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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 266   ABV: 8.85%
This Northwest Style Sour Ale is a blend of soured Triple, Blonde Quad and Golden ales that have been refermented with the fresh pressed juice of white wine grapes. The beer spent more than six months of lactic fermentation and aging in small oak barrels. 9.2% ABV

2009 Project: 8.33% ABV
2011 Project: 9.73% ABV
2012 Project: 8.85% ABV
2013 Project: 9.30% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAXSON (536) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2010
batch 2 I believe. Cork comes off with an explosion, really satisfying. Pours a very clear honey gold with a loud, fizzy head that fades to a collar. Nose is large wine barrel, white grapes, some other light fruits. Quite a lot of wet wood. Major white grape in the flavor. Some musty, sweaty brett and of course oak. The idea is similar to Cuvee de Castleton, but it’s not as tight, and a bit muddled. Sour and puckering on the finish. As it breathes it really tightens up and expresses the grape and sour flavors in a much more cohesive way. Still pretty similar to Castleton, but not as sour and a little less spritzy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 750ml Bottle (at 8.33%ABV): Very difficult to open. Aroma of Brett, oak, lactic acid, light white grapes, and a hint of funk. Poured amber/gold in color with a small, fizzy, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium tart and heavily sweet. Tastes of tart fruit, oak, slight vanilla, grapes, fruit, slight lactic acid, peach, apricot, and a hint of funk. Medium body. Tingly, then slightly dry texture. Lively carbonation. Lightly tart, heavily sweet, fruit, grape, oak, and slight vanilla finish is slightly dry. 8.33%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2010
750 ml brown bottle. Vintage 2009. Consumed July 2010. A hazy orange beer with a small quickly faded head. The aroma is very tart, sour, citrus, green apples, funky, and maybe even some pepper and wood. The aroma reminds me of a gueze. The taste is acidic, wood, moderately mouth puckering. I can’t say I taste grapes but is has a green apple or white flesh fruit taste. The mouthfeel is spritzy and really makes me think I’m drinking a Sprite with extra lemon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15754) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
A: The pour is a clear dark golden-amber color with a big white head on it. S: Quite a bit of sweet grape juice to the nose, but plenty of lactic tartness comes through as well. The oak is not all the prominent, I must say. T: A good amount of lactic acidity, but not quite as biting as some of the other Cascade beers (especially Apricot or Sang Rouge, for example). The grapes are really up front and slightly sweet with a mild buttery chardonnay quality (in a good way). M: The body is a bit heavier than I was expecting, and the carbonation is plentiful as well. D: Not the best of Cascades beers, but quite good none-the-less. I still had no problem enjoying my sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Thanks to darkguardian for sharing this bottle. Can you say Welch’s Grape Soda?? Cuz The Vine has an eerily similar aroma. The taste is great, not nearly as sour as I had feared. Smooth grape flavors that reminded us of sweetarts.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Draught at the brewery. Gold with a big white head. The aroma is tart and fruity with a definitely white wine and oak component. The flavor has a medium sourness and a clean white wine fruitiness. Lightly bready malt keeps it in beer territory, with just a light sweetness. Complex and sour overall, with a medium, spritzy body. A nice interplay of wine, oak, and lactic sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Nectarine pour, slight of white head. Aroma is sour grapes, must, some horse blanket funk, vinous, nice and lactic sour flavor, incredibly balanced and drinkable. Damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Dark golden pour, decent sized white head. Aroma of tart apricot, white grape juice, and light fruity funk. Flavor is really nice- green, unripe fruit is the dominant flavor, with some light lactic funk in the background. Palate is beautiful- crisp and effervescent. Really nice, drinkable sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, wood, vanilla, citrus, and muscat grapes. Taste of the same muscat grapes, citrus, light sweetness, with a lengthy sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Sample at stone sour fest 2010. Slightly hazy yellow pour, white head. Grapes, bready malt, grass, lemon, oak, and leather. Very nice soft sour, that is easy to drink.

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