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Blackcap Raspberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.13% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jhartley on 07-22-2014

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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

8 oz. pour at the Cascade Barrel House on 8/19/2014. Third of four pours (preceded by Sang Noir and Noyaux). Less complex than the previous pours. Low acidity and drier than most lambics, it lacked the complexity than my previous two pours. More interesting than most lambics, but not in the same league as Sang Noir or Noyaux. Raspberry with a bit of oak Light to very light body.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

With a strong backbone of acidity and gorgeous wafts of raspberry, Cascade's Blackcap Raspberry might be born in Oregon, but its soul is in flemish Belgium.

Garnet through the center but foggy ruby along its edge, there's something more than sour ale lurking in the glass. And that suggestion is told with its rosy pink swath of foam that erupts with tangy, tart, fruity and earthy aromas. Once the fructose of raspberry hits the tongue, the sharp sweetness of candy and berry easily shapes the early palate.

Yet the beer really opens up over the middle, drying to a sour raspberry flavor with robust dark-fruit complements of grape, plum and dried date. The dry sour taste that then takes hold is of cabernet, light balsamic, dried citrus peel with hints of musty oak and leather. While the flavor retains enough of the fruit to make it recognizable of raspberry, even cherry, crabapple and salty brine add a sense of richness and keep the middle clean and sour.

Continuing to dry in finish, the sourness disguises the strong alcohol deceptively well. Hints of cinnamon and medicinal spice decorate the bracingly acidic finish and close the session with tart raspberry, echoes of wheat bread and a tinny linger on the periphery of the tongue.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked and caged poured into beer can glass

A: very lively head beautiful reddish hue with a slightly off colored head towards the body color

S: slight raspberry smell vinegary smell smells bubbly if that makes sense smells a little malty

T: sharp tastes from the carbonation it's not sweet it's a little sour some raspberry

M: Lively it's very carbonated as most Lambics I had are it shocks the tongue with it's carbonation

O: I was hoping to like this beer but other than a palate cleanser I don't see the point why not drink sparkling wine champagne or wine. I guess I don't appreciate sours to their full extent. I have no recommendation

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Beautiful deep red body with an ample pink head. The head doesn't last, though.

Smell - Great raspberry aroma. And that's pretty much it. Not a bright raspberry, though. A little deeper.

Taste - Very medicinal. Raspberry that turns very medicinal quickly. Low sweetness. Oaky. Weird finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - This really isn't very good.

Photo of KYGunner
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

As many fruit beers can be, this is rather simple but it tastes amazing. The nose actually hides the flavors in a full mineral earthy sort of way. It also has a tart cherry bouquet.

The flavor is a full on candied raspberry with tones of sweet, sour and tart. The flavor and feel is creamy with a dry finish. Exceptional flavor and the feel is moderate on tartness, so you could probably drink the bomber by yourself.

Photo of largadeer
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright and juicy fruit character with a simple lacto-oriented sour base. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable for what it is.

Photo of scottfrie
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cask, 8oz pour at the brewery, served in a snifter. Beer poured straight from the barrel.

A: Pours a deep shade of violet with a thin light pink head.
S: Rich and jammy notes of earthy raspberries. Very jammy and lightly bitter. Smells just like musty fresh fruit.
T: Follows the nose with huge and dominant flavors of fresh raspberry juice, raspberry jam, and raspberry preserves. Tartness is mild and berry-like. The barrel quality is musty and drying, but the berry sweetness balances. There's a touch of light wheat in the very mild and soft finish, with a jammy aftertaste that's quickly dissipates. Not crushingly sour at all, nor acetic or tart. Very balanced.
M: Very soft and fluffy body, with soft carbonation that foams up a bit on my palate. Medium-full body, chewy, decadent and smooth.
O: One of the most flavorful, balanced, and easy to drink sour beers I've had. Extremely quaffable.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his tasting.

2014 project.

Pours a murky crimson red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, raspberry, raspberry juice, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry and raspberry juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great fresh raspberry qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Jonada
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass. 2014 project. 8.13% ABV

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with 1+ finger of a pink head that dissipates quickly to a thin-ish collar. Body is lightly hazy with quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Raspberry, funk (much more so than other Cascades), hay, oak. Pretty straightforward, but nice

Taste: Follows the aroma, with raspberry being the most prominent. Background notes of mild funk, pale malt and a slight lacto presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is relatively high but not out of hand. Finishes mostly dry.

Overall: Pretty straightforward raspberry sour ale, but done really well. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this a couple times and can't quite pinpoint what it is, but there's something going on in this beer that I just don't care for. It's a bit stemmy, but it's more than that. At any rate, this is substantially less good than the black raspberry sours from de Garde and Block 15.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

oh man, i just love delving into these cascade fruited beer, or anything they do for that matter, just such high quality, and i love that the abv is up but invisible. so many fruit beers are so low, i like the kick, it adds a regal quality to the beer, as if this neon pink frothy beauty needed any help with that. nose of tart berries, lots of lacto, and a real high degree of fruity funk, like wine gone off, i love it. in nature, the blackcap is among my favorite fruits that exist, so different from a red raspberry, and from a blackberry, just a total delight, and they were abundant in the northeast where i grew up. i used to take them in a cup of cream with white sugar, the best memories there. while this lacks that decadence, it certainly displays the best of the fruit. the sourness isnt over the top, so it can last a little longer before the acid cleans it out. its tangy and summery and just so good. hard to pick a favorite of theirs, but this is a real experience for me. something about the color of the liquid i havent seen since atrial, and the authenticity of my favorite berry just makes me giddy and overly stoked. very special beer, although maybe not sour enough for the sour heads, fruity enough for the fruit heads, or even drinkable enough for the people who just want to slam something. i find its middling in all aspects delightful, and this may be more my palate than an honest neutral assessment, but i absolutely adore this beer.

Photo of shleepy
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Purple-ish color. Super raspberry smell. Taste is like a heavy framboise, not surprisingly. Purty good.

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Blackcap Raspberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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