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Cascade Nightfall Blackberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Nightfall Blackberry
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 104
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Nightfall Blackberry starts as a soured blonde wheat beer aged for 12 months in oak barrels, then laid on blackberries for another six. It features intense fruitiness and a concentrated color and aroma."

(Beer added by: DiabolikDUB on 06-21-2009)
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Reviews by Overlord:
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Overlord

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a heavy, flat, crimson ruby color. Impressive. Some bubbles would be nice.

Smells, and tastes, like sour, puckering fruit. This is a straight-forward acid bomb of a fruit sour. It showcases the base ingredient well, but could use a bit more depth. No funk, just straightforward sweet and sour berry tones. Quite drinkable, very refreshing, but plurs the line between fruit juice and beer. Wait, it's 8 percent? EGADS I WOULD DRINK THIS UNTIL I DIE!

Completely flat. LIke a fruit juice.

06-29-2011 03:17:08 | More by Overlord
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ehammond1


4.73/5  rDev +11.6%

On Tap

Toronado
San Diego, CA

Dark violet in color with a very small dark khaki colored head. This leaves small dots of lace down the glass. Very pretty and unique color. I haven't seen many beers that look like this.

The aroma has quite a bit of authentic blackberry character, along with nice sour character, and distinct oak. This is complete, bright, and powerfully aromatic. Wonderful.

This is a marvelous blackberry sour. There is lots of juicy, bright, vibrant, authentic blackberry flavor, lots of acidic sour character, and distinct barrel. This is fantastic. I couldn't imagine a much better blackberry beer/sour.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Perfectly appropriate.

Simply fantastic. This was everything I'd hoped for.

05-15-2012 22:36:51 | More by ehammond1
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dirtylou

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

on-tap, Special Brews- Lynnwood

appearance: served in a tulip, vivid pinkish ruby body, bright pink foam head. very pretty beer - caught me offguard based on what i knew about this beer

smell: fresh NW berries, tart blackberry, yeast, cherry

taste: another nice offering from cascade - lush tart berries, funk, yeast, tart cherry, grassy and fresh. no clue where the 8% abv is hiding but it almost seems like a misprint.

mouthfeel: light, tart, fresh

overall: lovely

08-21-2011 04:40:35 | More by dirtylou
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PretzelCity

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-14-2014 05:57:46 | More by PretzelCity
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5%

On tap @ the Cascade Brewing Barrel House (Portland, OR) on 9/4/11. Served in a teardrop goblet.

Pours a deep clear ruby (almost a cranberry color), with a ½ finger of creamy looking pink-hued head. This retains with some foamy richness around the edges, leaving back a rich cascade of lace that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells a bit musty on top, before giving way to tart berries and some dark fruit as well. There is a touch of background sweetness as well but its’ that berry tartness that is driving this for the most part.

The taste starts with fresh and tart feeling fruit, with a darker berry presence along the back. There isn’t a whole lot of sweetness here, with the job of balancing that tartness out seeming to fall mostly with the fruit here. But I’m overall digging the bright and flavorful berry tartness of this, as it runs the whole way through the profile and then lingers in the finish with a memorable deep dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slicker feeling up front, with a more sharp and lively carbonation then taking over. For 8% ABV, this is pretty darn smooth.

This was another really accessible sour beer from Cascade. I didn’t really find to be very acidic feeling at all. Just a whole lot of fresh and clean tart berry flavors that popped on the palate. This was enjoyable.

09-28-2011 16:45:19 | More by Kegatron
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Sampled today at the Cascade Barrel House, this arrived in a mini snifter. We're looking at raspberry like puree colored beer with a spotty white cap and lacing.

The aroma is full of sour patch kids and little vanilla.

Tastes like puckering under ripe blackberries and like sucking on a lemon. Wowee tart!

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp.

Drinkability is Cascade signature too high! Way to easy to swig.

09-25-2010 06:21:09 | More by hopsbreath
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KDawg

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

poured from tap. Pours a clear red color with a nice foamy head.

Very floral aromatics with some roses, violets, cherries, currants and a touch of fresh picked berries.

This has an excellent medium feel along with nice tart flavors of cherries, violets, roses and some currants.

A very tasty sour. Nice and tart without being overtly sour and more of the berry kick.

06-22-2012 02:06:15 | More by KDawg
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jlb502

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-15-2011 03:53:22 | More by jlb502
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TysonA

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.7%

09-15-2013 14:13:42 | More by TysonA
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blackie

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Draft at the Barrel House into a branded stubby chalice, the beer is a ruby-red color with pinkish head. Blackberries upfront with lots of musty, tart, and earthy play. Nice oak presence. Good push-pull between sweet and tart. Moderate body and carbonation. Very well put together.

05-11-2013 19:06:58 | More by blackie
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Arbitrator provided this one at ipa247's massive two day beer tasting. Thanks, Arbi.

Raspberry red in the glass, bright and clear, topped by a frothy pink head that settles to a crown. Must and funk dominate the aroma, with undertones of tart and sweet berries. There's a mineral/metallic component that becomes more pervasive as the beer warms. On the tongue I get tart fruit and moderate lactic sourness. Blackberries are evident and nicely balanced with the dry, crackery malt foundation. As in the aroma, there's a mineral-like quality that reminds me of hard water. The finish is dry and funky, with the fruit taking a back seat to the pungent brettanomyces flavors.

01-14-2010 18:42:28 | More by largadeer
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

07-01-2014 01:54:07 | More by DrBier
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from tap at Cascade Barrel House.

Another winner from Cascade. This sour ale is all about the sour and dark fruit. Lots of berry on the nose, a hint of cherry, and that funky sour lacto coming off strongly.

On the palate the fruit dominates. Black cheery, blackberry, currant, with a hint of flowers and lots of tart yeast.

