Cascade Frite Galois | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This light farmhouse ale was aged for three months in white port barrels that were previously used to age our Noyeaux. This is a nice crisp sour beer with a trace of influence from the Noyeaux."

Added by djbreezy on 05-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of liamt07
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brbrocc
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sheenisgod
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DbbC
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Stigs
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent golden color with a thin bubbly head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I didi manage to sniff out some oaky vinous notes from the wine barrels used with citrus and a little ginger character coming through as well.

T: the ginger was more prominent on the palate alongside the citrusy flavor and had oaky vinous accents. It was a little funky with slight vinegar notes.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, oaky, vinous, funky, and tart finish.

D: really easy drinking refreshing saison that was a little more on the sour side for the style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, another Cascade beer to try. On to the beer:

Golden straw colored and translucent. The head on top lasts a long time and leaves thick lace around the glass. Nose is light in intensity, most resemblant to powdered lime. And the taste is easy to digest; it is slightly tart with the flavor of a lemon-lime sports drink. With its light and smooth feel, it helps create a beer that is refreshing and easy to drink, one made for summer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The beer pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: The nose starts off with some yeast and a fair amount of wine and oak. There is a light tartness with some definite funk. A touch of grass and lemon peel, maybe a little bit of fruit/citrus.

T: Lightly tart with some lemon and other citrus. There is a bit of wine and oak and a bit more lemon peel. There is just a very mild vinegar note on the finish. Throughout the beer there seems to be an underlying funk to it.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: The flavor and aroma were decently complex and overall just quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a clear yellow, nice lace, solid white head.

S: Lemongrass and citrus, with a lot of Treetop apple juice. A nostalgic nose which I liked.

T: Apple juice and lemon, with some vinous character, noticable pure oak character.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and smooth, only mildly tart.

O: I tend to like saisons when they get a little wild and acidic. A fun refreshing beer to drink.

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Photo of jdense
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ken's Pizza PDX 3.15.11, alongside the fabulous sopprasatta pizza, $4.50 pint,

Full pour into shaker pint, half finger at most quick dissipation. Cloudy medium gold body. Floral nose and taste, mouthfeel is dry and clean. I can see this pairing with a variety of foods. The barrel aging certainly cut down the botanical impact some meyer lemon notes, tasty.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Cascade Barrel House, morning of the long-awaited Vlad/Bourbonic sale. 12 oz. to a teardrop glass, $4.50.

A: Warm glowing golden/butterscotch, the finest haze cut only by several slicing streams of speedy bubbles. Head is short and fades quickly to a white gauzy skim; lace is outstanding, a spattered of broken shards and snaking rings.

S: Light aroma of roast nuts and fruit pulp, yeast and a subtle apricot.

T: Lactic tartness carefully covers a twiggy barrel flavor and a fair amount of earthy apricot. A zesty squeeze and concealed grape skins, a yeasty doughness drapes thinly.

M: Crisp, invigorating mouthfeel. Light across the tongue with a thinly veiled yeast coating.

D: Light and wonderfully refreshing; about as drinkable as one could ask for. Low ABV makes this easily sessionable, a borderline 'small beer'. As the Noyeaux is perhaps my favorite of Cascade's body of work, it makes sense that this offspring is similarly likeable. More, please...

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Photo of boralyl
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served on tap in a tulip glass as Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon. It produces 2 fingers of frothy white head and leaves some excellent lacing as it recedes. The beer is a light golden-orange color.

S - A combination of lactic sourness and light fruitiness create the aroma. The aroma is on the mild side, which is good for this style.

M - Light in body with active carbonation.

T - The taste consists of a mixture of fruitiness, tartness, and a light lactic sourness. The fruitiness reminded me of white grapes and lemon. The sourness is very mild and hangs out in the background with the tartness taking center stage.

Refreshing would be the word I would use to describe this beer. It's not overly tart or fruity. It strikes a nice balance and is a very welcoming beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An old review from a lost notebook that was finally recovered thanks to some fine BA'ering's.

