Cascade Nightfall Blackberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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93
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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 somabeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 chumba526
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of speedvagen
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jconrick1
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Rconn006
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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 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 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 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.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TulipSnifter
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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