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Cascade Blackberry Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Blackberry AleCascade Blackberry Ale

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very good

58 Ratings

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Cascade Blackberry Ale spends over 6 months of lactic fermentaion and aging in small oak barrels. This "Belgian Flanders Style Red Ale" is refermented with fresh whole Northwest Blackberries and then hand bottled. Cascade Blackberry Ale is bottle fermented and should be refrigerated or stored at cellar temp and served at 45-50 degrees."

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 06-06-2008)
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Photo of BucketBoy


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of me from a trade with cavemanlawyer nearly two years ago - thanks! Really enjoyed this smooth sipper that I've had in my cellar for ages. '07 bottle enjoyed at my post-finals December 2012 tasting.

A - Kinda gross looking, actually - sort of putrid, dark, murky blackberry mash with whispers of marshmallow frosting on top.

S - Lightly tart, bit of vinous blackberry and blackberry seeds. Some graham back notes. Nice!

T - Old jammy blackberries with a bit of vinousness, touch of oak, some more blackberry seeds in the flavor. The flavors have really mellowed together in time, with a pleasant rounded sourness.

M - Perhaps the best part of this beer, quite smooth and silky with nearly 6 years in the bottle, not much carbonation but just enough , hint of oak and blackberry tannins.

O - Wow, I really enjoyed this beer. It has aged gracefully, with nice rounded blackberry and Flanders flavors, though without the punch it perhaps once had.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 23:10:28 | More by BucketBoy
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 or 2009 bottle (don't remember), thanks for a solid trade Msquared2
The beer pours a murky looking rusty brown with a great head on pouring, but one that quick dissipates w/o lacing. There is a lot of chocolate milk colored yeast that pours out from the bottom. The nose is reminiscent of blackberries, but it's weak and w/o any indication of sourness. However, it's still sweet and aromatic, which is a testiment to how well it's held up over the years. Tasting the beer you know it's a dark berry lambic, but it's not distinctly blackberry or sour. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, slightly vinegary, and tart. It's a beer that's held up quite well and I'd be interesting in trying a future release.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 22:59:19 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2008
Pours a deep reddish purple with a huge off white head that slowly recedes to a cap. I can smell the berry aroma as soon as I pop the cap off the top of the bottle. Sweet light sugars with a hint of tart and funk round out the nose quite nicely. Nice fruity tart flavor with a moderate amount of puckering. Sweet stone fruit flavor with a hint of sweet sugary malt and a touch of funk. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a tart puckering mouthfeel. This tastes a lot better than it smells. I actually really enjoyed this beer while watching zombies on the sci fi channel.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:36:59 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is murky and dark reddish brown in color. The off white head is small and fleeting, leaving but sparse lacing on the snifter.

The aroma brings some old funk, must, ripe fruit, oak, booze.

Blackberry presence is still there, but is undoubtedly lacking the vibrancy it once possessed. Although a bit past its prime, I am still enjoying this one (quite a bit more than my fellow troublemakers, it seems). A nice tannic quality with an acetic finish.

Light bodied with moderately low carbonation. Sufficiently tart.

Overall, a positive experience. I hope Cascade brews this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 01:07:43 | More by Huhzubendah
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New York

2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 02/11/12 notes. Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for busting this one out; thanks Brad.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color, like most of the others, with one inch of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells a bit musty, of earthy notes, dark fruits and blackberries, light bourbon, fruity malts, oak. Not super sour and a bit off.

t - Tastes of earthy notes, blackberries, oak, dark fruits, a bit oxidized. Seems past its prime.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. A bit oxidized.

o - Overall an ok beer, but seems past its prime. Was a bit oxidized and my least favorite of the Cascade beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:43:11 | More by mdfb79
Photo of drabmuh


3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brad, brought out for a Cascade tasting served in a snifter. Beer is brownish and amber with a thin head, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, fruity but a little papery, this might be rounding the corner.

Beer is light in body, decent, mildly lactic, mildly succinic, decent fruit, a little cardboard on the late palate, an interesting beer but don't save them any longer, time to pop these bottles.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 16:06:55 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Thorpe429


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for grabbing this bottle for the Cascade tasting. Served in a Cascade Barrel House goblet.

Pours a somewhat-cloudy and murky amber-ruby color with a short off-white head and not much in the way of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some muted blackberry plus a light bit of lactic sourness. Base malt is present and is reminiscent of a Flanders sour beer.

The flavor is also Flanders-esque and has a good bit of acidity. Slightly chewy with some fruit and oxidation notes in the background. Medium body with low carbonation and a slight chewiness. Altogether not a bad beer, though it has not held up all that well.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 16:23:06 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of alpinebryant


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 750 ml Pours a hazy dark brownish blackberry color with a massive head of tan blackberry.

S: Aroma is clearly sour, a more clean aroma than I may have expected after having Kriek and Apricot Lambic from Cascade. While this is 4 years old, I can still clearly smell the fruit in here.

