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Cascade Blackberry Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Blackberry AleCascade Blackberry Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

60 Ratings

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 66
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 06-06-2008

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."
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 39
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3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Huge off-white head. Slightly pinkish. Retains forever. Deep purple brown body.

Smell - Nice jammy blackberry. Lots of cardboard oxidation. Smells kinda acidic.

Taste - The taste is a letdown. Tastes kinda tart up front with a decent berry flavor, but drops off very quickly. Cardboardy and oxidized in the back.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Too old. Oh well.

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Photo of BucketBoy
3.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mdfb79
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ...

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Cascade Blackberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.