Cascade Elderberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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very good

36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 281
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 48
Gots: 61 | FT: 6
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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 Stinkypuss
4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shout out to the Tims on this one

Pours a dark red almost purple color with an off white, fruit tinged head that lasted for a few moments. The aroma was deeply fruity, sour, some wheat, funk, damp basement must, and perfume all arose from the glass. In the flavor, nice cranberry like flavor though it was elderberry here. Funk, vinegar, wheat, cider and alcoholic flavors were all in delicate balancing letting all parties show their hands as the beer was sipped. A well integrated brew with remarkable flavors, solid, full bodied feel, and a crisp, drying finish. This beer was everything we thought it would be. A true classic. (637 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage - 8.2% abv. Poured from a cork and cage bottle into 3 different glasses. Poured very carefully and slowly and then the last 2 oz was poured into a small glass.

Pours a deep crimson red color with a light tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Very minimal lacing but that is characteristic of the style. 4.75

Smells of subtle oak, sour berries, lactobacillus, and an elderberry musk. Some very prestigious scents for a sour beer. Very well done. 4.5

Tastes of sour berries, lactobacillus, subtle oak, and nothing else. Flavor is awesome and very characteristic of the style. Amazing sour flavor on this brew! 4.5

Feels puckering on the tongue with a higher amount of carbonation due to the bottle fermentation. The pleasant prickliness compliments the sour tartness. 4.25

Overall a fantastic rendition of an old classic style from
Belgium. Cascade always delivers a solid sour. Do your self a favor and pick this one up! 4.75

Cheers! (954 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Label says 2011.

A- Pours a purplish dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head, also purplish, that retains a bit before falling to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Very musty, funky aroma that almost has that baby poop fume to it. Also slightly sweet as the elderberry comes in. Certainly wild with a distinct amount of Brett.

T- Holy hell. Beautifully delicate balance of fruit sweetness, tartness and funk. First you get the the elderberry followed immediately by a perfectly restrained amount of sourness and then a sublimely Bretty aftertaste. So drinkable. Only after multiple sips does the lactic acid fully come in and throw things a bit off-tilt but this is obviously meant to be sipped slowly. The Brett also starts to fade as the drink progresses.

M- A subtle but lasting helping of pucker with medium carbonation and a body that's deceivingly light given the color.

O- So this is what people are talking about when they speak of sours knocking their socks off. Only took me like twenty purchases to find one that truly struck a chord in me. This being only the first Cascade offering I've had, I'm going to make it a point to try everything I come across by them. Outstanding indeed. (1,341 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a whole bunch Emma. Fully reviewed last night to the laptop.

A- Deep and dark ruby body like blackberries with a thin fizzy veil. Decent retention for a sour but the tiny ring isn't going to leave much lace.

S- Boisterous berries off the top somewhat like raspberry but certainly distinct. Reminds me of grapes at time. Musty vinous tones, smarties, lemon juice sours, sweat groins, funky lactic bacteria and more grape juice.

T- Sour lactic acid throughout with no vinegar and a whole barrage of fruity berry tones like a mix of raspberry and grape juice. Musty wet oak barrels, green apple, lemon and lime sourness and funky straw.

MF- Medium bodied for the style with a very creamy texture. Carbonation is medium to high and it ends very sour.

I have a hard time imagining how people do not enjoy these Cascade fruit sours. The really allow the chosen fruit to shine above a funky and very sour Wild Ale base. Not the most complex sours around but very well done time and time again. (998 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 04AUG12

