Cascade Nightfall Blackberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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93
outstanding

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 108
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 t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of HopHead84
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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

Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Wowcoolman
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of grittybrews
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of jdense
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Cascade Nightfall Blackberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.