Very balanced and good, viscous texture. Alcohol kept in check by the intense flavors. Lots of acidity on the finish to round things out.

Overall a great sour, just a little short on the finish.

08-29-2011 22:59:43 | More by cbarrett4
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%

Draft for Sourfest 2009 at Brouwer's for SBW.

Pours a dark purple with a pink head. Floral hop aroma with berry undertones. Unfortunately, this was incredibly sour, but you could still pick up some blackberry and current flavors as well as some nice hops.

Ultimately, good flavor, but a bit too sour that leaves my mouth puckering. Infinitely better than many sours out there, but not one of Cascade's best offerings

03-29-2010 02:20:05 | More by ChrisPro
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

07-19-2013 01:24:26 | More by Smurf2055
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psiweaver

Washington

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%

Had this at the brewpub in a tulip.

Pours almost a light purple color with a nice soft purplish white head.

great smell full of funk and berrys

absoutely great flavor on this one. lots sourness while still having a great blackberry flavor, this one tasted pretty fresh, i'm not sure when the most recent batch was but this was very very good.

very easy to drink with a slightly harsh mouthfeel from all the sourness but overall still very high in my opinion.

08-18-2010 02:15:07 | More by psiweaver
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

First had: on tap at Cascade, Portland, OR

Poured a cherry brown color with a big fluff of pinkish head. Scents of cherry, blackberry, and blueberry; moderately musty. Taste is full of berry goodness, tart and sour, with kind of a wheat beer acid profile, and a bit of funk as was detected in the nose. Medium-bodied, and a little harsh in the aftertaste, but very nice overall.

01-04-2012 02:14:01 | More by Rifugium
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speedvagen

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-25-2013 00:59:41 | More by speedvagen
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +16.7%

On tap at Saraveza in a chalice/goblet.

Deep purplish red body with a massive, 3+ finger fluffy head that looks like a pink cumulus cloud. Incredible head retention and loads of lacing. The head barely shrinks in size down to the last drop, yet somehow is leaving crazy clumpy/soapy lacing all over the place. What a wild looking beer.

Huge tart blackberry aroma, with some musty earthiness and oak in the background. Absolutely mouth-watering.

For a moment, I taste nothing but blackberries. Lots and lots of of blackberries both sweet and sour, like a huge moutfheel of ripe berries with a few sour as hell half-ripe ones thrown into the mix. After the initial berry shock, I get some of the same earth and oak qualities I smelled as well. Sweet and sour play tug-of-war with the tongue, with neither side . How the hell did they cram this much wonderful blackberry flavor into one glass???

Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation and an incredibly long fruity finish. Leaves the mouth sticky and makes you want to check between your teeth for seeds.

Overall impression: Best sour I've had so far. One of the few "holy shit" beers of the year for me.

12-04-2009 20:38:33 | More by PDXHops
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womencantsail

California

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%

A: The pour is a dark reddish, purple in the glass with a nice pink foam on top.

S: The nose is, unfortunately, somewhat buttery which covers up the tartness and acidity. The blackberries are there, but not as prominent as I would have thought.

T: Luckily, there is some improvement in the flavor with a nice lactic tartness which works very nicely with the sweet blackberry flavor. There is a mustiness and a mild funk which is very pleasing.

M: A lighter bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

D: A good beer, for sure, but perhaps I was expecting more. The nose was a bit off-putting, but the flavors made up for it.

02-24-2010 17:27:14 | More by womencantsail
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TimP2115

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-17-2012 21:12:54 | More by TimP2115
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mantissa

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

12-23-2011 05:52:55 | More by mantissa
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John_M

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

On tap at the brewpub the other day.

Nightfall pours a dark red color with OK head retention, but with considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose on this bad boy is outrageous, with considerable sour funk and an ocean of blackberry aroma. The flavors replicate the nose, and while I enjoyed this beer, I really would have appreciated a bit less sour. There was still enough blackberry flavor to keep it all in check, but it was still very much in your face sour, with some noticeable vinegar, wet blanket and horse sweat (I got this more on the nose then the plate, but it was still pretty intense). On the other hand, the sour component didn't overwhelm the beer (as it does with so many other sour ales), and this was a beer I was able to appreciate and enjoy. Mouthfeel was light to medium with the 8% abv. completely hidden. Drinkability is pretty good and would probably be outstanding if you love sours.

Excellent stuff, even if the sour component was a bit much for my palate.

12-02-2009 16:25:05 | More by John_M
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at the Barrel house.

A - It's called nightfall, but it was a bright red, with a whitish-pink head. Great retention and some lacing left on the glass.

S - Not much funk, or blackberry tartness coming off this, but there is some fruit tones. If I didn't know what it was, I would have never guessed Blackberry.

T - Not too sour or tart, Surprised that it wasn't more sweet here. Very nice balance here.

D - Good carbonation and fizz.

O - I enjoyed this one. Not what I was expecting, but I wasn't dissapointed either.

06-29-2011 02:37:22 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

On tap at the Barrel House, 2011 version. Strangely, the menu did not list Nightfall blackberries as being used.

A beautiful clear ruby red with a thin, pink-tinged white head with decent retention, this beer is attractive. The nose is a glorious mix of blackberries and a prominent berry tartness. A mild cocoa character is present, along with a fruity red wine character, moderately juicy. Rose water rounds out the nose. The palate opens with a clean, lactic tartness, moderate oak and with a clean, fresh, fruity berry character. There's a bend of blackberries and dark cherries here. The sourness is clean and crisp. Light in body and moderately carbonated, this beer finishes with a blend of lactic tartness, mild barrel character and moderate berry sweetness. Excellent stuff.

08-08-2011 00:39:56 | More by DefenCorps
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Cascade Nightfall Blackberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.