

M — Medium bodied, lingering finish.

O — Fantastic overall, a great depth of flavor and a tremendous beer through and through.

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Photo of stevoj
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Bar Gernika. Thanks Jared. Sour not my favorite, but Cascade always rocks. Berries and pit fruit combine beautifully, ad always a mellow sour vibe. Just gorgeous.

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Photo of JacksonCR1
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a golden pour with very little head and almost no lacing. Aroma of fruit--some acidity, but very fresh and natural. The taste is of fresh fruit with a sour finish. Delightful.

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Photo of Karl_12welveEyes
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious sour ale, one of the best in the world.

Look: golden in color, no head because of the high acidity
Smell: apricot, raspberry, fresh
Taste: apricot, fresh fruit, acidic finish
Feel: smooth, finishes tastefully dry

If you can find this beer, buy it, because you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark ping, with a one finger white head, which has good retention and lacing. Nice tart aroma with raspberries, oak, apricots, lactobacillus, almonds, and white wine.

Tastes like it smells. Acidic. The raspberries come through stronger than the apricots, and are more dominant in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry. Another very good Sour from Cascade.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage - 9.29% Poured from a caged-and-corked bottle into my 3 Fonteinen tumbler.

Cloudy vermilion body with coral highlights and an active yet lasting finger of white-smoke micro-foam up top. Fine even lacing; excellent retention.

Pungent sourness in the nose with white wine, raspberry-vinegar, and wild rose. Vaguely musty at times. Complex and difficult to parse.

Bracing palate entry subsumed by a moderately oaky tang. Flavors develop slowly but fully. Remarkably long finish, drying at first, but with an increasingly nuanced sweet and nutty aftertaste, haunted by the ghost of fruit and wood. The apricot meat notes come forward more as the beer warms, though this seems best served well chilled.

Somewhat thin yet almost oily mouth-feel - I didn't like it at first, but the tongue-coating sensation becomes more pleasant as the flavors are delivered to every last receptor. Quite warming, but not fusel.

Masterfully crafted, subtle and unique - one of the more thoughtful sour ales I've had the pleasure of trying; expensive, but I think you get what you pay for with this bottle.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 edition, 9.29%. Going to start off with the fact (or opinion) that this beer is amazing. Pours a medium amber with a tinge if pink, decent lacing. Aroma is sweet, tart, light raspberry essence. A nice refined tinge of sour on the tongue, smooth and tart finish. So well balanced...a mild nuttiness up front. Cascade does no evil, but this one kills it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, Portland.
Viscous dark amber with white rim. 3.75
White wine + Frangellico. 4.25
Oyster crackers, dried apricot, white dessert wine, and a touch of raspberry seed. 4.25
Almost medium, smooth, round. 4

Another winner. Apricot is gentle and raspberry hinted at. There is an Amaretto thing in there, too. Digestif - integrated and smooth. 2014 version, so age helps. Low on funk. Cascade is so good at this. 4.5

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Photo of bennyman12
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed in one sitting out of a paper coffee cup at 55 degrees because I'm a boss. Laces the cup impressively. Smell is berries and pedio acidity. Not wafting out of the cup glade plug-in style but pretty dank. Taste is so big. Lush raspberries balanced with great wood presence and grounding tartness. Epic. Mouthfeel thick and finely carbonated. Not just the best expression of apricot stone meat I've ever encountered but also the best Fruited American wild ale I've had to date. And it's 9%, so I'm getting drunk.

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Photo of kitch
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked and caged bottle from 2014 project, poured into a To Øl teku glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy strawberry red colour with a half finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Funk, oak, raspberries, lemon and a hint of apricot.

Taste: Sour, tart, oak, raspberry and strawberry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: Very nice funk, easy to drink and definitely does not feel like 9.29% abv. I did not know what apricot noyaux was but apparently it is from apricot kernels. I guess this explained the lack of apricot I was expecting in the taste.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark pink color with a small white head that dissipated quickly.
Sweet fruit aroma. Some sourness. A little bit of oak.
Tart first, then raspberry and apricot. Lingering sweetness.
Both tart and sweet.
An excellent beer, on the pricey side.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Project; 9.29% ABV

A: Pours an orange-red color with hues of pink and yellow. A fingers worth of head fades quickly to a tiny cap that makes a thin ring of lace around the glass

S: Lactic sour notes, raspberry, apricot noyaux (think almond or more of a nutty note), oak, general fruitiness from the base beers, some white wine sweetness, and a very light undertone of the Belgian yeast rounds things out. Extremely complex

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some lactic tart notes and goes into the raspberry and nutty noyaux before picking up some of the base fruitiness and lightly sweet and vinous white wine notes. Oak present throughout. Finishes with more of the raspberry and lingering vinous wine notes. Again, extremely complex

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and tingling

O: An incredibly complex and delicious beer, especially if you're a fan of raspberries and white wine. The noyaux stands out a little over the raspberries, but helps more in rounding out the acidity and sweetness than contributing to the overall flavor profile. This one is a must-try if you don't mind shelling out the $30-35 for 750 mL

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

A: A clear ice tea brown/orange with a filmy off-white layer that makes a ring around the glass. Thready lacing.

S: Raspberries, apricot, pineapple, funk. A bit of oakyness from the aging.

