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

44 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 102
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 67
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 06-06-2008

"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: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 102
Reviews by fo5s:
Photo of fo5s
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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. (825 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of freshflesh
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Nick29
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of trodersark
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of liquorpig
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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.. (1,824 characters)

Photo of campfirebrew
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy blueish red in color. It poured with a finger high pink head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of blackberries are present in the nose. Bits of sourness become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of blackberries and sourness along with some hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the blackberries and sourness.

Note: 2014 project

Serving type: bottle (635 characters)

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrHirschybar
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopkrid
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought as a birthday present to myself. Full review to phone a few nights ago.

A- Murky and hazy deep red pink body with large chunks of berries sinking down to the bottom. An ultra fizzy light pink head forms fairly high and dies to a thick pillow and ring. Large sheet leads to spotty lace.

S- Blackberries dominate my nostrils like I am getting ready to eat some breakfast with yogurt. Pure pungent berries with lactic acid lemons and slight acetic.

T- As with the aroma the flavor is a blast of blackberries and general fruits. Really reminds me of yogurt and berries because of the lactic acid sours. A decent note of vinegar comes to mind as well as apple, lemon, oak, spice and grapes. Funky must.

MF- Creamy and puffy body that comes in right around moderately thick. Carbonation is at a medium level and it might benefit from a bit more. Sour sour finish.

Big blackberries with a mix of both lactic and acetic acid sourness. Reminds me very favourably of yogurt with berries. (989 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psiweaver
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Cascade Blackberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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