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Cascade Nightfall Blackberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 107
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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Photo of callmemickey
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Blood red with a purplish hue when held to the light. Thin off-white that maintained form for some time. Soapy whisps of lacing here and there.

S: Butter and blackberry jelly notes dominate. As the beer opened up there were hints of red wine (cabernet sauvignon in particular). With time the diacetyl notes overwhelmed and ultimately distracted from the enjoyment.

T: The blackberry notes start to come out in the flavor. Butter fades away, but is still noticable. Light lemony acidity. Some vinous notes and wheat toward the back end.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation levels. Light acidity throughout. Soft finish.

O: Ultimately the diacetyl was unavoidable and that impaired my enjoyment of what could have been a truly interesting beer.

callmemickey, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Smurf2055
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Smurf2055, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of mantissa
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

mantissa, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear bright red colour with a small white head.

Bright slightly funky aroma with a lot of cherry. Good.

Nice tart cherry with some sweetness. Just a little funky. Good.

Medium body with moderately-low carb. Solid.

A really good beer. Thoroughly enjoyable.

dgilks, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

ChrisPro, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

PretzelCity, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Murrhey
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap in a 2oz taster at Cascade. Reviewed from notes. Wish I had more to go on, the notes might be scarce.

A- Half-finger white head, ringed white lacing. Burgundy with nice clarity.

S- Berry, sour and tart, some barrel aged scents, maybe pinot noir. Not picking up blackberry.

T- Sour with barrel aged flavors. Great flavor on this one.

M- Some light carbonation and wine-feel.

O- Tasty, subtle sour.

Murrhey, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Rifugium, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev -5.7%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TysonA
4/5  rDev -5.7%

TysonA, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

largadeer, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of TimP2115
4/5  rDev -5.7%

TimP2115, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of beefandbean22
4/5  rDev -5.7%

beefandbean22, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of bthomas
4/5  rDev -5.7%

bthomas, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -5.7%

KAF, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of kevfujii
4/5  rDev -5.7%

kevfujii, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Kegatron, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

KDawg, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of waltersrj
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Malt and Vine.

Pours: Deep, dark ruby red with a hint of purple. A slightly pink head lifts itself an inch above the beer and settles down around the glasses edge.

Nose: Blackberry, dark cherry, slight vanilla, dry oak, lactic acid and red wine tannins.

Taste: Bright, clean and tart blackberry and dark cherry initially that turns into a lactic and tannic red wine/oak blend. The backend of this beer is slightly lactic, slightly oaky and even has a bit of vanilla mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated and slightly creamy...perfect for the style. I enjoyed the somewhat lively bubbles and the velvety mouthfeel of this great sour.

Overall: Pretty fantastic...wish I could buy a bottle. This is better than the Kriek (more well balanced) but not as great as the Apricot IMO. I really would seek this out again...another awesome offering from Cascade (my favorite sour producer).

waltersrj, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of cbarrett4
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

cbarrett4, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

John_M, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

DefenCorps, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

DiabolikDUB, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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

dirtylou, Aug 21, 2011
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Cascade Nightfall Blackberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.