Nice pretty dark rose colored beer with little/no foam and a high degree of clarity. Nose is just as expected, I dig the elderberry - herbal, floral and fruity like a blend of blueberries, soil, spices, some lavender like tones atop a leathery prune skin. Hints of peppercorn. The flavor comes through with reserved tart for the brewery and a good dose of aromatic and infectious flavors which are rich and robust with delicacy at the same time. Of fruit flavored sours, this may be my favorite choice of fruit and flower. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a slick finish. I like this beer, I like this beer a lot. (635 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (350 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

elderberries are a neat fruit, in that they are incredible for you but really intensely flavored, astringent, even harsh at times in the wild, but in a sour beer as bold as this one, they seem a lovely compliment. the beer is deep purple, beautiful color, not as heady as others but welling up a little pinkish white head. the nose is the tartness of the berries behind the sour cultures cascade has perfected over time here. its mouthwatering and fruity without being sweet. what i like in the flavor is that this is spiced too. its fills in some of the gaps between the lighter malt and the high tone fruit. wintery too, which makes it nice for this time of year, but not so loaded with allspice and anise or whatever is in here that it distracts from the sourness or from the elderberries, it actually accentuates both in a new way, which is probably the greatest success of this brew. not as dry as some of the others, the berry tartness lingers just a little on the tails of the spice, and this is one sour beer overall, sharp just a little in its acidity, but as good in total enjoyment as any of the cascade beers ive had thus far. fortunate to share this one with family and friends, its a wonderfully elegant and unique brew, and the best use of elderberries i have seen in an ale, hands down. (1,302 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - An awesome looking beer. Deep mahogany cranberry cocktail body, half a finger of fine tan head with nice retention and lace.

S - Sour cherry Jello, black currents, chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, and black cherries, sour SweetTart candies.

T - Similar to the nose. Tart sour cherry Jello powder, soft wood, and dry cranberry cocktail.

M - Medium frame. Low carbonation. Unique dry, milky tannin finish coats the palate.

O - A really nice, tart fruit juice-forward sour. (486 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 750ml bottle into a teku glass.

pours a dark murky reddish black with a nice head. smell is extremely complex and the high point of this beer. plums, grapes.. just aweomse. taste is slightly tart but the plums/grapes mixture really shines through. tasty shit right here. medium bodied..medium to high carbonation...lovely

overall an impressive offering from cascade thats different from their others, not as tart. very flavorful! (436 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker muddled cola with auburn hues while topped with an off-white beige head... Aroma of dark berry jam with the expected cascade sour note. Little sweet tart action again but a deeper dark berry essence... Flavors pack a decent dark berry sour punch with the typical cascade sour qualities. Medium bodied with semi-lively carbonation. Nice and enjoyable. (365 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, rich looking, hazy, black/brown with 1/2 an inch of off white head that fades quickly into a thin halo. The nose is unexpectedly sweet and fruity with a touch of sour. The taste is heavily fruity with a big juicy, tart blackberry/raspberry fruitiness upfront and great grain, nearly chocolatey richness. The mouthfeel is quite tart with berry skin tannins, slightly sour, vinous, ascetic, dry, effervescent, and drinkable. This isn't an intense sour like I was expecting, very similar to the cascade blackberry, but still highlights the elderberry very well and is quite drinkable. I'd like to see how this ages. (635 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Project. Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a dark, plum coloring, with a halo of tight carbonation bubbles. Good sound of effervescence on the pour. Aromas of tart and sweet berry, a decent amount of musty and farmhouse funk, tart grape, rich dates, some woody highlights, horseblanket, and a subtle sourness throughout. Flavors are richly sweet, tart, and sour forward, with old world fruit richness serving as a solid backbone to support the tart berry and grape notes. Slightly acidic and strongly sour throughout, with the plum and date backbone powering through the funk and sour. Very dry and astringent follow to the fruity tart and rich stone fruit aftertaste. The body is robust, but very dry into the puckering, lingering finish. Very wine-like characteristics at the end. (809 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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. (2,200 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 11/16/14

A: Pours way darker than I would have expected, a very deep purple - medium to large, light tan head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Very, very sour - sour in both the funky/acidic/lactic way, and a very fruity, tart sourness - some acidic sour, some musty, damp cellar, and some lactic funk - big sour berry aroma - I will admit that I do not really know what elderberries smell like like, but based on this beer, I am guessing the aroma is reminiscent of tart, sour, underripe blueberries - blueberry yogurt past its expiration date - rich oak and some hints of malts underneath the sour