Growler shared by checkii, thanks Alex! Dark orange and slightly hazy with a fluffy head.

The nose is of lemon, orange, and lightly phenolic with a little white pepper and wet leather. White grapes are unmistakable.

The flavor is peppery and phenolic with light leather notes. The fruit character is a mingled orange, nectarine, lemon, and lactic notes are light. Tartness is light throughout. Those nice white grape notes are kind enough to reappear.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Cascade brewpub

a - bright golden color with a one-inch white head, great retention and lacing, very cloudy

s - some citric and lactic acid and sweet citrus aromas, light lemon and orange as well as yeast notes

t - moderate lactic sourness up front with nice lemon citrus notes, sweetness on the midpalate adds some nuance to the sourness, light oak and yeast flavors on the finish along with some lingering sourness and sweetness, alcohol is not evident

m - light-to-moderate bodied, medium carbonation, fairly dry finish but light sweetness

d - pretty refreshing taste that's easy on the palate, but not all that interesting either

Nice easy-drinking sour beer from Cascade, but not one of their better efforts. We tried the Apricot Ale after this, and the Apricot blew it away.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled growler into a glass. Generously shared by HonusWagner on his visit down from Portland. Thanks, Mike!

A: Pours a hazy gold-orange body in the glass with a finger of short-lived, off-white head. Not much lace to speak of.

S: White grape, apricot, yeast, earth, light lactic sourness.

T: Lactic sourness for sure, but it's relatively light for a Cascade wild. It's more of an accent than a driving characteristic. I'd label the beer tart and tangy instead of sour. Lemon rind, white grape, apricot are noticeable. There's a small pepper spiciness in the finish, and a hint of salt -- for some reason it reminds me of a Bloody Mary.

M: Light-bodied, with low carbonation. Maybe from the growler transport, but it wasn't more than a day or two old. This beer isn't particularly dry.

D: A misfire; I generally like Cascade, but this is pretty weak in flavor.

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Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the brewpub, served in a cervoise, Frite Galois is a hazy dull gold with a white head that leaves scattered, light lace.

Smell has a light grape fruitiness and classic cascade lacto, with light phenols and a nice brightness.

Taste is similar, but not quite as impressive, sweet tartness, fairly strait-forward, with a nice lightness. Fairly clean but with appreciable phenolic character.

Mouthfeel is dry and fairly crisp, with fine carbonation and a light body.

Drinkability is very high, a great light thirst quencher for the summer months. I don't love the strength of the phenols, but the depth of flavor from the barrel aging is really nice for a classically sized saison.

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Photo of squaremile
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Raccoon Lodge, home of Cascade Brewing. This was the beer made for the Cheers to Belgian beers and of those I had, this was my favorite. Pours a light yellow with a half inch head. Smell was a bit mild yet had some sour candies, earth, yeast, lemon peel, and grapefruit. Taste up front is about a 6/10 on the pucker-meter, and that drops off quickly and the into some oak and other wood flavors, chalk, and sweeter lemons. Very nice! Mouthfeel is medium-light, and the finish is pretty dry although some taste remains. Like!

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Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in tulip glass. Poured a hazy, cloudy yellow with over an inch of white head that had moderate retention and good lacing.

The first scent that came into the nose was smoke. Coming in after that were the more expected spice and yeast aromas, with perhaps a touch of fruitiness on the end. The flavor didn't really have the smokyness, but otherwise had the features as the aroma, with the addition of a sour tangyness that was sharper than in the nose.

The body was a bit thin, but was very dry and puckery at the back of the throat. Drinkability was good, but is going to vary on your tolerance for sours. Overall, a very decent brew, worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Cheers to Belgian Beers fest in Portland, OR at Hopworks.

appearance - poured a golden straw color with some cloudiness, good head and lacing

smell - sweet fruits, lemon, peach, apricot

taste - sour, peach, apricot, tart, slightly funky, some barrel/wine hints, very complex for a low alcohol beer

mouthfeel - good carbonation, medium body

drinkability - a very palatable sour with some great flavor depth

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Cascade Frite Galois from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 25 ratings