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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Strong blond beers were aged in fresh Chardonnay barrels for three months and then additionally aged with dried Adriatic white figs and Spanish lemon peel. Aromas of sweet malts, figs, raisins and citrus zest greet you in the nose. Hints of Chardonnay grapes, lemon peel and sweet figs roll across the palate, leading to crisp lemon sharpness in the finish that will leave a lingering sweetness on the tongue.

Added by largadeer on 06-24-2011

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Shiny gold with snowy film.
White balsamic nose with fruity undertones.
Lemon, white grape, spiced golden sultana chutney, tart zestiness, more white vinegar bite, a chardonnay edge and grapefruit sorbet ending.
Lemon curd hard candy (!) finish and dry linger.
Crisp, dry, no heat at all.

Complex, subtle, balanced, and nuanced. Made to marry with goats’ cheese. Opens well, amazingly intricate, rewards revisits.

Probably the best American sour I’ve tasted.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle onto a tulip.

hazy orange color, good head that fades quickly. smell of lemon zest, sourness.. taste features a ton of oak. white grapes. lemon. moderate sourness. ABV undectable. Medium bodied,.medium carbonation.

overall just another winner from cascade. lovely.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project. Pours a hazy, golden peach color with a medium-large white head that goes down quickly. Scent is VERY inviting. A good amount of Chardonnay, along with white grape skin, sour lemons, zesty lemon peel, and barnyard funk. Quite a bit of oak as well...damn this beer smells good. Taste is sour lemons up front, the lemon sourness is spot on with this one. Followed by chardonnay and white grape flavors. More lemon and a hint of peach and other stone fruit. Lots of oak and funk with this one. Very sour, with a bit of acidity. On the back of the tongue, you get a hint of fig sweetness. Mouthfeel is bright, and highly carbonated. Medium body with puckering crispiness. Drinkability is very high...you would never be able to tell this beer is 10% ABV. Overall, another AMAZING sour ale from Cascade. These guys never disappoint. I regret not purchasing two of these bottles.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on notes from 11/23/13. Enjoyed out of a dark brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with "2012 project" marked clearly on the bright yellow label, which also reveals that this sour blonde includes dried white figs and lemon peel. Poured into a straight-top Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - A translucent, deep orange and amber, with plenty of ability to peer through the slightly hazy liquid. In the light there is an almost reddish highlight where the light refracts in the liquid-filled glass. Atop the body sits a foamy one and a half finger head of white made up of medium-sized bubbles. Fades away to nothing but a line of fine foam around the edge of the glass after a minute or so.

Smell - Hints at an extremely sour beer, with lots of sinus-searing acidity and vinegar along with lemon juice and zest. Fainter woody notes with hints of gentler, oaky vanilla come through from the barrels along with some tannins, But so far I'm not getting much of the fig. Still, if I didn't know this was supposed to have fig, I would be very enticed by the aroma.

Taste - Here, the lemon and oak are again present, but more dominantly, overpowering the buttery Chardonnay essence from the barrel. Lemon drop, white pepper, and citrus zest, with a pungent dose of tartness. It's quite good, but it's just a little too harsh. I love super sour beers as much as the next guy, but it's better when the sour intertwines with other characteristics to take the bite off.

Mouthfeel - Puckering, with the effect of making me salivate from the sourness. Medium body and moderate carbonation with a very dry finish.

Overall, a tasty beer, but probably my least favorite from Cascade out of my small sample size. The choice of lemon peel along with the very sour blonde ale makes for an intensely sour beer that got close to being too much. I typically love the way sour beers increase in sourness as you let them warm, but this one was so puckering to start that I almost couldn't finish it by the time it had warmed to close to room temperature. A nice beer nonetheless, but probably not one I'd go out of my way to purchase again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-cloudy bright orange. Lacing is stringy and sparse with little stick. Average.

Tart lemon, white grape, oak and a rotting wood and cobweb funk. Some cherry sweetness too. Pleasant and moderately aromatic.

Opens sweet white grape with hints of oak, cobwebs, and lemon. Tart and puckering in the middle. Lemon rind, more grape, and grape and fig skin. A touch earthy in a good way. Ends prickly tart with an accented tart finish. Puckering, seedy aftertaste. This is really good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down foamy and bubbly. Finishes dry and puckering with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Excellent.

