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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 266   ABV: 8.85%
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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


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 5, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 750mL Bottle. Aroma is wow, wow, wow. Tart, citric, and rich with fresh squeezed white wine grapes. A bit of Welchís white grape juice and some really fresh juicy jellied white grape seeds. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange, with a soapy whitish rim. Flavor is somewhat less exciting than the aroma. Starts with a dry bread, champagne, and grape juice seltzer presentation, then gives off a little fermented fruit pulp, wet arugula leaves, and a snap of acid. It leaves a distinct grape skin tannins on my teeth as it departs. I kind of enjoy that for balance with the sugars in the beer. Slides out on light rainier cherry character. Nice, but not line up at the door at 9am good. I like the rather fresh leaf in the back. Complex and white grape heavy, if thatís what youíre looking for. I want more funk and cotton.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2387) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
750ml bottle. Clear orange yellow in colour with lots of bubbles. The aroma is incredibly sour, lots of white grapes. Flavour is tart, lots of white wine, woody, citrus. Finishes long, tart, woody. This is really good, love the wine barrel beers. So tart, acidic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACD (670) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 23, 2014
75cl bottle shared. Hazy gold, thin white head. Lovely white grape and spice nose, lemon rind, peach, pear, light funk. Juicy grapes and peach in the taste, more tropical stuff, soured citric notes, something grassy, light spices and some herbiness. Sours out some more at the end, citrus takes lead. Juicy finish of grapes, keeps it from getting harsh or brutal sour. Great balance. Drinks far weaker than ABV. Very good

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1628) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Opaque goldenrod hue. Lovely, fragrant nose of chamomile, pear, and lavender; white wine or rice vinegar acidity, layered and gentle. Similarly, the flavor is careful and quiet, though confident; golden delicious apple, straw, pear, and white grape are its brightest components. Excellently balanced acidity and crisp, fulsome texture. Finish lingers with punchy, deep fruit acids.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heather_B (25) - - OCT 3, 2014
Smells like sour grapes. Tastes like mold and baby diapers and deliciousness. Mouthfeel is good - I like it. And now Iím too far tipsy to rate. Letís switch to HFS saisons that I technically havenít rated but have had a ton of...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4093) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14
This one is a mix of grape juice flavor, to go along with plenty of sour flavors. Definitely came off as weird, but it came off as tasty too. Who would have guess that combo would work? Go figureÖ

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"Long time wish list brew. Not a favorite as far as Cascade is concerned, but thatís really not a knock. Cascade makes some of the best sours out there. This one is really good, just not among their best. Pretty nice marriage between sour blonde ale and wine. Seems like sauvignon grape (juice) and some bretty funky goodness. Pretty strong at 9.7% but the alcohol is barely noticeable. I could see white wine drinkers really liking this one. I prefer reds, but this was still really nice. Fairly strong sour/tartness going on on the palate."

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Serving: 750 ml. bottle. Bright amber pour with a thin white head that quickly fades. The nose quickly caught me off guard. Grape Hubba Bubba bubblegum? Super tart up front, but the tartness fades to reveal a fresh, concord grape sweetness. I didnít get much direct flavor from the wood per se, but there is a slightly astringent finish. Nice mix of flavors.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (1001) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2014
2009 poured from bottle to glass. Honey hue with off white head. Aroma is lactic, straw, grapes, oak. Mouthfeel is great with a medium light body and zesty carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a sour tartness following and a tannic dryness in the finish. Overall this is a very enjoyable brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1722) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2011 project. Clear golden pour with a slight white head. Nose is oak, wine and a hint of citrus. Taste is really nice. Complex, sour and fruity. Grape skin tannin finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (659) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle pour split. Pours a light yellow with a super white graphics juice sour aroma. Mild sour grape flavors. A little berry to it as well. Nice tart finish with grape flavors lingering forever. Great beer here. Loved it.


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