T: Sweet but dry champagne like blackberry wild ale. This is a great dessert sipper mostly light on flavor spare the fruit. Light malt backbone, very faint hopping which is perfect for the style. Blackberries overflowing in flavor. The Flanders style is underrepresented in this style. It isnt as sour as it is sweet, but it is a delicious lambic.

M: The mouthfeel I felt was great in here. It is a light beer but for the style it represents well and is heavier in body than I may have expected it to be. High carbonation. Very similar to a fine champagne

Overall, this beer is delicious. It hasn't been brewed in a few years and I was extremely lucky to have had it. Definitely one of the beers that I had sought out for a while and was lucky enough to have a generous trader send it my way. Thanks again! need to check my notes to see who you this generous person was ...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:21:39 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of fo5s

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served in a small wine glass after dealing with all of the wax. Noticeable amount of yeast in the neck of the bottle. No dating on besides a tag that reads “10007”…I believe this is an ’07 vintage, but don’t really know. Thanks to Sam for the hookup!

A- pours a muddy brown with a hint of ruby. Completely opaque and much darker than I was expecting. Lively, loose head that fades quickly.

S- blackberry, obviously. Fairly muddled, somewhat acidic. Funky, but not overly so.

T- tart blackberries. Slightly acidic, but not puckering. Fruit is definitely muddled and was likely more vibrant when younger.

M- springy, well carbonated.

O- overall a pleasant sour and another well-done brew by the folks at cascade. This one is probably better fresh and should probably have been paired with some food.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 22:05:10 | More by fo5s
Photo of Shumania


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 shared and poured into an oversized wine glass. Possibly 2007 Vintage.

a: darker than expected, dark cola with a large head that takes awhile to disappear.

s: funk right off the bat. Blackberry and fruit come through and you can smell the sweet sugars.

t: Tart, not overpowering - apple cider vinegar which actually works for the beer. Blackberry is really nice in the taste.

m: Nice tartness and not too sweet. Could maybe have a little more carbination but that may be due to the age of the bottle.

A very interesting, solid lambic. The sweet and tart work together well and the blackberry is a nice change.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 21:33:32 | More by Shumania
Photo of AgentZero


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing this one.

A - Black beer, little purplish on the sides, minimal head.

S - Smells more like blackberries than probably anything but a bunch of fresh blackberries in your face. Little bit of sour with some good oak presence.

T - Tastes like blackberries. It's a blackbery beer. I really get a lot of blackberries in this. Get the idea? Little tart and oak.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Good blackberry beer, particularly if you like the taste of blackberries.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 05:20:36 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Sean9689


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris(Pro) for this one. 2007 vintage. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, purple tinge, cream-colored head, some bubbles on top here and there, and a thin collar.

S - Blackberries, lots and lots of blackberries. There's a nice level of sourness that's mixed with the blackberry sweetness that is very enjoyable. Some musty oak notes in there as well.

T - Blackberries, unlike any advertised blackberry beer I've ever had. Very straight-forward and enjoyable. Some oak in there, nice level of tartness. You know what you're getting with this one, blackberries!

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry oaky finish.

O - If you enjoy blackberries, you'll like this one. A nice level of tartness, some oak, and tons of blackberries. This one has held up nicely, from 2007. Recommend!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 16:30:15 | More by Sean9689
Photo of ChrisPro


4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Raccoon Lodge in 2009.

A - dark murky brown with little tan head. Hints of ruby in the light, and very clear.

S - big blackberry nose with some musty earth smell. Some oak as well. Reminds me of backpacking and picking blackberries in the northwest. Also a bit of port and fig after a little air exposure.

T - sweet up front with a nice dry sour lactic finish. Not overpowering but just enough.

M - decent carb, fairly dry.

O - definitely the best blackberry beer I've had. Tastes like what a blackberry sour should taste like and is incredibly mellow and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:55:55 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Massive thanks to Dan for cracking this bottle open - awesome!

Appearance -- Pours a dark rosy brown with a finger of mocha head. Very interesting, though not at all what I had expected.

Smell -- Lactic tartness and wet oak, as well as a modicum of blackberry still kicking around.

Taste -- A sturdy base of lactic tartness, along with dark fruit maltiness, and some blackberry essence still remaining.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with high carbonation. Finish is drying and slightly tannic.

Overall -- Glad I had the opportunity to try this (LOVE blackberries), but the blackberry character has definitely faded. I can imagine this being incredible fresh. However, I imagine the best days are behind this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:34:07 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of womencantsail


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a murky dark amber color with a short lived pinkish head.

S: Definitely a nice blackberry aroma. There is a moderate level of tartness and a touch of oak. Moderately sweet berries and malt aroma and some chocolate oxidation. Just a hint of vinegar is present.

T: Nice lactic tartness with hints of vinegar. Surprising amounts of blackberry flavor still present. Some dark caramel malts and a noticeable oxidation. Despite that, it still tastes pretty good.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: While still good, I prefer the Apricot, which is just one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 20:06:37 | More by womencantsail
Photo of readbaron


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark prune color with a finger of tan head.

Smells fantastic - acidic sour, vitamin C-like and a lot of blackberry odor. No funk to speak of in this one, all fruit.