Cascade continues to impress and Figaro is no exception. Well balanced flavor with an excellent feel. The fig presence isn't really that noticeable but this is delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of draheim
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL (2012 project) into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a 1-finger white head that recedes to a collar and film.

Aroma is sour, acidic, and a little vinous. Smells like fermenting white grapes and something a little earthier.

Taste is bright and lactic, sharp and tart. Nice sweetness as a counterbalance. Lemony zing and some spiciness in there too. Lots of oak character, and a nice vinous twang.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, refreshing. Dry finish.

Overall a very nice, refreshing sour from Cascade. I'd be happy to drink something like this every day if I could afford it.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a pale and cloudy tangerine orange color with white head that dissipated instantly and left minimal lacing.

S- Quite sour and astringent aroma of lemon, apricot, and Belgian yeast.

T- This is a pretty sour beer with notes of lemon, orange citrus, peach, and a cinnamon-like spiciness.

M- Very dry, high carbonation, some warming, and medium body

O- I tried this one after Cascade's Apricot Ale and both were very sour, but this one had some more complexity and the spicy notes balanced some of the sweetness and sourness.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice clear golden orange with heavy carbonation , a nice pop and soon after just bubbles around the edges.

S: Aromas of sweet green apple, green grapes, chardonnay hints with oak of course from the barrels and the familiar lacto sourness from Cascade brewery.\

T: Wow, tart lemon rind and lightly tannic flavors from oak barrels and chardonnay wine hints. Highly carbonated with tastes of sour cream, oak, granny smith apple, green grapes and lactic acid. Orange rind, citrus hop presence, lemon peels. There is also the familiar sweetness that most cascades have that balance the extreme sourness of this beer. I remember buying this a few months back and thinking I would let it sit for a bit and it seems to be perfectly ready to drink . Overloaded sour depth with a high abv sweetness punch. One two knockout combo

M: Highly carbonated, not overly thick but well balanced with the champagne yeast finish.

O: Overall This beer comes together very well and I think this to be one of their strongest beers to date. Vlad is great and slightly more complex, but I think this is more enjoyable overall.

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Photo of dar482
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear orange color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has lemon peel, tons of tartness, barnyard mustiness and funk along with some oak.

The flavor follows with a pop of bright tart lemon in the front along with a "fruit" note, possibly from fig, but not exactly. This is an extremely sour beer, one of the most sour I've had. The musty barnyard note then lingers after that attack of lactic and brings some funk into the equation. The barrels hits with some oak woody notes.

A very good beer from Cascade.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml, 2011 Project
Mini snifter

A: Almost clear bright orange color. Not a lot of carbonation. Thin layer of bright white head. Disappears really quick to nothing.

S: Funk. Barnyard. Lemon peel. Citrus. Light fig notes behind that. Dry oak. Buttery chard character.

T: Sharp funk/sour hit initially. Not overly aggressive. Almost white wine like with that chard. Citrus is certainly there. Finish is really dry.

M: Lighter side of medium. Good palate cleanser in between stouts.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a clear burnt orange with a fizzy white head that starts big but mellows out leavig some white bubbles and no lacing

S: Lacto, chardonnay and lemons but very little in the way of figs

T: Initial sharp acidic notes, lemons and chardonnay ride on a lacto backbone with a little bit of oak. The fig presence is light. The finish is clean, sharp and acidic.

M: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, a light booze sting, acidic again

O: Not bad. I wish I could have picked up a little more fig in my Figaro

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Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml (2012 project) into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark orange with a nice white head.

S: Brett and lacto bring notes of pineapple, light must, and crusty bread. Lemony acidity, some oak tannins, vanilla, cream, a bit figgy.

T: Quick yet bracing lactic acidity, some minor acetic notes, rich fig and zingy lemon peel, drying chardonnay, tannic oak, with some subtle notes of white cake and vanilla maltiness backing everything up.

M: Medium-bodied with almost-frothy carbonation.

O: Another solid blonde sour beer from Cascade. Not as much complexity as I expected but I certainly tasted the main elements.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased online, 2012 Project.

