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84 86 82 2 10 5
Cascade Cuvée du Jongleur by Cascade Brewing Company (Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub)
Sour Ale
8.41 % ABV


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Review by tangfoot on 08/28/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 11 15 4 8 2009
Hazy deep amber, with some red highlights. Fluffy white head atop it, that dissipates down to a light ring.

This smells like a glass of good red wine. It's not quite as strong as a Merlot, but it's in that vein. Not a lot of sourness present here. I do smell some tart cherries.

I would describe this as a little brother version of one of the Russian River sours. It is very mild all around, but the tartness lingers for a while. Up front, I can taste the malt character, and it finishes with a very yeastiness. It is just an all-around easy to drink sour beer, but without a lot to make it stand out.

Very pleasant mouthfeel, although the finish is quite acidic. The sourness isn't mouth-puckering, but it is much milder. It's going to be VERY easy to finish 750 ml of this, mmmmm...

Not my pick for the greatest sour beer ever made, and I probably won't buy it again at this price, but I'm glad I got to try it.

Price: $20.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 10/30/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009
Sampled July 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, light tan colored head; the head leaves some nice layered lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as I work my way through this beer. The beer is a lightly darkened, amber color that shows a lightly hazed, red-tinged, light amber color when held up to the light. The nose has a nice tartness to it that is most definitely lactic in character. The tartness brings out an unripe, green fruit note that is a bit reminiscent of crab-apples, tart plums, or an unripened pear. There is a touch of cracker like malt hidden underneath the lactic aromatics and perhaps a hint of cherry aromatics towards the finish, but overall this is pretty simplistic and not very complex. The tartness is nice though, just nothing to particularly rave about.

Nicely tart tasting, but not overly dry. There is just a touch of malt sweetness (a combination of toasted caramel and dark fruit notes) as well as a fairly substantial body for a sour beer. I wouldn’t say this is thick and chewy, but it certainly has a certain viscousness to it as well as some malt body to counter the ample tartness. Fruity flavors of sour plums, tart but slightly washed out cherries, a black currant note as well as some red-wine like notes that are accentuated by a solid oak-derived backbone; each of these notes couple pretty seamlessly with the lactic tartness. The oak provides a nice toasted woody note to the finish as well as some spiciness in the middle and there is definitely a tannic note as well as a body-boosting oak effect. This beer hides its alcohol quite well, there is a touch of heat to the finish but this all seems to come from the oak and not any alcohol.

My second pour sees a touch of vinous character coming out in the nose, more like an oaky chardonnay than a red wine; in fact I don’t know how I missed the oak character the first go round as there is a definite oak-derived spiciness and a toasted wood character here in the nose. The fruitiness in the flavor gets a boost as well. This is a nice smoothly drinking beer. It is very well balanced, if not a bit mellow and is fairly clean fermentation wise; there is the sourness, but that is it in the way of funkiness. The finish of the flavor has some nice toasted malt notes and some biscuit like character that couples with the toasted oak quite nicely

This is a nice beer, it does not have the complexity of the Sang Royale (especially in the nose, but this certainly gets better after my second pour), but it is far better than The Vine. Some Brettanomyces funk would certainly be appreciated, but this is more approachable this way I suppose. This is certainly an enjoyable beer to be sipping upon as I work my way through a bout of bill paying. Honestly though, this ends up being much more enjoyable than I was expecting, this is a nice beer I would be happy to have a whole lot more of in the cellar.

Sampled October 2008
3/9/15/4/8
This beer pours with an amber tinged, tan colored head that sits on top of an amber colored beer. The aroma is a complex mix of fruity notes, tart lactic acid, lightish funk character and grain. Aromas similar to cherries and tart plums provide the bulk of the fruit notes but there is also some aromatic-varietal apple character here and even some tart apricot notes become noticeable after a bit. The grain aromas contribute a solid cracker-like malt note that one typically doesn't find still hanging around in a sour beer (but I have been noticing this more and more from American versions). The funkiness, other than the sourness, is pretty muted in the aroma, but does contribute notes similar to musty, slightly moldy hay.

The beer is fairly tart as it first hits my tongue, but it is quite balanced. The sourness seems predominantly contributed by Lactic acid. The sourness combines with fruity notes to produce flavors of tart cherry and apricots. There is also a light plastic edge to this beer, as well as some other sharp phenolics; these notes are fairly soft and are not overly intrusive. There is a significant herbal character here as well that reminds me of tannic, wild, weeds somehow. A cotton ball like, tannic character coats the palate after each sip has left my mouth. This beer is fairly light, but there is a full, lingering presence to this beer. There is also a touch of warming alcohol to the finish. This is actually a nicely balanced beer, I am definitely enjoying this.

Price: $15.95 Served In: Tulip

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