Cascade Elderberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.18/5 rDev +5%
Thanks to Kevin for cracking the bottle. Always on the lookout for more Cascade sours! The Elderberry pours a dark-ish, brown-ish, and faintly indigo tinted color with barely any head. Surprising to see such a lack of foam on what are typically a series of volatile brews. A light gray collar rests at the edges for just a few minutes before it dissipates into thin air.
The aroma is full of sweet and tart elderberries first and foremost. If you haven't smelled elderberries before, they're kind of reminiscent between a "berry-ish" and dark fruit mix, along the lines of blackberries, blueberries and currants. It's a satisfying, strange, and noble fruit indeed. Needless to say, the aroma is carrying heavy notes of "berry" and not just specifically "elderberry", along with some mild vanilla-tinted oak over a faint, vinegary background.
As is the case with nearly all of the Cascade sours I've tried up to this point, the first sip hits your jowels with a solid jolt of tartness that flexes its traps like mad and will soon have the inside of your cheeks touching. The sourness is hashed apart by a nice fruity sensation, however, full of sweet berries. So far, a nice balance of sweet and sour is taking place right in front of my tongue.
Elderberries, blackberries, and all sorts of berries keep working their magic and massaging the palate hard while some vinegar notes waft in on a thin surfboard of oak. Very faint vanilla hints cling to the finishing, drying oak, and with each sip, I can say that this is also one of the least acidic Cascade brews I've had so far, which is doing wonders for plausible drinkability. Medium bodied, soft on the carbonation and just a few steps outside the realm of "creamy".
Yet another highly enjoyable Cascade beer. I like the use of oddball (read: less common) fruits in beers, and I'd say that elderberries qualify. Whether you've had actual elderberries or not, it doesn't matter much. Do you like berries, period? If the answer is yes, then there's no doubt that you'll love this brew. Cascade typically hides their alcohol very well; coupled with the lower acidity (relative to most other Cascade beers), this beer becomes dangerously drinkable.
07-31-2013 18:28:02 | More by tectactoe
3.19/5 rDev -19.8%
A - Dark red / purple with a decent foam head. Carbonation trails upwards 3.25
S - LIght elderberry with lactic acid tartness 3.5
T - Lactic acid tartness, light red wine and oak, berry presence, and light funk on the backend. 3
M - Tart carbonation with a light funky and dry presence to it 3.25
O - Decent sour from cascade with only a light elderberry presence. While still a good beer this is one of my least favorite Cascades
07-18-2013 02:15:49 | More by jeonseh
3.21/5 rDev -19.3%
on-tap at Cascade
I love Cascade. I do not subscribe to the trendy internet hate for this brewery over the past year or two. I don't mind the consistent lacto-sour fruit bomb nature of their beers, and in fact quite like it.
That said, this beer was pretty terrible. Perhaps I just don't like elderberries. Tasted of a watery Port wine (love Port, btw) - spicy, peppery, lots of leather, puckery but really offputting.
07-08-2013 22:14:36 | More by dirtylou
3.5/5 rDev -12.1%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 project.
Appearance - Deep red. Thick collar after a medium head dissipates.
Smell - I don't know what an elderberry is supposed to smell or taste like, but this has some blueberry and cherry aromas. Lots of caramel and some oak.
Taste - Deep caramel. Fruity. Again kinda like cherries. Oaky.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Sour. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Wish I knew what an elderberry tasted like. Enjoyable sour.
09-24-2013 01:42:23 | More by Alieniloquium
British Columbia (Canada)
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
On tap at Chuck's hop shop.
Appearance. Pours a hazy deep amber brown with a thin white head.
Smell. Dark sour berries, lightly floral, lightly funky.
Taste. Intensley fruity and quite sour, lightly funky. Mostly dark berries and light fruit flavours.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.
Overall. Another awesome Cascade sour. Loved it.
11-24-2012 20:33:37 | More by Rutager
Cascade Elderberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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