A- hazy to cloudy orange with a 1-2 finger head of foam that persists like crazy. Lacing? Yep, it has it.

S- I can definitely smell the Chardonnay Oak Barrel aging used. Super sour fruity aromas, a hint of vanilla, not sure if I get any of the white figs mentioned on the label but I am not that familiar with 'em.

T- fruity sourness out of the gate, some kind of weird but nice flavour, white figs?, mid palate and again in the finish. I'm now tasting some of that lemon peel citrus that brings more dryness to my taste buds. The abv is on the high side, imho, but doesn't interfere with my enjoying the brew. Even say, at a much lower abv, I think one 750 at a sitting is enough. I love my sours but pretty much in limited quantities so I can look forward to my next go at one.

M- medium bodied, lively carbonation(there was a HUGE pop when I pulled the cork out and I did lose an ounce or two from this straight from the fridge bottle)

O- Beers like this keep making me turn to Cascade for my sour fix. Whether I order directly from the brewery or from an online store, which I used because I also got to order their Tangerine Dream that was not an option from the brewery's online store.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Project

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice somewhat cloudy golden color with some orange hues. There was a nice half inch medium dense head that forms. It recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma is a nice lactic sour note with notes of lemon and some tart vinegar. Citrus fruit notes with a slight background of sweetness. Mild ripe figs and some slight earthy wood in the nose. Aroma is tart and very vinous. Delicious white grape notes with some slight funky wood as well.

Flavor starts off with sour sour notes. Lactic sourness with some nice lemony notes. Lemon juice and lemon peel a plenty. Then the tartness is cut back by some nice fruit juice sweetness. Notes of grape juice and wine with some good sugary fig notes. The flavor has some nice woody oak notes to it mixed in with the great blend of tartness and sugary fruit sweetness. This is a great brew with some nice chalky yeast notes that are noticeable as it warms. Nice funk notes are present as well. Mouthfeel is well carbonated with a great tart and dry finish.

Overall. Cascade rarely disappoints an this is a very good one. Yummy wild tartness with some good citrus and lemony notes. Then some good slight fruit juice sweetness and a good dry earthy funk.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Urine yellow. Brief flurry of bubbles and then not much else.

Smell - Fruity. I'm not really able to differentiate the fig in this, but I'll go with it. Kinda citrusy.

Taste - Very sweet. Lots of stone fruit sweetness. Apple and I guess what could be fig. Not a lot of sour, but what sourness there is arrives just in time to cut the sugars.

Mouthfeel - Way too sweet for me and not enough sourness to balance it. A little boozy.

Overall - Not an impressive offering from Cascade. Too sweet, not enough sourness.

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Photo of claspada
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber in color with a smallish, quickly dissipating nearly white ring of small bubbles that leaves some dots of lacing.

Aromas beging with a lot of lactic characteristics with good amounts of lemon zest, and some lesser green fruit notes which must be the white figs, but it comes across more like a raw pear.

The flavors begin very lactic and sour, even more so that the typical Cascade sours. After I get past that there is a mild white wine flavor with lots of lemon flesh and zest. There's that same mild green fruit characteristics as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is super lactic and tart, even for Cascade's standard.

Overall this may be my least favorite Cascade beer I have had to date. The flavors are just so lactic and tart and one dimentional for my tastes. While not a bad beer it is just a bit too brash for my tastes.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #2200.

The one and only bottle purchased at my last trip to Churchills Pub. $40, I didn't think it was a bad price all things considered. Poured out a substantial blonde looking ale with a thin whispy white head on the top of it, no more than 1/2". An aroma that owes more to white wine than anything resembling your average beer (not that Cascade puts anything in a 750 that could be called average. . . their ipa's well, that does fit the bill). Lemon peel, and what I suspect is the white adriatic fig make out a sour, white wine grape kind of feel to it. I didn't pick up on any spiciness, I dunno if people thought it would have a bite like a fig newton or what.