T: Multidimensional sour - follows the aroma, as there are distinct sour notes from souring process, and the inherent sourness of the berries - acidic, with some lemon-like tart - damp, wet, old cellar - lactic notes and hints of yogurt - big, tart and sour berry, and berry skin - lots of oak flavor - lightly sweet, and finishes a lot cleaner and dryer than some of the other Cascade sours

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, finishes with lingering sour

O: The Elder Berries V: Skyrim

This is a very interesting sour. It's very big, and very bold. It cranks the berries and sour to 11, and doesn't really have much nuance, but it works. Definitely worth a try. (1,330 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2013 Project. 8.2% ABV. 750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark red/brown color with 1 finger of a tan head that settles to a medium ring. Appearance in the glass is dark, but when held up to light reveals a clear body with dark ruby red color.

Smell: Sour cherry, oak, leather, licorice, dark berries, hearty red wine grapes. Maybe a touch of funk, but mostly a clean sourness. Very similar to a flanders red, but with some additional dark berry character.

Taste: Dark berries, fruit leather, black currants, some malt character, sour cherry and some oak, but not as strong as in the aroma. There's a very light roasted character that that starts to develop in the finish and aftertaste after a while as well. Very subtle, but definitely detectable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but a bit thin as well. Carbonation

Overall: Really solid offering from Cascade. It's not quite at the level of some of their best beers, but probably just one step below. Worth a try, if you can find it. (1,016 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2oz taster pour
Enjoyed at the Portland, OR barrel room on 9/2/12
Enjoyed a bottle of 2011 vintage 9/4/13

A: This one pours out a slightly cloudy, light brown color. There are some pinkish, reddish hues in there. The head is light tannish white though, whats left of it that is. Leaves some lacing

S: There is a lot going on here. The normal tart sour flavors but so much berry character smashed in there. Initial smells of a Flanders Red ale. Tart cherry fruit character. Sweetness. Balsamic vinegar. Deep oak and tannins

T: Up front a nice pucker, but not to the point of ruining the sip. You still can taste the fruit and the roundness of the barrel. I loved this one and marked it higher than Apricot and Strawberry. It just seemed like the flavors all mesh so well. UPDATE: Not as sour as I was expecting. There is some tart dark cherry flavor up front. It's muted. That fruit carries through the sip. There is a sweetness from the berry. Finish is dry and tart. But it's not as dry as other Cascades. Lot of chalk, as I let it warm.

M: The mouthfeel is a little bigger on this one at medium. Wish it was lighter. (1,122 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 project. Very expensive bottles were on sale at Row 34 in Boston.

Glugs out a thick and juice like with a small but acceptable head. Smells very sharply sour--must have gotten more intense and pungent with age, judging by earlier reviews. Shock Tart sour, which is to say it's very intense but still has enough sweetness to carry it through.

Tastes quite sour. It's only after a few sips that I realize I don't really know what Elderberrys taste like, and so I can't say anything more educated about the flavor other than that it starts out very sour, continues being sour throughout, and that there's enough berry sweetness in there to keeps things from getting so intense it can't be finished easily.

A well-made sour. As with all of Cascade's beers, it's too expensive and you don't really get what you pay for it, but judged without price in mind it's a good beer. (884 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean(?) for sharing this one. Served in a tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lacework. Brown-red body with some transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Interesting mix of chocolate and crystal malt sweetness; not the base I was anticipating for a fruit sour from Cascade. Overripe berries (presumably elder ones?), some musky funk, and light lactic sourness. I know Cascade doesn't use brett, so either there's a funky characteristic to the fruit, or the berries were harboring some wild yeast on them.

T - The taste is significantly more sour, with a hefty dose of lactic acidity. Less malt sweetness here, although the chocolate still peeks through. Berry flavor is still present, but oak intensity has been dialed up as well. More what I was expecting, but a bit less enjoyable than the aroma.

