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Cascade Nightfall Blackberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Nightfall Blackberry
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outstanding

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%


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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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2009 20:38:33 | More by PDXHops
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HopHead84

California

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Ron and Art for pouring me some of this.

The beer appears a vibrant crimson with a huge pinkish purple head and excellent retention.

The aroma is of blackberries, tannins, and oak. Some lactic character is evident, and the fruit smells tart and sweet. Some earthy notes are evident.

The flavor blew me away. I've liked everything I've had from Cascade, but I've always found myself wanting a little more tartness in the flavor. Nightfall definitely succeeds in that regard. The beer has a nice high level of tartness and some sugary sweetness. The blackberries are fresh and dominant, and lactic notes are present. Other dark fruits are noticeable, as well as oak and tannins. The finish is sugary and tart blackberries that linger for a long time. For a blackberry sour, this cannot be beat.

The beer is light bodied with a nice high level of carbonation. I was left wanting much more of this. Highly recommended. This is possibly the best beer I've had from Cascade, and definitely the best Blackberry beer I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 10:16:44 | More by HopHead84
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djbreezy

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Barrel House.

appearance - cherry red, semi transparent, some lacing

smell - funky berries

taste - very sour, slightly tart, complex blackberry and barrel flavors

mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation, crisp finish

drinkability - complex and tasty, an amazing wild ale

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 21:23:51 | More by djbreezy
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ehammond1


4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Washington

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the most amazing, and flavorful, sours I have had. The taste is of semi ripe blackberries, which get back up by some sweetness from the malt. On the nose there is a lot of sweet ripe blackberry, and some slight sourness. This beer was quite amazing, it was very close to almost drinking a blackberry. I was quite impressed with this beer, probably one of the best sours I have had to date.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 08:05:39 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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TulipSnifter

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It looked like murky berry juice, maybe a little reddish pink. The head was lavender.
Smell: This beer smelled like fruit roll up. How can I not like that?!
Taste: I tasted sour blackberry with a lingering taste.
Mouth feel: crisp
Drink ability: I really liked this beer. I would drink more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 00:02:33 | More by TulipSnifter
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Raccoon Lodge 11/27 12 oz pour.

A sour blonde wheat beer aged 12 months and laid down on blackberries in oak barrels another 6 months. Deep purple opaque body with bright pink finger and a half head, an amazing looking beer. Big ass berry nose with huge slab of funk. Taste has some sweetness up front, with long lingering dry sour finish. The barrel aging took a lot of the edge of the blackberries. A bit of alcohol heat in the finish but nicely carbonated. At this ABV not the most drinkable in this style, but certainly worth savoring by a warm fireplace and contemplating the meaning of beer, er, life. Truly exceptional, one of the best beers I've had this year, and certainly stands up to the best Belgian has to offer in this category.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 23:11:56 | More by jdense
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grittybrews

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy ruby into a pint glass with a thin film of white head. The aroma isn't too strong, just a hint of slightly tart berry juice.

Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Not overly puckering with some mild berry sourness up front followed by a slightly sweeter blackberry presence on the finish.

Really nicely balanced and very easy-drinking despite the sour character. Higher ABV almost completely hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 05:26:15 | More by grittybrews
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Overlord

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled January 2010
A solid, but softish pour from the growler yields a purple-pink stained, off-white colored head that is about a fat-finger in thickness. The beer is a rich purple, red-amber hue (almost like a plum) that shows a brilliantly clear, rich, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of musty Brettanomyces followed by a light tarrtness and a very soft berry like fruitiness. My second draught of the aroma has me noticing more of the berry notes mixed with some spicy and tannic oak aromatics; much like a fruit forward red wine in fact. There is perhaps a hint of butter here, but it is not enough for me to tell if it is from the oak, or from some diacetyl.

Quite a bit more tart tasting than I was expecting, there is a significant berry flavor to this as well; both produce a really nice tart berry note. There is lots of carbonic fizz to this beer; it helps to lighten up this beer as there is still a fair amount of body left (at least when compared to sour beers). This isn't bone dry either as there is just a hint of sweetness left that accentuates the fruitiness a fair amount. This isn't heavy on the funk or Brettanomyces character as there is only a touch of up front mustiness and this has a soft'ish finish that sees some noticeable musky, barnyard Brettanomyces character that couples with some toasted oak flavors and light tannic astringency. This is actually quite a nicely balanced brew; the up front fruit and sourness is balanced nicely by the light funkiness and oak character in the finish..

