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Cascade Manhattan NW

Cascade Manhattan NW
Cascade Manhattan NW

Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 11.2%
Bottled: Spring 2013
Size: 750ml C&C bottle
Price: $20
Bottle Count: Unknown

Awesome sour from Cascade, one of their tasting-room-only bottles. Lots of bourbon barrel to go with a cherry-based sour. Not usually my bag, but this pressed all the right buttons with me. Big lacto sour, like almost everything they do, paired with vanilla and marshmallow from the barrel. I want more, but it’s probably not worth the money or the chase.

Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler

Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler
Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler

Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 10.91%
Bottled: Fall 2012
Size: 750ml bottle
Price: $30 (!)

Not sure what’s going on with Cascade and their recent pricing, but I’m still walking funny after the cornholing I took on this one.  I dunno if I’m remembering wrong but I’m pretty sure that this was only $23 last time around (2009).  But I sucked it up and bought a couple bottles so that I can post this mediocre picture on here just for you guys (yes, both of you).  Enjoy!

For some reason I remembered this being more of a barrel-aged tripel, with lots of vanilla and toffee, but it’s been so long that now I’m not sure any more.  At any rate, this one is more of a straight up lacto sour, with some vanilla notes hanging around in the back of the room.  Not too much booze evident for a 10%+ beer, but it really clobbers you when the bottle’s gone.  Can’t say that this is my fave Cascade but we’re talking maybe the lowest point on a really tall curve.  I wish this wasn’t so damned expensive, or I might grab another couple to see where it goes, but at $30 it’s hard to justify — and it also doesn’t give me a lot of hope for pricing on Bourbonic Plague when it hits this summer.  Oh well, I’ll just have to console myself with more Blueberry and The Vine…

 

Cascade The Vine

Cascade The Vine
Cascade The Vine 2011

Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 9.73%
Bottled: 2011
Size: 750ml bottle

Had to drink my last one to reacquaint myself with it since it’s being released again in a couple of weeks.  Cascade continues to put serious dents in my wallet.

Cascade Apricot

Cascade Blueberry

Cascade Strawberry

Cascade Strawberry
Cascade Strawberry 2012

Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 7.39%
Bottled: Spring 2012
Size: 750ml bottle

So finally I’m getting around to mentioning a sour on here. I’ve been fairly obsessed with big stouts and barleywines over the past few years, especially barreled beers, but lately I’ve grown kind of weary of them.  Too many times I’ve looked for something to drink and all I saw was beers that would make me gain a few pounds.  So I’ve really been tending more toward sours and lighter beers now.

I know, I know, there’s still plenty of calories in a 7%+ beer, but fuck it, it feels lighter.

I definitely have a love affair with Cascade; Blueberry and Apricot are faves, and Noyaux is something special.  Strawberry is one that they didn’t sell online, and it took some doing to trade for one, but I’m glad I did.

We opened this during a long session at a friend’s house, and either we were already slanted, or Cascade is using Gorilla Glue on their corks.  That bitch took pliers and two people to get it out of the bottle.  Once opened, we were pretty damned happy.  It’s hard to tell from the (pretty terrible) pic, but it was a beautiful pink hue. The smell of a strawberry fields came and went, and then left us with a big lacto sour, not much in the way of residual sweetness, and lots of fruit.  Great carbonation, medium dry.  Awesome, and we all agreed that I’ll have to track down another bottle.  Another big winner from Cascade.