M - Dry, oaky, and tannic, with lower carbonation. Alcohol is well-concealed, and acidity is at a moderate level. Medium body is sufficiently hefty for the 7.75%, but still light enough to be refreshing.

D - Interesting brew and largely enjoyable. I'm curious how the elderberries would have fared with a lighter base beer, but perhaps the malt was necessary to keep things from getting to sour. I'd drink this again, but it's somewhere in the middle of Cascade's output. (1,312 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Low A- (3,765 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2013 project.

Appearance: rich, deep red-brown hue with a bit of haze and a nice finger of frothy tan foam. Very distinguished.

Smell: nicely tart with a fine, dark berry character. Frankly, most of my elderberry experience is with beer, but I feel like the fruit is done justice here. Quite nice.

Taste: very tart with a little bit of caramel sweetness and a dash of berry flavor. The fruit is definitely more apparent in the aroma than in the flavor. That said, the tartness and sweetness are quite nice; they remind me of a Flemish red ale.

Mouthfeel: light body with a moderate carbonation and a rather fizzy body; not particularly creamy but it's appropriate to the style and definitely fits with this beer's apparent attenuation.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. I always think sours are refreshing and a delight to drink, and this beer is no exception. (927 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing. The beer is dark brown with a lasting tan head. Copious lacing. The aroma brings funk, cherries, oak. Distinguishable Cascade character. Alcohol presence in both the flavor and aroma. Big puckering finish. Tart and sour. Bold in every regard, with similarities to the Flanders style. (312 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:Slightly hazed burgundy murky red brown. Head is small and light khaki. Tiny clump of a cap with a small collar. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: VInegar. Deep dark fruitiness. Tons of oak barrel. A touch of red wine. Tart with some lactic elements but mostly citric. Big and sweet. Worn leather. Tart berry skin. Touches of something akin to cherry, blueberry, and blackberry. Tannic. Malts offer some solid caramel sweetness. Sharp tart edfe. Oak barrel adds some nice woody and earthy elements. Carries the distinct damp funkiness of all Cascade sours. Juicy. Sour blueberry. Soft backing spice - botanical.

Taste: Bracingly tart. Citric and then some some. Pushes acetic with some funky cheesy lactic through the back as well. Touches of balsamic vinegar. Tons of dark fruit - cherry, blueberry, blackberry. Tons of berry skin and juicy fruit. Oak is abundant and adds the requisite fresh woody elements. Very soft botanical spice buried in the back. Malts are heavy on the caramel and offer a necessary sweetness. Tons of leather. Damp and musty with some old wooden cellar. Lactic acidity increases as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Simultaneously juicy and astringent. Dries the tongue immediately. Minimal carbonation with a medium body.

Overall: Lick this wallpaper.

It's a fruited Cascade "sour." Incredibly tart without ever crossing the line to too much. Sweet and big for the style. Curious to see where it lands in a couple years. (1,460 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark red in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass and some patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of elderberries are present in the nose—these smell mainly like sour blueberries.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of elderberries along with a light amount of sourness. It's like drinking sour blueberries with notes of sour vinegar.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as sour as compared to other American Wild Ales but is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle (665 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont station during puckerfest.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with red hilights. Head retention is pretty good, and there's considerable lacing as well. On the nose, there's considerable fruit, along with light vanilla and noticeable wine and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the sour component really dominates in this beer. There's some underlying fruit and wine flavor as well, but they struck me as a bit muddled, and in any event, the predominant flavor is SOUR! Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and as is typical with Cascade, alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

This is a nice beer, but I really didn't think it stood out from many of the other fruit dominated sours I've had from Cascade. I really found myself thinking "ho hum, another fruity sour beer from Cascade." I guess if you love Cascades Strawberry, blueberry, and many of the other fruit sours made by Cascade, you'll probably like this one as well. (1,006 characters)

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Cascade Elderberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.