At times this can actually have a fair amount of sweetness to it; especially after not having taken a sip of it recently. I like that there seems to be a complex, tannic berry skin flavor here that conveys much of the fruitiness of the blackberries. A summary sentence; Beatiful pale pink-purple head, with a brilliantly clear purple tinged body, the beer is a great balanced expression of tart-sweet berry, sour lactic acid, tannic, often lightly astringent oak and softly musty funkiness. Beautifully drinkabl, and despite the near-heresy, this has the faint sweetness that I wish New Glarus would aim for.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2010 16:48:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mihir for bringing this to our recent sour tasting.

Pours a dark cherry red/ plum color with slight mahogany edges and a one finger frothy pinkish head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing are left behind.

Slight funky with some earthy bArnyard notes and subtle lactic presence in the nose. Lots of dark fruit notes, especially blackberry, sour dark cherries, etc.

Slightly puckering mouthfeel that's only a bit acidic with some funky earthy character. Dark fruit notes are prominent and haven't been taken over by the sour/funk. Lots of juicy Blackberry, sour dark cherry, raspberry and grape. Very vinous and pretty drinkable considering how tart it is. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 21:42:44 | More by corby112
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Arbitrator

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Curtis at Cascade for this. Shared at ipa247's recent sour tasting.

A: Pours a clear magenta body with a beautiful, airy pink head. Retention is outstanding. Lacing down the glass.

S: Tart blackberries right on the nose. Oak, must, and earth, as well. Lacto sourness and strong funk.

T: Tart blackberries lead off, progressing neatly into lactic sourness that grips the tongue. Its sharpness is eased by a strong presence of must, earth, and hints of leather. The finish is strongly horsey. There is also some mineral / metallic quality to it. This is quite different from what I tried on tap (not necessarily bad).

M: Light-bodied, high carbonation. Moderately dry; personally I'd like to see it drier. The aftertaste is very fruity and tart.

D: This was a great beer to kick off the tasting with. It really nailed the flavors and seemed to be an interesting departure for Cascade, as I was told they don't use brett in their beers. I hope they bottle this.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 04:00:30 | More by Arbitrator
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chumba526

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears dark reddish purple with a light pink head.

It smells very acidic. I get a bit of a blackberry earthy smell as well. There is a slight oaky smell as well.

It tastes initially very acid/ sour. I get a nice fruity blackberry flavor that is pretty earthy. There is a bit of an oaky flavor to the beer as well.

The carbonation is moderate. There is a crisp mouthfeel to the beer.

Overall a great beer. It goes down pretty easy considering how sour it is.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 21:33:23 | More by chumba526
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewpub with Ron and Curtis, thanks for letting us sample this great brew, reviewed from notes, 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, sweet sugar, oak, and other berries, flavor begins with sour berries, lots of sugar in the middle, finish has tons of berries that become more sweet after a while with some lingering sourness, yeasty, and sweet mouthfeel, 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

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 19:41:33 | More by Floydster
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blackie

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub, served into a slender tulip, Nightfall a bright purple magenta with a lavender head leaving nice lace.

Smell is blackberry and lacto, with a little buttery diacetyl as well.

Taste is very puckering, with a strong salty mineral component. Not to fruity, which I prefer. I've had the pleasure to sample this twice before, once still in the bright tanks when it had only picked up color from the fruit, not the taste. The second time, the fruit flavor was strong. Now the sourness is dominating while the fruit fades, which is the sweet spot for me.

Mouthfeel is oily and dry, medium light.

Drinkability is good, this is a really nice fruit lambic. While I really like the puckering minerality, and find it to be a solid beer, it doesn't really stand out amongst the rest of their amazing lineup of sours.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2009 20:24:49 | More by ccrida
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somabeer

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Clear pink, with a big fizzy head, it almost looks like a sparkling rose. It smells of berries, fruits and funk. This beer has a lot of fruit flavor, but a lot more tartness, this is perhaps the driest tasting berry beer I have ever had. My only Issue is the deeper I get into the glass the more I get an off brett flavor of plastic and bandaids. The beer is very fizzy almost like a champagne and it goes down well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 09:05:31 | More by somabeer
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dirtylou

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Snifter glass.

Poured a bright cherry red, crystal clear, with a rocky dense pink head that never dissolves fully and leaves a heavy layer around the glass. The aroma is full of tart fruits and some yeast. The flavor is filled with even more sourness than the aroma and is accompanied by some oak and earthy hops that are hidden. Its seems light bodied and has lots of carbonation and finishes nice and dry. This is a very nice sour, I would love to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2009 01:22:58 | More by DiabolikDUB
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 16:25:05 | More by johnmichaelsen
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 00:39:56 | More by DefenCorps
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 22:59:43 | More by cbarrett4
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Cascade Nightfall Blackberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.