T: Tart and lightly nutty. Raspberry strong with an oak presence. A strong sour punch on the finish.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Another stellar entry I'm privileged to enjoy, albeit a 2 ounce pour. You just want more of this stuff.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very attractive vibrant pink with a medium sized head. The The aroma presents classic citric sourness, with a nice amount of tart raspberry, as well as some nutty notes. The flavor starts with a full throated yell of sourness, which does mellow itself as the beer warms. The raspberry is also clearly present, as is the apricot pit flavor, that vaguely nutty tone I associate with real maraschino liqueur. There are some other complimentary fruit flavors present, some peach and bright cherry, some lemon juice, and some grapefruit as well. These are minor players that show up more as the beer ages. The mouthfeel is very fizzy and Belgian like. Overall this was a lovely sour experience - worth the price for a special treat.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful glowing orange. Light head/lacing.

Pungent funk and acidity, oak presence, sharp lemon peel.

Fresh peach and lemon, oak, sour grape.

Mouthfeel medium carbonation, strong acidity, ABV is mellow.

Really good. New go-to. Drinking too fast to give a decent review.

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Photo of lowers87
3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Has a look of the fall season, a light maple.
Smell: Acidic, citrus, faint tangerine, grapefruit
Taste: Very acidic, has a distinct bite, not quite overpowering, obviously a sour
Feel: Can't really taste how strong it is, not heavy, but not quite an easy drink.
Overall: Not a sour fan, but this is not bad. Definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 picked up from the brewery on a trip to Portland. Pours a clear amber. The color approximate rose gold with a ecru head that dissipates fairly quickly and feature tight small bubbles. The aroma is very fruity. The interplay of raspberry and apricot give the impression of pineapple, although the pineapple scent could be yeast derived. The raspberries are prominent, but not as much as a traditional framboise. Mild funky yeast derived flavor as well that is well integrated and keeps from taking center stage.

The flavor is similarly fruit forward. The raspberries shine with an earthy funky hay background. Lactic acid presence is medium and refrains from being overwhelmingly sour or tannic. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a very dry finish. Alcohol warmth and sweetness helps create the sensation that the beer isn't too dry or thin. Alcohol sweetness interplays well with the fruit to create the impression of fruit derived sweet flavors, but cleans up well with a fairly dry finish.

I enjoyed several other beers when visiting the brewery some time ago. I'm glad to see their bottles hold up well with some careful cellar aging. Cascade shows itself as a great example of wild and sour beer brewing. I only wish I had easier access to their beers.

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Photo of VDubDJ
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 Project enjoyed 3/6/16. Poured into a stemmed-Teku glass from a 750mL corked and caged bottle. Weighs in at 9.4% ABV

Look: Gorgeous color! Dark-rich amber color bordering on light red. No doubt from the raspberries added. Poured about a quarter to a half an inch of bright white head that dissipates a bit into lacing on the glass. Nice effervescence is evident and definitely fits the style.

Smell: Sour berries and oak. Definitely picking up raspberry there. Perhaps a hint of vinegar which isn't uncommon for this style of beer.

Taste: Bright raspberry and sour notes right up front. Super fruity for sure on this one, but it's not all sour. This one has some great oak character that rounds out the sour with some bitterness. Some toastiness in there too that isn't from the barrel, must be from those roasted apricot pits.

Feel: Bubbly and refreshing beer on the tongue, even for it being nearly 10% ABV. Medium-body and mouthfeel and although it appears to be very effervescent it's only moderately carbonated.

Overall: A very enjoyable sour from Cascade. One of the prettier-looking sours I've had as it leaves a really nice lacing as I drink it down. If it weren't backed up with some bitter oak and roasted-apricot pit notes it might be too sour.

3.75/5

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle, @9.29% ABV, from the '2014 Project'. So this thing has apricot pits in it?

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, sediment-strewn medium copper amber colour, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, kind of foamy, and mostly just creamy dirty white head, which leaves some low-lying storm front lace around the glass as things slowly melt away.

It smells of zesty underripe raspberries, sour white cheesy funk, grainy and lightly crackery pale malt, un-fruity apricot, a touch of wet oak stave, lemon suckers, and a very subtle earthy, musty, and lightly perfumed floral hop bitterness. The taste is rather tart, but still creamed raspberries, some lesser apricot/peach zinginess, steady cheesy and musty funk, a vanilla-laced vinous woodiness, more besieged bready and grainy pale malt, and a sense of musty and floral hops that have taken a half-day at the last possible moment.

The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and once in a while playful frothiness, the body a solid middleweight for the style, and more or less smooth - the inoffensive milkiness of the souring component going a long way here. It finishes just a bit off-dry - some fruity and malty esters providing a last gasp in the face of the lingering and complex tart 'n sour rain.

Overall, a very well-made, and engaging sour ale - the dual fruit adjuncts not yer typical run of the mill additions either. Someone at this brewery has a predilection for old-school European liqueurs (Noyaux, really?), or something. Whatever, this is really, really good, but hardly repeat worthy - not at ~45 bucks a pop around here.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber in color with moderate haze and a light red hue. Aromas of ripe raspberries, caramel, vanilla and the apricot comes out as it warms. Taste has lots of raspberry and apricot with a lactic sour finish with hints of vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is light crisp refreshing and the sour lasts for a while in the palate.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow.. what a sour.. beautiful color, look, smell.. the combo of rasp and apricot is a pure winner for me.. really really solid beer.. hate that it is 32 a bottle but def worth it to try once..

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