Tastes delightful - sour, but not overwhelmingly so - lots of blackberry flavors, and that's about it. No funk.

Mouthfeel is good. Fairly thin and well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 16:28:32 | More by readbaron
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 750mL bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This looks like blackberry jelly in the glass, that unique blackberry color with a brown tint and a beige foam head.

Smell: The aroma is full of blackberries, with light tart acidic notes, and a little bit of vinegar.

Taste: The malt backbone has all but disappeared, leaving a lot of fruit in its place. The blackberries impart a pleasantly sour flavor with some nice dry oak and acidic tannins.

Mouthfeel: The body is definitely on the lighter side of medium. Fully carbonated, this beer starts off crisp, eventually smoothing out with the oaky finish.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this; not crazy or overwhelming, but the beer is made to simply let the goodness of the blackberries shine through.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 17:54:01 | More by KickInTheChalice
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3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark cloudy brown, very murky and dirty with a thick light brown head that has huge retention.

S-the nose has a plethora of black berries, there is little to no sourness to this but something in the back is slightly sharp, either acidity or a tinge of metal.

T-the taste has a hint more complexity but is also a little bit more watery than the nose. there is a fair bit of berry with a decent amount of tartness to it. dark malts are there as well showing notes of chocolate and a touch of raisin. the finish is slightly messy and a little watery with notes of acidity.

M-lighter body with tons of carbonation and very grainy prickly feel. the finish is thin and watery falling off from the body with a hint of driness.

D-this has a fair bit of malt to it and for a fruit sour it seems a little off. the tartness and dry finish seem pretty solid but the flavors are slightly off.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 18:28:05 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Gobzilla


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a chocolate brown with ruby brown highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the berry notes are definitely there with some slight vinegar character and a tad of vinous notes. It did however have oakiness poping out as well.

T: the blackberry with vinous flavors dominate the palate alongside tamarind oaky accents but has slight vinegar notes and a touch of acidicy.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, vinous, fruity, oaky, and tart finish.

D: it actually drank really good and was glad to have another stab at it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 04:32:51 | More by Gobzilla
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A: Poured a translucent black/ purple color with purple tinged head.

S: They really let the fruit shine on this one that I really do not think they have with their other efforts. The blackberries really come across nicely with a little bit of oak and just a touch of funkiness. Maybe a touch of lactic acid but not that much.

T: Again this bottle is probably at least two years ago and the fruit was still vibrant. Not that much funk or acid in the taste. Just a touch of the oak. Probably the most simple tasting cascade beer that I have ever had but that made it more drinkable.

M: Well carbonated without being overcarbonated. Light mouthfeel.

D: Quite light and refreshing. This is one of those beers where it is excellent and drinkable but nothing really pops out as super memorable. I still have not had a bad cascade beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 02:04:49 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of JAXSON


3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A black/purple pour with a large, thick head. Nose abounds with black raspberries. Maybe some acidity beneath. Mouth is strange, malt in the sense of a dubbel. Sour quality is not at all integrated here, and the acidity just kinds of comes along for the ride. This has rarity going for it. Acidic as the Kriek is, but without the integrated sour fruit qualities.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:59:28 | More by JAXSON
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District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour is dark blackberry jam, nice dark-colored head

Smell: Blackberries and a light sour funkiness. Not as strong or intense as I had hoped.

Taste: Jammy canned blackberries with some residual sour funkiness. Again, not as strong, sour or intense as I hoped; a bit neutral at this point. A bit like grape juice. Some chocolate in the background/under notes.

Mouthfeel: A bit over carbonated, I can't decide if it is dry or sweet

Drinkability: This is the Cascade sour I have been least impressed with. Appears they discontinued it, which is not a big loss. It does get better and open up as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 06:41:18 | More by craytonic
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour out of a 750ml bottle into a Reidel stemless red wine glass.

the appearance is a brownish foamy head over a brownish pour with a slightly purplish hue.

the smell is lots of lactic acid with a slight berry smell.

taste is good, but not great. its nice and sour but it didn't have the complexity of the top flight sours and there wasn't a lot of blackberry flavor.

somewhat harsh mouthfeel but nice carbonation level.

good drinkability overall, being pretty easy to drink, just wish it had more flavor/complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 03:27:33 | More by psiweaver
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3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured like a bliquid blackberry with good carbonation and a dirty white head

S: Plenty of green blackberries

T: Has some unripe, tart blackberries, where is the oak and vinegar is there

M: Tart for sure, blackberries are evident

D: Ok, but not worth the $$$ you pay for it

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 23:52:34 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Mora2000


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. It was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

Purple wax capped 750 ml bottle with no bottling date, but it is believed that the bottle was at least two years old. The beer pours a cloudy dark purple color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the blackberries. The flavor is blackberries with some tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a whole lot to say about the beer but it was awesome to drink due to the amount of raspberry flavor that is packed into the beer. I think I liked the lower ABV on this beer because it seemed to let the blackberry flavor come through more than in some of the higher alcohol Cascade fruit sours.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 02:59:33 | More by Mora2000
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