Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
750ml bottle again generously shared by hophead84. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small off white ring. Nose was very sweet with either some tart muscat or maybe Riesling grapes?? Flavor was also more sweet than sour. Like hophead said, this will probably be better in about 6 months, thanks for sharing this on man!! neepsntatties (2008) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2009
Sampled some of this recently. Colour... cloudy with a peach/kumquat coloured appearance. Nose... somewhat spicy (like pie spice and white pepper), white grape skins and pips. Palate... puckeringly tart, little bit of white distilled vinegar, some wood, spice, Niagra(?) grapes, mildly sweet and a looooooong, dry finish. Yet another exquisite piece of zymugistic work from Gansberg and Bain! bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - APR 10, 2009
750ml corked and caged bottle straight from Ron. Pours a deep dark golden that has orange and brown tints to it. Beautiful big dense off white head that settles down, but doesn’t disappear. Wonderful tart lacto nose that has hints of wood and white wine grapes. Some pink peppercorn and maybe sweet juniper hints as well. Carbonation is nice and tight right up front. Taste is tart right away...slight lacto with more on the wine characteristics. Moves into some subtle sweetness and then finishes with faint wood earthy notes and on the dry side. Such a unique masterpiece by Ron and Curtis...these guys really know what they are doing! after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2009
750, corked and baled. Man, what an absolute highlight of the winter it was to visit Raccoon Lodge, and this last bottle of The Vine is such a pleasant reminder of it. Pours a beautiful dark crystal clear orangeish amber, but looks deep brown if you’re any distance from it. Needs light behind it to really sparkle. Big, foamy, fluffy off-white head with plenty of foamy egg-white-ish lacing down the sides of the glass. The head sticks around long after you’ve started sipping. Impressive. Big spicy, woody, tart nose: the rosemary and juniper sound about right, and there’s a definite lacto kick and a definite white wine grape pucker as well. Creamy medium body. Crisp, refreshingly spicy and tart flavors, tons of earthy, peppery spice under a big wash of white wine and balsamic. Mild tart finish. Awesome, awesome beer. hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Handbottle shared by WeeHeavySD at J&J’s Friday the 13th Tasting. Thanks! Nice orange color with a funky nose of juniper, floral rosemary spice and a light sourness. Flavor is mostly tart white grapes with more spices of ginger, light wood and a grassy undertone. Tart sourness is conservative, but well-balanced on the finish with the vinous flavor. Pretty damn good. Thanks again Jon for sharing this one.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
5th rating on RB for this beer. Thanks WeeHeavySD for this rarity. Yeasty LIGHTLY sour nose. Sweet Tarts or Smartees came to mind. Light orange/amber color with a fluffy white head. Sweet and deep in the mouth. Not a sharp tart flavor. Pulls the saliva from my mouth. Tastes lightly of a white wine. Nice. wetherel (1886) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Unlabeled handbottle 750mL from WeeHeavySD tasted at J&J’s Friday the 13th tasting. Sweet and grapey. Lingering tight foamy head. Mild sour aroma. Super easy to drink. Mild sourness. Cloudy yellow. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 Re-rate, bottle via trade with Ron, Cascade’s head brewer. Shared at J&J Tasting. Pours orange with a tan ring. Nose is sweet funky, and rich with a sour grapey vinious quality. Taste is very grapey, tart, and funky, this is a damn excellent brew, really outstanding.
Bottle at the Brewery during an exclusive pre HotD Dock Sale release. After discussing what we drank that day with some of the other ratebeerians who were there they seem to think this is what we had that day. It was really very interesting, a beer that had a lot of funk but also a great grapey wine like quality. The only beer that comes close as Travlr says is vigneronne, but this seemed different too me. Cascade is really excelling at making sour brews and this came out excellent. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2009
From the bottle at the brewery. Medium sourness with a slightly stronger acidity then the other fruit sour offerings. The acidity was probably amplified a bit by the grapes, making it feel like it had a wine-like dryness. I don’t think this has any bretts, since the brewer said he doesn’t use brett in the brewery, but this felt dryer then most of the other sours they produced. Another excellent creation from Cascade Brewing. Travlr (25269) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2009
750 ml bottle courtesy of Ken at Über in Seattle. Reportedly only two cases made. Concord grape juice added prior to fermentation, with brettomyces, in the style of Cantillon Vigneronne. Dark and cloudy maroon with medium white head. Aroma of raisins. Full bodied. Sour throughout, with fruit in the background. A winner.