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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: 68
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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-05-2014 06:08:39 | More by zestar
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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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harrymel

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-10-2013 00:22:08 | More by harrymel
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-06-2013 18:19:11 | More by yourefragile
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-13-2013 23:17:13 | More by MordorMongo
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Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-07-2013 01:55:34 | More by AlexFields
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California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-16-2012 21:14:30 | More by t0rin0
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BucketBoy

Pennsylvania

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
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

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
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-13-2012 19:41:33 | More by imperialking
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16%

11-04-2012 04:09:58 | More by djrn2
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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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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
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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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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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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-19-2012 23:28:52 | More by thewimperoo
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mdfb79

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
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drabmuh

Maryland

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
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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
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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Connecticut

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
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Cascade Blackberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.