Taste, nobody does clean, lactic sourness better, and this beer from Cascade is no exception. There's almost no funk in it, but tons of sourness and depth. The chardonnay aspect seems to produce lots of acidity, but said acidity also helps cover up what is almost 10% alcohol so very well. I think you'll taste lots more lemon in this one than fig, but the fig contribution is above nil, it comes off like a hodgepodge of different spice accoutrements. The toasted oak notes go very well with something with such a light body but impressive tart and sourness. Very acidic, very sour, but hides alcohol very well. Would drink again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Aaron! Served in a Cascade goblet, also courtesy of Aaron. Pours a moderate golden color. Nose has a good amount of Chardonnay with backing fruit and acid. Flavor has light fig and touch of lemon. Very dry and crisp with a nice acidity. Very easy to drink and the alcohol is almost completely masked. I never would have guessed that this was pushing 10%.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011 Project)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark orange and light amber in color with a thin near-white ring of small bubbles atop. Leaves dots of stick down the glass.

Lots of lactic acid/sour character in the aroma, along with good amounts of lemon zest, and what must be white fig notes, but I would describe it more as a white fruit (pear) aroma, if asked blind.

The flavor is very sour, like most Cascades, with good amounts of lactic presence, mild white wine flavor, and lots of lemon flesh and zest. There's a mild white fruit character as well. Very drinkable and very tasty. I wish this was more fruit-forward though, and better balanced with the sour character. A minor criticism, as this is still a delicious sour ale.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Good, but not one of my favorite Cascade sours.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I notice is the cork which is split with markings indicating the grabber was likely off center...beer may not have held up for much longer...
However, the beer pours a glistening, effervescent amber color with almost no head or sediment (although I have yet to reach the bottom). The nose is a sweet perfume, although it's not distinctly of fig or lemon. Regardless, there is something very unique and inviting about this beer's nose. A good swirl releases almost too much chardonay mixed with acetone, but the beer settles and smooths out as it warms. The taste is quite yummy with a reasonable amount of sweetness that isn't as acidic as expected. It definitely has a slightly figgy essence and decent amount of white grape in the finish. I would have preferred more fig in the nose and taste, at least something more distinct. But this is a damn tasty beer, one that's worth trying and one that would probably be quite good on tap.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a orangish in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice finger of foamy white head with good retention that left a little wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots going on in the aroma consisting of white grapes, acidic character, slight herbs, not so much presence from the figs, plenty of chardonnay barrel qualities, and a bit lemon citrus.

T: the figs fruit was more apparent on the palate alongside the great chardonnay barrel character, but had herbs, lemon peel citrus, vinous, hints of raisins, acidic funkiness, very nice oaky accents and a touch of vanilla as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with good amount of carbonation which had a slightly fruity, citrusy, acidic, funky, vinous, oaky, mildly sweet, and tart finish.

O: A lot of people at the tasting weren't really digging this beer but I thought it was really good. More for me Haa.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.24.12
2011 Project

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a very fizzy light tan head that fades very quickly.

S - Citrus fruit, chardonnay, apples, oak, and fig.

T - Sweet subtle fruit, flowers, more oak and chardonnay, some slight tartness.

D - Lots of carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Smells more complex, but still tastes very nice. This one should develop nicely.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some slight fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but there are no real distinct fig aromas or flavors in my opinion.

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Photo of deathcharms
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Wasn't too big of a fan of it on tap. From a bottle it is delightful. Light golden color on it with a great fruity nose. Taste is a well balanced sour that blends well with the ABV and fruit quality in the beer.

Overall, not my favorite Cascade beer but its a really good one.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live barrel at cascade barrelhouse. Overpriced 8oz. Seriously, 7.50?

A: Placid orange color. No lacing by the time its transferred from the tap to my seat at the bar.

N: Lactic sourness pervades. Lemon and orange zest. Some white grape. Not complex in the slightest.

T: Medium sour quality without much depth. Lemon and lactic acid. I swear I got a seed in my teeth. Really don't get the figs or much else. Chardonnay barrel shows up with the slight vinous white wine aspect. Points for hiding the 9.5ABV,though.

M: Spunky and biting. The best part about this beer.

O: I expected worse. This is clean and summery, but it doesn't have a lot worth recommending since it never grows out of the base strong blond ale. In fact, if I had this blind, I might think it was the base beer. Not going to remember this one as anything other than a tick, and maybe the previous barrel was better, but if this is similar at all to the bottles, it's a pass.

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Figaro from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.
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