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Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler

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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Wood aged Pale Quadruppel. Imagine a blend of Scaldis and Cantillon Pure Kriek. Forget it, there is nothing like it (yet). Vlad is shocking to your sour beer senses and taste buds, which do not understand that such a balanced delicate sour beer can be so drinkable and appeal to so many people while being extreme. But don’t forget, it will still open a can of 10.6% whoop-ass on your ass after all the pomp & circumstance of what an amazing beer it is subsides.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3860) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle at EBF, 3/22/14
Light amber body shows good clarity with a small off-white head with moderate to low retention.
Big and fruity nose is very inviting; tons of raisins, plums, strawberries and just a touch of leather and vanilla to soften things. Not overly sweet or alcoholic given its size.
Pretty straightforward flavor has a great balance of acetic elements without it or the malt sweetness getting out of control thanks to a moderate amount of oak dryness and some dry lactic notes. A touch of cheesey funk, berry skins and dry vanilla mix with light toffee and raisins on the finish. Carbonation is moderate to slightly low and the alcohol, while helping dry the flavor, does thin out the perceived body, on the finish, somewhat. Can’t argue with the flavors though, and as we’ve come to expect from Cascade, they demonstrate so much skill with these style of beers. Great stuff. Now to try the other 100 sours I havent had from them....

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (1493) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear amber with light head. Aromas of apples, light barnyard and green oak. Flavours of applesauce, light Brett and apple pie. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (880) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Pours a pale orange. Notes of citrus, vinegar. Full bodied and sour. Extreme beer frst

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fluffy (1327) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2014
yow, they were not kidding about the sour aspect. my first Cascade is not for me. was worth a try though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (799) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
Decided to finally crack this. 750mL of cloudy burnt orange, with a fuzzy cap that reduces to spotty film. Aroma of wood, bourbon,sour peach and apricot, vinegar. Taste is a punch of sour and tart, ending with a nice sweetness. Medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (568) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
A big light berry sour smell comes off it. Not a big sour but a decent tart comes off. A small boozy background as it warms. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (2455) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 Bottle. Golden hazy pour with a tan head. Super lactic tart aromas. Flavor is tart fruit, but less acidic then the aroma would suggest.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (670) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2014
yellowish head that disappears quickly without lacing. slight orange-brown colour murky. aroma sweet, grape, citrus, boozy. taste like aroma, sour/yoghurt aftertaste slight wry. medium body and carbonation. bottle 75cl

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2014
750mL bottle, several years old. Poured clear, fiery orange with a nice cap of mostly white head. The aroma picked up strong berried vinegar and oaky notes over softer berry meat, darker fruits, and rich bread.. warm and engaging. The flavor opened with a tart kick of cherry skins, oak, and vinegar, with the cherries driving through the rest of the drink.. notes of molasses, dates, dark fruit, and rich cherry meat supported.. peppery bourbon and vinous notes joined cherry zest and oak on the edges.. finished sour (but not overly so) with some belly warmth. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation.. good feel from the sourness, but I wanted to get more of the base beer from it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (2433) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2014
Thnx to belgbeergeek Pours very light amber , almost no foam , and it fades immidiatly . Smell is sweet , funky Good carbo Taste is very full , sour and funky , oak , typical american but in a very good way , . Very nice


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