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Cascade Elderberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade ElderberryCascade Elderberry

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very good

39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 301
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 21.84%
Wants: 48
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 07-25-2012

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Photo of kojevergas
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass. Appealing label art. 2013 project. Unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a cork served cold into an Avery stem-tulip at high altitude in Castle Rock, Colorado. 8.20% ABV.

Reviewed live as an American wild ale per the label. Served cold into an Avery tulip at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Expectations are sky-high; I view Cascade as one of the best sour producers in the USA, and the elderberry angle is intriguing.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Poor (~20 second) retention. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Deep sanguine-red. So dark it's practically opaque. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for a sour, and I dig the deep red hue. Not unique or special, but very appealing.

AROMA: Oak, mild acetic character (and concomitant pie crust), tart dark berries, blackcurrant, a hint of red grape, nutmeg, allspice, and modest sourness (about a 4/10 in terms of intensity). Evokes a balanced and adequately intricate flavour profile with wanting sourness.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

No overt alcohol, hop profile, yeast character, or off-notes come through.

Certainly appealing, but not unique or special. I do wish it were more sour.

TASTE: Acetic character - pie crust inclusive. A heavy tart berry twang. The acetic character rocks. Subdued oak barrel. Cream. Dampened wood. Deep dark berry and blackcurrant notes. I confess I haven't a clue what elderberry tastes like, but this has a very evocative interesting fruit character which isn't too jammy or sweet. Any malt base disappears beneath the dominant bacterial sourness; it's almost all lactobacillus but feels less clinical and sterile than most lacto-dominant sours.

Good depth of flavour, and excellent flavour amplitude. Above average flavour duration and intensity. There's ample complexity here, but it still finds room for subtlety (especially where the berry and oak are concerned) and nuance. The oak barrel doesn't overwhelm the base, and the bacterial sourness is sufficient to please sour lovers (i.e. it's about a 6/10 in terms of intensity, but the perceived sourness is amplified by the tartness and acetic character).

I love it, and it only develops further as it comes to temperature, allowing the focal berry to bleed out throughout the second act.

To be fair, the spices mentioned on the label never really come through in an evocative manner, but then overt spices wouldn't necessarily be welcome here. If I really search, maybe there's some nutmeg buried beneath the acetic pie crust?

It's a gestalt build for a sour, and I find myself loving it more with each sip. Great stuff!

TEXTURE: Acidic, acetic, smooth, medium-bodied, aptly thick, and near ideally carbonated. Great overall presence on the palate. This texture accentuates the acetic pie crust character impressively well, and helps elevate the beer beyond merely its taste. Very well-executed, boasting the smackiness I love in sour ales.

Not oily, gushed, sticky, dragging, rough, scratchy, coarse, astringent, boozy, hot, or harsh.

Overall presence on the palate is superb. It's got weight and presence without being overbearing, syrupy, etc. Nicely done, Cascade.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable, burying any trace of its surprisingly high ABV. This is a beer to be savored. Yet another superb offering from one of the USA's best sour producers, Elderberry is a beer I'd happily pick up again if not for its high price point. Sour lovers will be impressed, but not dazzled. Absolutely worth trying at least once. A delightful brew in a style that's close to impossible to get perfect. I tip my hat to the cats at Cascade.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Beachwood Sour Fest at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, red wine, wood, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with sour berry, red wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a fairly prominent red wine and wood presence alongside the elderberries.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jeonseh
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a dark purple colored body.
The aroma is sour and fruity.
The taste has lots of fruit, sour throughout with a tart finish. Really great.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Quite enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Cascade Elderberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
89 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.