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Cascade Blackberry Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Blackberry AleCascade Blackberry Ale

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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
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased over the phone from the brewery about a year ago for fifteen dollars, had this along with the Apricot, Cuvee, and Kriek with four friends a few nights ago, reviewed from notes, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, color is a medium brown with red edges, nearly an inch of soapy white head with some retention, some lacing at the beginning, aroma consists of blackberries, wheat, lacto, raspberries, milky chocolate, oak, vinegar, and leather, flavor begins with sour berries, lots of yeast and malt in the middle, finish has more berries that more sweet after a while with some lingering dryness from the sour, yeasty, and sweet mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, moderate level of carbonation, could drink this bottle, alcohol is not in the flavor and the stuff is not overly sweet or sour, refreshing actually, good drinkability for a sour, recommended

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Nice pssst! When we pop the cap, the carbonation is quite active with a quick-to-froth head and a constant lacing that is revived after each sip. The color borderlines dark mahogany and burgundy (those blackberries did throw some color into the mix). Soft but tart aroma, hints of sour berries and a slight vanilla note from the wood hits the nose. Big rolling crispness feigns a bigger body for a second. Flash of sweetness up front disappears just as quick as it came in. Ghost-like vanilla with drying woody undertones. There is some lightly puckering berry action from the fruit with a lactic presence. Woody, with a hint of char, and dry biscuity malt in the finish.

The lactic tone is substantial but not overpowering, perhaps it is a little in-your-face or a tad too green. A year or so of cellaring might tone that down. Beer geeks that are into sour beers should make note of this beer.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Photo of trodersark
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 purchased from the brewpub.. cost me about $18 with shipping.. Been looking forward to trying this one for a while.. part of the fridge clearing project... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

3 finger foamy lite tan head .. it has a subtle purple hue to it.. sounds like a bowl of rice krispies.. no lace but a very nice ever present cap. the brew is brown with an obvious purple tint.. Edit: lace actually shows as it warms up to room temperature.

Nose is a touch lighter than I was expecting.. vinous.. and mildly acetic.. the fruit notes show obvious but not really resembling blackberry until I pull my nose away.. then it reminds me of what a fantastic jar of blackberry jam would smell like if I just caught a whiff from afar.. I guess what I'm saying is, don't bury your nose and sorta take wafting sniffs.. You'll be surprised what you discover.

The flavor is also lite at the front (not a bad thing) .. not nearly as acetic as many flanders or sours.. a clean sour that melds very well with what I expect pure blackberry juice would taste like.. no real sweetness from the juice, just the fruity essence that is doing it's best to suck the saliva from my cheeks very slowly after very sip.... dry and sorta tannic woody quality.. not nearly as sour as I was expecting.. especially as it warms up.. the finish takes me back in time.. reminds me of "Grape Bazooka Joe" bubblegum without the sweetness..

The body is lite and very effervescent..

Overall.. This is a pretty damn good beer .. not really that expensive given that most sours cost this much or ALOT more.. I would have probably liked to see a little bit more complexity from the yeast and bugs.. but for a young brewpub.. I honestly think it is pretty stellar. Edit: very impressed as it hits room temperature.. alot more fruity flavors emerge..

Photo of MrHirschybar
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this..
Appears a murky dark crimson toned purple with a small off white cap that fizzles into a mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart raspberries, cherry pie, rhubarb, and sweet nectar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice sweet flavor that leads to tartness.
Mouthfeel is sweet, medium bodied, tart and of wild berries lingering.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of psiweaver
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

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.

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 womencantsail
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MayorsAssistant
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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.

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.

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Tenchi221
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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