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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
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:
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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Reviews by Shumania:
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Shumania

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

10-09-2011 21:33:32 | More by Shumania
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

11-13-2009 16:47:58 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-12-2013 05:53:18 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-04-2012 02:32:16 | More by acurtis
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Photekut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-19-2011 03:21:34 | More by Photekut
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

07-03-2014 00:10:36 | More by Alieniloquium
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trodersark

California

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-16-2011 19:10:53 | More by trodersark
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

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..

01-30-2009 10:22:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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MrHirschybar

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-27-2011 23:28:18 | More by MrHirschybar
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

12-03-2009 23:28:36 | More by weeare138
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

09-11-2011 04:55:55 | More by ChrisPro
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psiweaver

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

08-21-2010 03:27:33 | More by psiweaver
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-19-2012 05:28:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

02-12-2012 16:23:06 | More by Thorpe429
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

09-13-2011 05:20:36 | More by AgentZero
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BucketBoy

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

12-15-2012 23:10:28 | More by BucketBoy
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womencantsail

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

04-24-2011 20:06:37 | More by womencantsail
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-29-2011 02:49:13 | More by brandoman63
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MayorsAssistant

Trinidad & Tobago

5/5  rDev +29.2%

04-15-2012 22:24:40 | More by MayorsAssistant
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

07-03-2011 23:34:07 | More by yeahnatenelson
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

10-28-2012 01:36:59 | More by johnnnniee
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-08-2013 20:24:10 | More by chippo33
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Tenchi221

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-25-2012 05:01:09 | More by Tenchi221
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harrymel

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-10-2013 00:22:08 | More by harrymel
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Cascade Blackberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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